Headrest Patents (Class 297/391)
  • Patent number: 10427573
    Abstract: A headrest includes a right headrest pillar and a left headrest pillar apart from the right headrest pillar, a fixed frame disposed on the headrest pillars, a movable frame coupled to the fixed frame with a movable mechanism, and a front-back locking mechanism locking and unlocking a front-back movement of the movable frame relative to the fixed frame. The movable frame is movable in the front-back direction relative to the fixed frame. The front-back locking mechanism includes a plurality of engaged members disposed outside the right and left headrest pillars in a width direction thereof and a locking member having a plurality of engaging portions to be respectively engaged with the engaged members to lock the movement of the movable frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Ishihara, Kazuhiro Mishiba, Yuji Nakano, Hiroshi Izawa
  • Patent number: 10420424
    Abstract: A novel molded foam pool float (10) and ottoman (12) are formed of a continuous form of semi-rigid, pliable foam of constant density. The pool float (10) has an elongate shape which partially circumscribes a user, having an enclosed end (24) with a headrest (38), two arms (26, 28) symmetrically extending from opposite sides of the enclosed end (24), and an open end (30) disposed between ends (34, 36) of the arms (26, 28). The headrest (38) extends upward from the enclosed end (24), above the arms (26, 28) to provide both a headrest and a chin rest, depending upon the orientation of the pool float (10) to the user. The upper surfaces (58, 60) of the arms (26, 28) are preferably recessed beneath respective sides of the arms (26, 28) and have a pebbled texture. Void recesses (72, 74, 76) are provided in the lower side (16) of the pool float (10) for trapping air to provide enhanced flotation and reduce the unit costs of the foam for the pool float (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Michael L. Perry
  • Patent number: 10363851
    Abstract: A headrest assembly for a vehicle seat includes a front panel with a base portion and a support portion. A rear panel includes a base portion and a support portion. A support member includes first and second legs that are interconnected by an upper cross member. First and second support wings are coupled to the first and second legs of the support member and outwardly extend therefrom. The base portion of the front panel couples to a front side of the first and second support wings. The base portion of the rear panel couples to a rear side of the first and second support wings. The support wings are overmolded to the support member along with one or more attachment features to interconnect the front and rear panels to one another around the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, David Frederick Lyons, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10327555
    Abstract: A stay for headrest includes a hollow metallic stay body, and an end installation body. The stay body is formed as a letter-“U” shape including a base, and paired legs extending respectively from opposite ends of the base. The end installation body is formed of a polymeric material, and includes a solid portion arranged inside a hollow interior in a leading end portion of the paired legs, and a spherical portion protruding from the leading end portion of the paired legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TOKAI CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takemasa Okumura
  • Patent number: 10314401
    Abstract: A seat assembly having a support post, a headrest, and a latch mechanism. The latch mechanism may have first and second guide wires that control movement of the headrest along first and second axes, respectively. The latch mechanism may permit movement of the headrest along the first and second axes when in an unlatched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Bernd Rolf Schwerma, Florian Diefenthaler, Stefan Brunner, Thomas Peklo
  • Patent number: 10308153
    Abstract: A headrest moving device, wherein a lever member, which is connected to the seat or the headrest in a pivoted state, presses the pawl, thereby releasing the engagement between the pawl and the ratchet. A consumer can release the locking at any position by operating a lever member externally protruded from the headrest after the consumer has moved the headrest. The method of releasing the locking can be easily recognized by the consumer, therefore the consumer can effectively and easily utilize the headrest moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: WOOBO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hae Il Jeong
  • Patent number: 10299975
    Abstract: A system includes an adapter and a lock. The adapter includes a flexible collar and an attachment structure. The flexible collar is configured to at least partially surround a portion of the wheelchair such that the flexible collar engages the portion of the wheelchair and aids in preventing rotation of the adapter relative to the portion of the wheelchair. The attachment structure has a first arm attached to and extending from the flexible collar and a second arm attached to and extending from the flexible collar. The lock includes a body and a mounting platform attached thereto. The body of the lock is configured to engage the attachment structure to aid in maintaining the flexible collar in a closed position. The mounting platform has one or more coupling mechanisms attached thereto for use in removably mounting one or more accessories to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Mohammad Sayed
