Bottom And Back Interconnected For Relative Concurrent Movement Patents (Class 297/216.15)
  • Patent number: 9701221
    Abstract: A vehicle seat, which adjusts an inclination angle of a seat back with respect to a seat cushion through a recliner, includes a base member, a bracket, which supports the seat back so that the seat back is able to move, and is fixed to a rotation side of the recliner, a connecting member that connects the seat cushion and the seat back with each other, a first guide mechanism that guides the seat back with respect to the bracket, and a second guide mechanism that guides the seat cushion with respect to the base member. The seat back and the seat cushion are guided by the first guide mechanism and the second guide mechanism, respectively, so that the seat back and the seat cushion move rotationally about a position corresponding to a hip-point of a seated occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidetaka Nagayasu
  • Patent number: 9539920
    Abstract: An adjustment unit for a vehicle seat is disclosed. Said adjustment unit comprises an inclination adjustment mechanism for the backrest of the vehicle seat. The inclination adjustment mechanism comprises a first rocker which is mounted in such a way as to be rotatable about a transverse direction extending perpendicular to a direction of travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPONENTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Sascha Müller, Andreas Kinzer, Eckhard Kirch, Joachim Mühlberger
  • Patent number: 9434280
    Abstract: A seat assembly can include a base, a linkage assembly, a seat, and an energy-management assembly. The linkage assembly can be supported by the base and include a return plate supported by the base for rotation about a first axis of rotation. The seat can be supported by the linkage assembly for movement relative to the base along a generally arcuate path. The return plate can be operable to rotate relative to the seat about a second axis of rotation. The energy-management assembly can be supported by the base for rotation about a third axis of rotation and supported by the return plate for rotation about a fourth axis of rotation. The energy-management assembly can include a biasing member configured to resist the movement of the seat relative to the base along the generally arcuate path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: FISHER & COMPANY, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tobias Keller, Walton H. Shurtleff
  • Patent number: 9168848
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback having a panel movable to a reclined position and a cushion slidably coupled with the panel to slide down in the reclined position. A base is pivotally supporting the panel and has a concave portion. A seat has a bottom portion slidably coupled with the concave portion for sliding the seat to an upward angle when the panel moves to the reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Gunnar Groesbeck, John W. Jaranson, Dumitru Dan Nae
  • Patent number: 8998325
    Abstract: A vehicle seat carrier for a vehicle seat comprises a position adjustment arrangement adapted to enable the vehicle seat carrier to be displaced between a plurality of different positions and a position lock adapted to retain the vehicle seat carrier at a selected position. The position lock is adapted to be disabled as a response to a detected crash, or a detected imminent crash, so that the vehicle seat carrier is permitted to be displaced along a first path at least partly defined by the position adjustment arrangement, to provide for a passenger protective function. The passenger protective function utilizes the existing position adjustment arrangement to provide for a controlled displacement during a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Tony Jonsson
  • Publication number: 20140339865
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a seat part and a backrest structure is provided. The seat part includes a first seat component, at which a second seat component connected with the backrest structure is fixed, when the backrest structure is present in a proper position of use. A deformation device with at least one deformation element fixed at one of the seat components is provided, which in the case of a crash upon exceedance of a specified threshold value of a force acting on the backrest structure permits a displacement of the second seat component relative to the first seat component by deforming the at least one deformation element. The deformation device includes at least one oblong hole which specifies a deformation path along which a displacement of the second seat component is effected after exceedance of the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Schwarze, Joern Reinecke
  • Patent number: 8800977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suspension device for vehicle seats and/or vehicle cabins for applying a spring force to a vibratory motion of a first component relative to a second component, preferably in the longitudinal and/or transverse direction of the vehicle, wherein at least one elongate spring member extending at least in the longitudinal and/or transverse direction of the vehicle is connected in at least one end region to the first component and in the central region thereof to the second component, wherein the elongate spring member is made from a flexible elastomer material that is formed to be rod-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventor: Jens Kolb
  • Patent number: 8783771
