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Published on : Jul 30, 2014

This Tuesday, a lawsuit has hit General Motors on behalf of nearly 650 people regarding the faulty ignition switches in a number of cars, the reason why these cars were recalled from customers, which led to accidents that injured and even killed people. 

The lawsuit was filed in the federal court of Manhattan, where dozens of cases against the company over the issue of faulty ignition switch have been merged together. The cases include names of 658 complainants, including 29 who have registered claims on behalf of individuals who died. 

General Motors has recalled nearly 15 million vehicles from around the world due to supposedly defective ignition switches. General Motors has set up a program to compensate victims of accidents caused due to nearly 2.6 million of those cars that have been recalled. These cars include mostly Ions, Cobalts and small cars that the company has linked with 54 accidents and 13 deaths. 

The lawsuits filed against the company on Tuesday include many cases that do not clearly belong to the varieties of cars the company is considering eligible for the program. These lawsuits include cases of accidents caused due to cars not included in the 2.6 million calls recalled earlier this year and in which the car’s airbags worked just fine. 

A General Motors spokesperson avoided commenting specifically on the allegations in the suit. He told that the program was to be run by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, and that he was the one in charge of setting criteria for the program. However, he stated that GM had not set any limit on the amount it would pay to eligible or genuine claimants. He also stated that the company’s goal was to treat people with compassion and as fairly as possible.