Secured By Bottom-back Crevice Patents (Class 297/253)
  • Patent number: 10098439
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a body-worn unitary harness having a shoulder portion and a waist portion in tensile communication with one another, such that both the shoulder and the waist portions can be simultaneously adjusted using a single adjustment mechanism to conform to a wearer's body. In an illustrative embodiment, a length of webbing may thread through an angle-turning buckle and change direction therein. Tensile forces in the length of webbing may be directed in different directions on either side of the angle-turning buckle. A single clasp may facilitate both donning and doffing of the unitary harness. An implement connector may be coupled to a hip member and configured to connect an implement to the unitary harness. Various exemplary unitary harnesses may provide comfortable implement carrying capacity while automatically adjusting relative waist and shoulder lengths to accommodate a user's movements and positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jacky Zhu, Zhao Xia Jin, Jimmy Zheng, Bruce Liu, Ning Qin
  • Patent number: 10052980
    Abstract: A seat portion has a passenger receiving surface coinciding with a first plane. The seat portion has a resilient cushioning material with a recessed area defined therein. A tether wire for securing child seat is located within the recessed area. A tether cover assembly has a housing defining a door opening and at least one door configured to move from a closed position concealing the tether wire and the door opening, and an open position exposing the tether wire and the door opening. The housing is installed within the recessed area such that with the door in the closed position the door coincides with or is parallel to the first plane. Movement of the door from the closed position to the open position includes the door moving along a path that coincides with or is parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: James Konrad
  • Patent number: 9896008
    Abstract: A cover anchor clip comprising a base section that is a rectangular shaped plate body for retention in a foam body, and that is formed with a plurality of through holes into which the foam body enters, the plurality of through holes are lined up along a length direction of the base section in a plurality of rows; and a plurality of anchor portions that are formed standing out from the base section side-by-side in the length direction of the base section, and each of that is configured to anchor an anchored portion fixed to a cover for covering the foam body, wherein a notch is formed to one edge out of a pair of edges of the base section, the pair of edges extends in the length direction of the base section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: NIFCO INC., TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Sato, Ryuji Tsunoda, Ryo Yasuda
  • Patent number: 9783085
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for a vehicle includes abuse cushion and a top cushion. The top cushion is situated on the base cushion and divides the base cushion into a seat cushion section and a coupling cushion section. The seat cushion section is situated in front of the top cushion in the seat direction. The coupling cushion section is situated in back of the top cushion in the seat direction and includes a cover. The seating arrangement includes a coupling device which is configured to cooperate with a child seat having at least one coupling arm for coupling with the coupling device arranged on the seat cushion section. The seating arrangement further includes a guiding device fastened to the cover of the coupling cushion section for the coupling arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Jürgen Nilius
  • Patent number: 9707867
    Abstract: A fixing mechanism of a child safety chair is disclosed in the present invention. The fixing mechanism is disposed on a base of the child safety chair for connecting the child safety chair to a vehicle seat. The fixing mechanism includes a connecting frame, an engaging component and a driving component. An end of the connecting frame is connected to the base, a locking body is disposed on the other end of the connecting frame, and an opening is formed on the locking body. An end of the engaging component pivots to the connecting frame. The driving component is slidably disposed on the connecting frame and connected to the engaging component. The opening of the locking body is closed when the engaging component rotates into the locking body. Further, the opening of the locking body is opened when the driving component rotates the engaging component out of the locking body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BP Children's Products HK Co., Limited
    Inventor: Xiao-Long Mo
  • Patent number: 9676304
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback and a seat bottom having a seating surface. A child car seat anchoring system is provided behind the vehicle seat and extends between the seatback and seat bottom. A guide ramp on the seat bottom is aligned with an anchor point of the child car seat anchoring system to aid an individual in connecting a child car seat to the child car seat anchoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raul Emilio del Puerto Camargo, David Eduardo Banales Cano, Daniel Sangines Vazquez, Steven Walter Nunez, Peter Curran
  • Patent number: 9656577