    Abstract: An extendable seat pan assembly configured to be supported on spaced side walls of a seat frame and including a seat pan frame having spaced frame rails retained longitudinally parallel to and adjacent the side walls, and a seat pan slidably supported on the frame rails and defining an opening therethough spanned by a spring assembly including a plurality of springs. An aircraft passenger seat including an extendable seat pan assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Oleson
  • Patent number: 8678510
    Abstract: An anchor plate (12) and an inner lap anchor (14) disposed at left and right sides of a vehicle seat are connected to an inner side cable (20A) and an outer side cable (20B), respectively. The anchor plate (12) and the inner lap anchor (14) are pulled substantially at the same time by a pretensioner device (21) when acceleration of a predetermined degree or more is applied to a seat (1). A support device (40) is provided between the inner lap anchor (14) and the inner side cable (20A) so as to support load applied to the inner lap anchor (14) in a distributed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Masutani
  • Patent number: 8641140
    Abstract: A vehicle safety seat (104, 202, 302, 502, 802) includes a seat bottom (120, 210, 310, 504, 810) that is movable substantially instantly from a substantially horizontal normal orientation for normal traveling to a deployed angled orientation contemporaneously with a vehicle crash. The deployed safety seat shifts a seat occupant (102) into a protective posture to reduce accelerations, loads and moments of force on various parts of the occupant's body. In preferred embodiments, the seat bottom is deployed into its angled orientation by lowering the rear (124, 312, 507, 812) of the seat bottom, causing the seat bottom to pivot about a front pivot (174, 220, 320, 518, 820) at the front of the seat bottom. Typically, a vehicle safety seat includes a backrest (130, 240, 360, 550, 840). In some embodiments, a backrest (130, 240, 360, 550) is movable downwards and/or rearwards simultaneously with movement of the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Swierczewski
  • Patent number: 8616637
    Abstract: Described are seat support assemblies comprising at least one of a pitch reducer assembly, a fitting assembly, an energy absorption assembly, and an integrated leg assembly. The pitch reducer assembly may include a pitch reducer housing, at least one pitch riser, and at least one pitch stop. The integrated leg assembly may include a forward leg and an aft leg, where the forward leg is coupled to the pitch reducer assembly. The fitting assembly may include a pair of forward housing mating components and a pair of aft housing mating components, where the pairs of mating components are coupled to the forward and aft legs, respectively. The energy absorption assembly may include a tubular member, a die slidingly coupled to the tubular member, and a die holder coupled to the die, wherein the die holder has a hemispherical outer surface that is configured to pivotally mate with a passenger seat housing and rotate about an arc of rotation relative to the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Trimble, Rakibul Islam
  • Patent number: 8573691
    Abstract: The present vehicle seat includes a seat bottom 3 and a seat back 2 rotatably mounted to the seat bottom. The seat bottom includes a support frame 10 mounted to a vehicle body 7 and a bottom cushion 15 supported by a support frame. The support frame has a configuration not to move in a front-and-back direction with respect to the vehicle body by unfavorable external force that abruptly moves a seat occupant forward. The seat bottom has a configuration to be movable in the front-and-back direction with respect to the support frame. Between the bottom cushion and the support frame, a pretensioner 21 that moves the bottom cushion backward with respect to the support frame is located when the unfavorable external force occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Masutani
  • Patent number: 8528986
    Abstract: A seatbelt mechanism (S) comprises a chip anchor (12) disposed to one of right and left sides of a seat bottom (3) of the vehicle seat (1) and coupled to a tip end of the seatbelt (10), and a tongue anchor (14) disposed to the other of the right and left sides of the seat bottom (3) and engaged with a tongue plate (13) disposed to an intermediate portion of the seatbelt (10). A pretensioner mechanism (21) moves both the chip anchor (12) and the tongue anchor (14) substantially at the same time to actively tenses the seatbelt (10) when the vehicle collision occurs. A moving distance of the chip anchor (12) is substantially equal to a moving distance of the tongue anchor (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Masutani
  • Patent number: 8500196
    Abstract: A child safety seat is provided. The safety seat includes a generally L-shaped shell having a seat bottom and a seat back, a harness assembly carried by the shell for restraining an occupant in the seat, a restraining member for receiving a latching assembly for securing the safety seat into a support position on a vehicle seat in a manner, and at least one area of predetermined reduced material thickness formed into the shell in the rearward portion of the seat bottom. The area of reduce material thickness defines a crush zone of reduced capacity to resist a downward movement-induced load on the seat bottom indicative of the sudden forward travel deceleration of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Britax Child Safety, Inc.
