In Floor Patents (Class 297/15)
  • Patent number: 11001174
    Abstract: A vehicle seat system includes a seat back. A seat cushion is positioned proximate to the seat back. The seat cushion includes: a first side configured when upwardly directed for supporting an adult passenger; and a second side oppositely facing from the first side. The second side is configured when upwardly directed for supporting a child passenger and includes: an elevated face positioned proximate to the seat back; and a lower elevation face forward of the elevated face at a lower elevation than the elevated face when the second side is upwardly directed. The seat cushion is releasable and rotatable to configure the seat cushion with either the first side or the second side upwardly directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Rylance, Stephanie C. Radion, Daniel W. Booth, Shaun P. Kavanagh
  • Patent number: 10682931
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a furniture module. The body defines a passenger compartment, and the furniture module includes a framing system mounted to the body in the passenger compartment and a surfacing system mounted to the framing system. The furniture module is operable to shift between a body-like form factor and a furniture form factor. In the body-like form factor, the furniture module is flattened along the body, with the framing system collapsed along the body, and the surfacing system spatially arranged along the body with the framing system. In the furniture form factor, the furniture module extends beyond the body to render on-demand furniture including a furniture frame and an overlying furniture surface, with the framing system expanded beyond the body to establish the furniture frame, and the surfacing system spatially arranged beyond the body to establish the overlying furniture surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufactuing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paul Rowe, Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 10647225
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a component part formed to be displaceable relative to a vehicle body; and a board member configured to cover a gap formed between the component part and the vehicle body. The board member is a flexible plate-shaped member. The board member includes an attachment portion configured to rotatably connect the board member to the component part or the vehicle body, and a sliding portion configured to rotate around the attachment portion as an axis so as to abut with the vehicle body or the component part and slide according to the displacement of the component part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoharu Morita, Naoki Mitsuoka, Hideyuki Izukawa
  • Patent number: 10336222
    Abstract: A seat is provided in which a seat cushion is pivotally coupled to a seat back by a recliner assembly. The recliner assembly is selectively operable between a locked condition preventing pivotal movement of the seat back and an unlocked condition allowing pivotal movement of the seat back. A riser assembly supports the seat assembly above a floor, such as the floor of a vehicle, and is configured for actuation and movement of the seat assembly between a generally upright seating position, a pitched easy entry position tilted forwardly and downwardly towards the floor to allow easier ingress and egress behind the seat, and a stowed position recessed within a compartment below the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc
    Inventors: Nathan A. Jensen, Prasad D. Jagtap, Alan Proulx, Timothy Jon Brush, Senthil Kumar Chinnadurai, Abhishek Kedia, Umesh Prakash Handigol, Jeffrey P. Carroll, Lyle Dadd, Omar D. Tame, Robert Thomas Coffey, Avery Folk, Ravindra Thamake
  • Patent number: 10239427
    Abstract: A foldable vehicle includes a seat base, a seatback connected to the seat base for pivotal movement relative to the seat base from a generally vertical use position to a generally horizontal stow position atop the seat base, wherein the seat base is pivotally connected to the floor such that, when the seatback is moved from its use position to the folded, stow position, the seat base may be moved rearward and downward to thereby provide a lower load floor position. The seat also includes a lock mechanism to engage and lock the seat base in a first position when the seatback is positioned within the defined range of use positions, and unlock the seat base for movement to a second position when the seatback is positioned outside the use range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Keyser, Andrzej Dlugokecki, Robert Szybisty
  • Patent number: 10040378
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided having a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back pivotally connected to the seat bottom by a bracket where the bracket has a seat bottom portion and a seat back portion. The seat bottom portion is arranged at an angle ? with respect to the seat back portion so as to generally form a right angle. A main pivot axis extends through the seat bottom. The distal end of the seat bottom portion of the bracket is pivotally connected to the main pivot. The distal end of the seat back portion of the bracket is connected to the seat back so as to pivot the seat back with respect to the seat bottom. The seat back is configured to rotate on top of the seat bottom to a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles S. Hansen, Todd R. Muck
  • Patent number: 9821684
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Abe, Toshiyuki Tsujibayashi
  • Patent number: 9517777
    Abstract: A lane departure warning system for a vehicle includes a positional input device and a seat having an inflatable bladder therein and a vibrational unit coupled with the bladder. A controller is communicatively coupled with the positional input device and with the vibrational unit and includes electronic circuitry programmed to detect a lane departure based on a signal from the positional input device and to cause the vibrational unit to vibrate in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amber LaVerne Hall, Michael Kolich, Sean David Fannin, Keith Allen Godin
  • Patent number: 9457724
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo assembly including a vehicle floor having a top surface and a storage compartment having an opening at the top surface of the vehicle floor and extending below the top surface of the vehicle floor. A vehicle seat includes a back portion pivotably coupled to a bench portion at a seat folding location. A cargo cover is coupled to the vehicle seat and is pivotable between a seat upright extended position and a seat upright retracted position. When the cargo cover is in the seat upright extended position, the cargo cover covers the opening of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.
