Mazda recalls vehicles to fix engine stall problem

DETROIT — Mazda is recalling more than 262,000 SUVs and cars in the U.S. to fix a software problem that could cause the engines to stall unexpectedly.

The recall covers certain Mazda6 midsize sedans and CX-5 SUVs from the 2018 and 2019 model years. Also included are Mazda3 small cars from 2019.

Mazda traced the problem to a software error in the computer that controls the valves as part of the vehicles' fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology.

The company says in government documents posted Wednesday that drivers won't get any warning before the engine stalls.

Mazda says no crashes or injuries have been reported because of the problem. Dealers will reprogram the software free for car owners.— AP

France uses flight surcharge to fight climate change

France this week became the latest European country to take direct aim at one source of manmade carbon dioxide emissions: air travel.

Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said an "eco-tax" on most flights departing from France would be introduced next year. The revenue would then be reinvested in ecofriendly transport, such as rail networks.

Other European nations have imposed taxes on flights with the aim of addressing climate change.

In Sweden, activists have started a movement called "flight shame" to try to push people to chose alternative modes of travel. —The Washington Post

Study ranks Nebraska as best state for retirement`

The perfect place to retire varies from person to person, but Nebraska is the best state for retirement overall, earning top rankings for both affordability and wellness, according to a new Bankrate study.

The next two are Iowa and Missouri.

The affordability rankings were determined using data from the Council for Community and Economic Research, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Tax Foundation. The overall rankings considered additional factors such as wellness, weather, culture and crime.— Bloomberg

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