According to the latest weekly report coming from the office of Ken Feinberg, the attorney that oversees the GM victims’ compensation fund stemming from the ignition switch recall, the program has approved six new claims.
Back in February, General Motors revealed it was calling back to services 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches – the faulty part could trigger an engine shutdown and critical safety systems, including the airbags, would lose power. Following the investigations on the recall, it was found that employees of the company had knowledge of the issue for at least a decade and thus the No. 1 Us automaker has been slapped by federal regulators with numerous probes – including from the US Congress and the Justice Department – while the public opinion has taxed the automaker with numerous lawsuits.
In a bid to take up the responsibility for the victims of accidents related to the defect, the company set up a compensation program led by Feinberg, an attorney with experience in such instances, having directed the funds that compensated victims of the 9/11 terror attacks and the 2010 BP oil spill. Now, each week the office reveals a tally of claims approved, with the total number of eligible claims now reaching 67. The six new claims approved last week involve two fatalities and four injuries.