Six New Death, Injury Claims Approved by GM Switch Fund

Published on 10 Nov 2014, 21:49
According to a report on Monday, a program to compensate the victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles found last week that the part was linked to two additional deaths and four injuries, bringing the total number of eligible claims to 67. As of Friday, the program, which began accepting claims on Aug. 1, had received 1,851 claims for deaths and serious injuries linked to the switch, a 4 percent increase from the previous week. GM has been criticized for waiting 11 years to recall millions of cars with ignition-switch problems that have been linked to multiple fatal crashes. The switch can slip out of position and cut power to air bags and brakes and has prompted the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.