    Inventors: L. Curtis Strong, Christopher Glenn Franck, Ronald M. Marsilio
  • Patent number: 8434819
    Abstract: An occupant safety system for protecting the occupant of a vehicle seat, the system comprising a movable seat supporting member located under the vehicle seat, the supporting member being operatively connected to the vehicle seat so that the seat moves with the supporting member; and a driving member connected to the supporting member by an elongated linking member; wherein the driving member includes a movable actuator connected to the linking member; wherein the driving member is configured to drive the actuator in a rearward direction causing a corresponding rearward movement of the linking member, wherein movement of the linking member in the rearward direction pulls the supporting member and the vehicle seat in the rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Guerrero
  • Patent number: 8371655
    Abstract: A seat cushion frame structure of a seat for a vehicle has a seat cushion frame structure, a rear end of which is connected to a lower end of a seat back frame structure in such a way that the seat back frame structure can be inclined relative to the seat cushion frame structure, the seat cushion frame structure includes a pair of side frames, each of which extends in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and an oblique wire on at least one of the pair of side frames, an upper end of which is fixed to a side portion of the at least one of pair of side frames and a lower end of which is fixed to the seat cushion frame structure at a position forward of the upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Nonomiya
  • Patent number: 8371647
    Abstract: Disclosed are various seats for vehicles particularly military vehicles that are susceptible to attack by road-bed explosive devices such as land mines or improvised explosive devices. The seats often have rigid seat shells and may include rigid bracing for rigidly securing the seat to the chassis of the vehicle. Typically embodiments include channels and particulate media such as sand disposed in the channels. A gas distribution system is generally employed to pump a gas through the channels and in some embodiments the gas is provided at a pressure sufficient to fluidize the particulate media when an occupant is sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC
    Inventor: Edward B. Ripley
  • Patent number: 8297698
    Abstract: The mechatronic vehicle safety seat described transforms the geometry of the bottom frame and backrest frame associated with a head restraint when a collision is imminent. On a signal from a pre-crash detection device, or a manual or verbal indication, an energized solenoid instantly releases the forces of torsion springs and triggers the seat bottom and backrest for concurrent movement in sufficient time to mitigate excessive accelerations, loads and moments of forces acting upon seated occupants in response to impact modes. The distorted geometry of the bottom frame and backrest with head restraint enhances the safety performance of the seat belt and reduces the aggressiveness of airbags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Swierczewski
  • Patent number: 8118361
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seat bottom and a seatback. The seatback includes a seatback frame and is selectively rotatable relative to the seat bottom from an upright position to a forward position. A seatbelt assembly includes a retractor coupled to the seatback frame and a belt selectively extendable from and retractable to the retractor. A first end of the belt is disposed in the retractor. A guide is coupled to the seatback frame and defines an orifice with the belt slideably extending through the orifice. The retractor and the guide are fixed relative to the seatback frame and the second end of the belt is fixed to the seatback frame. The retractor, the guide, and both ends of the belt rotate from the upright position to the forward position in response to a force exerted on the seatback frame during rapid deceleration of the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Syntec Seating Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Ronald C. Lamparter, Patrick M. Glance
  • Patent number: 8113575
    Abstract: A seat frame 51 is mounted on a body freely movably back and forth. The frame 51 moves backward by leaving a backrest seat 2 by a pretensioner device 10. A front portion of a spring material 71 supporting a cushion material 62 of the seat 3 is arranged on the front portion of the seat frame 51. A rear-side portion of the spring material 71 is mounted on a rear-side spring mounting member 72 below the backrest seat 2. The mounting member 72 is immovable and extends in a lateral direction. A rear position of a cushion material 62 does not move even if the seat moves backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Masutani
  • Patent number: 8109568
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a seat bottom, a seat back pivotably attached to the seat bottom, a seat belt. The seat bottom has a support frame to be attached to a vehicle body, and a bottom cushion supported by the support frame. A pretensioner is disposed between the bottom cushion and the support frame to move the bottom cushion rearward with respect to the support frame when the unpreferable external force is generated. When the pretensioner is actuated, the bottom cushion moves rearward, and a moving distance S of a tip anchor and a tongue anchor is set larger than a moving distance T of the bottom cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Masutani
