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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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46.

Pete L    

Sorry, you drive too fast, your fault. Like suing train for hitting you if you decide to stand in the tracks. Litigation, litigation, always someone else's fault in the US. Grow Up!!

218 days ago
47.

Flashboy789    

You can thank the ******gers and Republicans for keeping these kinds of cars available. Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party did their best to discourage these kind of cars. Remember the 85mph speedometer? After the so called "muscle cars" of the 1960...'s Progressives saw the need to reign in these speed killer machines. There is no need for anyone to have a car that exceeds the speed limit. Just like they oppose reasonable restrictions on firearms, the right wingers also oppose restrictions on fast and non-environmentally friendly cars.

Remember to vote Democrat in 2014 to get these death machines off the roads!

218 days ago
48.

Flashboy789    

Let's ban all cars with excessive horsepower. You can keep your truck that is used for pulling livestock and job equipment. If all cars, except police cars, had no more than 65 horsepower and limit the number of cylinders to 4, there would not be people using cars for illegal activity and the number of deaths would decrease and so would gas prices and consumption. We can go house to house confiscating all cars that are too scary.

218 days ago
49.

bfs    

redicuous...this accident was the result carelessness, sadly. this nonsensical talk robs the possibility of any discussion regarding responsible driving. this driver and pw died due to bad decisions not stuttgart.

218 days ago
50.

RacerX    

Traction control systems in Porsches can be turned off with a simple push-button switch in the ****pit, nobody buys a $480,000 supercar to allow the traction control electronics prevent you from lighting up the tires.

The Carrera GT is a street legal racing car. If you go 180mph on a residential street and someone pulls out in front of you not realizing you are coming at them like a bullet, bad things are going to happen.

218 days ago
51.

Flashboy789    

My MB C63 AMG has 507HP and it ain't safe at any speed!

Can ya dig it!

Har har har!

218 days ago
52.

Flashboy789    

"Less than 4 seconds". How times have changed. Audi SQ5 SUV hits 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds. I remember the days when an SUV doing 60MPH in less than 9 sec was quite respectable and results at 5 seconds and below were reserved for the production supercars.

Now the grandma can pull 4g on the curve in an SUV with all wheel drive and a computer-controlled movement vector adjustment (that's where the wheels spin with different speed to augment control).

218 days ago
53.

TheTruth    

I think Harvey had a crush on Paul.

218 days ago
54.

Carl    

Bet they wouldn't have had a problem if they drove the speed limit. This accident isn't Porche's fault, or some other driver that might have been racing with him, nor anyone else's fault besides the driver of the car.

218 days ago
55.

Flashboy789    

OF COURSE it's not safe - it's a DAMN Volkswagen! The worst piece of garbage ever built on the face of the earth and some MORON paid 5 times as much for this as for any other Volkswagen! It's a MUB - mobile urban blight. Since vw admitted in their own advertising in the 70's and 80's, "it's not a car, it's a Volkswagen" I say hold them to their words. Roads were built for cars, so they have NO right being on the road!

218 days ago
56.

Flashboy789    

It is German...a bit too much motor at 10 valves and high horsepower. Car is a death trap in all respect's.

218 days ago
57.

Flashboy789    

You can thank the Tealiban and Republicans for keeping these kinds of cars available.

Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party did their best to discourage these kind of cars.

Remember to vote Democrat in 2014 to get these death machine cars from YOUROPE off the roads!

218 days ago
58.

demoncat    

after what just happen with Paul and the last legal headache. Porsche should take it as a sign that the car is not safe and needs to be retired from the market till it can be. and give it time Pauls family may yet file a lawsuit .

218 days ago
59.

2surly    

First off, the crash involving the Jackass guy had nothing to do with the Porsche GT3 he was driving. It had EVERYTHING to do with the fact that he was loaded up to his eyeballs. As for this accident, my heart goes out to the families of both men, but I have a feeling that this could come down to driver responsibility. I'm not saying the driver didn't have the skill to drive the car, but even a F1 champion like Mark Webber says it was one of the most difficult cars he's ever driven. This is not a car designed to be driven at a high rate of speed on the street, even for a short distance, and especially if it was already leaking fluid. Doesn't change the fact that there are 3 children out there now without a father, that's the saddest part.

218 days ago
60.

grammar police    

Dear TMZ,
Go back to school and learn grammar. Prosche has been sued...not Porsche's been sued.

218 days ago
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