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DETROIT, MI, - NOVEMBER 8: Ford workers load a battery into a Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant November 8, 2012 in Wayne, Michigan. The plant is the only one in the world that builds vehicles with five different fuel efficient powertrains on the same line. Ford held an event today at the plant that celebrated the launch of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. are looking into the possibility of producing ventilators and other medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

GM and Ford announced today (March 19th) that they have been in talks with the federal government about ways to produce the ventilators, which are a staple of care for severely ill coronavirus patients.

“Mary Barra was in contact with the administration today to provide an update on the decision to suspend production,” GM spokesman Jeannine Ginivan said in a statement.

“She also indicated GM is working to help find solutions for the nation during this difficult time and has offered to help, and we are already studying how we can potentially support production of medical equipment like ventilators,” Ginivan added.

“As America’s largest producer of vehicles and top employer of autoworkers, Ford stands ready to help the administration in any way we can, including the possibility of producing ventilators and other equipment,” Ford’s chief communications officer, Mark Truby, said in a statement.

Truby continued, “We have had preliminary discussions with the U.S. and U.K. governments and are looking into the feasibility. It’s vital that we all pull together to help the country weather this crisis and come out the other side stronger than ever.”

Yesterday (March 18th), GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler all temporarily suspended production due to coronavirus.

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