Bottom And Back Movable As A Unit Patents (Class 297/344.1)
  • Patent number: 10759309
    Abstract: A longitudinal adjuster (10), for a vehicle seat (1), includes at least one pair of rails (12), formed from a lower seat rail (14a) and an upper seat rail (14b). The seat rails mutually engage around each other and are movable relative to each other in a longitudinal direction (x) and are lockable to each other by a locking device (16). The locking device has at least one latching plate (18), which is movable in the vertical direction (z). The latching plate has a guide pin (20) protruding in the vertical direction. The upper seat rail has an opening (22) aligned with the guide pin. A guide sleeve (24) extends into a cavity between the seat rails and is accommodated in the opening. The guide pin is guided by the guide sleeve. The upper seat rail and the guide sleeve are connectable by a bayonet catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventors: Joachim Flick, Erik Sprenger
  • Patent number: 10640015
    Abstract: Provided is a sliding device that allows two release levers to operate in a synchronous manner. The sliding device includes a lock portion that is displaceable between a locking position and a non-locking position; a release lever configured to be displaced by an operating force; an operation portion provided at a first end of the release lever in an extending direction thereof to receive the operating force; an action portion provided at a second end of the release lever in the extending direction thereof to transmit the operating force to the lock portion via the release lever; and an operating lever provided to the movable rail and displaceable between an operating position to apply the operating force to the operation portion and a non-operating position to apply no operating force to the operation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kosuke Taniguchi, Masatoshi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10604031
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame; a plurality of ground engaging members; a motor; and at least one seat connected to the frame and being translatable between at least a forward position and a rearward position. The seat includes a seat body defining a belt aperture and a buckle aperture; and a seat belt assembly connected to the frame and including a seat belt extending through the belt aperture and having an end connected to the frame, a male buckle connector slidably connected to the seat belt, and a female buckle receptacle for receiving the male buckle connector, the female buckle receptacle extending through the buckle aperture and having an end connected to the frame, the seat belt assembly being operable with the seat when the seat is in at least both of the forward position and the rearward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Robin Beauchemin, Gabriel Provost, Jean Guillemette
  • Patent number: 10556645
    Abstract: A boat chair configured such that it may be converted between several storage and/or use configurations which may be detachably affixed to and removed from a boat. The boat chair may be configured such that one or more of the storage configurations may allow for the boat chair to be more easily transported and/or store. The boat chair may further be configured such that the use configurations may allow for customized position and/or use of the boat chair on a boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Martin Levin
  • Patent number: 10507748
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided in which a seat back is constrained from tilting down when a seat cushion is moved to a position in which the seat back cannot be tilted down. The vehicle seat includes a base frame, a seat cushion frame (3) horizontally movable relative to the base frame between a first position and a second position different from the first position, a seat back frame (4) rotatable relative to the seat cushion frame (3), a lock member (5) configured to constrain the seat back frame (4) from tilting rearward, and an unlock mechanism (6) configured to release a lock applied by the lock member (5) when the seat cushion frame (3) is moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masato Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10441834
    Abstract: This invention discloses an exercise machine with adjustable resistance. The exercise machine includes a fluid container, one or more paddles, a driving device, and an adjusting device. The one or more paddles are arranged in the fluid container into which a fluid is poured. The driving device comprises an adjusting rod to couple with the one or more paddles. The driving device transmits a user's force for driving the one or more paddles to rotate. The adjusting device can adjust a depth of the one or more paddles in the fluid, so as to provide differing degrees of resistance for the one or more paddles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Dyaco International Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Wei Liu, Hsuan-Fu Huang
  • Patent number: 10220248
    Abstract: The spa rowing adapter is a device for installation within an existing pool or spa that transforms the pool or spa into a rowing machine. The user grips lever arms, pulling on the arms from a seated or standing position in a rowing motion. In contrast to the prior art, the spa rowing adapter uses a resistance cylinder rather than floppy resistance bands or bungee cords. The resistance cylinder provides an adjustable amount of resistance during both the extending and retracting motions. The resistance cylinder changes length in response to a force, with the resistance of the motion set by an internal mechanism. The internal mechanism is adjustable by the user through rotation of a collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Super Swim Corp.