    Inventor: Norman N. Lu
  • Patent number: 9340398
    Abstract: The invention provides a scissor lift table having a base unit (12) and a carrier unit (14) being adjustable plane-parallel relative to the base unit (12) by means of a scissor unit(16) provided with a drive device (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG
    Inventor: Manfred Ruth sen.
  • Patent number: 9333883
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes reclining lock mechanisms for releasably locking a seat back, a first releasing mechanism for unlocking the reclining lock mechanisms and causing the seat back to be pivotable forward and rearward, the first releasing mechanism including a collapsible link bar member, a braking link having a laterally projecting induction pin, a first link plate, and a first operating lever, a tipping-up lock mechanism for releasably locking a seat cushion, the tipping-up lock mechanism including cutout teeth provided at the seat cushion, and a latch and a cam member which are supported to the seat back, and a second releasing mechanism for unlocking the tipping-up lock mechanism and causing the seat cushion to be pivotable, the second releasing mechanism including a recess portion formed in the latch for allowing the cam member to be swung up, a second link plate, and a second operating lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Abe, Toshiyuki Tsujibayashi
  • Patent number: 9327837
    Abstract: The invention is a Modular Airplane Seat Unit (1), where the seat can be lowered into the floor of a passenger cabin (9) via telescopic structure (14) and covered by sliding covers (12). The modular seat unit is to be utilized in passenger airplanes providing a more comfortable and healthy flight to the passengers, and more than one additional options like Coffee Table and Leg Rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Sitki Alp Erk
  • Patent number: 9168850
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided which includes a second row center seating unit including a seatback and a seat that includes a front and a rear. A slide assembly is coupled with the rear of the seat, and the seating unit is operable between a first position wherein a seat is proximate the slide assembly and a second position wherein the seat is slid forward and rotated upward such that the seatback is proximate the slide assembly. A support surface extends over the seat and is openable to expose a storage compartment when the seating unit is in the second position. A retaining feature is disposed in the front of the seat in order to secure items extending through the vehicle over the seating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Leonard Meszaros, David Thomas Patrick
  • Patent number: 8973965
    Abstract: A rear-facing seat for a vehicle comprises: a seat portion connected to the vehicle by a hinge so that the rear-facing seat assumes at least a stowed position and an unstowed position; and a back portion connected to the seat portion, wherein in the unstowed position the back portion assumes at least an up position and a down position, wherein in the up position (i) a hook on the back portion engages a first striker on a vehicle wall, and (ii) a latch on the back portion engages a second striker of a back of a forward-facing seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryl Zalan, Sohel Merchant
  • 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
  • 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: 8844998
    Abstract: A seat apparatus for a vehicle, in which a seat back may be foldable toward a seat cushion of a seat, may include a storage space provided at the bottom of a floor and storing the seat to provide a luggage space in the vehicle, a link member pivotally connected between a cushion link of the seat cushion and the storage space such that the seat may be foldable to be stored in the storage space, a locking device provided on the seat back to maintain an unfolded or folded state of the seat back, and an elastic member provided on the link member to pop up the cushion link and the seat back out of the storage space when the seat back may be unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Kia Motors Corporation, Faurecia Automotive Seating Korea
    Inventors: Sang Ho Kim, Sang Do Park, Deok Soo Lim, Bong Ku Kim, Soo Hyun Moon, Chang Oan Woo, Jun Yeol Heo, Youn Myung Joo
  • Patent number: 8632113
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a vehicle having a floor can include a seat bottom, a seat back, a pair of front legs and a pair of rear legs. The seat bottom can have a seating side and an opposite lower side facing the floor. The front legs can be pivotably coupled to the vehicle and to the seat bottom via releasable locking mechanisms. The rear legs can be pivotably coupled to the seat bottom and releasably coupled to the vehicle. A pair of linking members can pivotably couple the front and rear legs to each other. The seat assembly can be movable from a deployed to a stowed position whereby the seat bottom can be pivoted forward about the front and rear legs while maintaining the seat bottom lower side facing the floor and the front and rear legs pivotably coupled to the vehicle and the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Carl Mather, Todd R. Teasdale, David M. Savinsky, Dorinel Neag
