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Thousands of Cars Recalled Due to Spider-Related Dangers

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What, you thought we were done with the spider stories? Hell no... we're just getting started. The arachnid invasion comes in many forms, and today's item focuses on one of the eight-legged creeps' more subtle, ninja-style strategies: endangering people's lives by sabotaging their cars.
 
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According to CNN, Toyota has announced a recall of 870,000 vehicles due to a potentially dangerous airbag issue, which they linked to spider infestations in an air conditioner drainage tube. It seems the little buggers weave webs in the tubes, which draw condensation that drips onto the airbag control module, shorting it out. The short could cause airbags to deploy randomly and explosively... while you're driving, for example.
 
This isn't the first case of spider-related auto recalls: CNN reports that Mazda had a similar issue a couple of years ago, with spiders setting up house in a gas tank ventilation line.
 
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