Spiders seem to love the fuel tanks of Japanese sedans. Mazda had to recall its Mazda6 twice for arachnid webs blocking their car's vent lines. Now, the Suzuki Kizashi is also being called in because spiders can block the car's evaporative canister vent hose, a condition which could cause excessive negative pressure in the tank, eventually leading to a crack and fuel leak. The campaign covers about 19,249 examples of the 2010-2013 model year Kizashi built from October 2009 through July 2012.

According to the automaker's defect notice released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the first report of a spiderweb blocking a vent line was in 2011. It began monitoring field data and found six more incidents from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, there was one more case, and with further investigation, Suzuki decided to initiate a recall. There are no reports of accidents or injuries of the webs causing accidents or injuries in the US.

In a similar move to Mazda, Suzuki is replacing the evaporative canister vent line with one that has a filter in place to keep the spiders out. Also, if the lines are obstructed by webs in a specific vehicle, the fuel tank will also get swapped. Scroll down to read the full recall announcement from NHTSA.
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RECALL Subject : Spider Webs Restricting Air Flow In Vent Line

Report Receipt Date: JUL 30, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V464000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,249
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
SUZUKI KIZASHI 2010-2013

Details
Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Suzuki Motor Of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Kizashi vehicles manufactured October 2009 through July 2012. In the affected vehicles, spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure.

CONSEQUENCE:
Negative pressure could cause the fuel tank to crack resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:
Suzuki is in the process of notifying owners, and dealers will replace the evaporative canister vent line on the affected vehicles with a vent line that has a filter on the end. If the canister vent line is found to be obstructed by a spider web, the fuel tank will also be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on August 12, 2014. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's number for this recall is VG.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Stridenttube
      • 3 Months Ago

      How will these repairs be performed since Suzuki no longer sales cars in the US?

        S.
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Stridenttube

        Through their network of authorized service dealers. In my case, a local Hyundai/Mitsubishi dealer.

        Christopher H
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Stridenttube


        when Suzuki USA pulled it's auto sales division it committed to selling parts and service for 7yrs. To cover warranty work.

      The Friendly Grizzly
      • 3 Months Ago

      I don't understand. Some people are willing to pay a premium for a Spyder.

        turbo_awd
        • 3 Months Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly

        Came for spider-based puns/jokes. Was not disappointed.

        imoore
        • 3 Months Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly

        Except these weren't Italian. 

      Charles Robichaud
      • 3 Months Ago

      well hell... I've got frogs living in the door jams of my car!!! I know cause they leave footprints in the morning dew! maybe they are eating all the spiders!!! I demand a recall KIA! lol

      Christopher H
      • 3 Months Ago


      is this the small off white spider I've only seen on cars?

      GR
      • 3 Months Ago

      Kizashi owner here. 

      Apparently a concern is whether the recall is worldwide. The Kizashi is a global car with pretty much the same specs worldwide. Only one engine was ever offered in the car so this spider issue can be a concern for any market. I say that because the yellow sac spider (which is the spider that causes this issue) is basically found all around the world. However, only Canada and the USA seem to be recalling the cars as of now. I wonder if Mazda's recall for the same issue was global or only in certain markets like North America. 

      Regardless, some Kizashi owners have known about this recall for about 2 weeks now. It's been discussed on a forum for the car. Original owners got letters from Suzuki about the recall. Some owners have already had it addressed at former dealers that are now service dealers. I'll have to call my local dealer to see if they have the parts yet.