The number of deaths related to General Motors’ massive ignition switch recall could be on the rise.
According to a recent report, the number of death claims related to the ignition switch recall has reached 100 while injury claims have reached 184. Those claims have been filed families of those that believe their loved ones were killed as a result of the faulty ignition switch. The American automaker has hired Ken Feinberg to independently run a victim settlement fund for people affected by the defect and is the person in charge of handling all the claim applications.
It’s worth noting that anyone can file a claim for compensation and the reported figures do not necessarily reflect the number of victims that are legitimately affected by the defect. As of now, GM has linked at least 13 deaths to the recall while applications will be accepted through the end of 2014.
Though the compensation fund is technically unlimited, GM estimates that it will cost around $400 to $600 million, not including potential payments to victims who choose to sue GM or any government fines.
[Source: Detroit Free Press]
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