Movable To Inoperative Position Rearwardly Of Back Patents (Class 297/403)
  • Patent number: 10773675
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat portion and a back rest coupled to the seat portion to extend upwardly away from the seat portion. The back rest includes a base frame coupled to the seat bottom to extend upwardly therefrom and a head frame coupled to the base frame to locate the base frame between the seat portion and the head frame. The vehicle seat further includes an airbag coupled to the back rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Gumprecht, Bernd Römer
  • Patent number: 10668844
    Abstract: A headrest extension assist system is disclosed. In embodiments, a headrest extension assist system includes a headrest extension assembly movably coupled to a backrest assembly. The headrest extension assist system may further include an extension assist assembly. The extension assist assembly may be coupled to the headrest extension assembly at one end, and a fixed point relative to the headrest extension assembly at another end. The extension assist assembly exerts an extension force on the headrest extension assembly to offset, or partially offset, an extension resistance force. The extension assist assembly exerts the extension force to extend the headrest extension assembly to at least one of a retracted position, an intermediate position, and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: John Iossifidis
  • Patent number: 10625644
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback having an upper portion. An adjustable headrest assembly is supported on the upper portion of the seatback. The adjustable headrest assembly has a headrest bun and an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the headrest bun between extended and retracted positions. A trim component is disposed on the upper portion of the seatback having a relief portion. The relief portion is configured to receive a portion of the adjustment mechanism as the headrest bun is driven towards the extended position. A flexible cover member is coupled to the trim component at the relief portion. The flexible cover member has a plate member operable between extend and retracted positions. The portion of the adjustment mechanism abuts an inner surface of the plate member to move the plate member towards the extended position as the headrest bun is driven towards the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, Carol Casey, Marcos Silva Kondrad
  • Patent number: 10427572
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a headrest folding device, more particularly, to a headrest folding device wherein a ratchet is connected between a release lever and a lock link which maintains the unfolding (upright) of a headrest, so that the operation of the release lever is not directly transferred to the lock link, but rather indirectly transferred to the lock link through the ratchet, thereby smoothing the operation of the release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Woobo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hae Il Jeong
  • Patent number: 10207616
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a rear vehicle cabin is provided including a seat base configured to receive and support a car seat in a rear-facing configuration; a backrest; and a movable headrest component. The movable headrest component includes first and second opposing major surfaces. At least a portion of the second major surface is configured to provide a reflective surface, for example, using a mirror. A movable cover may be provided, configured to selectively conceal the reflective surface. The movable headrest component has a first orientation with the first major surface facing a forward direction with respect to the vehicle, and a second orientation with the second major surface facing a forward direction with respect to the vehicle. In the second orientation, the reflective surface provides a forward facing driver with a view of the car seat, when viewed from a center mounted rear-view mirror coupled to a vehicle windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin J. James
  • Patent number: 10123625
    Abstract: A reversible adjustable lumbar support and headrest tilt mechanism is provided for installation on a chair. A side bracket is coupled to each side of the back frame, and a back bracket is pivotably coupled to each side bracket. An actuator is pivotably coupled to the back frame that has an extendable and retractable shaft. In a first orientation, with the actuator shaft extending toward the upper end of the back frame, a headrest back insert is couple-able to and between the back brackets, such that extension and retraction of the actuator shaft rotates the headrest back insert. In a second orientation, with the actuator shaft extending toward the lower end of the back frame, a lumbar push bar is couple-able to and between the back brackets, such that extension and retraction of the actuator shaft rotates the lumbar push bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Allen R. Sigmon, Robert Dean Donovan
  • Patent number: 10098467
    Abstract: A deployable arm support seating assembly for provision of arm support to a relining user includes a chair that has a back. The back is reclining. A pair of rests is rotatably coupled to opposing sides of the back of the chair. The rests are positioned between a top and a bottom of the back. Each rest is positioned on a respective opposing side of the back such that the rest is configured to be rotated to a position transverse to the respective opposing side. The rest is configured to support an arm of a user positioned in the chair with the back in a reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Bayiokos
  • Patent number: 9764667
