Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • Patent number: 10377281
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a motor vehicle includes a side member, a front link, a rear link and a rail. The side member, the front link, the rear link and the rail form a four-bar linkage with four way movement. The seat assembly further includes a transformation bracket that is attached to the first side member and connected to the rear link to convert the seat assembly with four way movement to two way movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Andrzej Pleskot
  • Patent number: 10377278
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is coupled to the seat bottom to move relative to the vehicle seat. The vehicle further includes a support mechanism coupled to the vehicle and configured to vary support provided to an occupant sitting on the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Cedric Ketels, Tristan J. Vanfossen
  • Patent number: 10377339
    Abstract: A seatbelt tensioning assembly having a seatbelt, a buckle tongue and a tensioning device. The buckle tongue is configured for releasable attachment to a seatbelt buckle within the passenger compartment. The tensioning device is rigidly connected to the buckle tongue with a mid-section of the seatbelt extending through a hollow interior of the tensioning device. The hollow interior of the tensioning device has a first tensioning member disposed therein at least partially defining a seatbelt path having a serpentine shape such that in the absence of tension being applied to the seatbelt the mid-portion of the seatbelt moves through the seatbelt path with the seatbelt path defining a first overall length. With a pre-determined level of tension being applied to the seatbelt, the tensioning device is configured to shorten the seatbelt path to a second overall length smaller than the first overall length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery Dix
  • Patent number: 10377285
    Abstract: A headrest assembly for a vehicle seat includes two pins each extending along an adjustment direction between a lower end and an upper end, each of the two pins having a mounting portion comprising the lower end and adapted to be fixed to a backrest of a seat, an adjustment portion comprising the upper end, and an intermediate portion between the mounting portion and the adjustment portion. The seat further includes a support structure adapted to support the head of a user, and an interface made of overmolded plastic and interconnecting the intermediate portions of the two pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FAURECIA SIÈGES D'AUTOMOBILE
    Inventors: Stephane Soltner, Francois Lelievre, David Gayon
  • Patent number: 10376067
    Abstract: A back support for a chair includes a cover configured to be coupled to opposing sides of a chair frame. A strap is connected to the cover. A sled having a central portion is coupled to the strap, the sled is configured to pivot with respect to the chair frame and provide support to a user's back. The cover is configured to moveably connect to the chair frame between a low position and a high position. The sled is configured to pivot as the cover moves between the low position and the high position so that the central portion of the sled is substantially parallel to at least a portion of a membrane connected to the frame between the low position and the high position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: John Aldrich, Thomas Hornor, Elindo Castro, Adwait Bhagwat, Jeffrey Koffman
  • Patent number: 10368637
    Abstract: The invention relates to a furniture system, consisting of a height-adjustable chair and a height-adjustable table. According to the invention, the chair and the table can be height-adjusted synchronously by means of a common control device, wherein the height adjustment of the table and the height adjustment of the chair are synchronized with each other in such a way that, at different heights, an ideal distance between the tabletop and the seat surface of the chair is always maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Eberhard Lenz
  • Patent number: 10369905
    Abstract: A vehicle seat support carrier includes an upper seatback panel having a flexible body portion. A first set of flexible suspension members undulate in a first direction. A second set of flexible suspension members undulate in a second direction generally perpendicular to the first direction. A lower seatback panel is operably coupled to the upper seatback panel. The lower seatback panel includes a border member defining a central aperture and first and second bolster supports. A central portion of each of the first and second bolster supports includes a plurality of flexible suspension members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, S. M. Akbar Berry, Richard Joseph Soyka, Jr., Johnathan Andrew Line, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello
  • Patent number: 10363851
    Abstract: A headrest assembly for a vehicle seat includes a front panel with a base portion and a support portion. A rear panel includes a base portion and a support portion. A support member includes first and second legs that are interconnected by an upper cross member. First and second support wings are coupled to the first and second legs of the support member and outwardly extend therefrom. The base portion of the front panel couples to a front side of the first and second support wings. The base portion of the rear panel couples to a rear side of the first and second support wings. The support wings are overmolded to the support member along with one or more attachment features to interconnect the front and rear panels to one another around the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, David Frederick Lyons, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10362876
    Abstract: A chair (1) includes an installation base (10), a leg column (11) supported by the installation base (10) in a tiltable manner, a seat body (12) supported on an upper part of the leg column (11), an elastic member (19) which urges the leg column (11) to an initial tilted posture, and a coming-off restriction member (22) which restricts coming-off of the leg column (11) from the installation base (10). On a support wall (16) of the installation base (10) having an insertion hole (20) through which part of the coming-off restriction member (22) is inserted, a slide guide (21) coming into slidable contact with a slide guide (21) at a peripheral edge portion of a lower surface side of the insertion hole (20) is provided. The coming-off restriction member (22) has an upwardly protruding spherical guide surface (23) which is slidably brought into contact with the slide guide (21) below the insertion hole (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: OKAMURA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Aono, Naho Ono
  • Patent number: 10363848
    Abstract: A back frame to be used in a seatback of a vehicle seat is provided. The back frame for a vehicle seat includes a frame main body, a beam member, a bracket, and an extending portion. The frame main body includes two side frames that extend in an approximately up-down direction and that are disposed spaced apart from each other in a seat width direction. The beam member is formed in a rod-like shape, is disposed between the two side frames, and extends in the seat width direction. The bracket couples the beam member to the frame main body. The extending portion is provided in an end of the bracket and extends in a direction away from the end of the bracket. The bracket includes, in the end thereof, a welded portion welded to an outer circumferential surface of the beam member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahide Kimura
  • Patent number: 10363880