  • Patent number: 8046944
    Abstract: An automobile interior exhibit is configured with a relief formed to replicate an automobile interior member and an interior cover covering the surface of the relief. In the automobile interior exhibit, the relief is provided with a simulative three-dimensional form in perspective so that the relief provides a view from a predetermined viewpoint even when the relief is viewed from the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tokuyuki Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8042867
    Abstract: A chair having an adjustable seat pan is disclosed. The chair includes a seat frame having a front end and a rear end, a seat back attached to the rear end of the seat frame, a seat pan pivotally connected to the seat frame, and a seat drop down link having a first end attached to the seat frame and a second end in contact with a catch member located beneath the seat pan so that the seat pan can be raised and lowered from a flat position to approximately a 6° angle with respect to the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Meister, Larry Hazbun
  • Patent number: 8033600
    Abstract: A seat system has separate air bladders in the seat bottom and seat back. The seat bottom bladder is in fluid communication with the seat back bladder through a plurality of rigid interconnecting tubes, and valves in the tubes or orifice size can control flow rate of air exchange between the seat bottom bladder and the seat back bladder. A panel of resilient, compressible open cell foam extends in each of the seat bottom bladder and the seat back bladder. Through-holes in the foam panel permit accelerated air evacuation to the other bladder when the seat withstands a significant shock event. The vibration and shock attenuation characteristics of the seat are jointly provided by the panel spring force and the bladder air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: ErgoAir, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas D. Reynolds, Erik Wolf
  • Publication number: 20110227378
    Abstract: A vehicle safety seat (104, 202, 302, 502, 802) includes a seat bottom (120, 210, 310, 504, 810) that is movable substantially instantly from a substantially horizontal normal orientation for normal traveling to a deployed angled orientation contemporaneously with a vehicle crash. The deployed safety seat shifts a seat occupant (102) into a protective posture to reduce accelerations, loads and moments of force on various parts of the occupant's body. In preferred embodiments, the seat bottom is deployed into its angled orientation by lowering the rear (124, 312, 507, 812) of the seat bottom, causing the seat bottom to pivot about a front pivot (172, 220, 320, 518, 820) at the front of the seat bottom. Typically, a vehicle safety seat includes a backrest (130, 240, 360, 550, 840). In some embodiments, a backrest (130, 240, 360, 550) is movable downwards and/or rearwards simultaneously with movement of the seat bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Swierczewski
  • Publication number: 20110227377
    Abstract: The mechatronic vehicle safety seat described transforms the geometry of the bottom frame and backrest frame associated with a head restraint when a collision is imminent. On a signal from a pre-crash detection device, or a manual or verbal indication, an energized solenoid instantly releases the forces of torsion springs and triggers the seat bottom and backrest for concurrent movement in sufficient time to mitigate excessive accelerations, loads and moments of forces acting upon seated occupants in response to impact modes. The distorted geometry of the bottom frame and backrest with head restraint enhances the safety performance of the seat belt and reduces the aggressiveness of airbags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Swierczewski
  • Patent number: 7896434
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seat bottom and a seatback. The seatback includes a seatback frame and is selectively rotatable relative to the seat bottom from an upright position to a forward position. A seatbelt assembly includes a retractor coupled to the seatback frame and a belt selectively extendable from and retractable to the retractor. A first end of the belt is disposed in the retractor. A guide is coupled to the seatback frame and defines an orifice with the belt slideably extending through the orifice. The retractor and the guide are fixed relative to the seatback frame and the second end of the belt is fixed to the seatback frame. The retractor, the guide, and both ends of the belt rotate from the upright position to the forward position in response to a force exerted on the seatback frame during rapid deceleration of the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Syntec Seating Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Ronald C. Lamparter, Patrick M. Glance
  • Patent number: 7837261
