Including Hinged Backrest Patents (Class 296/65.09)
  • Patent number: 11124097
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a vehicle seating assembly includes a support plate having an arm. The arm defines a receiving well. A retention member is coupled with the support plate. A latch member is operably coupled with a seat base frame and the arm of the support plate. The latch member is selectively engaged with the retention member. A release assembly is operably coupled with the latch member. The release assembly includes a latch link coupled with the latch member at a first end. A rod link is rotatably coupled with a second end of the latch link and is fixedly coupled with a torque rod. Movement of the first end of the latch link toward a front of the seat base frame is configured to rotate the latch member and the torque rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Caye
  • Patent number: 11091067
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly has a seat, a seatback and a bracket extending between the seat and the seatback with a first pivotable coupling between the bracket and the seat, a second pivotable coupling between the bracket and the seatback, and a sector gear portion with a gear assembly including a spur gear. The sector gear portion is disposed along an edge of the bracket, wherein the spur gear is rotatable to engage the sector gear portion of the bracket to move the bracket from a first position to a second position to move the second pivotable coupling from a primary position to a secondary position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Keith Allen Godin, Sean Bayle West, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Macit Aktas, Deeptej Kudav
  • Patent number: 11021109
    Abstract: A vehicle having a hidden storage compartment with a user notification system and method of using the same is provided. The vehicle includes a storage container securely fixed onto an interior surface of a vehicle floor panel in the footwell area. A floor covering is disposed over the footwell area covering the storage container and includes a flap having a living hinge configured to selectively cover and uncover the lid of the storage container. The storage container includes a biometric scanner, a mass sensor, and a lid sensor in communication with a notification controller. The notification controller analyzes the information received from the biometric scanner, lid sensor, and mass sensor, and determines the state of the storage container based on a logic table. The notification controller then selectively transmit a predetermined message to the user based on the state of the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nikhil H N, Tanmay Balse, Vinodkumar Ganiger, Rajkiran Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10899256
    Abstract: A seat assembly, for a vehicle having a frame member, includes a seat back, a seat cushion, and a seat bracket. The frame member extends along a floor of the vehicle and includes a bore. The seat cushion is pivotally coupled to the seat back for movement between a use position and a raised position. The seat bracket is coupled to at least one of the seat back and the seat cushion. The seat bracket includes a pin that extends downwardly in a vehicle vertical direction. The pin engages with the bore to temporarily attach the seat cushion and the seat back to the frame member on the floor of the vehicle and inhibit a rotation of the seat assembly in a vehicle forward direction when the seat cushion is in the raised position due to the engagement of the pin extending through the bore of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelby L. Brown, Edward Qiu, Patrick J. Edgar, Jacob C. Herget, Vikas Bhatia, Robert Jones, John Salvia
  • Patent number: 10899250
    Abstract: A seating assembly is provided that includes a seatback movable into a pitched position along a track. A first cam is engageable with a release lever of the track. A second cam is engageable with a bypass cam that is raised over a stop as the seatback moves to the pitched position. An intermediate lock is engageable with a pin positioned on a middle support arm of the seat base when the seatback is in the pitched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Macit Aktas, Kurt Leon Kormos, Joseph Michael Kish
  • Patent number: 10843599
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat back supported by a seat back frame, a seat cushion supported by a seat cushion frame, a forward leg fixed to a vehicle floor and including a slot that slidingly receives a forward portion of the seat cushion frame, a rear leg fixed to the vehicle floor, the seat back frame is pivotally connected to the rear leg, a rear leg linkage pivotally connected to the rear leg and to a rear portion of the seat cushion frame, and a main linkage pivotally connected to the rear leg linkage and the seat back frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Arico
  • Patent number: 10766389
    Abstract: A seat cushion part includes a base fabric extending between and looped around a front edge frame and a rear edge frame, and having an upper layer part and a lower layer part which are provided apart from each other in an up-down direction. Wire members of metal are provided respectively on side edge portions of the base fabric, and coil springs are spring members each extending between an end portion of the wire member and the front edge frame or the rear edge frame. A load further applied due to vibration, impact, and so on causes the upper layer part to come into contact with the lower layer part to also displace the lower layer part in the up-down direction. Consequently, the coil springs connected through the wire members extend/contract, and their elastic force acts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD., DELTA TOOLING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Yumi Ogura, Eiji Sugimoto, Minoru Nakamura, Ryuji Kuwano
