Nearly 300 people have filed claims in the General Motors ignition switch recall case, with around 100 claiming the defect led to their loved ones' fatal crashes while 184 people claim they were injured in crashes caused by the recalled ignition switch. The period for filing claims opened on August 1.

According to The Detroit Free Press, each claimant must prove that the ignition switch was the cause of the crash that led to the injury or death. Provided the ignition switch was proven to be the "proximate cause" behind the crash, GM's compensation boss, Ken Feinberg, will use actuarial tables and medical cost data to determine individual payouts. Families of those killed will get at least $1 million from the uncapped settlement fund, which GM is expecting to cost $400 to $600 million.

As we've reported previously, claims can be filed through the end of 2014, with payouts to begin 90 to 180 days after the initial filing. You can expect to hear plenty more about these payouts over the coming months.


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      Jarda
      • 3 Months Ago
      Some people will surely compete at how alarmed they are by these events. True extent of those deaths will be reflected on how much/little will customers say "No" to GM.
      I am not trying to act like I know whether they should. But it is weird to act all outraged and then go and buy from GM again.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 3 Months Ago *Edited*

      Wait but people on Autoblog said that driver was at fault because they put too much stuff on the key chain. Oh why oh why are they blaming GM for their vile ways..............no Justice for GM No Peace, GM=Change you can believe in, Chevy=Forward, Corvette= Opium for masses.

      dbeck
      • 3 Months Ago

      Makes you wonder, that with the new supreme court decision classifying corporations as people, shouldn't GM just be sentenced to death?

        jesscott
        • 3 Months Ago
        @dbeck

        I has been...more than once...the government keeps saving it.

        Larry Litmanen
        • 3 Months Ago
        @dbeck

        Do you actually have a mind of your own? Go to huffington post, read about 0bama and pleasure yourself.

          Tariff The Imports
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          Idiot. 

          dbeck
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          You're hurtful comments through the veil of the internet have greatly changed my opinion. It's amazing how being rude is so effective at conveying one's ideas and creating a tangible argument from which to make a point. Well said sir, well said.

        knightrider_6
        • 3 Months Ago
        @dbeck

        Corporations are people, but only when it benefits them. Hobby Lobby is a person when it wants to enforce it's religious views on it's employees, but GM is not a person when it's CEO deliberately covers up a manufacturing defect and kills people.

          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 3 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6

          There is absolutely NO, ZERO, ZILCH evidence that the " ... CEO deliberately covers up a manufacturing defect and kills people ... "


          Try to keep up

      churchmotor
      • 3 Months Ago

      3...2...1...

      GM shills defending GM garbage.

        Patriot
        • 3 Months Ago
        @churchmotor

        Yet no sack to talk shit using your real name? 

        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 3 Months Ago
        @churchmotor

        Churchtroll mouthing his usual drivel - where's your alter ego, Little Larry?


        Must suck for you guys to stop pleasuring each other to get back to trollin' - which you pretty well stink at, BTW ...

          R.t Voll
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez

          Watch out. You'll get thumbed down by their millions of extra accounts.

      Khalifa
      • 3 Months Ago

      Ok. If Toyota was fined $1 billion for 27 or 37 deaths then how much GM should pay for 100 deaths if the number is true?

        superlightv12
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Khalifa

        I would rather see some top level brass that made the fatal decisions to sit behind bars for the rest of their lives.

      Bubba Joe
      • 3 Months Ago

      Something I don’t understand about this GM key - ignition switch issue:

      Do they or do they not teach student drivers these days about how to handle a vehicle that has lost engine power?

      Do they teach student drivers to grasp the steering wheel firmly because the steering will be heavy without power assist?……………….. And that the vehicles brakes will require more pedal effort to stop the vehicle when vacuum in brake booster is depleted or accumulator pressure in a hydro boost is depleted? 


        evilspoons
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Bubba Joe

        Ha ha. They barely teach most North American drivers the basic rules of the road, to heck with how a car works. Cars are "turn car on, put in drive, this pedal makes it go, this pedal makes it not go." It's appalling.

      AwolG5
      • 3 Months Ago

      I own a cruze and love it. I've been in and driven most of the current range of GM vehicles and they are fantastic. I can not, however, deny how absolutely appalling things have been handled by them. Though I would love to see how many car deaths have been caused by other manufacturers over the years that were never investigated. One thing people just don't is that these horrible things are hidden by every major corporation. Unfortunately for GM this came about. All I can really credit them for is completely cleaning house of all issues known about their cars. I think that alone has helped to save potential care buyers but in my mind still doesn't make up for what happened.

