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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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61.

Mindripper    

Judging by the videos, a little work on Google Maps and some simple physics, it's pretty obvious what happened - and the reports by the police are largely incorrect.
The vehicle was traveling north (not south) on Kelly Johnson Parkway (not Rye Canyon Loop) at a high rate of speed: WAY over the speed limit, and before the hairpin turn. The driver lost control in the high speed sweeper: the vehicle was spinning out. He eased off the gas, the tires hooked up again and it headed for the inside (right) curb. Upon impact with the curb, it launched into the air and slammed into a street light pole, completely severing the pole from the ground. The impact was probably on the driver's side, but it's hard to tell. The car ended up in front of 2560...1 Hercules Street, just before the warning sign for the hairpin turn ahead. The gas from the ruptured fuel tank burst into flames some time (about 60 seconds) after the car came to rest. Both occupants were probably rendered unconscious or killed by the impact, and it's likely they did not suffer. Folks, please do not street race. It's stupidly dangerous, and even the best driver in a super handling car under perfect conditions can die in seconds - and he may take others with him.

272 days ago
62.

The_101HiWay    

Tuff Lesson Learned...HI-Performance Cars are designed for HI-Speed on a TRACK, NOT CITY STREETS ~Sad ~True~things go bad REAL FAST over 100MPH :(

272 days ago
63.

Mike    

A lawsuit?! You have got to be kidding! It has no merit. They were going way over the speed limit, on a highway that was designed for cars going 45mph. Their recklessness was the only reason for their own deaths. It was fortunate that they did not kill anyone else on the highway. Little sympathy here for those two.

272 days ago
64.

2idiots    

i doubt any law suit would come from this accident as it's clearly the result of an irresponsible driver. The PSMS "malfunction" isn't to blame when someone exceeds the speed limit on the street.
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Even if there was a malfunction with the steering (as it's been mentioned) the accident is still nothing more then an idiot driver.
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as the old saying goes "Speed Kills".

272 days ago
65.

Chgome    

who is this guy, I never heard of him. Look, these two men were having a good time at the risk of killing others and they killed themselves. It is sad but not such a shocker. Next will be Bieber or another idiot. Or the Kardashians will be killed when they go out to harass the homeless people, like they do for sport. Tmz you are idiots.

272 days ago
66.

The_101HiWay    

Tuff Lesson Learned...HI-Performance Cars are designed for HI-Speed on a TRACK, NOT CITY STREETS ~Sad ~True~things can go real bad, REAL FAST over 100MPH :(

272 days ago
67.

BaadBoy    

2 guys hit a wall at 100+ mph in a street care and expected to live?

272 days ago
68.

Nikki    

Did he died?

272 days ago
69.

Mike    

If this Porsche Carrera GT was a horse it would be the crazy, out of control black Mustang that kicks and attacks just about anyone that comes near him. Not many cowboys would want to try to tame him or ride him.

If the government is going to allow street legal race cars like this, they ought to force companies like Porsche to put signs on the dash that say ...

WEAR HELMETS AND SEATBELTS! VERY DANGEROUS VEHICLE ... DRIVE OR RIDE IN THIS CAR AT YOUR OWN RISK ... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!

People that are ballsy enough to buy a car like the Carrera GT should have all the safety gear that stock car drivers have like interior cages, neck harnesses and fire extinguishers in the front seat, etc. I'd even wear a head to toe fire resistant racing suit.

Let's face it, this is a RACE CAR designed to run at BREAK NECK speeds and they tend to blow up on impact.

272 days ago
70.

Flashboy789    

PORSCHE was in fact founded by ADULF HITTLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

American people should boycott them.

272 days ago
71.

Master P    

That's right - blame it on the car. What has happened to the concept of individual responsibility? Fact is, this nutcase blew down the road at breakneck speeds - and he would have done it in any car - no matter Porsche or not. If a group of children was walking right there and then - would you still talk about suing Porsche? That's like if you were to sue Glock when some d-bag kills another d-bag with a Glock. Wake up, muppets.

272 days ago
72.

paul1989    

nothing matters now...Paul Walker is gone, unbelievable.
God rest his soul in peace.
"WATCH THE SKY"

272 days ago
73.

Flashboy789    

Well, at least they don't need to cremate the corpses anymore.
Saves some $$$ at the funeral.

272 days ago
74.

Walker Paul    

Look at the burned body - jesus christ... hope he died on impact!
http://theync.com/images/paul-walkers-body-graphicnsfw.htm

272 days ago
75.

paul1989    

nothing matters now...Paul Walker is gone, unbelievable.
God rest his soul in peace.
"WATCH THE SKY"

272 days ago
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