  • Patent number: 10293727
    Abstract: A headrest in one aspect of the present disclosure comprises a first frame member, a second frame member, a displacement mechanism configured to displace the second frame member with respect to the first frame member, a first guide shaft, and a second guide shaft arranged at a position shifted in a substantially vertical direction and in a substantially horizontal direction with respect to the first guide shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Tatewaki, Tatsuyuki Morishita, Masatoshi Mori, Hiroki Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 10266089
    Abstract: A headrest in one aspect of the present disclosure comprises a first frame member, a second frame member, a displacement mechanism to displace the second frame member with respect to the first frame member, a first guide shaft, a first bearing portion through which the first guide shaft is inserted, a second guide shaft, a second bearing portion through which the second guide shaft is inserted, a first fixing portion that comprises a first insertion hole into which one end of the first guide shaft is inserted, and a second fixing portion that comprises a second insertion hole into which one end of the second guide shaft is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Tatewaki, Tatsuyuki Morishita, Masatoshi Mori, Hiroki Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 10239433
    Abstract: A headrest (1) for a vehicle includes a main element (2) on which a wing element (3) is mounted by means of a hinge (4) so as to be rotatable about a substantially vertical axis. So as to create a frictional locking function, the hinge (4) includes a shaft (41) with a projection (43) as well as a bush (42) with a receptacle (44) that is associated with the projection (43). The shaft (41) is mounted in the bush (42), and in a locked position the projection (43) engages into the receptacle (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Thomas Dillinger
  • Patent number: 10220751
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to bearings, guide sleeves and head restraint assemblies for automobiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy J. Hagan, Abe Sanchez, Paul Haines, Heiko Jessler, Brandon S. Murphy, Vincent Dimartino, Chloe Echikson, Mirko Hundertmark
  • Patent number: 10220753
    Abstract: A vehicle headrest structure includes a fixing seat, having a plurality of buckle grooves and a buckle slot; two cover plates, detachably connected to the fixing seat; two axle portions, disposed at outer end portions of the fixing seat respectively and each provided with a protruding axle and at least one accommodation recess, a spring and a steel ball being provided in the accommodation recess; two headrest bodies, each including a turning arm, a headrest portion at one end of the turning arm, and a pivot portion at another end of the turning arm, an inner side of the pivot portion being provided with a plurality of positioning recesses arranged in a circle, an outer side of the pivot portion being provided with a stepped perforation; and a screw, inserted in the stepped perforation and screwed to the protruding axle of each of the axle portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Hsueh-Chi Chiang
  • Patent number: 10220752
    Abstract: A headrest assembly includes a front surface and a frame member disposed within an interior of the headrest bun. First and second hinge members are coupled to opposite sides of the frame member and first and second side supports are operably coupled to the first and second hinge members, such that the first and second side supports are independently operable between stowed and extended positions relative to the headrest bun. The first and second side supports extended outwardly from the front surface of the headrest bun in the extended position, and the friction hinges are tuned to move the first and second side supports towards the stowed position when the first and second side supports are contacted by a vehicle occupant during a vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss, Christian J. Hosbach, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10201919
    Abstract: A headrest (400) is provided for a vehicle. The head rest (400) includes a front part (200) and a back part (100) with integrated lateral parts (104). The front part (200) and the back part (100) with integrated lateral parts (104) are formed in a complementary manner such that when they are assembled together, a closed space is formed in which a U-shaped curved support rod (300) can be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Thomas Dillinger, Felix Manduzio
  • Patent number: 10188575
    Abstract: A cervical orthotic device is generally provided. The device includes a base, sidewalls extending upwardly therefrom, and a cervical support surface opposite the base. The cervical support surface unites the sidewalls. The sidewalls include opposingly paired lateral sidewalls and opposingly paired longitudinal sidewalls. The cervical support surface includes a first planar portion adjacent a first longitudinal sidewall of the opposingly paired longitudinal sidewalls, a second planar portion adjacent a second longitudinal sidewall of the opposingly paired longitudinal sidewalls, and an arcuate portion intermediate the planar portions. The arcuate portion of the cervical support surface delimits a cervical engagement ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Core Products International, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Norstrem
  • Patent number: 10173567
