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GM faulty ignition switch claims increase to 4,342

Imagine that you're driving your car down the highway at 65 MPH when you hit a bump in the road and suddenly loose power. Unable to steer or engage the vehicle's power-braking system, your vehicle careens off the road with you helplessly sitting behind the wheel bracing for impact. For hundreds of drivers and passengers in General Motors vehicles, this nightmare scenario became their reality.

To date, 4,342 claims have been filed in relation to the monumental faulty ignition switch GM recall. Included among these claims are 474 in which individuals died because the ignition switch in their vehicle slipped out of the start position, thereby cutting power to the steering, brakes and airbags systems. Another 289 claims involve individuals who suffered severe and debilitating injuries including amputations, paralysis and brain damage.

So far, GM has approved the death claims of 100. The car manufacturer has estimated that the cost of settling all valid claims will total somewhere between $400 to $600 million. For the individuals and family members directly impacted, no amount of compensation will bring back a loved one or heal the permanent wounds and injuries they've suffered.

The GM faulty ignition switch was the largest recall in history with an unprecedented 2.6 million vehicles being recalled worldwide and 2.2 in the U.S. alone. GM has come under scrutiny and fire for its handling of the matter as documents indicate the company first learned of the defective auto part as early as 2003.

Individuals, who are involved and injured in a motor vehicle accident in which a defective auto part is believed to have played a role, may choose to take legal action. Defective auto parts commonly linked to causing crashes include tires, engines, steering components, airbags and ignition switches.

Source: MLive.com, "Approved death claims related to GM ignition switch recall rise to 100," David Muller, May 11, 2015

CNN Money, "GM: Steps to a recall nightmare," May 12, 2015

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