Crash Seat Patents (Class 297/216.1)
  • Patent number: 11104252
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly having a housing assembly coupled to a seat frame with a transverse member. A cushion pan extends between the transverse member and a cross bar. A cushion nose extends between the transverse member and a front portion of the housing assembly. A gas-generating device is deployable in response to a sudden vehicle deceleration to exert a force on the cushion nose to rotate the cushion nose about an axis defined by a transverse member from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Hoernke, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Sean West, Benjamin Yilma, Edward Joseph DeSmet, S. M. Akbar Berry, Rodney Charles Brinker
  • Patent number: 11091070
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly including a seat cushion and a seat frame assembly with a carrier assembly and a displaceable platform coupled to the carrier assembly and selectively deployable from a design position to a fully deployed position in response to a sudden deceleration of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Gregory Hagedorn, Spencer Hoernke, Marcos Silva Kondrad, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 11066035
    Abstract: An airbag module (10) comprises a housing (12), a folded airbag (16) and a flexible fixation (14) which fixes the folded airbag (16) on the housing (12). There is provided a tensioning device (24) by which the fixation (14) can be brought from an initial state to a tensioned state. Moreover, a method of mounting an airbag module (10) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Daniel Elija
  • Patent number: 11053009
    Abstract: A conformal seat insert for an adjustable vehicle seat, the conformal seat insert comprising an insert frame, the insert frame having one or more insert reference features for locating the insert frame on a seat frame of the vehicle seat in a predetermined position relative to the seat frame, and a contoured support surface formed in the insert frame, the contoured support surface having a crew reference point corresponding to an acromial point of a shoulder of a seat occupant of the adjustable vehicle seat, the crew reference point being a datum from which an eye position of the seat occupant is established relative to instrumentation of an aerospace vehicle in which the adjustable vehicle seat is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael C. McCarley, Christopher Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11040636
    Abstract: A seat mounting system includes a seat frame having a support surface and first and second side surfaces downwardly extending from opposed sides of the support surface. Mounting members are supported on the first and second side surfaces. The mounting members each include an inner layer, an outer layer, and a deformable core portion disposed therebetween. The mounting members each include a mounting aperture extending through the deformable core portion, such that the deformable core portion surrounds the mounting aperture. A base frame includes a receiving aperture disposed through a body portion of the base frame. The base frame is operably coupled to the seat frame by a fastener received through the receiving aperture of the base frame and further received through the mounting aperture of the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christian J. Hosbach, John Wayne Jaranson, Keith Allen Godin, Johnathan Andrew Line, Patrick Maloney
  • Patent number: 11021120
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for improving the safety and performance of an automobile in crash events is disclosed. The safety device includes first and second crash pad regions and a connecting member region disposed between the first and second crash pad regions. At least a portion of the connecting member region is arranged to move in one of an upward and downward direction at the initial moment of a crash to absorb crash energy. The safety device is arranged to collapse on itself upon continuation of the crash. In some embodiments, the safety device collapses in a horizontal direction upon continuation of the crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Tesseract Structural Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry L. Renegar
  • Patent number: 11007912
    Abstract: In one embodiment there is disclosed an energy attenuating vehicle seat. The seat includes a seat back pivotally connected to a seat pan, the seat back and the seat pan independently pivotal. At the pivot between the seat back and the seat pan there is a rotary energy attenuation device. The device extends between the seat back longitudinal members and the seat pan longitudinal members and is pivotally attached to the seat pan and the seat back allowing individual adjustment of the back or pan. The rotary energy attenuating device cooperates with a track system along the length of seat longitudinal members allowing for different directions of travel and height adjustment. The vehicle seat offers passive or active protection from impact and sudden acceleration (G force and Pressure Wave) due to accident or explosive events and is capable of automatically resetting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PRATT & MILLER ENGINEERING AND FABRICATION, INC.
