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Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche saying car lacked proper stability control

Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.

Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.  (Always Evolving/Facebook)

Paul Walker’s daughter has sued Porsche nearly two years after the “Fast & Furious” actor and his financial adviser Roger Rodas were killed in a car crash.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, Meadow Rain Walker claims the sports car that her father was in suffered from numerous design defects. She seeks unspecified damages for defects that her lawyers claim kept the actor trapped in the Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed and burst into flames in November 2013.

The wrongful-death suit claims the car, which was marketed as a street-legal race car, lacked a proper stability control system and safeguards to protect occupants and keep it from catching fire after a collision.

"Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today," the lawsuit states.

In a statement released by Porsche on Tuesday, the car company said that the car was not at fault for the crash, but instead the person behind the wheel.

“We have not seen the lawsuit and therefore cannot comment on its specifics,” said Porsche spokesperson Calvin Kim, according to Deadline. “As we have said before, 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.”

Walker was on break from filming the seventh film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise when he got into the red Porsche with Rodas behind the wheel. The car spun out of control at a corner and struck three trees and burst into flames in Santa Clarita, California.

The 18-page lawsuit includes a detailed recounting of the crash and contends that the Porsche was traveling 63 to 71 mph when it spun out of control.

Investigators concluded the Porsche was going much faster — up to 94 mph — when it crashed.

The investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol concluded that it was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the crash. That investigation was aided by engineers from Porsche, who evaluated the wreckage of the rare car.

Meadow Walker's lawsuit contends Porsche didn't include a stability control system in the Carrera GT model Rodas was driving but includes it in other models. It also claims the car lacked proper reinforcements in its doors and used rubber fuel lines that didn't break free to prevent a fire in a crash.

Similar allegations of design and safety defects were included in a wrongful death lawsuit by Rodas' widow, Kristine Rodas, that is still pending in a federal court in Los Angeles. Rodas was trained as a race car driver and was only driving 55 mph, according to his wife's lawsuit. He left behind two young children when he died.

"The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose," Rodas' family lawsuit states.

Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, co-owned an auto racing team with Rodas named Always Evolving. Meadow Walker, 16, is the sole heir of his estate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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