  • Patent number: 10730426
    Abstract: A utility vehicle has a frame that is separable at a location passing through an operator compartment of the vehicle into front and rear sections with the seat base and seat assembly of the operator compartment remaining with the rear section and the rest of the operator compartment remaining with the front section. A seat extension kit is provided having a frame extension, a seat module, and a floorboard module that may be inserted between the split front and rear sections with the frame extension being fastened to such sections using pre-existing fastener holes in the vehicle frame and the frame extension. When so inserted, the seat module forms a new front row of seating with the floorboard module extending between the seat module and the original seat base and seat assembly, which now form a rear row of seating. This expands the vehicle seating capacity from two people to four people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Fohrenkamm, Gordon R. Schmidt, David A. Plautz, Timothy P. McLeod, Jamie R. Larson, Erik A. Wiebold
  • Patent number: 10725239
    Abstract: A waveguide structure including a mid-infrared-transparent waveguide on a mid-infrared-transparent undercladding may serve as a photonic chemical sensor for measuring characteristic absorptions of analytes brought in physical contact with the waveguide. In some embodiments, a sensor including an amorphous-silicon waveguide on a barium-titanate undercladding can operate at wavelengths ranging from 2.5 ?m to about 7 ?m; this sensor may be manufactured by epitaxial growth of the undercladding on a substrate, followed by CMOS-compatible creation of the waveguide. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Pao Tai Lin
  • Patent number: 10710473
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a track, a carriage displaceable along the track, a storage and seating module and a swivel. The swivel connects the storage and seating module to the carriage. The swivel allows the storage and seating module to be selectively oriented in a first position or a second position on the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Horace Hagedorn, Johnathan Andrew Line, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel
  • Patent number: 10647236
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a seating assembly includes a dual cam latch positioned on a sector arm. The sector arm includes first and second pins. The first pin operably couples a structural cam to the sector arm. The structural cam is operable between blocked and removed positions. An adjustment cam is operably coupled to the structural cam and the sector arm by the first pin. A locking hook is operably coupled to the sector arm by the second pin and is rotatable between a locked and unlocked positions. A return spring operably couples the locking hook with the structural cam. The locking hook is rotated to the unlocked position when the structural cam is drawn to the removed position. When the locking hook is rotated to the unlocked position, the sector arm is movable into a pitched position to provide entry space rearward of the seating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Kish, Macit Aktas, Jeffrey Gabalski
  • Patent number: 10632889
    Abstract: A retractable table assembly (5) for an automobile has a housing (6) located between the rear seats (2,3). Two tabletops (17a, 17b) are stowed in the housing and deployed on rotatable arms (12a, 12b). The arms are resiliently biased to the deployment position and when stowed, the tabletops are kept in place by push-push latches. A secondary link (16) between the tabletops and the pivot-point of the arms is provided, which maintains the relative disposition of the tabletop in relation to the housing during deployment. The tabletops can be deployed side-by-side so as to provide an expanded surface for working on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Bentley Motors Limited
    Inventors: Lucy Bywaters, Clive McVety, James Piggin
  • Patent number: 10618444
    Abstract: A seating assembly comprises a seat base operably coupled to a track assembly and a latch assembly configured to couple the seat base to the track assembly. The latch assembly comprises a sector arm operably coupled to a first pivot pin and a second pivot pin, wherein the first pivot pin is operably coupled to the seat base, a striker operably coupled to the second pivot pin and including a striker pin, and a dual cam latch operably coupled to the sector arm and disposed between the first pivot pin and the second pivot pin and operable between a lowered position in which the latch assembly is engaged with the striker pin and a raised position in which the latch assembly is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Kish, Macit Aktas, Jeffrey Gabalski
  • Patent number: 10518667
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Abe, Toshiyuki Tsujibayashi
  • Patent number: 10513204
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket detachable from and rotatable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Ewel, Jimmy Moua, Corbin Shea Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Robert Damerow, Johnathan Andrew Line, Paul Iacoban, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10493876
    Abstract: A raisable seat for a vehicle, comprising a frame for a seating portion, a rail, a raising mechanism suitable for moving the seating portion frame relative to the rail between a lowered position and a raised position, said raising mechanism comprising on each side of the seat at least one connecting rod, said connecting rod having a rod body with an upper end connected to the frame and a lower end connected to the rail, at least one connecting rod also comprising a protuberance extending from the lower end, the protuberance extending facing the rail, said connecting rod being adapted to deform, in the event of an impact, between a first state in which a gap separates the rail and the protuberance regardless of the position of the seating portion frame between the lowered position and the raised position, and a second state in which the protuberance is in contact at least locally with the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FAURECIA SIÈGES D'AUTOMOBILE
