Headrest Patents (Class 297/391)
  • Patent number: 11214182
    Abstract: A headrest includes a frame made of metal, the frame includes a base plate supported by a headrest fixing device, and a cover plate disposed on an occupant head side of the base plate. The cover plate includes a cover panel portion, and a cover frame portion extending from an outer circumferential edge of the cover panel portion toward the base plate. The base plate includes a base panel portion, and a base frame portion extending from an outer circumferential edge of the base panel portion toward the cover plate, and fitted into the cover frame portion. A first part of the cover frame portion is joined to the base frame portion, and a remaining second part of the cover frame portion is enjoined to the base frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keita Myochin, Naoki Toda
  • Patent number: 11173810
    Abstract: A seat opening concealment structure is provided including a cover member that covers part of a vehicle seat, and that includes an outer wall including a curved face portion with a circular arc shaped cross-section profile, the outer wall being formed with an opening having an elongated profile along a peripheral direction of the curved face portion, and the outer wall being formed with a larger radius of curvature at an inner face of the curved face portion than a radius of curvature at an outer face of the curved face portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Matsuzawa, Kenichi Katsube, Daisuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11173821
    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: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi Shimizu, Yuji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11160400
    Abstract: The travel pillow assembly includes a travel pillow designed to provide optimal head support for the user in erect and supine positions. The travel pillow is configured with a hole to securely support the occiput and is tapered in a manner that maintains the user's neck and head in proper alignment. The travel pillow assembly is constructed of single piece foam which is firm enough and contoured to prevent head turning and neck torsion. The travel pillow assembly also includes an adjustable strap that may be used to provide supplemental support to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Marc Mani
  • Patent number: 11148570
    Abstract: A rear-center head restraint system of an automobile vehicle includes a rear seatback of the automobile vehicle. A head restraint assembly is rotatably mounted to the rear seatback and is moved between a stowed position and an in-use position. The head restraint assembly includes a rear head restraint body defining an L-shape and includes a forward-facing surface moved toward a head of an occupant at the in-use position. At least a first link and a second link are rotatably connected to the seatback. The first link and the second link are also rotatably connected to the rear head restraint body. A release system rotates the head restraint assembly selectively between the stowed position and the in-use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Russell J. Mihm, Venkata Narasimha R. Cherukuvada
  • Patent number: 11130431
    Abstract: A passenger seat headrest includes a frame and a support band. The frame includes a main portion, a first side wing connected to the main portion, and a second side wing connected to the main portion distal from the first side wing. The support band is connected to the frame and extends from the first side wing to the second side wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Majid Azimian, Nguyen Foek Le, Daan Maria Lips
  • Patent number: 11117504
    Abstract: The invention relates to a headrest comprising two legs, a transverse strut connecting the upper portions of the legs, a housing rotatably mounted on a transverse axis with a locking device. The locking device locks the housing in the raised position, with a first spring for actuating the housing to the lowered position when the device is deactivated. The locking device has two locking catches each formed in an upper portion of each of the legs, a locking crosspiece provided with two locking projections fitting into one of the catches each when the crosspiece is in the locking position. The invention includes a an actuator for actuating the crosspiece to the unlocked position, and a second spring for actuating the crosspiece to the locking position when the housing is in the raised position and when the actuator is not activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TESCA France
    Inventor: Albert Soy
  • Patent number: 11072268
    Abstract: There is provided a head-rest of a car sheet which is configured to includes: a skin configured to cover a surface of the head-rest; a foamed material filled in the head-rest covered by the skin; and a stay extending to an outside from the skin in which the foamed material is filled, wherein the head-rest has a gate shape by indenting a center portion of a lower surface of the head-rest, and a groove portion is formed at the indented center portion of the gate shape by making end portions of the skin abut against each other, and members which are softer than the skin are seamed to the respective end portions of the skin which abut against each other in the groove portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Tsukada, Kouichi Moroi, Hitoshi Abe, Takafumi Kojima, Satoshi Hashimoto, Naoyuki Makita
  • Patent number: 11001181
