And Operator Therefor Patents (Class 24/633)
  • Patent number: 10455902
    Abstract: A child's safety belt connection buckle with a belt buckle inserted into an inserting space in an inserting base in the horizontal direction, and locked by a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism has a sliding member capable of moving reciprocally along the horizontal direction, and a locking member capable of moving reciprocally in a direction perpendicular to the horizontal direction. The locking mechanism has a locking position and an unlocking position. When the locking mechanism is at the locking position, the belt buckle is pressed against the sliding member, and the locking member is buckled with the belt buckle. When the locking mechanism is at the unlocking position, the locking member is separated from the belt buckle and pressed against the sliding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GOODBABY CHILD PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhiyong Kuang, Xiaogang Huan
  • Patent number: 10343560
    Abstract: An apparatus for covering a child car seat attachment anchor includes a sleeve that is formed in a single piece, a slot in a first face of the sleeve that defines an opening extending towards a second face of the sleeve opposing the first face, and a rib of the sleeve located at an end of the opening forming a retention surface for the child car seat attachment anchor. The sleeve has an outer shape forming a quadrilaterally faced hexahedron. The retention surface extends in parallel with the second face. The apparatus can be used to cover an ISOFIX wire that extends from a seat crevasse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Lyman, Luis Eduardo Romero Hurtado, Brian Haupt, Bobby Fuentes, Lisle Bates, Niko Jovicevic
  • Patent number: 10292459
    Abstract: A fastener for detachably securing a first item to a second item comprises a connector comprising a U-shaped rod having a central portion between two legs and a main body configured to be attached to the second item. The main body comprises a housing having a slot configured to allow passage of a central portion therethrough into the housing, and a downwardly biased securing pin provided within the housing. The slot has an upstanding lip provided at a lower edge of the slot that defines two downwardly extending openings. Each of the openings are configured to allow the two legs to extend out of the housing when the central portion is in a secured position where the central portion is lowered in the housing relative to the slot. The securing pin is configured to exert a downward bias against the central portion in the secured position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Cutter Technologies Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Choon Meng Lau
  • Patent number: 10201213
    Abstract: A cover device adapted to removably cover a portion of a seatbelt buckle is presented herein. The cover device being constructed of a flexible material, the cover device includes a first closed end, slot, and second open end. The slot is formed along a portion of the first closed end and is adapted to allow the passage of a seatbelt tongue as well as resist the passage of other objects or fluids. The second open end is adapted to receive a seatbelt buckle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Carter Chen
  • Patent number: 10172424
    Abstract: A casing shell (10) for a belt buckle is described including at least one sidewall (12, 14, 16) which has an outwardly facing lateral face (22, 24, 26). A groove (23) extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal orientation (L) of the casing shell (10) completely over the lateral face (22, 24, 26) is provided on the lateral face (22, 24, 26). Furthermore a casing for a belt buckle is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Haas, Hans-Peter Betz
  • Patent number: 9979129
    Abstract: Provided are a connector member and a connector that are easy to assemble and capable of adjusting of misalignment or inclination of a fitting axis. In the connector, a first connector member having a first housing is fitted with a second connector member having a second housing and a supporting member supporting the second housing. The first housing includes a guide pin, the second housing includes a guide-pin guiding part, and the guide-pin guiding part includes a guide hole. The second housing has a pair of shaft pins. The supporting member has a support claw for holding each of the shaft pins. When the guide pin is inserted into the guide hole, the guide pin presses the guide hole to cause the shaft pin to move with the shaft pins being held by the support claw, thereby the second housing being moved, enabling the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: J.S.T. MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Koji Wada
  • Patent number: 9750632
    Abstract: A lower back support system (LBSS) that provides increased support to a person's lower spine and back muscle group. The LBSS includes a first belt, a second belt, a quick release buckle and an adjustable belt glide. Additionally, a back rack that consists of a first shoulder support, a second shoulder support as well as other yoke, front and side supports can also be utilized. Substantially centered and attached by an attachment device to the front of the first belt is an abdominal support brace. Substantially centered and attached to the rear of the first belt is a back support brace which is specially designed and dimensioned to provide maximum support to a typical person's lower back. When wearing the LBSS a person is more protected against strain and injury by supporting his/her lower back when lifting, carrying or wearing an object(s) or being physically jarred. The LBSS shifts load from a person's single spine to their two legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Charles P. Logan
  • Patent number: 9580043
    Abstract: The patron restraint system for amusement rides includes a locking receiver with a locking assembly for engaging a restraining strap. The engagement of the restraining strap in the locking receiver can be verified by a ride operator by visual or physical inspection, or by a sensor system indicating the locked or unlocked state of the locking receiver. A latching ratchet mechanism may be provided in the receiver to restrict movement of the restraining strap until it is released by the ride operator. The sensor system includes an acoustic sensor that detects alignment of an aperture with a piezoelectric acoustic emitter and an acoustic detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Team IX, Ltd.
