US auto industry on edge after EU plants shut

The automobile industry in the United States is on the edge due to the fast spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) across the western hemisphere, which has caused multiple auto plant closures in hard-hit European countries.

“All options related to protecting against exposure to the virus are on the table,” according to a task force formed by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on Sunday March 15, hinting at the possibility of auto plant closures. The Covid-19/Coronavirus Task Force - led by UAW president Rory Gamble, GM chairman and chief executive officer Mary Barra, Ford executive chairman Bill Ford, Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett and FCA CEO Michael Manley - was formed to “implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies” following news last week that a worker at FCA's plant in Kokomo, Indiana, had tested positive. FCA said on Monday that...

Published

March 16, 2020

22:57 GMT

New York