Patents Examined by Joseph Edell
  • Patent number: 8141946
    Abstract: A system (1) for adjusting the position of at least one seat component such as head rest (4), back rest (6), seat component (8), leg rest (10), or foot rest (12) of a passenger seat (2) of a vehicle, an aircraft passenger seat in particular, by means of actuators, a seat control (14, 18) being mounted locally on the aircraft passenger seat (2) and being provided with at least one operating element (15) and data being transmissible between the seat controls (14, 18) of a plurality of passenger seats (2), preferably of all passenger seats (2) of the vehicle, including data relating to the position of the seat components and/or data relating to operation of the actuators, and a common control unit (24; 124), characterized in that the seat control (14, 18) and the common control unit (24; 124) each has a data transmission unit (20, 21, 32, 34, 36) for wireless data transmission and an associated common control unit (24; 124).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Marco Krämer
  • Patent number: 8066324
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seating surface, wherein the seating surface defines a plurality of temperature controlled zones. At least one electrically actuated heating/cooling source provides one of heating and cooling to the plurality of zones. A controller individually controls electrical power supplied from the source to each zone and is operative to reduce power consumption in one zone relative to another zone in accordance with a predetermined profile designed to limit the overall power consumption of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Nathan, Karl Kennedy, H. Winston Maue, Santosh Karumathil
  • Patent number: 8016362
    Abstract: An occupant restraint apparatus includes an anchor adapted to be fixed to a vehicle body, a lap belt having a tip side fixed to the anchor, and an inflatable portion formed at the tip side, an inflator for introducing gas from the tip side to inflate the inflatable portion, and a cover. The cover includes a first masking portion for covering the anchor, and a second masking portion formed separately from the first masking portion and attached to the first masking portion for covering at least the tip side of the lap belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuo Itoga
  • Patent number: 8016352
    Abstract: A vehicle multimedia system includes a head pillow, a display screen supported at the rear side of the head pillow, a central control, which is adapted for being installed at a predetermined location of the vehicle, electrically linked to the display screen via a connection cable running through one of the supporting arms such that the connection cable is extended between the display screen and the central control in a hidden manner, wherein the central control selectively generates a signal and transmits the signal to the display screen through the connection cable, so as to display on the display screen. Thus, the central control provides both the synchronizing mode and the discrete mode such that more than one function is selectively operated by the central control through the different display screen to meet the needs of passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Edward Liu
  • Patent number: 7997648
    Abstract: An adjustment device for a seat depth adjustment of a motor vehicle seat that has (a) a seat pan comprising a seat part and a supporting plate, the supporting plate being slidably connected to the seat part via a guide in a longitudinal direction and (b) an electric gear motor comprising a pinion. The seat part comprises a first gear plate. The supporting plate comprises a second gear plate. The guide has a left and a right profile and a left and a right counterprofile. A toothed rack extending in the same direction is associated with each counterprofile. The teeth of the two toothed racks face each other. Each toothed rack engages a gear wheel. One of the gear wheels engages an idler gear. The other gear wheel and the idler gear engage the pinion of the gear motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Burckhard Becker, Wilfried Beneker, Frank Peters
  • Patent number: 7984946
    Abstract: Child and infant safety seats for automotive vehicles, comprises in one embodiment, a safety seat apparatus including a base unit that may be secured to a vehicle seat, a coupling unit extendably and retractably coupled to the base unit, and a safety seat pivotally and removably coupled to the coupling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Chirine M Zahar
  • Patent number: 7963592
    Abstract: A improved lawn chair that is designed to allow an individual to more easily lie on one's stomach while resting on the lawn chair, and furthermore, provide components to enable one to store sunbathing accessories. The lawn chair is fabricated from an aluminum framework and vinyl strapping and includes an oval-shaped head cutout, which allows an individual to rest on their stomach, with their head placed facedown over the head cutout area. The lawn chair also includes a reading rack and an attached multi-compartment pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Jennifer K. Stanley
  • Patent number: 7938484
    Abstract: A foldable chair includes a pair of front legs, a pair of rear legs, a seat and a backrest. The front legs and rear legs are hinged together to form a scissor-shape. The seat is hinged with the rear legs rotatably through a connecting piece fixed on the back of the seat. Each of the front legs has a connecting sleeve which can be slid along the front leg. The connecting sleeves are hinged to the seat. A protrusion is disposed on each front leg to stop the connecting sleeve to slide downwardly and keep the seat on unfolded position. The seat of the foldable chair can slide upwardly along the front legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: New-Tec Integration (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Luhao Leng
