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GM Pays Ignition Victims Less Than $600 Million in Settlements

  • Total sum is slightly less than figure shared with investors
  • Automaker paid out on less than 10% of 4,343 claims submitted

General Motors Co. paid less than $600 million to settle claims by victims of its flawed ignition switches, a slightly smaller sum than what the automaker told investors it expected to pay, after a 20-month-long compensation process led by Kenneth Feinberg.

A final report released by Feinberg on Thursday concluded 124 people died in relation to ignition switches in GM compact cars, and another 275 suffered injuries warranting compensation. The Feinberg-led firm said GM paid out on less than 10 percent of 4,343 claims submitted, for a total of $594 million in settlements.