It has been revealed that the number of deaths linked to the ignition switches issue in General Motors cars has grown. No less than 19 deaths have been traced now linked to this problem.
The findings were revealed as an investigation on this case was conducted. The data exposed from this investigation indicated that 19 deaths were caused by the faulty ignition switches. Previously, General Motors revealed that 13 deaths could be linked to this problem. Moreover, it has been said that the number of deaths may continue to rise as a review of compensation claims is in the works.
The public update on the number of deaths has been made by attorney and compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM. 125 death claims are under evaluation, Feinberg said, these being the claims that have been filed by Friday. Previously, General Motors said that they only knew about 13 deaths.
No less than 445 claims have been received by General Motors so far. There were no revelations until now on how much General Motors will pay for each claim. GM has already created a $400 million fund for the compensation program and maybe the company will add $200 more to it.
“We have previously said that Ken Feinberg and his team will independently determine the final number of eligible individuals, so we accept their determinations for the compensation program,” a statement from General Motors said. “What is most important is that we are doing the right thing for those who lost loved ones and for those who suffered physical injury,” it added.
So, General Motors has found 19 cases of deaths that are eligible for compensation, according to the company. Besides these 19 claims, four other claims from accidents resulting in severe injuries were granted. Another number of eight claims requiring hospitalization have been listed as eligible by General Motors.
The claims filed to GM are related to accidents that have resulted from the ignition switch defect. GM listed a series of vehicles that were affected by the ignition switches problem and to which to program applies.