General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM linked to faulty small-car ignition switches to tell them about its compensation program.
The company came under fire this week because one of the families was unaware that a Connecticut mother had died in a crash that GM had blamed on the switches. On Thursday, a U.S. senator and the family's lawyer called on GM to extend the Dec. 31 deadline to file compensation claims.
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Company spokesman Jim Cain said GM began tracking down the 13 families shortly after hiring a compensation expert to run the fund in May. Most had been reached before last week. But he said GM did not contact Jean Averill's family until this week.