The lawyers in charge of the program to compensate victims of GM's largest recall have now attributed 23 deaths to the faulty ignition switch.

Reuters reports that 867 claims have been filed – another 17 on top of last week's figures – 153 of which have been tied to fatalities.

As of Friday, 23 deaths and 16 claims of serious injury have been approved by Kenneth Feinberg, the law firm overseeing the program.


GM has set aside $400 million to cover the compensation costs and could rise another $200 million. At least $1 million for each eligible death claim will be paid out by the fund, and applications by victims and their families will continue to be received until December 31.