Whether Sean is or is not over 20 pounds isn’t important. What is important (to me anyway) is that even if the law doesn’t require it, why wouldn’t you want what is safest for your child?
Also, I think it is funny that they are saying that rear facing seats aren’t required in California, but even if they were, Sean is over 20 pounds.
If you want to weight guess Sean, I would posit that he is not over 20 pounds. Anya is just a few weeks younger than he is and is a big fat baby too and she’s not even 18 pounds.
Originally posted May 16
First it was driving with son Sean Preston Federline on her lap, then it was his fall from a "highchair malfunction"- now pregnant mom Britney Spears is facing violations for improperly installing Sean’s car seat in her convertible Mini Cooper.
Britney was seen driving in the car with 8 month old Sean in the car seat- facing forward- as opposed to rear facing which is what federal regulations mandate until the child is at least 1 year old and 20 pounds. Britney could be cited for violating Section 27360 of the California Vehicle Code, which says child safety seats must be installed to comply with the federal standard.
"It’s far safer if the seat is facing backwards to avoid head-on injuries and whiplash in case of a collision," said California Highway Patrol spokesman Tom Marshall.
However, in order to enforce this, law enforcement would have to witness the violation in person, but just via photograph. Additionally, as CHiPs spokesman Marshall says, "It’s a bit of a gray area," because although federal regulation specifies rear facing installation, the state code doesn’t.
Britney’s rep released this statement this afternoon: "It has been reported that there is a photo of Britney Spears driving with her child sitting in a forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat of the car. Having a child in the child safety seat facing forward in the rear seat of the car is in compliance with California law. California law requires, pursuant to Vehicle Code 27360, that all children under the age of six or weighing less than 60 lbs. be in safety seats in the back seat of the car.
There is no law in California requiring rear-facing car seats. In fact, there are only ten states that require a child to be in a rear-facing car seat, and in two of those states it is not required if the infant is more than 20 lbs. Britney’s son Sean weighs over 20 lbs. As such, Britney Spears was in total compliance with California law with the forward-facing child safety car seat with the baby strapped in properly in the back of the car."
Editor’s opinion: I find it interesting that Britney is driving around with Sean in this car, period. My husband and I traded our non-convertible Mini Cooper when I was pregnant for a Volkswagen Passat Wagon- much more functional for a baby-toting family- but also much safer. I know that the Mini is VERY safe but we were nervous because the trunk space (if you can call it that) is very tiny and if we were hit from behind, there was very little buffer zone between the bumper and who ever was riding in the back seat. (Even my brother didn’t like to ride in the back seat.) That said, I really miss our Mini. It was one sweet ride!
Thanks to CBB readers Aparna, Shelly, Christina, Carol, Iliana, Eva, Kate, Vanessa, Frances, both Jennifers, Bella, Renee, Aline.