Paul Walker's teen daughter sues Porsche over his death in fiery crash


Nearly two years after Paul Walker's death, the actor's teenage daughter is suing Porsche, claiming that the sports car her father was riding in when he was killed in a fiery wreck had numerous design flaws.

An attorney for 16-year-old Meadow Walker filed a wrongful death suit this week against the automaker, claiming the company knew the Porsche Carrera GT "lacked safety features that are found on well-designed racing cars or even Porsche's least expensive road cars - features that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash," according to news reports.

The lawsuit, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, said the car lacked suitable side door reinforcement bars as well as an electronic stability control system, which helps drivers maintain control in extreme conditions. The court filing also said that the car had a faulty fuel hose and a faulty seat belt system, designed so that upon impact, the shoulder belt anchor was pulled to the rear while the seat belt anchor stayed attached.

"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," the lawsuit claims, according to the Los Angeles Times.

These design defects, the lawsuit claims, kept the "Fast & Furious" star trapped in the car when it crashed and caught fire in Los Angeles nearly two years ago, according to the Associated Press.

Walker, 40, was riding in a friend's Porsche Carrera GT on Nov. 30, 2013, when the car crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. Both Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators, who questioned the automaker's technicians at the time, concluded that high speeds - not mechanical issues - were to blame.

The lawsuit, however, argues that the car was going between 63 to 71 mph when it lost control and crashed, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Meadow Walker has not spoken publicly about the lawsuit.

Her attorney, Jeffrey Milam, said in a statement reported by the Los Angeles Times that she filed the suit "with great reluctance" and will not be commenting on it.

"She's a teenage girl who is still dealing with the tragic loss of her father," Milam said.

"The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car," he added, according to CNN. "It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas."

Porsche Cars North America spokesperson Calvin Kim told CNN that the manufacturer has not yet seen seen the lawsuit and would not comment on it.

"As we have said before, we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle," Kim said, according to CNN, "but we believe the authorities' reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed."

Porsche representatives were not immediately available to comment Tuesday.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages in Walker's death.


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