    Inventors: Christian Couasnon, Sylvain Deschamps
  • Patent number: 10421382
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle is provided. The seat comprises a lock device having an unlocked position and a locked position and an unlock groove disposed on a seat back. The unlock groove is in communication with the lock device and configured to receive a tongue of a seatbelt, and the lock device is unlocked when the tongue is inserted into the unlock groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Josh Zheng, Qingsong Ma, Bob Wang, Laurence Yin, Sophie Yan
  • Patent number: 10391897
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a seat for vehicles in which a seat cushion flip-up mechanism can be space-saving. In a seat for vehicles which has a flip-up mechanism to shift a seat cushion frame (200) disposed on a base part (5) from a normal seating posture (200-1) to a flipped-up posture (200-2), the flip-up mechanism includes: a support leg part (301) having one end connected to the seat cushion frame (200) rotatably around a first rotation shaft (303) and the other end connected to the base part (5) rotatably around a second rotation shaft (302); a guide part (201a) to be engaged with the one end of the support leg part (301) to guide the one end so as to lift the one end; and a coil spring (305) applying a biasing force so as to have the one end guided by the guide part (201a) and flip up a portion (303) connected with the seat cushion frame (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Imayou, Toshiki Igarashi, Yayoi Hirano, Shunsuke Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10328826
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1), in particular a motor vehicle seat, includes a seat part (3), a backrest (5) and a four-bar-linkage arrangement (10), having a coupler (20), for the at least indirect coupling of the seat part (3) to a vehicle floor (S). The vehicle seat (1) is transferable from a use position suitable for transporting an individual either into a first non-use position or into a second non-use position. The seat part (3) has a seat-part frame (30), which is pivotable relative to the coupler (20), and a locking device (52), which blocks a pivoting of the seat-part frame (30) relative to the coupler (20) in a first actuating state of the locking means (52). The locking device (52) permits a pivoting of the seat-part frame (30) relative to the coupler (20) in a second actuating state of the locking device (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.À.R.L.
    Inventors: Shivaprasad Ramachandra, Annal Ponnarasu Ganesan, Peter Hudák, Bernd Hopp, Helmut Jeck, Walter Link, Karthikeyan M. Subramanian, James Abraham
  • Patent number: 10308147
    Abstract: A release mechanism for a reclining vehicle seat assembly includes an activation mechanism, for example a lever or handle, and a transmission. The transmission is coupled to the activation mechanism via a wire for releasing a seat back of the vehicle seat assembly. The transmission includes a plurality of meshed gears for transmitting a torque created by movement of the activation mechanism from a gear of the plurality of gears attached to the wire to a shaft associated with the seat back. Rotation of the shaft releases the seat back for rotation. A shield partially covers a side of the base and seat back, and covers the transmission and wire. The activation mechanism is uncovered allowing the passenger to activate the release mechanism and is positioned in a readily accessible zone relative a passenger hip point. The position avoids interference with the seat belt and occupies minimal space between the side shield and vehicle side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Diego Santillán Gutierrez, Fernando Paisano Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10245978
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat (1) comprising a seat element (2) which can be pivoted from a use position into a stowed position. Said vehicle seat comprises locking means (14). Said locking means interact with the seat element (2) in a positive and/or friction fit in a fixed position adopted in the use position, along a first direction (F) and a second direction (G).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPONENTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Roman Ecker, Dirk Dubois, Jürgen Naßhan, Erik Weber
  • Patent number: 10239431
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat. An attachment bracket is coupled to an underside of the seat and includes forwardly-extending hook features. Each hook feature defines a receiving aperture to receive a front cross-tube. A polymeric overmold is disposed over each hook feature. A downwardly-extending retention member is disposed between the hook features. Rear support hooks are configured to engage a rear cross-tube of the seat as a seat carrier is rotated downwardly into position during manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, S. M. Akbar Berry, Christian J. Hosbach, Carol Casey
  • Patent number: 10081290
