Hell hath no fury like an offended sanctimommy with a Wi-Fi connection. This past Saturday, Kim K posted an adorable picture of her son Saint buckled into a car seat with no caption. So, what got everyone so riled up? Well, see if you can spot it for yourself:
According to the California Highway Patrol website, “Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat. (California Vehicle Code Section 27360.)”
Saint West may or may not be 40 pounds, that is personal information that only his parents and doctor would know. So he may actually be safe by California standards, but still, EVERYONE has words — 1.7K comments, and counting — on Kim’s ability to parent based on the positioning of the car seat.
Commenters did not hold back in their chastising of the reality star.
One woman wrote, “It’s illegal to have a child facing forward in California that is less than 2 years old. Please turn his car seat around, it’s not too late!”
Another woman pointed out something rather important in this image that even I missed while looking for the big problem that has KK getting so much Internet side-eye.
“That car seat isn’t made to be rear facing. Which means he meets the weight requirement for a front facing car seat, which means he needs to be facing … guess what … forward.”
And possibly my favorite comment of all …
“Oh no watch out here comes the car seat police to try and lecture you on how to put your child in a car seat. Go worry about your own child and let the woman post a picture of her handsome little boy.”
If Saint’s safety is truly in jeopardy then I can see the cause for so much alarm; but really and truly, the accusations that the West family are breaking the law are not so clear. Perfect parents with their fire hot keyboards at the ready to sling “advice” to the rest of us have got to just cool it. For real.
For information on car seat safety, visit the CDC website.