Suzuki has recalled about 19,000 Kizashi mid-size sedans in the U.S. because spiders drawn to gasoline vapors weave webs that can block a hose to vent those gases. Air flow blocked in the cars' evaporative emissions system can cause negative pressure in the fuel tank, which can lead to cracks and leaks that increase the risk of a fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Wednesday.This is a similar problem to one that prompted Mazda to recall the Mazda6 twice since 2011. No crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to this issue, Suzuki told NHTSA. Suzuki stopped selling cars in the U.S. market last year after nearly three decades, so NHTSA and Suzuki advise owners of 2010-2013 Kizashis to take their vehicles to authorized “service providers.” The remedy? A filter on a ventilation line to keep the spiders out. The Kizashi was one of the Japanese company’s best-sellers in the United States before the automaker decided to pull out.
First published August 27 2014, 8:39 AM