Porsche Cars North America has responded to claims that they are to blame for actor Paul Walker’s death in 2014 saying they are not at fault.
Meadow Walker, the deceased actor’s daughter, filed the papers claiming that her father died in “a dangerous car that doesn’t belong on the street,” referring to the Porsche Carrera GT he was driving when he lost control.
She is suing for negligence and wrongful death, alleging that Porsche had failed to install necessary safety features and that the seatbelt was defective.
The lawsuit states:
Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today. [The seatbelt] 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 20 seconds later.
Porsche have refuted the claims saying that Walker’s “death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of [his] own comparative fault.”
The company also claim that the car had been “abused and altered”, had not been properly maintained and a previous investigation had found Walker was driving on nine-year-old tyres at the time of the crash.