67 Deaths, 113 Injuries for GM Compensation Fund
General Motors ignition switch compensation fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg has been busy this week, approving 3 new fatalities and 5 more injuries to receive funds from money set aside by the automaker for victims of its ignition defect. The family of Brook Melton, a 29-year-old nurse who died when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed, finally received recognition from GM for its responsibility in the ignition switch problem. While relatives of Melton settled with GM in 2013 for $5 million, the company did not acknowledge the connection to the ignition switch defect until 2015, leading to further compensation for the family. Of the more than 4,000 applications to the compensation fund, 67 fatalities and 113 injuries have already been approved, with nearly 1,500 awaiting review.