GM Ignition Compensation Fund Approves 27 Death Claims So Far

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So far this year, the automotive world has seen many new highs such as the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Mercedes-AMG GT. But like all aspects of modern life, the good things are oftenly evenly balanced by the bad ones. Of course, we're referring to the notorious recall epic that hit the industry extremely hard this year, with great emphasis on the shady General Motors ignition switch saga.
To make a long story short, a little over 2.6 million vehicles manufactured by GM were called back for faulty ignition switch assemblies that happened to move unexpectedly from "on" to "off" or "accessory". This condition led to the deactivation of vital vehicle bits and bobs such as airbag deployment and power steering assist, which isn't pretty nice when the car happens to travel at high speeds on a twisty road.

A lot of people, both drivers and passengers, died or were injured in accidents related to the fault, but it's still a mystery just how many crashes and how many people were affected in one way or the other by the glitchy General Motors ignition switches. To help families of injured or fatally injured in ignition switch-related crashes, the carmaker established the Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility.

The fund started accepting claims on August 1st

According to a recent statement from the automaker, the fund approved compensation for 27 death claims and 25 injured related to the previously mentioned safety defect, totaling 52 claims that are eligible for compensation. However, the most interesting piece of news comes in the form of the grand total of eligible and non eligible claims received by the fund, clocking in a whopping 1,371 claims.

Out of the 1,371 tally, 178 are death claims and 1,108 are injury claims. Taking into consideration the fund is accepting claims through the end of the year and a single application takes up to 180 days to process, who knows how the tally will look like at the dawn of 2015. GM's initial count of 13 fatally injured has been already doubled, with over two months and a half to go until fireworks will light up NYC's skyline.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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