  • Publication number: 20140008942
    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: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8550549
    Abstract: A fold and tumble seat assembly includes a seat cushion having an underside that forms a floor surface when the seat cushion is rotated to a stowed position, and a seat flap attached to the underside of the seat cushion for bridging a gap formed between the seat cushion and an adjacent vehicle floor surface when the seat cushion is in the stowed position. The flap includes a protruding tip adjacent a distal end thereof for facilitating sliding movement of the distal end along the adjacent vehicle floor surface when the seat cushion is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jason Miles Baker, Todd Alan Morris
  • Patent number: 8540308
    Abstract: A stowable vehicle seat with improved operability is configured so that a stowing and restoring operation can be performed by rotating seat support parts and provided on the rear end part of a seat cushion in the front and rear direction around the rotating center. The seat support part is provided with a rotating shaft provided on the seat cushion side, a rotating shaft bracket pivotally supporting the rotating shaft on the vehicle body floor side, and spiral springs one end part side of which is always locked to the rotating shaft side and which urges in the restoration rotating direction. The other end part side of the spiral springs is locked to the vehicle body floor side at different predetermined angles of the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Aoki, Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8534750
    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: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8528958
    Abstract: A vehicle seat accommodating device of the invention includes: a seat configured to include a seat cushion and a seat back supported so as to be tiltable with respect to the seat cushion; an accommodation recess portion formed on a floor located behind the seat; and a support unit movably supporting the seat so as to accommodate the seat in the accommodation recess portion in a state where the seat back is folded so as to be overlapped on the seat cushion, wherein when the seat is adjusted to a seating posture, both ends of the seat cushion in a vehicle width direction are mounted on wheel housings that are bloated from side walls of a vehicle body toward the inside in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Imamura, Osamu Shirose, Ichirou Yokoyama, Tsuyoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 8485583
    Abstract: A stowable seat arrangement can include a seat having a seat back coupled to a seat bottom. A pair of front and rear legs can be pivotably coupled to the seat bottom. A floor panel can be fixed to the seat back. A stowage recess cover can be pivotably coupled to the vehicle and the front legs. The seat can be configured to selectively articulate from a deployed position to a stowed position where the seat can be received in a vehicle stowage recess. Pivotably raising the cover can automatically begin articulation of the seat from the deployed position to the stowed position. The floor panel can be in spaced relation to the floor when the seat is in the deployed position and can automatically move to a position in engagement with the floor to provide a flat load floor configuration when the seat is in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Carl Mather, Todd R. Teasdale
  • Patent number: 8434808
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has a seatback movable between an upright position and a horizontal position, a seat bottom movable between a use position perpendicular to the seatback and a stowage position parallel to the seatback, and a lock mechanism for holding the seat bottom at the stowage position when the seat bottom is moved to the stowage position. When the seatback is moved to the horizontal position, the vehicle seat has a dive-down state where the seatback and the seat bottom are stacked on top of the other. The seat bottom has a detection lever that, when the seat bottom becomes the dive-down state, comes into contact with a floor panel and is displaced. In the lock mechanism, when the detection lever is displaced, the function of holding the seat bottom at the stowage position becomes ineffective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Abe, Toshiyuki Tsujibayashi, Toshihiko Tsuda
  • Patent number: 8398164
