Porsche, the makers of the car that Paul Walker was riding in when he was killed almost two years ago, has fired back at the actor’s daughter’s lawsuit which claims that the car caused Walker’s death.
Meadow Walker sued the company in September after alleging that the 2013 crash that took the lives of her father and his friend, Roger Rodas, was caused by the automaker’s lack of safety features and its knowledge of but refusal to correct the hazardous characteristics. In a response filed by the company, the carmaker dismissed responsibility for Walker’s passing because he was a “knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT.”
Porsche also slammed the 16-year-old’s claims that the car was defective.
According to the company, “the subject 2005 Carrera GT was abused and altered” and “misused and improperly maintained” because the “Fast and Furious” star should not have permitted or participated in the high-speed ride at his Reach Out Worldwide charity event due to dangerous conditions.
The company goes on to suggest “comparative fault” which means that the actor was partly to blame, a notion that if proven true, would call for any awarded monetary damages to be reduced accordingly.
A representative for Meadow Walker reacted to Porsche’s response filing yesterday (Nov. 16).
“It is beyond regrettable that Porsche is trying to deflect its own responsibility by blaming the victim — Paul Walker — for his own death by getting into the passenger seat of its Carrera GT. Contrary to Porsche’s assertions, the facts are clear: Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants, in a crash on a dry, empty straightaway in broad daylight and at speeds well below the vehicle’s advertised capabilities.
The rep continued, “If Porsche had designed the car to include proper safety features, Paul would have survived, he would be filming ‘Fast and Furious 8’ and Meadow Walker would have the father she adored.”
According to Walker and her lawyers, the carmakers, “failed to install its electronic stability control system, which is specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type.” The 16-year-old also alleges that the car had a defective seatbelt that made it impossible for Walker to escape before the it bursted into flames.