    Inventors: David L. Collins, Sirzat Sayin, David Althoff, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9346433
    Abstract: Disclosed is a buckle apparatus for a seat belt. The buckle apparatus Includes an upper cover including a front plate formed with an opening part; a lower cover engaged with a lower portion of the upper cover and provided therein with a base frame; a latch member including one end rotatably supported on the base frame and locked with a tongue plate inserted through the opening part; an ejector assembly provided on the base frame for locking and releasing between the tongue plate and the latch member; and a release button slidably provided on both sides of the base frame and disposed in an upper portion of the opening part so that one side of the release button is exposed. At least one elastic member is integrally provided on an upper end of the front plate to elastically press a bottom surface of the tongue plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Byoung Gae You
  • Patent number: 9204691
    Abstract: [Object] Smooth sliding against a seat belt is allowed in a normal state, and effectiveness of suppressing extension of a lap belt is increased in an emergency state. [Solution] A seat belt slide portion 17 has a recess portion 20 provided in a seat belt slide surface 18 and a specified number of projections 27 provided in the recess portion 20. The seat belt slide surface 18 has a shoulder belt-side seat belt slide surface 22 that is disposed on a shoulder belt 9 side and extends in a longitudinal direction of a seat belt insertion hole 16. Relative to a position where the distance in a direction perpendicular to or substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the seat belt insertion hole 16 is a minimum, the shoulder belt-side seat belt slide surface 22 extends from the shoulder belt 9 side to a lap belt 10 side, and the distance of a part 22a of the shoulder belt-side seat belt slide surface 22 is positioned on the lap belt 10 side relative to the position of a virtual line ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Motonori Okano, Yuuki Tabata, Yoshihiko Kawai
  • Patent number: 9131742
    Abstract: This invention pertains to connections between helmets and chinstraps, and more particularly a connector which is securable to an end of a chinstrap, and which is readily connected to a helmet via a stud carried by the helmet, and in which removal of the connector from the stud requires that an actuator be moved out of a mechanical latching relation to the stud. A helmet assembly includes a helmet having a stud, a chinstrap having a strap, and a connector attached to the strap. The connector includes a housing and an actuator. The housing has an underside with an opening sized to receive the stud through the opening into the housing. The actuator is movable within the housing between a first position in which the actuator engages the stud to retain the connector to the helmet and a second position in which the actuator disengages the stud to release the connector from the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher D. Gowen
  • Patent number: 9038251
    Abstract: A buckle assembly structured for quick release and including a gripping assembly structured to removably retain an end connector in a locked position. Two locking segments are movably connected to one another and disposable between a closed orientation and a release orientation. The locked position includes the locking segments disposed in gripping engagement with the connector when the connector is disposed between the locking segments. A quick release assembly may be selectively positioned into a separating engagement with the locking segments to at least partially define a positioning thereof from their closed orientation into their release orientation. A secondary release assembly is connected to the gripping assembly and is independently operable to release the connector from the gripping engagement with the locking segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: National Molding, LLC.
