TMZ has a photo of Britney Spears with her sons, Jayden James, 5 months, and Sean Preston Federline, 17 months, in a car. Both babies are in car seats but Jayden’s Cosco 3 in 1 Convertible Car Seat appears to be forward facing, contrary to recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) AND the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration.
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Children should face the rear of the vehicle until they are at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 lb to decrease the risk of cervical spine injury in the event of a crash. Infants who weigh 20 lb before 1 year of age should ride rear facing in a convertible seat or infant seat approved for higher weights until at least 1 year of age.
Oh No They Didn’t has more photos that show that Jayden’s car seat IS strapped in so it’s not like she just placed it on the seat temporarily. Sean Preston’s straps are loose too, which is not safe. The straps should fit snugly around the shoulders and clasp in the middle of the chest.
This is the third time Britney has made a serious error in judgement when it comes to car safety for her children. The first time was when she drove with Sean Preston on her lap, and the second time was when she drove with him forward facing before he was a year old with shoulder straps so loose that he flopped over.
Thanks to CBB Readers Patty and Joanna.
Note: We normally refrain from linking or publishing photos of children inside of cars as it is invasive, but this is a special case. And to those who say we should "just leave Britney alone," we feel that this is an important enough issue to raise awareness of. We couldn’t care less if Britney wears underpants, who she dates, which celebutante she hangs out with, but proper installation and restraint of infants and children in cars can save lives. A reader just emailed that she lost her nephew in a car accident because he was not strapped into his car seat properly. My mother’s friend lost her granddaughter in a car accident. The four other people in the car suffered injuries but their daughter went through the windshield because she was not wearing a seat belt. Please learn from their serious mistakes.