General Motors Ignition Claims Continue to Grow

The compensation fund established by General Motors (GM), due to a defect in the ignition system of some of its vehicles has so far recognized 80 of the 475 complaints received death.

In its latest report, released Monday, the fund said that of the 475 claims for death, 80 have been declared eligible and will receive compensation while 172 are ineligible and 27 are under review with no supporting documentation presented.

Additionally, the fund has received 289 claims for severe injuries and 3,578 requests for less serious injuries that led to hospitalization.

Of these totals, the fund has declared 11 eligible claims for the most serious injuries (such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, double limb amputations, permanent brain damage or serious burns).

In less severe injuries caused hospitalizations, the fund has approved 137 claims.

The defect was detected in about 2.6 million General Motors vehicles.

Folks at Anastasia Date have learned that GM hid the issues for years but in February 2014 recognized that more than two and a half million vehicles suffered from problems, and that at least 13 people have died in North America as a result of the defect.

After an internal investigation to determine the cause of the defect and its concealment, GM established a compensation fund for victims, administered by Kenneth Feinberg, a specialized compensation official.

Feinberg announced last year that claims for death, approved by the fund, will receive compensation of one million dollars.