If you submitted a claim to the General Motors ignition switch compensation fund, chances are that you, along with the overwhelming majority of other claimants, were deemed ineligible for compensation.
The fund, led by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who also administered the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, recently finished determining which claims are eligible. When everything was said and done, the fund approved just 399 of the 4,343 claims filed in total, rejecting 3,944 claims, meaning that 91 percent of the total claims were rejected.
Camille Biros, Deputy Administrator of the fund, said that the claims were rejected because they “couldn’t support any connection to the ignition switch.”
In some cases, the airbag inflated during the crash, meaning that the ignition switch was not at fault, according to the administrator. In other instances, claimants filed paperwork for vehicles that weren’t part of the ignition switch recall, like older model year vehicles.
And though the ignition switch fund has completed the review, the company still faces 181 lawsuits for wrongful death or injuries in the U.S. and Canada from those who chose not to enter their cases into the ignition switch fund. As such, the fire might soon be over, but GM still faces plenty of heat for the ignition switch debacle.