Patents Assigned to Lear Corporation
  • Patent number: 11067640
    Abstract: A loss of ground detection system includes a reference voltage source that provides a reference voltage, a primary ground connection that is adapted to be connected to a primary ground, a secondary ground connection that is adapted to be connected to a secondary ground, and an internal ground. The system also includes a combined ground integrity monitoring unit that outputs a multistage signal to control electronics. The multistage signal includes a first and a second output voltage. A first switch is interposed between the primary ground connection and the internal ground such that the first switch opens in response to loss of connection to the primary ground as indicated by a change of status in multistage signal, a diode system is interposed between the secondary ground connection and the internal ground, the diode system oriented to allow flow from the internal ground to secondary ground connection under forward bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Ruiz-Garcia, Josep Benet-Freissinier, Sergio Alquezar-Alquezar, Victor Navarro-Cases, Alberto Martinez-Ramirez, Jordi Agusti-Batlle
  • Patent number: 11070664
    Abstract: A method and system involve a controller receiving from a phone an orientation signal indicative of an orientation of the phone and adjusting an object according to the orientation of the phone. The controller is configured to select one of the parts of the object according to an initial orientation of the phone and adjust the selected part of the object in correspondence with the orientation of the phone as the orientation of the phone changes. The controller is configured to receive from the phone a control signal indicative of a user input to the phone and to adjust the object according to the user input. The object may be a vehicle seat having a first part in the form of a seat bottom and a second part in the form of a seat back. The object may be a vehicle sunroof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun V. Yetukuri, David A. Hein, Samuel Hanlon
  • Patent number: 11069999
    Abstract: An electrical terminal assembly includes a contact member that has a contact base. Contact arms extend from the contact base in an arm direction on opposite sides of a terminal plane. A connection portion extends from the contact base and includes a connection surface. A mount hole that extends through the connection portion and the connection surface. The electrical terminal assembly also includes a spring member supported on the contact member and including a spring base. Spring arms extend from the spring base on opposite sides of the terminal plane. The spring arms extend into engagement with the contact arms at respective spring contacts. A shroud is connected to the spring base and extends around the contact arms and beyond the contact arms in the arm direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Fisher, Michael James Porter, David Menzies, Deborah Probert
  • Publication number: 20210218204
    Abstract: A splice connector assembly includes a housing and a flat bus plate. The housing has openings on opposed end walls defining an axis being generally perpendicular to the opposed end walls. The flat bus plate is disposed within the housing, including a connecting strip extending generally perpendicular to the axis, a first set of male terminals extending outwardly from the connecting strip generally parallel to the axis, and a second set of male terminals extending outward from the connecting strip generally parallel to the axis and in an opposite direction from the first set of male terminals, wherein a free end of each of the male terminals are configured to receive and electrically connect with female flat terminals, and wherein the female flat terminals extend into the housing to connect to the male terminals through the openings on the opposed end walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Michal Brhel
  • Patent number: 11059490
    Abstract: A seat system includes a seat, a sensor assembly, and/or an electronic control unit (ECU) connected with the sensor assembly. The sensor assembly may be configured to sense a breathing pattern of a user associated with the seat. The ECU may be configured to communicate with a remote server, and at least one of the ECU and the remote server may be configured to determine a medical state of said user according, at least in part, to the breathing pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Migneco, David Gallagher
  • Publication number: 20210206300
    Abstract: An impact absorption assembly for a seat back is provided having a deformation zone as least partially disposed above a top surface of a seat back structure. The deformation zone deforms plastically upon an impact from a rearward direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Harald FISCHER, Jaroslav SOLC, Ulrich SCHNEIDER, Raphael MARKERT, Dorit BACHMANN, Sybille BRUNS
  • Patent number: 11056871
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a busbar assembly for a vehicle is provided. The assembly includes a printed circuit board (PCB), a first plate, a second plate, and a third plate. The first plate supported on the PCB and is configured to enable a first current to flow in a first direction. The second plate is supported on the PCB and includes a first portion positioned below the first plate to enable a second current to flow in a second direction. The third plate is on the PCB and is positioned below the second plate to enable the first current to flow in the first direction. The second current that flows through the second plate is increased through an effective cross-section of the second plate when the flow of the second current in the second direction is different than the flow of the first current in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Aceña, Josep Maria Roset Rubio, Ramon Sanchez Rovira, Youssef Ghabbour, Enric Aparicio Rollan, Antonio Martinez Perez, Antonio Tomas Amenos
