Program for Compensating Victims of GM's Ignition-Switch Defect Introduced | Edmunds

Program for Compensating Victims of GM's Ignition-Switch Defect Introduced


Just the Facts:
  • A compensation program to pay victims killed or physically injured as a result of defective GM ignition switches in GM automobiles was announced on Monday by Kenneth R. Feinberg, an attorney who is overseeing the program.
  • GM cannot appeal final awards approved by Feinberg.
  • There is no cap to the aggregate amount of money that GM will pay under the terms of the program.

WASHINGTON — A compensation program to pay victims killed or physically injured as a result of defective ignition switches in GM automobiles was announced on Monday by Kenneth R. Feinberg, an attorney who is overseeing the program.

"We are pleased that Mr. Feinberg has completed the next step with our ignition switch compensation program to help victims and their families," said GM CEO Mary Barra in a statement. "We are taking responsibility for what has happened by treating them with compassion, decency and fairness. To that end, we are looking forward to Mr. Feinberg handling claims in a fair and expeditious manner."

GM has said that 13 fatalities are linked to the recall.

GM cannot appeal final awards approved by Feinberg. There is no cap to the aggregate amount of money that GM will pay under the terms of the program. Feinberg said: "Contributory negligence attributed to the driver of the vehicle e.g. intoxication, speeding, etc. is irrelevant."

Feinberg did not provide an estimate on how much GM will have to pay victims.

"This program is designed to provide swift compensation to eligible victims of ignition-switch defects in certain GM vehicles," Feinberg said in a statement.

The program is intended to be a "prompt and fair alternative to litigation," according to Feinberg.

The program will consider claims involving accidents in which airbags did not deploy in the 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other small cars recalled for the defective ignition switch.

Claim forms can be found at the GM ignition compensation Web site. Claims can be filed starting on August 1. The deadline to submit a claim is December 31, 2014. There is no fee for filing a claim.

To file a claim you must have been a driver, passenger, pedestrian or an occupant of another vehicle involved in an accident resulting in physical injury or death due to the ignition-switch defect in the following vehicles:

Production Part Vehicles

Vehicles in which the ignition switch was not replaced prior to the accident include only the following models:

Service Part Vehicles

Vehicles in which the ignition switch was replaced prior to the accident with an ignition switch bearing the Part No. 10392423; AND the accident in question occurred after such replacement. The Service Part Vehicles include only the following models:

  • Chevrolet Cobalt (Model Years 2008-'10)
  • Chevrolet HHR (Model Years 2008-'11)
  • Daewoo G2X (Model Years 2008-'09)
  • Opel/Vauxhall GT (Model Years 2008-'10)
  • Pontiac G5 (Model Years 2008-'10)
  • Pontiac Solstice (Model Years 2008-'10)

Saturn Sky (Model Years 2008-'10)

Edmunds says: Consumers who believe they have a claim in this case will find valuable information on the dedicated compensation Web site. Of course, this program is completely voluntary. It's best to consult with your attorney before taking further action.

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