    Inventors: Donald Bellerive, David Bellerive
  • Patent number: 9981573
    Abstract: An auxiliary tractor seat for providing additional seating in a tractor cabin is provided herein. The auxiliary tractor seat includes a mounting plate defining one or more mounting holes, configured to receive an auxiliary tractor seat bolt, so as to couple the auxiliary tractor seat to tractor seat. A base plate is coupled to the mounting plate so as to provide a substantially flat seating surface. A lower seat back coupled to at least one of the mounting plate and the base plate, an upper seat back at least partially disposed above the lower seat back, and a hinge coupled to the lower seat back and the upper seat back so as to permit the upper seat back to transition from an upright position to a horizontal position. The auxiliary tractor seat is coupled to the tractor seat such that suspension supports the auxiliary seat and provides shock absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hy-Capacity Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Vaudt, Aric Lange
  • Patent number: 9914372
    Abstract: A motor vehicle seat arrangement is provided with two spaced apart seat rails, to which two spaced apart cross profiles are rigidly fastened. A seat structure is joined with the cross profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Frank Leopold, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 9827886
    Abstract: A system for securing a seat within a vehicle may include a seat bracket with a first portion configured to be attached to a structural frame of a vehicle by a first fastener passing there through, a second portion configured to be attached to a seat installed in the vehicle by a second fastener passing there through, and a third portion attaching the first portion to the second portion. The third portion may include a U-shaped bend, and the first portion may be configured to receive the second fastener there through. The second portion may include a hole for the second fastener to pass through, and the first portion may include a hole for the second fastener to pass through. The first portion may define a fracture propagation region disposed proximate the hole for the second fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: John Patalak, Thomas Gideon
  • Patent number: 9637027
    Abstract: A device for locking a vehicle seat has a pawl which can be pivoted about a first pivot axis and, in a closed position, is in engagement with a positionally fixed fitting and, in an open position, is free from the fitting, wherein the pawl has a first clamping surface, furthermore a locking element for locking the pawl in the closed position, which locking element can be pivoted about a second pivot axis and has a second clamping surface which, in a locking position, bears against the first clamping surface and, in the process, keeps the pawl in the closed position, and, in an unlocking position, is free from the first clamping surface, and an actuating element which interacts with the locking element in order to transfer the locking element into the unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PROGRESS-WERK OBERKIRCH AG
    Inventors: Juergen Seigel, Johannes Obrecht, Andreas Rohlfing, Andreas Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9610863
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1), in particular a utility vehicle seat, includes a first seat part and second seat part which can be displaced in the longitudinal direction relative to the first seat part in order to set the seat depth. At least one slider (50), which is connected to the first seat part, is provided. The slider (50) projects with a connecting region (56), embodied in the manner of a head, through a guide slot (60) which is provided in the second seat part. In order to attach the slider (50) to the first seat part, an anchoring element (70), which is embodied as a separate part and is composed of metal, is provided. The anchoring element (70) projects through the slider (50) and through the first seat part and connects the slider (50) to the first seat part in a positively locking fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Ellerich, Eckhard Spies
  • Patent number: 9566889
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a supporting member that supports a load of a seated person, a cushion frame, a rear pipe that is rotatably attached to the cushion frame, a lifter link that is fixed to the rear pipe, and a bracket that is rotatably attached to the rear pipe. An inclination of the cushion frame changes when the cushion frame is moved up and down by tilting the lifter link. The supporting member is connected to the rear pipe via the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidetaka Nagayasu, Osamu Kaneko, Kohshi Katoh, Eishi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9511693
