Monday, June 29, 2015
GM Ignition Switch Defect Death Toll at 119
General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.
Feinberg was hired by GM last year to independently compensate the victims of crashes caused by the automaker’s faulty ignition switches, which prompted the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles in 2014.
The automaker originally said it only knew of 13 deaths linked to the switches, which can be jostled out of the “run” position by a knee or a heavy keychain, cutting power to the engine and power steering.