Latch Element Supported By A Structure Separated From Chair Or Seat (e.g., Vehicle Mounted Striker, Etc.) Patents (Class 297/378.13)
  • Patent number: 10532668
    Abstract: A striker mounting structure of a rear seat back for a vehicle is disclosed, which comprises a mounting bracket with assemble hole; a striker fixedly coupled to the mounting bracket inserted into the assemble hole, and detachably coupled to a seat back of a rear seat; and a seat belt retractor mounting portion at which a seat belt retractor is mounted, and coupled to the mounting bracket, so that it is possible to reduce weight and cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyung Gyu Park, Jung Woo Hur, Vamshi Krishna Janagam, Aseesh Chintala
  • Patent number: 10399472
    Abstract: A seat is provided with: a frame; a pad supported by the frame; a skin member covering a front surface of the pad and provided with a first opening; an annular plate having a second opening and attached to a part of the skin member surrounding the first opening so that the first opening opposes the second opening; and a garnish including a tubular portion passed into the first opening and the second opening, and retained onto the pad, a flange provided at a front end of the tubular portion and having a larger outer diameter than the tubular portion, and an engagement claw projecting from an outer periphery of the tubular portion, and engaging the annular plate between the flange and the engagement claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: So Iwakata, Akira Shirai, Yohei Urabe
  • Patent number: 10195973
    Abstract: A vehicle structure body includes: a vehicle interior member; an exterior member; and a fastening portion in which a first fastening seat of the vehicle interior member and a second fastening seat of the exterior member are fastened and fixed to each other in a state of being disposed to face each other. A first fastening part to which a first fastener is attached with a shaft portion of the first fastener, and a second fastening part to which a second fastener is attached with a shaft portion of the second fastener are provided adjacent to each other. An input direction of a shear load that is applied to the shaft portion of the first fastener in an orthogonal direction and an input direction of a shear load that is applied to the shaft portion of the second fastener in an orthogonal direction differ from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Iwao Matsushima
  • Patent number: 9914369
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a hook and cam latching mechanism that releasably couples an occupant support to the vehicle body. The latching mechanism has a hook and a cam that apply clamp loads at opposite sides of an anchor to lock the occupant support in a use position in a manner that can reduce or eliminate loose conditions and associated noise often associated with other types of latching mechanisms. Cam movement is coordinated with hook movement to accommodate an engaged condition with a secured clamp load along with easy engagement and disengagement of the hook. The latching mechanism can be used with easy-entry vehicle seats or other types of vehicle seats where movement of a seat bottom or seat back away from the vehicle body is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Wojciech Smuk, Boris Biletskiy, Thomas J. Cooley
  • Patent number: 9533606
    Abstract: A locking device for a vehicle seat has a latch which is mounted pivotably about a second axis and is intended for locking a counter element, with a clamping eccentric which is mounted pivotably about a first axis parallel to the second axis and, by interaction with a first functional surface of the latch, secures a locked state of the latch. In the locked state, the clamping eccentric acts in a spring-loaded manner on the first functional surface via a clamping surface. The clamping eccentric is moveable from the locking position thereof into the unlocking position thereof. A pretensioned compression spring is provided, which is supported at one end thereof on an arm of the clamping eccentric in a manner spring-loading the latter into the locking position thereof and, at the other end thereof, acting upon the latch in the unlocking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: KEIPER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Peter Mueller, Volker Windecker, Stefan Haber, Kadir Yasaroglu, Silke Labuk
  • Patent number: 9382735
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a motor vehicle lock for a motor vehicle door arrangement, wherein a pivotable catch and an inlet mouth for a lock striker are provided, wherein the catch can be brought into at least one closed position and into at least one open position, wherein the catch as such in its closed position may hold the lock striker by a holding engagement between the catch and the lock striker and in its open position may release the lock striker, wherein during a closing cycle the lock striker comes into an actuating engagement with the motor vehicle lock such that the catch moves from its open position into its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: David Rosales, Michael Wittelsbuerger
  • Patent number: 9180799
