Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Susko

Thomas J. Susko 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).

  • Patent number: 5930886
    Abstract: A vehicle modular three-across seat, or, so-called, split bench seat assembly, including two wide outboard seat structures and a narrower middle seat structure. Each outboard seat structure is supported on the floor of the vehicle by four corner anchors for independent forward and aft movement. The middle seat is supported in a fixed manner by four corner support brackets extending outwardly and downwardly to mount on the adjacent two pairs of front and rear corner anchors. The modular three-seat assembly is adapted to be installed as a unit in the vehicle by securing the four corner anchors of each of the two outboard seat structures to the vehicle floor pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Dragi Jovan, David A. Bargiel, Thomas J. Susko, Steven A. Schulte
  • Patent number: 5902009
    Abstract: An underseat storage bin is used with a pivotable vehicle bench seat in a vehicle having a floor surface. The bench seat is pivotable between a horizontal seating position and an upright stowed position for providing access beneath the seat. The bench seat is supported on seat support members at opposing ends. The storage bin includes a blow-molded bin structure having first and second ends removably attachable to the seat support members. The bin structure includes a plurality of generally vertical compartment walls arranged to form a plurality of storage compartments. At least one of the storage compartments extends substantially the entire length of the bench seat for storing long items. The compartment walls form open bottoms therebetween, such that the vehicle floor surface forms the bottom of each storage compartment for supporting items stored in the storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Jaswant Singh, Thomas J. Susko, Michael W. Moran, Michael S. Boyer, Daniel M. Knight, Carter Cannon
  • Patent number: 5755422
    Abstract: An automotive seat assembly having a J-lock safety device which interlocks a rear seat entry track mechanism during high load situations. The entry track mechanism comprises a lower track and an upper track movably supported by the lower track for providing fore and aft movement of the seat assembly along a longitudinal axis. A downwardly facing first hook is attached to the lower track and has a J-shape with a long leg and a short leg interconnected by a bottom. An upwardly facing second hook is attached to the upper track and has a J-shape with a long leg and a short leg interconnected by a bottom. The short legs are in mechanically overlapping relationship for limiting relative movement of the tracks in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Susko, Virgil L. Musselman, Shaun Nelson
  • Patent number: 5671948
    Abstract: A bench seat has a backrest cushion and a seat cushion, and can convert between a normal use position and a non-use position where the seat cushion is folded flat against the backrest cushion. The bench seat can also be removed completely from the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The seat cushion includes a tubular frame member. A seat belt buckle includes a strap which connects to a seat bracket welded to the frame member of the seat cushion. A shank extends from the seat bracket and includes a T-shaped male coupling end. A floor bracket is attached to the vehicle floor and has a female coupling which interlocks with the male coupling when the bench seat is in the use position for establishing a secondary path of restraint directly between the seat belt buckle and the floor to transfer restraint loads directly to the floor in the event the frame member of the bench seat yields under restraint loads imposed during sudden deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Susko, Paul M. St. Clair, Todd Hoover
  • Patent number: 5529376
    Abstract: A vehicle modular three-across seat, or, so-called, split bench seat assembly, including two wide outboard seat structures and a narrower middle seat structure. Each outboard seat structure is supported on the floor of the vehicle by four corner anchors for independent forward and aft movement. The middle seat is supported in a fixed manner by four corner support brackets extending outwardly and downwardly to mount on the adjacent two pairs of front and rear corner anchors. The modular three-seat assembly is adapted to be installed as a unit in the vehicle by securing the four corner anchors of each of the two outboard seat structures to the vehicle floor pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Dragi Jovan, David A. Bargiel, Thomas J. Susko, Steven A. Schulte
  • Patent number: 5498052
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a seat back cushion assembly having a lower end and an upper end, and a seat cushion assembly having one end adjacent the lower end of the seat back assembly and an opposite end. A mounting structure is provided and is constructed and arranged with respect to the upper end of the seat back cushion assembly to mount the same so that the upper end does not move appreciably in a horizontal direction but can have limited vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignees: Atoma International, Inc., Chrysler Corporation, Lear Seating Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. Severini, Daniel C. L. Yee, Omar D. Tame, Shelly M. Plaza, Noel P. Gravenstruter, Dragi Jovan, Thomas J. Susko, Steven A. Schulte
  • Patent number: 5088616
    Abstract: A cover of generally rectangular shape having a deformation reinforced central section comprises thermoforming top and bottom sheets of thermoplastic to form a specially configured arrangement of strengthening ribs which extend in longitudinal and oblique directions and of a post and receptacle centrally of the sheets, and pressing the sheets together to form a closed interior. The longitudinal ribs on the bottom sheet intersect and are welded to the oblique ribs or the top sheet respective and the post is welded into the receptacle to reinforce the center of the cover. The sheet edges are welded together to reinforce the cover shape and form a reinforced hinge support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Cadillac Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Susko, James P. Constantino, Gerald A. Parylo