GM Faulty Ignition Switch Death Claims Rise To 50

The AP (1/26, Krisher) is reporting that “with only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.” Seventy-five injuries have also been declared eligible in details released on Monday by Feinberg, who General Motors hired to oversee the claims. The GM fund “has received 338 death claims and 2,730 claims for injuries,” according to the AP. “Of those, 58 death claims have been rejected as ineligible for compensation, as have 328 injury claims. Feinberg is either reviewing or awaiting documentation on 230 additional death claims and 2,327 injury cases.”
According to Bloomberg News (1/26, Sandler, 2.94M) the 50 death claims ruled as eligible on Monday are four times larger than GM’s initial estimate. Bloomberg reports that Feinberg said his findings relied on circumstantial evidence. “GM engineers were looking for definitive proof of ignition switch failure,” Feinberg said, “So of course there will be a greater number of eligible death claims.” The story was also reported by Reuters (1/26), Auto World News (1/26, Ecarma, 1K), and Autoblog (1/26, Bigelow, 454K).