Automotive tariffs will hurt US, industry bosses warn

Washington — Nearly 50 witnesses from various corners of the US vehicle industry gave an overwhelmingly negative view of the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on imported autos and auto parts at a 19 July hearing before the US Department of Commerce.

Among the witnesses were Richard Smallwood, CEO and president of Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. — the only tire company executive to appear at the hearing — and representatives of the Auto Care Association (ACA), Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Specialty Equipment…

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