    Abstract: A seat arrangement for an aircraft seat includes a seat frame for mounting the seat on a cabin floor and a seat region. The seat arrangement has a backrest unit and is designed to improve stiffness of the backrest unit against one-sided torsional load. The backrest unit is coupled to the seat frame by a kinematic unit having at least first and second kinematic parts coupled to a first side and a second side of the backrest unit, respectively. A stiffening member is located in the seat region that couples the first and second kinematic parts and is provided for transmitting a torsional moment from the first side of the backrest unit to the second side of the backrest unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jürgen Baumann
  • Patent number: 7823970
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has a seat cushion, a seat bag, a lock mechanism and a belt anchor. The seat cushion has a cushion frame. The seat bag has a back frame that is rotatably connected to the cushion frame. The lock mechanism is provided on each of the frames, and latch-connected to a striker at a vehicle side. The belt anchor is provided on one of the two frames, and is fastened with a seat belt. A force transmission structure is provided between the two frames, in which when the seat belt is pulled forward, so that a member between the belt anchor and the striker is deformed, a member at a side of the one frame pushes a member at a side of the other frame, thereby force is transmitted from the one frame side to the other frame side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignees: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Okuda, Osamu Fujimoto, Masatoshi Handa
  • Patent number: 7810881
    Abstract: A frame of a motor vehicle seat for a motor vehicle including a hinge mounting having a hinge arm, and further including a structure part, said structure part being connected to the hinge arm in a connection region, the connection region being rigid when subjected to a load below a threshold value that occurs at accelerations in a normal driving condition of the motor vehicle and the connection region being compliant when subjected to bending loads at values occurring at accelerations of the motor vehicle occurring in an event of an accident, whereby the connection region includes a tongue that projects from one of the hinge arm and the structure part, and further includes a holding device that is provided on the one of the hinge arm and the structure part on which the holding device is not provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Beneker, Nils Magnus
  • Patent number: 7789460
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seat bottom and a seatback. The seatback includes a seatback frame and is selectively rotatable relative to the seat bottom from an upright position to a forward position. A seatbelt assembly includes a retractor coupled to the seatback frame and a belt selectively extendable from and retractable to the retractor. A first end of the belt is disposed in the retractor. A guide is coupled to the seatback frame and defines an orifice with the belt slideably extending through the orifice. The retractor and the guide are fixed relative to the seatback frame and the second end of the belt is fixed to the seatback frame. The retractor, the guide, and both ends of the belt rotate from the upright position to the forward position in response to a force exerted on the seatback frame during rapid deceleration of the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Syntec Seating Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald C. Lamparter, Patrick M. Glance
  • Patent number: 7780230
    Abstract: A seat assembly (21) for a vehicle including a seat (22), a seat mounting assembly (20) mounting the seat (22) for movement along an upwardly concaved arcuate path, a backrest (25) assembly with a backrest member (23) having a lower portion (18) coupled for arcuate motion with the seat (22) and an upper portion mounted for movement in a vertically extending direction. The backrest assembly (25) further includes a recliner frame and mechanism (32, 33). A method of providing a seat assembly also is disclosed including the steps of mounting the seat (22) for movement along an upwardly arcuate path, mounting the backrest (25) proximate the seat, coupling a lower portion (18) of the backrest for movement with the seat (22) and mounting the upper portion of the backrest (23) for vertically extending movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Hector Serber
  • Patent number: 7673937
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a side airbag module intended for holding back, in the event of an impact, the occupant (13) of the seat (15) of an automotive vehicle with a reclining backrest (19) by means of suitable means including an adjustment knob (31), comprising a cushion (11) configured for being vertically deployed between the protection area required for the occupant (13) and the body of the vehicle when inflated with the gas provided by a gas generator and a distance piece (21) joined at one of its ends (23) to the cushion (11) and at the other end (25) to the reclining means of the backrest (19) such that its length is reduced when the inclination of the backrest (19) is increased so that the deployed cushion (11) can be properly positioned no matter what the required inclination of the backrest (19) of the seat (15) may be.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Dalphi Metal Espana S.A.
