Including Slidably Connected And Guided Element On Receiving Member Patents (Class 24/640)
  • Patent number: 10035695
    Abstract: A buckle assembly for a stirrup strap is disclosed, one aspect comprising a plate connectable to a first end of the strap, the plate having a tongue extendable from the first end of the strap, the tongue having at least one pin extending perpendicularly from the first side, the pin being insertable in a strap through-hole near a second end thereof; and a receiver having a sleeve with a first side and a second side, the sleeve being configured to slidably receive the second end of the stirrup strap and the tongue when the pin of the first side of the tongue is positioned in one of the through-holes, the receiver further having a spring latch with a distal end having an opening for receiving the pin, the spring latch moveable between a locking position and a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Jimmy R. Rider
  • Patent number: 9868415
    Abstract: A vehicle safety mechanism comprising a seatbelt buckle containing numerous variants of a piercing point or glass breaking mechanism that can be utilized to break open a vehicle window in the event of an emergency. In numerous embodiments, a set of finger grips and a cover for the piercing point are illustrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Lance Crouch, Tanner Crouch
  • Publication number: 20150135493
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle for engaging a latch inserted into buckle and retained in a latched mode until released by depressing a press release button. In a locked mode, with the vehicle ignition switch ON and the latch inserted into buckle, a complementary lock is activated preventing press the release button from effecting release of latch from buckle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: David John O'brien, Kenneth Hugh Dibble
  • Patent number: 8876161
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle for receiving a tongue connected to a seat belt webbing. The buckle includes a first ejector spring in a position out of an area ? of the path of movement of an engagement portion of the tongue and an imaginary extended area ? extended from the area ? in the direction of movement of the engagement portion, and on the outer side of a base. A second ejector spring is provided in a position out of at least one of the area ? and the imaginary extended area ?, and on the outer side of the base 8. A bracket for fixing the buckle to the vehicle body can be provided closer to a tongue insertion hole, thereby reducing the length of the buckle in the tongue insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Kawai
  • 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: 20140230202
    Abstract: Buckle assemblies with lift latches and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a buckle assembly is configured to detachably engage at least one latch plate. The buckle assembly includes a cover, a load plate connected to the cover and formed with a plurality of openings, a shaft passing through the cover, a lift latch being operably rotated around the shaft in the operation space, and pawls selectively locking corresponding latch plates inserted in the openings in response to the rotation of the lift latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: AMSAFE, INC. (PHOENIX GROUP)
    Inventors: Todd J. Humbert, David T. Merrill
  • Patent number: 8429799
    Abstract: An improved seat belt buckle assembly (10) for use with a tongue (2) of a seat belt during use, locking the latch (20) and control lever (40) in the unlatched position, but when the buckle is latched and exposed to a rapid deceleration a mass (60) slides compressing a lower spring (52) into the frame (12) moving the mass (60) to occupy the space directly under stop surfaces (45) of control lever arms (42, 43) of a control lever (40) blocking downward movement and preventing a locking bar (18) from leaving a horizontal portion of L-shaped slots (9) preventing movement of the latch (20) into the unlatched position. The mass (60) is preferably attached to an ejector (30), the ejector (30) fits into a slot (62) in the mass (60) and extends into a pair of horizontal slots (31) on the frame, one horizontal slot (31) being on each vertical side (6, 7) of the frame (12). The ejector (30) secures the mass (60) in the frame (12) limiting the mass (60) to horizontal forward and rearward sliding movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc
    Inventor: Wei-Loong Ng
  • Patent number: 8181318
    Abstract: A buckle assembly has a female buckle portion formed by a housing with a hollow interior and at least two openings, and at least two male buckle portions, each having at least one locking leg. There is an actuating device disposed within the housing and accessible through an aperture in the housing. The actuating device has latching mechanisms for cooperating with the locking legs for locking the male buckle portions within the female buckle portion when the locking legs of the male portions are inserted through the openings of the housing. Pulling the actuating device toward the aperture moves the latching mechanisms away from the male buckle portions and releases the male buckle portions from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: National Molding LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Anscher
