A Global Shortage In Computer Chips Hits Auto Industry. What Industries Are Next?

A global shortage in computer chips has been nearly a year in the making. It’s hitting the auto industry now, but the impacts may soon extend to consumer electronics, appliances and more.


Automakers around the world are being hobbled by something thinner than a piece of paper. A chip shortage is shutting down auto factories, sending workers home and halting productions on several car lines. NPR’s Ryan Kailath reports on how we got here.

RYAN KAILATH, BYLINE: Cars these days are basically 2-ton computers on wheels. So when auto production first shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, it meant a lot of

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