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Paul Walker's only child, daughter Meadow, is suing Porsche for wrongful death, claiming that the car manufacturer failed to equip the car that he died in with proper safety mechanisms, leading to the Furious 7 star burning alive.

TMZ has obtained the lawsuit that lawyers have filed on behalf of Meadow Walker, which claims that when the Porsche Carrera GT crashed and broke apart, Paul Walker's seat belt "snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis," effectively trapping him in the passenger seat.

Walker in the car, shortly before his crash
Walker in the car, shortly before his crash

In addition to the above, the lawsuit claims that the fire which ultimately claimed Walker's life, didn't break out for 1 minute and 20 seconds after the initial impact; however, due to the seat belt, Paul was trapped. The suit also alleges that Paul was still alive when the fire broke out, stating "Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned."

Law enforcement said that the car, which was driven by Walker's friend Roger Rodas, crashed while doing speeds of between 80 and 93 MPH. However, the lawsuit states that Rodas was traveling between 63 and 71 MPH when the car hurtled out of control. The suit alleges that "the car would never have careened if it had a proper stabilization system." Walker's lawyer also claims that Porsche knows the Carrera GT has "a history of instability and control issues."

Meadow's lawyers claim that the control issue could have been fixed with a Porsche Management System, which prevents a car from swerving. The lawyers say that while the system is standard in many models, the company intentionally refrained from installing it in the Carrera GT.

The wreckage of the Carrera GT after the fatal fire and crash
The wreckage of the Carrera GT after the fatal fire and crash

Other allegations in the lawsuit highlight the lack of break-free fittings to automatically shut down fuel flow, which the lawsuit alleges caused the fatal fire, and also "deficient side door reinforcements."

The lawsuit doesn't put a figure on the amount that 16-year-old Meadow is seeking in damages, and Meadow's lawyer, Jeff Milam told TMZ, "The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas."

Source: TMZ, NBC Los Angeles


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