Mich. Comp. Laws § 500.3010

Current through Public Act 278 of the 2022 Legislative Session
Section 500.3010 - Loss or damage to insured vehicle caused by fire or explosion; payment of claim; report; applicability of section; local governments electing to apply section to all insurance companies; list; insurer withholding money while complying with section
(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, an automobile insurer shall not pay a claim of $2,000.00 or more for loss or damage caused by fire or explosion to an insured motor vehicle until a report under subsection (2) has been submitted and the insurer has received from the insured a copy of the report.
(2) If an insured motor vehicle suffers loss or damage caused by fire or explosion, the insured shall submit to the fire or law enforcement authority designated by the city, village, or township a report prescribed by the office of financial and insurance services in conjunction with the bureau of fire services created in section 1b of the fire prevention code, 1941 PA 207, MCL 29.1b, that requires information concerning the motor vehicle fire or explosion.
(3) This section does not apply to accidental fires or explosions as determined by the insurer or the fire or law enforcement authority designated by the city, village, or township. If the insurer or the fire or law enforcement authority designated by the city, village, or township determines that the fire or explosion may not be accidental, the insurer or the fire or law enforcement authority designated by the city, village, or township shall notify the insured of the requirement for a report under this section by not later than 30 days after the determination by the insurer or the fire or law enforcement authority designated by the city, village, or township.
(4) This section applies only if the fire or law enforcement authority responsible for investigating the fire or explosion is located in a city, village, or township described in subsection (8) and if the city, village, or township, pursuant to a resolution by its governing body, notifies the commissioner in writing of both of the following:
(a) That the city, village, or township has elected to receive the reports prepared under subsection (2).
(b) The name and address of the fire or law enforcement authority designated by the city, village, or township to receive reports prepared under subsection (2).
(5) The commissioner shall prepare and distribute a list of all cities, villages, and townships that have elected to apply this section to all insurance companies transacting automobile insurance in this state.
(6) A city, village, or township may be added to the list prepared under subsection (5) by submitting a written request containing the information required under subsection (4) to the commissioner. If a written request is received, the commissioner shall prepare and distribute an amended list indicating the addition. The addition shall be effective on the date specified by the commissioner in the amended list. The commissioner shall notify the city, village, township, and all insurers transacting automobile insurance in this state of the effective date of an addition, which shall be not less than 30 days after receipt of the notice by the insurance company. This section does not apply to any loss that occurred before the effective date of the addition.
(7) A city, village, or township may request to be deleted from the list or may cease to apply this section for a period of not less than 6 months upon not less than 30 days' written notice to the commissioner. After receipt of a request to be deleted from the list, the commissioner shall prepare and distribute an amendment to the list indicating the deletion. The deletion shall be effective on the date specified by the commissioner in the amendment. The commissioner shall notify the city, village, township, and all insurers transacting automobile insurance in this state of the effective date of a deletion which shall be effective not less than 30 days after receipt of the notice by the insurance company. A city, village, or township shall continue to apply this section to any loss that occurred before the effective date of the deletion, notwithstanding the deletion.
(8) A city, village, or township may elect to apply this section as provided in subsection (4) and as follows:
(a) If the city, village, or township is located in a county with a population of 425,000 or more.
(b) If the city, village, or township is located in a county with a population of less than 425,000 but the city, village, or township has a population of 50,000 or more.
(9) There is no liability on the part of, and a cause of action does not arise against, an insurer or an agent or employee of an insurer for withholding money in the course of complying with or attempting to comply with this section.

MCL 500.3010

Amended by 2006, Act 208, s 1, eff. 6/19/2006.
Add. 2000, Act 413, Imd. Eff. Jan. 8, 2001.