The General Motors ignition-switch death toll may be reaching the final stages. Although the latest numbers released by Kenneth Feinberg, appointed to handle the GM compensation fund, reflect 97 deaths, only 45 death claims remain to be reviewed, according to Autoblog.
That number is an increase of seven from this time last week. So far, 23.4 percent of death claims have been approved, with all parties accepting the compensation amount offered. Accepting compensation waves a party’s right to sue GM.
In total, 669 claims remain, including the 45 death claims. The rest are related to physical injuries which required immediate hospitalization. The others are less serious injury claims. As of this writing, 12 claims for severe injury including quadriplegia, double amputation and permanent brain damage have been approved. 167 claims have been approved for lesser injuries.
Feinberg has gone on the record stating a late summer date seems plausible to finish reviewing ignition-switch cases.
The next step will be ensuring all vehicles affected by the ignition-switch issue have been properly fixed and serviced with replacement parts, something GM CEO Mary Barra has met with NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind over.