Paul Walker’s daughter is suing Porsche for manufacturing a faulty luxury car that ended up killing her father two years ago.
In the suit filed on Monday, lawyers for 16-year old Meadow Walker claim that the late Fast & Furious star and his friend Roger Rodas crashed because Porsche failed, or refused to install a stability management system in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which makes it possible for the driver to effectively control the car. The stability system is now a standard in all Porsche cars.
The lawsuit also argues that Rodas, the driver, was going at around 63 to 71 MPH as at the time of the crash – not 83 to 93 MPH as was reported by investigators – which means that speeding was not the cause of the crash. In fact, the suit claims that Walker was alive after the impact, but couldn’t move because he was trapped by his seat-belt, which ‘snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis.’
The fire that engulfed the car, the suit claims, did not start until around 1 minute 20 seconds after the crash … and the car’s faulty door reinforcements and non-fire proof fuel lines did not help at all in preventing the fire from happening. As a result, Walker allegedly burned to death.
As ENTmania! reported, the official cause of Paul Walker’s death was said to be force of impact and thermal injuries, but Meadow’s lawyers believe it was Porsche’s fault. ‘The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car,’ Jeff Milam, one of the lawyers, told TMZ. ‘It doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.’
Meanwhile, Porsche fired back at the lawsuit on Tuesday, saying in a statement, ‘As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.’ The spokesperson for the car company added, however, that they have not seen the new legal documents and so ‘cannot comment on its specifics.’
Meadow did not specify any damages in her suit.