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SEC to probe Tesla for possible securities law breach - WSJ

(Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) for a possible securities law breach after the electric car maker failed to disclose a fatal crash in May, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The SEC is scrutinizing whether Tesla should have disclosed the accident as a “material” event, or a development a reasonable investor would consider important, the WSJ said. (http://on.wsj.com/29Icppr)

“Tesla has not received any communication from the SEC regarding this issue. Our blog post last week provided the relevant information about this issue,” a Tesla spokeswoman said in an email.

The fatal accident killed 40-year-old Joshua Brown, who was driving a Tesla Model S car in autopilot mode.

(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru and David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Anil D'Silva)