Five of the six remaining injury claims in General Motors’ compensation fund for victims of its faulty ignition switches were rejected since the fund’s last update on Aug. 7.
The office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg has just one more claim to evaluate before completing its review of 4,343 claims of injury and death linked to GM’s recalled ignition switches, which can be knocked out of the “run” position, cutting power to the engine and power steering.
With no more death claims left to review, Feinberg’s office has approved 124 death claims from the defect, which prompted the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles in 2014. GM originally said it knew of only 13 deaths related to the switches.
So far, 274 injuries have been linked to the defect. Of those, 17 were serious injuries resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage or pervasive burns.
The single remaining “deficient” claim is for a minor injury, which may have required hospitalization or outpatient treatment within 48 hours of the accident.
A “deficient” claim is one that requires further documentation to elicit a decision. The deadline for documents related to “deficient” claims was July 31.
Feinberg’s office has rejected a total of 3,944 claims, nearly 91 percent of all claims received by GM.
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