    Abstract: Described are lightweight headrests with a perimeter frame 200 with an open central region. The open central region is spanned by a suspension membrane 100 held in tension. The suspension membrane provides support and cushioning functions to a passenger head without the need for internal structures or compression cushions. The perimeter frame of the headrest may have additional cross members spanning the rear portion of the headrest. These cross members may provide additional structure or locate attachment points for the headrest onto the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Jose Madrigal, Ty Parker, Patricia Luevano
  • Patent number: 10173565
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback with a back panel having a plurality of score lines defining a deflectable upper portion of the back panel. A headrest includes a housing with front and rear covers. The rear cover includes a plurality of score lines defining a deflectable lower portion of the rear cover. A trim ring is coupled between the deflectable upper portion of the seatback and the deflectable lower portion of the rear cover by one or more reinforcement brackets in assembly. The trim ring includes a plurality of notches disposed along a perimeter portion thereof. The notches of the trim ring cooperate to define deflection points of the trim ring along the perimeter thereof. The score lines and the notches of the vehicle seat provide for a dynamic impact energy management system for the seat at a head restraint thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, Rodney Charles Brinker, Richard Joseph Soyka
  • Patent number: 10155464
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly for a seat, the assembly including: At least one support for mounting a bun assembly above the seat back; a bun assembly including a core portion, the core portion having integral first bearing surfaces; a stationary hub mounted on the at least one support, the stationary hub disposed at least substantially within the core portion and pivotally supporting the core portion via the integral first bearing surfaces; and a lock pivotally supported within the core portion. The lock is selectively pivotally moveable between positions of engagement with, and disengagement from, the stationary hub. The position of engagement is characterized in that the core portion is fixed relative to the stationary hub and at least one support, and the position of disengagement is characterized in that the core portion is pivotally moveable relative to the stationary hub and at least one support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Gill Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Boks, John Witte, Robert Sutter
  • Patent number: 10149546
    Abstract: A cushion pad of a vehicle seat including: a cushion member including a soft pad and a hard pad which is harder than the soft pad, the soft pad being integrated with the hard pad so as to wrap the hard pad without covering a mounting side surface of the hard pad, wherein a groove, which is opened to the mounting side and having a size large enough to receive an exuding piece generated during molding of the soft pad, is provided in a periphery of the mounting side surface of the hard pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Nakao, Takeshi Shimosato
  • Patent number: 10099591
    Abstract: A dual configuration headrest system includes a seat having a top side and a back edge. A backrest is attached to the seat and extends upwardly from the top side. A housing is attached the backrest and is positioned over an upper edge of the backrest. The housing has a top wall, a bottom wall, first lateral wall and a second lateral wall. A front side of the housing is open. A head support is mounted within the housing and has a first side and a second side positioned opposite of each other. The head support further has a top side, a bottom side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side. The head support is rotationally mounted within the housing such that the first side or the second side is positioned in an opening in the front side when the head support is rotated relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: David Flynn
  • Patent number: 10098471
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a sofa pillow driving device, which comprises a side plate mounting member, a headrest mounting member, and a driving device, the sofa pillow driving device further comprises a rotation limit member and an elastic member, the rotation limit member being rotatably connected to the side plate mounting member, the headrest mounting member being rotatably connected to the rotation limit member, one end of the elastic member being connected to the headrest mounting member and the other end being connected to the rotation limit member, one end of the driving device being rotatably connected to the rotation limit member and the other end being rotatably connected to a backrest wood frame, the driving device drives the headrest mounting member to rotate by the rotation limit member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Remacro Machinery & Technology (Wujiang) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaohong Li, Haibo Wang, Jiao Chen, Zhong Pang, Linlin Wu
  • Patent number: 10099592
    Abstract: A headrest assembly includes a linkage system that is at least partially disposed within a housing. The linkage system is operable between fore and aft positions relative to the housing. An adjustable cover assembly includes a first member coupled to the linkage system for movement therewith, and a second member pivotally coupled to the first member. The second member includes an engagement flange configured to contact a portion of the housing to pivot the second member rearwardly as the adjustable cover assembly is driven outward by the linkage system during the positioning of a headrest bun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Daniel Ferretti, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, David Frederick Lyons
