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GM Death Toll Continues to Rise

Camara Thomas1 year ago

According to Detroit News, the number of deaths attributed to defective ignition switches equipped in General Motors vehicles continues to rise as the automaker seeks to wrap up its compensation fund.

About the GM Ignition Switch Recall

General Motors (GM) had initially issued the recall on their faulty ignition switches early last year. The ignition switches could shift out of the run position and inadvertently shut off the engines, disabling power steering and airbags.

This was a very lethal combination resulting in the deaths of 119 people and many severe injuries. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and several other organizations, both national and international, have launched an investigation into whether or not the GM could be held criminally responsible for their actions.

GM has established a fund for those families that they find that hold a legitimate claim against GM in order to compensate them for damages or for loss of life in some cases.

Statistics on the Compensation Fund

  • As of January 31, 2015:
    • There were a total of 4,342 claims filed
    • 474 deaths claims
    • 81 claims under review including 16 deaths.
    • 3,027 of the claims were ruled ineligible, including 288 deaths.
  • Out of the 247 compensatory offers only 190 have been accepted and 6 were refused.


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