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Buy teens safe cars not 'bombs': Minister

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017

The federal transport minister says its time to ditch the old bombs and has called for parents to open up their wallets to help teenage learner drivers buy their first cars.

Darren Chester says parents should to chip in, if they can afford it, to help their youngsters purchase cars with higher safety ratings.

"The more we can get younger people into safer cars, the more we can reduce the chance of them having a crash in the first place, and if they do have a crash their chances of injury or the severity of the injury is reduced," he told 2UE on Monday.

Mr Chester reflected that his own first car - a Chrysler Sigma - had been a "bit of an old bomb".

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