The vehicles and auto parts endangered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine may seem thousands of miles away from being a real problem.
But the war could bring new worries to an issue that is already bedeviling automakers: the global microchip shortage.
Ukraine is the source for 70 percent of the world's output of neon. Neon is the critical gas that runs the lasers that are needed to manufacture semiconductor chips, according to market research firm TrendForce.
Both Russia and Ukraine are home to key gases and raw materials needed for the production of semiconductors around the world. And the ripple effects of the war could exacerbate the microchip crisis as raw materials become harder to come by.