    Inventors: Celyn M. Evans, Kevin Kwiatkowski
  • Patent number: 10988062
    Abstract: A 3-point seatbelt device includes webbing for restraining an occupant, with one end of the webbing disposed on one seat width direction side of a rear portion of a seat cushion frame, and includes a buckle to engage with a tongue plate. The rod shaped submarining restriction member spans across a front portion of the seat cushion frame in the seat width direction, is actuated by a first load imparted to the webbing from a seated occupant in a frontal collision of the vehicle, and moves toward a vehicle upper side from a pre-actuation normal position toward a post-actuation restricting position. The pair of load transmission members are respectively coupled to the submarining restriction member and either the one end of the webbing or the buckle in a seat front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Sekizuka
  • Patent number: 10988063
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle includes a seat back frame, a first elastic member, and a second elastic member. The seat back frame includes a main frame and a sub-frame. The first elastic member and the second elastic member are configured to support the sub-frame such that the sub-frame is rotatable in a width direction of the seat and are mounted between the main frame and upper end portions of the sub-frame on both sides in the width direction of the seat. Each of the first elastic member and the second elastic member has a limit of elongation and has a characteristic in which a load that is applied to the sub-frame in a rear direction of the seat acts as tension to generate a reaction force due to the limit of elongation and does not generate the reaction force in the width direction of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kohshi Katoh, Norihisa Aoki, Kohei Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10988058
    Abstract: A seat assembly having a seat bottom frame and at least one front mounting bracket assembly. The seat bottom frame may include an anti-submarine tube. The front mounting bracket assembly may have an anti-submarine bracket that may be configured to engage the anti-submarine tube to limit rotation of the seat bottom frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Tejas Bharsakale, Venkateswarulu Kongathi, Rajiv Kumar, Ravi Pandharkar, Kishor Patil, Anurag Sune
  • Patent number: 10974626
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seatback having an interior portion and a seat portion having an interior portion. A belt member includes first and second ends and a deployable portion disposed therebetween. The deployable portion is operable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The deployable portion of the belt member is disposed within the interior portion of the seatback and the interior portion of the seat portion when the deployable portion is in the stowed position. The deployable portion of the belt member is disposed outside of the interior portion of the seatback and outside of the interior portion of the seat portion when the deployable portion is in the deployed position. One or more retractor mechanisms are operably coupled to the belt member and operative to retract a portion of the deployable portion of the belt member after or during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Yilma, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Sean Bayle West, Edward Joseph DeSmet, William Jerome Olsen, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10967766
    Abstract: An energy absorber (100) for a vehicle seat (1), in particular for a linear adjuster (60) of the vehicle seat (1), includes a deformation element (110). The deformation element (110) is deformable by forces occurring in a vehicle collision. The energy absorber (100) includes a bending element (120) that releases the deformation element (110). Upon achieving a bending load acting on the bending element (120), the bending element (120) bends and the bending element (120) thereby releases the deformation element (110) to a lesser extent. A linear adjuster (60) for a vehicle seat (1) is also provided, having the energy absorber (100). Further, a vehicle seat (1) is provided having at least such one linear adjuster (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventors: Roland Schoenbach, Andreas Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10946779
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, an ottoman, and an energy absorbing portion. The ottoman is provided at a seat front side end portion of the seat cushion and is changeable between an unfolded position and a stored position. The ottoman, at the unfolded position, is adapted to support, from a seat lower side, calves of the passenger seated on the seat cushion, and the ottoman, at the stored position, is apart from the calves of the passenger seated on the seat cushion. The energy absorbing portion is configured to, in a case in which a load, which is inputted to the ottoman at the stored position toward a seat rear side, exceeds a predetermined value, absorb kinetic energy inputted to the ottoman while permitting displacement of the ottoman toward the seat rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuya Mori
  • Patent number: 10926675
