General Motors is extending the deadline for victims to submit claims for compensation stemming from deaths or injuries caused by defective ignition switches.
The fund established to compensate victims will accept applications for compensation until Jan. 31, that’s one month later than the previous deadline.
Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who administers the fund, said the deadline was extended because many families may not know about the program and need more time.
About 2.6 million vehicles under the GM range of brands are under recall for switches that can slip out of the “run” position while being driven, causing the air bags and power steering to cut out.
This week, GM is sending about 850,000 letters to newly registered owners of the small cars that were equipped with the faulty switches. Some of the letters are being sent to car owners who may not have received notices because the automaker did not have their correct addresses.
Here is GM’s website for Ignition Recall Safety Information.