    Abstract: A locking system for a vehicle seat, for locking to a vehicle structure of a vehicle, has a backrest able to be folded from a normal position into a folded position, a locking device located on the backrest, and a catch that can be pivoted between a locking position and an unlocking position and can be pivotally driven by both a manually-pivotable unlocking element and an actuation device arranged on the vehicle structure. When the backrest is in the normal position, a counter element is locked to the locking device by the catch. The actuation device has a control lever that can be moved between a locking position and an unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: KEIPER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ingo Teufel, Kai Schumann
  • Patent number: 9090179
    Abstract: A latch mechanism of a vehicle seat reclining device includes a plurality of latch holes formed in a rail along a central axial line, a slider hole penetrating through a slider so as to face the respective latch holes, a support portion provided on the slider, and a movable portion displaceably supported by the support portion and having a latch projection that is engageable with the respective latch holes while passing through the slider hole. A clearance is defined in the direction of the central axial line between the slider hole and the latch projection. One or more shock absorbing members is (are) provided on opposing first and second inner surfaces of the slider hole and abut against the latch projection while being resiliently deformed to suppress the generation of undesirable rattling noise in case a force causes the latch projection to oscillate within the engaged latch hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Ishii, Satoshi Umezu
  • Patent number: 9085247
    Abstract: An adjusting device for a motor vehicle seat is provided. The adjusting device includes a seat track arrangement with a first track part on a motor vehicle side and with a second track part arranged displaceably to the first track part. A supporting structure capable of connecting with a seat structure is mounted pivotably on the second track part about a pivot axis of a first pivot arrangement. The supporting structure has a second pivot arrangement with a pivot joint for a backrest structure. The backrest structure is connected and/or capable of being connected with the supporting structure in a foldable manner about a folding axis on a rear side relative to the seat structure. A switching arrangement facilitates an optional pivoting about the pivot axis and/or about the folding axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Wilfer, Michael Hoefgen-Allmann
  • Patent number: 9061620
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, a seatback, an upholstery member that covers a surface of the seatback, and a striker. The striker is fitted to a frame body that forms the seatback, and is engaged with a lock mechanism arranged outside the seatback. The striker has an engagement portion that is locked by the lock mechanism, and a threaded shaft portion that has an external thread that is screwed to the frame body. The threaded shaft portion of the striker is fastened to the frame body through a through-hole formed in the upholstery member, with the frame body covered with the upholstery member of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kousuke Sei, Keisuke Yamamoto, Yukinori Sugiura, Takanori Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9039089
    Abstract: A latch plate for a lock device is proposed which comprises a latch plate proper and a film that covers the latch plate proper. The latch plate proper includes upper and lower finger portions between which a striker catching recess is defined. An upper surface of the lower finger portion includes a depressed main portion located near the bottom of the striker catching recess, a raised leading end portion and a stepped portion provided between the depressed main portion and the raised leading end portion. The film covers the latch plate proper except the raised leading end portion. The film covers the depressed main portion of the upper surface in such a manner that an outer surface of the film is flush with the stepped portion. When the film is depressed by the striker, the stepped portion enhances a function is to stop a movement of the striker toward a mouth of the striker catching recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI KIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hironori Ohba
  • Patent number: 9022479
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism is provided and may include an upper housing plate and a lower housing plate. The adjustment mechanism may also include a recliner mechanism movable between an unlocked state permitting relative rotation between the upper housing plate and the lower housing plate and a locked state preventing relative rotation between the upper housing plate and the lower housing plate. A locking mechanism may selectively permit rotation of one of the upper housing plate and lower housing plate relative to the other of the upper housing plate and the lower housing plate when the recliner mechanism is in the locked state by permitting the recliner mechanism to rotate with the one of the upper housing plate and lower housing plate when in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher & Company, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jacob P. Hellrung, John J. Berndtson, David W. Milodrowski
  • Patent number: 9016792
