A popular Tesla model is recalled due to fire concerns

A popular Tesla model is recalled due to fire concerns ...

Although Tesla (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc. Report is currently getting a lot of flack for a number of fire risk-related recalls, this is something that is quite common across the auto industry.

Electric vehicles are especially susceptible to sparking into a fire that is larger and more difficult to contain due to their high-voltage lithium-ion batteries, which are typically used to keep them afloat.

Which Models Were Recalled?

BMW (BMWYY) is the latest automobile company to issue a notice of arecall.

According to Autoblog, "a small number of"2022 i4 sedans and iX SUVs have been recalled due to the risk of battery fires.

The xDrive 50, iX M60, i4 eDrive40, and i4 M50 are just a few of the models that have been affected.

An incident in which a safety check of the a2022 i4 eDrive back in April discovered pieces of cathode debris inside the battery preceded the recall.

Cathode, or negatively charged particles, are required to keep an electrical device running, but they can, due to their high energy density, cause fires.

Later in June, two similar incidents with a 2022 iX xDrive50 and a 2022 iX M60 were discovered.

"Fortunately, the recall affects only a small number of vehicles," BMW spokesperson Jay Hanson told media outlets. "Our Customer Relations team has already reached out to all owners of affected vehicles to provide assistance and information."

BMW is the leader in the sector.

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All owners are expected to receive a letter announcement by September 19, while dealerships were already aware of the problem and advised to remove the vehicles from their lot.

BMW advised owners not to drive these cars and keep them away from other cars, as 83 vehicles have now been affected.

The Politics of Electric Car Fires

Car fires are still quite rare in the automotive industry as a whole, according to research by AutoinsuranceEZ. Electric engines have a 0.03% probability of catching fire, while gas engines have a 1.5 percent chance.

The risk of a car fire can result in large numbers of recalls, as shown by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration back in December.

More recently, Ford Motor Company (F) - Get Ford Motor Company Reportalso announced that it would be recalling approximately 48,924 Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles produced between May 27, 2020 and May 24, 2022, due to a safety defect.

TheMustang Mach-E is a direct competitor of Tesla's Model Y.

Stories of a mother of five dying after being trapped inside a Tesla during a wildfire or firefighters having to use over 30,000 gallons of water to put out a Tesla fire have sparked outrage among the general public.

Despite the fact that the industry is rapidly shifting toward electric vehicles, conservative groups and automated industry lobbyists often use any issue with an electric vehicle to justify why people should choose gas-powered vehicles instead.

Electric vehicle sales increased by more than 40% in 2016 according to McKinsey data.

"Anytime you have that new technology, you're going to have new issues that they're not able to anticipate, and that's where you're going to see an increase in recalls," said Sedgwick sales head Wayne Mitchell.

The BMW stock was largely unaffected by the recall as shares have risen by more than 6% in the last five days, reaching $27.45.

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