  • Publication number: 20120054993
    Abstract: A buckle assembly has a female buckle portion formed by a housing with a hollow interior and at least two openings, and at least two male buckle portions, each having at least one locking leg. There is an actuating device disposed within the housing and accessible through an aperture in the housing. The actuating device has latching mechanisms for cooperating with the locking legs for locking the male buckle portions within the female buckle portion when the locking legs of the male portions are inserted through the openings of the housing. Pulling the actuating device toward the aperture moves the latching mechanisms away from the male buckle portions and releases the male buckle portions from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Anscher
  • Publication number: 20110283495
    Abstract: A quick-release buckle for a shoulder strap and preventing unintentional release when tension exerted by the shoulder strap. The buckle includes a socket member, a plug member, and a locking member. The plug member has the shoulder strap connected thereto, and is replaceably engaged with the socket member. The locking member is an operative part of the socket member. The plug member replaceably engages in the locking member in such a manner so to be released therefrom, the locking member is released and the plug member has to be pulled in a direction opposite to that in which tension from the shoulder strap is exerted so as to prevent the unintentional release of the quick-release buckle when the tension is exerted by shoulder strap, while the tension exerted by the shoulder strap when the plug member is engaged in the locking member assures unintentional release of the quick-release buckle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Paul V. Scicluna, Victor Sanz
  • Publication number: 20110232052
    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: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Yukinori Midorikawa, Ayaki Oyamada
  • Publication number: 20110162177
    Abstract: A buckle includes two pawls engageable by a tongue. A single spring controls the position of the pawls. The buckle has a manual primary release mode of operation. The buckle also has a secondary release mode of operation, in which the spring acts as a secondary release member for the pawls. This is actuated by pulling force exerted by a single point release lanyard of a quick release vest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: BAE SYSTEMS AEROSPACE & DEFENSE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Von Der Ahe, Kenneth W. Sego, JR., Michael James McElroy
  • Publication number: 20110146034
    Abstract: An improved seat belt buckle assembly (10) for use with a tongue (2) of a seat belt during use, locking the latch (20) and control lever (40) in the unlatched position, but when the buckle is latched and exposed to a rapid deceleration a mass (60) slides compressing a lower spring (52) into the frame (12) moving the mass (60) to occupy the space directly under stop surfaces (45) of control lever arms (42, 43) of a control lever (40) blocking downward movement and preventing a locking bar (18) from leaving a horizontal portion of L-shaped slots (9) preventing movement of the latch (20) into the unlatched position. The mass (60) is preferably attached to an ejector (30), the ejector (30) fits into a slot (62) in the mass (60) and extends into a pair of horizontal slots (31) on the frame, one horizontal slot (31) being on each vertical side (6, 7) of the frame (12). The ejector (30) secures the mass (60) in the frame (12) limiting the mass (60) to horizontal forward and rearward sliding movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Wei-Loong Ng
  • Patent number: 7681894
    Abstract: A device for fitting seats and the like to the chassis of baby carriages includes at each side of the seat a respective anchoring mechanism for a direct anchoring at corresponding attachments provided at the chassis of the baby carriage. The anchoring mechanism is housed in a body inferiorly having a projection having a slanted edge adapted to shift a transverse pin slidably fitted in a box making up the attachment provided at the chassis when the aforementioned body is fitted to the box. The transverse pin is linked to a spring adapted to take said transverse pin back to its initial position when the action of the aforementioned projection having a slanted edge has ceased. A control is exteriorly fitted to the body housing the anchoring mechanism, the control being linked to said mechanism and when actuated releasing the anchored state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Jane, S.A.
