Hey, 'Hannah': Buckle Up!

Teen singer ticked off for seatbelt-free ride in hit film
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 10:05 AM CST
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(Newser) – Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, is in hot water, but not for breaking curfew or forgetting her homework. Consumer Reports is on the teen superstar's case for setting a bad example: not buckling her seatbelt. A scene in the 3-D blockbuster Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds shows Miley and her dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, riding in the back of a Range Rover unrestrained.

More than half of passengers who died in motor vehicle accidents in 2006 were not wearing seatbelts, Consumer Reports notes, and the figure rises to 65% among Miley's 13-15 age group. The magazine says it's a shame the star didn't use her celebrity status to raise her young fans' awareness of seatbelt safety—but does acknowledge that, as her hit song says, "Nobody's Perfect."