Detroit, Michigan - General Motors has confirmed that at least 97 deaths are linked to faulty ignition switches on some of its cars as it weighs compensation claims.
The GM independent compensation fund said 45 death claims remained under review as of last Friday. The death toll rose from 90 confirmed claims in the week before.
The fund, administered by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, has been working through 4342 compensation claims for fatalities and injuries linked to the faulty equipment, which can cause the ignition to unintentionally switch out of the “on” position, disabling airbags and other functions.
GM knew of the ignition problem for more than a decade before it began recalling 2.6 million cars in February 2014.
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