DETROIT – Government, lenders and auto makers must widen their attention beyond troubled General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC to include suppliers because an industry collapse is imminent, a leading consultant warns. Driven by the steep economic slump, plummeting production rates – North America’s February output was 55% of like-2008, according to Ward’s data – are contributing to a “multiplier effect” that will see 500 suppliers vanish, says Laura A. Marcero, partner with Grant Thornton ...

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