The teenage daughter of actor Paul Walker has filed a wrongful-death suit against Porsche AG, claiming defects in the car that the 40-year-old star of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise rode in when he was killed in a fiery crash nearly two years ago.
Meadow Walker, 16, alleges the German automobile manufacturer took safety shortcuts while loading up 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 the complaint, Porsche AG knew the Carrera GT had a history of instability but failed to install a control system that would have addressed such issues. It also installed the model’s seat belts in such a way that when the car fractured on impact, the shoulder belt anchor was yanked along with the rear engine compartment as the seat belt anchor stayed put.
“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 twenty seconds later.”
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