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Mazda just announced an unusual recall on one of their most popular models: the Mazda6. Nearly 50,000, 2009 and 2010 Mazdas are being retracted because an issue in the fuel line. The problem? Spiders. After more than a dozen Mazda6 owners returned to their dealerships because the engine warning light appeared on their dashboard, Mazda learned that repair techs were finding spider webs strung throughout the evaporator canister vent. The nests appear to be those of the yellow sac spider, a spider common in all U.S. states, though the company can’t determine why those particular spiders are so attracted to that particular vehicle. The recall will allow dealers to eradicate any eight-legged pests and install an emissions valve to deter others from entering.

A deterring report from the University of California warns against a different kind of pests; hackers. More specifically, those aiming to steal your car. Researchers at the University found that hackers could break the security of a vehicle’s cellular communications platform (such as a Bluetooth system) and incorporate software that will give them control over the car. Potential thieves could gain access to your door locks or remote starter, allowing easy admission into your vehicle. While no such issues have been reported in reality, the University’s experiments suggest tougher vehicle security systems that require passwords maybe be needed in the future.

Think twice about honking your horn if you own a new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. In occasional instances, using the horn can cause a short circuit and disconnect the power supply to the vehicle. Put simply, honking your horn can shut off your car. A converter box within the Jetta supplies power to numerous parts, including headlights, windshield wipers and, most importantly, the engine controller. Pressing on the horn can short out the wiring in the converter box and cut off power to the engine controller. No power to the engine controller means no power to the engine. Volkswagen of America has sent out a voluntary recall on this issue, though no accidents or injuries have been reported. The recall has been sent to owners of Jettas built between March 2010 and March 2011.



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