Porsche hits back at Paul Walker's daughter's lawsuit

2015-09-30 14:12

Los Angeles - Porsche has rubbished claims a "defective" seat belt and "lack of safety features" is to blame for Paul Walker's death after his daughter filed a wrongful death lawsuit against it.

The German car company has issued a statement blaming the Fast and Furious actor's death in 2013 on reckless driving and excessive speeding after 16-year-old Meadow filed liable court documents on Tuesday.

The manufacturer told CNN: "As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities' reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed."

However, Meadow's lawsuit disputes law enforcement's assertion that the crash was caused by speeding, with Roger driving between 80 to 93 mph (129 to 150 km/h), as she claims his actual speed was between 63 and 71 mph (101 to 114 km/h).

The youngster also believes the 2005 Carrera GT Paul was travelling in at the time "lacked safety features...that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash."

The youngster went on to claim Paul was still alive when the car caught fire and a "defective" seat belt prevented him from escaping after the safety feature "snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis" and leaving him trapped.

Paul tragically died two years ago in Santa Clarita, California when his friend Roger Rodas lost control of the Carrera GT they were travelling in and hit a concrete lamppost, followed by two trees, before the car went up in flames.

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