100 Deaths Caused by GM Ignition Switch
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on May 13, 2015 in Auto Accidents
General Motors has reported that 100 deaths have now been attributed to a faulty ignition switch that was recalled in 2.59 million vehicles, including Saturn Ion and Chevrolet Cobalt models.
According to Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer appointed by GM to run the compensation fund for victims, there are 37 death and 589 injury claims under review. As of May 8, only 184 injury claims had been approved for compensation from the fund.
A number of remaining claims still need to be reviewed. This includes claims considered deficient because of a lack of documentation. In these cases the claims will be revisited to see if families can provide more evidence. The Detroit-based automaker is hoping to have all of these claims wrapped up by the end of July.
In 2013 the country's largest automaker settled a lawsuit over the death of Brooke Melton, who died in an auto accident that occurred when her vehicle unintentionally shut off in the middle of a Georgia highway. Through the course of the lawsuit, it was confirmed that the GM CEO Mary Barra knew about the ignition switch defect and chose profit over safer materials.
The resulting recall encompassed millions of small cars fitted with the faulty ignition switch that would involuntarily turn off all electrical components of the vehicle, including the engine and airbags.
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