        Jarda
        • 3 Months Ago
        @AwolG5

        100 ppl dead due GM neglecting and covering stuff ~ "Unfortunately for GM this came about."

        O.O

          superlightv12
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Jarda

          You would think it was unfortunate for their customers, especially the dead ones.

        Larry Litmanen
        • 3 Months Ago
        @AwolG5

        Dude don't you get it, CEOs would NEVER hide something like this because this would mean criminal charges for them. These people can make millions of dollars at ANY company, no normal person would hide a crime such as this in USA because the lawsuits would mean the end of the company.


        For some reason GM and it's legal department decided to do the opposite of what every CEO would.


        Look in USA it is hip to think that people get to the top thru connections alone, most CEOs and upper management tends to be very smart, they can easily quit and find a great job elsewhere, very few would justify hiding a crime to benefit financially. For some reason GM hired those people.

          ChrisD
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          Great Minds

          Tariff The Imports
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          Idiot

          knightrider_6
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          "CEOs would NEVER hide something like this"

          It's astonishing how naive you people are.

          Larry Litmanen
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          Clearly you have never worked or spoken to a CEO. Look let's be honest about it, i will never convince you otherwise because you have your mind set.


          I met a few, these are some of the smartest people you will ever meet. Yes i know they get paid bonuses based on performance but very few out there will say geeee let me get that $5 Mil bonus but possible face jail time for engendering people or get paid $3 Mil and do everything by the book.


          Why are you lecturing me on something you have ZERO experience with. If your boss as you claim takes your ideas anyone with a brain would have left long time ago for a far better job.


          I met multiple CEOs, you don't get up there by having average intelligence, i met CEO who was a lawyer, he was able to grasp every aspect of tax law and accounting in the industry within a few months, something that very smart people spend years studying.


          I know you get your knowledge from Obama and movies where people who are smart are always on the bottom but dump people are on top and make the most money, that's not how life works.


      Patriot
      • 3 Months Ago

      Ambulance/hearse chasers looking for a check to make the grief easier to take. Waaaaa. The not only drunk but slammed to the ground teenage driver going three times the speed limit deserved to die for her stupidity, Amber. Any of you claiming otherwise are full of shit and lying. We all know less than 1 in 2 drivers gives a damn about others on the road and could care less about safety until it effects them or their precious loser family members or they see a chance to collect a check without working for it. You know, the new American past time. Money for nothing, just like Dire Straits said. Drive slammed drunk recklessly at a high rate of speed? You deserve the death that will likely be delivered upon you. GM car or some import piece of shit, does not matter.

      That Guy
      • 3 Months Ago

      How many of these were drunk, under the influence, speeding, and not wearing their seatbelt?

      I mean, that is clearly the trend with the original 13 if you look at the facts.

      But I know, facts aren't most people strong suit.  Most people here don't like when facts are presentedpresented because it shows their an idiot.


        superlightv12
        • 3 Months Ago
        @That Guy

        BTW, the cops also gave me two tickets. One was for speeding and the other was failure to avoid an accident. Fact is that I was in a 65 zone going 60. They just need to place the blame somewhere. I chose to not fight the tickets because I could not afford to spend thousands on lawyers to get out of $300 in tickets. After slamming into someone going 60, the cop runs up and asks me what happened. I was LAYING ON THE GROUND because I was slammed around inside the car. BTW, the belt WAS on, but it didn't lock or hold me into position. The airbags did not go off even though the passengers side door was forced open and the front suspension was TORN OFF.

      jesscott
      • 3 Months Ago

      This reminds me of the bus crash where 130 people filed lawsuits saying they were injured....except the bus only sat 60 people.

      knightrider_6
      • 3 Months Ago

      but... but... I was told that regulations are bad and we should let companies do whatever they want and that free market will take care of itself.

        That Guy
        • 3 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6

        You were told right!  And that has nothing to do with these people wanting to cash in on this 'opportunity'.

          superlightv12
          • 3 Months Ago
          @That Guy

          Again, another moronic comment. Smashing into someone head on is never and opportunity. If you believe it is, please try it.

      Oolly
      • 3 Months Ago
      It could be a form of natural selection at work.
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