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a pair of anchors able to engage with engagement members provided on a child seat; a pad having a pair of pad recesses for storing anchors, a trim cover having openings above the pad recesses; and a pair of bezels being hollow cylinder shaped, each having an upper edge flange sewn at the outer edge to the terminal of the trim cover, and covering and hiding the associated pad recess, and each bezel is made of flexible material and has a lower edge flange formed integral with a lower end thereof capable of inserting into the pad recess, the pad has an engaging section capable of engaging with the lower edge flange, the lower edge flange may be deformed and inserted into the pad recess in order to make the bezel cover the pad recess, and the lower edge flange may restore its original shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sekino, Tsutomu Fujikake, Yutaka Sodeno
  • Patent number: 9630537
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a vehicle interior component. The vehicle interior component has a cover forming a design surface, and a tag attached to the cover. The tag has a first piece, a second piece and an attachment portion for attaching the first piece to the cover. The second piece has a first end integrated with the first piece, and a second end attached to the cover directly or indirectly. The second piece is laminated on the first piece while covering the attachment portion. Thus, the second piece is capable of using the attachment portion to suppress impairment of the design property of the vehicle interior component. The tag is attached to the cover in a manner helping to achieve a satisfactory outward appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Kajiwara, Michiaki Kojima
  • Patent number: 9102249
    Abstract: A child safety seat is adapted to be disposed on a vehicle seat and the vehicle seat comprises a fixing rod. The child safety seat comprises a base, a seat body and a fixing device. An assembling direction is defined on the base and the base is capable of being disposed on the vehicle seat. A facing direction is defined on the seat body and the seat body is assembled on the base along the assembling direction. The fixing device is pivotally connected to the base by a pivot axle and used for connecting with the fixing rod. An axial direction of the pivot axle is perpendicular to the assembling direction and the facing direction. Accordingly, the fixing member of the fixing device of the child safety seat can pivot with respect to the base between an accommodating position and a using position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: BP Children's Products HK Co., Limited
    Inventor: Xiao-Long Mo
  • Patent number: 9004593
    Abstract: A child carrier having a carrier pass through which defines a restraint path between opposed carrier sides and having a carrier restraint tensioner coupled at a fixed location on the child carrier which operates to adjust length of a carrier restraint disposed in the restraint path to secure the child carrier in relation to a vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Seatcure, LLC
    Inventors: Karin J. Banghart, Tye L. Banghart
  • Patent number: 8998317
    Abstract: A support base for a child safety seat includes a shell body, an adjustable arm assembled with the shell body and having a rear end provided with a fastener operable to attach with an anchorage fixture of a vehicle, a safety lock, and a coupling portion assembled through an interior of the adjustable arm. The shell body is movable along the adjustable arm to adjust a distance between the fastener and a rear of the shell body. The safety lock is assembled with the shell body, and includes a latch operable to engage and disengage an opening of the adjustable arm. The latch is operable to lock the shell body with the adjustable arm, and a locking engagement of the fastener with the anchorage fixture causes a displacement of the coupling portion that pushes the latch to disengage from the opening for allowing displacement of the shell body toward the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Zheng Wen Guo
  • Patent number: 8991918
    Abstract: A child seat attachment structure comprising a lower anchor comprising a fixing portion that is fixed to a configuration member configuring a vehicle body or a vehicle seat, a leg portion that extends from the fixing portion towards a vehicle top side, and a coupling portion that is provided at an upper end portion of the leg portion and that fixes a child seat to the vehicle body or the vehicle seat by connecting to a connector of the child seat; and a contacted portion that restricts displacement of the coupling portion of the lower anchor towards a vehicle front side with respect to the fixing portion by making contact with a portion of the lower anchor when the child seat fixed to the vehicle body or the vehicle seat has moved towards the vehicle front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakakita, Shoji Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8979197
    Abstract: The present application describes child seats having anchoring harnesses that can attach with an external anchorage fixture, such as the anchorage fixture provided in a vehicle. In some embodiments, the child seat comprises a seat portion and an anchoring harness. The seat portion includes a rear edge, and a slot and a bar segment disposed adjacent to the rear edge, the bar being accessible from an outside of the seat portion and extending transversally. The anchoring harness is assembled with the seat portion and includes a fastener operable to attach with an external anchorage fixture for holding the child seat in place, wherein the anchoring harness is routed through the slot and wraps at least partially around the bar segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurseygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Chin-Ming Cheng, Yu-Ya Su, Brad Thomas Bickley