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including a seat back in which a seat back frame that is a flat plate is provided, wherein a reinforcement portion is provided to a surface of the seat back frame, the surface requiring reinforcement, and the reinforcement portion protruding in a shape of a line along the surface requiring the reinforcement from the surface requiring the reinforcement, and at least a part of the reinforcement portion is a stepped portion that is provided to continue from the other portion of the reinforcement portion and has a protruding height lower than a protruding height of the other portion, the protruding height being a height from the surface requiring the reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: TS TECH CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Okuma, Naoya Nishimoto, Hisato Oku, Shingo Baba
  • Patent number: 10981478
    Abstract: A seat for vehicle includes a seat cushion and a seat back. A seat back frame of the seat back includes a right side frame, a left side frame, a lower frame, and an upper frame. The upper frame includes a first upper frame and a second upper frame, the first upper frame having a cross-sectional shape of a U-shape opening downward, the second upper frame having a cross-sectional shape of a U-shape opening downward, and a closed cross section is configured by vertically overlaying the first upper frame and the second upper frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Kubota, Masaru Kaneko, Hiroshi Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10967774
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat including: a seatback frame of a seatback that supports a back area of a vehicle occupant, the seatback frame including: a left and right pair of side frame portions spaced apart in a seat width direction; and an upper frame portion that joins between end portions, at a seat upper side, of the left and right pair of side frame portions in the seat width direction, a headrest that supports a head area of the vehicle occupant being supported at the upper frame portion; and a plastic deformation portion provided at the upper frame portion, the plastic deformation portion being plastically deformed and moving at least a portion of the upper frame portion toward a seat rear side together with the headrest, when a load toward the seat rear side that exceeds a predetermined value is applied to the plastic deformation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuya Mori
  • Patent number: 10953988
    Abstract: A headrest for a seat assembly includes a central main body having a first side and a second side that is opposite from the first side. A first lateral stabilizer is moveably coupled to the first side of the central main body. The first lateral stabilizer is distinct from the central main body. A second lateral stabilizer is moveably coupled to the second side of the central main body. The second lateral stabilizer is distinct from the central main body. The first lateral stabilizer and the second lateral stabilizer are movable between retracted positions and stabilizing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ryan C. Canton, Daniel G. Etcheto
  • Patent number: 10946772
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a headrest for a vehicle seat includes: a headrest disposed at an upper side of a vehicle seat and that moves to an upper end or a lower end; a slider that moves the seat forward or rearward; a recliner that rotates the seat forward or rearward; a drive unit that operates the headrest, the slider and the recliner; a sensor unit connected to the drive unit and that detects a position of the headrest, a position of the slider and a rotation angle of the recliner; an input unit that receives an inputted operation instruction to operate the slider and the recliner from a user; and a control unit that controls the drive unit based on the inputted operation instruction and operates the headrest upward or downward in accordance with the detected position and the detected rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sang Kyung Koh, Jong In Shin, Sang June Lee, Seong Youn Jo
  • Patent number: 10881213
    Abstract: A cushion includes a pillow portion, an elongate trunk portion and a scarf. The pillow portion has a front side and a rear side and defines a support surface on the front side which is useable for supporting the head of a user of the cushion. The trunk portion extends away from the pillow portion and having has a terminal end which is distal to the pillow portion. The scarf is attached to the pillow portion and/or the trunk portion at a first end portion of the scarf and is engageable, in use, with the trunk portion at a portion of the scarf that is spaced from the first end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Gemma Jensen
  • Patent number: 10882430
    Abstract: Provided is an example of a vehicle seat that allows easy use of external pneumatic equipment such as an external air pillow. The vehicle seat includes an output portion configured to output an air having a pressure equal to or higher than an atmospheric pressure to an outside of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yosuke Uno
  • Patent number: 10874221
