• May 17th 2006 at 6:03PM
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Pop star Britney Spears is doing more for the promotion of child car seat safety than the industry could have ever possibly hoped for, and yet she hasn't earned a dime. The starlet recently committed her second child seat faux pas when she put son Sean Preston in a car seat facing forwards in the back of her Mini Cooper convertible. While California vehicle code doesn't specify which way the child seat should be facing, it does mandate that motorists follow federal guidelines, which clearly state that the seat should be facing backwards.

In Britney's defense, manufacturers vary on the recommended positioning of the seat and Sean Preston's seat may very well be one which the manufacturer recommends it faces forward.

[Source: CNN.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Did anyone actually looks closely at that original SUV picture? The picure of her with her kid in her lap. She is parked! Her passenger door is wide open, she's not wearing a seatbelt. I don't care about everyone else in hollywood. Go worship something else worthwhile ;) Young children/babies should be facing backwards as most collisions are forward which in a restrained seat as all are, would give the kid major whiplash. When you go to any baby classes now a days, everyone is told to take your carseats to the firedepartment where they can ensure that you've installed it properly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      For all you guys saying "So what?" and "I survived without a car seat" -- come on, what do you really know? Speeds are higher and people spend more time on the road than before, and there are plenty of studies showing that the primary cause of death for children is car accidents.

      I have a three year old and a six month old, and if you have just a modicum of responsibility you learn that the right position for any child under a year old is to have them facing backwards. Their heads are relatively large and their necks are too soft to take a big hit while going forward (look at how Britney's kid's head is slumped to the side). That's why they should face backwards. Britney, of course, doesn't bother to learn the details.

      • 9 Years Ago
      while child seat manufactures all have different guidelines as to the wieght range that a forward facing child seat may hold, they all have the same for age. The child must be at least 1 year of age before placing them in said seats. I know, I spent many months before having the chance to place my son in his Recaro Child Seat, which can only face forward.

      Here is another case where someone thinks that they can do whatever they want regardless of what is right. Also, how safe is that child in an accident, facing forward in a mini-car?

      she needs to be charged with child endagerment, and the fact that she got off without so much as a slap on the pinky for her last infraction is a total injustice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      She needs to invest in the Anecia Safety Seat that will most likely win American Inventor tonight.
      • 9 Years Ago
      AhHA - Would be curious to know what research you've conducted and what automotive insights you have to share. It's easy to knock people doing the work, without knowing what goes into it. It's another thing entirely to have that initiative yourself.

      You'll also notice, ironically, that you've been the only one to plug TrueDelta in this "Comments" section.

      As far as my opinion on this article goes: no offense to the writer, but ixnay on the celebrity ews-nay. Would the story matter if the subject wasn't famous? No? Then it's not worth posting, IMHO.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Who cares, as long as the child is safely fassened and if she does wind up in an accident no harm comes to anyone.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's not like she's the only one that puts her child in her lap while driving. The people don't even know her situation. The kid could've been sick, babies need to be comforted...atleast that's what I am told.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Britney is the best singer in the world right now. She also is very pretty when she wears her makeup and nice clothes. She also has a great voice and is a good dancer when she is on stage. I think everybody that makes fun of her is jealous of her talent and ability to pick whichever guy she wants. She is a great role model for us teenagers who want to get involved in the entertainment industry and singing business. I for one will always admire her and look up to her. I also would love to have a Mini Cooper which has to be one fo the fastest cars in the world. I love the convertible and would drive around topless all the time. Peace and love, Kelly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      God leave her alone.....She can buy and sell probably anyone she wants....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Get a grip #3. Geeze, what an uptight world we live in. This is certainly not child endangerment, and to call for charges is rediculous. I doubt any one of us can say we made absolutely NO mistakes when raising our first kid. If you can even call this a legitimate mistake.

      Anyway, seatbelt laws are relatively new, yet entire generations of car drivers have managed to survive and multiply despite our parents "endangering" our lives.

      I remember we had a huge Lincoln Contenental 4-door, the kind with suicide doors in back. What a great car. When you're 7 the back seat seems as wide as a football field. Me and my sister would slide back and forth on the leather seats, squishing each other against the doors when my mom made turns. So much fun!

      And yes, I live to tell about it. :-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      She's no dumb blond, no way! She's got a second kid on the way in case this one dies.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Secret Squirrel => Oh yeah, right! Like we're gonna believe she was parked with her kid on the lap, and the press "photo shopped" the whole made up thing. Listen, Kevin, I don't care what name you write under, if the press had screwed her over that way, it would have been the first statement made by her agent, or by Brit herself. She would have pulled a lawsuit against them, and yelled about the injustices done to moviestars! The pic may have been taken while she disembarked, but she drove along and right up to the parking with that kid balanced on her steering wheel airbag.
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