The US Senate Committee prolongs probe into BMW’s connection with China

Senator Ron Wyden has announced the expansion of an investigation into German car manufacturer BMW, following accusations 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 the banned Chinese supplier Jingweida Technology Group (JWD). The company continued to import products with these banned components until at least April. In a recent letter to BMW North America CEO Sebastian Mackensen, Wyden requested information on whether the automaker had completed a thorough examination of its supply chain to identify any other imported products containing parts from JWD.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) was passed by Congress in 2021 to enhance enforcement of laws designed 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 allegations. In response to the investigation, BMW stated previously that they had implemented measures to halt the importation of affected products. However, Wyden set a deadline for responses by June 21st and is still waiting for confirmation from BMW regarding their current importation practices with components produced by JWD.

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