Last week, GM announced the recall of 8.4 million more vehicle worldwide – most of them for an ignition defect similar to the flaw that the company failed to disclose in other models for more than a decade.
The company announced the recall right after they unveiled a plan to pay victims of accidents caused by the 2.6 million GM vehicles already recalled for their ignition flaw. The plan is to pay more than $1 million to injured victims or their families of those who have died.
GM said that it will spend $2.5 million this year to fix safety problems. The announcement of their latest recall brings their total recalled vehicles over the first six months of the year to more than 29 million – there are 64.6 million GM vehicles registered in the country.
Even those families who have already settled lawsuits with GM related to the ignition switch would be eligible for payouts, though they would have to deduct the amount already received from the total.