Almost two years after the death of Paul Walker his 16-year-old daughter Meadow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche.
Meadow Walker alleges that Porsche took safety shortcuts by installing a 605-horsepower engine into the car. The Porsche Carrera GT is capable of a top speed of 205 mph and is marketed as a race car that can be driven on the road.
The lawsuit alleges that Porsche knew that the Carrera GT was difficult to control yet failed to install a stability system to control the issue. In addition the complaint states that the seat belts were installed in a manner that caused them to fail, placing thousands of pounds of pressure on Paul Walker’s back and breaking his ribs and pelvis thus rendering him unable to escape before the fire ensued which took his life. It is believed that Paul remained alive but trapped in the Porsche Carrera GT for up to one minute and 20 seconds before the car erupted in fire.
Meadow Walker also accused Porsche of trimming the weight of the Porsche by installing side door reinforcement bars that were made of a weaker material than those found on other safer cars such as the Honda Civic. Furthermore, claims that the fuel hose used in the Carrera did not utilize fittings that would break away in a crash to help prevent a fire. As a result, the fuel hose tore during the crash and may have helped create a fire.
“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street,” stated Meadow Walker’s attorney Jeff Milam.
The crash that killed Paul Walker occurred on Nov. 30, 2013 when Paul went for a drive in the Carrera GT with his friend and financial adviser, Roger Rodas after attending a charity event.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and CHP reports claim that unsafe speed and not mechanical problems caused the deadly crash.
What do you think? Is the Porsche Carrera GT a dangerous car that shouldn’t be street legal or was the fatal crash caused by Paul Walker’s friend Roger Rodas’s excessive speeding?