    Inventor: Manuel Jane Santamaria
  • Publication number: 20100000128
    Abstract: A shoe comprising a shoe upper including a male member and a shoe sole including a female receptor for locking with the male member. The male member locks with the female receptor by moving the male member with respect to the female receptor in a first direction, which locks the shoe upper with the shoe sole. The male member unlocks from the female receptor by moving the male member an additional distance further in the first direction, which unlocks the shoe upper from the shoe sole. The female receptor includes resilient arms to hold and release the male member and a stop to prevent movement of the resilient arms in a second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: CONVERTIBLE SHOE, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Gerald Pearce
  • Publication number: 20090049665
    Abstract: Buckle of a seat belt for a motor vehicle comprising a male part and a female part characterised in that it comprises electric contacts carried by two tongues (30, 35), a first tongue (30) comprising a V-shaped section with two branches (31, 32), one of which constitutes an electric contact and a cambered end (34), the convex sections of these two sections facing opposite the second tongue (35) which has a V-shaped section with branches (36, 37), one of which constitutes an electric contact and is designed to bear against the electric contact of the first tongue (30), the cambered section (34) being designed to cooperate with a bar (10) to control the opening of the electric contacts moved by the introduction of the male part of the buckle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Valeo Electronique et Systemes de Liaison
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Maziere, Faouzi Saidani
  • Patent number: 7458136
    Abstract: A seatbelt buckle for receiving and locking an insert tongue, said seatbelt buckle comprising a housing, a bolt which locks the insert tongue, and a slide button which acts upon the bolt, wherein an inertial mass is provided for shockproofing of the seatbelt buckle. The inertial mass is mounted and guided on a guide disposed on the slide button and/or the housing. The slide button including a catch which is located apart from guide and opposite the bearing axis of the coupling lever. The bearing axis being fixed to the housing, wherein two arms of the coupling lever directly engage the inertial mass and the catch of the slide button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Regis Duteil
  • Patent number: 7344116
    Abstract: An improved pony bottle bracket that is light weight, compact, simple to use, and facilitates a quick and easy set-up is disclosed. A push button latch enables a diver to quickly disconnect the pony bottle from the main bottle. The pony tank bracket and base unit bracket are mounted by use of a belt and adjustable band straps. The locking mechanism is self-contained, thereby eliminating or minimizing the use of separate components (e.g., no clevis, hitch, cotter or quick release pins) which may be lost. The bracket also eliminates or reduces the use of any items which may entangle the diver or entangle other objects in the diver's surroundings (e.g., no string, cord, chain or lanyards). The bracket is bidirectional (e.g., reversible) such that the top bracket mount may be rotated between about 0 and 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: North South Machine Shop, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Ficarra, Joseph Ficarra
  • Publication number: 20070283539
    Abstract: The buckle has a buckle body, and a lock mechanism for releasably locking two tongues insertable inside the buckle body in a longitudinal insertion direction; the lock mechanism includes a retaining rod movable, in a release direction perpendicular to the longitudinal insertion direction, between a lock position engaging retaining seats formed in the two tongues, and a release position disengaging the two tongues to permit expulsion of the tongues from the buckle body; the lock mechanism also includes a release button movable in the release direction to move the retaining rod into the release position; and the retaining rod is movable in the release direction independently of the release button, and is maintained in the lock position by a spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Elsa Angelina Caterina Pezza
  • Patent number: 7263749
    Abstract: Body restraint systems for vehicles that include buckles for latching and retaining latch plates associated with safety belts. The buckle of each system includes a pair of oppositely biased latching mechanisms that are operative in such a manner that a force applied to release one latching mechanism from a latch plate inserted within the buckle creates an opposite and equal force against the opposite latching mechanism to thereby positively retain the latch plate within the buckle in a locked position. Release of a latch plate can only occur upon the simultaneous movement of both of the oppositely biased latching mechanisms toward one another by application of manual force and thus release of the latch plate cannot occur by inertial forces that may be encountered in a vehicular accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Tesseract International, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Benedict
