Strangest Car Recalls Ever: Spiders, Missing Brakes, and Exploding Logos

by AutoExpert   |  28 February, 2024

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Car recalls are usually boring, but sometimes... they get downright bizarre.

Here's a few of our favorites that make you go "Wait, seriously?":

1. The Spider-Hating Mazda

  • Model: 2010-2012 Mazda6
  • The Problem: Turns out some spiders REALLY like the smell of gasoline. So much so, they were building webs in a fuel vent, which could crack the whole tank. Like, who knew spiders were the car's worst enemy?
  • The Fix: Dealers had to do a full-on spider eviction, swap out some parts, and basically give the car an anti-arachnid software update.

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2. The Case of the Missing Brakes

  • Model: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
  • The Problem: Oops, someone at the factory "forgot" to put on the front brakes. Like, how does that even happen? Stopping distances may be slightly longer... like off the edge of a cliff.
  • The Fix: Dealers were probably sweating bullets, scrambling to actually give these cars the ability to stop.

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3. Nissan's Exploding Steering Wheel

  • Models: Various Nissans from 2004-2013
  • The Problem: Not the whole wheel, but the Nissan logo in the middle could go flying like a shrapnel when the airbag deployed. Talk about adding insult to injury!
  • The Fix: Still being figured out. Maybe they'll just superglue the logo on extra tight?

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4. The Hot Seat, Literally

  • Models: 2002-2004 Volkswagen Golf and Jetta
  • The Problem: Seat warmers could malfunction and basically try to roast the driver alive. Imagine getting a third-degree burn from your commute.
  • The Fix: Dealers had to get in there and do some electrical surgery, plus give the passenger seat a new switch just in case.

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5. The Bilingual Sticker Debacle

  • Model: 2000 Kia Sportage
  • The Problem: Someone goofed on the paperwork, leaving off the French translation on a safety label. Oh, the horror!
  • The Fix: Slap on a new sticker. Seriously, that's it. Most expensive sticker job ever.

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Makes you wonder what other weirdness is out there, huh?

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