Safety

Number of deaths tied to General Motors ignition switch defect rises to 29

FILE - In this Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo, Kenneth Feinberg, the independent claims administrator for the General Motors Ignition Compensation Program, announces the details of the program during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

FILE - In this Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo, Kenneth Feinberg, the independent claims administrator for the General Motors Ignition Compensation Program, announces the details of the program during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

At least 29 people have died and 27 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.

Feinberg says he has received 184 death claims since August. Of those, 29 have been deemed eligible for compensation, up two from last week.

Twenty-seven of the 1,333 injury claimants have also received compensation offers.

GM knew about faulty ignition switches in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for more than a decade but didn't recall them until February. The switches can slip out of the "on" position, which causes the cars to stall, knocks out power steering and turns off the air bags.

Feinberg will accept claims until Dec. 31.