Tesla whistleblower on solar fires interviewed in CPSC probe


A solar panel is displayed on a wall near signage at the entrance of the new Tesla Inc. showroom in New York.

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A U.S. federal agency is considering as evidence a former Tesla employee’s complaint about how the company managed and communicated about fire risks and defects in its solar installations, CNBC has learned from documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is proceeding with an investigation and has also interviewed the former Tesla employee who filed the complaint in spring 2019, Steven Henkes, who was then a Tesla solar field quality manager.

CNBC learned of the investigation…


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