General Motors requires U.S. to reduce import tariffs on ventilator components made in China

General Motors Co. (GM) asked the Trump administration to reduce import tariffs on Chinese components needed for the company's ventilator manufacturing, saying that these tariffs would make the cost of making much-needed life-saving machines higher.

In a letter to the US Trade Representative on Tuesday, GM executives asked the federal government to exclude several types of ventilator components made in China from tariffs. The letter, released on Thursday, said that existing tariffs on ventilator components may hamper GM and other US manufacturers' ability to purchase ventilator components quickly and reliably at the most reasonable cost.

A representative from the US Trade Representative's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.