U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is pressing automakers including Tesla Inc. and General Motors for more information about their supply chains amid concerns about forced labor in China.
The Democrat from Oregon sent letters to the automakers and top suppliers Tuesday. Wyden is requesting details about their efforts to ensure that none of the materials in their cars come from regions like Xinjiang, where the U.S. and others have alleged that China has pushed ethnic minorities into jobs programs.
The scrutiny comes amid a U.S. crackdown on goods from Xinjiang. Under a law passed in late 2021, materials even partially made in the region can’t be imported to the U.S. The Senate Finance Committee, which Wyden chairs, launched an investigation last year into whether major automakers are using parts made with forced labor from Xinjiang.