LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Research from a highway safety group shows teenage drivers, who should be driving the safest cars, are, in fact, driving the most dangerous cars.
According to an NBC News report, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says small, cheaper used cars, the go-to vehicles for teenage drivers whose parents usually can't afford anything better, are not safe in many cases.
"They're driving vehicles that don't provide good crash protection," said Anne McCartt of IIHS, "and many drive vehicles that don't have many safety technologies."
Technologies like electronic stability control can reduce the risk of a fatal single-vehicle crash by half, according to McCartt.
Highway crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.
The institute's study found that 20 percent of parents buy minicars or small cars that often don't offer good crash protection, more than half of vehicles purchased for teens were 2006 or older and lacking the latest safety technology, and two-thirds of the the cars teens were driving were older than 2006.
The institute has come up with a specific list of safer cars for teenagers.
"We believe that 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," said McCartt, "and when they're in a crash, they're going to get really good protection."
The group also says to make sure any used car purchased for a teen hasn't been involved in an accident or a recall.
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