    Abstract: A seat portion is pivotally mounted to a seat back at a main pivot point. A striker pin is mounted to the seat portion. The striker pin includes a free end. A bracket is further connected to the main pivot point wherein the bracket includes a main body. The bracket further includes an arm extending away from the main body. The arm extends away from the main body to support the free end of the pin to further support the striker pin during a latched construction. The main body of the bracket and the arm of the bracket support the free end of the pin during rotation of the seat portion towards the seat back from a down position to an up position allowing for a fixed latch on the seat back to engage with the pin of the seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Rupert Muck
  • Patent number: 8998332
    Abstract: A locking device for a fold-over backrest of a seat, has a locking housing in which a handle is pivotable between a locked position and an unlocked position, by which handle a pawl of a locking mechanism can be carried between a locked position and an unlocked position. A blocking bolt is movable manually by a closable lock between a blocked position blocking the handle and a released position releasing the handle. A transmission element is driveable displaceably in a guide from a first end position into a second end position. The transmission element has a retaining element and, upon movement of the handle out of the locked position, is movable into a retaining recess of the blocking bolt and prevents the blocking bolt from being able to move from the released position into the blocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ingo Teufel, Peter Reimer
  • Patent number: 8985692
    Abstract: A rear row vehicle seat in which a pair of spaced apart and fixed supports are mounted upon a floor of a vehicle. A seat bottom exhibits a pair of side plates pivotally secured between said fixed supports. A seat back is pivotally mounted at its side ends to axially aligning locations of the side plates, offset from a pivot axis established between the seat bottom and the fixed supports, and such that upward pivoting of the seat bottom causes a combined pivotal and vertically induced displacement of the seatback. A latch is mounted to a rear facing location of the seatback and an elongated striker bar is mounted to a structurally supported and elevated location of the vehicle. The striker bar exhibits a combined arcuate and vertically extending profile for engaging the latch while accommodating vertical sliding of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: BAE Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley D. Pacolt
  • Patent number: 8950810
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for a seat of a vehicle includes a side plate, a hook, a locking pawl, an anti-rattle cam and a transfer plate. The side plate includes a first and second mounting bushing and a first and second pivot bushing. The hook is pivotably supported on the second pivot bushing, and includes a receiving portion configured to accept a striker. The hook is further configured to rotate between an engaged position and a released position. The locking pawl and anti-rattle cam are pivotably supported on the first pivot bushing and configured to rotate between a locked and an unlocked state. The locking pawl is configured to prevent the hook from rotating toward the released position when in a locked state. The transfer plate is configured to selectively urge the hook to rotate toward a released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toyo Seat USA Corp.
    Inventors: John K. Dryburgh, Todd A. Demaray, James E. Willing
  • Patent number: 8939511
    Abstract: A first and a second surface of a latch for a seat permit sliding passage of the latch relative to a front leg of a striker, upon contact of the front leg with either of the first and second surfaces. A third surface in a containing space of the latch stops the latch by contacting the front leg. The third surface is arranged such that a rear leg of the striker is brought in alignment with a lock groove of the latch upon contact of the front leg with the third surface. The latch can be guided along the second surface when the second surface contacts the front leg, so that the second surface slides on and past the front leg. By continuously unfolding the seat back upwards until the third surface contacts the front leg, the seat back can be set to a design reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Jidousha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation, Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sanji Majima, Ken Kuroiwa, Akira Ogiso, Kiyohiko Kamata, Hiroyuki Nozaki
  • Patent number: 8926019
    Abstract: Provided is a seat back latch for locking or unlocking a seat back of a motor vehicle seat in order to fold the seat back, and more particularly, a seat back latch for a motor vehicle capable of adjusting an inclination of a seat back in a multi-stage and firmly maintaining a locked state of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KM&I Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-Chan Lee, Minyi Gil
  • Patent number: 8905475
