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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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147 COMMENTS

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76.

Flashboy789    

www.porsche.com

289 days ago
77.

Flashboy789    

BREAKING NEWS: http://theync.com/custFiles/images/2(7).jpg

289 days ago
78.

Affirmative Action    

Porsche should've been the least of Paul Walker's worries. His 30+ year old Chester-Chester-Child-Molester a$$ should've been dead a long time ago for messing with a 16 year old. #PERVERT

289 days ago
79.

Ash    

Let's ban ALL CARS.

Call my laywer. SUE! SUE! SUE!

Shameful Americans!

289 days ago
80.

Caroline    

The lack of a Stability Management system isn't a design flaw it's done on purpose. A lot of Dodger Vipers don't have any stability control either. That's the way these high performance cars are engineered and they are supposed to be for seasoned drivers.

289 days ago
81.

indaknow    

Speed was a factor. Cars don't get split in half and blow up going 35 (Posted speed limit) miles an hour on a industrial street. That car was not made for street racing period!

289 days ago
82.

indaknow    

Shanice, I would like to sell you some snake oil. You freaking ding bat!

289 days ago
83.

indaknow    

Hey Shanice, how does a nurse become a car expert on high speed car accidents. Stick to what you do best and keep cleaning old folks in your convalescence home nursing job.

289 days ago
84.

Jody    

They should not have been driving the car as fast as they were. No one takes responsibility for their own actions, and the court allows it.

289 days ago
85.

love-truth-freedom    

In this case though, it was high speeds that contributed and an accident. Nothing went wrong with the car and these 2 men knew all the specs and safety situation with the car. So legal action can't be taken. The case would be thrown out.

289 days ago
86.

Blunt    

Tesla the electric car safest car rated in USA in under investigation for 2 fires after high speed crashes but the car told the drivers get out and the front part burned, even one driver took his belongs before a fire started and NHTSA is investigating Tesla for safety reason. Porsche and many other Gasoline cars kill hundreds of people just in US every year and not investigation. It is unbelievable that Porsche GT has the gas tank behind the seats.

289 days ago
87.

SoWhat    

First, paying 350K in that lawsuit is not paying dearly. Hell that's the cost of a single car so that's pocket change to them. If they really paid dearly they would have paid at least a hundred million.
Second, if Porsche cared one bit for the safety of people they would have recalled this particular car way back when it first came out and everyone said it was a nightmare, they wouldn't have left it in the dealerships to be sold. Also they would have never even put it on the market because all these issues were known by Porsche during the development of the car long before it ever was put into production. So Porsche doesn't care one bit about anything other than getting the $$$ from rich idiots.

289 days ago
88.

Tony    

not to be rude but these two guys knew that there's something wrong with the car and decided to test drive it anyway.

289 days ago
89.

mgraphiteqc    

Ryan Dunn died the same way as paul walker in a porche gt!

288 days ago
90.

tifani    

wow what is wrong with everyone and there comments ? first of all I “Am a survivor from a one car crash I was a was the passenger and my friend was driving and she didn’t make it so take it from me people make up all kinds of stories on what happened about our crash .and they were all wrong on what happened .it wasn’t anything we were doing we weren’t speeding we weren’t driving fast it was nothing we did wrong so
take it from someone who knows from life experience anything can happen it was a freak accident that just happened no one know why these thing happen they just do so to all of you say they were speeding they were drag racing the matter of the facts are no one really know what happened except for Paul walker and his friend they were the only two that were in the car and so they are the only ones who really know what went on in that car and what happen . It is very sad , and sadly there not here to tell the true story on what happened so please stop with the stories . And one last note my heart goes out to daughter and the family ,and friends they will go down in history as someone who really cared for other people and will always be remembered for what they stood for in life they loved life and did what the loved doing and that I have to say they were 2 good heart ed men and god knew it and remember god he only takes the best . Tow more angles got there wings to soon but will be remembered forever.

288 days ago
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