The daughter of late Hollywood actor Paul Walker has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Porsche AG, manufacturers of the Carrera GT supercar in which Mr. Paul Walker was riding when he was killed in a violent collision. Porsche Cars North America and Beverly Hills Porsche are also defendants in the suit.
Paul Walker was in the passenger’s seat of the Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed in Santa Clarita, with friend and financial advisor Roger Rodas at the wheel. Rodas’ widow filed a similar lawsuit against Porsche AG last year, but the automaker denied any defects present in the crash.
The Los Angeles Times details some of the allegations of this new lawsuit being brought forth by Meadow Walker, 16, which includes a long list of specific design elements that allegedly contributed to Paul Walker’s death. This includes the Carrera GT’s lack of an electronic stability control system, insufficient side door reinforcements, and a lack of “break-away” fuel hose fittings to keep gasoline from pooling in the event of a crash.
Perhaps most importantly, the lawsuit also alleges that the seatbelts on the Carrera GT are improperly anchored; in this crash, the shoulder belt anchor moved rearward with the engine compartment, while the lap belt anchor stayed in place. “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,” reads the suit.
Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow, has declined to comment on the lawsuit. She is the late actor’s only child.