    Abstract: There is disclosed a vehicle seat having an operating member to operate an operating seat mechanism disposed in the seat, and a pivoting operation lever coupled to the operating member to exert a pivoting operation force, thereby operating the operating seat mechanism, the operating member is integrally constituted of a shaft portion and an arm portion, the pivoting operation lever has a holding region and a coupling region to transmit the pivoting operation force to the operating member, and the coupling region has a fitting portion which fits on the shaft portion from an axial direction, and an output surface portion which comes in contact with the arm portion in a pivoting direction of the arm portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuo Nakagawa, Hiroyuki Mita
  • Patent number: 9446697
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided in which a projecting part is integrally provided in a middle part of a lower frame of a seat back frame forming a framework of a seat back and is extending further forward and upward than the lower frame. This enables the impact absorption when the seat back receives an impact load from the rear to be enhanced, while stabilizing the supporting force applied to the occupant by the seat back for supporting the occupant's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Akutsu, Hisato Oku, Makoto Ohta, Ryosuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 9421890
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided in which a pressure-receiving member receiving the back of an occupant through an upper linking wire is supported on a seat back frame of a seat back, and an abutment member is provided on the pressure-receiving member, the abutment member restricting an amount of flexing of the pressure-receiving member by abutting against the upper linking wire when the amount of flexing exceeds a predetermined amount. This enables the amount of flexing of the pressure-receiving member for supporting the back of the occupant to be restricted, thereby stabilizing the support of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Akutsu, Hisato Oku, Ryosuke Nakashima, Kenichi Saito
  • Patent number: 9393890
    Abstract: A movable seat for a transit vehicle has a folding seat cushion that moves between a use position oriented to support a passenger and a storage position. The seat is supported by at least one pedestal that can be mounted in a vehicle for movement with respect to the vehicle, for example to provide space for a mobility aid. The pedestal has a locking mechanism and a lock activator that places the locking mechanism in a locked position to prevent movement of the seat. The seat also has a release mechanism that in one orientation maintains the locking mechanism in a locked position and in a second orientation unlocks the locking mechanism and also prevents placement of the folding seat cushion to the use position when unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: American Seating Company
    Inventor: Randy P. Phinney
  • Patent number: 9174558
    Abstract: A seat operating device comprising: an operation member; a first clutch member that is connected to an adjusting mechanism, and in which is formed a first cut-out portion that opens outwardly in a rotation radial direction of the first clutch member; a second clutch member that is connected to another adjusting mechanism, and in which is formed a second cut-out portion that opens outwardly in a rotation radial direction of the second clutch member; and a switching member having a first engaging portion and a second engaging portion that are positioned at mutually opposite sides across a rotational center. When the switching member is positioned at one end of a range of movement of the switching member, the first engaging portion engages with the first cut-out portion, and, when the switching member is positioned at another end of the range of movement, the second engaging portion engages with the second cut-out portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryohei Shigematsu, Takafumi Hirata, Miho Nakazono, Takeshi Nakamura, Hiroshi Yagame, Hironobu Okamura
  • Patent number: 9156377
    Abstract: A seat including a power recliner, a power slide mechanism, a seat back; and a walk-in lever that releases the power recliner so that the seat back may rotate. The seat configured so that rotation of the seat back after being released by the walk-in lever in a forward direction by a predetermined amount releases the power slide mechanism so that the seat may slide in a fore-aft direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Mixon, Ryosuke Mizuno
  • Patent number: 9126506
    Abstract: A longitudinally adjustable vehicle seat, having at least one pair of seat rails (10), has a first seat rail (12) fixed to the structure, a second seat rail (13) guided in the first seat rail (12) and connected to the vehicle seat (1). Balls (14) are arranged in ball holders (15), which are arranged between the first seat rail (12) and the second seat rail (13) in order to reduce friction. The first seat rail (12) forms a ball track along which the balls (14) roll with a first end stop and a second end stop, which limit the mobility of the pair of seat rails (10). At least one elevation (12?) is provided, which projects into the ball track. The elevation (12?) can be overcome by at least one ball (14) and the ball holder (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: KEIPER GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Ingo Dick
