GM Faulty Ignition Switch Deaths Four Times Automakers’ Estimates

The number of deaths approved for compensation in connection with the General Motors ignition switch safety scandal has risen to four times the initial estimate of the automaker at the outset of the crisis. The committee managing the multi-hundred million dollar fund established by GM as redress to victims has now approved 50 deaths and 75 injuries –but the number of affected victims well surpasses these numbers. Over 2,300 additional injury and 230 death claims are pending review. Reports filed by GM last week indicated that over 900,000 faulty ignition switch vehicles remain on the road of the more than 2 million recalled vehicles.

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