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprising a seat member and a backrest, wherein a belt connection is attached to or integrated into the upper end of the backrest, a mechanical coupling device is provided for coupling the backrest to the assembly for adjustment of the inclination of the seat member in the event of a collision. A triggering threshold is defined wherein the backrest is decoupled from the assembly under normal operating conditions, and wherein in a collision, when the triggering threshold is exceeded, the backrest pivots forwards and is finally coupled via the mechanical coupling device to the assembly, so that further pivoting of the backrest forwards triggers the assembly and causes the front region of the seat member facing away from the backrest to pivot upwards about a transverse axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. KG (Coburg)
    Inventor: Andreas Höpfner
  • Patent number: 10919419
    Abstract: An adequate mechanical stiffness and strength are afforded to a tumble seat or a vehicle seat having a latch mechanism provided in a rear end of the seat cushion. A cushion frame (F1) of the seat includes a side frame (5) extending in a fore and aft direction, and the side frame includes a first member (10) comprising a channel member having an open side facing sideways and a second member (11) attached to the first member so as to form a closed cross section jointly with the first member, and extending downward further than the first member. A latch mechanism is positioned under the first member and attached to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoma Sato
  • Patent number: 10821860
    Abstract: A seat device includes a seatback frame attached to a seat cushion frame via a seatback attachment member. The seatback attachment member includes a first attachment point to which the seat cushion frame extending forward is attached, a second attachment point to which the rear portion of the seat cushion frame is attached, and a third attachment point to which the lower portion of the seatback frame is rotatably attached. The second attachment point has a floating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Tamaki, Takumi Sato, Hideki Hitomi
  • Patent number: 10793032
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a pelvis movement suppression member, a moving mechanism, a control section and an energy-absorbing mechanism. The pelvis movement suppression member is disposed at a seat upper side of a seat front side of a seat cushion, extends in a seat width direction, and is movable in a seat front-rear direction relative to a frame of the seat cushion. The moving mechanism moves the pelvis movement suppression member from an initial position to a restraining position at a seat rear side relative to the initial position. When a collision is detected or predicted, the control section activates the moving mechanism and moves the pelvis movement suppression member to the restraining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsunori Ando, Katsunori Yamada, Mitsuaki Gotoh
  • Patent number: 10780802
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle seating assembly including a seat back and a seat base. A bracket couples the seat base to the seat back, wherein the bracket defines an opening. A fastener retains the bracket to the seat base via the opening. A deformable spacer is positioned about the fastener and within the opening. The deformable spacer is configured to deform in response to a pre-determined force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: N. R. Adarsh Gupta, George Jacob, Robert J. Sack, II, Travis Pierce, Craig Rackers
  • Patent number: 10696195
    Abstract: A seat having a seat frame with a seat back designed to prevent injuries to a rear occupant seated behind the seat as the rear occupant moves forward into the seat back during a frontal crash of a vehicle, the seat including a seat back frame part designed to support the back of any occupant but which can rotate during a crash as a rear occupant moves forward into the seat back, the invention including at least one energy absorbing assembly to control the rotary motion of the rotating seat frame part, the rotating frame part maintained in a non-rotating state by an articulating or breakable pin which when moved or broken permits the frame part to rotate as the rear occupant engages the seat frame in response to a frontal vehicular crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Young, Tammy M Korona, John J Pollard
  • Patent number: 10632874
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle seat system for reduction of vertical peak acceleration of a person seated in a vehicle seat during impact. The vehicle seat system comprises a seating structure and a trim at least partially enclosing the seating structure. The trim is releasably fastened to the seating structure by means of interconnected trim fastening means comprising at least two parts adapted to release from each other when the vertical peak acceleration exceeds a predetermined limit value, subsequently reducing the vertical peak acceleration. The present invention further relates to a vehicle comprising the vehicle seat system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NINGBO GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO.
