Death toll from defective GM ignition switches rises to 111

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Posted: Jun 08, 2015 11:24 AM

DETROIT (AP) — The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has risen by 2 to 111.

Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM last year. In addition, GM has agreed to make offers to 220 people who were injured in crashes caused by the switches in the Chevrolet Cobalt and other older-model cars.

GM recalled 2.6 million of the cars last year, but acknowledged it knew about problems with the switches for more than a decade.

Feinberg's compensation fund received 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. About 4 percent remain under review. Eighty-eight percent were deemed deficient or ineligible.

GM paid $200 million to settle claims filed with Feinberg as of March 31.