    Abstract: A head/neck adjusting device includes a base, a clamping member, a holder, an adjusting and fastening knob, a plurality of locking members, and a head/neck support. The clamping member is clamped on a backrest of a chair. The holder includes a linear adjusting member inserted through the base, and an angle adjusting member connected with the linear adjusting member. The adjusting and fastening knob extends through the base and the linear adjusting member. Each of the locking members is mounted on the angle adjusting member and provided with a positioning projection. The head/neck support is provided with a plurality of support posts extending through the locking members. Each of the support posts is provided with a plurality of positioning holes, and the positioning projection of each of the locking members is positioned in one of the positioning holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Iou Jia Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Jen Lin
  • Patent number: 10869566
    Abstract: A contoured cushion including a body constructed of memory foam material and configured with a plurality of three dimensional contoured surfaces adapted to conform to the shape of a user's head, neck, and upper shoulders for providing support to the user when supported in an upright seated position. The contoured surfaces include each of a pair of main lateral projecting portions adapted for supporting the sides of the user's head and neck, an intermediate interior portion with a contoured recess upper surface extending between the lateral portions and further adapted to supporting the base of the user's head in communication with the neck, and a pair of secondary portions extending downwardly from the interior portion and adapted to supporting the trapezius shoulder muscles of the user. The main cushion portions each further include an inner opposing recess defined by a ledge which adapts to provide clearance for the user's ears and anything supported thereto including jewelry or in-ear headphone buds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Alivia Kassab Arabo
  • Patent number: 10850672
    Abstract: An automobile headrest safe is disclosed which is used in conjunction with the seat of the automobile. The headrest safe includes an exterior housing with a front surface, a rear surface, a left side surface, a right side surface, a top surface, and a bottom surface. The exterior housing includes an exterior cover and a soft cushion material. The headrest safe also includes a hollow metal positioned within the interior of the exterior housing. The container has a main portion and a spring biased pivotal side door. The pivotal side door is coupled to a biometric lock. The lock is mounted to the top surface closest to the side door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Irving David Meisler
  • Patent number: 10843607
    Abstract: A headrest is provided including an upper pillow section that configures a front side of an upper portion of the headrest, and a lower pillow section that configures a front side of a lower portion of the headrest. A front-rear position of the lower pillow section with respect to the upper pillow section is adjustable by swinging the lower pillow section about a shaft extending along a seat width direction at an upper edge side of the lower pillow section, and a protrusion amount by which respective seat width direction side portions of the lower pillow section protrude toward a seat front side being adjustable with respect to a seat width direction intermediate portion of the lower pillow section by swinging the two seat width direction side portions about a shaft extending in a seat vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keiichi Kondo, Keiichiro Inoue, Keita Iwasaki, Osamu Kanayama, Masato Suzuki, Kento Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10836290
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a seat cushion; a seatback that is rotatably connected to a seat rear side of the seat cushion; a headrest that is provided at a seat upper side end portion of the seatback, and that is configured to support a head portion of a vehicle occupant; and a hardness changing section that changes a hardness of a seat front side of the headrest by compressing a pad at an interior of the headrest, in a case in which an angle of inclination of the seatback with respect to the seat cushion is smaller than a predetermined angle, and canceling a compressed state of the pad, in a case in which the angle of inclination is larger than the predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shotaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 10821870
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly includes a headrest bun including an interior portion and a rear outer surface. A frame member is disposed within the interior portion of the headrest bun. A support block is disposed adjacent to the frame member and includes first and second access slots disposed through a body portion thereof. A bracket includes a body portion operably coupled between the support block and the frame member. The bracket includes first and second fins rearwardly extending from the body portion of the bracket through the first and second access slots of the support block and through the rear outer surface of the headrest bun. The distal ends of the first and second fins are spaced-apart from one another and positioned outside of the interior portion of the headrest bun in assembly, and are configured to contact a glass pane of a vehicle during a deceleration event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Fredriksson, Manobalaji S, Ammeswara Rao Sajja, Abdul Raguman Thajudeen
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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