Kim Kardashian West has received some backlash after sharing a photo of her 18-month-old son, Saint West, sitting in the backseat of a car with no rear-facing car seat.
Kardashian West shared the photo on Facebook on June 24. It sparked debate among social media users regarding child safety laws in California, the Daily Mail reported.
The photo shows 18-month-old Saint sitting in a car seat. Some Facebook users pointed out that the seat was not rear-facing, which is required by California law for any child under the age of 2.
"He is so cute let's protect this handsome boy by making sure is rear facing," wrote one Facebook user.
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"It's illegal to forward face before 2 in many states, California included," wrote another. "Ideally you don't turn them until they max out the RF limits of the seat."
"Babies should be in rear facing until they can't anymore," another commenter added. "Its the safest option why would people get mad at informing a mother of a safety concern like that."
The comments about child safety prompted other social media users to jump to the reality television superstar's defense.
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"He's big enough to not be in a rear facing car seat anymore," wrote one user. "He's gonna be 2 in a few months, he looks plenty big enough to be foreword facing."
"I see the car seat police are on a mission!" quipped another. "Typical putting their nose and opinion in when it wasnt asked!"
"Who the heck says they are even in California God will you people get a life?!" another commenter wrote. "Can this woman not post anything without being criticized? She couldn't even cough to loud without someone jumping on her. Mind you own business."
According to California law, parents are required to use rear-facing car seats for children under the age of 2. New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma have the same legislation.
"A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body," pediatric emergency physician Dennis Durbin told Parenting.com.
However, the official California Highway Patrol website states that exceptions are made if "the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall."
The website added that in those cases, "the child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat."
Sources close to Kardashian West told the Daily Mail that Saint does qualify for a forward-facing seat based on his size.