Chinese police have arrested three individuals in connection to the deadly explosion at an auto parts factory outside Shanghai nearly three weeks ago, Reuters is reporting.

Among those three is Wu Chi-tao, the chairman of Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products, the company that operated the factory in Zhoushan, roughly 80 miles west of Shanghai. The company's general manager and the manager in charge of workplace safety joined Chi-tao in custody, China's state news agency, Xinhua, told Reuters.

Previous reports indicated that five of the company's executives were already in custody following the blast, although it's unclear if Chi-tao and the other two managers were counted in that total.

The blast at the factory, which polishes wheel hubs for General Motors China, killed 75 people and has injured 185, and is currently being blamed on illegal production methods and poor safety facilities. PRC President Xi Jingping has since issued a nationwide crackdown on factory safety in response to the disaster.

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      • 11 Months Ago

      Thanks to OSHA, America is falling far behind the rest of the world in exploding factories.

      • 11 Months Ago

      At least in China they arrest those at the top. In the US the worst criminals and frauds get a free pass. 

      • 11 Months Ago

      Have the executives been charged with any crime?  I don't doubt that there is shady stuff going on at the factory, but arresting without a charge makes it look like a simple publicity stunt for the Kunshan city govt.

      NAIF S
      • 11 Months Ago

      It is called "ACCOUNTABILTY", something lacking in the United States (of business) of America.

      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 11 Months Ago

      " ... The blast at the factory, which is a supplier to a Tier 1 company, polishes wheel hubs for that are then sold by the Tier 1 to VW and General Motors China .."

      Brandon - get your facts straight - this is common knowledge ...

      • 11 Months Ago

      The best thing for the American Auto industry is to stop doing business with these Chinese manufactures, because you get what you pay for, cheap prices mean inferior parts and unsafe working conditions, and most importantly more recalls.