When the first hints of General Motors’ defective ignition switches came to light, 13 victims were identified. Now, several months into trying to make things right, the number has risen to 19.
GM CEO Mary Barra told reporters last week that that she was not surprised when Ken Feinberg, the attorney running GM’s victim compensation fund, said he has already awarded 19 settlements to families who have lost loved ones in crashes caused by the ignition switch defect.
“There’s been so much focus on the original number — but we’ve always said all along that was based on the information that we had available to us,” said Barra. “There’s no surprises. Our goal has been every person impacted is a part of that program and that’s the process we’re working through.”
Barra says she expected Feinberg to find more people affected by the defect.