General Motors has already received 107 death claims through its program to compensate victims of its faulty ignition switches—and it has only been accepting them since Aug. 1. This number far exceeds the 13 deaths that GM officially attributed to its faulty parts. However, just because these claims have been filed, it doesn’t mean they are eligible for compensation. That will have to be determined by Kenneth Feinberg, who has overseen other high-profile compensation cases, such as the BP oil spill in 2010 and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Because the program will accept claims through Dec. 31, the number of claims will likely grow further. GM has allocated $400 million for compensation, but has not placed any caps on the final amount.
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