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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Continues to Rise

Jessica Brito2 years ago

The number of approved death claims by General Motors’ victims’ compensation fund has increased to 107.

About the GM Recall

According to Michigan Live, General Motors recalled 2.6 million vehicles early last year, including 2.2 million in the U.S., due to an issue with the vehicles' ignition switch.

The faulty ignition switches from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, leading to a loss of power of the car. Additionally, if the key turns to one of those positions, officials claim that the front air bag may not work in the place of a car crash.

The recalled models include:

  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ions
  • 2007-2010 Saturn Skys
  • 2005-2011 Chevrolet HHRs
  • 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstices
  • 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models

Death Claims on the Rise

The number of approve death compensation claims related to the faulty ignition switch has risen to 107, since the past week. The ignition switch recall claims were approved by a fund set up by General Motors to compensate victims of the defective ignition switches.

The latest tally of claims reports the following:

  • 4,342 total claims including 474 death claims, and 289 injury claims resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage, or pervasive burns.
  • 3,579 injury claims resulting in a required hospital visit within 48 hours of an accident.

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