General Motors, the largest US automaker, has received last week another 108 claims for compensation over accidents linked to the company’s ignition switch flaw.
The tally covers the claims filed last week and, according to the office of Kenneth Feinberg, the official overseeing the compensation fund, the total of claims submitted so far has reached 2,818. The claims only cover GM’s initial ignition switch recall units – almost 2.6 million cars – which had a defect that caused the engine to stall mid-driving, rendering unusable essential safety systems, including airbags. The automaker went on to involve many more millions of cars in safety campaigns related to the defective ignition switches, posting an unwanted record last year. According to the latest report from lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, the outside attorney tapped by GM to oversee the fund, through last Friday the automaker has received a total of 11 claims for death, 207 for catastrophic injuries and 2,300 for less-serious injuries that needed hospitalization.
Feinberg, a lawyer with experience in directing such programs, being previously involved in the ones compensating the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks and 2010 BP oil spill, also announced that his team found that 121 claims are now eligible for compensation – up from 112 from the last round of reporting. The company’s ignition switch victims’ fund has deemed eligible cases involving 49 deaths, seven severe injuries and 65 other injuries. Another 320 claims were ruled as ineligible, while 857 were still under review. Of the total, 757 were still pending complete documentation and 763 actually had no documentation at all.