    Inventor: Miguel A. Bevilacqua
  • Patent number: 9038250
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat belt buckle (10) comprising a locking mechanism for a plug-in latch and a casing (12) that encloses the locking mechanism and includes an inserting opening (14) for inserting the plug-in latch as well as a release opening (16) in which a release element (20) for releasing the locking mechanism is disposed. There is provided a sealing device (22) for sealing the inserting opening (14), when the plug-in latch is not inserted, and/or the release opening (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Betz, Peter Haas, Andrea Schuech
  • Patent number: 9015913
    Abstract: Foreign objects that have entered inside an insertion body are suppressed from reaching a detector side. In a buckle device, when a tongue plate is attached, an ejector slides downwards inside a buckle body, opening a through hole in a partitioning wall of a lower cover at the upper side. A main body portion of a slider member of a buckle switch is inserted into the through hole, closing off a portion of the through hole that has been opened by the ejector. Hence it is suppressed that foreign objects discharged through an insertion through hole in the buckle body to outside the buckle body pass through the through hole and reach the buckle switch side further than the partitioning wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventors: Tetsushi Muromachi, Nao Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20150074957
    Abstract: A rotatable buckle assembly may include a male buckle member, and a female buckle member configured to rotatably connect to the male buckle member. The female buckle member may include a handle that is configured to be pulled to disconnect the first buckle member from the second buckle member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael B. Grimm, Christopher A.J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen
  • Patent number: 8950780
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat belt buckle for a seat belt comprising a casing, a locking member for a plug-in latch and an unlocking device (26) for releasing the unlocking member. The unlocking device (26) includes at least two unlocking surfaces (56, 60) which are independent of each other, wherein a predetermined force has to be applied to both unlocking surfaces (56, 60) for operating the unlocking device (26). The unlocking device (26) includes at least one fastening element (30) constituting an engaging connection with the casing, wherein the engaging connection prevents a movement of the unlocking device (26) in an unlocking direction of the locking member and the fastening element (30) has to be moved in a direction perpendicular to the unlocking direction for releasing the engaging connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Betz, Peter Haas
  • Patent number: 8938865
    Abstract: A buckle includes a snap coupling mechanism including a locking element pivotable between a locked and an unlocked position for engaging and disengaging two tongues, respectively; a release button movable between a raised position and a lowered position corresponding to the locked and unlocked positions, respectively; a spring tending to keep the release button in the raised position; and two sliders opposing the insertion of the tongues. The sliders are configured to come between a body of the buckle and the locking element, when the locking element is moved into the unlocked position, so as to prevent the locking element from moving from the unlocked position to the locked position. The release button is connected to the locking element so that when the release button is pressed, the locking element moves into the unlocked position, whereas when the release button is released, the locking element moves into the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Novarace S.r.l.
    Inventor: Paolo Novara
  • Patent number: 8902057
    Abstract: A belt buckle for a motor vehicle is provided wherein, through the use of the belt buckle, a tongue of a seat belt is mechanically receivable and, through the use of a switch, an insertion status of the tongue is detectable. A device is assigned to the switch through the use of which the switch position of the switch is wirelessly communicable to a receiver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellscaft
    Inventors: Torsten Strutz, Jörg Winkler, Peter Baumann, Andre Leschke
  • Patent number: 8869357
    Abstract: A switch-equipped buckle device capable of accurately detecting an attachment-detachment state of a tongue plate by mounting fixed contacts immovably therein. The switch-equipped buckle device has, inside a buckle body, a slide switch that detects a state of attachment of the tongue plate according to the sliding position of an ejector. A slider of the slide switch is integrated with the ejector, and three fixed contacts of the slide switch are integrated with a lower case by insert molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yukinori Midorikawa, Ayaki Oyamada
  • Publication number: 20140251725
    Abstract: A quick release buckle includes a main body portion including a top housing portion and a bottom housing portion. A t-bar element removably connects within the main body portion. A pair of locking pawls removably connect with an extension portion of the t-bar element. A locking wheel device is configured for locking and unlocking the pair of pawls based on contact of pawl extensions with one or more portions of the locking wheel device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Cortland G. Schurian, Michael Dancyger
  • Patent number: 8827026
    Abstract: A barrier may be configured to maintain a fixed position with respect to a seat, the barrier separating a first space from a second space, a seatbelt buckle may be configured to maintain a fixed position with respect to the barrier in the second space, the buckle includes an opening to receive a seatbelt tongue and a release button to release the tongue from the buckle, the barrier may include a slot having dimensions selected to permit passage of the tongue from the first space into the opening and prevent an object from passing through the slot to operate the release button. A force-transfer-structure, coupled between the release button and a solenoid may transfer a force exerted by the solenoid to the release button, where the buckle and force-transfer-structure maintain operational alignment therebetween. A second structure can operate the release button in event that the solenoid is inoperable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel T. Foster, Eric Arthur King
  • Patent number: 8813323
    Abstract: A quick release fastener for an end fitting of a safety belt having spaced apart first and second frame, a lockable insert tongue insertable between the frame plates, and a locking element moveable between a locking position in which the insert tongue is locked between the frame plates, and a release position. A locking element has at least two anchor surfaces facing one another, which at least form the stop at one outer face of the frame plates or of the insert tongue. In this way, a shockproof quick release fastener is provided which can be released without a special tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Jonas Sterner, Peter Lundgren
  • Patent number: 8813322
    Abstract: A buckle includes a case connected to a restraint system lower belt. A coupling mechanism releasably engages tongue-like coupling elements connected to respective upper belts. An indicator indicates correct belt tensioning and has a visual symbol visible through openings in the case. The indicator moves in the case between a first position in which the visual symbol is not visible, for loose belts, and a second position in which the visual symbol is visible, for correctly tensioned belts. First springs urge the indicator towards the first position. A locking element in the case connects to an end of the lower belt. Second springs between the case and the locking element are resiliently deformed from tension on the lower belt. The locking element cooperates with the indicator so that when the indicator is in the second position, it is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Novarace S.r.l.