  • Patent number: 10076190
    Abstract: A pillow comprising two wings and a bridging section connecting the wings, so that the wings and bridging section form a substantially U-shaped shape. An elastic member and a connecting assembly connect one portion of the elastic member to a first fixing point on a wing or the bridging section and another portion of the elastic member to a second fixing point on a wing or the bridging section, so that the elastic member or the connecting assembly, or both, can pass from one wing to the other, and the elastic member can urge the wings towards one another. The invention provides a more convenient and quicker way of lengthening the elastic member or connecting assembly passing from one wing to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DG International Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Benjamin Atkinson, Jean-Philippe Henri Denat
  • Patent number: 10046680
    Abstract: The invention discloses a novel four-direction headrest, which comprises a headrest housing, a U-shaped headrest bar, a Z-direction sliding fixing socket, an unlocking mechanism bracket, a tab, a tab return spring, an X-direction sliding fixing socket, an X-direction sliding guide, an unlocking steel wire, an unlocking button, wherein the locking and unlocking among the X-direction sliding fixing socket, the unlocking mechanism bracket, and the U-shaped headrest bar is realized by the unlocking steel wire, and the locking and unlocking between the tab and the X-direction sliding guide is realized by the tab movement driven by the unlocking steel wire. The locking and unlocking mechanism of the invention is simple, efficient and controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: YANFENG ADIENT SEATING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Yaowei Cao, Biao Li, Min Zhu, Xia Li, Donghai Xu
  • Patent number: 10023089
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a headrest that can have increased comfort and safety. This headrest is provided with: an affixed-side member provided to a headrest pillar; a mobile-side member that is joined to the affixed-side member with a mobile mechanism therebetween and that can move in the front-back direction with respect to the affixed-side member; and a front-back locking mechanism that has an engaged section and a lock member that engages the engaged section, and that locks and unlocks the movement of the mobile-side member in the front-back direction. Also, the mobile-side member has a front-side cover for supporting a head. Furthermore, the engaged section is attached to the back surface of the front-side cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunori Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10017084
    Abstract: A headrest arrangement on a motor vehicle the head rest assembly includes a headrest, a back rest, and at least a guide rod. The guide rod connects the back rest with the headrest. The headrest is adjustable between a first locking position and at least a second lock position. The headrest arrangement can occupy an adjustment and a lock mode while in lock mode the head rest in a lock position is locked and the headrest from the first to the at least second locking position is adjustable in the adjustment mode. The backrest includes a locking facility with a lock body to lock the headrest in the lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthias Maass, Daniel Assefa
  • Patent number: 10011205
    Abstract: A method of assembling a vehicle seat assembly is provided. The method comprises the steps of providing a preassembled front seatback module and a seatback frame. The method further includes assembling a seatback assembly by coupling the front seatback module to a preassembled rear seatback module around and interconnected to the seatback frame. The method further includes providing a preassembled seat module and pivotally coupling the seat module to the seatback assembly. The assembly method further includes coupling the seat module to a seat frame, and further coupling a preassembled headrest module to an upper portion of the seatback assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marc Silva Kondrad, Brett Ronzi, Christian J. Hosbach, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 9987958
    Abstract: A headrest assembly includes a linkage system with a first adjustment mechanism configured to power fore and aft movement of a mounting plate. A headrest bun is slideably coupled to the mounting plate and is vertically adjustable via a second adjustment mechanism. A telescoping cover assembly is operable between stowed and deployed positions and configured to substantially conceal the linkage system as the linkage system moves between extended and retracted positions. A disconnect clip includes a first portion disposed on one or more support posts configured to support the headrest assembly, and a second portion disposed on the seatback frame. Power is provided to the first and second adjustment mechanisms when the first portion of the disconnect clip is electrically coupled to the second portion of the disconnect clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, David Frederick Lyons, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, Yalie Yan-rush, Christian J. Hosbach
