Headrest Patents (Class 297/391)
  • Patent number: 10807719
    Abstract: An adjustable headrest assembly attachable to a seat back and including a linear slide and rotating links that allow the headrest to translate forward, laterally and/or about axes parallel to the seat back to provide head support in various positions. The headrest may further include lateral parts independently adjustable in angle relative to a center part to provide enhanced lateral head support. The adjustable headrest assembly is attachable to a front side of a seat back or to other adjustment mechanisms such as a vertical adjustment mechanism for moving the headrest assembly up or down relative to a seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson R. Wanner, Matthew T. Greninger
  • Patent number: 10793040
    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 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss, Christian J. Hosbach, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10793039
    Abstract: A headrest assembly including a plate attachable to a front side of a seat back, a flexible support structure attached to the plate, and a continuous fabric cover stretched over the flexible support structure and tensioned to create a hollow pocket behind the fabric cover and forward of the plate to allow the fabric cover to depress inward toward the plate in response to loading on a center portion of the fabric cover. The flexible support may be a flexible wire frame having symmetrical side portions angled away from the plate to induce a concave curve in the fabric cover to cradle the head of a seat occupant. The assembly may further include an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the position of the headrest relative to the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Suhre, Stephen A. Puglisi, Paul E. Neil, IV
  • Patent number: 10773625
    Abstract: The invention relates to a headrest having two rods (2), at least one having a locking detents, a housing with two channels and two sets of bearings, each set comprising a top bearing and a bottom bearing. Each bearing set is mounted in a corresponding channel by fitting these bearings into receptacles. The bearings have openings in which the rod can slide and a locking device for locking the housing relative to the rods in a plurality of vertical positions. The device includes at least one locking projection movable relative to the housing between a locking position and an unlocking position. The two rods are part of a frame formed by a metal tube bent to take the general shape of an inverted U with the rods corresponding to the legs of the U.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TESCA France
    Inventors: Laurent Georges, Grégory Herve
  • Patent number: 10766392
    Abstract: A seat includes a seat back frame and a mounting plate fixed to the seat back frame. A deployable plate is movably engaged with the mounting plate and is moveable away from the seat back frame from an undeployed position to a deployed position. An actuator is coupled to the deployable plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Zhibing Deng, Matthew B. Makowski, Sean Timothy Ryan
  • Patent number: 10766447
    Abstract: An airbag system for a vehicle table is provided. The system includes a table disposed in front of a passenger and an airbag cushion that is provided inside the table. The airbag cushion expands while being deployed in a state in which a first end portion of the airbag cushion is fixed to an internal portion of an edge of the table to allow a second end portion to protrude above the table and to cover an upper surface of the table. The airbag cushion also includes a bottom surface portion that faces the table, which is positioned at an interval from the upper surface of the table while the airbag cushion is deployed. An inflator supplies gas to the airbag cushion to deploy the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Yu Mi Jung
  • Patent number: 10730424
    Abstract: A device for fastening a headrest to a backrest of a vehicle seat comprises first and second guide units for receiving first and second headrest columns. First and second receiving units fixed on the backrest receive sleeve-like portions of the first and second guide units. The second guide unit comprises a locking mechanism for locking various vertical positions of the second headrest column relative to the second guide unit. At least one rib is arranged on an outer lateral surface of each sleeve-like portion. At least one recess, in which the rib of the respective guide unit engages in a positive locking manner, is arranged on each receiving unit. A width of the rib of the first guide unit is greater than a width of the recess of the second receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Matthias Frey
  • Patent number: 10694853
    Abstract: A support device configured to overlay a seating assembly and configured to support the torso, neck, and head of a user is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Sako Hamparsomian
  • Patent number: 10667624
    Abstract: A cover for creating a sterile sitting environment is provided. The cover includes a front, a side, and the back. The front and the back are connected by the side so as to create an internal volume bounded by the front, the back, and the side, which internal volume is accessible via an opening. The back of the cover can be larger than the front of the cover. The back of the cover can include a central opening. The central opening can be sized and shaped to allow a user to access a portion of a seat, such as a media device, through the central opening. The cover can include a support member positionable below the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Keely Watson
  • Patent number: 10640013
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a seat for vehicles in which walk-in operation can be cancelled by simple operation. A seat for vehicles includes: a mechanism to shift a seat cushion (2) from a seating position to an escape position by operation of an operation part (9); and a walk-in cancel mechanism (400) for cancelling walk-in operation which restrains a seat back (3) from rotating to a fully tilted-down position of the seat back (3) when the seat cushion (2) is shifted from the seating position to the escape position and the seat back (3) is rotated to a middle tilted position, and also switches a slide rail device in a locked state to an unlocked state, in which the walk-in cancel mechanism (400) is automatically operated in conjunction with operation of the operation part (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Imayou, Toshiki Igarashi, Yayoi Hirano, Shunsuke Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10632952