    Abstract: A fold and tumble vehicle seat assembly includes a seat cushion having an underside that forms a floor surface when the seat cushion is rotated to a stowed position, and a seat flap attached to the seat cushion for bridging a gap formed between the seat cushion and an adjacent vehicle floor surface when the seat cushion is in the stowed position. The seat flap has an outer sleeve formed of a first material and an insert received in the sleeve formed of a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jason Miles Baker, Todd Alan Morris
  • Patent number: 8388054
    Abstract: There is provided a stowable vehicle seat having an erroneous operation preventive mechanism operating at the time of stowage/restoring operation. A stowable vehicle seat having an operating element using a strap for stowage/restoring operation includes brackets formed on a seat back frame, a rocking member rockably supported on the brackets, and a braking member fixed to the strap. The brackets each have an elongated hole extending in the up/down direction. The rocking member includes right and left plate bodies, each having a braking hole that is long in the up/down direction, and an upper plate connecting the plate bodies to each other. The upper plate comes into sliding contact with the strap on its lower side. The braking holes each have an expanded-width part on their front side. The braking member has the erroneous operation preventive mechanism formed being inserted through both of the elongated holes and the braking holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8376443
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a utility vehicle that includes a cargo bed area, an adjustable seat assembly, a tailgate, and a latch. The adjustable seat assembly includes a seat portion and a backrest assembly. The adjustable seat assembly is selectively movable between seating and expanded cargo bed configurations. The seat portion is pivotally movable between the cargo bed area and a stowed position below the cargo bed area. The backrest assembly is pivotally movable from the cargo bed area to a stowed position adjacent the cargo bed area. The tailgate is pivotally attached to the backrest assembly. The latch on the tailgate is configured to selectively engage cargo bed area to hold the backrest assembly in the seating configuration and engage at least one coupling at the end of at least one of the cargo bed area at the rear bed opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: American SportWorks LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Melven Kemp, P Enoch Stiff
  • 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: 8336955
    Abstract: A seat has an erroneous operation preventing device for, locking movement of a seat strap to regulate the stowing or folding operation, the device including a movable member provided on a seat back side to be abutted with the strap, a first connecting member that is connectable to the movable member, a second connecting member connected to the first connecting member through a first connecting portion, a strap connecting member connected to the second connecting member through a second connecting portion and locked to one end portion side of the strap, and a regulator for regulating the movable member or the first connecting member movably toward one side, wherein the first connecting member is supported on a first movable shaft provided on the seat back side, and the first connecting portion is arranged to be moved to cross a straight line connecting the shaft portion and the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8297678
    Abstract: A retractable seat for a vehicle includes: a first leg with a proximal end that is rotatably attached to a seat cushion and a distal end that is rotatably attached to a floor; a second leg that is rotatably attached to the seat cushion; and an interlocking member that couples the first leg to the second leg so that the second leg is move in accordance with movement of the first leg. Rotating the first leg with respect to the floor moves the seat cushion from a use position to a retracted position. The rotation of the second leg through the interlocking member, from a position at which a second leg stands upright with respect to the seat cushion to a position which the second leg extends along the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Nakao, Tatsuya Kato
  • Patent number: 8287037
    Abstract: A seat is provided having an erroneous operation preventing device in which a braking member secured to a strap is locked to regulate a folding operation in a stowing operation that includes an opening portion for guiding the strap to the seat back rear face side, a rotating member that is brought into contact with the strap, a pair of first brackets and upstanding separately on both sides of the opening portion and supporting the both end portion sides of the rotating member from above, a pair of connecting members and supporting both end portion sides of the rotating members from below while being urged toward the first brackets and side, and a movable member rotatably supported by the second bracket secured to the seat back side and connected to the connecting member. The movable member includes locking portions that lock the braking member and protrudes in a rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8287024