  • Patent number: 7240407
    Abstract: A buckle that is compact in a longitudinal direction and uses an unlatching force that may be effectively applied to a latch member when releasing a tongue from a buckle. The buckle is configured so that as an operation button is manipulated in the unlatching direction from a state in which a tongue and a latching portion of a latch member are latched, the slider moves so that the inclined face of a pressed portion of the slider comes in contact with the inclined face of a pressing portion of an ejector and presses the ejector. Then, the ejector is spaced from the tongue and the biasing force of an ejector spring is effectively applied to the latch member via the ejector and the slider in the unlatching direction. An unlatching force is thereby applied to the latch member so that the latch member pivots in the unlatching direction, causing release of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Kawai, Takaaki Kimura
  • Patent number: 7073235
    Abstract: Vehicle body restraint systems including buckles for latching and retaining latch plates associated with safety belts wherein the buckles includes latching mechanisms having oppositely oriented release mechanisms which are operative in such a manner that any force applied to one release mechanism which would act to release a latch plate creates an increased force on the opposing release mechanism to retain the latch plate in a locked position. Release of the latch plates can only occur upon the simultaneous activation of the opposing release mechanisms by manual force applied in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Charles E. Benedict
  • Patent number: 7007353
    Abstract: A buckle arrangement for releasably connecting two parts of an object that includes a post which projects out at right angles from one part, and a ring-shaped body which is connected to the other part and which is received by the post. The ring-shaped body carries latching shoulders which engage with a waist in the post and which can be released from the post by applying pressure against two exposed press keys connected to the latch shoulders. The buckle arrangement can be used between a lateral end-part of an upper edge-region of a carrier pouch in a child-supporting harness and a chest strap included in the harness, or for mutually connecting the ends of a belt belonging to a babysitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Baby Bjorn AB
    Inventor: HÃ¥kan Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 6931696
    Abstract: A multi-purpose buckle sensor assembly includes a hall sensor portion including a hail sensor and a printed enclosed in one package; a base plate including a metal pattern with a plurality of terminal portions for control and power lines formed in a predetermined pattern and a supporting plate including a plurality of terminal seats for connecting the connecting ends of control and power lines to the terminal portions; a movable member including at least two contact terminals for generating various control and a terminal block made of a heat-melted material in the form of a fork having three branches at the front portion and including at least one branch enclosing the connecting ends of the control and power lines electrically coupled to each other with the control terminal portions in corresponding power terminal seats, in which the hall sensor portion is cooperated with a buckle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Automotive Systems Sungwoo Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Ho Lee, Chan Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 6907646
    Abstract: A seatbelt buckle apparatus includes a buckle assembly for latching or unlatching a tongue connected to a seatbelt, a hall sensor assembly including contact and non-contact switched integrated into one unit, which is coupled with the buckle assembly, and for operating together with the buckle assembly to detect the locking or unlocking state thereof to generate at least two control signals; an upper case and a lower case coupled to each other for receiving the buckle assembly and the hall sensor assembly, in which the lower case includes a device for determining the position of the hall sensor assembly and fixing it thereon; the frame includes a device for determining the position of the hall sensor assembly and fixing it thereto; and an ejector including a second permanent magnet to cooperate with the hall sensor responsive to the movement thereof and a pair of leg portions projected from a lower surface thereof to cooperate with the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Automotive Systems Sungwoo Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Ho Lee, Chan Woo Choi
  • Publication number: 20040255439
    Abstract: Vehicle body restraint systems including buckles for latching and retaining latch plates associated with safety belts wherein the buckles includes latching mechanisms having oppositely oriented release mechanisms which are operative in such a manner that any force applied to one release mechanism which would act to release a latch plate creates an increased force on the opposing release mechanism to retain the latch plate in a locked position. Release of the latch plates can only occur upon the simultaneous activation of the opposing release mechanisms by manual force applied in opposite directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventor: Charles E. Benedict