    Abstract: A modular seat assembly for installation into one of at least two vehicles differing in body style includes a seat frame including a first attachment area and a second attachment area. The seat assembly also includes a coupling device that operably couples the seat frame to the vehicle. The coupling device is attached to the seat frame in one of the first and second attachment areas. The one of the first and second attachment areas is chosen for attachment of the coupling device according to the body style of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Schenten, Sumit Mathur, D. Scott Bittinger, Nicol Margot Albanese
  • Patent number: 8894153
    Abstract: A seat lock device comprises a base plate having a striker receiving recess for receiving a striker, a latch plate having a striker receiving recess and rotatably connected to the base plate and rotatable between latch and unlatch positions with respect to the striker, a lock plate rotatably connected to the base plate and rotatable between lock and unlock positions with respect to the latch plate and a cover member having a U-shaped flange formed thereon and covering one major surface of the base plate having the U-shaped flange neatly disposed on a peripheral edge of the striker receiving recess. The seat lock device further comprises pawls provided by the base plate and depressed toward the cover member, recesses provided by the cover member for receiving the pawls respectively and stoppers provided by respective walls of the recesses for preventing the pawls from being disengaged from the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hironori Ohba
  • Patent number: 8870288
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for a vehicle seat, particularly for a motor vehicle seat, includes a locking mechanism (23) for mechanically locking a moveable catch (31) of the locking mechanism (23) with a counter element (B), and an actuator device (24, 50) for actuating the catch (31) via a drive. A housing (20) is provided in which the locking mechanism (23) is arranged and housed. Improved safety against injuries of vehicle passengers that occur due to non-locked backseat backrests is provided with a motor-driven device for creating a lock of the locking mechanism (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Components GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Norbert Heeg, Andreas Diehl, Peter Müller
  • Patent number: 8864224
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat capable of reliably moving a seat cushion or a seat back to a folded position by remote control without deformation or the like of an armrest. A vehicle seat has a seat cushion, a seat back, and an armrest movable between a use position and a stowed position, in which at least one of the seat cushion and the seat back is movable from a seated position to a folded position, and a remote control restraint element for restraining movement of the movable seat cushion or the movable seat back in the direction of the folded position when the armrest is at the use position is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8833833
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reclining apparatus for a rear seat of a vehicle, having a back frame having a upper end and a lower end; a cushion frame having a front side and a back side, wherein the back side of the cushion frame is pivotally connected to the lower end of the back frame; a back frame locking module disposed on the upper end of the back frame, the back frame locking module removably engageable to a body panel and acting as a pivot center when engaged with the body panel; and a guide module configured to guide the cushion frame pivotally connected to the back frame so that the lower portion of the back frame pivots about the upper portion when the cushion frame slides up forward or down rearward to allow the back frame to move between an upright position and a reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Dymos Incorporated, Dae Chang Seat Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chan Ho Jeong, Jun Yeol Heo, Gil Ju Kim, Chang Ju Gi, Seon Chae Na, Sang Uk Yu, Eom Seok Yoo, Young Sun Lee, In Chang Hwang, Myung Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 8814273
    Abstract: A seat structure may be installed in a seat assembly. The seat structure may comprise plurality of tube members forming a substantially closed structure. Some of the tube members have a substantially uniform cross-sectional area along a substantial portion of its respective longitudinal length. At least a first set of the tube members has at least one of a different dimensional property and a different material property from a second set of the tube members such that mechanical properties of each tube member is configured for stress requirements for a respective region that the respective tube member occupies. The plurality of tube members are joined such that the plurality of tube members are in fixed positions relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Ornela Zekavica, Daniel J. Sakkinen, Mark S. Williamson, Antoine Kmeid, Alexander I. Balin, Piotr Roszczenko, Yannis Poulos, Edward J. Lamont
  • Patent number: 8777315