    Abstract: Rattling of a stowable vehicle seat in a stowed state during driving is prevented, and a seat locking device and a stowable vehicle seat that reduces a returning operation load and improves returning operability is provided. The seat locking device includes a stowage locking member disposed on the rear face side of a seat back and lockable to and unlockable from the vehicle body floor side in stowage of a seat, a pulling-up grip disposed on the rear face side of a seat cushion and operated in a returning operation of the seat, a movable member moved in conjunction with the pulling-up grip in the returning operation, and a stowage unlocking wire that connects the stowage locking member and the movable member, and lock of the stowage locking member is unlocked through a stowage unlocking wire by movement of the movable member in the returning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8235446
    Abstract: A folding vehicle seat is adapted to be stored on a first portion of a vehicle body floor and retained on the first portion by a retaining belt arrangement which includes a belt attached at its lower end to a vertical wall extending upward from the floor and a hook attached to an upper end of the belt. The upper end is inserted through a ring attached to the wall. The seat includes a seat cushion pivotally supported on a second portion of the floor and a seat back pivotally supported by the cushion, the cushion and back being adapted to be put together as a single body which is adapted to be pivoted from the second portion toward the first portion and has an engagement mechanism with which the hook is adapted to be engaged at the time when the body is stored on the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: TS TECH Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuya Aoki
  • Patent number: 8186753
    Abstract: A seat apparatus for a vehicle includes a seat for the vehicle, a seat moving mechanism moving the seat between a seating position and a stowed position, a plurality of engagement members provided at a vehicle floor, a plurality of locking members provided at the seat to face the plurality of engagement members respectively and engaging with the plurality of engagement members to lock the seat at the seating position, and an engagement position adjusting mechanism adjusting a position of at least one of the engagement member and the locking member that face each other in an engaging movement locus direction where the locking member moves to engage with the engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Fujisawa, Hiroyuki Okazaki
  • Patent number: 8186758
    Abstract: An automobile seat is provided that includes, but is not limited to a backrest, a seat portion, a backrest pivoting mechanism, and a two-link seat-portion pivoting mechanism. The seat portion is fastened to the backrest or the backrest pivoting mechanism so that it is pivotable about a first transverse axis and the backrest is fastened to the backrest pivoting mechanism so that it is pivotable about a second transverse axis, so that the backrest may be pivoted from a usage position in which the seat portion adopts a first position, forward about the second transverse axis into a non-usage position, in which the seat portion occupies a second position, in which the seat portion is displaced rearward with respect to the first position. The backrest pivoting mechanism is a four-link backrest pivoting mechanism, which is configured in such a manner that the second transverse axis may be displaced rearward into the non-usage position by pivoting the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: J├╝rgen Maier, Jens Winter, Thomas Dill, Heinrich Hammann, Viktor Enns, Jaroslaw Sendecki
  • Patent number: 8177281
    Abstract: A stowable vehicle seat having improved operability and safety at the time of seat stowage are provided. A seat having a seat cushion back includes a foot lock mechanism for inhibiting the rotating of the cushion, a reclining lock mechanism for inhibiting the rotating of the seat back, a strap pullable toward any pull direction, and a lock releasing mechanism for keeping/releasing the rotate inhibiting states of the foot lock mechanism and the reclining lock mechanism by the pulling operation of the strap. When the pull direction of the strap is a horizontal direction, the lock releasing mechanism releases the rotate inhibiting states of both the foot lock mechanism and the reclining lock mechanism, and when the pull direction of the strap is an upward direction, the lock releasing mechanism keeps the rotate inhibiting states of both the foot lock mechanism and the reclining lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8146977