  • Patent number: 11052223
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat having a seat base and a seat back, an electronic control unit (ECU), a sensor assembly, and/or a response assembly. The ECU may be configured to determine via the sensor assembly whether an occupant disposed in the seat is in a first state, a second state, or a third state. The ECU may be configured to control the response assembly to change the state of said occupant from the first state to the second state and from the third state to the second state. The ECU may be configured to determine at least one of a breathing rate, a heart rate, and a heart rate variability of said occupant via the sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Migneco, Sajad Arabnejad, David Gallagher
  • Patent number: 11052791
    Abstract: A seat adjuster includes an adjustable slider, a cam lever, and/or a pivot arm. The cam lever may be rotatably connected to the slider at or about a cam-slider axis such that the cam lever pivots about the cam-slider axis when the slider is adjusted. The pivot arm may have a first arm end and a second arm end disposed opposite one another. The first arm end may be rotatably connected to the cam lever at or about a cam-arm axis such that, when the slider is adjusted, (i) the cam lever pivots about the cam-arm axis and (ii) the pivot arm pivots about an arm-housing axis extending through the second arm end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Mario Lukacik, Pavel Valis, Tomas Bilek
  • Publication number: 20210199540
    Abstract: A fixture for testing efforts is described. The fixture may include a carriage, a platform mounted on the carriage, and a plurality of receiving members located at testing module positions around or in the platform. The platform is configured to receive one or more vehicle seats to be efforts tested. The fixture may further include a tumble return assembly, a lever test module, a headrest button test assembly, a slide assembly, a strap pull assembly, an anti-tilt tooling assembly, a calibration module, a seat back lift assembly, a headrest lift assembly, a weight box, and a tumble stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: John Fazecas, Kevin Jordan
  • Patent number: 11050168
    Abstract: An electrical terminal includes a conductor barrel and a contact portion that is adapted to mate with a corresponding terminal. A terminal base extends from the conductor barrel to the contact portion. The electrical terminal includes a first side wall and a second side wall that extend from the contact base between the conductor barrel and the contact portion. A wire hook extends between the first side wall and the second side wall. A first wire space is defined between the wire hook and the first side wall and a second wire space is defined between the wire hook and the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Edgar Michael Racho, Albert Cabanero
  • Patent number: 11050181
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a connector housing that defines a terminal cavity. A terminal lock is adapted to retain an electric terminal in the terminal cavity in an installed position. The terminal lock includes a lock arm that extends from the connector housing and a lock tab that extends from the lock arm into the terminal cavity. The terminal lock includes a raised ridge on an outer end of the lock tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Deborah Probert, Michael Glick, David Menzies
  • Patent number: 11046220
    Abstract: A seating system for a vehicle includes a seat-back frame and a backboard attached to the seat-back frame. An attachment arrangement includes an elongated member attached to the seat-back frame and the backboard, and is configured to remain attached to the seat-back frame and the backboard by plastically deforming when the seat-back frame and the backboard are subjected to a separation force of a predetermined magnitude greater than a magnitude otherwise required to detach the elongated member from the backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Edwards, Adam Clark
  • Patent number: 11050192
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a connector housing. A latch on the connector housing is movable between an opened position and a closed position. The electrical connector also includes a connector position assurance. The connector position assurance is supported on the connector housing for relative rotational movement about a connector axis between a locked position and an unlocked position. When the connector position assurance in the locked position, the latch is prevented from moving from the closed position to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Shi Qing Qiu, David Menzies
  • Publication number: 20210188143