    Abstract: A utility vehicle has a frame that is separable at a location passing through an operator compartment of the vehicle into front and rear sections with the seat base and seat assembly of the operator compartment remaining with the rear section and the rest of the operator compartment remaining with the front section. A seat extension kit is provided having a frame extension, a seat module, and a floorboard module that may be inserted between the split front and rear sections with the frame extension being fastened to such sections using pre-existing fastener holes in the vehicle frame and the frame extension. When so inserted, the seat module forms a new front row of seating with the floorboard module extending between the seat module and the original seat base and seat assembly, which now form a rear row of seating. This expands the vehicle seating capacity from two people to four people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Fohrenkamm, Gordon R. Schmidt, David A. Plautz, Timothy P. McLeod, Jamie R. Larson, Erik A. Wiebold
  • Patent number: 10076977
    Abstract: A modular backrest control includes a mounting bracket, a pivot bracket attached to the mounting bracket, a pivot rod rotatably mounted on the pivot bracket, a lever arm mounted on the pivot rod, and a user actuated lever handle rigidly mounted on the pivot rod. The lever arm is rotatable from a first position to a second position. The lever arm has a connector for attachment to a backrest actuation cable. The user actuated lever handle is rotatable between a lock position and a release position such that rotation of the lever handle from the lock position to the release position causes rotation of the lever arm from a first position to a second position. Characteristically, rotation from the first position to the second position actuates the backrest actuation cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Angelo Falchero, Giovanni De Nichilo
  • Patent number: 10065548
    Abstract: A seat control system is used with a seat of a vehicle and includes a housing, a first pulley rotatable between first, second, and third positions, and a second pulley rotatable between first and second positions. The seat control system includes a first input cable rotating a first pulley when tensioned, a first output cable tensioned by the first pulley, and a second output cable tensioned by the second pulley. A pawl is coupled to and movable with the first pulley between the first, second, and third positions and selectively rotatable relative to the first pulley. The pawl engages the second pulley to couple and rotate the first and second pulleys from the first positions to the second positions. The pawl disengages the second pulley as the first pulley rotates from the second position to the third position to permit rotation of the second pulley to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Kongsberg Interior Systems II, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Dunn, Kelly Harvester
  • Patent number: 10040494
    Abstract: A floor pan includes a mid-body portion having a bottom wall. The bottom wall includes a forward end and a rearward end spaced from each other along a longitudinal axis. The mid-body portion of the floor pan is spaced above a reference plane, e.g., a ground surface, a first height at the forward end of the bottom wall, and is spaced above the reference plane a second height at the rearward end of the bottom wall. The second height is less than the first height to position the second end of the bottom wall nearer the reference plane than the first end of the bottom wall. The contoured shape of the mid-body portion provides an aerodynamic shield to direct airflow underneath components of the vehicle located rearward of the rearward end of the mid-body portion of the floor pan, as well as additional under-floor storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, Suzanne M. Cody-Gump, Brian S. Tipton, Alexander N. Nastov
  • Patent number: 9944204
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle is provided. The seat includes a seat base and a seat back coupled to the seat base so as to be rotatable with respect to the seat base about a seat back rotation axis. The seat also includes a first linkage having a first link rotatably coupled to the seat back at a first connection and a second link rotatably coupled to the seat base at a second connection. The first link is also rotatably coupled to the second link at a third connection. The third connection is structured to be movable with respect to the seat base responsive to rotation of the seat back about the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Salvia, III, Christopher M. Vargo, Vasudeva S. Murthy
  • Patent number: 9834119
    Abstract: Vehicle seating, selectively deployable at the rear of a vehicle for providing temporary outdoor seating. The seating is moveable between a first, stowed position in which the seating surface is locatable on or within a load floor of the vehicle and a second, deployed position in which support legs and a seating surface connected thereto are pivoted up and out of the load floor so that the seating surface overlaps with or extends beyond a rearmost edge of the vehicle and an engaging member engages the support surface to provide load bearing support for the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Hugo Nightingale, Sandy Boyes
  • Patent number: 9776544
    Abstract: A stowable seat system includes a seat base and a seat frame operationally engaged with the seat base. The seat base includes a vehicle engagement portion adapted for operational engagement with an associated vehicle, and a seat engagement portion movably engaged with the vehicle engagement portion at a first actuation region. The seat frame includes a bottom portion, and a back portion movably engaged with the bottom portion at a second actuation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: NORCO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Alan Neterer
  • Patent number: 9764661
