Car seats are for kids, even those of the Rich and Famous

via CNN:

NEW YORK (AP) — Britney Spears defended photographs showing the pop star driving with her infant son on her lap, saying she was dodging the paparazzi.

Several photos published Tuesday showed Spears driving her SUV with her son, Sean Preston, perched on her lap rather than strapped into a car seat in the back seat. Spears said she did it because of a “horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi.”

The photos show Spears holding the wheel of the car with one hand, and her 4-month-old baby in the other. A person is shown sitting in the passenger seat next to Spears.

“I was terrified that this time the physically aggressive paparazzi would put both me and my baby in danger,” Spears said in a statement released late Monday.

“I instinctively took measures to get my baby and me out of harm’s way, but the paparazzi continued to stalk us,” she said. “I love my child and would do anything to protect him.”

Uuh, no. I really wish there were car seat equivalents for adults, because a properly installed rear seat car seat is unparalelled in protecting kiddo occupants. On the other hand, trying to salvage near-dead kids who were held in the laps of their loved ones milliseconds before a crash is an uphill battle, one which always includes “?why?”.

What’s with celebs and their kids, anyway? Michael Jackson dangles his over a railing, now Britney drives with hers in a lap. Spare me the “I love my kids and was protecting them” crap: you’re more likely to have a collision than be killed by a paparazzi.

Car seats aren’t optional. Put your kid in one before you put the car in gear. No excuses.