By on April 27, 2015

2009 Saturn Sky

Three new death claims linked to the General Motors ignition recall have been approved by the compensation fund managed by attorney Kenneth Feinberg.

The new claims bring the total of all death claims approved since the window for acceptance opened last August to 90, AutoGuide says. Another 46 are under review as of this time.

Regarding injury claims, six more were approved by the fund, bringing the total to 163. Eleven of those claims were linked to severe injuries, including permanent brain damage, quadriplegia, and double amputation. Another 951 injury claims are being reviewed.

Total claims received between August 1, 2014 and the January 31, 2015 deadline came to 4,342. Of those remaining, 1,420 were ruled ineligible for payout, while 491 were submitted without proper documentation.

As for compensation, 167 offers were made thus far, with 113 accepting the deals, five rejecting the settlements, and 81 receiving payouts. The settlements begin at a minimum of $1 million per GM’s request, with total payout projected to hit $550 million once the last offer is accepted.

[Photo credit: fortfan/Flickr]

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10 Comments on “Ninety Total Death Claims Approved By GM Compensation Fund...”

  • avatar

    And for some reason I still want one of those Saturns for the weekend. IMO that was a good looking car. Although it lacked utility,space and some refinement. I had a chance to drive a RedLine and it seemed good for the price.

    • 0 avatar

      It really was the Fiero of it’s time.

      GM did a fundamentally decent job on the Kappas, but they really wanted for another iteration to fix the weight and packaging issues.

      • 0 avatar

        The meme that Kappa was bloated is simply not true.

        When one looks through the SCCA racing data on the Kappa cars from 2006 – 2010ish (when Kappas were being built) they shattered the stranglehold the Miata had on the class – and took top honors at Salinas more than once.

        The problem with Kappa wasn’t the platform, it was a non-functional trunk, a Rube-Goldberg-Satan inspired manually folding roof, and interior goodies, especially on the Solstice, made by Playskool and Coleman.

        You could take a Kappa car and stab a LS engine into it – no changes beyond motor mounts. Stabbed right into the transmission and didn’t impact balance. Look up the Mallet Solstices you could buy. For about $600 a GMPP Stage 1 upgrade gave you 300 HP, 340 pound feet of torque, a full GM warranty for the penalty of having to run premium fuel. Show me another factory approved upgrade that has a cost of $7.50 per horsepower for little more than a computer programming change.

        Had Kappa kept going could they have changed the packaging? Of course. Was it flawed. Absolutely. Was it uncompetitive from a performance stand point – the SCCA racing results don’t support that statement – at all.

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    I’m horrified that Saturn Skies were part of the death parade. But that’s only because I know the kind of nice, empty-nest grandmas who bought them.

    BTW, *were* they involved? The article doesn’t mention them but the photo implies.

    • 0 avatar

      They sure were. A shame as I think they looked pretty good. Terrible interior ergonomics though.

      • 0 avatar

        I received my legal notice shortly after I had sold my Sky. Seemed fitting, as just about everything to do with the interior fell or was falling apart. New glove box, driver seat, driver interior door panel, arm rest tunnel, 3 radios, 5 cup holders (finally bought a 3rd party aluminum replacement that fixed GM’s crappy plastic attempts)and finally one ignition switch. Two replacement tops after the original never sealed with the door. The drivetrian never had an issue, then again NONE of this should have happened since I sold it after 3 years and only 27,000 total miles, I bought it with 7,000… 18 trips to the dealership in three years and 20,000 miles. I still loved the car, but it was one @#[email protected]# up relationship we had. Whoever bought that car had everything fixed that was wrong from the factory. If it had rolled off the assembly line like that I would still have it.

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    I have yet to bring my 07 Impala in for the recall fix. They are supposed to do something to the key ring hole and add another key ring to the set. I only have the car key and house key on the ring and have never felt there was any danger of it turning itself off. People with a bundle of keys that look like a night watchman might have issues.

    At first the dealer said there was a backlog, but I’m sure I could get it fixed while I wait now. Guess I need to go ahead and get it done.

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    I brought in my G8 GT to the dealer for its annual and they insisted I do the recall. On the G8 and camaro you would have to be contorted into some impossible position to accidentally bump the key with your knee.

    I’ve heard the replacement key issued on the G8 is a big ball of el cheapo weak sauce compared to the rather elegant original flip keys you got.

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    Big Al From 'Murica

    So set me straight here. The compensation fund = “new” GM. Anyone approved will receive a check from the current company known as GM. Those that were not approved or decided to sue on their own have to sue “Motors Liquidation” aka “Old GM” Is that accurate?

    • 0 avatar

      Liability for the crashes depends upon the date of the crash. If the crash occurred since the bankruptcy, then liability goes to the new GM; crashes before the bankruptcy belong to Motors Liquidation.

      But the fund accepted applications from pre-BK victims. Those who accept money from the fund waive the right to sue.

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