    Abstract: A stowable seat for a vehicle is provided including a seat portion pivotably connected to a back portion, the back portion having a first base portion and a first extendable portion, the first extendable portion movable from a stowed position to an extended position, the extended position defined when the first extendable portion is spaced apart from the first base portion the seat portion having a second base portion and a second extendable portion, the second extendable portion movable from a stowed position to an extended position, the extended position defined when the second extendable portion is spaced apart from the second base portion. The seat assembly may be configured to move to a stowed position only after the first extendable portion of the back portion and the second extendable portion of the seat portion are moved to the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles S. Hansen, Todd R. Muck, Christopher M. Vargo, Vasudeva S. Murthy, John J. Salvia, III
  • Patent number: 9725019
    Abstract: A vehicle floor assembly includes a floor frame, first panel, second panel, first hinge, second hinge, third hinge, and door member. The floor frame defines a stowage cavity adapted to receive a seat assembly in a stowed position. The second panel defines an aperture that extends through the second panel to be in communication with the stowage cavity. The first hinge couples the first panel to the second panel. The second hinge couples the second panel to the floor frame. The door member is coupled to the second panel by the third hinge. The door member is moveable relative to the second panel between an open position wherein the aperture of the second panel is open to permit access to the stowage cavity, and a closed position wherein the door member covers the aperture to prevent access to the stowage cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Carl Mather
  • Patent number: 9713970
    Abstract: A seat for a motor vehicle includes a base, a seat cushion on top of the base having a top surface and rear surface, a seat back having a forward surface, a rear surface, and a bottom surface, and a handle attached to the bottom surface of the seat back located between the bottom surface of the seat back and the top surface of the seat cushion when the seat back is upright. The handle and bottom surface of the seat back being exposed when the seat back is folded down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H Scheurer, II, Tetsuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9669740
    Abstract: The vehicle includes a passenger compartment, a seat assembly, a folding seat, and a center console. The passenger compartment includes a storage space. The storage space is provided in an interior side wall of the passenger compartment. The seat assembly is provided in the passenger compartment. The seat assembly includes a mounting base. The folding seat has a seat mounting structure. The folding seat is movable between a folded position and a seated position. The center console has a console mounting structure. The folding seat and the center console are each configured to be stored within the storage space of the passenger compartment. The seat mounting structure of the folding seat and the console mounting structure of the center console are each configured to be mounted to the mounting structure of the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles S. Hansen, Hamshivraj S. Dhamrat, Andrew E. Lund
  • Patent number: 9663002
    Abstract: A device of folding a seat for a vehicle may include a seat cushion disposed on a bottom of a vehicle body and rotatable by a rotation mechanism and provided with a first position fixing mechanism, a seat back rotatably disposed at a rear of the seat cushion and provided with a second position fixing mechanism, a headrest rotatably disposed at an upper portion of the seat back and fixed in position by a third position fixing mechanism disposed in the seat back, and an operation mechanism disposed in the seat back and unlocking the first position fixing mechanism to unlock the second position fixing mechanism and the third position fixing mechanism at a time of rotating the seat cushion so as to rotate the seat back and the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp., DAS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Jae Lee, Yong Soo Chang, Min Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 9644409
    Abstract: An unlocking lever device includes: a lever member which is operated to rotate to allow a locking mechanism to perform an unlocking operation; a sign member which is stored in a storage recessed portion provided in the lever member; a bias member which biases the sign member in a direction of protrusion from the storage recessed portion; and an inclined surface which regulates the protrusion of the sign member from the storage recessed portion in accordance with a position of rotation of the lever member by being abut against the sign member, and generates a bias force which allows the lever member to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Iwasa, Yasuhiro Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 9616778
    Abstract: A vehicle seat structure having a seat back section, a latch mechanism and a striker member. The latch mechanism is connected to the seat back section. The striker member has a first attachment end, a striker bar portion, a serpentine portion and a second attachment end. The striker bar portion is located between the first attachment end and the serpentine portion. The serpentine portion is located between the striker bar portion and the second attachment end. The first and second attachment ends are adapted to be attached to an upright rear wall of the passenger compartment. The striker bar portion is configured to releasably engage the latch mechanism to limit movement of the seat back section with respect to the rear wall of the passenger compartment. The serpentine portion is configured to deform in response to application of force to the seat back section in excess of a predetermined level of force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisle Bates, Makoto Haraguchi, Peihao Qi