  • Patent number: 9981586
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back, and a headrest that is provided above the seat back. The headrest includes a pair of stays that form a part of a skeleton of the headrest, a pair of panel members that sandwich parts of the pair of stays from front and rear or above and below so as to connect the stays with each other, and are joined to each other through outer peripheries so as to form a space inside and form a part of the skeleton of the headrest, a cushion material that covers the pair of panel members and the parts of the pair of stays, and a dynamic damper arranged inside the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mizobata, Shuuhei Miyake, Fumitoshi Akaike
  • Patent number: 9981748
    Abstract: A forward translating headrest equipped with a ring brake assembly configured to lock a position of a headrest plate relative to a headrest base. A ring brake is disposed between spaced first and second magnets such that first and second reset plates push the ring brake in a direction of one of the first and second magnets to reset the ring brake assembly at both ends of the stroke to the free the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: John Iossifidis, Moises Perez
  • Patent number: 9981587
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a skeleton member, panel members that are attached to the skeleton member and has a space inside, and a dynamic damper that is provided with a weight and an elastic body and arranged inside the space. The weight is fixed by being fitted into a fitting part, the fitting part being provided in the elastic body and formed so as to encircle and be able to be fitted to a part of an outer periphery part of the weight. A part other than the fitting part in the elastic body is fixed to the panel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mizobata, Shuuhei Miyake
  • Patent number: 9950649
    Abstract: A child car seat that includes a headrest portion that is adjustable with respect to the car seat base in a vertical and horizontal direction, wherein the adjustment of the headrest in a vertical direction is accomplished via a screw-type mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: EVENFLO COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Ralph Pleiman, Andrew R. Davis
  • Patent number: 9902301
    Abstract: A sleeve device for a headrest comprising a sleeve body to be inserted into an opening in a frame of a vehicle seat, the sleeve body comprising an inner axial passage to accommodate a rod of the headrest, the inner axial passage including an inner wall, a top end portion and a bottom end portion; a head portion; an external side; and an upper inner seat portion at the inner the wall of the top end portion of the axial passage, the upper inner seat portion for encircling an upper portion of the rod of the headrest; and an upper inner bushing overmoulded to the upper inner seat portion, the upper inner bushing being made from an antifriction resilient plastic material and comprising an inner axial opening for guiding the rod of the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Alberto Lardies Aquillue, Jordi Bielsa Bonet
  • Patent number: 9815432
    Abstract: A seat belt installation structure of a vehicle may include a seat which has a seat cushion and a seat back, and on which occupants can be seated alongside in a vehicle width direction. The seat belt installation structure may also include a three point seat belt device provided with a retractor that can wind a webbing, a through anchor that guides a shoulder belt part and a supporting part that supports a lap belt part. In the three point seat belt device, a through anchor for at least a first seat out of a plurality of seats adjacent to one another in the vehicle width direction may be attached to a headrest for a second seat located next to the first seat or a fixing part that fixes the headrest for the second seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Kuroda, Hironori Nozawa, Jun Tomiyama
  • Patent number: 9815393
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headrest fore-aft position adjuster including a displaceable body which receives load of an occupant's head and which displaces in a fore-aft direction with respect to a headrest pillar and a lock mechanism which locks and unlocks the displaceable body at a plurality of positions along the fore-aft direction, and the lock mechanism includes an engaging part which displaces in the fore-aft direction integrally with the displaceable body, a plurality of engaged part which is provided along a trajectory of the engaging part and which the engaging part is engaged with in a locked state and the engaging part is configured to engage with the engaged parts from a lateral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi Shimizu, Yuji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9789795
    Abstract: A headrest is provided including a movable unit that can be shifted to multiple positions in the front-rear direction in a normal mode. A headrest includes first and second headrest pillars, a stationary unit disposed between the first and second headrest pillars, a movable unit movable apart from or close to the stationary unit toward a front or rear direction, an X linkage connecting the stationary unit to the movable unit and including an inside linkage segment and an outside linkage segment rotatably connected each other at a central connecting intersection, and a front-rear locking mechanism including a lock receiver and a locking component engageable with the lock receiver, to lock or unlock the movable unit movable relative to the stationary unit toward the front or rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunori Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9782310