    Inventors: Emiliano Core Almarza, María Díez Barbero
  • Patent number: 7640090
    Abstract: A headrest control apparatus includes: a headrest moving mechanism that supports a headrest in such a manner that at least one of a rotation of the headrest about an axis of the headrest, which extends in the vehicle-height direction, and a movement of the headrest in the vehicle-width direction is permitted; a drive unit that causes at least one of the rotation and the movement of the headrest; and a control unit that controls the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoyuki Uchida, Yuichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7527334
    Abstract: A cross member assembly for adjusting a reclinable vehicle seat includes a joint. The joint permits the cross member assembly to deflect during a vehicle impact if the reclinable vehicle seat is occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher James Kiehler, Min Weng, Karl Otto Sonnenberg, Thomas H. Overbeck, Paul Gerard Ferraiuolo
  • Patent number: 7497517
    Abstract: Vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat, with a seat part (3) that is linked to a support via a cushion-four-joint (42), a backrest that can be tilted and locked by at least one fitting and which is linked to the cushion-four-joint (42) through a link-four-joint (48), in which a linking member (41) is a common component of both four-joints (42, 48), wherein the vehicle seat at a minimum can be converted from at least one in-use position that is suited for passenger transport, to a folded together, not-in-use position, and between the seat part (3) and the support an additional securing device with leeway (53) is provided in the in-use position, wherein the leeway (53) defines the mobility of the cushion-four-joint (42) in the case of a crash and during a forward tilt adjustment of the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Gundall, Andreas Closset, Klaus Hassler
  • Patent number: 7496457
    Abstract: A load body state is judged from time series data of an emphasis displacement inclination obtained by collecting displacement signal data of the load body state using a displacement signal collection sensor, determining a rate of change for every arbitrary interval of an original waveform as an original waveform displacement inclination at an operating unit, and at the same time, determining time series data of an average displacement inclination for every prescribed time period range from a plurality of original waveform displacement inclinations, and by determining an emphasis displacement inclination through slide calculation of time series data of the average displacement inclination for every prescribed sampling time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Masato Enokizono
  • Publication number: 20090045659
    Abstract: The protection system is used especially for the protection against a fatal effect of vertical accelerations triggered by a landmine on the passengers of an armoured vehicle. For this, the sitting unit consisting of a seat body (7) and a backrest (8) is held movable in vertical direction and is coupled with an end area (15) of a longitudinally variable damping device (11), whose other end (13) is connected to the roof (4) of the vehicle (2) through a carrying equipment (6). In addition, the sitting unit is carried with vertical distance from the vertical guide (18) in a lower guide path (19) transversally directed so that the sitting unit executes both a downward as well as a tilting movement relative to the vehicle together with a passenger (3) during loading through vertical acceleration. In this way, an improved usage of the constructively limited effective length of the damping device (11) occurs so that the effect of the protection system is essentially improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Hans-Jorg LIST, Uwe Fehr, Kai-Uwe Keller, Michael Bieniek
  • Publication number: 20080258521
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle (1), particularly a motor vehicle (1), comprising a vehicle seat (2), wherein the vehicle (1) comprises an actuator (25) for generating a load reducing movement of the vehicle seat (2) in case of a rear collision and a control means (10) for actuating the actuator (25) when a first threshold value relating to the amount of the rear collision is exceeded und a second threshold value relating to the amount of the rear collision is not exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: FAURECIA AUTOSITZE GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Gumprecht, Rudiger Deppe
  • Publication number: 20080252114
    Abstract: A seat for heavy equipment having a buffer means in forward and backward directions is provided, which can protect an operator by attenuating impact and vibration generated in a cab in forward and backward directions of an excavator in accordance with the driving of the buffer means in a main working mode of the excavator. The seat for heavy equipment is mounted on a suspension plate and is located between left and right console boxes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Hak Shin Kim
