GM Ignition Compensation
Claims Resolution Facility


The GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility established to compensate automobile accident victims killed or physically injured as a result of defective GM ignition switches in certain GM automobiles is now receiving claims. All claims must be submitted on or before December 31, 2014.

  • The Program is purely voluntary; no individual is required to participate in the Program. Only if the individual is satisfied with the compensation provided, does he/she agree to waive their rights to litigate against GM.
  • Mr. Feinberg retains complete and sole discretion over all compensation awards to eligible victims, including eligibility to participate in the Program and the amounts awarded. By agreement, GM cannot reject the Administrator’s final determinations as to eligibility and amount of compensation.
  • The Program has no aggregate cap; GM has agreed to pay whatever the Administrator deems appropriate in each and every individual case.
  • Individuals who previously settled their claims with GM before knowing of the ignition switch defect will be permitted to enter the Program and may receive additional compensation.
  • Contributory negligence attributed to the driver of the vehicle e.g. intoxication, speeding, etc. is irrelevant; the new Program will not examine or evaluate any such contributory negligence.
  • Claimants filing a claim with the Administrator will be required to prove that the ignition switch defect in an “eligible vehicle,” as defined in the Program, was the “proximate cause” of the death or physical injury in the accident.
  • The Program will recognize three different categories of eligible claims: Individual Death Claims, Individual Claims involving the most serious physical injuries (e.g. quadriplegic and paraplegic injuries, permanent brain damage, etc.) and less serious physical injuries involving hospitalization or, in limited circumstances, immediate outpatient medical treatment.
  • Eligible claims will be paid within 90-180 days from the time that a submitted claim is deemed “substantially complete” by the Administrator.

A copy of the Protocol is available on this website.

Neither the Facility nor anyone associated with it can be your lawyer, advocate on your behalf, or give you legal advice. Representatives of the Facility are authorized solely to explain the terms of the Protocol.

You may if you choose communicate with the Facility through a lawyer you retain, as explained in the FAQs in which case the Facility will communicate with you only through your lawyer.

Communications with the Facility will be treated as confidential but they are not protected by the attorney-client privilege and may be subject to discovery through subpoena or other process.