    Inventor: Tony Jonsson
  • Patent number: 10589646
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a power tilt mechanism; a seat front panel that forms a part of a front portion of a seat cushion, bridges a right and left pair of side frames of the seat cushion, and is configured to be rotatable by the power tilt mechanism about a tilt central axis that is provided in linking portions, at which the seat front panel is linked to the side frames, an axial direction of the tilt central axis coinciding with a seat width direction; and a control device that is connected to the power tilt mechanism, the control device being configured to activate the power tilt mechanism to cause the seat front panel to rotate in a seat upward direction, in a case in which a vehicle impact in which an occupant sitting on the seat cushion will move in a seat forward direction has been predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takamichi Komura, Osamu Fukawatase
  • Patent number: 10569677
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat cushion frame, a seat back frame, a bracket, a pin actuator, a sensor, and an electronic control unit. The seat back frame is pivotally connected to the seat cushion frame about a pivot axis. The bracket is fixed to the seat cushion frame. The bracket includes a cam surface, and a distance between the cam surface and the pivot axis varies along the cam surface. The pin actuation includes a pin. The pin actuator is fixed to the seat back frame. The pin actuator is configured to move the pin from a disengaged position to an engaged position. The electronic control unit determines whether the sensor detects the front collision of the vehicle and controls the pin actuator to move the pin from the disengaged position to the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Suk Jae Ham, Preston Jerome Lemanski, Yosuke Ota, John P. Kim, MaryEllen Claire Hunt
  • Patent number: 10518677
    Abstract: A seat frame including: a cushion frame including: a pair of side frames having a cross section that is a closed section; a front frame; a rear frame; and a plate-shaped panel member disposed between the front frame and the rear frame; and a back frame; wherein the panel member is formed of a material having at least one of a higher specific strength and a higher specific modulus than those of the pair of side frames, the front frame, and the rear frame, a rear end side of the panel member is attached to a lower side of the rear frame and lower sides of the pair of side frames, and a front end side of the panel member is attached to an upper side of the front frame and upper sides of the pair of side frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Mizobata
  • Patent number: 10518668
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (101, 201), includes a seat height adjusting multi-bar linkage (4) with five transmission links (5, 6, 7, 8, 9), operative in normal operation as a four-bar linkage based on a locking unit (10) acting between at least two transmission links (7, 8). In the event of a crash a crash blocking unit (121) locks a vehicle-structure-fixed frame (5) and a rocker (8) to each other, such that the multi-bar linkage (4) acts as a three-bar linkage. A transmission link (7) is arranged between the frame (5) and the rocker (8). In the event of a crash, the multi-bar link (4) acts as a five-bar linkage because of a load-controlled release of the locking unit (10), whereby locking of the crash blocking unit (121) can be triggered independently of a load-controlled release of the locking unit (10) by an inertia-controlled pawl (125) of the crash blocking unit (121).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à. r.l.
    Inventor: Rolf Schueler
  • Patent number: 10434911
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes; a pair of frame members, the frame members forming a frame of at least one of a seat cushion and a seat back and being disposed at positions surrounding a seat region supporting an occupant with an interval therebetween; and a cloth spring member bridged between the frame members to cover the seat region. The cloth spring member has a shorter length in a bridging direction at least on one end side of the frame member in a longitudinal direction of the frame member than in a center portion of the frame member in the longitudinal direction; and the cloth spring member has elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shota Higashihara, Keisuke Toda
  • Patent number: 10434910
    Abstract: Provided is a seat cushion member for use in a vehicle seat. The seat cushion member includes a cushion pad; a first side frame; a second side frame; at least one coupling member; and a load receiving member arranged in an area lower than the cushion pad and capable of receiving a downward load that acts on the cushion pad. The load receiving member is joined to the at least one coupling member and is spaced apart from the second side frame with a void therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Furukawa, Teruyuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10369907
    Abstract: Right and left brackets coupling a seat back frame and seat cushion frame together are configured to adjust an amount of deformation upon impact absorption. A vehicle seat frame includes a seat cushion frame, seat back frame, coupling bracket configured to couple a cushion side frame as a side frame of the seat cushion frame on one side of the vehicle seat frame and a seat back side frame as a side frame of the seat back frame on the one side, and coupling bracket configured to couple a cushion side frame as a side frame of the seat cushion frame on the other side and a seat back side frame as a side frame of the seat back frame on the other side. Deformability upon impact absorption is different between a weak portion provided at the coupling bracket and a weak portion provided at the coupling bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Baba, Takaya Kurisu, Yuki Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 10343564
