The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Tesla, after a whistleblower complained that the company failed to disclose various safety risks related to rooftop solar panels. . Every , The agency acknowledged the investigation by former Tesla employee Steven Henkes (pictured above) in the Freedom of Information Act request.
He allegedly contacted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2019 after the automaker ignored his request to notify consumers and regulators about the safety of its solar panels. One of them involves defective electrical connectors that can cause a fire.
In 2020, Henks later sued Tesla, claiming that the company fired him in retaliation for his actions. Henks said in the complaint: “The top attorney warned that communicating this issue to the public would damage Tesla’s reputation.” According to the lawsuit, more than 60,000 residential customers were affected by the issues that Henks documented in the complaint.
The investigation was conducted after several years of reports on the safety of Tesla’s solar panels. In 2019, Walmart After its solar panels caused fires in seven stores. Although the two companies finally settled, Wal-Mart claimed at the time that Tesla regularly dispatched inspectors “lack of basic solar training and knowledge.” It also asserted that the company’s solar panels had obvious defects.In the same year, Tesla’s solar panels According to reports, California is also on fire.
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