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Updated: 7/19 2:22 am

(NBC News) Research from a highway safety group shows the people who need to be driving the safest cars are actually driving the most dangerous ones.

The small, cheaper used car has long been the go-to vehicle for new teenage drivers, mainly due to affordability.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently said, however, that many of those cars are not safe.

"They're driving vehicles that don't provide good crash protection and many drive vehicles that don't have many safety technologies," said Anne McCartt of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Highway crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, a statistic that the Institute's study finds could be altered by the safety mechanisms employed in newer vehicles.

-- Chris Clackum reports

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