Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche over alleged fatal Carrera GT design flaws

September 29th, 2015
by The Feeder

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The daughter of Paul Walker—one of the stars of the Fast and Furious franchise—is suing Porsche for wrongful death, reports CNN. Meadow Rain Walker is alleging that the car Walker and his friend were driving at the time of his fatal crash—a 2005 Carrera GT—had multiple design flaws.

The Carrera GT is Porsche’s mid-2000s hypercar. It emerged from Porsche’s stillborn Le Mans Prototype program, complete with a carbon fiber chassis and naturally aspirated V10 engine. Compared to its rival, the Ferrari Enzo, the Carrera GT is viewed as the last analog hypercar, with a proper manual gearbox and a minimum of driver aids. The car does have traction control, but according to CNN, Walker’s daughter’s lawyer says it should have been fitted with electronic stability control, stiffer reinforcement bars in the doors, and better fuel lines.

It’s not the first time Porsche has faced wrongful death lawsuits following Carrera GT crashes. In 2005, Carrera GT-owner Ben Keaton and his passenger Corey Rudl were killed in a crash at California Speedway. Rudy’s widow sued a number of parties including Porsche, which paid $360,000—or eight percent of the $4.5 million total award—as a result of comments made by Porsche engineers about the lack of stability control on the car.

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