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat including an upper rail, a lower rails, a lock mechanism for normally locking the upper rail relative to the lower rail, and a lock release member for selectively unlocking the upper rail relative to the lower rail, a deformation restraining member is fixedly attached to the lower rail, and extends toward a part of the lower rail so as to define a small gap relative to the lower rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: TS TECH CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuro Yamada, Yushiro Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10315541
    Abstract: A deformation element for a motor vehicle seat, which element is intended to be arranged on a subassembly of a motor vehicle seat, having a base member, a deformation portion which is formed on the base member and on which the deformation element can be deformed and/or destroyed under the action of an external force, and a force introduction region by means of which a structural element of a motor vehicle seat can be brought into operational connection with the deformation portion so that a force acting on that structural element can be introduced via the force introduction region into the deformation portion. The deformation portion is formed by means of partial deformation of the material of the deformation element and at the transition of the deformation portion to the base member of the deformation element there is a weakening region which defines at least one tear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Coburg
    Inventor: Sergej Kostin
  • Patent number: 10279913
    Abstract: Described is a breakover mechanism for a passenger seat that includes a frame member with a rear portion attached to two opposing sides of a seat back of the passenger seat wherein the frame member is at least partially disposed under a seat pan of the passenger seat, at least one moving portion attached to a forward portion of the frame member, a carriage portion fixedly attached to the seat pan; and a single point mechanism attached to the carriage portion. Once a threshold loading condition occurs, the single point mechanism changes states to facilitate movement of the moving portion relative to the carriage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Girish J. Malligere, Nahum Madrid, Michael T. Murray, Michael Willey
  • Patent number: 10245983
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a frame assembly have a seat portion and a seatback portion, wherein a seat member is supported on the seat portion of the frame assembly and a seatback is supported on the seatback portion of the frame assembly. Each of the seatback and the seat include a support portion supported on a carrier member, wherein the support portion and the carrier member are comprised of porous non-absorbent materials that are configured to allow water to drain therethrough. A cover member is comprised of a perforated fabric that is non-absorbent, and includes a first portion covering the seat member and a second portion covering the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Hagedorn, Jimmy Moua, Timothy Owen Hamlin, Adam Ewel, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10086766
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seatback frame having first and second pivot apertures defined on an inside surface of first and second side members, respectively, of the seatback frame. A seat includes a cushion assembly supported on a polymeric seat storage lid having a rear vertical wall and a forward lateral body. The forward lateral body is defined by a plurality of upwardly-opening support cells. First and second metal pivot pins extend from first and second sides of the rear vertical wall of the seat storage lid and engage such that a seat is operable between open and closed positions. A forward rounded hump is detachably coupled with a top surface of the seat storage lid. The forward rounded hump is configured to lessen the potential of an occupant to slide forward in the seat. A lock is operably coupled with the seat storage lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Jay Osterhoff, Raghavan Setlur, Derek Williams, Arthur Beneventi, Murtatha Zalzala
  • Patent number: 10059456
    Abstract: Tubular bodies for use in frames for seats of vehicles such as aircraft are described. A tube can include a sidewall that has a variable thickness along the length of the tube. The variable thickness of the sidewalls can result in the tube having a variable inner diameter along the length of the tube. The tube may also include a variable outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Tien Le, Aram Aris Krikorian
  • Patent number: 10053174
    Abstract: A method for adjustably supporting a seat back of a vehicle includes securing a vehicle engaging member to the vehicle body, the vehicle engaging member including a supporting section; and adjustably coupling a seat back receiving member to the vehicle engaging member, the seat back receiving member including (i) a base that is adjustably coupled to the supporting section, the base being alternatively positioned in a first vertical position and a second vertical position relative to the supporting section; and (ii) a receiver that is coupled to the base, the receiver being configured to receive the seat back. When the base is in the first vertical position, the seat back is at a first height relative to the vehicle seat. Additionally, when the base is in the second vertical position, the seat back is at a second height relative to the vehicle seat that is different than the first height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: High End Seating Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Lars Roulund
