Porsche Responds to Meadow Walker’s Wrongful Death Suit

Published on September 30, 2015.
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Porsche responded to the wrongful death suit filed by Paul Walker’s 16-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker, which claims he died due to a lack of safety features in the car.

Meadow Walker filed the suit against Porsche after her father died in a car accident two years ago on Nov. 30, 2013 in Valencia, California.

Porsche told PEOPLE on Tuesday: “We are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.”

A report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department declared the accident at fault of the driver, Roger Rodas, who was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at speeds between 80 and 93 mph when the car hit a power pole and several trees. According to CNN, the speed limit on the park road was 45 mph.

According to PEOPLE, the lawsuit alleges “the Carrera GT had a history of instability and control issues,” and Porsche knew about it. The company “failed to install its electronic stability control system specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type.”

These control systems can be found in other Porsche vehicles.

In addition to the control system, the lawsuit claims Walker’s death was a direct result of a “defective” seat belt, trapping him in the car while it caught on fire due to faulty rubber fuel lines.

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