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Published: Wednesday, May 7 2014 5:50 p.m. MDT

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No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

Please don't warm up cars unattended.
Engine technology has advanced beyond the need for warming up. It wastes energy and wears out your car.
You might as well put a "steal me" sign on the car.

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

Hopefully, whoever took the car will feel some guilt when they find out why the car was running. But you never know what a thief might be thinking. How sad. I'm very happy for the little boy, that his surgery went well. Good luck to you folks - hope your car is found without any damage.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

I never leave an untended car running, especially in West Valley. I remember years ago when Sheriff N.D "Pete" Hayward left his police car running unattended on a cold morning in his driveway and a guy stole it. Best laugh that I had in my entire police career. Especially when Hayward showed up at the jail wanting to crucify the guy after the Salt Lake cops caught him. Everyone had a big laugh about it (except Pete).

cjb
Bountiful, UT

A good energy saving addition to cars would be heaters that don't require the engine to be warm.

If you must warm the engine, lock the doors.

G-Day-M8
WVC, UT

This is not a parent was warming the car issue, it's all about selfish people who do not respect others property.

The thought about saving the planet is more important to some than the problem of society breaking down into chaos and violence.

Thank you Panamadesnews for your thoughtful concern for the family and finding good in the world. I add my best wishes for the child and the parents.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

My thoughts and prayers go out to these crime victims, and hope their child enjoys the benefits of our medical miracle workers.

But, I am outraged over the incessant demands that law abiding citizens refrain from legal (albeit risky) actions like letting their car warm up in their own driveway. Instead of condemning that, we should be condemning the criminals who steal cars. Not just those warming up on cold days, but who steal cars anywhere. Or, who steal anything else.

Families facing the worries of surgery and everyone else should not be expected to huddle in a bunker and avoid any possible action that a crook may opportunistically seize to commit crimes.

Concinnity
Meadow, UT

@ No One Of Consequence:

People with babies and small children don't warm up their cars for the sake of the car. They do it for the sake of their little ones and others who truly don't like riding in cold vehicles. I can relate and don't blame these people. Advanced car motor technology hasn't changed that need or allowed car interiors to get warm without running them for a few minutes on a cold morning.

But the world being what it is, more caution is needed concerning leaving running cars unlocked and unattended. Sadly, there are many criminals always perusing the streets just looking for anything of value to steal. As such, and in this case, the car should've been locked while warming up and a second set of keys used to open it when ready to leave. That's just common sense in the world we live in.

In but not of
Lehi, UT

My Nissan Leaf can warm the interior of my car by an iPhone app. No keys or unlocking required. In fact, I can warm the interior while it remains in the garage because it is an electric car that doesn't need combustion and doesn't emit CO2.

A warm car is nice, but you need to be smart about it.

dan76
san antonio, TX

Concinnity
Meadow, UT
@ No One Of Consequence:

"People with babies and small children don't warm up their cars for the sake of the car. They do it for the sake of their little ones and others who truly don't like riding in cold vehicles. I can relate and don't blame these people. Advanced car motor technology hasn't changed that need or allowed car interiors to get warm without running them for a few minutes on a cold morning."

Once again I'm reading the ill-informed argument of needing to pre-warm a vehicle for the sake of children's comfort. Do you not know an operating vehicle can warm the vehicle interior far faster than idling in the drive? Secondly what's the issue of properly dressing children for weather conditions? If a child is not dressed for the weather, what happens in the event of accident or mechanical failure whereby the engine is not able to provide warmth to the vehicle interior?

Additionally, consider the child's respiratory system when exposed to the many pollutants emitted by an idling vehicle.

One opinion
west jordan, UT

I know how traumatic the morning must have been for this good little family and I'm so sorry that there are people who don't respect others property - that is the world we live in presently.

I know it sounds harsh - the results of warming a vacant unlocked car up were. Those who understand crime have warned us all to not to leave an unlocked car idling to warm up. Also a locked car idling is an invitation for someone to break a window and drive off.

I'll have to agree with dressing warmly, or waiting in the car while you warm it up. I also hope the operation went well for the child. I am grateful for the wonderful doctors who help so many little children - that is another side of the world we live in.

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