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Spiders prompt recall of 52K Mazda6 sedans

Yellow sac spider

Mazda is recalling about 52,000 Mazda6 sedans, because yellow sac spiders like to build their nests in part of the fuel system.

“A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may cause a restriction of the line,” Mazda said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The evaporative canister vent line runs from a charcoal-filled canister that cleans air coming out of the gas tank. Blockage of the line can prevent air from getting into the gas tank as the gasoline is used, which causes a pressure problem that can lead to a crack in the gas tank and the possibility of a fire.

There have been 20 reported cases of spider infestation in the Mazda6 — all have been in cars with 4-cylinder engines, none with V-6s.
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Chrysler recalls vehicles for engine shutoff risk

Chrysler Group LLC recalled more than 248,000 crossover wagons and minivans because of a defect that could allow the key to slip while driving, causing the engine to shut down without warning.

Chrysler, which is managed by Italy’s Fiat SpA, said it knew of two rear-end collisions that may have stemmed from this problem, according to a notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website on Thursday. Get the full story »

Toyota to recall 2.2M vehicles in U.S.

Toyota Motor recalled nearly 2.2 million vehicles, citing a defect that could cause gas pedals to stick, in an extension of the safety crisis that has hounded the world’s top automaker for more than a year.

The surprise action on Thursday extended a damaging string of recalls covering 19 million Toyota vehicles worldwide since 2009, mainly over complaints of unintended acceleration linked to defective floormats and gas pedals. Get the full story »

Ford recalling 150K F-150s for air bag fix

Under government pressure, Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning. The recall covers trucks from the 2005-2006 model years in the United States and Canada for what the auto company calls a “relatively low risk” of the air bag deploying inadvertently. Get the full story »

J&J recalls ‘pens’ that deliver Simponi doses

Johnson & Johnson has recalled at least 395 injection devices containing rheumatoid-arthritis drug Simponi in the U.S. and Germany, due to a potential defect that could result in an insufficient dose of the drug.

European health authorities warned Friday that the manufacturing snafu could cause a temporary shortage of the Simponi devices. As an alternative, patients are being advised to use prefilled syringes of Simponi. Get the full story »

Honda recalls nearly 700,000 cars, including Fit

Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall 693,497 vehicles worldwide due to faulty engine parts.

The Japanese car maker said the recall affects some models of the Fit compact, also known as the Jazz in some markets, the City small car and Freed compact minivan models sold in North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Get the full story »

GM recalls Cadillac CTS sedans for wheel problem

General Motors Co. is recalling over 44,000 Cadillac CTS sedans over a flaw that could cause one of the rear wheels to become unstable.

The recall affects 2009 and 2010 CTS vehicles, Cadillac’s best seller. Get the full story »

Summer Infant recalls 2M video baby monitors

Nearly 2 million Summer Infant video baby monitors were recalled Friday after being linked to the strangulation deaths of two infants.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the electrical cords on the monitors can be dangerous for babies if placed too close to their cribs. Get the full story »

NASA unlikely to report defects in Toyotas

An investigation into sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles by the nation’s space agency is expected to report Tuesday that no significant electronic defects have been found, though the issue requires continued monitoring, according to automotive electronics and safety experts.

The NASA report was commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after thousands of owners complained that their Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles accelerated unexpectedly, causing dozens of deaths.

The study was launched in March in the wake of three congressional investigations. It is scheduled to be made public at a press conference in Washington.

Ford recalls 2011 Explorers over seat issue

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 1,600 just-built Explorers for a safety problem with the second row of seats.

Ford said in a filing with federal safety regulators that the seats may not provide the required strength in a crash. Get the full story »

U.S. set to release results of Toyota probe

The government on Tuesday plans to release the findings of its investigation into reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

The Transportation Department and NASA have been studying the safety issues that led Toyota to recall more than 11 million vehicles since the fall of 2009. Get the full story »

Ford recalls 363K F-150s to fix door handles

Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 363,000 F-150 pickup trucks in North America because of a potential problem with the interior door handles, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Thursday.

Ford has recalled more vehicles in the first few weeks of this year — nearly 900,000 — than in all of 2010 when about 600,000 were recalled. Get the full story »

Craftsman compressors among 460K recalled

Around 460,000 air compressors sold by Sears and other stores are being recalled voluntarily because of a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

Tennessee-based DeVilbiss Air Power Co., which makes the devices, has received nine reports of motors overheating. Three of those  included fire damage to surrounding property. No injuries have been reported, the agency said in a statement. Get the full story »

Samsung: Refunds for PCs with faulty Intel chips

Samsung Electronics Co., South Korea’s largest electronics maker, said it will give refunds for its desktop and laptop computers sold locally and in the U.S. with faulty chips from Intel Corp.

Six models sold in the local market and one model in the U.S. can be returned for refunds or exchanges, James Chung, a Samsung spokesman, said by telephone today. About 2,000 to 3,000 units of those models probably have been sold since sales began last month, he said. Get the full story »

Ford recalls 525K 1999-2003 Windstars

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 525,000 older model Windstar minivans in cold-weather areas because corrosion could cause a parts under the van to separate and reduce steering control, company and federal government officials said Wednesday.

About 425,000 of the Windstars are registered in the United States, about 100,000 in Canada, and fewer than 750 in other countries, Ford said. Get the full story »