    Inventor: Paolo Novara
  • Patent number: 8813317
    Abstract: A latching device secures a strap to a piece of sports equipment. The latching device includes a buckle and a base. The buckle has a main body portion. The main body portion has an integrally formed collet and has a first slot and a second slot. The first and second slots each having a plurality of teeth shaped members that are configured to secure the strap to the buckle. The base is attached to the piece of sports equipment. The base has a first shaft and an annular ring. The first shaft has a first end and a second end. A ball shaped member is attached to the first end of the first shaft. The annular ring is formed on a periphery of the base surrounding the first shaft. The ball shaped member is releasably received in the collet to releasably engage the buckle with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Home Team Sports, LLC.
    Inventors: Bruce James Mitchell, Jr., Joseph Albert Simon
  • Publication number: 20140215773
    Abstract: Belt buckle for releasable connection of a belt to another belt or object. The belt buckle has a male buckle part with a plug-in extension and a female buckle part with a receptacle, and a locking device. The plug-in extension of the male buckle part is insertable into the receptacle of the female buckle part and the buckle parts are lockable to each other in a locking state by the locking device. In the locking state, the buckle parts are arrangeable relative to each other in a neutral position, in which the locking device can be brought into an unlocking position to separate the buckle parts. The buckle parts are additionally arrangeable relative to each other in a blocking position, pivoted in relation to the neutral position, in which the locking device is blocked in a locking position to prevent the buckle parts from being separated from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: ABA Hortnagl GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Hortnagl
  • Publication number: 20140208549
    Abstract: A seat belt safety device prevents access to a release button located on a surface of a seat belt housing attached to a first seat belt segment, the housing surface also including a housing opening through which a seat belt tongue attached to a second seat belt segment is inserted to securely latch the first seat belt segment to the seat belt housing and the second seat belt segment. The seat belt safety device includes a blocking assembly formed as a cylindrical standoff with an inner channel within which a rod with a release handle at one end and a blocking member at its other end is arranged for axial movement when the blocking assembly is not in a locked state and a spring. The release handle is grasped to extend the rod against a force of the spring to press the release button of the seat belt housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: William MCGLYNN
  • Patent number: 8776332
    Abstract: A push button buckle (20) having a replaceable cover (30). A button (38) is biased into contact with the cover (30) to aid in installation. The cover (30) flexes to snap onto the frame (50), and is removed with a tool (T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Bodypoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Kosh, John N. Tilden
  • Patent number: 8720019
    Abstract: Personal restraint systems with buckle assemblies for use in vehicles are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a personal restraint system includes a connector configured to be coupled to a web. The restraint system also includes a buckle assembly configured to releasably retain the connector. In this embodiment, the buckle assembly includes a frame having a locking feature configured to engage a tongue of the connector. The buckle assembly also includes a locking member movably positioned adjacent to the frame that retains the tongue in a locked position. The buckle assembly further includes an actuator that can be actuated by a user to move the tongue out of the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: AmSafe Commercial Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Buckingham, Mark E. Main
  • Patent number: 8720018
    Abstract: The lock member includes: a plate-like base portion positioned on a top side of the socket; a holder retaining the base portion to the socket; an operating portion connected to the base portion and movable in a direction intersecting the base portion by an external operation; and a lock portion restricting disengagement of the engaged portions and the engaging portions. The lock portion is positioned in the socket and connected to the operating portion via a joint inserted in the cutout. Without the external operation, the lock portion is present in movement paths where the engaging portions move to be disengaged from the engaged portions. When the operating portion is moved by the external operation, the lock portion is moved away from the movement paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Yoshie, Ming Yi Huang
  • Publication number: 20140109360
    Abstract: A side squeeze buckle with a cavity formed in a central section of the male section of the buckle is disclosed. The cavity can have an LED light enclosed therein or can be left as an open cavity to store items. The female section of the buckle has two arms extending around a central opening. The central section of the male section fits into the central opening of the female section. The external surface of the cavity forms a substantial portion of the top surface of the buckle when the buckle is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: BISON DESIGNS, LLC