  • Patent number: 7909406
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is securely supported resting apparatus that includes a resting platform sufficient to support the leaning weight of the user and a configuration of straps to provide support in a limited or enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Leif-Erik A. Samuelsen
  • Patent number: 7891741
    Abstract: A Criss-Cross harness system with a single strap mechanism that can be threaded through guides formed along a seat to allow restraint of an infant in a seat. The strap can be held behind the seat by a quick release mechanism that can also be disengaged by pressing a single button or squeezing two handles/paddles together. When a passenger attempts to pull on the strap to remove the area of the body held down, the entire strap mechanism gets re-tightened, thereby holding the securely in the seat. The Criss-Cross harness system can be used with a high chair, a stroller, a swing, a race car, airplane cockpit, amusement park ride, wheel chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Albert Helmut Lienr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7887133
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stand-up wheelchair comprising a frame (29) to which two drive wheels (30) and at least one steerable wheel (31) are fixed. A stand-up unit (33) provided with a height-adjustable seat (3), a back rest (7), and at least one foot rest (32), is pivotably arranged on said wheelchair. The inventive wheelchair is characterized in that the seat (3) is mounted, on both sides, on an articulation parallelogram structure consisting of an upper longitudinal rail (1) which is connected to the seat (3) in a fixed manner and comprises a front articulation point (10) and a rear articulation point (11), a lower longitudinal rail (2) comprising a front articulation point (12) and a rear articulation point (13), and two guides (4, 19) connecting the front articulation points (10, 12) and the rear articulation points (11, 13). The inventive wheelchair is also characterized in that the parallelogram structure can be displaced by a lifting device (36) in order to adjust the height of the seal (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Otto Bock Healthcare IP GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinrich Perk
  • Patent number: 7878592
    Abstract: A seat apparatus for a vehicle includes a first lock mechanism switching between a first locked state and a first lock-released state and a second lock mechanism switching between a second locked state and a second lock-released state. The first lock mechanism includes a restraining member and a releasing member. The restraining member restrains a pivotal movement of a seatback at a predetermined angle position, at which the seatback does not interfere with a seat cushion moving between a first position and a second position thereof, when the second lock mechanism is in the second lock-released state. The releasing member is linked to the restraining member and releases a restriction to the pivotal movement of the seatback by being moved in association with a movement of the seat cushion when the second lock mechanism is in the second lock-released state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Hiroyuki Okazaki, Kazuya Iwasa
  • Patent number: 7871125
    Abstract: An infant support includes a base member, a tray, a first leg, a second leg and an adjustment member. The base member includes a seat portion and an upright portion. The tray is configured to be removably coupled to the upright portion. The first leg is configured to support the base member and is slidably coupled to the base member such that the first leg can be selectively placed in a first position in which the first leg is retracted and a second position in which the first leg is fully extended. The second leg is configured to support the base member and is slidably coupled to the base member. The adjustment member is slidably coupled to the base member between the first leg and the second leg and is configured to retain the first leg in at least one of the first position or the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Asbach, Maarten Van Huystee
  • Patent number: 7871132
    Abstract: A seat belt system comprises a seat belt, a tongue, and a buckle. The seat belt includes webbing with a lap portion and a shoulder portion. The buckle receives and latches the tongue. The tongue includes a slot to receive the webbing. The webbing slides within the slot to connect the webbing to the tongue. The tongue further includes a cinching mechanism to cinch the webbing in the slot. The system also includes a cinching control module that initiates the cinching mechanism to cinch the webbing in the slot when a load of about 3.0 kN or more is exerted on the seat belt. The cinching mechanism prevents translation of the seat belt from the lap portion to the shoulder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rogers
  • Patent number: 7866753
