If General Motors really does run out of money by the end of the year, as it predicted was possible, the impact would be felt far and wide – to hundreds of suppliers, rival automakers and ultimately dealers across the nation.
“Once the first domino falls, it rapidly takes out all the other dominoes,” said Dennis Virag, president of the Automotive Consulting Group.
Suppliers would be among the first to feel those effects since GM only manufactures the body, the engine and the transmission used in its cars.
In the United States alone, GM spends $31 billion on parts from 2,100 different suppliers. These include the “direct suppliers” involved in producing a vehicle – those that provide everything from steering wheels and seatbelts to brakes and airbags – as well as “indirect suppliers” – those that make things such as gloves, protective eyewear, shop rags and lightbulbs.
By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney.com senior writer