    Inventor: Bison Designs, LLC
  • Publication number: 20140096348
    Abstract: A buckle assembly (10) includes a frame (12) having a base (66) connected to opposed side walls (68). The frame (12) has a latch chamber (70) between the base (66) and the opposed side walls (68). The buckle assembly (10) also includes a lever (14) pivotally secured with in the latch chamber (70) between the opposed side walls (68), and a latch (16) configured to be secured in the latch chamber (70) by the lever (14). The latch (16) may include a frame-engaging member (30) having an ogived leading end (36). The ogived leading end (36) is configured to self-align the latch (16) within the latch chamber (70) when the latch (16) is mated into the latch chamber (70).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Anderson, Christopher A.J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen
  • Patent number: 8689410
    Abstract: A tongue (200, 400) for an inflatable belt restraint system, the tongue comprising: a narrow cylindrical hollow tube (204a, 204b) comprising a first formed member and a second formed member joined together along respective mating edges of the first and second formed members and two mating portions (202a and 202b) forming the looped portion of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Arnold, Michael J. Moore, Bayard C. Temple
  • Patent number: 8683666
    Abstract: Buckle assemblies for use with child seats and other personal restraint systems in vehicles are disclosed herein. A buckle assembly configured in accordance with one embodiment of the disclosure includes a housing assembly that receives at least a portion of a web connector. The housing assembly includes a coating having a generally soft or tactile surface finish. For example, the coating can be at least partially elastically compressible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: AmSafe Commercial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter E. Miller
  • Patent number: 8677577
    Abstract: A seat belt safety device is configured with a first planar member including a slot opening for receiving a tongue latch of a second seat belt segment and a second planar member attached to at least one edge of the first planar member to extend at about 90° from a point of attachment so that upon insertion of a tongue latch through the slot opening, the second substantially planar member and contacts to lay substantially flat against a portion of an outer surface of the seat belt housing such that the seat belt safety device is substantially immobilized. The second planar member has a limited access opening centered and proximate the release button in the exposed surface of the housing so that when a tongue latch is inserted to latch and secure the first seat belt segment with the second seat belt segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: William McGlynn
  • Publication number: 20140053380
    Abstract: A belt buckle includes a male plate with a cylindrical pin extending transversely from a back side of said male plate. A female plate includes a cylindrical cavity which is partially enclosed by a first inwardly-extending flange and a second inwardly-extending flange. The female plate is adapted for coupling to a male plate when the buckle is in use. An elastic ring is fittingly disposed inside the partially enclosed cavity. A hollow of the elastic ring is adapted to fittingly receive the pin during use of the buckle. The hollow of the elastic ring has a polygonal-shaped wall, whereby the elastic ring is in contact with the pin at a plurality of contact points during use of the buckle to prevent the pin from getting loose when the buckle is in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: CHING FUNG APPAREL ACCESSORIES CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Kwok Yun, Gary LEUNG
  • Patent number: 8650721
    Abstract: A buckle device 10 for a seat belt includes: an anchor plate 11 that can be attached to a vehicle body side; a buckle 20 to which a tongue of the seat belt can be detachably attached; and a woven fabric 30 that is passed through hole portions 14, 26 formed respectively in the anchor plate 11 and the buckle 20, the woven fabric 30 being folded back so as to overlap at least triply and being sewn together in the overlapping part. A tip end portion 31a of the woven fabric 30 tucked into the inner side contacts the opposing buckle 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Ogawa, Goushu Kataoka, Katsuyasu Ono, Yuji Sakata, Hitoshi Futaki, Masanao Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8650726
    Abstract: When a pretensioner is activated, a buckle main body experiences abrupt acceleration in a direction toward webbing. An inertial amass body of a stopper member is then rotated toward a frame member against an urging force of a torsion spring urged through a lever member. Further, the lever member abutting on the stopper member is also rotated toward the frame member, making each projecting piece face each abutment portion of a slide button. Further, when the slide button is slidingly moved against an urging force of a button spring, each abutment portion makes contact with each projecting piece of the lever member, stopping the slide movement of the slide button. Thus, unintentional disengagement between a latch and a tongue plate can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichi Nimura