  • Patent number: 7229133
    Abstract: A vehicle seat adjustment system for adjusting the position of a portion of a vehicle seat. The system comprises a hydraulic actuator, a primary activation system for operating the hydraulic actuator and adjusting the seat position, and a secondary activation system for the hydraulic actuator. The secondary activation system is arranged to be activated in the event of a detected crash, to provide for movement of the hydraulic actuator to automatically adjust the position of a portion of the seat towards a predetermined position. The secondary activation system comprises a chamber to allow fluid to be displaced from the hydraulic actuator into the chamber. The secondary activation system may additionally comprise a fluid injection unit which supplies a quantity of fluid, preferably gas, to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Michael G. Maddelein, Hugh H. Christopher
  • Patent number: 7195311
    Abstract: Safety device for a vehicle seat which is fixed inside a vehicle including lateral guides. The safety device consists of at least one safety rail fixed in the vehicle, in the region between the guides, and comprises associated securing mechanisms which are connected to the vehicle seat, and co-operate with the safety rail in a non-contact manner for regular loads applied to the seat, and in the event of irregular, especially accident-related deformations and/or movements in the region of the vehicle seat, engage with the safety rail in such a way that they block further deformation/displacements. The securing mechanisms and the safety rail are embodied in such a way that, during the engagement, reaction forces which act in the direction of axes (X, Y, Z) of a standard vehicle co-ordinates system are applied in a distributed manner to at least two different engagement regions of the safety rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Kuliha, Uwe Schmale, Bernd Engels
  • Patent number: 7192087
    Abstract: An adjustable seat cushion thigh support system 10 for the use of a seat and method for providing same. The seat has a cushion pan 12 that is fixed in relation to a vehicle. A pair of side rails 14 and a rear cross member 16 form the fixed cushion pan 12. The thigh support system 10 has fixed anchor brackets 18 that extend inwardly from side rails 14. Slider brackets 20 are adapted to move forwardly and rearwardly in relation to the anchor brackets 18. A cushion ramp 22 is supported by the slider brackets 20 so as to permit forward and rearward motion of the cushion ramp 22 when the slider brackets 20 move in relation to the cushion pan 12. The cushion ramp 22 underlies the seat cushion thigh support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Adragna, Paul Wier, Mohammad Saberan, Eric Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 7134718
    Abstract: An upper end portion of a seat backrest and a lower end portion of a head rest are superposed together. A rear end portion of an upper portion cushion member and a lower end portion of the seat backrest are superposed together. These superposed portions are sewn together by thin threads which break when pressing force of a predetermined value or greater is applied to the seat backrest. Thus, when pressing force of the predetermined value or greater is applied to the seat backrest, the thin threads break. A portion of the seat backrest which a shoulder portion of a seated occupant contacts, and a portion of the seat backrest which buttocks of the seated occupant contact, are enlarged, and impact force can be damped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Chuo Kenkyusho, Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiichi Yasuda, Shunichi Doi, Katsuya Ibaraki, Etsunori Fujita, Yumi Ogura, Seiji Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 7073855
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has seating components, such as a seat piece (20), a backrest (22) and a leg-rest (24), which are adjustable as to their positions, particularly in their relative inclination, by at least one operating device (26, 44). A monitoring device monitors all the boundary geometries (50, 52) of the moving seat components which may cause collisions and which have given spatial constraints (54). The monitoring device controls the operating devices (26, 44) at all points to guarantee a collision-free movement of all seat components within the spatial constraints. The vehicle seat considered as a total system can undergo adjustment processes without a damaging collision occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Wagner, Jürgen Baumann
  • Patent number: 6921133
