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1st Gear: Another Day, Another New GM Death Count
General Motors has maintained that 13 people died in crashes tied to the ignition switch defect, but federal regulators have said the death toll is likely higher than that.
This analysis by reporters at Reuters puts the toll from crashes in those recalled cars at 74. Other news organizations and safety watchdogs have come up with their own numbers. The nonprofit Center For Auto Safety has had the number at more than 300.