A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association raises several questions for governments to address before self-driving vehicles are in full force on public roads. One major issue is insurer and police access to the vehicles' crash data, and other key issues include seat-belt use, tailgating and jaywalking, the report says.
Subaru is replacing 293 of its 2019 Ascent sport utility vehicles in a recall stemming from welding problems affecting door hinges. The problem occurred because welding robots' software was programmed incorrectly, and only nine of the affected vehicles have been sold, Subaru said.
Consumers have misconceptions about many details of their insurance policies, according to an insuranceQuotes study that found 62% of respondents didn't know that standard homeowners and renters policies cover items stolen from a vehicle. In addition, 46% of respondents didn't know that homeowners policies typically don't cover damage caused by pests, the study found.
Crews are seeking to prevent the further spreading of the Mendocino Complex fire in California by starting fires to burn vegetation that could serve as fuel. The Mendocino Complex, which consists of two wildfires, expanded to 363,845 acres on Wednesday and was 64% contained, down from 68% the day before.
Heavy rainfall on Tuesday led to flooding in parts of Oklahoma City and forced some residents to swim to safety as floodwater damaged homes. Local public works officials said they will assess the city's drainage system based on homeowners' damage reports.
A report by the Environmental Integrity Project says the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should "plan, coordinate and stagger the often-complicated shutdowns of major industrial facilities during hurricanes and other disasters." The group says oil refineries, petrochemical plants and other industrial facilities emitted an additional 8.3 million pounds of air pollution as Hurricane Harvey struck the state last year.
Three states have an Affordable Care Act reinsurance program, two have approval to start one and four want to launch one in 2019. The program, supported by federal dollars, has lowered the cost of health insurance, although industry analysts say the program is not a cure-all and does not address the underlying issue of rising medical costs.
Changes from the Financial Accounting Standards Board could lead to elimination of certain life and annuity products. Insurers with participating life policies, term life policies, universal life policies and whole life policies are affected, as are certain annuity features.
Supporters of raising property taxes on commercial real estate in California say they have gathered enough signatures to get the effort on the ballot in 2020. The proposal would repeal the state's 2% annual cap on property tax growth for commercial properties but leave it in place for residential properties.
A survey by Home Instead found that 53% of preretirees who plan to leave their job in the next five years anticipate going back to work at some point. The need to generate additional income was the most common reason given, but respondents also cited staving off boredom and keeping a sharp mind.