Having Actuator Patents (Class 296/65.18)
  • Patent number: 9889770
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: James T. Hotary, Samuel Baudu, Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Dana R. Lowell, Gregory Brncick
  • Patent number: 9688163
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: James T Hotary, Samuel Baudu, Robert C Fitzpatrick, Dana R Lowell, Gregory Brncick
  • Patent number: 8864210
    Abstract: A seat latch assembly for providing manual triggering and subsequent powered rewinding of a seatback. A vertical support stanchion is secured to a floor location of a vehicle frame. An arm is pivotally supported at a lower end to an upper location of the stanchion. The arm engages along a side location of a frame forming a portion of the seatback in a first upper design position. A lever and trigger initiates forward rotating dump of the seatback. An arrangement of linkage members are also located upon the inboard side of the stanchion for providing upright rewinding of the seatback and for subsequently resetting the linkage mechanism through the driving action of a motor operable drive shaft associated with lowermost pivotal mounting location of the stanchion support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Bruck
  • Publication number: 20140265419
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for a seat assembly for a vehicle is provides and includes a latching component attached to one of a stationary part or a movable part of a seat assembly, a receiving component disposed on the other of the stationary part or the movable part of a seat assembly, wherein the latching component engages the receiving component, and an activation component that activates the latching component. Upon activation of the locking device, the latching component engages the receiving component thereby locking the movable part to the stationary part in a collapsed state thereby reducing vibrational noise caused by the movable part during operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Bennett
  • Patent number: 8746773
    Abstract: A seat latch assembly for providing manual triggering and subsequent powered rewinding of a seatback. A stanchion support is secured to a floor location of a vehicle frame. A seatback sector is pivotally supported at a lower end to an upper location of the stanchion. The sector engages along a side location of a frame forming a portion of the seatback in a first upper design position. A lever and trigger initiates forward rotating dump of the seatback. A plurality of four linkage members are also located upon the stanchion and, in combination with a motor, provide upright rewinding of the seatback and subsequent resetting of the linkage mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Bruck
  • Patent number: 8528699
    Abstract: A fork-lift truck has a battery-electric drive system, a driver's stand (10) having a driver's platform (11) for a standing operator formed between a load part (1) and a drive part (5) having a counterweight. The counterweight is formed by a battery pack device having at least one battery pack (9). The driver's stand (10) extends over the entire vehicle width. In this case, the drive part (5) has an equipment area (6), the battery pack device being arranged in a battery compartment (8), which is arranged above and/or adjacent to the equipment area (6), of the drive part (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Linde Material Handling GmbH
    Inventor: Paul John Eckersley
  • Patent number: 8414055
    Abstract: A vehicle seat, including two links movable for adjustment in height of the seat, is provided with a reinforcing transmission shaft. The reinforcing transmission shaft is rotatably connected between two frame members of seat cushion frame in the seat, while extending through the two links. Further, two pinions are fixed on the respective two end portions of the reinforcing transmission shaft and respectively meshed with two gear portions defined in the respective two links. With such arrangement, in the case of rear-end collision, most of great load applied to the links is transmitted, via the reinforcing transmission shaft, pinions and gear portions, to each of the two frame members, thereby preventing deformation of one of the two links to avoid lowering of the seat or inclination of one side of the seat as found in a rear-end collision case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kanda, Masaaki Honda, Yosuke Karino
  • Patent number: 8382185
    Abstract: A tilt-down vehicle seat including: a base member on a vehicle floor; a seatback connected to the base member via a reclining mechanism; a seat cushion that moves downward as the seatback is tilted downward; a front link pivotally fitted at a lower portion to the base member and at an upper portion to a front portion of the seat cushion; a guide mechanism that slidably supports a rear portion of the seat cushion and guides the rear portion in such a manner that the rear portion slides relative to the base member in the fore-and-aft and up-and-down directions; a seatback-connected member that moves in accordance with a movement of the seatback; and an interlocking link pivotally connected at a front portion to the front link and at a rear portion to the seatback-connected member, which causes the seat cushion to move in accordance with the movement of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keigo Matsumoto, Keisuke Hoshino, Kou Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8360497