    Abstract: A vehicular seating system includes a seat cushion pivotably attached to a support structure, with the said seat cushion having a stowed position and a deployed position. A base latch selectively secures the seat cushion in its deployed position. A seatback is hinged to the seat cushion, with the seatback having a folded position and an unfolded position. A base latch interlock is configured to permit the base latch to release only when the seatback is in its stowed, folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Yuenian Richard Li, Tom Ciarelli
  • Patent number: 8141930
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat having an increased number of kinds of seat arrangements. A vehicle seat includes a seat support part for rotatably supporting the rear side of a seat cushion, a seat back that is foldable over the seat cushion via a reclining mechanism, a stowage recess provided on the vehicle body floor side, a front leg provided in the front part of the seat cushion, a leg locking mechanism that engages and disengages the front leg with and from the vehicle body floor side, a link mechanism connected to both the reclining mechanism and the leg locking mechanism, and a strap that operates the reclining mechanism and the leg locking mechanism via the link mechanism, and further includes a seat arrangement selective mechanism for enabling or disabling the operation of the reclining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8123272
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is taught that preferably include a seat cushion (10), a seat back (20) rotatably connected to the seat cushion via a reclining mechanism (30), front (40) and rear (46) legs removably connecting the seat cushion to a vehicle floor (66), a retracting link (50), an operating member capable of removing the front and rear legs from the floor, and a coupling link (54). The seat back can be rotated forwardly by unlocking the reclining mechanism, so as to be superimposed on the seat cushion. When the front and rear legs are removed from the floor, the seat can be moved from a use condition to a retracted condition depending on the motion of the retracting link. When the seat is moved from the use condition to the retracted condition, the coupling link rotates the front leg based on a displacement of the retracting link, thereby unlocking the reclining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignees: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Ito, Yoshihiro Ooishi, Tomohiro Muramatsu, Osamu Fujimoto, Robert Day
  • Patent number: 8118354
    Abstract: A collapsible exhaust air duct for an automotive vehicle having a reconfigurable seat and an electric compartment rearward of the seat that contains heat-producing electric components. The collapsible exhaust duct is in fluid communication with the electric compartment to carry exhaust air therefrom. The duct extends forwardly beneath the seat, maintains an expanded condition when the seat is in a seating position, and is converted to a collapsed condition by movement of the seat to a stowed position. The disclosed apparatus provides a duct that maximizes usable space and flexibility in a vehicle having reconfigurable seating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Marc Jonathon Lucas
  • Patent number: 8083287
    Abstract: A headrest apparatus may include a headrest fixing member connected to a headrest assembly, a guide member connected to a seatback frame inside the seat back, wherein the guide member including a guide portion and a locking portion guides forward and backward movement of the headrest fixing member, at least an elastic member coupling the guide member and the headrest fixing member and configured to bias the headrest fixing member in the forward direction of the seat back so that the headrest fixing member moves in the forward direction and then is locked to the locking portion of the guide member by the elastic member when the seat back is unfolded, and a locking release unit pivotally coupled to the guide member and configured to release the headrest fixing member from the locking portion of the guide member in accordance with the seat back when the seat back is folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Uk Yu, Chan Ho Jeong, Jung Sang You
  • Patent number: 8066325
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat back frame pivotally coupled to a seat cushion for movement between a plurality of reclined seating positions and a fold flat position. A linkage includes first and second links having proximal ends pivotally coupled by a link pin. The first link includes a distal end pivotally coupled to the seat back frame. A control link is coupled at a first end to the link pin and at a second end to the seat cushion. A side bolster is pivotally coupled at an upper end to the seat back frame and at a lower end to a distal end of the second link. Pivoting of the seat back frame between the seating and fold flat positions urges the side bolster between a deployed position extending away from the seat back frame and a retracted position adjacent the seat back frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Inc.
