GM ignition switch death toll rises to 90

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Posted: Apr 27, 2015 11:03 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Families of at least 90 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the automaker.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday. It was 87 last week.

An additional 163 injured people also will be compensated.

As of last week, 113 offers had been accepted and five rejected. The amounts haven't been disclosed.

The fund received 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. Twenty-three percent are still under review. Feinberg says more than half were ineligible or deficient.

GM knew about problem switches in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for more than a decade but recalled them only last year. They can slip out of the "on" position, causing the cars to stall.