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GM ignition switch deaths and injuries total 393

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Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, displays a GM ignition switch similar to those linked to 13 deaths and dozens of crashes of General Motors small cars like the Chevy Cobalt, during a news conference.

DETROIT » General Motors’ faulty ignition switches were responsible for at least 124 deaths and 269 injuries, according to a fund set up to compensate victims.

The fund, administered by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, updated the totals Monday. The death toll didn’t grow from the previous week, but there were three additional injuries.

Victims’ families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each.

The fund has finished processing the 4,342 claims it received by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 84 percent — or 3,664 — were deemed ineligible. Feinberg is waiting for additional documentation for 285 claims.

Fund spokeswoman Camille Biros says 319 compensation offers have been made so far and 227 have been accepted. Six have been rejected.

GM recalled 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars last year but acknowledged it knew about the ignition switch problems for more than a decade.

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