  • Patent number: 9073460
    Abstract: A road finisher includes an operator's seat arranged on a seat console. The seat console is adjustable on an operator's stand platform between different, locked working positions, namely by means of a locking device with a lock bolt which is shiftable between a disengaged position and an engaged position relative to at least one bolt receptacle. The lock bolt is shiftable by means of a movably mounted pivot lever which comprises at least one actuating end with at least one foot pedal and a shifting end acting on the lock bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: JOSEPH VOEGELE AG
    Inventor: Ingo Herzberg
  • Patent number: 9033299
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has a longitudinal adjuster, a pair of seat rails, a releasable latching device having at least one actuating pin that projects over the second seat rail, a pivotably arranged actuating lever, and a Bowden cable. A holder is fixed on a rail and supports the actuating lever such as to be pivotable about a pivot axis at one end, and a contact surface is formed on the actuating lever, on which surface the core of the Bowden cable rests in a subarea between the end of the sheath and the end of the core. The holder secures the end of the core of the Bowden cable, and the actuating lever has a Bowden cable support on which the sheath of the Bowden cable is supported directly or indirectly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KEIPER GmbH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lars Kramm, Thomas Haessel
  • Publication number: 20150130242
    Abstract: A longitudinal adjuster for a vehicle seat (1) includes a lower rail (5) and an upper rail (3) guided displaceably in the longitudinal direction therein. An upper clamp (30) is connected to the upper rail (3) and has at least one upper blocking region (39). A lower clamp (50) is connected to the lower rail (5) and has at least one lower blocking region (59). The lower blocking region (59) and the upper blocking region (39) are normally spaced apart from each other and intermesh in the event of a crash. A locking shackle (34), connected to the upper clamp (30), includes a bolt (42) running in the transverse direction. The upper clamp (30) has a cutout (32) within which the bolt (42) is arranged, and the bolt (42) is arranged behind the rear end of the upper rail (3) in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Markel
  • Patent number: 9027899
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat comprising a seat part, comprising a back rest part and comprising a linear guide device for translational adjustment of the vehicle seat, in which the linear guide device comprises a guide rail means and a slide rail means which is displaceable with respect thereto, in which a bearing means interacts between the slide rail means and the guide rail means and at least comprises slide rod elements so as to mount the slide rail means with respect to the guide rail means, and in which the slide rod element comprises an elongate undulating base body, the slide rod element having an effective external diameter which is greater, at least when the slide rod element is radially unloaded, than a core external diameter of the elongate undulating base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Erwin Haller, Jens Kolb
  • Patent number: 9016797
    Abstract: A seat device for use in a vehicle that can move through an opening of a vehicle between a loading and unloading position positioned outside the vehicle, where a passenger can load and unload as well as be seated, and a seating position positioned in the cabin of the vehicle, where the passenger can maintain a seated disposition. A securing member of the seat device can secure a wheelchair in a folded state to a side surface or a back surface of the seat. The wheelchair together with the seat can move from the loading and unloading position to inside the cabin of the vehicle, with the passenger in a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fujio Iida, Masami Sasaki
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150108805
    Abstract: Vehicle seat (1) having a seat part (2) and a backrest (3), wherein the supporting structure (44) of the seat part or the backrest, in particular the side part thereof, integrally has at least one spring element (40, 31) a pivot point (P) and/or a safety belt connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jorg Linnenbrink, Ingo Kienke, Ulrich Riedel
  • Patent number: 9010712
