General Motors may soon fess up to more fatalities linked to faulty ignition switches in its small cars. The company submitted data to federal safety regulators outlining claims from the first quarter of 2014 for Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion vehicles that resulted in 17 deaths and 167 injuries, reports Automotive News.
GM has officially admitted to 13 deaths and 54 accidents with ignition switch failure over the past few months; however, federal regulators have claimed that the number of deaths related to the defective part may actually be higher, and it looks like the case.
While GM has not officially added to its count of ignition-switch related deaths publicly , the new claims do support the opinion of federal regulators. In fact, AN reports that GM’s compensation fund, which will begin accepting claims on August 1, will cover claims for “15 deaths and 136 injuries in Cobalts, 31 deaths and two injuries in Ions, and three deaths and 32 injuries in Chevrolet HHRs,” as well as an additional seven injuries related to the defect in Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Solstice vehicles.