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GM still dealing with fallout from fatal accidents

Many of our New Jersey readers own a GM vehicle. While these people are paying close attention to the recent string of recalls, anybody can be impacted by a defective vehicle.

According to recent reports, it has been determined that 19 people were involved in fatal accidents caused by a faulty GM vehicle. This is much higher than the 13 people that the automaker previously disclosed to the public.

Kenneth Feinberg, a well known compensation expert, is in charge of overseeing the GM compensation fund that is providing money to the loved ones of those who have been killed in an accident related to a defective ignition switch.

While the number stands at 19 at the present time, most agree that it is going to increase in the months to come. This is particularly true when you take into consideration the fact that 445 claim applications have been received.

Even with the number of deaths linked to this defect on the rise, those impacted still have questions about whether GM was in position to take care of the problem before it became so serious. One parent said, "We always knew all along that was the cause of the accident. It's not closure for us, but at least it's a step in the right direction."

Fatal accidents happen for many reasons, including defective auto parts. GM remains in the middle of a huge legal battle, with more people sure to file claims in the future with hope of collecting compensation for the death of a loved one. The automaker is finally doing the right thing, but this doesn't change the fact that it waited too long to take action.

Source: CBS News, "At least 19 deaths linked to faulty GM cars" Aimee Picchi, Sep. 15, 2014

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