  • Patent number: 8973991
    Abstract: A seat anchoring element for child safety seats or baby carriers has an anchoring element which can be secured to fixation elements on the vehicle seat, or to the vehicle body, by connectors at the ends of a separate strap system. The seat anchoring element comprises at least one front and rear securing element on the upper face for fixing the child safety seat or the baby carrier thereto, and least one tensioning device for those parts at the ends of which the connectors are located. The straps of the strap system can be wound onto a ratchet spool of the tensioning device and can be unwound after a locking mechanism of the ratchet is unlocked. A lever mounted pivotably with the seat anchoring element is coupled with the ratchet, wherein the bearing axis of the lever runs transversely to the longitudinal axis of the seat anchoring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Curt Wuerstl Vermoegensverwaltungs-GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jan-Stefan Wuerstl
  • Patent number: 8973884
    Abstract: An improved lower anchor strap tension adjusting mechanism for varying tension in a restraint connected to a vehicle. The mechanism comprises first and second adjuster ends and a length of web spanning therebetween. One end of the web is attached to one of the adjuster ends. A guide is provided on one or both adjuster ends enabling the web to be looped around the guide(s) and between the ends in multiple passes. A web lock device is connected one of the ends to engage the web and allow the length of the web spanning between the first and second adjuster portions to be fixed. The number of loops of web spanning between the adjuster ends determines the mechanical advantage in the tension force applied to the anchor strap by the adjuster compared to the tension applied to the free end, improving ease and security of safety seat installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua D. Stuckey, Michael L. Longenecker
  • Patent number: 8967715
    Abstract: A child restraint system has a bottom portion configured to rest on a dedicated seat of a vehicle. The bottom portion has a front end, a rear end, and a pair of sides. An anchor latch system is carried by the bottom portion and has two latch belts partially housed within the bottom portion. Each latch belt has an anchor end protruding rearward from and external to the bottom portion. An adjuster is exposed on at least one side or the front end of the bottom portion. The adjuster can be manipulated to selectively retract or pay out the two latch belts simultaneously. The adjuster can have an adjustment belt protruding from one side of the bottom portion. The adjuster can have a knob positioned on the front end, one side, or both sides of the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Carpenter, Daniel J. Layden, John Bachner, Arthur Lee Gehr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8950809
    Abstract: A child car seat includes: a seat base secured to a seat of a vehicle; an infant carrier removably connected to the seat base; and an interface device coupled to at least one of the seat base or the infant carrier and configured to provide an indication to a user that the seat base is properly secured to the seat of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Dave Szakelyhidi, Robert D. Daley, Henry F. Thorne, Frederick Karl Hopke, John J. Walker
  • Patent number: 8931838
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat, having a seat part, a rest and retaining elements for securing a child seat which is placed on the seat part of the vehicle seat, wherein the child seat can be connected to at least a first retaining element by means of at least one connector in its lower region and can be connected to at least a second retaining element by means of at least one retaining belt in its upper region, and wherein the rest has a rest frame and a cushion which is held by the rest frame, the second retaining element simultaneously supports the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Lars Kramm
  • Patent number: 8926014
    Abstract: An adjustable anchorage mechanism and a child safety seat are disclosed. The adjustable anchorage mechanism includes a seat base and a connecting device pivotally connected to the seat base. A seat is joined onto the top of the seat base. The connecting device is pivotally connected to the seat base relative to the seat such that the connecting device is capable of rotating downward so as to be engaged with an anchor-holding structure of a car seat selectively in front or rear of the seat. Therefore, the invention can provide child forward-facing or backward-facing sitting directly, which avoids the inconvenience of caregivers being demanded to prepare two child safety seats for different use conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Yu-Ya Su
  • Patent number: 8905478
    Abstract: A safety seat configured for installation in a vehicle may include a seat shell that includes a bottom, a back, and first and second sides. The safety seat may also include a seat support configured to extend at least partially adjacent to the first side of the seat shell. A second seat support may extend at least partially adjacent to the second side. The bottom of the safety seat may be located between the seat supports. The safety seat may include attachment straps that are each attached at a first end to a fixed location within the vehicle and attached at a second end to a bend of the seat support that is configured to define an attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Britax Child Safety, Inc.
    Inventor: L. Curtis Strong
  • Patent number: 8905477
    Abstract: An inflatable child seat for use in an airplane having a base panel having at least one inflatable air chamber is provided. The inflatable child seat also includes two side panels, each of which have at least one inflatable air chamber. Both side panels are connected to the base panel. A back panel is further provided, having at least one inflatable air chamber, and is connected to the two side panels and the base panel. The back panel is disposed at an angle relative to the base panel. The inflatable child seat also has a belt configured to restrain a child in the seat. The inflatable child seat additionally has a cavity disposed in the back panel and is configured for receiving a seat belt from an airplane or car seat for securing the child seat to the airplane or car seat. The inflatable child seat is provided with at least one port that is in communication with one or more of the air chambers and serves as the means for inflating and deflating these chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew E. Curto
  • Patent number: 8833854
    Abstract: A child seat includes a seat shell, and an anchoring system assembled with the seat shell. The anchoring system includes a housing, a latch assembled in the housing, a first and a second strap respectively routed through the housing, and two anchor fasteners respectively secured with the first and second straps at a rear of the seat shell. The housing has a central axis, and a first and a second opening spaced apart from each other along the central axis. The latch is movable along the central axis relative to the housing, and has two clamping surfaces facing two inner surfaces of the housing. The latch is operable to clamp the first and second straps respectively between the two inner surfaces and the two clamping surfaces. The first and second straps extend outside the seat shell at the rear, and also at two opposite lateral sides of the seat shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: BP Childrens' Products Co. HK Limited
    Inventors: Zu Jian Lu, Da Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8827364
    Abstract: A child carrier having a carrier pass through which defines a restraint path between opposed carrier sides and having a carrier restraint tensioner coupled at a fixed location on the child carrier which operates to adjust length of a carrier restraint disposed in the restraint path to secure the child carrier in relation to a vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Seatcure, LLC
    Inventors: Karin J. Banghart, Tye L. Banghart
  • Patent number: 8801097
    Abstract: A juvenile seat assembly is provided for use with a vehicle seat. The assembly includes a juvenile seat for placement on the vehicle seat and a vehicle anchor system. The vehicle anchor system includes an anchor belt adapted to be coupled to a pair of anchor mounts provided in or near the vehicle seat. The anchor belt includes a strap and connectors coupled to the strap and defining a central portion, the connectors adapted to be coupled to one of the anchor mounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Gaudreau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8789886
    Abstract: A child safety seat includes a seat shell, an anchor strap portion assembled with the seat shell, and a guide bracket adjustable relative to the seat shell. The anchor strap portion has a distal end connected with a fastener that is operable to attach the seat shell with an anchor structure provided in a vehicle. The guide bracket is adjustable relative to the seat shell between a first position and a second position, wherein the anchor strap portion is routed along the guide bracket placed in the first position to have the distal end positioned at a rear of the seat shell, and the anchor strap portion is routed along the guide bracket placed in the second position to have the distal end positioned at a front of the seat shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: BP Children's Products HK Co., Limited
    Inventors: Kyle S. Mason, James M. F. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 8690244
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a base, a seat, and an anchor belt. The anchor belt holds the base in place on a passenger seat of a vehicle. The seat mounts on the base and supports a child or infant for travel in the vehicle above the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Ward Fritz, Andrew W. Marsden, Walter S. Bezaniuk, Joe Langley, Eric Hyman
  • Patent number: 8672403
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a child seat for rearward-facing use in a vehicle. It comprises a back portion and a squab portion. The back portion comprises a force-receiving assembly, located at the shoulder region, which is of a more rigid material than a main portion of the back portion, the main portion being of a light-weight material. The force-receiving assembly comprises a first portion arranged at the first side of the back portion providing an anchor point for a shoulder portion of a child safety belt arrangement. The force-receiving assembly further comprises a second portion arranged at the second side of the back portion providing an anchor point for a child seat fixation means. The disclosure further relates to a child seat arrangement, a kit of parts and a vehicle comprising the child seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Kolita Mendis, Björn Wessman, Robert Johnston, Andreas Zinn, Larry Abele, Maria Hansson, Lotta Jakobsson, Thomas Broberg, Christian Guse, Stefan Berge
  • Publication number: 20140062151
    Abstract: A child carrier having a carrier pass through which defines a restraint path between opposed carrier sides and having a carrier restraint tensioner coupled at a fixed location on the child carrier which operates to adjust length of a carrier restraint disposed in the restraint path to secure the child carrier in relation to a vehicle seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Seatcure, LLC
    Inventors: Karin J. Banghart, Tye L. Banghart
  • Patent number: 8613480
    Abstract: A child restraint system for use in a vehicle having improved vehicle seat belt anchoring mechanisms and an improved reclining mechanism. The vehicle seat belt anchoring mechanisms include a lap belt anchoring rod that is pivotable to facilitate the routing of the lap belt independent of the shoulder belt of the vehicle restraint system. The shoulder belt anchor member is located higher on the seat, and includes an anchor member received in a channel in the seat back. The recline mechanism of the child restraint system includes a recline plate that is connected to the rigid latch members. Reclining of the seat body results in movement of the rigid latch members to allow room between the seat body and the vehicle seat, thereby allowing adjustment of the recline angle of the seat without necessitating removal of the seat from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: FirstSEAT, LLC
    Inventors: Corey A. Campbell, David E. Campbell, Troy Daniel Mason, Matthew Scott Graham
  • Patent number: 8573694
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assembling restraint anchorage for use in child seat restraint anchorage by forming a portion of a bracket to engage a tubular rail that supports a plurality of latch wires. A portion of the bracket extends longitudinally along the tube. The extended portion is connected to the tube by mechanical engagement, preferably with a fastener. In a preferred embodiment, the fastener is formed by portions of the latch wire by cold heading shoulders on leg portions of the latch wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: M & C Corporation
    Inventors: Donald M. Austin, Andrew R. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 8550555
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a base, a seat, and an anchor belt. The anchor belt holds the base in place on a passenger seat of a vehicle. The seat mounts on the base and supports a child or infant for travel in the vehicle above the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Ward Fritz, Andrew W. Marsden, Walter Bezaniuk, Joe Langley, Eric Hyman
  • Patent number: 8528983
    Abstract: An inflatable child seat for use in an airplane having a base panel having at least one inflatable air chamber is provided. The inflatable child seat also includes two side panels, each of which have at least one inflatable air chamber. Both side panels are connected to the base panel. A back panel is further provided, having at least one inflatable air chamber, and is connected to the two side panels and the base panel. The back panel is disposed at an angle relative to the base panel. The inflatable child seat also has a belt configured to restrain a child in the seat. The inflatable child seat additionally has a cavity disposed in the back panel and is configured for receiving a seat belt from an airplane or car seat for securing the child seat to the airplane or car seat. The inflatable child seat is provided with at least one port that is in communication with one or more of the air chambers and serves as the means for inflating and deflating these chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew E. Curto
  • Publication number: 20130147246
    Abstract: A child seat attachment structure comprising a lower anchor comprising a fixing portion that is fixed to a configuration member configuring a vehicle body or a vehicle seat, a leg portion that extends from the fixing portion towards a vehicle top side, and a coupling portion that is provided at an upper end portion of the leg portion and that fixes a child seat to the vehicle body or the vehicle seat by connecting to a connector of the child seat; and a contacted portion that restricts displacement of the coupling portion of the lower anchor towards a vehicle front side with respect to the fixing portion by making contact with a portion of the lower anchor when the child seat fixed to the vehicle body or the vehicle seat has moved towards the vehicle front side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8454089
    Abstract: A fastening device for a child vehicle seat is provided. The fastening device includes two connecting elements which are suitable and formed to cooperate with an anchoring member arranged on a vehicle for fixing a child seat on the vehicle. The connecting elements are formed or arranged at the two ends or end regions of a bent connecting tube. The connecting tube has a portion between its ends, which is rotatably mountable on a child seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Takata AG
    Inventors: Reiner Nett, Volker Porrmann, Rüdiger Boll, Anke Leicht
  • Publication number: 20130127218
    Abstract: A child restraint system has a bottom portion configured to rest on a dedicated seat of a vehicle. The bottom portion has a front end, a rear end, and a pair of sides. An anchor latch system is carried by the bottom portion and has two latch belts partially housed within the bottom portion. Each latch belt has an anchor end protruding rearward from and external to the bottom portion. An adjuster is exposed on at least one side or the front end of the bottom portion. The adjuster can be manipulated to selectively retract or pay out the two latch belts simultaneously. The adjuster can have an adjustment belt protruding from one side of the bottom portion. The adjuster can have a knob positioned on the front end, one side, or both sides of the bottom portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Graco Children's Products Inc.
