The plaintiff in the first federal trial for GM ignition switches dismissed the case and received no settlement from the automaker.
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A civil trial over defective ignition switches will begin January 11, and the case's outcome could decide if the automaker will fight other suits.
General Motors paid out $594.5 million in its ignition switch claims resolution program, and on average the people with eligible cases got $1.5 million.
The attorneys at the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility are now reporting a total of 90 confirmed deaths and 163 injuries in their latest progress report.
In the latest tally released by the General Motors Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility, the number of cases offered compensation for fatalities has risen to 74 people. There have also been 126 injuries linked to the automaker's faulty part.
The General Motors ignition switch compensation fund received 57 more reports this week that were postmarked before the January 31 deadline. The number of accepted claims ticked up slightly by one additional death and two more injuries.
As the appeal process closes for General Motors' ignition switch recall compensation fund, the tally of claims stands at 4,180. That number might climb, though, because claims postmarked January 31 are still being accepted. As of the latest total, the attorneys found 51 deaths and 77 injures caused by the faulty parts.
Episode #381 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Mike Harley talk about our recent experience with the Nissan Micra and Ford Mustang EcoBoost, Dan has an interview with Phil LeBeau of CNBC about the GM ignition switch recall and NHTSA fine, and we also consider the FTC's latest positive statements about Tesla's direct-sales plan. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our U