  • Patent number: 9499076
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a slide mechanism including an inner-side slide rail and an outer-side slide rail; a seat cushion; and a biasing unit for applying a biasing force for flipping up the seat cushion toward a wall portion of a vehicle. The outer-side slide rail includes: a first slide rail fixed to the wall portion at a same position as the seat cushion in a vertical direction; and a second slide rail fixed to a portion of the wall portion located deeper in an interior than the first slide rail, at a position below the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Yuya Kanai, Akinori Taniguchi, Satoru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9381836
    Abstract: A vehicle seat housing apparatus wherein a seat is swung back from a seatable position by a support mechanism and housed in a housing recess part such that the bottom is oriented upward, the housing recess part is formed on the floor behind the seat. The support mechanism includes a first support member, a second support member, a coupling shaft, and a folding mechanism. The first support member extends from either the floor or the housing recess part. The second support member extends from the bottom surface of the seat to the first support member. The coupling shaft couples the second support member to the first support member so as to allow back and forth swinging movement. The folding mechanism, when the seat is housed in the housing recess part, folds the first and second support members in a direction eliminating protrusion to the passenger compartment from the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Sawada, Tadao Kitagawa, Junichi Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9352695
    Abstract: A vehicle floor assembly includes a floor frame, floor panel, and a pair of closeout devices. In an open position, the floor panel permits access to a stowage cavity. In a closed position, access to the stowage cavity is inhibited. Each closeout device includes a cartridge, a pair of first members, a pair of second members, and a plurality of biasing members. The cartridge defines a slot and a plurality of guide channels. The slot receives at least one seat riser through the floor panel. The first and second members are slidably received in individual guide channels and moveable between a retracted position and an extended position wherein each of the first or second members is extended into the slot a greater extent than when in the retracted position. The biasing members are configured to bias the first and second closeout members toward their respective second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Cory W Karosa, Riccardo B Capitanio
  • Patent number: 9290115
    Abstract: A seat assembly having stanchions secured to a floor of a vehicle interior, a seatback pivotally secured between the stanchions. A seat bottom has an arm extending therefrom which is pivotally engaged to the seatback at a location offset from the seatback pivot with the stanchions. The seat bottom is pivotally connected at forward locations by a linkages extending to additional floor locations such that pivoting of the seatback results in slaved pivoting and combined displacement of the seat bottom between upright design and forward folded positions. A motor is pivotally secured to the vehicle interior, a rotatable screw extending from the motor and supporting an interiorly threaded collar in length displaceable fashion along the screw. A support arm is pivotally secured to the floor and to the screw supported collar. The support arm responds to actuation of the motor in at least a rewind direction in order to upwardly displace the seat bottom and slaved seatback to the upright design position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: BAE Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tavis Lutzka, Jason Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9108550
    Abstract: A headrest apparatus for an MPV includes a headrest that can be automatically completely housed in a storage space in such a way as to slide without requiring a user to perform an additional operation of pushing the headrest downwards, thus being more convenient for the user. The headrest apparatus has a simple structure and a reduced size, thus reducing the weight of the vehicle. The headrest apparatus includes a headrest sliding unit, a sinking seat folding unit, and a seat support frame supporting a sinking seat on a floor of the MPV, wherein, when the sinking seat is housed in a seat storage space formed in the floor of the MPV, the upper surface of the sinking seat that is in a housed state is level with the upper surface of the floor of the MPV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: KIA MOTORS CORP., DAE WON SAN UP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Ho Kim, Soo Hyun Moon, Deok Soo Lim, Jun Yeol Heo, Hyeong Jun Kim, Hyuk Kim, Jae Myung Hur, Do Kywn Kim
  • Patent number: 9061601
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cargo area having folding seats and rear doors. The rear doors are provided with a seat stopper on an inner side. The seat stopper presses a seat back plate from above when the door is closed and the seat back plate is folded down to prevent the seat back plate from being lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Uchiyama, Hiroyuki Nishimori
  • Patent number: 9016754
