By on October 7, 2014

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The compensation fund created by General Motors to pay claims resulting from injuries and deaths linked to a defective ignition switch found in a handful of 2003 through 2007 compact models has approved a total of 24 death claims for payout.

According to The Detroit News, the overall number of claims jumped 30 percent last week, from 867 to 1,130, while total death claims rose from 153 to 165.

Regarding injury claims, 79 for serious injury and 886 for less-serious injury cases were received, up from 70 and 644 respectively the week previous. The number of approved injury claims still stands at 16.

Finally, around 90 to 100 claims were found not eligible for payouts, while 30 victims and their families received settlement offers from the multi-million dollar fund.

Claims will be accepted until December 31, 2014.

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12 Comments on “GM Compensation Claims Total 1130, 24 Death Claims Approved...”


  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    Is that where they buried all of the whistleblowers? It’s like the Johnny Depp movie “Secret Window.”

  • avatar

    Wow! It was down around 10% of total claims approved, but now it’s jumped to 20% of submitted claims already approved!

    I wonder if it will eventually shake out at 40-50% or so for payout on submitted claims?

  • avatar
    50merc

    Do you suppose the engineer who (per the investigative report) designed the defective switch then covered up the fact he later re-designed the switch is following the story of GM’s miseries?

    No one has yet answered the question of why GM thought a new ignition switch was needed in the first place.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Google “GM Ignition Switch Failure”. That should answer your questions.

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        Who needs Google when we have the TTAC archive? Actually the question was (sort of) answered if you read right here at TTAC that the engineer who redesigned the switch used the same part number as the old one, making it difficult to separate the old ones in stock from the new ones. The redesign became common knowledge so GM bit the bullet and issued a new stock number for replacement switches so there would be no mistake that the recalled vehicles were getting the new switch.

  • avatar

    Soon all Cobalt and ION owners will sue GM for emotional distress. Just owning one of these cars causes worry and concern about the ignition shutting off.

    Harry is a nervous guy, but is now more nervous because he has to drive his unsafe cobalt to work. Harry now has a ulcer and GM will pay his medical bills.

    Will the Cobalt and ION live in infamy like the Pinto. Let them burn or let them stall, what is the difference.

  • avatar

    I would not go that far. I would actually look forward to driving either a Corvette or ATS.

    The truth is in 2014 there really is no such thing as a bad car. There is just different degrees of good. Even the Dodge Avenger has some merits, and in its current form would be one of the best cars in its class five years ago.

    Maybe the cobalt and ion aren’t terrible like the cavalier, but GM’s lack of regard for safety of its customers is indeed terrible.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      ” truth is in 2014 there really is no such thing as a bad car.”

      This is such bullish!t. And it’s really getting truly old hearing it.

      By the way, the ATS is no Cimarron, but it has been so over-hyped by the glossy magazines and auto journalists/presstitutes that it will leave any truly objective enthusiast & person interested in deep quality disappointed (especially given the price).

  • avatar

    Compared to what was produced in the past there really isn’t any bad cars anymore.
    The ATS is probably the best sedan built by an American carmaker in the last 100 years, and if that is not good enough to compete with BMW then more work needs is to be done.

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