    Abstract: A seat track assembly for moving a seat assembly includes a fixed track and a movable track. A first slide member is slidably coupled to the movable track and slides between first and second positions. The first slide member slides from the first position to the second position in response to pivoting a seat back to a folded position thereby actuating a latch mechanism to an unlocking position and pivoting a hook lever to a raised position allowing movement of the seat assembly from a comfort range to an easy entry position. The first slide member slides from the second position to the first position in response to the first slide member engaging a rearward stop at a rearward end of the comfort range thereby actuating the latch mechanism to a locking position and pivoting the hook lever to lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W Gray, Jeffrey P Carroll, Ashok K Sahi
  • Patent number: 9010860
    Abstract: A vehicle seat device is provided with a first lock mechanism which restricts a first movement of the seat, a second lock mechanism which restricts a second movement of the seat, and a drive source which removes the restrictions imposed by the first and second lock mechanisms. The drive source is provided with an output section which can be driven in two directions, that is, in the forward direction and the reverse direction, by the drive source. The drive of the output section in the forward direction from the neutral position thereof removes the restriction imposed by the first lock mechanism, and the drive of the output section in the reverse direction from the neutral position thereof removes the restriction imposed by the second lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sho Kume, Genta Moriyama, Hideki Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 9004437
    Abstract: A vibration proof structure of a seat apparatus for a vehicle, includes a first member and a second member movably arranged relative to each other in a first relative direction corresponding to a forward movement of a seat element in a front and rear direction of the vehicle and in a second relative direction corresponding to a rearward movement of the seat element in the front and rear direction, a first restriction wall restricting a relative movement of the first member to the second member in the first relative direction, a second restriction wall restricting the relative movement of the first member to the second member in the second relative direction, and a resistance force applying portion applying a resistance force to the first member moving in the first relative direction while not applying the resistance force to the first member moving in the second relative direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Naoki Goto
  • Patent number: 8998324
    Abstract: A seat main body is mounted on a seat mount base on a vehicle body floor through left and right seat rails. The seat mount base includes left and right side members and a connection member connecting substantially central portions of the side members to each other. The seat rails each include a lower rail and an upper rail. Force sensors are disposed between the side members and the corresponding lower rails. The upper rails are secured to the seat main body. A central region of the connection member, located substantially in a center in a seat width direction, protrudes toward the front compared to joining portions where the connection member is joined to the left and right side members. A space opening toward the rear is formed between the joining portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Asami Kitaguchi, Harutomi Nishide, Akihiro Tsuruta, Toru Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8998331
    Abstract: Provided is a seat structure minimizes a size of a vehicle seat in which a rotation body rotates by being pressed by a seat back in interlocking a driving unit with the seat back. In a seat including a link mechanism which interlocks a driving unit with a seat back tilted toward a seat cushion, the back and cushion are connected to each other by a bracket at the side of the back and cushion in the vehicle width direction, and a transmission member which rotates to interlock the driving unit with the seat back is provided. The transmission member is adjacent to the bracket in the vehicle width direction and rotates by being pressed by the seat back tilted toward the seat cushion, and a portion pressed by the seat back in the transmission member is positioned outside compared to an outer edge of the connection bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Souheil Hage-Hassan, Eiji Toba
  • Patent number: 8998326
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat, a pedestal, a swivel mechanism connected to the pedestal for permitting the seat to rotate about a vertical axis and a latch located external to the swivel mechanism for preventing rotation of the seat. The seat assembly may further include a bracket for mounting the seat to the swivel mechanism in any one of a plurality of positions. Another vehicle seat assembly includes a track, a seat having a seating portion and a seat back, a base connected to the seat and engaging the track so as to permit longitudinal movement of the seat along the track and a locking mechanism for retaining the seat in a desired position along the track. The locking mechanism includes a vertically extending pin located beneath the center of the seating portion of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: E.V.S. Ltd.
    Inventors: James E. DeCraene, Jeffry H. Wells
  • Patent number: 8998323
    Abstract: A track-mounted aircraft seat has seat track locking pins that are capable of moving independently to remain engaged with the seat track assembly in a warped-floor condition. The seat track locking pins are actuated by means of a pair of torque tubes that rotate independently about a common pilot shaft. A control link, which is operated by the user, acts on a pair of bell cranks each of which acts on one of the torque tubes. The control link is attached to the bell cranks by means of a spherical joint. Because the torque tubes rotate independently and because the spherical joint allows the bell cranks also to move independently, in the event of a warped-floor condition, rotation of one torque tube caused by the skewed seat track will not cause the other torque tube to release its track locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AMI Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin S. Day, Chad R. Pacheco, Donald R. Pinkal
  • Publication number: 20150084389
    Abstract: An adjustment unit for a vehicle seat in a vehicle is disclosed. Said adjustment unit comprises a longitudinal adjustment mechanism for adjusting the vehicle seat along a direction of travel of the vehicle, said longitudinal adjustment mechanism comprising a first rocker that is mounted in such a way as to be rotatable about a transverse direction extending perpendicular to the direction of travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Sascha Müller, Andreas Kinzer, Eckhard Kirch, Joachim Mühlberger
  • Publication number: 20150084391
    Abstract: A device for mounting a vehicle attendant seat in a cabin of a vehicle is provided. The device includes a retaining body, a receiving device arranged on the retaining body for mounting the vehicle attendant seat, a pivoting mechanism arranged on the retaining body, a first locking device and an elongated rail on which the pivoting mechanism is slidably held and connectable to a wall surface in the cabin of the vehicle. External contours of the retaining body span a plane; the receiving device is arranged on a surface of the retaining body, which surface extends parallel to the plane, and is designed to mechanically connect the vehicle attendant seat to the retaining body. The vehicle attendant seat may be stowed, slid into an indentation in the vehicle, and for use may be pulled from the indentation, may be pivoted and may be locked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Ralf SCHLIWA, Roland LANGE, Jan-Ole JEDRASZCZYK
  • Publication number: 20150069807
    Abstract: A device is for electrically driving a longitudinal adjustment mechanism for a vehicle seat, which mechanism includes two individual rails. The device for electrically driving a longitudinal adjustment mechanism for a vehicle seat includes a separate electric driving device for each individual rail. Each of the driving devices is designed as an electromechanically actuated planetary gear assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicants: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventor: Ingo Kienke
  • Patent number: 8967582
    Abstract: A longitudinal adjustment device for a motor vehicle seat, with a floor rail which can be connected to a motor vehicle floor, a seat rail which can be connected to the motor vehicle seat and is mounted in a longitudinally displaceable manner on the floor rail, and a connecting element having a connecting section for connection of a functional component to the seat rail. The connecting element is connected by a first section to a side wall of the seat rail and by a second section to an upper side of the seat rail. The connecting element has an opening for receiving the functional component and/or a bearing element for the arrangement of the functional component. The opening is arranged in the region of a recess running in the region of a bending line between the side wall and the upper side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: C. Rob Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Axel Speck, Sascha Eckhoff, Jens Hoppe
  • Patent number: 8967580
    Abstract: A seat base frame has pairs of tracks, each having an upper rail longitudinally displaceably guided relative to a lower rail and lockable by means of a locking device on the lower rail. A seat structure is connected to the upper rails, and a transverse support extends substantially perpendicular to the upper rails and is connected thereto. The transverse support is fixed in the axial direction thereof relative to the upper rails and rotatably connected thereto, wherein an actuating lever and a control lever are disposed rotationally fixed relative to each other and spaced apart from each other on the transverse support such that each can be engaged by a locking device for adjusting the locking device between a locked position fixing the upper rail relative to the lower rail and a release position releasing the upper rail relative to the lower rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Beneker, Andre Dick, Toralf Müller, Stephan Springenberg, Dirk Hanisch
  • Patent number: 8967583
    Abstract: A manually, longitudinally adjustable motor vehicle seat having a lower rail secured to a vehicle chassis, and an upper rail longitudinally displaceable in the lower rail and secured to a seat component. Locking mechanisms released by release mechanisms secure the rails, and assume a release position when the backrest is folded forward. A blocking lever pivotably mounted on a pivot shaft secured to the upper rail can assume two stable extreme pivot positions, namely a passive position where the blocking lever has no contact with the release mechanism, and an active position where the blocking lever blocks the release mechanism in its release position. Upon longitudinal displacement of the seat from a comfort-longitudinal adjustment arrange into an easy-entry-longitudinal adjustment range, a control device comes into contact with the blocking device pivoting against the force of a spring device, out of its passive and into its active position, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Stoia
  • Publication number: 20150042140
    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: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Karl Utzinger
  • Patent number: 8944454
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a tilt-in-space wheelchair that limits the shift of the center of a gravity of a wheelchair occupant during tilting. The wheelchair comprises a main frame adapted to be supported on a surface by wheels, a seat frame for supporting a occupant, and an arc plate for slidably or rollably supporting the seat frame with respect to the main frame. The arc plate defines a first track and a second track that guide the tilting of the seat frame relative to the frame. The first track and second track may have non-constant curvatures. Further, the first track and second track may be arranged non-concentrically on the arc plate and may have different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: Corey Blauch, James Patrick Mulhern
  • Publication number: 20150028642
    Abstract: A chair for use with a vehicle is provided. The chair includes a base and a chair assembly slidably coupled to the base. The chair assembly includes a support frame, a seat coupled to the support frame, an upper back support coupled to the support frame, and a lower back support coupled to the support frame and independently rotatable with respect to the upper back support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Joseph Wilbur Evans
  • Patent number: 8939424
    Abstract: A seat slide device of the present invention comprises a lower rail (102) and an upper rail (101). The lower rail (102) has a bottom wall (102b) and includes a foreign-object catching member (1). The foreign-object catching member (1) has an elastic body (2). A height of the elastic body (2) with respect to a bottom wall (102b) of the lower rail (102) is set to become higher than a height of a positioning pin (105) as a protruding object provided inside the lower rail (102) to protrude from the bottom wall (102b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Fukuda, Yuji Ikeda
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150021958
    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: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Minoru FUKUTANI, Norito AKIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150015039
    Abstract: A movable seat assembly for a vehicle comprises a predetermined path having an operational location at a first end and an ingress/egress location at a second end, and a seat that travels along the predetermined path between the operational location and the ingress/egress location, wherein the seat has an operational orientation at the operational location and an ingress/egress seat orientation at the ingress/egress location; the ingress/egress seat orientation being substantially angled relative to the operational seat orientation. Another moveable seat assembly for a vehicle comprises a predetermined path having an operational location at a first end, an ingress/egress location at a second end, and a standby location along the path there between; and a seat that travels along the predetermined path between the operational location, the standby location, and the ingress/egress location; wherein the position of the seat is adjustable at the operational location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Albert G. Brand, John R. Wittmaak, James M. McCollough, James H. Harse, Richard H. Adams, JR.
  • Patent number: 8925888
    Abstract: A slide locking apparatus has: a first locking piece having a narrow width locking hook section, a third locking piece having a broad width locking hook section and a second locking hook having an intermediate width locking hook section, which are held on an upper aril; and first to third locking piece accommodating holes which have width corresponding to the widths of the respective locking hook sections of the first locking piece to the third locking piece, and which are provided in a lower rail. The first locking piece accommodating hole is disposed on a frontmost end, the second locking piece accommodating hole is disposed to the rear side of the first locking piece accommodating hole, and the third locking piece accommodating holes are disposed to the rear side of the second locking piece accommodating hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhito Domoto
  • Patent number: 8926021
    Abstract: A tailored vehicle seat component 12 having at least two portions with different properties that are joined together, such as by an adhesive or in a welding process (e.g., laser weld). These different properties include thickness, grades, surface finishes, coatings, and the like. The laser tailored welded vehicle seat 12 components may be incorporated into seat back frames 16, seat track assemblies 26, recliners 20, seat base frames 18, head restraints 88, cushion pans 132, and the like, to optimize manufacturing operations, mass, performance quality, and costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sakkinen, Michael J. Thomas, Kurt A. Seibold, John D. Kotre, Christopher P. Kubacki, Mark A. Harris
  • Publication number: 20150001901
    Abstract: A vehicle seat apparatus comprising a base, a seat, a fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism, an armrest bracket, and a fore and aft armrest adjustment mechanism. The fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism connects the seat to the base and includes seat slide rails and spacers thereby defining a vertical space between the seat and seat slide rails. The armrest bracket is positioned below the seat in the vertical space between the seat and seat slide rails and includes side supports to which armrests or armrest associated components may be mounted. The bracket also has a plurality of slots positioned coincident with the spacers of the fore and aft seat adjustment mechanism. The fore and aft armrest adjustment mechanism connects the bracket to the seat and includes a pair of armrest slide rails, whereby the position of the armrest bracket relative to the seat may be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Nicholas Lucas