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Claims deemed eligible for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles rose slightly in the last week, including two additional deaths attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report on Monday.
As of Monday, the program had received 2,262 claims for injuries and deaths, according to the report from the lawyer overseeing the program to compensate for deaths and accidents linked to the part. That was up by 15 claims from a week earlier. The program began accepting claims on Aug. 1. GM has been criticized for waiting 11 years to begin recalling millions of cars with ignition-switch problems that have been linked to fatalities. The switch can slip out of position, stalling the vehicle and disabling air bags. The defect led to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles earlier this year. Thirty-eight deaths have now been approved as eligible for payments, up from 36 previously, according to the report from the office of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg.
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