Walmart sues Tesla for negligence after solar panels catch fire at 7 stores


Walmart sued Tesla, accusing it of “widespread negligence” that led to repeated fires of its solar panel systems and asking a court to force Tesla to remove panels from more than 240 of its U.S. stores.

Solar energy systems installed and maintained by the electric car maker were responsible for fires at seven locations, with dozens showing hazardous problems such as loose wiring and “hot spots” on panels, according to court papers filed in New York State Supreme Court.

The lawsuit accuses Tesla of having untrained workers putting up shoddy installations and showing “utter incompetence or callousness, or both,” court papers said.

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