Death toll from GM switch rises

Los Angeles Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

The death toll from faulty ig­ni­tion switches in Gen­eral Mo­tors small cars has risen by three to 114.

Vic­tims’ fam­i­lies are be­ing of­fered com­pen­sa­tion of at least $1 mil­lion each by at­tor­ney Ken­neth Fein­berg, who was hired by GM last year. In ad­di­tion, Fein­berg will make of­fers to 229 peo­ple who were in­jured in crashes caused by the switches in the Chevro­let Cobalt and other older cars.

Fein­berg’s com­pen­sa­tion fund re­ceived 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 dead­line. About 3% re­main un­der re­view. About 90% were deemed de­fi­cient or in­el­i­gi­ble.

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