Chip shortage forces General Motors to idle North American plants
Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and other disasters have disrupted supply chains for semiconductors, which are crucial for thousands of computer-controlled systems in new vehicles.
- The shortage has forced GM to reallocate the chips it does have to a small number of plants that produce the company's most popular and profitable vehicles, such as its SUVs and pickups, according to CNN.
The big picture: The chip shortage has caused new vehicle inventory to fall, leading to higher prices that fuel inflation, Axios' Felix Salmon reports.
- Relief for automakers and other producers that require semiconductors appears to be on the horizon as chip producers ramp up production to meet demand.