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for an electric retractable seat for a vehicle, includes a seat cushion frame, a seat back frame, a guide groove, a latch including an engagement opening portion, a slide member disengaging from the engagement opening portion when the latch is in an unlocked position, engaging with the engagement opening portion during a movement of the seat cushion frame to the seating position, and being locked between the guide groove and the engagement opening portion when the latch is in a locked position, a pawl for restricting the latch from pivoting when the pawl is in a restricted position, and allowing the latch to pivot when the pawl is in a released position, a releasing member for rotating the pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Motohiro Kokubo, Kazuya Iwasa, Hideki Fujisawa, Hiroaki Hayahara
  • Patent number: 8220856
    Abstract: A mechanism for rotating a vehicle seat body and a mechanism for restraining rotation of the seat body are partially shared, reducing the number of parts. The seat includes a seat body, a seat rotation mechanism, a gear forming member having a rotation gear, a drive gear meshable with the rotation gear, and an actuator for rotating the drive gear. The seat further includes a moving mechanism that relatively moves the drive gear and the gear forming member in a direction of a rotation restraint position such that the drive gear is placed in such a position so as to interfere with the gear forming member when the seat body rotates to a first position and when the seat body is urged to rotate in a direction of a second position while the drive gear is in such a position so as to not mesh with the rotation gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Horiguchi, Hideki Kinoshita, Yasuo Suga, Nobuyuki Bandou, Kazuhiro Hibi
  • Patent number: 8210593
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for a component (6) and a drive element (11, 12) for the component. The drive element has a housing (9). The component is produced by a primary forming process, such as die-casting, thixomolding or plastic injection molding so that a region of the component defines the housing of the drive element. The component and the housing are distinguished by a low weight and a small structural space requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dieter Jungert, Tassilo Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8186737
    Abstract: An adjustable vehicle seat (1) has an inclinable seat part (2) and an inclinable backrest (3) mounted to the seat part (2). Front and rear areas of the seat part (2) are mounted pivotably in bearings (7, 5) at positions adjacent to remote sides of the seat part (2). The bearings (7, 5) also are mounted pivotably in the vehicle floor or rails (11). The lengths of the front bearings (7) can be changed for changing an inclination of the seat part (2). A backrest adjusting motor adjusts inclination of the backrest (3) to compensate for changes in the inclination of the seat part (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dieter Jungert, Tassilo Gilbert, Ulrich Hutschek
  • Patent number: 8078364
    Abstract: A vehicle seat apparatus includes: a vehicle seat; a swiveling drive unit that swivels the vehicle seat between the frontward-oriented position in which the vehicle seat faces the front of a vehicle and at least one of the outward-oriented position in which the vehicle seat is oriented in the outward direction of the vehicle and the inward-oriented position in which the vehicle seat is oriented in the inward direction of the vehicle; a traveling route information obtainment unit that obtains information on a traveling route along which the vehicle travels; and a control unit that controls the operation of the swiveling drive unit based on the information obtained by the traveling route information obtainment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, The University of Tokyo
    Inventors: Teiji Mabuchi, Osamu Fujimoto, Kei Matsui, Yoshihiro Suda, Yoshihiko Tabuchi, Shoichiro Takehara, Daisuke Yamaguchi, Takaaki Koga
  • Patent number: 8038197
    Abstract: A power seat apparatus for a vehicle includes a lower rail, an upper rail, a screw member, a feed nut member fixed to the lower rail and meshed with the screw member, a retention member fixed to the upper rail, a fitting member rotatably held by the retention member and fixed to the screw member, a gear box mounted on the retention member and rotatably supporting an output rotation member, a drive unit transmitting a rotation drive force to the screw member, and first and second cut-and-lifted portions formed at first and second longitudinal walls of the upper rail respectively, the cut-and-lifted portions making contact with the fitting member when a load is applied to the screw member in an axial direction thereof to distribute the load to the upper rail, the cut-and lifted portions being formed by bending portions of the first and second longitudinal walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Koga
  • Patent number: 7896441
    Abstract: A vehicle seat having a seat frame that in its rear region is adapted to be releasably arrested on structural elements by a left arresting device and a right arresting device, which are releasable separately relative to one another, preferably via different displacement processes. A back rest frame is preferably releasably arrested on the seat frame via a freely pivotable device, such as an arresting control. An actuating device, especially an actuating handle, that is activatable by the user is preferably provided for releasing the freely pivotable device. A first one of the arresting devices can be releasable by the actuating device, whereby different displacement paths can be provided for the release of the freely pivotable device and of the first arresting device. One or more driver systems can be provided for forming idle paths or free play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventors: Mareike Krahn-Lau, Klaus-Dieter Habendank
  • Publication number: 20100244480
