Detroit - The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.
The total is one more than last week. It was posted today on an internet site by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg.
Feinberg and his aides are checking claims filed or postmarked before a January 31 deadline to determine which are eligible for compensation.
Each eligible death claim is worth at least USD 1 million under his guidelines. Feinberg was hired by GM to make payments.
As of Friday, he received 479 death claims and 3,866 injury claims. Of the injury claims, 94 will get compensation, up from 87 a week ago.