NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Tuesday, September 17.
Banks lock out Americans over new tax law
Americans, take your money elsewhere! That's what banks around the world have been telling their U.S. customers, as they try to avoid having to comply with a new tax law due to come into force next year. The U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which requires businesses to report all assets held by Americans, aims to recoup the hundreds of billions the U.S. says it loses each year from tax evasion. But it's also leading global banks big and small to dump U.S. customers rather than wrestle with the complicated law.
Gas prices set record: 1,000 days above $3 a gallon
AAA has come up with a sobering statistic: the average price of gasoline will surpass $3 per gallon Tuesday for the 1,000th consecutive day. That's never happened before, the motoring organization says. In case you're wondering, the current streak began on Dec. 23, 2010. Today, the national average for a gallon of regular is $3.52, according to AAA's daily price tracking service. That's a nickel a gallon less than the average so far this year.
Suzuki recalls nearly 200,000 cars for airbag defect
Suzuki is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix an airbag sensor that could cause it to deploy improperly during an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall affects 193,936 Grand Vitara SUVs from the 2006 to 2011 model years and SX4s from the 2007 to 2011 model years. At issue is an airbag sensor in the front passenger seat that could fail, causing the airbag to deploy during an accident, regardless of whether an adult or a child is sitting in the seat.
Most blinged-out credit cards
There's nothing like a diamond to flaunt your elite status, and now some credit cards are encrusted with the flashy gems. This summer, Qatar National Bank launched the World Elite MasterCard in the Middle East and Africa, which is available on an invitation-only basis and is embedded with a genuine .01-carat diamond. Not to be outdone, the Eurasian Bank Diamond Card, issued in Kazakhstan, is adorned with a .02-carat diamond in the middle of a gold heart.