ABC | Global microchip shortage impacting ambulance supply
May 21, 2021 | By Mina Kaji and Amanda Maile | Read Full Story
“Without those chassis, the production of ambulances essentially slows down dramatically,” American Ambulance Association Spokesman Mark Van Arnam said. “So that becomes a public safety issue.”
Chassis inventories were already at “historically low levels” due to coronavirus shutting down manufacturing plants, Van Arnam explained.
In order to make an ambulance, manufacturers need to first construct a chassis, or frame, to build it on.
“An ambulance chassis contains dozens and dozens of microchips — more microchips than the average F-150,” Van Arnam said.