No Extension For GM Ignition Switch Claims DeadlineJanuary 29, 2015
The troubled automaker announced that it would not extend GM ignition switch claims past the current January 31 deadline. The company rejected the proposal of two U.S. Senators to extend the GM ignition switch claims deadline, citing that it had already pushed the deadline back from its original December 31, 2014, date. The claims stem from a defect found in more than 2.6 million vehicles that has led to at least 50 verified death claims and dozens of serious injury claims against the company.
Defect Spurs GM Ignition Switch Claims
The design flaw that spurred the rash of GM ignition switch claims can cause the vehicles to lose power while driving. The switches can move the ignition system from the “ON” to the “ACC” position if the switch is bumped or weighted down with a heavy key chain. When the vehicle loses power, the driver can lose control, as the system turns off the power steering system. Other safety systems, such as the power brakes and airbag deployment, are also shut off.
Senate Investigates GM Ignition Switch Claims
Two senators, Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), wrote a letter to the company requesting an extension for drivers seeking to file GM ignition switch claims. The letter said that an extension to the GM ignition switch claims deadline would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to finish its investigation into any criminal behavior stemming from the company’s mismanagement of the switch’s design flaw. GM released a statement in response to the letter, saying that the company has “conducted extensive outreach” on the recall and would not extend the deadline.
GM Ignition Switch Claims Still Under Review
Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney overseeing the compensation fund for GM ignition switch claims, recently stated that the fund has approved of 50 claims of fatal injuries from the switch defect. The company had received more than 3,000 GM ignition switch claims, with 338 of those related to fatal accidents, since last August. Mr. Feinberg stated that 67 of those 338 cases are still under review. He also stated that the review process will extend “well into the spring” of 2015. Families filing death claims could receive at least $1 million from the compensation fund.
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