GM Approves Three New Death Claims for Total of 107

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Three more death claims have been approved by the General Motors ignition switch compensation fund. These recent additions have increased the total to 107.

All told the number of claims for injuries and deaths is 306. Doing the math, this means there are 199 injury claims, 12 of which are serious and 179 less significant.

These claims are the result of faulty ignition switches that could inadvertently shut a vehicle off, disabling power steering and airbags, a doubly dangerous situation. GM neglected to recall affected vehicles for nearly a decade despite some people within the organization knowing of the issue.

SEE ALSO: GM Ignition Switch Death Count Reaches 90

In connection with this delay, the U.S. Justice Department is deciding whether to charge GM criminally. Some analysts project this safety fiasco could cost the company more than $2 billion. They’ve already paid $35 million to NHTSA.

Despite the ongoing investigation it seems likely more deaths and injuries will be added to the list. Prior to the January 31 deadline more than 4,300 claims had been submitted to GM. Supposedly 374 are still being reviewed, a number that includes 28 death claims.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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