Patents Assigned to Lear Corporation
  • Publication number: 20240183437
    Abstract: A track system may include a track assembly and a support assembly. A track assembly may include a toothed portion. The support assembly may include a support member removable from and adjustably connected to the track assembly. The toothed portion may include a plurality of track teeth. The support member may include an adjuster pinion. The adjuster pinion may include a plurality of pinion teeth configured to engage the plurality of track teeth. The adjuster pinion may be adjustable to an engaged position in which the adjuster pinion and the toothed portion are engaged with one another. The adjuster pinion may be adjustable to a disengaged position in which the adjuster pinion and the toothed portion are not engaged with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2024
    Publication date: June 6, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Antoine Moulin
  • Publication number: 20240178624
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a body with a terminal cavity that defines a terminal axis. The terminal cavity is adapted to accommodate an electrical terminal and has a contact area that includes a terminal lock. The terminal cavity also has a connection area that is open in a block direction that is perpendicular to the terminal axis. The electrical connector includes a block that is movable relative to the body to a latched position, and when the block is in the latched position it is located in the block direction from the connection area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2022
    Publication date: May 30, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Edgar Michael T. Racho, Alexzyev Dolumbal, Lewis Galligan
  • Publication number: 20240173950
    Abstract: A cover for vehicle interior components is provided. The cover includes a fabric sheet comprising a yarn composed of polyester microfibers. The fabric sheet has a first face and a second face wherein the first face is an A-side surface with separated and raised microfibers that provide a suede-like appearance and feel. A polyester backing layer is laminated to the fabric sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2023
    Publication date: May 30, 2024
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Travis PETERSON, Larry KOCHER, Rebecca BERGER, Beth THOMAS, Elliot HILL, Sarah SMITH, Scott FOSTER, Kent STEPHENSON
  • Patent number: 11996647
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing that has a housing first end, a housing second end, and a housing main body that defines a recess, a recess base, a projection, a projection end, and a plurality of terminal passageways. The recess extends from the housing first end toward the housing second end and to the recess base. The projection extends from the recess base toward the housing first end and to the projection end. Each terminal passageway of the plurality of terminal passageways has an inner wall. The inner wall has an inner wall first end, an inner wall second end, and an inner wall length that extends from the inner wall first end to the inner wall second end. The inner wall tapers along a portion of the inner wall length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Andreas Behrendt, Marcin Szatko, Yasin Canol, Marlon Christian Grosser
  • Patent number: 11992130
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle seat assembly, a seat assembly, and a method of forming a seat assembly are provided. A unitary foam cushion has a first side, and a second side opposite to the first side to support an occupant. A former extends outwardly from the second side of the foam cushion to a distal end spaced apart from the foam cushion. The former cooperates with the second side of the foam cushion to define an open channel. The open channel is sized to receive a seam of a trim cover assembly. The former defines a first side wall of the open channel, and the second side of the foam cushion defines a second side wall of the open channel. The first side wall defined by the former faces away from the second side of the foam cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Martyn Chee
  • Publication number: 20240166137
    Abstract: An armrest assembly for use on a vehicle seat and a method of manufacturing an armrest assembly that includes a co-extruded pendulum having a rigid core and at least one soft bumper. The pendulum operatively engages armrest components to selectively restrict opening of a lid on the armrest assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2022
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Allen Karges, Patrick Michael Mackowiak, Nizar Freijy
  • Publication number: 20240166105
    Abstract: The application relates to a seat assembly, a trim cover assembly, and a method of assembling. An assembly is provided with a seat member comprising a seating surface with a groove, a first trim layer, a second trim layer attached to the first trim layer, and one or more retaining members attached to the second trim layer. The second trim layer is positioned between the first trim layer and the one or more retaining members. The one or more retaining members are received within the groove, with the one or more retaining members connecting the first trim layer to the seat member. A trim cover assembly, and a method are also provided. In various non-limiting examples, the trim assembly may provide the desired shape of the seat, maintain durability and appearance, prevent looseness, and conceal the attachment of the retaining member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2023
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Huaying ZHANG, Jiajun LI, Yong YANG, Chandrashekar SIMHA
  • Patent number: 11987186
    Abstract: A system and method for installing a badge on a vehicle seat may include placing a trim cover on a badge, and placing a tensioning strip over the trim cover. A retaining plate may be placed over the tensioning strip, and the badge and retaining plate pressed together to capture the trim cover and the tensioning strip therebetween to form an assembly. This assembly may be positioned over a support structure of the vehicle seat such that an A-side of the badge faces toward a front of the vehicle seat. A tensile force may be applied to the tensioning strip in a direction toward a back of the vehicle seat, and the tensioning strip may then be fastened to the support structure of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Lawson, Eric Groder, Michael Modreski
  • Patent number: 11981232
    Abstract: A seat includes a cushion comprising a foam body and a trim cover disposed thereon, the trim cover having a forward portion at a front of the cushion and at least one elastic band attached to the forward portion; and a movable cushion length adjuster having an extended position and a retracted position, the movable length adjuster comprising a body with an occupant surface on a first side, and features on a second side, opposite to the first side. The at least one elastic band is routed on the features, and in the retracted position, the movable cushion length adjuster at least partially covers a portion of the cushion, and in the extended position, the length adjuster is spaced apart from the portion such that the at least one elastic band tensions the trim cover by pulling on the forward portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roberto Riva, Armando Pirri, Marco Miniati
  • Publication number: 20240149770
    Abstract: An armrest employed with a vehicle seat assembly that includes a storage compartment in the armrest that is accessible by moving a storage cover relative to the armrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2022
