Exclusive-SEC probes Tesla over whistleblower claims on solar panel defects

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By Hyunjoo Jin and Chris Prentice SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. securities regulator has opened an investigation into Tesla Inc over a whistleblower complaint that the company failed to properly notify its shareholders and the public of fire risks associated with solar panel system defects over several years, according to a letter from the agency. The probe raises regulatory pressure on the world’s most valuable automaker, which already faces a federal safety probe into accidents involving its driver assistant systems. Concerns about fires from Tesla solar systems have been pub…

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