GM launches compensation program for crash victims

Written By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted: 06/05/2014, 03:02am

DETROIT — General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.

The company said Thursday it expects the program will start accepting claims Aug. 1. It will be administered by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg.

CEO Mary Barra said Thursday morning that an investigation report found a pattern of incompetency and neglect, but not a cover-up, at the heart of the Detroit automaker’s long delay in dealing with faulty ignition switches.

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