    Abstract: A tilt-integrated suspension mechanism which is simplified in apparatus configuration is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Takao Komatsubara, Tomohiro Gohara, Akira Kuroki
  • Patent number: 7775576
    Abstract: An air pump assembly includes a pump module having an outer surface and a casing at least partially surrounding the pump module. The casing has an inner surface defining a cavity sized to snugly receive the pump module such that the outer surface of the pump module is in substantial engagement with the inner surface of the casing and is substantially prevented from moving with respect to the casing when the pump module is received within the cavity. At least one airflow passageway is defined between the inner surface of the casing and the outer surface of the pump module. The airflow passageway is configured so that air flowing through the passageway changes direction at least one time to reduce the transmission of noise from the air pump assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel R. Der Marderosian, Heinz Bauer, Stephane Laurent, Peter Bolz
  • Publication number: 20100148532
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for a component (6) and a drive element (11, 12) for the component. The drive element has a housing (9). The component is produced by a primary forming process, such as die-casting, thixomolding or plastic injection molding so that a region of the component defines the housing of the drive element. The component and the housing are distinguished by a low weight and a small structural space requirement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Dieter Jungert, Tassilo Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20100133871
    Abstract: A tilt-down vehicle seat including: a base member on a vehicle floor; a seatback connected to the base member via a reclining mechanism; a seat cushion that moves downward as the seatback is tilted downward; a front link pivotally fitted at a lower portion to the base member and at an upper portion to a front portion of the seat cushion; a guide mechanism that slidably supports a rear portion of the seat cushion and guides the rear portion in such a manner that the rear portion slides relative to the base member in the fore-and-aft and up-and-down directions; a seatback-connected member that moves in accordance with a movement of the seatback; and an interlocking link pivotally connected at a front portion to the front link and at a rear portion to the seatback-connected member, which causes the seat cushion to move in accordance with the movement of the seatback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keigo MATSUMOTO, Keisuke HOSHINO, Kou ISHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20100133870
    Abstract: A stowable vehicle seat, which is stowed by folding a seat back toward the side of a seat cushion, releasing a floor lock while the seat back is in a superposed state on the seat cushion, and lifting the vehicle seat up toward the vehicle body side. The vehicle seat is fixed by connecting a striker disposed on the back face of the seat back with a dragger unit disposed on the vehicle body side. After an operation to release locking of the dragger unit, separation of the striker from the dragger unit is estimated, and a dragger motor is driven so that a latch of the dragger unit is moved to the initial position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: TOYOTA SHATAI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Kan, Kazumutsu Azuma
  • Patent number: 7600801
    Abstract: An electric vehicle seat storage structure for moving a seat between a seating position and a storage position is provided. The seat storage structure includes a frame having an axle positioned along a rear portion of the cushion and having a seat gear mounted to the axle. An actuator is provided for moving the seat between a seating position and a storage position. The actuator has an output gear positioned about an output shaft that is defined along the longitudinal axis of the actuator. The actuator is mounted within a portion of the frame, such that the output gear and the seat gear are meshed thereto, and such that the axis of the actuator is substantially parallel to the axle of the seat storage frame. Wherein when the seat is moved between the seating position and the storage position, the actuator is moved therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Globe Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Jan Lehy, Richard Lee Schneider
  • Publication number: 20090164073
    Abstract: A vehicle seat apparatus includes: a vehicle seat; a swiveling drive unit that swivels the vehicle seat between the frontward-oriented position in which the vehicle seat faces the front of a vehicle and at least one of the outward-oriented position in which the vehicle seat is oriented in the outward direction of the vehicle and the inward-oriented position in which the vehicle seat is oriented in the inward direction of the vehicle; a traveling route information obtainment unit that obtains information on a traveling route along which the vehicle travels; and a control unit that controls the operation of the swiveling drive unit based on the information obtained by the traveling route information obtainment unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Teiji MABUCHI, Osamu FUJIMOTO, Kei MATSUI, Yoshihiro SUDA, Yoshihiko TABUCHI, Shoichiro TAKEHARA, Daisuke YAMAGUCHI, Takaaki KOGA
  • Publication number: 20090152890