  • Patent number: 6615460
    Abstract: The invention describes a lanyard coupler or buckle with an optionally manual or automatic breakaway feature. The buckle includes insert and receptacle members, each of which have a variable insert stop means that can mutually interact either adversely or reciprocally when the insert is placed within the receptacle. Adverse interaction results in partial insertion, frictional coupling, and an automatic release of the members upon application of tensional force. Reciprocal interaction results in full penetration and a locking interactional coupling of the insert arms with the receptacle. Manual compression of the arms is then required for separation of the two members. Lanyard and card attachment means are provided on both members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: David Baumgarten
  • Patent number: 6581255
    Abstract: A novel locking mechanism for a convertible shoe system is disclosed comprising a shoe upper and a shoe sole. The locking mechanism comprises a female member and a male member wherein one of said male or female members is attached to the shoe upper and the other is housed in an opening formed in a sidewall of the shoe sole. The locking mechanism is configured so that the male member is securely received in the female member while the shoe is being worn under normal wear conditions. However, when it is desired to remove the shoe upper and substitute it for uppers of different styles or functionality, the shoe upper may be quickly removed from the shoe sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
  • Patent number: 6430846
    Abstract: A shoe with a detachable vamp. The shoe includes a sole having a anchor seats encased by integral injection forming processes. Each anchor seat has a wedge slot with tow teethed elastic flaps located therein and a connecting flap bridging between the two elastic flaps. The anchor seat has a side wall adjacent to the wedge slot with a round opening formed on the side wall. The opening engages with a pushbutton through a strut which engages with an annular tenon at one end. Latch members are provided to stitch to a vamp and to engage with the anchor seats. Each latch member has two latch blades extended downwards and has teeth formed on one side corresponding to the teethed elastic flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Gnan-Jang Plastics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ghing-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 6427297
    Abstract: A buckle is formed of a base having two side walls, a cover for accommodating and supporting the base, and having a tongue insertion hole formed at one end side of the two side walls of the base, and guide portions provided on each of the two side walls to protrude inwardly therefrom for leading a tongue to be inserted through the tongue insertion hole. The guide portions lead a tip of the tongue smoothly without blocking even when the tongue is inserted from the tongue insertion hole at a maximum slant posture defined by the tongue insertion hole relative to the buckle. The tongue can be smoothly inserted into the buckle to improve the manipulation feeling in inserting the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Takata Corporation.
    Inventors: Yutaka Yamaguchi, Akihiro Shiota, Yoshihiko Kawai, Tadayuki Asako, Takaaki Kimura
  • Publication number: 20020092141
    Abstract: A closure for a seat belt comprises a release button shiftably mounted on a frame and cooperating with a latch which can be swiveled between a locking position and an opening position around a swiveling axis, and a blocking element that can assume a blocking position in which it blocks the latch in the locking position. The blocking element is mounted on the frame so as to pivot around an axis that passes through a center of gravity of the blocking element, so that it can be swiveled by the release button out of the blocking position into a release position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Applicant: TRW Occupant Restraint Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Rohrle, Bob McFalls
  • Patent number: 6418596
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle having a release button for a latch slidably mounted on a frame, an ejector for an insert tongue and at least one connecting element. The connecting element is shiftable between a working position, in which it makes a connection between the ejector and the release button, and a resting position in which it breaks the connection between the ejector and release button. A dislocator is provided on the frame, which dislocates the connecting element from the resting position into the working position when the ejector is shifted out of place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: TRW Occupant Restraint Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Haas
  • Patent number: 6292988
