General Motors has extended the filing deadline for its victim compensation fund set up for individuals injured as a result of GM’s use of defective ignition switches. The filing deadline has been extended to January 31, 2015. The extension comes in the wake of a New York Times report of GM’s failure to notify the family of a woman killed in an ignition switch related accident of their right to file a claim.
The compensation fund has been set up for claims made by individuals injured as the result of GM’s use of defective ignition switches in certain models of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and Pontiac G5. According to the Times, “Officials at the automaker knew about problems in the cars for more than a decade, but failed to alert regulators and the public until this year. The cars have a defective ignition switch that can suddenly cut off engine power and deactivate airbags. There is evidence that years before issuing recalls, G.M. was aware of ignition issues in other cars with eerily similar problems, including the Impala, but accidents involving those vehicles are not covered by the fund.”