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Lea Thomas Smith, Zhengda Mao, Thomas Loyal Sundberg, JR., Liting Shen, Jochen Kohlhofer, Jasmine Pizana, Mark Steven Sparschu
  • Patent number: 11975665
    Abstract: An electrical assembly includes a track assembly, a support member configured to move along the track assembly, a first ECU connected to the support member, and a second electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the track assembly and configured to provide power from a power source to the track assembly. The first ECU may be configured to disconnect the electrical load and/or cause the electrical load to operate in a low-current mode if a connection system is partially engaged. The second ECU may have a first mode in which the second ECU provides power in a first voltage range to the track assembly. The second ECU may have a second mode in which the second ECU provides power in a second voltage range. The second ECU may be configured to switch between the first mode and the second mode according to information from the first ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jose Gabriel Fernández Bañares, Raúl Ricart, Esteban Herrera
  • Patent number: 11975639
    Abstract: A seat back frame is provided with a plurality of upright members, and at least one cross member interconnecting the plurality of upright members. At least one of the plurality of upright members has a weakened region to control deformation of the seat back frame in an impact condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Niwa
  • Publication number: 20240140270
    Abstract: A voltage balancing circuit includes a direct-current-to-direct-current (DC-to-DC) voltage converter interconnecting a first battery having a first voltage and a second battery having a second voltage, wherein the DC-to-DC converter transfers electrical power from the first battery to the second battery when the first voltage is greater than the second voltage, and transfers electrical power from the second battery to the first battery when the first voltage is less than the second voltage, and wherein the transfer of electrical power from the first battery to the second battery or from the second battery to the first battery balances the electrical power difference between the first battery and the second battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2023
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Hector SARNAGO ANDIA, Oscar LUCIA GIL, Ruben MOLINA LLORENTE, Antonio MARTINEZ PEREZ, Pablo GAONA ROSANES, Rafael JIMENEZ PINO
  • Publication number: 20240145977
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing that is adapted to mate with a corresponding electrical connector. A connector latch is attached to the housing and is adapted to retain the housing in a mounted position on the corresponding connector. A connector position assurance is also attached to the connector latch. The connector position assurance is movable from a pre-lock position to an assurance position when the housing is attached to the corresponding connector. A block engages the connector position assurance when the connector position assurance is moved from the pre-lock position to the assurance position. The block resists movement of the connector position assurance to the assurance position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2023
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jiayun Chen, Jianwei Guo, Chao Fang
  • Publication number: 20240146192
    Abstract: A voltage converter includes a converter stage having a direct current to direct current (DC-to-DC) voltage converter, wherein the converter stage receives a first DC voltage and outputs a second DC voltage different than the first DC voltage. The voltage converter also includes a boost pre-stage having a boosting circuit and a capacitor, wherein the boost pre-stage receives a DC voltage from a battery and outputs a boosted DC voltage to the converter stage as the first voltage, wherein the boosted DC voltage is greater than the DC voltage from the battery. The boosted DC voltage of the boost pre-stage output to the converter stage provides fault resistant operation of the converter stage in the event of one or more fluctuations in an operating range of the DC voltage from the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2023
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Hector SARNAGO ANDIA, Oscar LUCIA GIL, Ruben MOLINA LLORENTE, Antonio MARTINEZ PEREZ, Pablo GAONA ROSANES, Rafael JIMENEZ PINO
  • Publication number: 20240145975
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a terminal housing with one or more terminal cavities and a slot. The electrical connector also includes a terminal position assurance. The terminal position assurance includes a base, two sliders that extend from the base in an assurance direction, and a lock arm that extends from the base in the assurance direction. The terminal position assurance is supported on slot by the sliders for movement relative to the terminal housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2023
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jiayun Chen, Jianwei Guo, Chao Fang
  • Publication number: 20240141092
    Abstract: A composition for forming a polyurethane foam is provided using polyol having a total unsaturation less than 0.04 meq/g, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), and epoxidized soybean oil. The epoxidized soybean oil may comprise greater than about 5% by weight of the composition. A method for forming polyurethane foam using the aforementioned composition is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2022
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chi-Fan HSU, Matthew PHILLIPS, Mike WALKOWSKI, Paul FIELDING, Don HANBY, Wu Pan ZAGORSKI, Michelle A. PERENY
  • Publication number: 20240131992
    Abstract: A cargo-module arrangement for a vehicle having a body-in-white (BIW) portion and a load floor secured to the BIW portion may include a cargo platform disposed above the load floor and having a front edge and a back edge. The cargo platform may be selectively movable along a track arrangement in forward and rearward directions and include a cargo gate disposed proximate to the back edge. The cargo gate may include a forward edge and a rearward edge and may be pivotable upward about at least one of the forward edge or the rearward edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2022
    Publication date: April 25, 2024
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sumanth MUTHYALA, Lea Thomas SMITH, Aaron ROGGOW, Salim MAROUF, Arjun YETUKURI
  • Patent number: 11958391
    Abstract: A support portion for a seat assembly includes, in some configurations, a first main portion and a second main portion disposed such that a gap is provided between the first main portion and the second main portion. In some configurations, the support portion includes a plurality of first extensions projecting from the first main portion away from the gap; the support portion includes a plurality of second extensions projecting from the second main portion away from the gap; the first main portion and the second main portion are configured to extend along opposite sides of a spine of a user such that the gap is aligned with said spine; and/or the plurality of first extensions and the plurality of second extensions are configured for connection with a seatback frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Wu Pan Zagorski, Francesco Migneco, Sajad Arabnejad, Michelle A. Pereny
  • Patent number: D1029621
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua Hallock, Samuel Blair, Lisa Swikoski, David Abdella