Rex employee helps saves lives with car seat installations

May 14, 2008 4:27:00 PM PDT
A Rex Hospital child passenger safety technician is credited for saving a baby's life after the family's car was hit by a tractor trailer rig.

Chris Morris recently won Tech of the Year for his work and says it should send a message to all parents.

Kaleb Brown, 22 months old, has Morris to thank for saving his life when he was 4 weeks old.

"I didn't think we were ever going to stop flipping," said Tanya Taylor, Kaleb's mother.

A semi hit Taylor's Honda Accord at 70 miles an hour. She remembers flipping at least five times.

"He was crying from all the noise," Taylor explained. "When we stopped finally rolling, I looked over and I saw him just dangling in his little car seat and he was fine."

Taylor believes the accident could have ended differently if Morris hadn't installed Kaleb's car seat at the hospital when he was born.

"The only thing that was left in tact inside of the car was his car seat," the mother said. "I feel very, very blessed his car was installed by Chris."

Morris just won Safety Tech of the Year for saving the infant's life.

"I think it's wonderful that it [a car seat] can save a child's life," Morris said.

He is the only staff tech at a Triangle hospital. In five years at Rex, he's installed thousands of car seats.

To see if your car seat is installed properly, experts say what you need to do is to grab it where the belt goes through and shake it side to side, front to back.

If the seat moves more than one inch, it is not installed properly.

"Wrong position, wrong seat, seat not tight enough -- that's the biggest thing I see," Morris said.

Morris recommends getting your car checked periodically by an expert.

Taylor is glad she did because to her it was the difference between life and death for her little boy.

Anyone can drove up to the child seat tech at Rex to have a car seat checked from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.


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