General Motors China has extended its "deepest sympathy" to families of the 75 killed and 185 injured in Saturday's explosion at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products' factory, near Shanghai. Kunshan Zhongrong polishes aluminum wheels for GM vehicles, is a component supplier of Dicastal, a major aluminum parts manufacturer, according to Just Auto.

"For the families of the victims and those injured in this terrible tragedy, we extend our deepest sympathy to them," a GM China spokesman told Just Auto.

The death toll at the plant has risen from 71 killed to 75, while the number of people injured has fallen from 186 to 185. Initial reports claimed that 68 people were killed and 187 injured in the blast, which occurred at 7:37 AM local time on Saturday (Friday evening on America's East Coast). The plant employs some 450 employees.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has sworn that those responsible will face severe punishment, with President Xi Jinping dispatching one of China's five state councilors to the facility, Automotive News reports. Five of the company's executives are currently in custody.


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      Hutch
      • 4 Months Ago
      With China sending one of it's 5 state Councillors to the plant to face "severe punishment", I suppose that death toll is going to continue to climb...
      wat
      • 4 Months Ago
      Why don't you just find a new job, Brandon Turkus? I come to Autoblog to catch up on car news, not your bigotry and ignorance which is in every post you write. Your sarcastic quotation marks on 'deepest sympathy' was not required and this whole post is worthless. Their entire country is in mourning. This is the equivalent of writing a post about how a Toyota dealership in Ukraine gives its regards to the victims of MH17. Have some respect, for both those who are unfortunate (and fortunate, you wealthy-people hater) and your readers.
        yonomo200
        • 4 Months Ago
        @wat
        At least it's actually auto industry related instead of another airplane article. But, + anyway for pointing out the bias.
          SloopJohnB
          • 4 Months Ago
          @yonomo200
          I don't see the bias. I am not biased against GM and I don't see Turkus' as biased…it is what it is.
        SloopJohnB
        • 4 Months Ago
        @wat
        Go blow smoke and read the article…the author was quoting a GM China spokesman quote. Haters gotta hate.
      SloopJohnB
      • 4 Months Ago
      Deepest sympathies? Where was GM inspecting the facility prior to the explosion? Why doesn't GM keep track of its' supplier chain as well as Nike and Adidas have been forced to keep track of theirs?
        09GT
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        This is a supplier to a supplier of GM's (and VW's, by the way). They have no direct contact with this company. It's like me and Guinness - I don't inspect their brewery, but I might not buy it from a crappy grocery store.