The White House has not directly responded to the request but seems to be fully aware of the situation: potentially 1.28 million fewer vehicles built this year and disrupted production for at least another six months.
The whole chip crisis began last year when automakers were forced to stop production due to pandemic-related lockdowns. Overseas chip suppliers, mainly in China, found new customers for their product: small electronics manufacturers. Because people were stuck at home, they bought more smartphones, tablets, and laptops, thus fueling demand. By the time automakers were back up and running, there weren’t enough chips to go around.
The ordeal has exposed major issues with supply lines and, above all, where critical components are made, such as these chips.