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a high handle seat latch incorporated into a rotating seatback including a body integrated into the seatback and exhibiting a rear facing hook engaging a package shelf supported striker in an upright design position. A lift handle is supported at an upper end of the body and is accessible from a top of the seatback. A linkage interconnects the handle with the hook and is responsive to upward rotation of the handle to rotate the hook to a striker release and forward dump position. A cable actuates the linkage independent of the lift handle to actuate the hook to the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tavis Lutzka, Stanley D. Pacolt, Paul Dennis Lesperance
  • Patent number: 8757679
    Abstract: A locking device (1) comprising at least one locking mechanism (2) having a catch (3), a pivotal first pawl (4), and a second pawl (5), with which the first pawl (4) can be blocked from being swiveled. The locking device (1) further comprises a motor-driven actuating mechanism (6), which displaces at least one operating lever (7) in such a manner that the operating lever (7), during its movement cooperates with both pawls (4, 5) one after the other. The locking device is used to lock or unlock seat backs of motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Torkowski, Karsten Barth, Serkan Gülkan, Ulrich Weichsel, Thorsten Bendel, Kevin Zhang
  • Patent number: 8757678
    Abstract: A locking device for a vehicle seat, in particular for a motor vehicle seat, is provided with a locking mechanism for the mechanical locking of a movable catch of the locking mechanism with a counter-element, and with an actuator unit for the actuation of the catch via a drive. A hosing is provided in which the locking mechanism is arranged and mounted, with regard to the required installation space. The locking device provides the possibility of the formation of structurally different variants of the locking device. The actuator unit (4) is arranged in the housing as a shared housing (2) together with the locking mechanism (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Norbert Heeg, Peter Müller, Andreas Diehl
  • Patent number: 8727443
    Abstract: A locking element for a vehicle seat serves to lock the backrest to a seat part and/or to the body of the vehicle. The element comprises a rotatably mounted rotary catch which interacts with a pin in a locking manner. A rotatably mounted latching pawl secures the rotary catch in its locking position. In case of an accident, the rotary catch and the latching pawl are displaced relative to a housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Andreas Vedder, Igor Gordenko
  • Patent number: 8708413
    Abstract: A locking device (1) for a vehicle seat, particularly for a motor vehicle seat, has a housing (5), a catch (11) mounted in a movable manner on the housing (5) for locking with a mating element (B). At least one safety element (25, 31) is provided for securing the catch (11) in the locked state and can be moved relative to the catch (11) for unlocking the locking device (1). A query device (40) queries the locking state of the locking device (1) and has at least one transducer (41, 42) and at least one sensor (43). The query device (40) is designed in a contactless manner. The transducer (41, 42) and the sensor (43) interact with each other due to the relative positioning and/or movement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: KEIPER GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Norbert Heeg, Andreas Diehl, Markus Dein
  • Patent number: 8684464
    Abstract: A locking mechanism (1) for a vehicle seat, particularly for a motor vehicle seat, includes a latch (11) that is to be interlocked with an opposite element (B) and is mounted to be pivotable about a first bearing bolt (13), and at least one securing element (25, 31) that secures the latch (11) in the locked state. A cap (17) which rests on the latch (11) covers at least part of the edge of a hook opening of the latch (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Peter Müller, Olaf Kreuels, Stefan Haber, Volker Windecker, Denise Schmitt
  • Publication number: 20140070589
    Abstract: A locking system for a vehicle seat, for locking to a vehicle structure of a vehicle, has a backrest able to be folded from a normal position into a folded position, a locking device located on the backrest, and a catch that can be pivoted between a locking position and an unlocking position and can be pivotally driven by both a manually-pivotable unlocking element and an actuation device arranged on the vehicle structure. When the backrest is in the normal position, a counter element is locked to the locking device by the catch. The actuation device has a control lever that can be moved between a locking position and an unlocking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: KEIPER GMBH & CO.KG
    Inventors: Ingo Teufel, Kai Schumann
  • Patent number: 8621956
    Abstract: An actuator (1) for a vehicle includes a base (4), a covering element (5), a handle piece (6) arranged rotatably in the covering element (5), and a cable (25) with a terminal fitting (26). The actuator (1) is insertable into a metal structure of a vehicle seat backrest. The base (4) has a guiding element (32) that moves the terminal fitting (26) into an initial position for assembling the handling piece (6) to the terminal fitting (26). The guiding element (32) is between a core (24) of the cable (25) and prevents the terminal fitting (26) from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Antonios Simeonidis, Karsten Wehling, Leonid Fissler, Jorg Mantke
  • Patent number: 8608245
