GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Nears 100

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Another seven death claims have been approved for compensation as a result of the GM ignition switch recall.

That brings the total to 97 death claims that have been approved for compensation, each one of which will receive at least $1 million. The fund also approved 16 new injury claims, bringing the total for injuries up to 179 approved claims, 12 for serious injuries and 167 for minor injuries.

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GM initially thought that only 13 deaths were the result of a faulty ignition switch in its small cars which can inadvertently shut off the engine, disabling the power steering and air bags. Evidence of the problem was available to GM for a decade before the company recalled the cars.

In total, 4,342 claims were submitted, including 474 death claims. Of those, 669 claims are still under review by the compensation fund administration, 45 of which are death claims. Since this started, 1,693 claims have been ruled ineligible, including 212 deaths. As of last month, 167 offers have been made by the fund, 113 of which have been accepted. Five were rejected and 81 have been paid out.

GM says it expects the fund to complete its review by September 30.

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Stephen Elmer
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Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on May 04, 2015


    • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on May 05, 2015

      What I mean is: This is what happens when large corporations run a country. "Evidence of the problem was available to GM for a decade before the company recalled the cars." Seriously? Condolences to the people and families of the injured and/or killed. There's just no excuse for this, This company and companies like this should be shut down for good. How is it right that they're still able to do business with just a slap on the wrist? People died for crying out loud! You can't put a price on that, and there's nothing preventing GM from doing this again if they're allowed to continue doing business. I will never buy a GM vehicle. Ever.