James M. Kain has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat comprises a set shell and a juvenile restraint harness with shoulder strap portions. A harness control panel is provided on the front surface of the back of the seat shell to be adjustably movable to raise and lower the shoulder strap portions. A panel height adjustment mechanism is provided on the back of the seat shell to adjust the position of the panel. A shoulder strap tensioner is provided coupled to the height adjustment mechanism.
Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat includes a seat, a support base under the seat, a first belt retainer coupled to one side of the support base, and a second seat belt retainer coupled to another side of the support base. To retain the juvenile vehicle seat in place on a first side of a seat in a vehicle, a vehicle shoulder strap associated with that first side of the seat is moved to engage one lower portion fo the support base and pass through a channel provided by the first belt retainer so that it extends diagonally behind the juvenile vehicle seat (from left to right) in an “upwardly” sloping direction.
Abstract: A pair of cantilevered armrests are mounted on a juvenile seat. Each armrest includes an arm and a support mount appended to the arm and coupled to the seat back. The support mount extends above and below the arm to embrace the seat back. One fastener lies above the arm and is coupled to an upper portion of the support mount. Another fastener lies below the arm and is coupled to a lower portion of the support mount.
Abstract: A juvenile seat assembly includes a seat bottom, a crotch strap, and a carrier coupled to the seat bottom for movement relative to the seat bottom. The crotch strap is part of a child-restraint harness included in the seat assembly. The crotch strap is coupled to and moves with the carrier. The carrier is lockable in a plurality of positions relative to the seat bottom.
Abstract: A canopy support is movable relative to a juvenile seat to raise and lower a canopy with respect to the seat. The canopy support includes a hub mount on each side of the seat, an arched canopy frame, and a hub mount ring for connecting each end of the arched canopy frame to one of the hubs. Each hub mount ring is configured to interact with its companion hub to retain the arch canopy frame in a selected position relative to the seat.
Abstract: A juvenile booster seat assembly is provided for use in a vehicle having a vehicle seat and a vehicle passenger restraint system. The booster seat comprises a base, a tether belt coupled to the base, and a shoulder belt positioner mounted for movement on a free end of the tether belt. The shoulder belt positioner is coupled to a shoulder belt included in the vehicle passenger restraint system and moved along the tether belt either to shorten or lengthen the effective length of the tether belt so as to control the position of the shoulder belt as it passes over the torso of a juvenile seated on the base.
Abstract: A juvenile seat assembly includes a seat and a frame including front and rear legs coupled to the seat. The seat includes a seat bottom and a footrest mounted to the seat bottom. The footrest is formed to include a front-leg support coupled to each one of the front legs to block side-to-side movement of the seat relative to the frame.
Abstract: A juvenile chair is provided for seating a child. The chair includes a frame, a seat mounted on the frame for sliding movement along the frame, and a height-adjustment mechanism formed to fix the seat in a selected elevation on the frame. The frame includes a guide channel and the seat includes a track guide that slides in the guide channel. The frame further includes height-adjustment slots into which the height-adjustment mechanism locks at each respective elevation.
Abstract: A child-restraint seat for a vehicle comprising a seat shell including a bottom seat portion, a back support portion and a child-restraint harness wherein a harness-control panel positioned to lie adjacent to a front surface of the back support portion to cause a child seated in the seat shell to rest against the harness-control panel and formed to receive a shoulder belt portion of the child-restraint harness is mounted on the seat shell for up and down movement relative to the seat shell to raise and lower the shoulder belt portion of the child-restraint harness with respect to the bottom seat portion to harness small-sized children and large-sized children in a restrained position in the seat shell.
Abstract: A tray assembly comprises a tray, a crotch post, and a pivot post interconnecting the tray and the crotch post. The pivot post defines a fixed axis to enable pivotal movement of the crotch post about the fixed axis between an extended position wherein the crotch post extends at an angle away from the tray and a retracted position wherein the crotch post is positioned to lie adjacent to the tray.
Abstract: A tray assembly is provided for use with a seat having a seat back, a seat bottom, and arms. The tray assembly includes a tray and a latch coupled to the tray. The tray has an upper surface, first and second edges, and walls coupled to the edges and lower surface to define a cavity therebetween. A rib extends from at least one of the walls of the tray and the latch includes a slot for receiving the rib therein. In addition, the latch is configured to move between a latched position in which the latch is adapted to engage the arms of the seat and a release position in which the latch is adapted to disengage the arms of the seat.
Abstract: The invention relates to platform step stools wherein a top step of the stool is movable from its top position to a position in alignment with the step below it to provide for a wider platform than a single step and in particular, to a particular single handle actuated locking mechanism for securing the top step both in its top and alignment height positions.
Abstract: A platform stool is provided including a frame having a front leg and a rear leg. The front leg is pivotably coupled to the rear leg for movement about a leg pivot axis between an opened position and a closed position. The platform stool includes a multi-part platform including a front section pivotably coupled to the front leg and a rear section pivotably coupled to the rear leg, each of the front and rear sections having a top surface. A platform support linkage couples the front section to the rear section for movement about a platform pivot axis between a platform-forming position wherein the top surface of the front section and the top surface of the rear section are aligned in substantially coplanar relation to form a platform and a platform-collapsing position wherein the top surface of the front section faces away from the rear leg and the top surface of the rear section faces away from the front leg.