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle of the general type disclosed in GB-A-2238074 in which the slider (44) has extending downwardly from its body (46) clips (76) having side flanges (78), the flanges being formed with chamfers (80). The body (74) of the locking member (24) is provided with elongate slots (72), into which the clips (76) can be pressed, the flanges (78) retaining the slider in place. The length of the slots (72) and of the clips (78) is chosen to allow adequate sliding movement of the slider (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: European Components Co. Limited
    Inventors: Michael John Jackson, Mark John Harrison
  • Patent number: 6216323
    Abstract: A buckle assembly is provided with a latch plate for latching or unlatching a tongue plate, a holder member arranged movably in response to a movement of the latch plate, slots formed as guide paths in a buckle base, support apertures formed as a cam portion in a holder member, and an auxiliary lock member supported movably in said slots and support apertures for controlling a movement of the latch plate. In response to a movement of the holder member, the support apertures produce cam action in association with the slots such that the auxiliary member is movable between a position, in which the auxiliary lock member restricts the latch plate to a latching position, and another position, in which the auxiliary lock member restricts the latch plate to an unlatching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Ayaki Oyamada
  • Patent number: 6052875
    Abstract: A buckle assembly comprises a plug member and a socket member releasably engageable therewith, the plug member having a pair of spaced resilient arms with engaging grooves and the socket member having engaging ridges formed in its upper and lower surfaces, the arrangement being that the engaging ridges in the socket member are releasably engageable with the corresponding grooves in the plug member at areas relatively close to the center of the buckle body and away from the sides thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Fudaki
  • Patent number: 6014796
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle for use with a tongue 16, associated with a seat belt, includes a frame 10, in which is mounted an ejector 20, operable by an ejector spring 22. Insertion of the tongue pushes a retainer 30 down a track 26, against the action of a retainer spring 32. The track is inclined at an angle .alpha. to the path 15 of the tongue and extends outwardly away from the path in the direction of insertion of the tongue. When the tongue has been inserted an adequate amount, the retainer 30, e.g. a ball returns up the ramp under the influence of the spring 32 and engages in an aperture 18 in the tongue to retain the tongue in the locked condition. Operation of a release mechanism 42 disengages the retainer from the aperture thereby to release the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: European Components Co. Limited
    Inventors: Mark John Harrison, Michael John Jackson
  • Patent number: 5779115
    Abstract: A carrying device which is used together with a mobile station and with which the mobile station can be attached to a target and detached from the place of attachment and re-attached to it. The attachment device comprises a support stud (2) attached to a mobile station (10) and a carrying device (1) attached to a target by way of an attachment element (5), including gripping elements for a detachable grip on the support stud. The gripping elements of the carrying device comprise guide grooves (8) for the reception of the support stud (2) and a tongue (7) moving transversely (6) against the plane (4) of the guide grooves and held by a spring (13) in a locking position (L) extending across the plane of the guide grooves. The carrying device has a hand-operated slide (27) which includes an element (12) to force the tongue against a spring force (F) off the position extending across the plane of the guide grooves, thereby moving it into a release position (R) which releases the support stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tapio Parkas, Jukka Solla, Aki Leppanen
  • Patent number: 5722130
    Abstract: A press-button device is provided that includes an upper part and lower part for fastening together fabric and other materials. The upper part has a hollow main part that includes a disc and a hollow central sleeve. Arranged within the main part are a compressible gripping connector within an outer gripping sleeve. A spring is positioned between the outer gripping sleeve and hollow central sleeve. A rivet secures the tops of the outer gripping sleeve and gripping connector to a button. A seal is provided between the button and the main part that protects the inside of the main part and permits axial movement of the button. The upper part also includes a plate positioned in the main part that carries a rigid annular sleeve with a conical-shaped interior surface that abuts against the end of the gripping connector. A washer secures the upper part to fabric or other material. The lower part includes a spherical undercut head for engaging the upper part gripping connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Happich Fahrzeug-und Industrieteile GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Joachim Baader
  • Patent number: 5649341
