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GM Defect Death Toll Far Higher Than 100

GM Ignition Defect Death Toll Far Higher Than 100

In response to reports that the fund created by GM to provide compensation to the families of people who died and persons seriously injured in accidents linked to GM ignition switch defect has approved its 100th settlement offer for a death claim, Elizabeth J. Cabraser of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in the GM ignition switch litigation in federal court issued the following statement today:

Elizabeth Cabraser“When GM announced its settlement program, it stated 13 persons had died in accidents linked to the faulty ignition switch. Now we are told that nearly eight times as many people died. GM hid known defects and avoided recalls from its very start as a ‘New’ company in 2009 until last Spring. GM has limited the scope of its settlement program to only 2.6 million of the 12 million vehicles it recalled. The real toll is far higher still: some of our clients, and many others, are among the as-yet unacknowledged casualties of New GM’s concealment. GM says it a new company. We urge the New GM to acknowledge — and compensate — the many thousands of actual death and injury claims, to complete its multiple recalls, and to make its vehicles safe.”

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