Tesla’s malfunctioning solar panels caused fires in “no fewer than” seven Walmart stores, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage, according to a retail giant`s new lawsuit filed with the New York State Supreme Court.
Walmart claims that the “years of gross negligence” and “failure to live up to industry standards by Tesla” caused fires and became a reason for at least seven places to temporarily close over the past seven years.
Recall that Tesla installed solar panels in more than 240 Walmart locations, but retailer lawyers say in the complaint that “the occurrence of multiple fires involving Tesla’s solar systems is but one unmistakable sign of negligence”.
“The number of defects, however, is overwhelming and plainly indicative of systemic, widespread failures by Tesla to meet the standard of care, as set forth in the governing contracts, as to the solar systems installed at Walmart’s stores,” lawyers for Walmart write.
Walmart officials say they demanded Tesla turn off all of its solar panels after three fires in 2018 in Ohio, Maryland, and California.