A victim fund would be a huge step towards GM getting past the recall scandal.
That said, Barra and the GM board do not want the fund to be open ended. If they can cap it at a certain figure, it would reassure Wall Street and investors that the automaker has a handle on how much of a charge it will take this year.
In a scandal involving the deaths of at least 13 people, and potentially many more, it appears cold and uncaring to discuss how much to set aside for victims.
There is no amount of money that will ease the pain and anguish of many families.
Barra's job as CEO of a publicly traded company, however, is to give investors financial certainty, especially with a recall fund that will result in a massive charge.
We may find out this week what Mary Barra meant when she said GM will do right by those impacted by the recall.
- By CNBC's Phil LeBeau