General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31.
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who oversees the GM fund, decided "out of an abundance of caution" that he needed more time to ensure the automaker reached everybody who might be affected by the defective switches. GM backed Feinberg's recommendation.
GM is addressing its long delay in dealing with the faulty switches. It's a painful process and, increasingly, expensive. But this is an obligation that GM must meet to regain the public's trust.