Deaths caused by General Motors' faulty ignitions reported at 45; number of injured at 67

Associated Press

At least 45 people have died and 68 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.

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The numbers may change. Feinberg has received 303 death claims and 2,407 injury claims, and is still reviewing 738 of them. So far, 112 claims are eligible for compensation.

GM was aware of faulty ignition switches in its Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for more than a decade, but it didn't recall them until 2014. The switches can slip out of the "on" position, causing the cars to stall, knocking out power steering and turning off the air bags.

Feinberg is accepting claims until Jan. 31.