    Abstract: A catch member (14) extending in the width direction of a seat cushion (1) is arranged inside a front portion of the seat cushion (1) and is supported so as to be vertically movable. There are also provided a torsion spring (16) for urging the catch member (14) to move upward and a pendulum member (18) for operating with an inertial force upon an abrupt deceleration to inhibit vertical movement of the catch part. When a passenger sits on the seat cushion (1), the catch member (14) moves downward to preclude deterioration in seating comfort. When the passenger's rear end (22) starts to move forward upon an abrupt deceleration, the catch member (14) is locked and the rear end (22) is caught by the catch member (14). This makes it possible to suppressed the forward movement of the passenger with reliability, and allow lightweight and low-cost configuration with simple configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Taoka, Tetsurou Ushijima
  • Patent number: 6851505
    Abstract: The present occupant protective apparatus includes a vehicle body in which a portion to be deformed on receiving a collision load (in the illustrated embodiment, the front side frames) is formed at least in front of a vehicle room (3), a structure made of a rigid body supported on the vehicle body in such a manner that it is movable backward on receiving the collision load (in the illustrated embodiment, the engine 6), seats (8) each including a seat belt (9) for constraining an occupant seated on the seat (8) and supported on the vehicle body so as to be movable in the back-and-forth direction of the vehicle body, and a power transmission mechanism for transmitting the backward movement of the structure to thereby move the seats (8) backward (in the illustrated embodiment, the cable 13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Hondo Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuki Motozawa, Kazuya Yoshida
  • Patent number: 6851753
    Abstract: Seat lifting devices disposed between a seat support for supporting a seat cushion and a seat mount for mounting the seat support are taught that comprise a front and rear linking mechanisms movably interconnecting the seat support and the seat mount. These linking mechanisms are arranged and constructed to vertically adjust the seat cushion when operated. The rear linking mechanism comprises a first linking arm that is pivotally connected to the seat mount and the seat support, and a second linking arm that is pivotally connected to the seat support. The second linking arm is provided with a rear slide pin that slidably engages a rear guide slot formed in the seat mount. The rear slide pin is arranged and constructed to engage a plurality of teeth formed in the rear guide slot when a large force is applied to the seat support in a direction to separate the seat support from the seat mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Araco Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Kazuhisa Tatematsu, Seiichiro Inadome, Seiya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 6843532
    Abstract: In a longitudinal adjuster (3) for a vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat, having a first seat rail (5), a second seat rail (8) that can be slid lengthwise relative to the first seat rail (5), and at least one locking element (12) movably borne in the second seat rail (8), reaching outward at least in certain areas through openings (26, 28) of the second seat rail (8) and cooperating with notches (29) of the first seat rail (5) to lock the longitudinal adjuster (3), at least one marginal layer (22?) of the locking element (12) is softer than a marginal area (28?) of the second seat rail (8) bordering the openings (26, 28) and/or a marginal area of the first seat rail (5) bordering the notches (29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Borbe, Heinz Voss
  • Publication number: 20040160095
    Abstract: A collapsible vehicle safety seat is essentially designed to restrain movement of the occupant especially at the time of frontal, rear-end and lateral collisions in high and low speed or when an impact becomes inevitable. The seat includes an actuator controlled and operated electronically or manually. The onset of the collision sequences the car crash sensor or collision avoidance devices including occupant voice activated actuator. The trigger release forces of a biasing means or equivalently devices electromagnetic or pyrotechnic to deploys instantly pivot frame incorporated with movable seat cushion, seat back and headrest. The alteration movable seat assembly from a normal stationary position created a safetyp zone that allows occupants to lower their center of gravity before ejection, whiplash or ramping occurs. The dynamic seat restrains motion of the occupant and improves safety performance of the seat belt integrated with movable seat cushion and seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Swierczewski