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention discloses an agricultural work vehicle comprising a cabin and at least a cladding element (105) for delimiting an internal space of the cabin, in which the cladding element (105) comprises an opening (135) able to place the internal space of the cabin in communication with a compartment (140) in which at least a seat (205) is housed, the seat (205) being mobile with respect to the cladding element (105) between a rest position, in which it is completely contained in the compartment (140), and a use position, in which it is horizontally orientated and projects at least partially into the internal space of the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Argo Tractors S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Esposito, Andrea Magnanini, Massimiliano Del Bue
  • Patent number: 8985665
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with a seat bench which includes a seat surface which is approximately horizontal in a normal position and a backrest which is approximately vertical in the normal position, wherein the seat surface and the backrest are adjustable into a partition position in which the seat surface and the backrest adopt an at least approximately vertical position and the backrest is arranged above the seat surface. The backrest upper edge is in contact with the roof of the motor vehicle in the partition position, such that the backrest together with the seat surface forms a partition which separates the region behind the partition in the direction of travel from the region in front of the partition in the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Christoph Aschaber, Thomas Auer, Manuel Erlacher, Martin Rodler, Harald Zachnegger
  • Patent number: 8960800
    Abstract: A release mechanism selectively actuates a recliner between a locked condition and an unlocked condition allowing pivotal movement of a seat back between a seating and fold flat position. The release mechanism includes a recliner cam lever operatively coupled to the recliner for actuating the recliner between the locked and unlocked conditions. A recliner handle lever engages the recliner cam lever in a first actuated position to actuate the recliner between the locked and unlocked conditions allowing pivotal movement of the seat back between a seating position and a fold flat position and further engages the recliner cam lever in a second actuated position to release a seat cushion from the floor and allow pivotal movement of the seat cushion between a seating position and tumbled position when the seat back is maintained in the fold flat position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Champ, Rabindranath Persad, Jeffrey P. Carroll
  • Patent number: 8960783
    Abstract: A recliner mechanism for use in a seat assembly of a vehicle, the recliner mechanism comprising a cam stop member coupled to the seat assembly; a cam bracket pivotably coupled to the seat assembly; a catch lever pivotably coupled to the seat assembly; a release crank member coupled to the catch lever; a cable member coupled to the cam bracket and to the cushion pivot bracket; and wherein rotation of the seat assembly via the cushion pivot bracket causes the cable to wind about the cam of the cushion pivot bracket such that the first end of the cable member pulls an actuates the cam bracket causing the cam bracket to rotate against the pin catch lever causing the catch lever to actuate the release crank member to release the recliner mechanism and thereby enable reconfiguration of the seat assembly from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian S. Holder, Kurt A. Seibold, Michael B. Clor, Aleksandar D. Malusev
  • Publication number: 20150028618
    Abstract: A seat lock apparatus includes a case member having a striker entrance groove and a hook lever that is provided rotatably via a hook shaft and is movable between an opening position and a restraining position where the hook lever closes an opening in a striker entrance groove. The apparatus is configured to position the hook lever in the restraining position while positioning the striker in the striker entrance groove when a seatback is erected. The striker entrance groove is formed such that when the striker enters the striker entrance groove and abuts against the hook lever positioned in the restraining position, only a portion of the case member, which is positioned closer to a central side of the seatback than the hook lever is in an axial direction of the hook shaft, is brought into abutment with the striker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Naoya SETO, Naoki HANAKI, Kazuhito YOKOMORI
  • Patent number: 8926007
    Abstract: A stowable vehicle seat includes a seat support portion that supports a seat cushion rotatably in the front-and-rear direction, a seat back provided with reclining elements that can be folded onto the seat cushion, a stowage recess portion disposed on the vehicle body floor side, a front-side leg portion disposed on the front side of the seat cushion, leg-portion locking elements that lock and unlock the front-side leg portion to and from the vehicle body floor side, a link mechanism connected to the reclining elements and the leg-portion locking elements, and a strap for operating the reclining mechanism and the leg-portion locking elements through the link mechanism, in which the seat back is locked in the folded state in a stowing operation by a pulling operation of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8894124
    Abstract: A load floor assembly for a vehicle includes a seatback that pivots between an upright position and a stowed position. A cargo floor extends rearward of the seatback, and a load panel is coupled with the cargo floor. The load panel moves between a rearward position and a forward position. In the forward position, the load panel extends over at least a lower portion of the seatback in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bhavani Thota, Michael James Whitens, Gian Carlo Morlet Ugalde
  • Publication number: 20140306479
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: TS TECH Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Abe, Toshiyuki Tsujibayashi