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Ken Feinberg, the victim compensation attorney appointed by GM to run the program, said late Sunday he will now accept claims filed through Jan. 31, a month later than the initial Dec. 31 deadline.

General Motors has extended the date for victims to file claims for damages sustained as a result of the GM defective ignition switches. So far  about 1,800 claims have been filed and 67 accepted including 32 death claims

GM has mailed nearly 4.5 million current and previous owners of its car problems and more notices are on their way.

The GM faulty ignition switch is to blame for 27 deaths, so far, according to a report by the office of the lawyer GM is using to run a program to compensate the victims of the switch.  The program has received 1,371 claims for deaths an injuries and the final deadline for submission of claims is December 1 of this year.

GM has received criticism for waiting 11 years to begin recalling millions of cars with ignition-switch problems that were linked to fatalities.

 The switch can slip out of position, stalling the vehicle and disabling air bags, and the defect led to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles earlier this year.