Buckling under the pressure? Not Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus

Feb 14, 2008 at 12:36 a.m. ET

"Hannah Montana" stars apologize for big-screen seatbelt snafu.

When it's said that things are larger than life in 3D, they weren't kidding. The real-life Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, and her country music singer/TV star dad Billy Ray Cyrus know this all too well. The Cyrus family issued an apology in response to a Consumer Reports' Safety blog post that drew attention to the 15-year-old and her dad's on-screen seatbelt snafu. A scene in the 3-D mega-hit "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" showed the two riding seatbelt-less in the back seat of a Range Rover.Some would have buckled under the pressure, but not the musical Cyrus clan. Their apology, as reported by People Magazine online, was honest and humble: "We got caught up in the moment of filming, and we made a mistake and forgot to buckle our seat belts," said Billy Ray.The Consumer Reports blog responded with an equally honest comeback: "We understand the positive impact that someone like Hannah Montana can have that we are emphasizing the importance of such role models promoting safety. As an organization that tries to help consumers understand and manage their risks, we consider it our responsibility."According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in more than half (about 55 percent) of passenger vehicle fatalities in 2006 (the latest data available), the occupants were not wearing seat belts. In the 13- to 15-year-old age group, that percentage climbs to 65 percent.Read more:

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