    Inventor: Carl J. Holdampf
  • Patent number: 8061772
    Abstract: A passenger seat with an integrated child seat that comprises a folded-in position and a folded-out position. In its folded-in position the passenger seat can be used as a seat for an adult passenger. In its folded-out position the child seat can be used as a seat for a child seated with his/her back in forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Mosler, Jovan Ulbrich-Gasparevic
  • Patent number: 8052194
    Abstract: There is provided a stowable vehicle seat that can be stowed and restored with improved operability. The stowable vehicle seat has a seat support part for supporting a seat cushion so that the seat cushion is rotatable in the front and rear direction, a seat back having a reclining mechanism that folds over the seat cushion, a stowage recess provided on the vehicle body floor side, a front leg provided on the front side of the seat cushion, a leg locking element that engages and disengages the front leg with and from the vehicle body floor side, a link mechanism connected to the reclining mechanism and the leg locking element, and a strap that operates the reclining mechanism and the leg locking element via the link mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8038206
    Abstract: An operating lever is provided at one of a front face, an upper face, and a back face of a seat including a seat cushion and a seat back. The operating lever may include a first lever having a first end and a second end, and a second lever having a first end and a second end. The second end of the first lever and the first end of the second lever may be pivotably connected to each other, and the first end of the first lever may be pivotably connected to the seat such that the first lever is configured to change an attitude of the seat. In addition, the second end of the second lever may be formed as an operating portion, and when the operating portion is operated in a direction away from the seat, the first lever and the second lever pivot may away from the seat and the attitude of the seat is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignees: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Ito, Yoshihiro Ooishi, Tomohiro Muramatsu, Robert Day, Osamu Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20110198884
    Abstract: Multiple Usages Bus is a transportation mean, by which Enterprises can reduce cost of transportation of its employees, goods, tools and equipment. Multiple Usages Bus uses mechanical means of cascading seats that been drawn into luggage zone by folding plates supported at floor of passengers zone, mechanical means to lower and fold cascading seats into luggage zone. Elevated doors permit easy entrance of goods, tools and equipment into passengers' zone, maintaining the ability of transporting passengers, goods, equipment and tools separately or as whole. Eventually, usage of such a bus leads to increase the cost of purchasing of transportation means, cost of transportation of goods, cost of hiring drivers and traffic jam occurrence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Mohamed Ahmed Gad Elkariem
  • Patent number: 7976093
    Abstract: A pivotal vehicle-based seat for use in a passenger compartment is disclosed. The rear seat assembly is supported by a seat support that is attached to the rear bulkhead at a first end and to the bottom of the seat base at the second end. The seat support enables the seat base to pivot from a use position to a to a compact storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeff McBride
  • Patent number: 7967375
    Abstract: A headrest apparatus may include a headrest fixing member connected to a headrest assembly, a guide member connected to a seatback frame inside the seat back, wherein the guide member including a guide portion and a locking portion guides forward and backward movement of the headrest fixing member, at least an elastic member coupling the guide member and the headrest fixing member and configured to bias the headrest fixing member in the forward direction of the seat back so that the headrest fixing member moves in the forward direction and then is locked to the locking portion of the guide member by the elastic member when the seat back is unfolded, and a locking release unit pivotally coupled to the guide member and configured to release the headrest fixing member from the locking portion of the guide member in accordance with the seat back when the seat back is folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Uk Yu, Chan Ho Jeong, Jung Sang You
  • Patent number: 7850220
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly for supporting an occupant above a floor having a recess includes a seat cushion and seat back pivotally coupled thereto. A riser mechanism includes at least one front and rear leg, each leg extending between a lower end pivotally coupled to the floor and an upper end pivotally coupled to the seat cushion. A seat adjustment mechanism disposed between the seat cushion and upper end of the rear leg is operable between locked and unlocked states allowing the legs to pivot about the lower ends thereby moving the seat assembly between a seating position and a stowed position disposed in the recess. An arcuate channel is operatively coupled to the rear leg selectively receiving a laterally extending guide pin mounted to the front leg for operatively coupling the front and rear legs to rotate together as the seat assembly moves between the seating and stowed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Inc.
    Inventor: Carl J. Holdampf