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Jul 16, 2014 5:18 PM

Keep Teens Safe In Their First Cars

Research from a highway safety group shows the people who need to be driving the safest cars are, in fact, driving the most dangerous ones.

The small, cheaper used car has long been the go-to vehicle for new teenage drivers, mainly because it's usually all parents can afford.

Now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says many of those cars are just not safe.

Highway crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the US and the institute's study finds that: 28% of parents buy minicars or small cars that often don't offer good crash protection; more than half of vehicles bought for teens were 2006 or older, lacking the latest safety technology; and two-thirds, of family hand-me-downs were 2006 or older.

The institute's come up with a specific list of safer cars for teenagers. Parents can select a vehicle off this list and have a lot more security knowing that their teen is less likely to be in a crash and when they're in a crash they're going to get really good protection.

IIHS also tells consumers to check used cars for previous accidents or a recall before purchasing.

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