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to passenger restraint system, deployable upon detection of an imminent side impact vehicle collision. The restraint system contains both an inner inflatable portion and an outer rigid telescopic portion, resulting in a semi-rigid restraint system. The restraint system may be mounted to the outboard and/or inboard sides of a vehicle seat, to protect the passenger from forces from an intruding door structure (or vehicle structure) or from other passengers. Mounting the restraint system to the vehicle seat may limit the force load that is transferred from the vehicle to the occupant, compared to a restraint system mounted to the vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Craig Markusic
  • Patent number: 10632886
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is thinned in a seat front to back direction. In the vehicle seat, a center seat has a seat back frame, a headrest which is provided above the seat back frame, a pillar which supports the headrest, and brackets which mount the pillar to the seat back frame. The pillar is arranged between the brackets and the seat back frame, the brackets have a weld bead which holds the pillar and a portion where a welding trace to be mounted to the seat back frame is formed, and the weld bead and the portion where the welding trace is formed are arranged at different positions in a direction which intersects a front to back direction of the center seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Okuma, Naoya Nishimoto
  • Patent number: 10618441
    Abstract: The invention relates, among other things, to a head support (11) retained on the vehicle seat by at least one support rod (13) and movable, in particular pivotable, relative to the support rod (13) between at least two positions, wherein the head support (11) is lockable in at least one of the positions by a latch (18), the latch (18) has a bolt (19) and at least one abutment structure having at least one strike (23a, 23b), the bolt (19) is movable out of the one position engaging the strike (23a, 23b) and locking the head support (11), the bolt (19) is supported by at least one abutment of an abutment structure on the head support (11), and the abutment and the strike (23a, 23b) have at least one abutment face (26, 39, 41). The novelty is that the bolt (19) is held in contact with at least one of the abutment faces (26, 39, 41) by at least one wedge device (31, 32, 33) and/or by at least one spring unit (25a, 25b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Ralph Nuss
  • Patent number: 10617220
    Abstract: Travel pillows include anchor mechanisms. The travel pillows can include anchor mechanisms with anchor bodies such as straps. The anchor bodies can be attached to the travel pillow body, such as to the rear of the travel pillow body, or alternatively can be detachable from the travel pillow body. The anchor mechanisms can also include loops through which the anchor bodies can pass before reattaching to themselves or attaching to another element such as a cover of the travel pillow body. The anchor bodies can be placed around a portion of a headrest, such as headrest wings, to prevent or make less likely a user's head and/or body fall forward inadvertently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: CABEAU, INC.
    Inventors: David Bret Sternlight, John Edward Wilkening
  • Patent number: 10588418
    Abstract: A removable headrest cover includes a flexible shroud having an inner chamber and an outer chamber. The inner chamber contains padding and is separated from the outer chamber by an inner panel and the outer chamber is accessible through an outer opening defined through an outer surface of the shroud. The shroud is configured to enclose a chair headrest within the outer chamber, and when removed from the chair, to be rolled or folded into multiple stacked portions the outermost portion of which includes an end segment of the outer opening that can enclose the other rolled or stacked portions within the outer chamber to form a pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Allison Brooke Bly
  • Patent number: 10569679
    Abstract: A back frame structure for a vehicle seat includes: a pair of right and left side frames extending in an up-down direction; and a lower frame configured to connect a lower end side of the right side frame and a lower end side of the left side frame, wherein: at least one side frame out of the pair of right and left side frames is fitted to one connection portion, which is a connection portion of the lower frame with respect to the one side frame, so as to form one fitting portion; and the one fitting portion is configured such that a geometrical-moment of inertia along an axis extending to a predetermined first direction gradually increases from an upper part of the one fitting portion to a lower part of the one fitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mizobata, Fumitoshi Akaike
  • Patent number: 10561561
    Abstract: Disclosed is a functional pillow for manipulation therapy, the functional pillow comprising: an occipital region accommodating portion which accommodates and supports an occipital region; a cervical vertebrae support portion which extends from the occipital region accommodating portion and supports cervical vertebrae; and a fourth ventricle expanding protrusion which protrudes from the occipital region accommodating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: T&I CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hee Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10556563
    Abstract: A headrest airbag for a vehicle is provided. The headrest airbag has an airbag cushion that is deployed forward from a headrest to surround an occupant's head which minimizes the occupant's head movement by holding the occupant's head in advance thus protecting the occupant's head against impact. Further, a rear cushion is deployed backward from the headrest, whereby both a front seat occupant and a rear seat occupant are safely protected from impact by preventing an injury caused when the rear seat occupant hits the front seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ki Dong Song
