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." (Read more Hannah Montana stories.)