Trump investigation of auto imports raises fears of new tariffs

Commerce department to investigate whether imports threaten US industry, as foreign automakers criticize effort

The Trump administration has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new US tariffs similar to those imposed on imported steel and aluminum in March.

The commerce department said the investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 would investigate whether vehicle and parts imports were threatening the industry’s health and ability to research and develop new, advanced technologies.

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