Nearly two years after Paul Walker’s fatal crash riding passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT, the actor’s now 16-year-old daughter has filed a lawsuit against the automaker claiming the Carrera GT is “a dangerous car that doesn’t belong on the street.”
After the accident, investigators concluded that unsafe speed and not mechanical problems were responsible for the crash. That car’s tires were also aged and in poor condition.
According to the LA Times, the new one filed by Meadow Walker, Paul Walker’s only child, blames the car’s design instead:
“Porsche AG knew the Carrera GT had a history of instability but failed to add a control system (Porsche Stability Management System) to address that issue. It also installed the model’s seat belts in such a way that when the car fractured on impact, the shoulder belt anchor was yanked along with the rear engine compartment while the seat belt anchor stayed put.
This snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and 20 seconds later. Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned.”
Meadow Walker also accuses Porsche of “trimming the vehicle’s weight by installing side door reinforcement bars made of a weaker material than is used in more common cars, such as the Honda Civic, and of using a fuel hose that lacked fittings that would break free if the car were in a crash. Instead, the hose tore and helped create a fire.”
While the lawsuit says the Carrera GT was “traveling 63 to 71 mph when it suddenly went out of control,” authorities put that figure above 90 mph two years ago.
We’ve seen this before, haven’t we? The widow of Roger Rodas, the man who was driving the Carrera GT in the crash that killed both of them, also sued Porsche last year claiming:
“The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose.”
That lawsuit specified the lack of a crash cage, a failure in the car’s suspension, and a lack of safety features in the gas tank.
In the new case Meadow’s lawyer, Jeff Milam, told TMZ the following:
The Carrera GT had a history of instability and control issues. The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.
Driving a Carrera GT fast is no walk in the park, but 612 horsepower in a mid-engined rear-wheel drive car built 11 years ago wasn’t supposed to be.
Photo credit AP. Hat tip to Joel
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