    Abstract: A seat sliding device for vehicles may include a door switch unit turned on or off in response to opening or closing of a vehicle door, a seat drive unit for causing a vehicle seat to slide rearwards when the vehicle door is opened and thus the door switch unit is turned on, a seat movement switch unit for providing a forward or rear drive signal to the seat drive unit so that the seat slides forwards or rearwards, and a control relay unit for preventing the forward drive signal from being transmitted from the seat movement switch unit to the seat drive unit by interrupting transmission of the forward drive signal when the vehicle door is in an open state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyun KO
  • Publication number: 20090146478
    Abstract: Reduces backlash and clearance in a thrust direction of a worm when engaging a seat back to more securely prevent the generation of abnormal noise that before. A movable bearing 12 is pressed by cams 21, 22 that are pressing members, when the seat back is stopped at a predetermined angle, to approach a worm wheel 5. A ball 14 disposed in a recess 12a of the movable bearing 12 moves slightly along an inner surface of the recess 12a so a worm 4 is pressed to the worm wheel 5 side and pressed to the fixed bearing 11 side, and a latch member 23 that is a engaging member engages the worm 4 to inhibit rotation of the worm wheel 5 thereby securely holding that state. Since the movable bearing 12 moves to the worm wheel 5 side, the substantial movement range of the ball is wider compared to a structure that supports a ball only at a fixed bearing, and the range of displacement of the worm 4 by being pressed by the ball is substantially larger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Yutaka Sakamoto, Hiroki Honda
  • Patent number: 7537261
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body having a roof and a floor. A seat assembly has a lower seat portion and a seatback portion operatively connected to the lower seat portion. The seat assembly is mounted with respect to the floor and is selectively movable from a first position to a second position. The seat assembly in the second position is farther from the roof than in the first position. At least one actuator is operatively connected to the seat assembly and is selectively activatable to cause the seat assembly to move from the first position to the second position. A rollover detection system is operatively connected to the actuator. The rollover detection system is also configured to detect at least one condition indicative of a vehicle rollover, and to activate the actuator in response to the at least one condition indicative of a vehicle rollover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Prabhakar Marur
  • Patent number: 7506931
    Abstract: A folding vehicle seat assembly for an automotive vehicle comprising at least one movable seat portion, and at least one fluid powered actuator. The actuators are connected to an operating system which is selectively activatable by a vehicle occupant. The movable seat portion is movably mountable within the vehicle and connected to an actuator. The actuator, when activated, is arranged to move the movable seat portion between a seating position for supporting a seat occupant and a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Hugh H. Christopher, Michael G. Maddelein, Michael R. Hudswell
  • Patent number: 7484787
    Abstract: The invention relates to a longitudinal scat adjustment device having an upper rail and a lower rail. The upper rail sits in the lower rail. Between the two rails a spindle is fixedly connected to the lower rail. Drivable on the spindle is a transmission, which can be retained in a specific manner by slotted bridges in the case of a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: IMS Gear GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfram-Heinrich Hofschulte, Michael Wöhrle, Frank Probst, Fred Krimmel
  • Publication number: 20090026791
    Abstract: A seat may be obtained with good operability of plural operating members for operating plural adjustable units. A vehicle seat 10 is provided with: a seat lifter 22, provided to a seat body for sitting on and adjustable by operation force transmitted from a first operating system; a reclining mechanism 20, provided to the seat body and adjustable by operation force transmitted from a second operating system; and an operation force imparting unit 28 that is provided at a position where it is able to be operated by a seat occupant at a predetermined position on the seat body. The operation force imparting unit 28 is able to independently take up a first state in which a lifter knob 32 is operated and the seat lifter 22 adjusted, and a second state in which the reclining lever 30 is operated and the reclining mechanism 20 adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Takahiro Ishijima, Katsuya Ueda
  • Publication number: 20090021041
    Abstract: In the case of an operating unit (1) for at least one adjuster of a vehicle seat (3), in particular a motor vehicle seat, with a housing (5) and an operating element (11), with the movement and/or operation of which the at least temporarily assigned adjuster is activated, the adjuster adjusting the vehicle seat (3) or a component (7) of the same, the operating element (11) is movable along a slotted guide (9) which is provided in the housing (5) and at least approximately simulates the profile of the vehicle seat (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Ritzel
  • Patent number: 7472939
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for transmitting a rotational movement comprising a flexible shaft and a sheath inside which the flexible shaft is housed, said sheath being arranged in order to allow the rotation of said shaft inside said sheath. The outer surface of the flexible shaft is machined so as to have a substantially smooth surface finish. The invention also concerns an adjustment system for a motor vehicle seat comprising such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Inderflex-Technoflex