    Abstract: A seat latch for use in retaining a seat back or other element in a locked position. The seat latch may include a lifting element configured to lift a locking fork into locking engagement with a retaining hook. The lifting element may be a spring that experiences increased tension when the seat back is folded into an upright position. The increased tension can cause the spring to lock the seat back relative to the retaining hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Stanislaw Andrzej Wieclawski
  • Publication number: 20130328372
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lock device for locking by inserting a striker into a base member. The lock device includes a latch, which is disposed on the base member and constrains and releases the striker, and a pawl, which holds the latch. Backlash of the latch is limited by a simple structure. A cam member is rotationally connected to the base member by a rotation shaft different from that of the pawl. An engaging protrusion and recess are formed on the pawl and cam member, respectively. When the pawl is at an allowable position, the protrusion and recess are engaged with each other to hold the cam member. The engagement is released when the pawl rotates to a holding position, engaging the cam member with the latch, which is at a locked position, thereby rotating the latch such that the striker contacts the bottom surface of a base groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirokazu Suzumura, Kazuya Iwasa, Haruo Kato, Nobuyoshi Teraoka
  • Publication number: 20130313395
    Abstract: The vehicle seat latch (16) disclosed includes an elongate pivot plate (32) pivotally mounted by a first pivotal connection (36) on a seat frame (28) by a mounting plate (26). A second pivotal connection (42) mounts a latch assembly (40) on the pivot plate (32). The latch assembly (40) includes a throat plate (46) having a throat (48) for receiving a vehicle body mounted striker (24), and the latch assembly (40) also includes at least one latch member (50, 52) movable between latched and unlatched positions for securing the latch to the striker (24). Pivoting of the pivot plate (32) about the first pivotal connection (36) and pivoting of the throat plate (46) about the second pivotal connection (42) provide the latch assembly with compliance that accommodates for striker position variation along transverse directions, which are vertical and horizontal when the seat is latched to the vehicle floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: PORTER GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Blake, Sobieslaw W. Derbis
  • Patent number: 8590973
    Abstract: A lock device for a vehicular seat, including a striker and a catcher including a base plate, a cover, a first striker receiving portion formed in each of the base plate and the cover, a latch rotatably disposed through a latch shaft, a lock plate rotatably disposed through a lock shaft, and a rubber bumper mounted to the first striker receiving portion of the base plate. The rubber bumper includes engaging grooves engaged with side peripheries of the first striker receiving portion of the base plate, respectively, a recessed portion engaged with a bumper receiving portion formed on a bottom surface of the first striker receiving portion of the base plate, and restraining portions engageable with outer circumferential surfaces of the latch shaft and the lock shaft, thereby restraining the rubber bumper from falling off from the first striker receiving portion of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Matsuura, Hironori Ohba
  • Patent number: 8573699
    Abstract: A rear seat of a vehicle which allows controlled reclining of the seat as well as folding the seatback to a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Ornela Zekavica
  • Patent number: 8544931
    Abstract: A latch assembly for vehicle seat is provided. The latch assembly includes a base with a receiving pocket for accommodating a striker of a vehicle body part, a catch rotatably coupled to the base to rotate between a locking position where the catch supports the striker and an unlocking position where the catch allows the striker to escape, a damping plate rotatably coupled to the base to elastically press the catch to rotate to the unlocking position and having a damping surface which elastically presses and supports the striker accommodated in the receiving pocket, a pawl plate rotatably coupled to the base and having a pressing surface which presses the catch rotated to the locking position, and a pawl rotatably coupled to the base with the same rotating axis as the pawl plate and can prevent a further rotation of the catch due to an outer impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Austem Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-Kyu Park, Hong-Jeon Baek
  • Patent number: 8511723