    Abstract: This invention pertains to medical accessories for wheelchairs. It specifically relates to a headrest system that can be attached to a wheelchair, medical chair, or bed for home use, hospitals or other medical centers. It is intended for use of patients with swallowing difficulties to prevent Aspiration Pneumonia during eating or drinking. This headrest would support the head in the proper position for deglutition that blocks the larynx entrance during swallowing and prevent food or drink from entering into respiratory system. Wherein, a serious problem for patients with lung diseases is, inhaling foreign material such as food and drink that could ultimately cause lung infection. This invention addresses this concern. The novelty introduced here is the design and technicalities of an attachable headrest with adjustable length and tilting head cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Space Technology Research LLC
    Inventor: Shahzadeh Khaligh
  • Patent number: 9782007
    Abstract: A headrest support having a hollow cylindrical shape and into which a headrest stay is inserted, is inserted into a bracket that has a hollow cylindrical shape and is fixed to a seat back frame. A protrusion, a tip end of which is a pivot center of the headrest support, formed such that a protrusion amount thereof increases in response to insertion of the headrest stay, is provided on an outer peripheral surface of this headrest support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Gen Takahashi, Akihide Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9783091
    Abstract: There is provided a seatback frame integrally formed by resin molding, the seatback frame including: an upper side frame section that includes a headrest retaining portion that extends along a seat width direction; a pair of side frame sections that extend along a seat up-down direction; and a reinforcing section that is formed in the upper side frame section by forming plural recessed portions, at least from the headrest retaining portion to the seat width direction end portion, wherein at least one or more of the recessed portions is open toward the seat rear side so as to provide a first wall face at the seat front side; and another one or more of the recessed portions is open toward the seat front side so as to provide a second wall face at the seat rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: NHK SPRING CO., LTD., TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenzo Yasuda, Hiroshi Kushiku, Tomoyuki Onodera, Ryotaro Nagao
  • Patent number: 9738184
    Abstract: A seat supporting member designed to support, from below, a seat member in its closed position, is provided on a body frame for allowing the seat member to be attached to and detached from the seat supporting member. A rear part of the seat member and an intermediate part of the seat supporting member in a front-rear direction thereof are connected to each other via a swinging arm. The seat member is supported on a body frame while its position is variable between a closed position where the seat member allows an occupant to sit thereon while covering at least one of maintenance spaces and a housing space from above; and an open position where an upper opening of the at least one of the maintenance spaces and the housing space is widely, almost completely opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Miyazawa, Tatsuya Shiokawa
  • Patent number: 9713973
    Abstract: Provided is a headrest that is capable of improving the rigidity of a headrest frame and preventing the leakage of a foaming agent upon integral foam formation of the headrest. The headrest, which is disposed on the upper part of a seatback and includes a headrest frame inside the headrest, includes a retaining portion of a headrest stay guide in the headrest frame. Further, the headrest is configured in a manner that a headrest skin is sandwiched between the headrest stay guide and the headrest frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichi Tachikawa, Shigeru Adachi, Hiroshi Izawa
  • Patent number: 9694730
    Abstract: Paired mounting portions to which holders are attached are each formed as a notch or a through hole extending in an up-down direction of an upper frame, so that the paired mounting portions are disposed across a central position of the upper frame in a seat-width direction, and the holders are attached to the paired mounting portions, respectively, and then fixed to an upper face portion and a lower face portion of the upper frame at a seat rearward position relative to a seating face portion of the upper frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidekazu Kitou
  • Patent number: 9681751
    Abstract: An electric support system for headrest includes first sliders connected with and slid on each other, first and second fasteners, and first to fourth connecting rods; the first and second sliders are respectively fixed to the first fastener and the first connecting rod, an upper end of the first connecting rod and one end of the second connecting rod are respectively connected to the second fastener, one end of the third connecting rod is connected to the first connecting rod, the other end of the third connecting rod is pivotally connected to one end of the fourth connecting rod, the other end of the fourth connecting rod is pivotally connected to the first slider, the other end of the second connecting rod is pivotally connected to the third connecting rod between the two ends thereof, and a linear drive device having an output shaft for driving the first connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DONGGUAN WEIHONG HARDWARE AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 9649958