  • Publication number: 20140007388
    Abstract: A buckle assembly comprising: a socket arrangement for releasably retaining a lug; and an operating handle rotatably mounted with respect to the socket arrangement and configured such that, upon rotation, the lug is released from the socket arrangement, the operating handle comprising first and second buttons diametrically opposed from one another, configured such that rotation of the operating handle with respect to the socket arrangement is prevented unless both the first and second buttons are simultaneously depressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Graham Hartnell
  • Patent number: 8621729
    Abstract: A frame member, which is approximately U-shaped in side view, has an ejector having elastic locking pieces whose tips are configured to move along long holes formed in an upper plate, mounted thereon. A permanent magnet is mounted on a slider member, at the end portion closer to a Hall IC switch. Pairs of elastic engagement pieces are inserted through the long holes respectively, and engaged with engagement portions provided at the tips of elastic engagement pieces of the ejector respectively and thus assembled. In a base member formed approximately rectangular-frame-shaped in plan view, the Hall IC switch is fitted on a Hall IC switch supporting extension, extended approximately perpendicularly outward from an end portion closer to the frame member of an outer plate positioned adjacent to the permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichi Nimura
  • Patent number: 8610011
    Abstract: A belt lock for a seat belt system includes a locking mechanism arranged in a belt lock housing formed from two housing shells for an inserted belt tongue. The locking mechanism has an axially movable component that changes its location from a first end position into a second end position when the locking mechanism is actuated. The locking mechanism is also equipped with a switch arrangement that has at least one fixed contact part and one switching contact part that can move relative to it and on which, in an end position of the component that changes its location, the component acts. The switching contact part is configured as a clamp-shaped elastic sheet part with two axially running side braces that are provided with knee-like bends that, in an end position of the axially movable component, are mechanically exposed to pressure by the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Polycontact AG
    Inventors: Clau Lombriser, Carsten Kaebisch
  • Publication number: 20130307255
    Abstract: A five-point safety belt and a safety belt unlocking mechanism. The safety belt includes a three-point safety belt, a two-point safety belt and two locking mechanisms. The unlocking mechanism includes a safety belt and a safety belt locking mechanism arranged on two sides of a passenger. Each locking mechanism is provided with a button integrally formed therewith for unlocking the safety belt. The unlocking mechanism is also provided with a cable, two ends of the cable are respectively connected to one end of the two buttons for unlocking. A handle is connected to a middle section of the cable. The handle may be arranged in front of the passenger, and the safety belt can be unlocked synchronously through the handle, which can be operated easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Suzhou Eagle Electric Vehicle Manafacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xueqing ZHANG, Ke LAN, Anding ZHU
  • Publication number: 20130263411
    Abstract: A system and method is provided whereby an article being a seat belt adapter is provided with a first male attachment and a second female receiving cavity in which said article is used with a vehicle seat belt system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Christian Jagodzinski
  • Publication number: 20130239372
    Abstract: Latch mechanism devices for attaching components within a device and methods of use are provided herein. In one aspect, the latch mechanism includes a pair of deflectable members between which a protruding latch member, such as a latch pin, is inserted thereby separating the deflectable members. A latch pin can have a distal insertion portion and a proximal locking portion, the locking portion having a reduced profile so as to resiliently receive the deflectable members displaced by insertion of the latch pin so as to couple the latch pin between the cords. The latch pin can have insertion faces and locking faces angled so as to control the force required to insert and retract the latch pin from the cord pair. The latch mechanism may utilize releasing mechanisms for separating or reducing tension in the deflectable members to facilitate retraction of the latch pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan P. Kiple, Michael B. Wittenberg, Shayan Malek
  • Patent number: 8528173
