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Now 100 deaths linked to faulty GM ignition switches

The number of deaths caused by faulty ignition switches in GM vehicles has reached 100 according to the latest update published by Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney hired by GM to compensate victims and their families. Global News reports that another 184 people have been directly injured.

Feinberg says each validated death claim would start at $1 million and rise depending on the circumstances of the crash. There is no maximum.

After the deadline of January 31st, 2015, GM had received 4,342 claims, a little more than 40% of which have since been deemed ineligible for various reasons. Another 37% were deficient or turned in without documentation, while 14% are still under review. 

GM has recalled millions of vehicles, including older-model Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion cars, due to a defective ignition switch that could unexpectedly turn the engine off and deactivate the airbags. The automaker confessed that it knew about the problem since 2003. A compensation fund has been set and up to $600 million could be awarded to victims and their families.