Back in August, General Motors instituted a program to compensate victims of cars with defective ignition switches. As of yesterday, GM has added three new eligible death claims, bringing the current tally to 27.
Since General Motors began accepting claims, the program has received 1,371 claims for injuries or deaths, according to Automotive News. Out of that bunch, 52 claims have been approved for compensation, including 25 injuries.
GM retained Kenneth Feinberg in April to oversee the compensation fund. His responsibilities have included determining eligibility criteria under the program and to approve or reject claims. GM has set aside at least $400 million to cover the costs but there is no limit to the amount of money spent on compensating victims. The program will continue to receive applications until December 31 on behalf of individuals injured or killed in accidents they claim were caused by the switch problem.
The current tally of death claims received by the automaker is 178.