  • Patent number: 9981576
    Abstract: An end stop assembly includes a pivot bracket, an end stop bracket, a strap, and a pin assembly. The pivot bracket defines a first adjustment slot and a first pivot hole. The end stop bracket defines a second adjustment slot and a second pivot hole. The end stop bracket has a first stop tab positioned about the second pivot hole. The second pivot hole is held concentrically to the first pivot hole. The strap defines an attachment hole. The pin assembly holds the strap and end stop bracket to the pivot bracket. The pin assembly is positioned through the first adjustment slot, the second adjustment slot and the attachment hole such that the pin assembly is movable by along the first adjustment slot and the second adjustment slot from a first position to a second position by pulling the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kishore Tarade, Rafal Pater
  • Patent number: 9950653
    Abstract: The present invention is a seat bottom suspension system adapted to provide a varying spring constant. An embodiment includes a first plurality of flat elongated biasing members in communication with at least one axle adapted to translate in a direction generally parallel with the longitudinal axis of the flat elongated biasing members. An embodiment may include a second set of flat elongated biasing members set at a lower height than the first plurality of flat elongated biasing members to provide a progressive increase in the spring constant as the down force seen on the seat increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Peter J. Burer
  • Patent number: 9914376
    Abstract: A frame serving as a seatback frame for a vehicle seat and simply configured to reduce a load applied to a seated occupant at the time of a vehicle collision is provided. A seatback frame includes a connecting wire which connects side frames. The center of the connecting wire is bent to extend toward a front side of a vehicle seat. When the seated occupant is moved toward a rear side of the vehicle seat at the time of a vehicle rear-end collision, the forward extending portion restrains a portion of the back of the seated occupant in which a thoracic vertebra is located and reduces an amount of a rearward movement of the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujita, Yusuke Higano, Koji Sano, Toshihiko Tsuda
  • Patent number: 9849636
    Abstract: A vehicle structural element made of plastic has at least one carbon filler reinforced region and at least one fiberglass reinforced region. In a method for producing the vehicle structural element, a pre-heated carbon fiber reinforced region and a pre-heated fiberglass reinforced region are placed in a press and shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Gross, Hans-Georg Werner, Sreenivas Paruchuri
  • Patent number: 9758073
    Abstract: Systems and methods for actively isolating a payload from a disturbance. In one example, a seat system for a vehicle includes a seat, a support structure including an actuator configured to move the seat about a pivot axis at a command angle, a sensor positioned to detect vehicle movement, and a controller configured to determine a vehicle roll angle based on an input from the sensor, generate a variable gain based at least on a vehicle roll acceleration determined from the input, wherein the variable gain modulates a gain of a band-pass filter having a fixed bandwidth, generate a command signal based at least on the vehicle roll angle, the controller configured to adjust a magnitude of the command signal relative to an amplitude of the input and apply the band-pass filter, and provide a force command to the actuator to move the seat at a desired command angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Lawrence D. Knox
  • Patent number: 9738188
    Abstract: A motor vehicle armrest includes an armrest body that is disposed on at least one side in a vehicle-width direction of a seat cushion so as to support of an arm of an occupant. The armrest body has an inflation portion that is inflated toward the occupant in the vehicle-width direction so as to support the occupant in the vehicle-width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Honda, Takeshi Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 9724858
    Abstract: In a method for producing a backrest rear panel from at least one organic sheet, a plurality of reinforcing beads and a frame-shaped bead, which circles the reinforcing beads, are formed in at least one organic sheet. In a molding tool, a rib structure is formed in the circling frame-shaped bead on the rear of the backrest rear panel in such a manner that a rib structure closes flush with the rear of the backrest rear panel, with the result that an even surface is formed on the rear of the backrest rear panel. A bonded connection is formed between the organic sheet and rib structure with the result that a one-piece component is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: Johnson Controls GmbH, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH
    Inventors: David Ribaric, Bernd Meier, Vedat Nuyan, Annett Linemann, Carsten Höfer, Jerome Coulton, Peter Classen
  • Patent number: 9688230
    Abstract: A vehicle seat incorporating a side airbag includes a seat cushion and a seat back, if an impact is detected at that side of the seat back, the inflator is activated, generating high-pressure gas, the gas gushes in the airbag, inflating the airbag, and the airbag so inflated tears up the sewn part of the seat back, which are positioned at the front part of the vehicle wall side of the seat back, and develops to the side and front of the occupant, isolating the occupant from the vehicle wall and protecting the occupant; and the airbag is secured to the inner side of the side frame on the vehicle wall side, an expansion restriction plate is provided on the inner side of the airbag, and the airbag is sandwiched between the side frame on the vehicle wall side and the expansion restriction plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoyuki Makita
