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GM Compensation Program Links 27 Fatalities to Ignition Recall

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/14/2014 Erick Ayapana

General Motors continues to process claims from its compensation program linked to its ignition switch recall. As a result, the death toll is now more than double GM’s initial count of 13 fatalities.

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Bloomberg reports that the compensation program, run by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, has linked 27 deaths to the ignition defect as of last week. That number could increase significantly, as the program currently has over 100 fatality claims to process and review. GM Ignition Assembly Recall Chevrolet Cobalt Installation© Provided by MotorTrend GM Ignition Assembly Recall Chevrolet Cobalt Installation

The program began processing claims in August, shortly after GM released a report detailing a months-long internal investigation that uncovered a number of missteps leading to the ignition recall involving millions of vehicles. So far, the program has received 1371 claims, with 1193 of those attributed to non-fatal injuries. The program has approved 25 injury claims, Bloomberg reports. GM's initial count of 13 deaths only considered head-on collisions where the airbag did not deploy, and only front seat victims.

It’s unclear how much GM is paying for each settlement, though the company has set aside up to $600 million to fund the compensation program. It was previously reported that families of victims could receive at least $1 million. Feinberg is expected to accept claims through the end of the year and each application takes up to 180 days to process. Those who accept a settlement through the compensation fund cannot sue GM in the future.

Source: Bloomberg

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