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Nearly two years after Paul Walker’s untimely death in a road accident on November 30, 2013, his daughter, 16-year-old Meadow Walker, has filed a suit against Porsche for the wrongful death of her father.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit accused Stuttgart of cutting corners on safety in the pursuit of cutting weight on the 605 hp V10 hypercar. These included the fitment of weaker side impact bars in the doors, as well as the usage of a fuel hose that did not come with fittings that would enable it to break free in a crash – instead, it tore open and helped instigate a fire.

Lawyers also claimed that the seat belts were fitted in such a way that when the Carrera GT in which Paul was riding in alongside race driver Roger Rodas snapped and broke apart in the crash, the shoulder belt was pulled along the rear compartment and “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.”

Other details included the allegation that the fire only broke out after one minute 20 seconds after impact, but the Fast & Furious star was stranded, and was still alive when the car did eventually ignite. “Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned,” the suit stated.

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Another point of contention was the speed at which Rodas lost control – the lawsuit claimed the Carrera GT was only travelling at between 100-115 km/h before it careened into a light pole, significantly slower than the 130-150 km/h reported by investigators.

It added that Porsche deliberately declined to install the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system – standard on the company’s other cars at the time – despite acknowledging “a history of instability and control issues” with the Carrera GT.

“The vehicle lacked safety features that are found on well-designed racing cars or even Porsche’s least expensive road cars — features that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash,” the lawsuit said. “The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street.”

The incident happened during a break in filming for Furious 7, after Walker was attending a charity event for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Los Angeles. The film, in which he made his last box office appearance, was released posthumously on April 3, 2015.