  • Patent number: 9630530
    Abstract: Longitudinal, adjuster (27) having an outer and an Inner rail (50, 51), characterized in that the outer rail (50) has a structural element (53) which absorbs vertical forces and has a flexible element which biases a rolling body (52) against the inner rail (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Alexander I Balin, Kurt Seibold, Ingo Kienke, Jorg Linnenbrink
  • Patent number: 9511695
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat device including a vibration system formed from a seat back and a headrest being equipped with a dynamic damper, the dynamic damper is formed from an elastic member that is embedded within a cushion member of the vibration system and formed from a rubber or elastomer that is softer than the cushion member, and a weight embedded in the elastic member. Thus it is possible to provide a vehicle seat device that includes a dynamic damper having a small number of components and a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Okubo
  • Patent number: 9499082
    Abstract: Each side bar of a vehicle seat structure has a respective front longitudinal profile and a respective rear longitudinal profile. The front longitudinal profile has a cross-section that enables an elongation of the front longitudinal profile under a tensile stress on the front longitudinal profile. The rear longitudinal profile has a cross-section that enables a compression of the rear longitudinal profile under a bending moment stress on the rear longitudinal profile. The elongation of the front longitudinal profile and the compression of the rear longitudinal profile lead to an absorption of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Mueller
  • Patent number: 9469223
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle seat having a seat part and a backrest, wherein the seat part and the backrest can be adjusted relative to one another by an adjustment mechanism, wherein a base plate which holds the adjustment mechanism is provided, wherein the base plate has at least two passage openings through which the base plate is connected to the seat part by fasteners, wherein one of the passage openings is in the form of an elongate hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Volker Huttemann, Silvio Hartlaub, Velladurai Subramanian
  • Patent number: 9452693
    Abstract: A seat for use in a passenger vehicle, e.g. for prisoner transport, comprises a molded piece having at least one first contact zone at a periphery of the molded piece and at least second contact zone located inward of the periphery of molded piece. The second contact zone may comprise a multi-surface formation that is configured to engage a multi-surface formation of a vehicle body. The molded piece may comprise one or more recesses designed to accommodate the body of a passenger. The at least one second contact zone may be disposed in an area of the seat that receives the buttocks of a passenger, thereby providing additional support in a load bearing area of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Quality Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: Guy M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9428137
    Abstract: A seat cushion airbag system may include: a cushion body installed on a seat of a vehicle, unfolded by receiving gas from an inflator, and including a rear chamber which lifts the rear part of the body of a passenger and a front chamber which lifts the front part of the body of the passenger while inflating more than the rear chamber; and an unfolding restriction unit installed between the rear chamber and the front chamber, and having a vent hole through which gas is passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seok Min Lee
  • Patent number: 9371016
    Abstract: A fitting (10) for a vehicle seat has a first fitting part (11) and a second fitting part (12) that are rotatable relative to one another and are in geared connection, and a third fitting part (74) mounted on the first fitting part (11) such that it can be pivoted relative to the first fitting part (11). The third fitting part (74) can be locked to the first fitting part (11) by a pawl (80) which is mounted at a first articulation point (D1) on the third fitting part (74). The third fitting part (74), which has a locking cam (90), which is mounted at a second articulation point (D2), a coupler (98), which is connected at a third articulation point (D3) to the locking cam (90) and at a fourth articulation point (D4) to the pawl (80), and the pawl (80) define a four-bar linkage (74, 80, 98, 90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Thiel
  • Patent number: 9352672
    Abstract: An inertial latch system includes a floor bracket, a seat cushion bracket, an inertial weight and an inertial weight damper assembly. The seat cushion bracket is rotatable between a down position, an up position and an intermediate position between the down and up positions. The inertial weight damper assembly is selectively coupled to the inertial weight and includes a detent plunger and a contact plug coupled to the detent plunger. The detent plunger is movable between an extended condition and a retracted condition. In each of the up and down positions, the detent plunger is in the extended condition and inhibits movement of the seat cushion bracket from the up and down positions, respectively, and the contact plug inhibits movement of the inertial weight. In the intermediate position, the detent plunger is in the retracted condition, and the contact plug does not inhibit movement of the inertial weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Robert Elton