Auto makers and suppliers have until Jan. 31 to make comments or submit recommendations aimed at establishing regulations to weed out ill-gotten materials from today’s new vehicles.


Many materials are considered “conflict minerals” by the industries that use them, as well as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The term refers to tantalum, tin, gold, tungsten and other materials mined in nations plagued by socioeconomic strife, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Some mines in these countries use forced labor or employ underage workers, who often are exposed to unsafe conditions.

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