By Mike Colias, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Feb. 9, 2015) — General Motors Co. has played the role of infrequent adviser in the handling of its compensation fund for victims of its defective ignition switch.
The auto maker so far has provided input in just 89 of the 4,180 claims that were submitted to attorney Ken Feinberg ahead of the Jan. 31 filing deadline, the fund's deputy administrator, Camille Biros, said last week.
Under terms of the program, both GM and the claimants “have the opportunity to say, ‘Oh, I'd like to tell you something more about this claim,'” Ms. Biros said in an interview. “But GM does not get involved in the review of the claims at all.”
In most of those 89 cases, GM offered engineering insight — its own interpretation of data from the car's black-box data recorder, for example. Rarely did the feedback affect the outcome of a decision, she said.