    Abstract: A manually activated seat belt device comprising: a latch plate (20) and cooperating buckle (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Trevor Ashline, Jon E. Burrow, James W. Burrum, Alice Dunmire, William Fox, David Prentkowski
  • Patent number: 5561891
    Abstract: The present invention offers a fastener structure between a diving flipper and a tightening strap thereof which is characterized in the following design the fastener comprises a male fastener and a female fastener; the male fastener is-provided at one end of the tightening strap, a tenon extending forward is formed at the front end of the male fastener, a recess is provided in a suitable position on each of two sides of the tenon, a holding down plate at the top of male fastener can adjust the tightness of tightening strap and brake the tightening strap from time to time; the female fastener is combined on one side of the diving filpper, a fastening plate pivotally provided on each of two sides of the female fastener extends inward from outside, the inner end of fastening plate has a catch, another end (outer end) thereof has a pressing portion, a bevel arm on one side of the fastening plate contacts against the inner walls on two sides of the housing so as to keep the catch at inner end of fastening plate te
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Inventor: Hsing-Chi Hsieh
  • Patent number: 5359756
    Abstract: A tongue includes a tongue base which can project therefrom and a tongue face plate at the forward end thereof. A buckle includes a solenoid provided at the forward end so as to attract the tongue face plate. After the tongue base is inserted into the buckle, the tongue base is drawn deep into the buckle by the pawl portion of a long hook, rocking arms are engaged with the notched portions of the tounge base, and a latch plate comes into close contact with the claw portions of the rocking arms at the back sides of the claw portions, thereby latching the tongue base. The latch plate and the long hook are advanced and withdrawn by a pinion which is rotated by a stepper motor. When the pinion is reversely rotated, the tongue base is released from the latched state, and the tongue base is pushed out of the buckle by an ejector, thereby separating the tongue from the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Miyauchi, Tetsuya Hamaue
  • Patent number: 5275437
    Abstract: An actuator for a buckle in a vehicle safety belt system is disclosed. A belt tightener engages on the buckle. In operation, the belt tightener moves the buckle towards the vehicle floor to tighten the webbing. An actuating member is arranged at a stationary location so that relative movement occurs between the buckle and the actuating member when the former is moved towards the vehicle bottom. A force transmitting connection permitting such relative movement is provided between the buckle and the actuating member. This connection can be embodied by a flexible cable or by a rack bar and a tooth member cooperating therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: TRW Repa GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Modinger, Ulrich Golz
  • Patent number: 5211447
    Abstract: In a safety belt fastening device for a safety belt system having a belt-tightening device which acts on the fastening device of the belt and a fastening tongue which can be latched in the fastening device, whereby the fastening device comprises a fastener body having a fastening mechanism for the fastening tongue and a spring-loaded release button which acts on the fastening mechanism, it is ensured that even at the end of the belt-tightening process the operating button is within reach in an accessible position for the person who is strapped in. To this purpose, it is provided that the release button is formed in two parts with two button portions which are coupled together, which are movable in relation to each other and of which one button portion follows the movement of the fastener body during the belt-tightening process and the other button portion, after the completion of the belt-tightening process, stands in the operating position preset by the rest position of the fastener body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Autoflug GmbH & Co. Fahrzeugtechnik
    Inventors: Gerhard Sedlmayr, Peter Eckmann, Alfred Liensdorf, Jan Baumann
  • Patent number: 5182836
    Abstract: A pressure activated seat belt locking device is disclosed for allowing an operator from a remote location to control the locking or unlocking of seat belts such as those used on amusement park type rides, or elsewhere. The seat belt locking device has a buckle portion into which a latching tongue is inserted and held into place by a retractable element which extends through an aperture in the latching tongue. The latching tongue can be removed from the buckle by depressing a release latch to disengage the retractable element from the aperture. The seat belt locking device is provided with a pneumatically inflatable air bladder which is exerted against a pivotable lever lock when properly inflated. The inflation of the air bladder causes the lever lock to pivot and bear against the lower end of the release latch, such that the release latch cannot be depressed by the user of the seat belt to disengage the retractable element from the latching tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventor: Alexander Burkat
