Ignition switch deaths rise to 27

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Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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At least 27 people have died and 25 others have been seriously injured in US crashes involving General Motors (GM) cars with defective ignition switches.

Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who has been hired by GM to compensate victims, revealed the updated totals, saying that he has received 178 death claims since August.

Of those, 27 have been deemed eligible for compensation payments.

Twenty-five of the 1,193 injury claimants have also received compensation offers.

GM knew about faulty ignition switches in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for more than a decade but did not recall them until February of this year.

The switches can slip out of the “on” position, which causes the cars to stall, knocks out power steering and turns off the air bags.

Mr Feinberg said he will accept claims until December 31.

Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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