Report recommends safe used cars for teens

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ARLINGTON, Va. - July is the deadliest month of the year for car wrecks involving teenagers. A new report has ideas for making sure your teenager's wheels are as safe as possible.

Kansas is one of only six states where young people can start driving at age 14. The report issued Tuesday night warns teens are more likely to drive older cars, which aren't as safe as later models.

A 16-year-old boy killed himself and two adults this past weekend, in a wrong-way crash near the Sedgwick-Butler County line. That boy was driving a pickup. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recommends many models of used cars and SUV's, but no pickups.

The IIHS suggests if you're looking for a car for your teen, avoid anything with high horsepower. You could tempt them to test the limits.

Bigger and heavier cars are considered better, providing more protection in a crash. And look for cars with ESC, a feature to keep cars stable on curves and slick roads.

The IIHS report includes a list of recommended used cars. Review it by clicking our link.


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