  • Patent number: 4999886
    Abstract: A low-profile buckle includes a flat one-piece socket member molded of synthetic resin and including a top plate having a resilient locking wing engageable with locking feet of a pair of flat legs of a planar plug member to interlock the plug and socket members, and a back plate having a resilient presser flap adapted to be manually depressed to urge the resilient locking wing to resiliently flex out of engagement with the locking feet to disengage the plug and socket members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Kazumi Kasai
  • Patent number: 4926528
    Abstract: A buckle for a seat belt system is disclosed. The buckle includes a buckle base, a buckle button provided movably in parallel with the length of the buckle base and defining in association with the buckle base a clearance through which an associated tongue plate may be inserted into the buckle, a cover, and a button spring provided between the cover and the buckle button for applying a spring force against the buckle button in a direction to push out the buckle button. The buckle button is provided with a tiltable member, which has a seat portion receiving an outer end portion of the button spring thereon and a suppressing portion projecting into the clearance from the seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masuo Matsuki
  • Patent number: 4662041
    Abstract: A belt lock, particularly for the vehicle safety belts, comprising a lock housing (10) and a lock tongue (11). The lock housing forms a guide between two plates (12, 13) for receiving the lock tongue in the lock housing, and an ejector (23) is provided in the lock housing. The ejector can be displaced against spring bias by the insertion of the lock tongue into the guide. The lock housing is provided with a manually operable latch mechanism comprising a ball (21) which can be displaced in an aperture (22) in one plate and is spring-biased to engage a seat formed by an aperture (27) in the other plate (12) to be received in this position in an aperture (35) in the lock tongue with the center of the ball located in the aperture in the lock tongue while the lock tongue is retained against withdrawal from the lock housing. The latch mechanism also comprises a manually operable member (77) for displacing the ball against the spring bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: Geypa GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gote E. Holmberg
  • Patent number: 4614010
    Abstract: An improved subassembly can be used in either a top release buckle or an end release buckle. The subassembly includes an elongated metal base. A latch bar is pivotally supported in openings in side portions of the base for movement between an engaged condition and a disengaged condition. A slide is movable along the base to move the latch bar between the engaged and disengaged conditions and to hold the latch bar in the engaged condition. The slide has a pair of side sections which are engaged by either the actuator pad of a top release buckle or the actuator slide of an end release buckle. The side sections of the slide have cam surfaces which move the latch bar between the engaged and disengaged conditions. The side sections of the slide member have blocking surfaces which hold the latch bar in the engaged condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1986
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Charlton, Anthony S. Bracnik, Kenneth M. Forget
  • Patent number: 4611369
    Abstract: An improved buckle assembly includes a housing having an inlet opening through which a tongue is inserted into the housing. A latch member is movable between an engaged condition in which the latch member is effective to block withdrawal of the tongue from the housing and a disengaged condition in which the latch member is ineffective to block withdrawal of the tongue from the housing. The latch member is moved from the engaged condition toward the disengaged condition by manual movement of a pushbutton in a direction toward the inlet opening and opposite to the direction of insertion of the tongue into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: TRW Repa GmbH
    Inventor: Franz Wier
  • Patent number: 4576414
    Abstract: Many seat belt configurations have incorporated a belt retraction device into the design of the seat belt apparatus. When the retraction device includes a recoil spool that is housed within the buckle member the function of the buckle member becomes compounded. In order to release the seat belt buckle the operator is often required to move the release handle in a manner that necessitates the use of both his hands. The seat belt apparatus of the present invention provides a buckle member that is moved toward a tongue member to achieve a latching engagement between the two. A latch release member is provided within the buckle housing and is movable in a direction away from the tongue member to release the connection therebetween. This direction of movement is the same as the direction of separation between the buckle member and the tongue. Both operations may be accomplished in one motion and require the use of only one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: Caterpiller Tractor Co.
    Inventors: John Molnar, Robert B. Porter, Jr.