Hilary Duff and her husband Matthew Koma are being criticized on social media for apparently allowing their young child, Banks, to drive in the back seat of a vehicle without a car seat.
Molly Bernard, Duff’s “Younger” co-star and godmother to her 3-year-old daughter, shared the controversial clip on his Instagram Monday.
The video appeared to show Banks sitting next to the actress in the back seat without being fully restrained with a seat belt or using a car seat.
In California, where Duff and Koma live, the law says that children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster cushion in the back seat.
A concerned follower – who repeats several of the comments – wrote: “I love you all, but Banks, who is not sitting in a car seat, is breaking my CPST heart 😢.”
Another added: “Unless you are running from a wildfire or other emergency / disaster, there is ZERO reason for a small child to be sitting in a car like this … WTF ??!”
Koma, 34, however, did not seem to take the backlash well, and instead rejected some of the comments.
The music producer replied to a user, “You’re the kind of person who cuts up a child’s apple sauce, hey?”
He then told another who advised the young parents to check out a company called @carseatsforlittles, “you really are a hero to say no to.”
Meanwhile, Duff has remained a mother in the case. Her representatives also did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
However, a few users came to their defense and said that Banks might be using a booster, but that was just not clearly visible as the video appears to be cropped.
“Although I agree that the seat belt needs to be worn properly, it certainly looks like she’s in a booster,” one person said. “It’s clear that this precious girl loves Molly and that there are no bad intentions here. I’m sure this will be used as a learning experience, but for people to demand a cps examination that is really far to take this. “
Another added: “You can not even see from the video. My niece’s booster cushion is at [the] the bottom… it’s just a seat and it just lifts her. She probably has that type of booster cushion. Ppl should reserve its verdict. “
However, one user rejected the booster defense theory, saying, “At her age, a booster should be behind her back and up the sides. She’s not in a booster.”
Duff and Koma can both be seen driving in the driver’s seat and the passenger seat in the front of the video, respectively.
This is not the first time that Duff’s parenting has come under fire on social media.
In May 2020, “Lizzie McGuire” star was popular on Twitter after being accused of engaging in sex trafficking based on an Instagram video she posted of 8-year-old son Luca lying down naked.
Duff deleted the post, but tweeted: “Anyone who has dreamed about this and put this garbage out in the universe should take a break from their damn phone. Maybe get a hobby.”
Duff and Koma share Banks and a 9-month-old daughter, Mae James. The “How I Met Your Father” star also has a 9-year-old son, Luca, from a previous marriage.
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