GM unveils plan to compensate ignition switch victims
Posted June 30, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
Detroit — General Motors on Monday unveiled a plan to compensate victims of the ignition switch defect that killed at least 13 people nationwide. The plan comes as millions of additional vehicles were added to the defect recall list.
Under the plan, families of those killed will be offered $1 million, plus $300,000 each for surviving spouses and dependents. The payments are for “emotional distress losses.”
Additional funds can be claimed for the economic impact of a crash, according to the plan.
The plan is open to victims involved in an accident with a GM vehicle where the airbags did not deploy, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and relatives of those killed.
Anyone filing a claim must prove the crash was caused by a faulty GM ignition switch.
At least 54 crashes are blamed on the defect, which led to the recall of over 2 million small GM vehicles.
On Monday, GM added 8.2 million vehicles to the recall list. The updated list covers seven vehicles, including the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix and 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS.