Back Tilts And Bottom Moves Forwardly Patents (Class 297/341)
  • Patent number: 10960789
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a fixed frame; a tower frame arranged at a position offset from the fixed frame toward a first side along a seat-width direction; a recliner arranged between the tower frame and the fixed frame; a tilt restriction mechanism arranged opposite to the recliner relative to the fixed frame; and an abutting member arranged on a same side as the tilt restriction mechanism relative to the fixed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Motoi
  • Patent number: 10940774
    Abstract: An adjusting device for longitudinal adjustment of a vehicle seat comprising a first rail and a second rail movably guided in a longitudinal direction relative to the first rail includes a guide piece mounted to a side-wall of the first rail, comprising a main body, a plurality of connecting devices for connecting to the first rail, and a positioning device locked in a positioning recess, for positioning the guide piece with respect to the first rail in the longitudinal direction. The connecting devices are formed as hook-like members that are inserted through the locking recesses and grip behind the side-wall to fix guide piece to the first rail. The guide piece comprises a flexible portion connected to the positioning device and the main body, which is configured to bend in a transverse direction when mounting the guide piece to the first rail and to be locked in the positioning recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. KG (Coburg)
    Inventors: Ronald Kujawa, Leo Ioppolo
  • Patent number: 10933775
    Abstract: On each of the two longitudinal sides of the cushion (2) of a seat (1) there is provided a front mechanism (4) and a rear lever (5) to move the seat, varying the height and inclination thereof. The rear lever (5) is hinged to the cushion (2) and to a rear supporting bracket (7). The hinging axis (a1) between the rear lever (5) and the cushion (2), is located at a lower position than the horizontal hinging axis (a2) between the rear lever (5) and the rear supporting bracket (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Pier Guido Castelli
  • Patent number: 10894495
    Abstract: Seat assemblies and methods for making seat assembly are provided. In one example, a seat assembly includes a seat base and a seat backrest. An armrest is disposed adjacent to the seat base and has an upper armrest section that extends towards a forward armrest section for supporting an arm of a seat occupant. A lever handle is disposed within a hand-length below the upper armrest section such that the lever handle is accessible to a hand of the seat occupant while at least a portion of the arm of the seat occupant is supported on the upper armrest section. A lever arm has a first end coupled to the lever handle and a second end pivotally coupled to a part of the armrest that is disposed below the upper armrest section such that the lever handle moves in an arcuate upward direction when actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Davies, Jeremiah Mallette, Aram Kasparian, Timothy O'Hara
  • Patent number: 10773614
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback pivot, a rear-access lever that rotates an overslide cam and a pawl of the seatback pivot. Operation of the rear-access lever with the seatback pivot in a first radial range defines selective rotation of the overslide cam by the pawl. Operation of the rear-access lever with the seatback pivot in a second radial range defines a deflection of the pawl by the overslide cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 10640016
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat bottom is coupled to a floor of a vehicle to move relative to the floor. The seat bottom and seat back extend upwardly away from the vehicle floor and move relative to the vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Faurencia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery T. Bonk, Donald A. Sharnowski
  • Patent number: 10625635
    Abstract: A vehicle seat for use with a vehicle having a locking mechanism includes a seat bottom mountable on the vehicle so that a position of the seat bottom may be fixed by the locking mechanism, a seat back pivotally attached to the seat bottom and movable between first and second positions, and a release mechanism configured to release the locking mechanism. The release mechanism includes a release lever connectable to the locking mechanism, and a release bracket engageable with the release lever. One of the release lever and the release bracket includes a cam to cause the release lever to release the locking mechanism when the seat back is pivoted from the first position toward the second position. The cam includes a dwell surface that enables the locking mechanism to remain released until the seat back reaches the second position, or a position proximate the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eric Veine
  • Patent number: 10549655
    Abstract: Forward tilting of a seat back and pushing of the seat forward allow fixation between an upper slide and an upper slide rail to be released, thereby allowing the upper slide to reach a tip end position of the upper slide rail. With this structure, a lower lock mechanism releases fixation of a lower slide to a lower slide rail and a vertical slide lock mechanism fixes the upper slide and the lower slide. Further, pushing the seat back toward a seat front side allows the lower slide integrally provided with the upper slide to move to a tip end position of the lower slide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: NHK Spring Co., Ltd., Imasen Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Akihiro Hayashi, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Donghyoun Kim, Shunichirou Osa, Yuji Masuda
  • Patent number: 10486561
    Abstract: A lock release lever attachment structure includes: a case that includes a case body, an upper portion of which opens as a first opening, and a first flange, a slit being formed to penetrate through at least a portion of the first flange in a seat up-down direction along a peripheral edge of the first opening; an operation lever that releases a locked state of a seatback; and a cover that includes a cover body, an upper portion of which opens as a second opening, and a second flange, the first and second openings being placed in communication by inserting the cover body into the case body through the first opening and fixing the cover body inside the case body, and an edge of a covering material that covers a surface of the seatback being inserted into the slit and gripped by the first and the second flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Shirai, Koji Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10471852
    Abstract: Provided is a sliding device for a vehicle seat. The device includes a fixed rail, a movable rail, a lock portion, an operating lever, a first locking protrusion, and a lock lever. When a first contact surface among side faces of the first locking protrusion and a second contact surface among side faces of a second locking protrusion of the lock lever are in contact with each other, the operating lever is retained in one of a first position or a second position, and when a protruding-direction end of the first locking protrusion and a protruding-direction end of the second locking protrusion are in contact with each other, the operating lever is retained in the other of the first position or the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kosuke Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10471857
    Abstract: A reclining rear seat system is provided for a motor vehicle. That reclining rear seat system includes a front seat, a first actuator for displacing the front seat between a first position and a second position, a reclining rear seat and a second actuator for displacing the reclining rear seat between an upright position and fully reclined position. Further the system includes a controller configured to control the reclining rear seat system and a front seat occupant sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Bonghoon Lukas Chung, Moray Stuart Callum, Soo Young Kang-Morales
  • Patent number: 10449875
    Abstract: A conveyance seat that can increase an engagement force in a walk-in mechanism is provided. One mode of the present disclosure is a conveyance seat comprising a back frame; a tilting member; an engagement member; and a locking member. The tilting member transmits a pivoting force to the back frame and is pivotable relative to the back frame. The engagement member is displaceable between an engaged position and a non-engaged position relative to the tilting member. The locking member is displaceable between a locked position and an unlocked position relative to the engagement member. The engagement member comprises a first engagement portion and a second engagement portion that are offset from each other along the pivot axis of the back frame. The tilting member comprises a first receiving member engageable with the first engagement portion, and a second receiving member engageable with the second engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Takiya, Masato Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10415628
    Abstract: A cable actuator system includes an actuating cable for connection to an actuator and to an actuatable device and a bypass assembly connected to the actuating cable. The bypass assembly includes a bypass input with a first input position and with a second input position. With the bypass input in the first input position the bypass assembly acts on the cable such that an actuating movement of the cable by the actuator moves the cable an actuating distance at the actuatable device to actuate the actuatable device. With the bypass input in the second input position the bypass assembly acts on the cable such that the actuating movement of the cable by the actuator does not move the cable the actuating distance at the actuatable device. A vehicle seat, with a seat base, a backrest, an actuator, and a vehicle seat actuatable device, also includes the cable actuator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Engineering and IP GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kapusky, Duane Potes, Nathan Caruss
  • Patent number: 10391893
    Abstract: A vehicle slide rail device including a memory member defining a default seat position wherein, before operation of a release operation mechanism, the release operation mechanism is inserted into a concave portion formed in the memory member and recessed in a direction substantially perpendicular to a sliding direction and the release operation mechanism is in an engagement state of being engaged integrally with the memory member in the sliding direction, wherein, when the release operation mechanism is operated, the release operation mechanism pushes the concave portion in a direction substantially perpendicular to the sliding direction and removes the memory member from a state of defining the default seat position, and wherein, when a memory operation mechanism is operated, the memory operation mechanism removes the release operation mechanism from an inside of the concave portion and releases the release operation mechanism from the engagement state with the memory member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Goto, Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10384567
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion frame, a slide mechanism, a drive source, and a transmission mechanism configured to receive a driving force from the drive source and to cause the seat cushion frame to move in a front-rear direction. The slide mechanism includes a guide member extending in the front-rear direction and a slide member movable along the guide member relative to the guide member; the seat cushion frame is fixed to one of the guide member and the slide member, and another of the guide member and the slide member is fixed to a floor of a vehicle; and the drive source is fixed to the floor of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Yoshida, Koji Onuma, Hideki Usami, Kazuhiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10377271
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a latch for securing a seatback to an elevated rear wall of a vehicle passenger compartment, and in which a striker having a crosswise engaging portion extends rearwardly from the seatback. The latch includes a fixed sector adapted to being mounted to the rear wall. A hook is pivotally supported to the sector, with a slide plate sandwiching the hook between the slide plate and the fixed sector such that upward displacement of the slide plate causes forward pivoting of the hook. Rearward pressing of the seatback and striker causes rearward rotation of the hook to receive the striker, the slide plate being upwardly displaced to cause forward rotation of the hook to disengage the striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BAE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Bruck
  • Patent number: 10252647
    Abstract: In a rear seat having a configuration which, in the state that a seat cushion is folded forward with a seat back flattened on the seat cushion side, makes an upward back surface of the seat back become almost the same height with a floor surface of a cargo room, to avoid giving a restriction and hurt in amenity to a passenger seated on the seat cushion in the space on which feet of are put, the present invention provides a vehicle seat to which parallel link mechanism portions are equipped that connect the seat cushion to a floor surface under the seat cushion of the vehicle, and a mechanism is provided to fold the seat cushion forward with the posture of the seat back held by the parallel link mechanisms in the state that the seat back is flattened to the seat cushion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihisa Narita, Hiromi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10183593
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1) has an easy-entry module (6). A backrest (2) is adjustable relative to a seat part (3) between at least one comfort position (P1) and at least one easy-entry position (P3). The backrest (2) is, together with the seat part (3), arranged so as to be longitudinally displaceable by way of rails (4) along a movement travel (W) over a longitudinal adjustment range (L) at least between two seat positions (S1.1 to S1.n). To limit the movement travel (W), at least one switchable abutment (10) is provided in the region of the rails (4). The backrest (2) is, at a predefined seat position (S2), settable upright by way of the switchable abutment (10) from the easy-entry position (P3) into the comfort position (P1) and lockable to the seat part (3) in the predefined seat position (S2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.àr.l.
    Inventors: Christian Wolf, Jan Simo, Thomas Dill, Olaf Kreuels, Heinrich Hammann
  • Patent number: 10106056
    Abstract: An occupant support for a vehicle includes a vehicle seat and a foundation. The vehicle seat is configured to support an occupant of the vehicle above a floor of the vehicle. The foundation is configured to interconnect the vehicle seat to the floor to permit movement of the vehicle seat relative to the floor along a linear path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery T. Bonk, Dale J. Frye
  • Patent number: 9963058
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly having a seat including a support frame. A seatback is pivotally coupled with the seat and is adjustable between a passenger support position configured to support the weight of a passenger and a cargo position. The seatback is folded forward to a substantially horizontal position. A seat cushion includes a dynamic forward portion and a generally static rearward portion. An articulation feature is disposed below the forward portion of the seat cushion. The articulation feature is operable between a deployed and a non-deployed position. Movement to the deployed position results in the dynamic forward portion of the seat cushion being adjusted to a raised position. Movement to the non-deployed position results in the dynamic forward portion of the seat cushion being adjusted to a lowered position that allows the seatback to fold forward to the cargo position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 9937824
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat frame having a first end connected to a vehicle and a second end cooperating with a latching system having a latching mechanism to releasably secure to at least one receiving portion. A seat structure adjustably positionable on the seat frame includes a seat bottom and a seat back pivotally connected to the seat structure. A seat adjustment system includes a first guide member proximate the latching mechanism having a first channel portion and a second guide member proximate the seat structure having a second channel portion configured to align with the first channel portion. A coupling element operatively connected to a first actuator includes an elongate projection that is translated from a locked position in the first channel portion to an unlocked position in the second channel portion to release the latching mechanism from the at least one receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Claudemir Pereira, Leonardo A. Piccardi, Eduardo H. Lofrano, Luiz E. Carmona
  • Patent number: 9919622
    Abstract: A seat track assembly includes a latch mechanism operable to allow movement of a movable track relative to a fixed track between a plurality of positions. A memory mechanism is operable between a home position, coupled with the movable track, and a memory position, coupled with the fixed track, to define a selected position. Actuation of the memory mechanism to the memory position unlocks the latch mechanism to allow movement of the movable track in a first direction away from the selected position to an easy-entry position. In response to movement of the movable track in a second direction from the easy-entry position, the memory mechanism blocks the movable track at the selected position, allowing the latch mechanism to lock and the memory mechanism to return to the home position. The latch mechanism operates independently to unlock the latch mechanism when the memory mechanism is in the home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc.
    Inventors: Omar D Tame, Ameya Gupte, Macit Aktas, Jeffrey P Carroll
  • Patent number: 9849811
    Abstract: A vehicle seat reclining device is disclosed. An operation mechanism allows a second memory member to engage with and disengage from a first memory member, and locks and unlocks a lock member in conjunction with the engagement and disengagement. When the first memory member is in a predetermined rotational position relative to the second rotating member, the second memory member is inserted into an engagement slot provided in the first memory member, thereby restricting rotation of the first memory member relative to the second rotating member. The operation mechanism includes a link member that is linked to the second memory member inserted into a guide hole provided in a plate-shaped member. In the thickness direction of the plate-shaped member, the link member is arranged on the same side of the plate-shaped member as the first memory member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kojima, Mikihito Nagura, Shinya Isobe
  • Patent number: 9827880
    Abstract: Vehicle seat including: a seat back pivoted to a side of the floor, a seat cushion pivoted to the seat back; and a front leg element having an upper end pivoted to the seat cushion and a lower end pivotally locked to the side of floor in a releasable manner, thus normally providing a four-pivotal-point linkage in the seat. Maintaining the four-pivotal-point linkage adversely restricts design and actions of the seat. Inequality conditions are therefore set in that four-pivotal-point linkage, such that folding down the seat back by an angle exceeding a predetermined angle results in unlocking of the lower end of the front leg element from the side of floor, thereby destroying the four-pivotal-point linkage. Hence, a freedom of design is increased for the seat and floor. Further, leverage mechanism(s) may be provided to facilitate the ease of unlocking the front leg element from the side of floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Fukutani, Norito Akimoto
  • Patent number: 9731630
    Abstract: A seat slide device includes a lower rail, which is provided along a front-and-rear direction; an upper rail, which is movably engaged with the lower rail; a lock mechanism, which is configured to lock and unlock a movement of the upper rail; a walk-in mechanism, which makes a seat be movable into a walk-in area located by unlocking the lock mechanism; and a movable-range restriction unit which: allows the seat to move into the walk-in area when the seat is moved toward the walk-in area from a rear side in a state where the walk-in mechanism is operated; and prevents the seat from moving into the walk-in area when the seat is moved toward the walk-in area from the rear side in a state where the walk-in mechanism is not operated and the lock mechanism is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Sasaki, Norihisa Nozue, Nobumasa Higashi, Shingo Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9676299
    Abstract: Vehicle seat including: a seat back pivoted to a side of floor; a seat cushion pivoted to the seat back; and a front leg element having an upper end pivoted to the seat cushion and a lower end pivotally locked to the side of floor in a releasable manner, thus normally providing a four-pivotal-point linkage in the seat. Maintaining the four-pivotal-point linkage adversely restricts design and actions of the seat. Inequality conditions are therefore set in that four-pivotal-point linkage, such that folding down the seat back by an angle exceeding a predetermined angle results in unlocking of the lower end of the front leg element from the side of floor, thereby destroying the four-pivotal-point linkage. Hence, a freedom of design is increased for the seat and floor. Further, leverage mechanism(s) may be provided to facilitate the ease of unlocking the front leg element from the side of floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Fukutani, Norito Akimoto
  • Patent number: 9649956
    Abstract: A vehicle seat, particularly a motor vehicle seat, has a seat cushion and a backrest, and a seat mechanism connecting the seat cushion and/or the backrest to at least one seat rail pair. The seat rail pair has two seat rails that can be displaced relatively to one another and which can be locked together by a rail locking mechanism. The vehicle seat can be shifted by the seat mechanism from a use position to a non-use position. A coupler couples the seat mechanism and the seat locking mechanism together in such a way that a least one seat rail pair is locked in the use position and the non-use position of the vehicle seat and is unlocked in an intermediate position of the vehicle seat located between the use position and the non-use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPONENTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Marcel Lehmann, Lars Kramm, Matthias Klein, Thomas Hässel
  • Patent number: 9604552
    Abstract: A vehicle seat which can retract a seat body in a refraction floor with components of a refraction structure not arranged on a surface of the retraction floor is provided by a simple structure. This includes: a support leg detachably retained by a leg retaining member, located on a vehicle body floor, and supporting a seat cushion; and a support base connected to the vehicle body floor to support a pivotable seat back. The seat back pivots relative to the support base to move the seat cushion to the refraction floor. The support leg pivots relative to the seat cushion in accordance with a pivotal movement of the seat back and reaches from the leg retaining member when the seat back has reached a predetermined pivoted position. The support leg is positioned lower than the leg retaining member when the vehicle seat is in a retracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Akutsu, Koki Sato, Mitsumasa Nakamura, Maki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9566879
    Abstract: An unlocking device for a vehicle seat with an entry facilitation function includes a bracket-like element and a guide bar. The guide bar is arranged by at least one fastening device on a lower rail of a rail system for longitudinal adjustment of the seat. The bracket-like element is coupled to a triggering lever for the entry facilitation function. A method is provided for operating an unlocking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kai Schumann, Ingo Teufel
  • Patent number: 9545857
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back is coupled to a seat base for movement between an upright position and a folded-forward position when a vehicle seat recliner is in an open configuration. The vehicle seat includes a recliner hold-open mechanism that locks the recliner in the open configuration even after a user releases a handle or otherwise disengages an actuator of the recliner. The seat back is thus free to move between the upright and folded-forward positions without the user being required to hold the actuator in any particular position during the movement. The hold-open mechanism may be configured to cooperate with a seat-base motion controller to free the vehicle seat for movement along a foundation frame while the seat back is between the upright and folded-forward positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J Cooley
  • Patent number: 9487113
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a seat part, a backrest part and a least one fitting which connects the backrest part with the seat part pivotally about a pivot axis and in a locked condition is formed to hold the backrest part in position to the seat part, and in an unlocked condition is formed to permit pivoting of the backrest part relative to the seat part. For actuating the at least one fitting, a first actuating element and a second actuating element different from the first actuating element are provided. Via a coupling element, the second actuating element is coupled with a fitting lever, wherein by shifting the second actuating element the fitting lever is movable for actuating the at least one fitting. The coupling element and the fitting lever are coupled with each other via a first connecting means and a second connecting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GmbH & CO. KG, COBURG
    Inventor: Juergen Schukalski
  • Patent number: 9475408
    Abstract: A seat rail apparatus for a vehicle may include a guide rail fixedly installed along a lower rail mounted to a bottom surface of the vehicle, a lock assembly installed to be movable along the guide rail in an unlocked state and selectively locked and unlocked with and from the guide rail as a locking pin is moved forwards and rearwards, a driving assembly integrally installed at an upper rail mounted to a cushion frame, wherein the driving assembly locks and unlocks the lock assembly with and from the guide rail by operating the locking pin and locks and unlocks the lock assembly such that the lock assembly is operated integrally with the lock assembly according to a walk-in lever, and a stopper provided at the upper rail, for contacting the lock assembly locked with the guide rail when the seat returns after a walk-in operation to stop the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, DAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ji Hyun Kim, Hyeong Jong Kim, Hyeong Jun Kim, Seong Jun Hwang, Jae Chul Jung
  • Patent number: 9365134
    Abstract: A device for adjusting the position of a seat, in particular of a vehicle seat, has at least one fixing device for securing the position of the seat, which device has at least one locking element, each of which, in the locking position thereof locks at least two guide parts of the device to each other, which are held such that they can move in relation to each other, wherein at least one traction mechanism, with which the locking element can be moved out of the locking position thereof, is coupled to the locking element. A preloading element is associated with the traction mechanism, which preloading element acts directly on a section of the traction mechanism and preloads the traction mechanism without play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Heinrich, Thomas Ruckriegel
  • Patent number: 9308842
    Abstract: A seat assembly including a seat pan that drops vertically in the event of a frontal impact event to help safeguard against the head of an unbelted seat occupant striking the headliner, windshield or other components of the vehicle. The seat assembly includes a seat pan attached to a seat track. The seat track further includes an attachment bracket. A swing linkage movably connects the seat pan with the seat track by a movable fastener. A slot is formed in the bracket through which at least a part of the movable fastener passes. A pyrotechnic fastener also attaches the swing linkage to the bracket. In a frontal impact event, the pyrotechnic fastener is caused to explode thus separating the pyrotechnic fastener into two parts and allowing the swing linkage and its attached seat pan to drop vertically relative to the seat track and lowering the unbelted occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tzu-Chen Weng, Erika Kristin Low, Djamal Eddine Midoun, Se Kyoon Shin
  • Patent number: 9254761
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes an easy-entry system with a seat frame having a seatback pivotally coupled to a seat member. An external lever is operably coupled to an engagement lever disposed on the seat frame and is configured to activate the engagement lever to move the seatback into an engaged position with a sector pivotally coupled to the seat frame. A disengagement rod flexibly is coupled to a spring member disposed on the sector at a first end and further coupled to a track release lever at a second end. As such, rotation of the seatback to a release position rotates the track release lever to unlock the seat assembly from a seat track. Further rotation of the seatback from the release position to an over-travel position loads the spring member but does not further rotate the track release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 9242580
    Abstract: The disclosed system employs vehicle seat track assembly including an easy entry system for a vehicle seat, further including a memory system having an adjustment increment compensator which allows for memory system which records displacement by an incremental distance, y, to be employed in a vehicle seat which employees a seat track that allows for fore-aft adjustment by a second incremental distance, x, thereby allowing seat designers and manufacturers to employ a single easy entry memory system on multiple vehicle seat track designs, each of which may have seat tracks which allow fore-aft adjustment at different increments, without modifying the easy entry memory system for each variation in fore-aft adjustment increment. The disclosed compensator also insures that the memory system will be activated even when there is a slight misalignment of the memory module components at the time of activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Andre Schebaum, Michael Wojatzki, Christian Ruthmann, Hans-Peter Mischer
  • Patent number: 9221360
    Abstract: In a longitudinally adjustable vehicle seat with a freely pivotable backrest which can be folded forward and with a memory device, the memory device has a stop rail with latching openings, and a locking element with a slider and pall connected pivotably thereto and a ramp which is arranged on the slider and has an upper region, with which a scanner of the memory device interacts, wherein the scanner is connected to a transmission arrangement for locking the backrest in an entry position, and the pall is prestressed in the locking direction by a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: KEIPER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Karl Utzinger
  • Patent number: 9211816
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a vehicle seat for a vehicle is provided. The method includes folding the vehicle seat and displacing the vehicle seat. Folding and displacing are coupled so that on a folding and/or a pushing, the vehicle seat is displaced into a folding position. A vehicle seat and a vehicle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eduard Wolf, Michael Hoefgen-Allmann
  • Patent number: 9162590
    Abstract: A seat slide apparatus for a vehicle includes a second unlock mechanism rotating an unlock lever in a direction that unlocks a lock mechanism by pushing the unlock lever in accordance with a predetermined seat operation, an unlocked state retaining lever retaining the lock mechanism in an unlocked state cooperating with the second unlock mechanism by operating in conjunction with the second unlock mechanism, a first unlocked state release mechanism moving the unlocked state retaining lever to a position where the lock mechanism is released from the unlocked state by making contact with an operation body in accordance with movement of an upper rail relative to an lower rail, and a second unlocked state release mechanism moving the unlocked state retaining lever to a position where the lock mechanism is released from the unlocked state by pushing the unlocked state retaining lever in accordance with the operational input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mikihito Nagura, Naoaki Hoshihara, Shinya Isobe
  • Patent number: 9114736
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat cushion, a seat back for pivotal movement between an upright position, a plurality of reclined positions, a fold flat position, and a dumped position. A recliner assembly is coupled between the seat cushion and seat back for actuation between locked and unlocked conditions allowing pivotal movement of the seat back. A seat track is coupled to the seat cushion for actuation between locked and unlocked conditions allowing fore and aft sliding movement of the seat assembly. An easy-entry mechanism is coupled to the recliner assembly and the seat track for actuating the recliner assembly and the seat track to the unlocked conditions and providing movement of the seat assembly to an easy-entry position defined by the seat back pivoted to the dumped position and the seat track sliding the seat assembly to a full-forward position allowing access behind the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Ngiau, Jonathan A. Calhoun
  • Patent number: 9108536
    Abstract: A walk-in apparatus for vehicle seats can be constructed of parts required to realize the walk-in operation, thus reducing the production cost and the weight of the apparatus. Moreover, apparatus can reduce the volume of the entire apparatus so that it can be easily applied even to a small-sized seat, for example, that of a small vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Eun Sue Kim, Hyeong Jun Kim, Sung Hak Hong
  • Patent number: 9108535
    Abstract: A longitudinally adjustable vehicle seat includes a first rail fixed to the structure, a second rail guided in the first rail and connected to the vehicle seat, a releasable locking device for locking the position of the first rail relative to the second rail, first, second, and third end stops, which limit the movability of the rail pair, wherein one of the end stops can be disabled by a stop surface that can be moved out of the path of travel of the rails. The movable stop surface is arranged on the second rail, and the end stop that can be disabled, on which the movable stop surface is formed, can be actuated together with the locking device in order for an easy-entry position to be assumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: KEIPER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ingo Teufel, Kai Schumann
  • Patent number: 9016789
    Abstract: Vehicle seat has at least a front foot, a rear foot, a four-link configuration having four link parts coupled to one another via hinge points, and a compensation spring. Front foot and rear foot are accommodated in a longitudinal rail in a longitudinally adjustable manner, and the rear foot is releasable from the longitudinal rail after unlocking. Vehicle seat is movable forward from a seating position having a locked rear foot, after rear foot is unlocked, into a functional position with adjustment of four-link configuration, and with at least temporary assistance from the compensation spring. Vehicle seat has a support rod which is adjustably accommodated on the four-link configuration, and in the forward functional position the support rod comes into contact in front of the front foot, and in particular on the longitudinal rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Römer, Jong-Seok Yun
  • Publication number: 20150108808
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a seat part, a backrest part and a least one fitting which connects the backrest part with the seat part pivotally about a pivot axis and in a locked condition is formed to hold the backrest part in position to the seat part, and in an unlocked condition is formed to permit pivoting of the backrest part relative to the seat part. For actuating the at least one fitting, a first actuating element and a second actuating element different from the first actuating element are provided. Via a coupling element, the second actuating element is coupled with a fitting lever, wherein by shifting the second actuating element the fitting lever is movable for actuating the at least one fitting. The coupling element and the fitting lever are coupled with each other via a first connecting means and a second connecting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Juergen SCHUKALSKI
  • Patent number: 8985690
    Abstract: A memory mechanism is provided with engagement portions, a housing recess, a memory plate, and engagement receiving portions. The engagement portions are provided to an adjacent pair of pawls, respectively. The housing recess has a cylindrical shape and is provided to a first member. The memory plate is formed in an annular shape which is cut at one point. The memory plate is housed within the housing recess while being reduced in diameter with the cut portion disposed between the engagement portions. The engagement receiving portions are respectively adjacent between the engagement portions of the memory plate, to the engagement portions. The engagement portions are engaged with and disengaged from the engagement receiving portions as the pawls move in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Naoki Goto
  • Patent number: 8967718
    Abstract: A reclining seating unit includes: a base; a rocker assembly fixed to the base; and an arm frame fixed to the rocker assembly, wherein the rocker assembly is configured such that the arm frame experiences rocking motion relative to the base. The seating unit further comprises: a generally horizontally-disposed seat; a generally upright backrest positioned rearwardly of the seat; a footrest unit; and a reclining mechanism that interconnects and controls movement of the seat and the backrest relative to the arm frame between an upright position and a reclined position. In the upright position, the backrest is generally upright and positioned above the arm frame, and the seat has a first rearward position relative to the arm frame, and in the reclined position, the backrest is reclined relative to the underlying surface as compared to its disposition in the upright position and the seat has a second forward position relative to the arm frame that is forward of the first rearward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ultra-Mek, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Stephen Hoffman, Marcus L. Murphy
  • Patent number: 8967719
    Abstract: A seat assembly for an automotive vehicle includes a seat cushion and a seat back for pivotal movement between an upright seating position and a forwardly dumped position. A recliner mechanism is provided for selectively actuating between a locked and unlocked condition allowing the pivotal movement of the seat back. A seat track assembly provides selective actuation between a locked and unlocked condition allowing fore and aft sliding movement of the seat assembly between a design position and a full forward position. An easy entry memory mechanism is operatively coupled to the recliner mechanism and the seat track assembly for selectively actuating the seat track assembly to the unlocked condition and provide movement of the seat assembly to the full forward position in response to pivotal movement of the seat back to the forwardly dumped position while maintaining memory of the design position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Ngiau, Jeffrey P Carroll, Jonathan A Calhoun
  • Publication number: 20150035322
    Abstract: A chair includes a base having a guiding rod. A connecting frame is mounted to a backrest and is pivotably connected to the base. A seat includes a rear end pivotably connected to the connecting frame. An operative frame includes a rear end pivotably connected to the connecting frame. A sliding sleeve is mounted on a front end of the operative frame and is mounted around the guiding rod. At least one supporting plate includes a first end pivotably connected to the front end of the operative frame and a second end pivotably connected to a front end of the seat. When the backrest is moved backward, the connecting frame is actuated to move the operative frame and the seat forward, and the at least one supporting plate is moved to an extended position to move the front end of the seat upward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Chang-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 8939423
    Abstract: An adjustable memory track assembly for a vehicle seat has a lower rail (18) adapted to be secured relative to a vehicle frame, and an upper rail (20) adapted to support the seat for fore/aft sliding movement relative to the lower rail (18). The adjustable memory track assembly (24) also has a track lock assembly (24) operable via a first actuator (28) between a locked, engaged state wherein relative movement between the lower (18) and upper rails (20) is resisted, and an unlocked, disengaged state wherein the seat can be slid to and then locked in a user-selected position. The adjustable memory track assembly (24) is characterized in that the memory module (24) is provided with a blocking element to prevent rearward movement of the seat past the user-selected position independent of the locking state of the track lock assembly (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wojatzki, Hans-peter Mischer, Klaus Walter, Marc Laumeier, Andre Schebaum, Joerg Sternberg
  • Patent number: 8939510
    Abstract: A seat assembly having a collapsible cushion support assembly disposed on a seat bottom frame and an adjustable support mechanism. The adjustable support mechanism supports a seat occupant and extends from a seat bottom frame to a seat back frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Christer Andersson, Odd Jaegtnes