    Inventor: Denis Tores
  • Publication number: 20080252126
    Abstract: A seat is provided including a seat body assembly having a seat bottom that is configured for movement between a rear position and a forward position, and a seat back connected to the seat bottom. The seat back may be configured to pivot between a first position and a second position. The seat bottom may be moveable to the forward position when the seat back pivots to the second position. The seat further includes an electric actuator assembly associated with the seat body assembly that permits the seat back to pivot to the second position when the electric actuator assembly is actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Bartoi, John R. Sims, Mark Keyser, Wee Gam, Tony Centi, David J. Abdella
  • Patent number: 7434863
    Abstract: A rotation seat for a vehicle has a seat, a rotating plate and a base plate. The seat is fixed on the rotating plate which has a nail member and a biasing member. The biasing member forces the nail member. The rotating plate is rotatably connected to the base plate through a first shaft. The base plate has a guide slot so as to regulate extent of the rotation of the rotating plate by guiding the nail member. The guide slot has a first slot and a second slot. The biasing unit forces the second slot through the nail member so as to make the rotating plate rotate from an operator's exiting position to a forward driving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Hamazaki, Kazushi Kamiya, Tomoaki Terada
  • Patent number: 7367605
    Abstract: A flexible shaft designed to rotate inside a sheath for transmitting rotary motion can include at least one core wire and winding wired wound around the core wire. The core wire has an elasticity and resilience that are lower than the elasticity and resilience of the winding wires. According to some examples, the core wire can be formed of annealed copper or annealed brass. The winding wires can be formed of steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Inderflex-Technoflex
    Inventor: Denis Tores
  • Patent number: 7281749
    Abstract: A vehicle seat device includes a right side link mechanism and a left side link mechanism adapted to be provided between a vehicle floor and a seat for supporting the seat to move upward and downward relative to the vehicle floor, a first actuator operatively engaged with the right side link mechanism for operating the right side link mechanism, a second actuator operatively engaged with the left side link mechanism for operating the left side link mechanism, and a controller for controlling the first actuator and the second actuator separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Sadao Ito, Hideo Nihonmatsu
  • Patent number: 7104584
    Abstract: A seat slide device for a vehicle being a width of the seat slide device in the horizontal direction is smaller than the width of the seat slide device in the vertical direction includes a guide rail extending in the back/forth direction of a vehicle seat, including a fixed side vertical wall extending in the vertical direction in cross section thereof, and secured on a vehicle floor at the fixed side vertical wall, a slide rail engaged with the guide rail, guided to slide in the longitudinal direction of the guide rail, including a moved side vertical wall extending in the vertical direction in cross section thereof, and adapted to be mounted on the vehicle seat, a drive member provided in a space formed between the guide rail and the slide rail and rotatably supported by either one of the guide rail or the slide rail, and a driven engaging portion formed at the other one of the guide rail or the slide rail to be engaged with the drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Genta Moriyama
  • Patent number: 7040702
    Abstract: A tip-up vehicle seat comprises a seat back (11) attached to a vehicle body, a seat bottom (14) displaceable between a retracted position and a available position, a leg member (17) displaceable between a retracted position and a support position, a lock mechanism (18) arranged to hold the seat bottom at the retracted position. The lock mechanism (18) is connected to the leg member (17) through a wire cable (43) so that the lock mechanism (18) is unlocked by rotational movement of the leg member (17) from the retracted position toward the support position to release the restriction to the seat bottom (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takurou Yamada, Masayuki Takakura, Takahiro Ito, Seiji Waku
  • Patent number: 7025319
    Abstract: In a longitudinal adjuster for a vehicle seat, in particular for an automobile seat, having a first seat rail, a second seat rail that can be made to slide relatively to the first seat rail, rollers (9) arranged between the two seat rails, and at least one ball retainer (11) for retaining the rollers (9), the rollers (9) are arranged at irregular intervals (a,b) in the rails' longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Boris Willems, Hermann Jost, Jürgen Krebs
  • Patent number: 6974174
    Abstract: A retractable seat may include a seat cushion, a seat back rotatably supported on the seat cushion, and a link mechanism for supporting the seat cushion on a floor. The link mechanism includes a front leg and a rear leg that are pivotally connected to the seat cushion and the floor so that the seat cushion and the seat back can be switched between a use condition and a retracted condition. The seat may further include a restraint mechanism provided on the floor for preventing the link mechanism from moving when the seat is in a use condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Araco Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taku Imajo, Taiyou Ootsuka
