General Motors has just announced a new provision that would have the automaker making payments to smaller Tier 2 suppliers. The worry is that the horrid financial condition that many of the large Tier 1 suppliers find themselves in could force them into delaying payments to the smaller feeder companies, which could bankrupt the fledgling lower-tiered suppliers and eventually cause GM (along with its competitors) to run out of parts for production.
So far, GM is the only automaker to embark on such a program, but that could soon change if some of the largest troubled auto suppliers are forced to declare bankruptcy. On the other hand, the Obama administration just announced a $5 billion Supplier Support Program, which could ease some of the troubles.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]