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Gisele's Baby ATV Ride – Without Helmets! – Causes Parenting Stir

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 10:11 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Gisele Bundchen has stirred up yet another controversy in the parenting world after she was photographed riding an ATV with her baby daughter over the weekend in Costa Rica. Neither one was wearing a helmet.

The 33-year-old Brazilian supermodel was seen riding the four-wheeler on a beach with 1-year-old Vivian strapped to her chest in a baby carrier. Bundchen had one hand on her daughter's back and the other on one of the handlebars.

It's illegal to ride a quad on public land in Costa Rica without a helmet, according to the Daily Mail, though it's not clear whether the beach the model was riding on was public or private.

The photo sparked controversy about whether it's safe to ride on an ATV with a young child.

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"Quad bikes are powerful machines that can reach very high speeds. In the event of an impact, riders are likely to be flung off the bike with the obvious risk of suffering serious injuries," Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident, told the Daily Mail.

But a representative for Bundchen defended her actions Tuesday in a statement to ABC News.

"Gisele was on a private beach driving very, very slowly," the spokesperson said.

This isn't the first time Bundchen, who is married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has been at the center of a parenting controversy. She and Brady were also seen riding four wheelers in Costa Rica with a helmetless Vivian back in March, when the child was just 3 months old.

Over the summer, a photo of Vivian's pierced ears created a firestorm of debate, and another image of Bundchen breastfeeding the baby drew flak last month from Internet users who dubbed the picture "obnoxious."


"What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only three hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready," Bundchen captioned the photo on Instagram.

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