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GM announces victim compensation

General Motors will pay as much as $1 million to every family of the 13 individuals killed as a result of their vehicles’ defective ignition switches, WDRB News reported on June 30.

Another $300,000 will be given to every single surviving spouse and dependent of the killed victim in addition to the initial amount.  On the same day this announcement was made, GM recalled another 7.6 million vehicles due to the same problem.

GM claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg said all claims seeking remunerations related to the defective ignition switch must be sent in by December 31 of this year.

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GM creates compensation program for victims of defective ignition switches

Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. is jump-starting a program to pay back the victims that were badly affected by an ignition switch defect in many of GM’s small compact cars, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on June 5.

The defect has been blamed for the deaths of at least 13 people. GM announced it will begin hearing claims on August 1, but the company did not discuss how much money would be given to the victims of their defective products.

Further details concerning the compensation program will be developed in the weeks to come by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM in April. Feinberg previously handled the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund as well as funds for the Boston Marathon bombing and the BP oil spill.

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