The Porsche Carrera GT has been known to be one of the most dangerously scary road cars ever built, even by Porsche testers' standards. Now, Kristine Rodas, wife of Roger Rodas, the driver behind the wheel of the GT involved in the accident that killed Paul Walker, is out to prove that this specific car was indeed unfit for a safe drive. Kristine Rodas is suing Porsche.
According to the suit, "the Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose."
This comes after a previous investigation, for which Porsche engineers were used, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol that determined the cause of the accident was speed, claiming the car was going more than 90 mph. That investigation also found that the tires on the car were more than nine years old.
Kristine Rodas' attorney, Mark Geragos, is claiming that he had a second investigation done that found the car had only been doing 55 mph when the crash happened, and that the accident was caused by fault in the suspension that forced veteran racer Roger Rodas off the road. The lawsuit also says that there was a lack of proper safety features for the gas tank (which leaked into the engine bay, creating a fire after impact), and that the car didn't have a proper crash cage.
The suit doesn't say how much Kristine Rodas is seeking in damages, but this does create serious questioning of which investigation is correct. Who would you trust, outside "unbiased" people or Porsche engineers who are familiar with the car?
Either way, never good to see these situations get drawn out for years.
[via L.A. Times]