64 Deaths Now Attributed to GM’s Faulty Ignition Switch
An additional 7 deaths linked to General Motors’ defective ignition switches have been approved for compensation by Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney hired by GM to manage the compensation fund. The casualty toll has now reached 64, and an additional 108 injury claims have been deemed eligible for compensation. Since processing began of the 4,343 injury and death claims submitted for compensation, 1,571 claims are still pending review, while over 700 were found to be ineligible. The claims all stem from GM’s faulty ignition switches that can slip out of the “on” position and power down the entire vehicle—a problem uncovered by GM in 2003 but not addressed until 2014.