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat reclining device, within a predetermined angle range, the movement of every pawl in a direction towards engagement with an internal toothed portion is surely restricted to avoid any undesired contact between the pawls and the internal toothed portion. A transmitting structure for transmitting and converting the rotational action of the cam to the movement actions of the main pawl and the sub pawl as provided. Further provided are first and second restricting structures holding the main pawl under disengagement state between the external toothed portion and the internal toothed portion within the predetermined angle range. Within a predetermined frontward tilting angle range, the sub pawl is retained to be in disengagement state between the external toothed portion of the sub pawl and the internal toothed portion by the transmitting structure and the second restricting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Hiroyuki Okazaki, Kazuhide Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 7862119
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat with a back rest having a frame (2) and a lordosis support (6), with the following additional configuration: The lordosis support (6) comprises a pressure plate (9) that is essentially bend resistant in at least the transverse direction of the seat or the Y-direction, forms a supporting surface in the lordosis region of the back rest and is arranged between two side frame parts (3) of the frame (2); there is at least one holding element (5a, 5b) that extends between the side frame parts (3) with a length-variable adjustment section (21), which runs in the Y-direction and connects to the pressure plate (9), and is affixed there at fixing points (30) arranged opposite each other; in an inoperative position, the pressure plate (9) is arranged with a horizontal clearance (11) or a clearance in the X-direction behind the fixing points (30); there is a driving device with which the length of the adjustment section can be shortened as the horizontal clearance is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Alfmeier Prazision Ag Baugruppen und Systemlosungen
    Inventors: Rolf Schäfer, Torsten Aeugle, Andrew Massara, Jürgen Hofmockel, Wolfram-H. Hofschulte, Urban Knöpfle, Michael Wöhrle
  • Patent number: 7862112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support device suitable for being installed in an arrangement referred to as “mounted” against the rear of a back of a seat comprising a headrest. The headrest is held at the top of the back by at least one upright. The support device includes a framework suitable for being positioned and supported on the top of the back, a clamp movable in relation to the framework, and at least one reversible fastener making it possible to fasten the clamp to the framework so as to immobilize the framework in relation to the upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventors: Jean-Pascal Caturla, Gérard Montariol, Mark Van Der Zwalmen, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Vincent Ouverlot
  • Patent number: 7850243
    Abstract: A reclining adjuster has a lower bracket fixed to a seat cushion; an upper bracket fixed to a seatback and connected to the lower bracket so as to be rotatable about a shaft; a lock mechanism capable of having a locked state where rotation of the upper bracket relative to the lower bracket is locked and a released state where the lock is released; and an emergency lock mechanism for preventing relative rotation between the lock mechanism and the upper bracket when it occurs. In the emergency lock mechanism, when a cam projection of an outer toothed ring gear is pressed in the circumferential direction by a cam pin of a disk member by the relative rotation therebetween, the outer toothed ring gear meshes with both inner teeth of the lower bracket and inner teeth of the upper bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 7850235
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a vehicle seat has a frame and is adapted to be mounted within a vehicle. The frame has first and second side members. The frame supports a head restraint that is moveable to an extended position providing support during an impact condition. An active head restraint system is connected to the head restraint for moving the head restraint when actuated. A cable is connected to the active head restraint. An impact member has a first end attached to the first side member, an intermediate portion spanning across a lumbar region and a second end extending to and not directly affixed to one of the first and second side members. The impact member is attached to the cable to translate upon receiving an input force from the occupant in response to the impact condition, displacing the cable and actuating the active head restraint system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Veine, Sai Prasad Jammalamadaka, Mladen Humer
  • Patent number: 7850241
    Abstract: A chair is provided comprising a seat assembly including a seat back and a seat bottom and a support frame including a left leg assembly and right leg assembly connected by a transverse support member. The seat back is pivotably connected to each of the leg assemblies such that an upper portion of the seat back pivots in relation to the leg assemblies between a first seat back position and a second seat back position. The seat bottom is rotatable in relation to the seat back between an upright position and a horizontal position. The seat bottom is slidingly engaged with the leg assemblies such that pivoting of the seat backward from the first seat back position to the second seat back position causes the seat bottom to slide forward from a first seat bottom position to a second seat bottom position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ditto Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Lucci, Paolo Orlandini