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided that includes a seat base, a seat back coupled to the seat, and a hanger pivotally mounted to an upright side wall of the seat back. The hanger pivots forward to a use position in front of the seat back and above the seat base and pivots upward to a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Adolfo Miranda Nieto, Adrian Diaz Morales
  • Patent number: 10358071
    Abstract: An adapter arrangement (100) for a vehicle seat (1) connects a locking unit (20) to a structural component (10) of the vehicle seat (1). The locking unit (20) includes a housing (22) and the adapter arrangement (100) supports the housing (22) in two opposite directions. The vehicle seat (1) has a structural component (10) and a locking unit (20) for locking the structural component (10) with a further component (30). The locking unit (20) is connected to the structural component (10) by the adapter arrangement (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Joerg Rapedius, Peter Mueller, Richard Haensel, Piotr Mizerski
  • Patent number: 10358054
    Abstract: An occupant support adapted for use in a vehicle includes a seat bottom coupled to a floor of the vehicle and a seat back configured to pivot about a seat-back pivot axis relative to the seat bottom between an upright position and a folded-forward position. The occupant support further includes an upper-back support system configured to support an upper back of an occupant of the occupant support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Chad W. Durkee, Todd Sieting, Shaun D. Tait
  • Patent number: 10357111
    Abstract: A cushion for releaseably engaging an armrest, said cushion having a top portion, a padded portion, a bottom portion, and an attachment means configured to releaseably engage the cushion to an armrest, where said armrest comprises a top portion, where said attachment means comprises a hook member and a loop member, where the hook member of the attachment means engages the cushion and the loop member of the attachment means engages the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Maebe
  • Patent number: 10357108
    Abstract: A seat tilting mechanism comprising a main body, a seat support, a backrest support and an articulation mechanism comprising a lever, a first portion of which defines along with a first arm, the seat support and the main body a first quadrilateral hinge, and a second portion of which defines alone with a second arm, the backrest support and the main body a second quadrilateral hinge. Interior corner angles and lengths of each side of the first and second quadrilateral hinges are such that a predetermined angular displacement ratio of the backrest support in relation to the seat support is provided. An extension resistance device is mounted between the main body and the first portion to provide resistance to rotation of the lever. A first end of the extension resistance device is rotationally mounted to the lever at a first mounting point, which is located between the midpoint and upper point, and is angularly displaced from a line extending between the midpoint and the upper point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Posturite Limited
    Inventors: Paolo Salvoni, Massimiliano Cernetig
  • Patent number: 10351019
    Abstract: An actuator assembly for moving a vehicle seat on a track includes an actuation cable having a first end and a second end, an actuation gear unit having an output gear with a spool feature attached to the first end of the actuation cable, a first biasing member, and an actuator in communication with the actuation gear unit. The output gear rotates about a first axis, the actuation cable partially windable upon the spool feature. Characteristically, the actuator when actuated rotates the actuation gear unit to wind the actuation cable onto the spool feature thereby retracting the actuation cable from a first position to a second position. Advantageously, the first biasing member biases the actuation gear unit to move the actuation cable from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark R. Keyser, Curtis Hudson, Greg Cook, Gary Holt
  • Patent number: 10342339
    Abstract: A multiuse foldable furniture including a main body and two sets of side supports, the main body includes a seat plate and a back plate, the seat plate is hinged with the back plate, the two sets of side supports are respectively disposed at two sides of the main body; each set of side support includes a front support, a back support, and a retracting sleeve, the retracting sleeve is slidably sleeved outside the front support, the retracting sleeve is hinged with the back plate, the top of the front support is hinged with the back plate, the top of the back support is hinged with the seat plate, a supporting connector is set between the front support and the back support, an inner side and an outer side of both ends of the supporting connector are hinged with the front support and the back support, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU JISILI BABY PRODUCTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 10342353
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a chair reclining adjustment mechanism, including a chassis, a turntable rotatably connected to the chassis by using a rotation shaft, and an elastic resetting device that is disposed between the chassis and the turntable and is configured to always enable the turntable to have a moving trend of rotating towards one side of the rotation shaft, wherein a rotation gap is provided between the turntable and the chassis at the other side of the rotation shaft; the adjustment mechanism further includes a locking member capable of entering or slipping out of the rotation gap, a locking component that always enables the locking member to have a moving trend of entering the rotation gap and an unlocking component configured to pull the locking member to slip out of the rotation gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ZHONGWEI HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD
    Inventor: Qiankui Chen
  • Patent number: 10342351
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable chair (1) having two front chair legs (2, 3), two rear chair legs (4, 5), two front chair arms (6, 7), two rear chair arms (8, 9), and two connection elements which are connected via a connection rod. The front chair legs and the rear chair legs each have a free end (2a, 3a, 4a, 5a) which is oriented towards an underlying surface (10), and the front chair arms and rear chair arms each have a free end (8c, 9c) which is oriented towards a seat surface (11) that is defined or can be defined by free ends (6a, 7a) of the front chair arms and free ends of the rear chair arms (8, 9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LEKISPORT AG
    Inventor: Markus Sebastian Lenhart
  • Patent number: 10343573
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly, comprising a first seat component and a second seat component, is provided. The second seat component is adjustable relative to the first seat component—preferably about a pivot axis—and a resetting device is provided, by means of which a resetting force is exerted on the second seat component in direction of a neutral position, when the second seat component is adjusted with respect to the neutral position. The resetting device at least includes the following:—a spring element in which a portion is rotated about an axis of rotation, when the second seat component is adjusted with respect to its neutral position, and the spring element thereby is tensioned, so that via the tensioned spring element at least a part of the resetting force is provided, and—a force transmission element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Martin Spangler, Sebastian Meyer, Andreas Prause