The inside of a Tesla vehicle is viewed as it sits parked in a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5, 2016 in New York City. The electric car company and its CEO and founder Elon Musk have come under increasing scrutiny following a crash of one of its electric cars while using the controversial autopilot service. Joshua Brown crashed and died in Florida on May 7 in a Tesla car that was operating on autopilot, which means that Brown's hands were not on the steering wheel.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Tesla Motors 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.

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“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.

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