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Paul Walker’s teen daughter files wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche

Paul Walker’s teenage daughter sued Porsche for wrongful death Monday, almost two years after the tragic death of her father. She claimed that the car her father was in when he was killed had several design flaws.

An attorney for Meadow Walker, 16, filed the suit claiming that the company “took safety shortcuts while loading the Porsche Carrera GT with a 605-horsepower engine capable of up to 205 mph and marketing it as a race car licensed for the road,” according to Bustle.

The lawsuit, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, said the car did not have a suitable side door or reinforcement bars. Additionally, the suit said the car lacked an electronic stability control system, which helps drivers control the car in extreme conditions, according to Washington Post.

The court filing went on to mention a faulty seat belt system and a faulty fuel hose. The seat belt system allowed for the shoulder belt anchor to pull to the rear and the seat belt anchor to stay in place.

According to the lawsuit, “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,” LA Times reports. Therefore, the design flaws kept Fast & Furious star inside the car when it wrecked and caught fire.

Walker was on a break from filming the seventh Fast & Furious installment when he was killed. He was riding in the Carrera GT, driven by business associate and friend Roger Rodas, when the car spun out, hit three trees and burst into flames, according to CBS.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s investigators concluded in 2014 that high speeds were the cause of the crash, not mechanical problems. Experts determined that Rodas was driving somewhere between 80 and 93 mph in a 45 mph zone, The Post reports.

However, the lawsuit claims that if the defects would not have been present in the car, “Paul Walker would be alive today.” Porsche did not immediately respond for a comment.

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Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com