    Abstract: An adjustable headrest wherein the headrest independently moves along the substantially vertical axes of the mounting rods in response to a first-applied substantially vertical force applied to the headrest when the button I simultaneously actuated, and further wherein the headrest independently moves along the substantially horizontal axis of the slide rail in response to a second-applied substantially horizontal force applied to the headrest when the button is simultaneously actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: DAIMAY NORTH AMERICA AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Jianhua Wang, Yingtai Jiang, Chengke Tong, Xiaoguang Wang
  • Patent number: 9630536
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback, a support installed on the seatback, and a headrest having a stay inserted into the support. The support has a flanged head disposed outside the seatback and into which the stay is inserted, and a body disposed inside the seatback, and when the support is installed on the seatback, the head of the support depresses the seatback. The head has an overhang part, and a narrowed part that is provided between the overhang part and the body and that is narrower than the overhang part. A degree of narrowing of the narrowed part is set in such a way that, when the narrowed part of the head of the support depresses the seatback with the support installed on the seatback, the overhang part is in contact with a depressed surface of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinji Hirai, Shinsuke Yamano
  • Patent number: 9615682
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present disclosure are related to a supportive apparatus for the head and neck. Embodiments of the invention incorporate a C-shaped apparatus shaped to support the posterior region of the neck. A center region found in certain embodiments of the C-shaped apparatus is placed on the posterior of a neck. Lateral supports found in certain embodiments of the C-shaped apparatus are placed on the lateral aspect of a neck. Embodiments of the invention include an opening across a center region functioning to support the apparatus, and to further act as to ventilate a user's nape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: BullRest LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Maddocks, Sean O'Meara
  • Patent number: 9616788
    Abstract: A patch element 20 of a doughnut-like disc shape is fixedly provided, by sewing or adhesive, to a reverse surface of a seat-back-side area 12a defined in a trim cover assembly section covering a top region 12 of a headrest HR, in such a fashion that the patch element 20 circumscribes an entire edge of a headrest stay passage hole 14. Additionally, the patch element 20 is formed from a material capable of being impregnated with a liquid foaming agent injected in the trim cover assembly 2. Such patch element 20 has been impregnated with the liquid foaming agent S injected in the trim cover assembly 2 during a foaming process to form the headrest HR. Consequently, a density of the patch element 20 itself becomes extremely high, and therefore a strength of the patch element 20 can be increased to a great degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Tabata
  • Patent number: 9610874
    Abstract: A head restraint having a housing which is at least partially movable relative to a supporting rod, by which the head restraint is arranged on the backrest of a vehicle seat, toward and away from the head of the occupant of the seat. A slide is provided on the housing, with a positive connecting and/or non-positive connecting device along the longitudinal extent thereof, which can be brought into engagement with a respective locking device, and as a result can secure the housing in the respective position thereof as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Frotz
  • Patent number: 9585483
    Abstract: An adjustable head support apparatus includes a head support and an adjusting assembly disposed within the seat back of a chair. The adjusting assembly includes a positioning base, a rotating block, a moving base and a latch base. The positioning base is disposed at a rear end of the seat back and the rotating block is pivoted within the positioning base. The moving base is installed at the rear end of the positioning base to move the head support. The latch base is installed at the front end of the head support and engaged with the latch. When the head support is pulled up enough to move the moving base upward, the moving base will rotate the latch of the rotating block. Therefore, the height of the head support can be adjusted to satisfy different people and the support of the head can be provided properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Yao-Chuan Wu
  • Patent number: 9575503
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a head array system for a power wheelchair, including a head array body and one or more lateral arms. The head array body includes shafts. Each of the shafts includes lateral arm receiving sections. The one or more lateral arms are detachably coupled to one of the lateral arm receiving sections of one of the shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PERMOBIL AB
    Inventors: Johannes Engelmundus Leonardus Mathias Josten, Jeremy Michael Sedlak, Hymie Pogir, Hans Leon Fraeyman