Global semiconductor shortage hurts car industry

The car industry is facing production challenges due to a shortage of semiconductors. General Motors (GM) has halted production at many of its plants in America. A GM spokesperson told reporters that the company is focused on resolving its supply-chain difficulties. He said it was a complex and "fluid" situation, but he remains confident in the company's ability to find "creative solutions to minimize the impact".

Semiconductors are a key part of many products we use every day. Other multinational companies also have the same supply problems. One reason is staff shortages from COVID-19. Factories that manufacture the chips have been affected. An analyst said the shortages will continue until at least 2023. He said there were no immediate solutions. He added: "GM likely won't be the last company to change its production schedule."