A fund established by GM to pay claims related to defective ignition switches won't limit claim amounts and will include people who have already settled a case with the carmaker. Those and other details about the long-awaited compensation plan were announced by plan administrator Kenneth Feinberg on Monday.
"GM basically has said, whatever it costs to pay all eligible claims under the protocol, they will pay it," Feinberg said.
The ignition switch safety flaw that made GM cars and SUVs lose power and consequently, the use of their air bags and power steering has been blamed for at least 13 deaths and many more injuries. It also caused the recall of millions of cars with model years between 2003 and 2011.
While some claims are likely to yield payments of thousands of dollars, Feinberg said that others, for death or catastrophic injury, could bring payments in the millions.
The plan was unveiled in Washington, D.C., Monday; a website explaining the program has been created to let people submit claims either online or by downloading forms and mailing them in.
GM says claims can be submitted between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31 of this year. There is no fee to file a claim.
Here are some details from today's announcement: