Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., holds up a GM ignition swi... Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., holds up a GM ignition switch while she questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Capitol Hill in Washington. DeGette, the ranking member of the House committee investigating GM's recall of 2.6 million small cars, wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.
Feinberg says he has received 178 death claims since August. Of those, 27 have been deemed eligible for compensation payments.

Twenty-five of the 1,193 injury claimants have also received compensation offers.

Feinberg has made 31 settlement offers, and 21 have been accepted thus far. None of the offers has been rejected, said Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the fund for Feinberg's firm.

GM knew about faulty ignition switches in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for more than a decade but didn't recall them until February of this year. The switches can slip out of the "on" position, which causes the cars to stall, knocks out power steering and turns off the air bags.

Feinberg will accept claims until Dec. 31.


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