General Motors Co.’s ignition switch defect is attributed to one more death, bringing the death toll up to 30, according to a report from the office of the attorney managing the compensation fund. Since the beginning of October, seven deaths have been linked to the problem, Law360 reports. The report shows that 1,580 total claims have been received since the fund began accepting claims in August; this is up 1,517 from last week.
Millions of cars have been recalled due to the ignition switch defect, which causes cars to stall and disables air bags when the switch unexpectedly takes the car out of “run” mode. Law360 reports that most recalls required replacing or modifying the key. A replacement ignition switch was required in 2.6 million vehicles. More GM Ignition Switch Defect Linked to 30 Fatalities