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided with a seat back frame. A bracket is provided with a substrate welded to the seat back frame. Two pairs of sidewalls extend from the substrate and are tapered with an enlarged region at an upper distal end. A pair of support plates are each supported by one of the two pairs of sidewalls and spaced apart from the substrate to provide a mounting surface. A pair of spaced apart tubes are each welded to the bracket mounting surface of one of the pair of support plates. A pair of head restraint posts are each received in one of the pair of tubes. A head restraint is supported upon the pair of head restraint posts, so that upon a rear vehicle impact, the bracket deforms as the pair of head restraint posts are translated toward the seat back frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory PISTILLI, Florian GERBL, Mathias BUSCH, Alexej NIEDERHAUS, Michael SCHUHBAUER, Arunkumar BODA, Tino SCHNEIDER, Rajdeep RAJPUT
  • Publication number: 20210194171
    Abstract: An electrical terminal assembly includes a contact member that has a contact base. Contact arms extend from the contact base in an arm direction on opposite sides of a terminal plane. A connection portion extends from the contact base and includes a connection surface. A mount hole that extends through the connection portion and the connection surface. The electrical terminal assembly also includes a spring member supported on the contact member and including a spring base. Spring arms extend from the spring base on opposite sides of the terminal plane. The spring arms extend into engagement with the contact arms at respective spring contacts. A shroud is connected to the spring base and extends around the contact arms and beyond the contact arms in the arm direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Fisher, Michael James Porter, David Menzies, Deborah Probert
  • Publication number: 20210188142
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided with a seat back frame with an upper crossbar. A deformable member is welded to the seat back frame. A pair of tubes is welded to the deformable member. A pair of head restraint posts are each received in one of the pair of tubes to support a head restraint. A pair of spaced apart limit bracket bases is welded to the upper crossbar and extend away from the seat back frame to support a pair of limit bracket contact portions. A pair of contact target plates are each welded to one of the pair of tubes, spaced apart from and aligned with one of the pair of limit bracket contact portions so that the deformable member deforms under a rear vehicle impact until the contact target plates contact the contact portions of the limit brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Mathias Busch, Florian Gerbl, Tino Schneider, Gregory Pistilli, Alexej Niederhaus, Rajdeep Rajput, Michael Schuhbauer, Arunkumar Boda
  • Patent number: 11040638
    Abstract: A track assembly includes a track and a support member. The support member may include a slider and/or an electrical connector. The slider may be configured to move longitudinally to move the electrical connector between a first rotational position and/or a second rotational position. In the first position of the electrical connector, the electrical connector may be in electrical contact with the track. In the second position of the electrical connector, the electrical connector may not be in electrical contact with the track. The electrical connector may include a cam, and/or the cam may be configured to contact the slider. Longitudinal movement of the slider may rotate the cam to move the electrical connector between the first rotational position and/or the second rotational position. The slider may include a first ramped portion and/or a second ramped portion that may be configured to contact the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thibaud Condamin, Nordine Hamtache, Antoine Moulin
  • Patent number: 11040653
    Abstract: A track assembly includes a track, a transmitter unit, a support member, and a receiver unit. The transmitter unit may be connected to the track, and/or the support member may be configured for connection with the track. The receiver unit may be connected to the support member and/or may be configured to receive light from the transmitter unit. The track assembly may include a first electronic control unit that may be connected to the transmitter unit. The first electronic control unit may be configured to control the transmitter unit. The transmitter unit may include a light source, and/or the transmitter unit may be configured to transmit light from the light source into the track. The transmitter unit may be configured to transmit visible light and/or non-visible light. The track assembly may include a second electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Raúl Ricart, Antoni Ferré Fàbregas
  • Patent number: 11040639
    Abstract: A track assembly includes a track and/or a support member. The track may include a first ramped portion and/or a second ramped portion. The support member may include a rolling member. A first side of the rolling member may include a first contact portion, and/or a second side of the rolling member may include a second contact portion. The support member may be configured to move along the track via rotation of the rolling member. The first contact portion and/or the second contact portion may be configured to contact the first ramped portion and/or the second ramped portion. The rolling member may include a flange that may be configured to engage an inner portion of the track. The inner portion may be substantially vertical. The track may include an opening that may be disposed between the inner portion and/or a second inner portion of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thibaud Condamin, Nordine Hamtache, Antoine Moulin