    Abstract: A locking device includes a locking mechanism and a striker. The locking mechanism has a base plate, a hook, a pawl, a release lever, a thrust member, a locking spring and a thrust spring. The hook, when rotated, is capable of forming a locked condition in which the striker is held or an unlocked condition. The pawl is rotatably supported via a support shaft as a first shaft and is capable of rotating to a position in which the pawl can engage the hook. The release lever is rotatably supported via a support shaft as a second shaft. The release lever, when applied with a manipulation force for unlocking, is capable of rotating the pawl from the engageable position in a non-engaging direction. The thrust member is rotatably supported via the support shaft and is capable of further pressing the hook in the locked condition toward a locking direction. Further, the support shaft is positioned beyond the support shaft as viewed from an input point of the manipulation force to the release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taiyo Otsuka
  • Patent number: 8506014
    Abstract: A recline mechanism incorporated into a rear row seat and including a latch plate fixed to an interior location of the vehicle. A body is supported in displaceable fashion along locations associated with the latch plate and exhibits an outwardly facing striker engaged by a hook component configured into an opposing side location of a pivotal seatback in order to selectively pivotally slave the seatback to the mechanism. A cable release component is supported on the body and operates to actuate a pivot element exhibiting biased fingers likewise supported on the body from a first position in engagement with the latch plate to a second position permitting the seatback to pivot an angular distance within an overall range defined by the latch plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: BAE Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Bruck
  • Publication number: 20130200678
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mechanism for operating a vehicle split seat whereby operation levers of two seat backs can be arranged compactly on a wall surface of a luggage compartment or the like such that the two operation levers have the same pivot support point, without impairing operability of the levers. Two operation levers 31, 32 are respectively connected to locking mechanisms of at least two adjacent seat backs 11B by way of operation cables 22, 23, the operation levers 31, 32 being formed of a central lever 32 and an outer lever 31 provided outside the central lever having the same pivot support point, operation parts being provided on the free end sides of arm parts of both the levers 31, 32 and operating spaces X, Y, Z which allow both the levers 31, 32 to be operated individually also being provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Hirokawa, Satoshi Fujita, Keisuke Iida, Saori Mito, Nanae Michida, Yuina Ashihara
  • Patent number: 8439446
    Abstract: A vehicle seat reclining device comprises a latch mechanism having latch holes defined in a rail along a central axial line, a slider hole penetrating through a slider so as to be alignable with the latch holes, a support portion slidably supported on the slider, and a lever coupled to the support portion so as to be pivotable about an axis that is substantially parallel to the central axial line. A latch claw is extends from the lever and is engageable with the respective latch holes via the slider hole. A first amount of play is provided between the support portion and the lever in a direction parallel to the central axial line. A second amount of play, which is less than the first amount play, is provided between the slider hole and the latch claw in the direction parallel to the central axial line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Ansei Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Ishii, Satoshi Umezu
  • Patent number: 8439445
    Abstract: In the field of vehicle seats there is a need for an improved vehicle seat back tilt adjustment assembly that allows a user selectively to make small or large adjustments to the inclination of a vehicle seat back. A vehicle seat back tilt adjustment assembly comprises a guide member securable to a vehicle body; and an intermediate mechanism moveably coupled to the guide member. The intermediate mechanism includes first and second locking elements. The first locking element is moveable between a first configuration in which it is engagable with a vehicle seat back to secure the seat back to the intermediate mechanism and a second configuration in which the seat back is disengagable therefrom to allow the seat back to move independently of the intermediate mechanism. The second locking element selectively engages the guide member to secure the position of the intermediate mechanism relative to the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Automotive (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Graham Perkins, Stuart Joseph Whitmore
  • Patent number: 8439436
    Abstract: An arrangement structure for a duct is provided, enabling formation of an air intake opening of the duct such as to be widely open on the side of a seatback and improvement in strength of a striker holding the seatback. The arrangement structure includes a vehicle seat with a seatback and a lock mechanism provided on the seatback and engaging with a striker supported on a vehicle sidewall to lock the seatback at a standing position; and the duct provided on the side of the seatback, extending in the up and down direction and flowing air. The striker has an inclined portion extending from the engaging position of the seatback and the lock mechanism toward outside with respect to a vehicle lateral direction and toward the vehicle rear side. The duct is disposed on the side of the seatback and on the front side of the inclined portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomotake Kato
  • Patent number: 8408648
    Abstract: A fold and tumble mechanism may be used with a vehicle seat having a seat bottom, a seat back that is pivotable with respect to the seat bottom, and a latch associated the seat bottom for coupling the seat to a vehicle body. The fold and tumble mechanism may include a recliner mechanism adapted to pivotally mount the seat back to the seat bottom, a recliner release lever, and a fold and tumble release lever. The recliner release lever is associated with the recliner mechanism and is movable to selectively release the recliner mechanism to allow the seat back to pivot. The fold and tumble release lever includes a cam that is engageable with the recliner release lever. Furthermore, the fold and tumble release lever is operable to move the recliner release lever to release the recliner mechanism, and is further operable to unlatch the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: William D. Champ
  • Patent number: 8393682
    Abstract: A seat back locking device for an automobile for a seat back 5 configured so as to be capable of being changed from an upright position to a folded-down position and vice versa, including a locking mechanism 10 for locking the seat back 5 in the upright position, a locking knob 20 for unlocking the locking mechanism 10, and a key cylinder 30 capable of locking and unlocking the locking knob 20. In the locking device, a contact part 33 that comes into contact with a contacted part 26 provided on the locking knob 20 is connectingly provided integrally with a cylinder body 31 of the key cylinder 30 so that the key cylinder 30 can be changed over between a locked state in which the contact part 33 comes into contact with the contacted part 26 to inhibit the rotation of the locking knob 20 and an unlocked state in which the contact part 33 does not come into contact with the contacted part 26 to allow the rotation of the locking knob 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignees: Suzuki Motor Corporation, NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotsugu Hosoda, Takashi Ono, Takefumi Mitsugi
  • Patent number: 8360496
    Abstract: A folding seat system for use with a vehicle includes, but is not limited to, a seat body including a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is rotatably mounted to the seat bottom such that the seat back can be folded over the seat bottom. A hinge is connected to the seat body and is configured to attach to the vehicle. The hinge is further configured to permit the seat body to rotate approximately 180° in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle between a forward position, an intermediate position, and a storage position when the seat back is folded over the seat bottom. A biasing member biases the seat body towards the storage position when the seat body is in the forward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Cristian Farcas, Chris Piscitelli
  • Patent number: 8353552
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base, a seat back, and a striker. The seat back connects with the seat base for pivotal movement about a pivot axis. The striker is moveable in a linear direction between a retracted position where the striker is disposed in the seat back and an extended position where the striker extends from the seat back for engaging an associated latch. Movement of the seat back in a first direction, which is toward the seat base, results in the striker moving toward the retracted position. Movement of the seat back in a second direction, which is away from the seat base, results in the striker moving toward the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scheurer, II, Terrie Ellison, Trenton Hobbs, Derek Shane Lindsay
  • Patent number: 8342605
    Abstract: A vehicle seat lock device is provided. The vehicle seat lock device includes a seat lock housing, a striker, a hook member and a blocking member. The seat lock housing is configured to be fixed to one of a seat back and a vehicle body. The striker is configured to be fixed to the other of the seat back and the vehicle body. The hook member is rotatably mounted on the seat lock housing to latch and unlatch the striker by engaging and disengaging the striker, respectively. The blocking member is pivotally mounted on the seat lock housing. The blocking member pivots and contacts with the hook member to prevent the hook member from rotating and to maintain engagement between the hook member and the striker when a load that is higher than a predetermined amount is inputted to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin Technical Center of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Kojima, Nicholas DeMarco, Timothy E. Fry
  • Patent number: 8336966
    Abstract: A support pin component for attachment to a reclining part of a vehicle seat and for insertion into a support receiver of a support frame, and a vehicle seat having a support pin component. The support pin component comprises an attachment region configured for attachment to a reclining part of a vehicle seat, and a pin, preferably having an internal thread, configured for pivotable insertion into a support receiver of a seat frame. The support pin component is a shaped part of sheet steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Häntsch, Heiner Kempf