The number of people who have filed applications for compensation claiming that one of their loved ones was killed because of a deadly defect General Motors ignored has reached 100.
Ken Feinberg — the compensation fund czar GM hired to independently run a victim settlement fund for people affected by its ignition-switch defect — had received 100 death claim applications and 184 injury claim applications as of Friday, spokeswoman Amy Weiss said in an email.
The numbers do not necessarily reflect the number of victims legitimately affected by the ignition-switch defect, which lingered for more than a decade before GM finally ordered a recall in February.
Anyone can file a claim for compensation, which could range into the millions for crashes involving deaths and serious injuries, but Feinberg will determine whether they are eligible. Applications will be accepted through the end of the year.