    Abstract: A quick-action closure for the end fitting of a safety belt, whereby the quick-action closure includes an insertion tongue which can be inserted into a closure housing and which can be locked therein by means of a locking element disposed in a mobile manner between a locking position and a release position, and whereby the locking element can be transferred from its locking position into its release position by means of an actuating element which can be inserted into the closure housing. A safety element (21) is disposed in the closure housing (11) mounted at its center of gravity (35) rotatable between a safety position and a rest position, the safety element in its safety position fixing the locking element (20) in its locking position and, in its rest position, releasing the locking element (20), whereby the safety element (21) is held in its safety position by the action of a spring (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Jonas Sterner, Gôran Carlsson, Robert Svensson
  • Publication number: 20130192033
    Abstract: A buckle (1) having a first buckle part (2) and having at least one second buckle part (3), said first buckle part (2) having at least one locking bar (4) that can be moved back and forth between a locking position of the locking bar (4) and an unlocking position of the locking bar (4). The locking bar (4) engages behind a locking surface (5) of the second buckle part (3) in the locking position in order to lock the two buckle parts (2, 3) with each other in a connected position of the buckle parts (2, 3), and the locking bar (4) can be moved into the unlocking position in order to separate the buckle parts (2, 3), the second buckle part (3) having at least one counter locking bar (6) that can be moved back and forth between a locking position of the counter locking bar (6) and an unlocking position of the counter locking bar (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Andreas Hortnagl
  • Publication number: 20130174390
    Abstract: Foreign objects that have entered inside an insertion body are suppressed from reaching a detector side. In a buckle device, when a tongue plate is attached, an ejector slides downwards inside a buckle body, opening a through hole in a partitioning wall of a lower cover at the upper side. A main body portion of a slider member of a buckle switch is inserted into the through hole, closing off a portion of the through hole that has been opened by the ejector. Hence it is suppressed that foreign objects discharged through an insertion through hole in the buckle body to outside the buckle body pass through the through hole and reach the buckle switch side further than the partitioning wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
  • Patent number: 8474113
    Abstract: A side-release buckle assembly includes a main housing, a button positioned through a side of the main housing, a metal coil spring biased between an interior wall of the main housing and the button, and a mating member. Movement of the button is directly transferred to the spring, and vice versa. The ratchet strap is moveable through the main housing in a first direction, and when the button is pressed, the ratchet strap is moveable through the buckle housing in a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Jordi Badrenas Buscart
  • Patent number: 8458868
    Abstract: A shock-absorbing seat belt buckle (1) including is provided a housing, a push-button (2) displaceably mounted in the housing, a linearly guided inertia mass (3), and a transmission lever (4) pivot-mounted to the housing, which transmission lever is coupled to the inertia mass (3) by an arm (4a) and supports the push-button (2) against the opening direction with another arm (4b), wherein a sound-absorbing elastic layer (11) is provided between the transmission lever (4) and the inertia mass (3), at least in the region of contact between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Anatoli Neumann, Matthieu Louvet
  • Publication number: 20130133164
    Abstract: A seat belt safety device is configured with a first planar member including a slot opening for receiving a tongue latch of a second seat belt segment and a second planar member attached to at least one edge of the first planar member to extend at about 90° from a point of attachment so that upon insertion of a tongue latch through the slot opening, the second substantially planar member and contacts to lay substantially flat against a portion of an outer surface of the seat belt housing such that the seat belt safety device is substantially immobilized. The second planar member has a limited access opening centered and proximate the release button in the exposed surface of the housing so that when a tongue latch is inserted to latch and secure the first seat belt segment with the second seat belt segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: William McGlynn
  • Patent number: 8448308
    Abstract: A buckle includes a buckle body, two first retainers, and two second retainers connected respectively and detachably to the first retainers. The buckle body includes an insert groove having two upwardly facing openings, two stop portions, and a resilient pressing arm. The first retainers are inserted into the insert groove via the openings, respectively. Each of the first retainers includes a resilient retaining plate biased to a retaining position to prevent removal of the corresponding first retainer from the buckle body. Each of the resilient retaining plates is removable from the retaining position. When the resilient pressing arm is pressed, each of the resilient retaining plates is removed from the retaining position by the resilient pressing arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Nuna International B.V.
    Inventors: Jonathan Kirk Mountz, Nathanael Saint