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Death Toll From Faulty Ignition Switches in General Motors Cars Hits 109

by The Associated Press /  / Updated 
Image: A recalled Chevy Cobalt ignition switch is seen at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch in this file photo
A recalled Chevy Cobalt ignition switch is seen in this file photo from July 17, 2014. JOHN GRESS / Reuters

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The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 109.

Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM last year. In addition, GM has agreed to make offers to 208 people who were injured in crashes caused by the switches in the Chevrolet Cobalt and other older-model cars.

Related: Criminal Wrongdoing in GM Ignition Defect: Feds

GM recalled 2.6 million of the cars last year, but acknowledged it knew about problems with the switches for more than a decade.

Feinberg's compensation fund received 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. About 7 percent remain under review. Eighty-four percent were deemed deficient or ineligible.

GM paid $200 million to settle claims filed with Feinberg as of March 31.

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