Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
Senate Committee Extends BMW’s China Relations Investigation

In a new development, the head of the US Senate Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden, has announced an expansion of the investigation into German car manufacturer BMW. The company has been accused of using electronic components from a banned Chinese supplier.

Last month, Wyden revealed that BMW had imported over 8,000 Mini Cooper vehicles into the United States with parts from a Chinese supplier prohibited under a 2021 law. It was also discovered that BMW continued to import products with these banned parts until at least April.

In response to these allegations, Wyden has sent a letter to BMW North America CEO Sebastian Mackensen requesting information regarding the automaker’s examination of its supply chain. Specifically, he wants to know if other imported products contain parts from the banned Chinese supplier Jingweida Technology Group (JWD).

BMW has been asked to provide answers to these questions by June 21st. The automaker previously stated that they had taken steps to halt the importation of products with the affected components.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) was passed by Congress in 2021 with the aim of strengthening enforcement of laws to prevent the importation of goods believed to be produced with forced labor from China’s Xinjiang region, where the Uighur minority group resides. China has denied these accusations of forced labor.

By Aiden Nguyen

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