Many driving classes in Chicago use cars with low crash ratings

09/18/2011 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Teenagers taking driver's education classes in Chicago often are using vehicles that have earned poor ratings in crash tests, according to an analysis by the Chicago Tribune and Cars.com. Illinois has few regulations for monitoring the types and safety of vehicles for the use of student drivers, the analysis also found. "There's no unified oversight, and it's a scattershot process that needs to be repaired immediately. You don't want these young drivers in cars that don't have air bags or that are 10 or 15 years old and frankly are unsafe," said Democratic state Sen. Susan Garrett.

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