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Warm up your car with the keys in it? Think again.
How many times have you gone outside, started your car and left, allowing it to warm up? Have you ever thought about the legal liability of something so simple? Minnesota law places legal responsibility on the owner of the vehicle in just those circumstances if the car is stolen and later involved in a motor vehicle accident. The law states it is reasonably foreseeable that the vehicle may be stolen if it is left readily accessible for those seeking to steal it. Whether the car is simply warming up or a spare set of keys is left in the glove box, you may be liable if the vehicle is stolen and someone is injured. Something to think about the next time you go outside to warm your car on a cold Minnesota day!
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