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Paul Walker Death

Porsche's Been Sued BEFORE

Over Deadly Carrera GT

12/4/2013 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paul Walker
wasn't the first to allegedly experience mechanical issues inside a Porsche Carrera GT -- TMZ has learned, the car company was sued over a deadly 2005 crash involving the same vehicle ... and it paid dearly in a massive settlement.

According to the lawsuit, two men (a driver and his passenger) were killed on a California race track while driving a 2005 Carrera GT ... hitting a wall at over 100 MPH while trying to avoid another car on the track.

The family of the passenger sued practically everyone involved in the accident for gross negligence -- and won $4.5 million in a giant settlement ... $350,000 of which was paid by Porsche.

The lawsuit alleged the GT didn't handle correctly on the track -- and according to the attorney for the victim's family, Craig McClellan ... sworn testimony from several Porsche experts confirmed a major design flaw with the GT is it doesn't have a Porsche Stability Management system.

We're told the PSMS uses a computer to correct the car if the rear end loses control -- and it is now required by law.

For Porsche's part, the company denied liability -- saying the car fully met federal safety standards at the time -- but it still paid its portion of the settlement to avoid further litigation.

It's unclear if Roger Rodas' Carrera GT had been fitted with a PSMS -- but McClellan says ZERO 2005 Carrera GTs (like Roger's) came off the assembly line with the system.

PSMS or not, it's worth noting the car has been a HUGE legal pain in the ass for Porsche. So far, Paul's family hasn't filed a lawsuit.

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16.

Lucey    

Porshe should havr had stability on this vehicle

321 days ago
17.

billybob    

The PSMS can be turned off. The GT has its fuel tank right behind the seats, the seats are made out of Carbon. Carbon is essentially nothing more than pressed coal and burns like Hell ( Mwahahaha. . .). The GT is definitely NOT the car for idiots who do racing in 45 mph zones. No pro-driver does such s.hit inner city!

The GT is a hell of car and you really have to respect that thing, otherwise . .

Walker got into that car, driven by a wannabe pro-driver azzhole, who was his buddy. He paid the prize.

321 days ago
18.

gpzjack    

at the end of the day i think the real issue was speed. No matter what the issue with the car was he should not have been going that fast on a public street. End of story.

321 days ago
19.

roel reid    

and there it is, from the time i heared what car it was i have been saying it ,

321 days ago
20.

tickner    

Psm will help a driver under normal conditions and it would potentially correct a driver on a race track. The issue is if you are racing psm can become a hinderance. Dont get me wrong I am not enough to drive without psm... but if I was and I was racing I might want to turn it off. Clearly driver error and possibly equipment failure is to blame. I feel bad for all involved, however if I was getting into a gt with a race car driver I would have a helmet and probably not want to be on a regular street. Sometimes our egos prevail, in that car it would be easy to feel the need to push it. Unfortunately a series of terrible events aligned that day. Rest in peace Paul, I hope we cross paths again one day. To the Walker family and all of Pauls friends carry on knowing that you are better for knowing him and remeber him each time you help others less fortunate, that is the legacy I will remeber.

321 days ago
21.

ALex    

Jesus, ist´s a race car, it does not need a whatsoever stability management but an experienced driver and a race track instead of a public street...

321 days ago
22.

Shannon Nutt    

Yes, but given both Rodas and Walker's knowledge of cars, they would have already known if the car did or didn't have the PSMS installed. So they would have been aware of the risk.

321 days ago
23.

The Zombie    

It's not the car's fault they were speeding. The problem was somewhere between the seat and the steering wheel.

321 days ago
24.

YouDontSay    

Wow seriously.

321 days ago
25.

Brittx    

you would think with the money they get on the cars they make and sell that they would do a better job. i bet for sure the families of both guys will be suing them big time. that was the reason for them being out and about was to test drive the car because it was acting up right?

321 days ago
26.

ABB    

Hope the Porsche lawyers tell these idiots to eff' off! They should not pay a dime due to stupidity and negligence.

321 days ago
27.

TheEric    

"... hitting a wall at over 100 MPH while trying to avoid another car on the track. " It's not the car makers fault that people drive like idiots.

321 days ago
28.

anonymous    

though suing and winning a huge sum of money still isn't bringing back the loved one who died in the car accident. People who sue when someone dies are just looking for the money. Hate them for that. Instead they need to realize all that money isn't going to make them any happier or get over the death any quicker.

321 days ago
29.

jappe    

i dunno but its really strange with that licence plate before he crashd licence plate was 7CCY590 after crash it was 3URS93 i dont get it

321 days ago
30.

awards    

I thought Harvey drove a Porsche these days, eh? Like a little old lady!

321 days ago
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