  • Patent number: 8444222
    Abstract: Retractor systems for securing child safety seats in vehicles are described herein. In one embodiment, a child safety seat includes a web operably coupled to a spool of a web retractor movably positioned under the safety seat. The web can include a first end portion that carries a first anchor connector and a second end portion that carries a second anchor connector. Rotation of the spool in a first direction retracts the first and second end portions of the web toward the retractor. Rotation of the spool in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, allows the first and second end portions to be drawn away from the retractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: AmSafe Commercial Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Buckingham, Mark E. Main
  • Publication number: 20130119732
    Abstract: A seat anchoring element for child safety seats or baby carriers has an anchoring element which can be secured to fixation elements on the vehicle seat, or to the vehicle body, by connectors at the ends of a separate strap system. The seat anchoring element comprises at least one front and rear securing element on the upper face for fixing the child safety seat or the baby carrier thereto, and least one tensioning device for those parts at the ends of which the connectors are located. The straps of the strap system can be wound onto a ratchet spool of the tensioning device and can be unwound after a locking mechanism of the ratchet is unlocked. A lever mounted pivotably with the seat anchoring element is coupled with the ratchet, wherein the bearing axis of the lever runs transversely to the longitudinal axis of the seat anchoring element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: CURT WUERSTL VERMOEGENSVERWALTUNGS-GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Jan-Stefan Wuerstl
  • Patent number: 8424964
    Abstract: A child safety seat includes a base, a seat body, a dampening member, and a non-planar impactor. The seat body is slidably secured to the base and is movable between a pre-collision position and a post-collision position. The dampening member is positioned between the base and the seat body. The non-planar impactor is secured to the seat body and is positioned to engage the dampening member. The non-planar impactor and the dampening member together provide a progressive dampening force against movement of the seat body from the pre-collision position to the post-collision position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Clek Inc.
    Inventors: Corey A. Campbell, David E. Campbell, Troy Daniel Mason, Matthew Scott Graham
  • Patent number: 8371651
    Abstract: A child seat mountable vehicle seat, includes: a seat skin including a front skin and a rear skin; a stitched portion; and a non-stitched portion formed in the stitched portion to define an opening from which a metal striker is projected. An extension portion of the front skin is turned over and extends forwards, while an extension portion of the rear skin extends forwards further than the metal striker. A trim plate is applied along an inner surface side of the rear skin, and in the non-stitched portion, the extension portion of the front skin is superposed on the extension portion of the rear skin with respect to a direction in which a latching device is moved to latch the metal striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: T.S. Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Abe, Tsutomu Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 8366192
    Abstract: A device for locking to a vehicle seat having a child car seat mounting system includes a pair of pawl assemblies with hooks that connect to the loops of a child car seat mounting system. The hooks are spring-actuated pawls. The device includes two indicator windows that can respectively display the open or locked status of the first hook and the second hook, which move in unison and also lock and open in unison. The indicator windows separately confirms the condition of both of the hooks. A button is interconnected to both of the hooks to simultaneously control opening and locking thereof. The button is also interconnected to a ratchet to permit simultaneous relocation of the hooks for custom adjustment. A child car seat can be mounted to the device to secure the child seat to a vehicle seat that includes a child car seat mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: SKJP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David Clement, Russell Berger
  • Patent number: 8328280
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a pair of outboard seats and a stationary center bolster positioned between the outboard seats. Each of the outboard seats has a seatback and a seat base. The center bolster includes a cushion and a back. The cushion has a hinged portion which is movable to reveal a pair of low mount anchor bars associated with the center bolster for securing an associated child restraint to the center bolster. The hinged portion is movable from a stowed position to a support position. In the support position, the hinged portion is configured to at least partially support the associated child restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Grey B. Parker
  • Publication number: 20120299349
    Abstract: A child restraint system offers a safe, compact, configuration flexible, and easy to use restraint for a small child in a vehicle. The child is secured in a five-point harness attached to a framework of straps with hooks or other attachment hardware. The framework is in turn attached to manufacturer latches secured to the vehicle via the attachment hardware. The system may be configured in forward-facing or rearward-facing orientations depending on the size and age of the child.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Mary L. Aaron, Albert Glenn AARON
  • Patent number: 8262161
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a base, a seat, and an anchor belt. The anchor belt holds the base in place on a passenger seat of a vehicle. The seat mounts on the base and supports a child or infant for travel in the vehicle above the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Ward Fritz, Andrew W Marsden, Walter Bezaniuk, Joe Langley, Eric Hyman
  • Patent number: 8256840
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to child safety seats, and in particular, an apparatus and method for securing child safety seats within a vehicle. Embodiments may provide a safety seat that includes a base defining a cavity therein. The safety seat may further include a first strap and a second strap where the first strap and the second strap each include a pulling end and an attachment end. The safety seat may also include a balancer assembly disposed within the cavity where each of the first and second straps pass through the balancer assembly, and where a pulling force applied to the pulling end of either of the first strap or the second strap results in a force on the attachment ends of both of the first and second strap that is substantially equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Britax Child Safety, Inc.
