19 Deaths so far deemed eligible for GM compensation
General Motors has recently approved applications for 19 deaths in its independent compensation fund for victims of the company’s defective ignition switches, The Detroit News reported on September 15.
GM, which already paid a $35 million federal fine for postponing the recall of 2.6 million Cobalt, Ion, and other vehicles with faulty ignition switches, previously only counted 13 deaths and 54 total crashes related to their defective vehicles. However, so far in the claims process, there have already been 19 death cases approved for compensation. This number is expected to grow.
A group of two dozen economists and administrative personnel are currently conducting a review of the claims through December 31, while an outside contractor oversees the fund website and the submission of documents. Compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg is responsible for the amount of funds approved for claimants.
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