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Paul Walker's Daughter Suing Porsche for Actor's Wrongful Death

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By    |   Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 12:26 PM

Paul Walker's daughter is suing Porsche, claiming that design flaws in the car maker's Carrera GT model prevented the "Fast & Furious" actor from escaping when the vehicle caught fire after crashing nearly two years ago.

Meadow Walker, 16, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Valencia, California, in connection to her dad's Nov. 30, 2013, death, according to Us Weekly.

The actor, a passenger in the car driven by friend Roger Rodas, had approximately a minute and 20 seconds to get himself out of the Porsche after the crash but before the fire sparked, the lawsuit states. But the seatbelt trapped him, snapping "Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis."

The suit also claims that the vehicle had a problem with its stabilization system.

"Law enforcement said the cause of the crash was speeding — 80 to 93 MPH — at the hands of driver Roger Rodas," TMZ reported. "But the lawsuit says Rodas was only going between 63 and 71 MPH when it careened out of control. And the suit alleges the car would never have careened if it had a proper stabilization system."

Furthermore, Walker's daughter argues, Porsche knew that the Carrera GT had "a history of instability and control issues" and that it could have been improved with a Porsche Stability Management System that prevents swerving, according to TMZ. Even though that system is standard on other vehicles, Porsche intentionally did not install it on the Carrera GT.

"The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car," Jeff Milam, Meadow Walker's attorney, told TMZ. "It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas."

Earlier this year, Rodas' widow Kristine Rodas sued Porsche Cars North America, blaming a defect in the vehicle for the crash, NBC News reported.

Porsche, though, insisted the crash was Rodas' fault as the operator of the car.

"Roger Rodas' death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Roger Rodas' own comparative fault," Porsche attorneys said in response to the Rodas suit. Roger Rodas "chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself and others to such perils, dangers and risks," the car maker said in its filing.

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Paul Walker's daughter is suing Porsche, claiming that design flaws in the car maker's Carrera GT model prevented the "Fast & Furious" actor from escaping when the vehicle caught fire after crashing nearly two years ago.
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