    Inventors: Marlon George Inskip Dasent, Scott Alan Reed
  • Patent number: 8246115
    Abstract: An infant chair designed to attach and secure to the rear of a seat functions as a conventional baby seat and has a soft fabric-based seat. The chair comprises a pair of adjustable handles that extend over the seating surface. The base of the chair also comprises a pair of adjustable legs to support the seat against the back cushion portion of the seat. The handles allow the infant chair to be placed upon a seat more safely than existing models. To make the chair more appealing to the infant, the chair comprises an animal motif with the handles being the upper arms of an animal and the lower base supports being the legs of an animal. The chair further has an integral vibrating mechanism and permanently attached toys to help amuse the infant while in the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Lina Loyer, Patrick Loyer
  • Patent number: 8240761
    Abstract: The coupling includes a main body with a fixed frame and a locking pawl. A carriage and impact member are connected in spring-biased fashion to the frame. The carriage controls locking of the pawl while the impact member continually urges the pawl in a counterclockwise direction. Pressing the release button causes the carriage to separate from the pawl permitting the impact member to rotate the pawl to permit entry and exit of a LATCH loop into locking communication with the tooth of the pawl. When the button is released, the carriage maintains the pawl open until a LATCH loop is impacted into the back of the pawl to disengage it from the carriage to lock the pawl closed. The invention includes a fail safe measure to maintain locking when any of the springs fail and the ability to accommodate loads much heavier than prior art couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: SKJP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: David Clement
  • Patent number: 8235463
    Abstract: A system and method to tether a child seat to a vehicle seat is disclosed. The child seat has a latch strap engaging with a lower back of the child seat and a top tether strap coupled to a top of the child seat. An adapter plate is provided which has first, second, and third apertures with the first and second apertures receiving first and second connectors coupled to first and second ends of the latch strap and the third aperture receiving a third connector coupled to the top tether strap. The latch strap ends are threaded through the seat bight and coupled to first and second apertures of the adapter plate. The top tether strap connector is coupled to the third aperture. Each strap has a cinch, which is adjusted to tighten the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Stiyer, Robin J. Stiyer, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 8226162
    Abstract: A child safety seat includes a headrest assembly that is vertically adjustable. The headrest assembly includes a release member accessible from the front of the seat and a shoulder belt support member that is secured to the release member and movable therewith. The child safety seat also includes a base and a seat body that is movable relative to the base. A force dampening system progressively absorbs forces acting upon the child safety seat as the seat body moves relative to the base. A latch release assembly is also provided to disengage clamp members from lower attachment hooks in a vehicle, the release assembly including a release lever accessible from the front of the car seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventors: Corey A. Campbell, David E. Campbell, Troy Daniel Mason, Matthew Scott Graham
  • Patent number: 8210617
    Abstract: A child restraint system (CRS) offers a safe, compact, configuration flexible, and easy to use restraint for a small child in a vehicle or aircraft. The child is secured in a five-point harness attached to a framework. The framework is in turn attached to latches secured to the vehicle or aircraft. The CRS may be configured in forward-facing or rearward-facing orientations depending on the size and age of the child. Further, the CRS harness may be equipped with a swaddle vest for securing especially young or small children that are too small for the standard five-point harness. Finally, the CRS harness may be attached to a headrest anchor that is situated between a seat and a corresponding headrest when no other suitable latches are available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Grandma Knows, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary L. Aaron, Albert G. Aaron
  • Patent number: 8182034
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible child booster seat for a vehicle comprises a collapsible seat member that removably rests on a vehicle seat with collapsible arm rests extending upwardly from opposite sides of the seat member. The seat member includes an upper seating surface supported on a collapsible scissors frame seat base. The seat base is raisable to a deployed position and collapsible to a storage position. The arm rests comprise horizontal arms pivotably mounted on raisable legs. The arm rests have a deployed position, wherein the legs extend upwardly from the seat base and the arms extend forwardly, and a collapsed position, wherein the legs and arms are in a generally horizontal position adjacent the sides of the seat base. The arm rests and seat base are operably interconnected, such that raising or lowering the arm rests between their deployed and collapsed positions causes deployment and collapse of the seat base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Patrick M. Glance