  • Patent number: 10532681
    Abstract: A vehicle seat for use in a vehicle comprises a seat body for engagement with a seated occupant's body. The seat body including: a seat base for receiving a seated occupant and a backrest extending upward from the base for supporting the seated occupant's back, and a headrest connected with the backrest and projecting upward from the backrest. The headrest includes a receiving face facing forward for engagement with the occupant's head in the event of a sudden change in velocity to ease rearward movement of the occupant's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Behrens, Alper Büyükkoz
  • Patent number: 10525858
    Abstract: A headrest comprising an external surface surrounding an interior and a deployable neck support including: a non-deployed position wherein the deployable neck support is disposed in the interior; and a deployed position wherein the deployable neck support extends out of the interior and is configured to support a neck of an occupant of a seating assembly incorporating the headrest. The headrest includes a housing disposed in the interior. In the non-deployed position, the deployable neck support is housed within the housing. In the deployed position, a primary neck support section of the deployable neck support extends out of the housing. The deployable neck support can further include an inboard lateral neck support and an outboard lateral neck support, each having an enclosed position and an extended position. In the enclosed position, the inboard lateral neck support and outboard lateral neck support are housed within the primary neck support section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alfonso Hickman Guevara, Luis Jesus Chavela Guerra, Luis Olmos Gonzalez, David Mercado, Cuauhtemoc Quiroz
  • Patent number: 10518678
    Abstract: A headrest support structure includes: a headrest body; a bushing; and a headrest stay, the bushing comprises a support section that supports the headrest stay in the bushing, and the support section includes: a fixed portion that is abutted against an outer peripheral face of the headrest stay, and a flexing portion that is provided on an opposite side of the headrest stay from the fixed portion, and that is capable of flexing so as to be abutted against the outer peripheral face of the headrest stay when the bushing has been inserted into the retention section and the headrest stay has been inserted into the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: NHK Spring Co., Ltd., Subaru Corporation
    Inventors: Nozomu Munemura, Tatsuhiro Takakusaki, Takuya Hasegawa, Naoki Endo
  • Patent number: 10512339
    Abstract: An electric support system for headrest includes a linear drive device and at least one connecting rod assembly. The connecting rod assembly includes a first fastener, a second fastener, a first connecting rod, a second connecting rod, a curved third connecting rod, and a curved fourth connecting rod between the two fasteners. The linear drive device is connected to the first fastener. An output end is connected to the third connecting rod and movable to drive the connecting rod assembly to expand to make the second fastener to a topmost position where an middle part of the third connecting rod coincides with the fourth connecting rod, or drive the connecting rod assembly to fold to make the second fastener to a bottommost position. Thus, the connecting rod assembly will be hidden between the sofa body and the headrest, which makes sofa more beautiful and in line with consumer aesthetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN WEIHONG HARDWARE AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhu He
  • Patent number: 10494101
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, a privacy headrest assembly is configured to provide privacy to a passenger in an aircraft passenger seat, including a headrest mount portion having at least one attachment assembly configured to secure the privacy headrest assembly to at least one of a headrest and a seat frame of the passenger seat, and a privacy extension portion including a privacy shield slideably connected to at least one shell member, where the privacy shield is configured to deploy in a forward direction from a stowed position to an operational position, where, in the stowed position, the privacy shield is substantially enclosed within the at least one shell member, and, in the operational position, the privacy shield is disposed between a head of a passenger of the passenger seat and a head of another passenger in an adjacent passenger seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Cody Wilson, David Poole, Michael Kreitz, III, John Liptrap
  • Patent number: 10486570
    Abstract: A vehicle headrest including: a main portion including a central part of a front surface of the headrest; a side portion including a side part of the front surface of the headrest, the side portion including a lower side portion and an upper side portion which are divided from each other in a height direction; a first hinge shaft coupling the side portion to the main portion in a state where the side portion is capable of protruding forward to a side support position by being rotated around an axis which extends in the height direction and is inclined downward and inward in a width direction; and a second hinge shaft coupling the lower side portion to the upper side portion in a state where the lower side portion is capable of being raised forward around an axis extending in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Hayashi, Hisaya Mori
  • Patent number: 10479504
    Abstract: A seat integrating a loudspeaker system includes a seat having a seat body with a horizontally oriented seat bottom and a seat back secured thereto. The seat back includes an upper end and a lower end, wherein the lower end is positioned adjacent the seat bottom. The loudspeaker system includes a sound assembly mounted within the seat for selective movement between a storage orientation in which the sound assembly is housed and hidden within a support housing mounted along the seat and a use orientation extending from the support housing in which the sound assembly is positioned for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Dennis A. Tracy
  • 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: 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: 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: 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