The deadline to file claims under the General Motors (GM) faulty ignition-switch compensation program has been extended until Jan. 31, 2015, which gives 30 additional days in which to submit claims. Notice of the extension was sent to about four and a half million current and previous owners of eligible vehicles, according to Ken Feinberg, the fund’s administrator. He said the extension of an additional month was being implemented “out of an abundance of caution.”
GM has agreed with the extension of the deadline. A more active approach to finding cases of injury or death was requested by a prominent car-safety advocate. Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said in a letter to Feinberg that he should expand outreach efforts and scour federal car-safety databases for accidents in recalled vehicles to determine whether the switch was to blame for additional injuries or deaths. The program, which officially is the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility, began accepting claims on Aug. 1 and as of Nov. 7 had received 1,851 claims for deaths and serious injuries linked to the switch.
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