  • Publication number: 20020130238
    Abstract: A seat track assembly includes a first track having a mounting wall and first and second spaced apart side walls extending from the mounting wall, and a second track having a base flange and first and second spaced apart side flanges extending from the base flange. The side walls and the side flanges each have a pair of flat surfaces which cooperate to define a pair of load transmission channels. The load transmission channels are preferably square-shaped and oriented at 45 degrees. Load transmission elements are positioned in the load transmission channels. At least one of the first and second tracks produce an interference with the load transmission elements so that at least one of the first and second tracks is resiliently deflected by the load transmission elements to bias the load transmission elements into engagement with each of the four flat surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventor: Hugh D. Downey
  • Patent number: 6382491
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has a bottom part which is supported by a front leg and a back leg on the vehicle floor. Bottom ends of the legs are mounted pivotably on the vehicle floor and the top ends of the legs are mounted pivotably on the bottom part of the seat. The seat has a seat-adjustment device operable to adjust the seat between two positions in the direction of a seat longitudinal axis running from the back towards the front. This seat-adjustment device has a tube which is mounted pivotably on the vehicle floor, and a rod which is mounted in the tube in such a manner that it can be adjusted in two directions and is pivotably mounted on the bottom part of the seat. The seat-adjustment device has a locking device which fixes the tube and the rod in axial positions relative to one another, which positions are each associated with one of the seat positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Hauser, Hermann Kohfink, Georg Lidak
  • Patent number: 6367758
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat bottom and a seat back supported for movement relative to the seat bottom such that seat position can be adjusted forwardly or rearwardly with respect to the vehicle. The seat assembly is mounted to a vehicle structure and includes a first track and a second track supported for movement relative to the first track with the seat bottom being supported on the second track for movement with the second track. A support member presents a bearing surface that rotatably engages a bearing surface on the second track. At least one adjustment link is used to interconnect the support member and the seat bottom. The adjustment link is mounted on the support member for rotation therewith to provide vertical seat adjustment. A torque tube engages the support member to provide rotational input to the adjustment link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Dura Global Tachnologies
    Inventors: Pascal E. Garrido, Mark Volkmann, Joseph Allen Wilbanks, II, Nathan Allen Clark, Gregory D. Collins, Christopher Clifford, Jack P. Pogodzinski
  • Publication number: 20010030440
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly for a motor vehicle having a passenger compartment with a floor. The motor vehicle has a front row of seats and a rear row of seats. The front row of seats is disposed in a forward portion of the passenger compartment and is interconnected to the floor. The rear row of seats is disposed in a rear portion of the passenger compartment, behind the front row of seats, and is interconnected to the floor. The rear row of seats includes the vehicle seat assembly and has at least a portion linearly translatable in a fore direction and an aft direction under a source of power. A switch assembly is located in the forward portion of the passenger compartment for selectively controlling linear translation of the portion of the seat assembly in the fore and aft directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventor: Clyde W. Ney
  • Patent number: 6264158
    Abstract: A support structure for a vehicle seat assembly which allows the seat position to be adjusted forwardly or rearwardly with respect to the vehicle. The seat support structure is mounted to a vehicle structure and includes a first track, a second track, a torque tube and a brace member supported for movement relative to the first track with the seat bottom being supported on the second track for movement relative to the first track. A restraint bracket which is attached to the seat belt is adjacent the torque tube and second track without the necessity of fasteners. The restraint bracket mounting allows a force to be transfered to the associated torque tube, first track, and second track. The present invention further provides a method of seat assembly in which the torque tube is maintained under compression and the brace member under tension to provide a rigid, integral seat support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: Hugh D. Downey, Pascal Garrido, Gregory D. Collins, Roger Freund, Nils Olsson
  • Patent number: 6186572
    Abstract: A full floating device of a rear seat cushion for an automobile comprises a fixed frame fixed on a floor panel of the automobile, a pivot frame to which the end of the supporting bracket is linked by a pivot pin and on which a seat cushion is mounted, and an angle adjusting means pivoting the rear end of the pivot frame about the pivot pin in order to adjust the inclination of the seat cushion mounted on the pivot frame. The device in accordance with the present invention can adjust the angle of the rear seat cushion of the automobile according to the condition of the passenger, and the passenger can be comfortable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Dong Hwan Oh