Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece 💜 pic.twitter.com/lTlVQmNEh5
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) February 6, 2017
Polaris, the manufacturing company that built the ATV Jamie Lynn Spears’ 8-year-old daughter Maddie was riding when she crashed into a pond, says that children under 10 should not be allowed to operate or even ride in them, according to a report in TMZ.
The user manual for the RZR 170, the model Maddie was operating, advises that they aren’t built for kids to ride on safely, but that it’s up to the parents to determine whether the child can handle it. The pertinent section reads: “Never allow a child under age 10 to operate or ride as a passenger in this vehicle. Children differ in skills, physical abilities and judgement. Please supervise the use of the vehicle at all times. Permit continued use only if you determine that your child has the ability and maturity to operate safely.”
Maddie was driving the ATV in Kentwood, La. on Sunday when she swerved to avoid a ditch and flipped into a pond. She was reportedly submerged for several minutes as her mother Jamie and husband Jamie Watson struggled to free her from the seatbelt.
Polaris has been the subject of multiple lawsuits related to the ATVs flipping over.