    Abstract: A headrest for a vehicle seat includes a padded part, carrying bars for securing the padded part to a backrest of the vehicle seat, and a mechanism for turning down the padded part about two swivel axes and from an in-use position into an out-of-use position. The mechanism comprises a cross member connecting the carrying bars to one another and forming the swivel axis of the padded part. Furthermore, the carrying bars and also the cross member run outside the padded part and the padded part is suspended on the cross member from the outside in a swiveling movable manner via the retaining strut and the double clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Wagner, Carsten Schauf, Daniel Hari, Kilian Vas
  • Patent number: 9738190
    Abstract: A head restraint for a vehicle seat, includes a central part having a front surface, an upper side and opposing side surfaces. First and second side parts are operably coupled to the opposing side surfaces of the central part and are operable between supporting and non-supporting positions relative to the central part. The first and second side parts each include first and second limbs which are flexibly coupled to one another, wherein portions of the first and second side parts protrude outwardly relative to the front surface of the central part when the first and second side parts are in the supporting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Wagner, Carsten Schauf, Kilian Vas, Daniel Hari
  • Patent number: 9730522
    Abstract: A headrest tilt mechanism is provided for installation on a chair. The mechanism includes a back insert that frames an area of the chair to be independently pivoted. A pair of spaced headrest tilts are coupled to the back insert, and pivotally coupled to the back frame of the chair. A lower connector tube is coupled to the back frame of the chair below the back insert. A linkage coupler is pivotally coupled to an upper member at an upper pivot point and is pivotally coupled an actuator at a lower pivot point. The upper member has a secured leg secured to the pair of spaced headrest tilts and a pivotal leg pivotally coupled to the linkage coupler. An actuator is pivotally coupled between the linkage coupler and the lower connector tube that can be actuated to pivot the headrest tilts from a closed to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Robert Dean Donovan
  • Patent number: 9446691
    Abstract: A structure of a headrest mounted on a seat, wherein the headrest has, provided at the bottom surface thereof, an under garnish made of a hard synthetic resin material and wherein a stay of the headrest is partly supported in a holder having a head portion projecting from a top portion of a seat back of the seat, the top portion of the seat back being formed by a foam padding and a trim cover assembly overlaying the foam padding. The under garnish is provided with at least one protruding portion which protrudes downwardly therefrom. This at least one protruding portion is disposed at a location oriented towards a padding provided in the seat back. A degree to which the protruding portion protrudes from the under garnish is greater than a height of the head portion of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Sano, Daiga Ito, Hideo Tobata, Takayuki Yoshika, Yutaka Sodeno
  • Patent number: 9399422
    Abstract: Apparatus, devices, systems, and methods for clamping a length adjustable hook on a portable headrest with chin support to a top or side of a seat back, which is both adjustable and foldable to be portable for ease in transport. The horizontal chin rest pivotally attached to the bottom of a vertical member allows a sitting person's head to be supported in an upright position, while restricting movement both forward and side to side. The headrest can have telescoping vertical members which are length adjustable for different sized users. The chin support can have a cushion that is rotatable at different increments for comfort. The cushion can be slotted to allow the vertical member to be placed inside the slotted portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: John Hungerford
  • Patent number: 9156426
    Abstract: A head rest is mountable on a vehicle seat back with at least one hollow support bar. The support bar is adjustable to adjust the height of the head rest relative to the seat back. An airbag is located in the head rest and a connection is provided in the hollow head rest support bar between the airbag and an airbag system component in the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 9079520
    Abstract: Apparatus, devices, systems, and methods for clamping a portable headrest with chin support on top a back of a seat, which is both adjustable and foldable to be portable for ease in transport. The horizontal chin rest pivotally attached to the bottom of a vertical member allows a sitting person's head to be supported in an upright position, while restricting movement both forward and side to side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: John Hungerford
  • Patent number: 9073465
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The seat assembly includes a seat back portion and a removable and stowable head restraint. The seat back portion has a first surface and is configured to occupy one of an upright seating position and a folded cargo position. The head restraint is configured to be coupled to the first surface of the seat back portion. The head restraint is configured to occupy one of a deployed position and a stowed position. The head restraint remains secured to the seat back portion in each of the deployed position and the stowed position. Specifically, the head restraint occupies the stowed position when the seat back portion occupies the folded cargo position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Samir Datta
  • Publication number: 20150001906
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly having a seat back including a polymeric body portion. A flexible comfort carrier is disposed over a front surface of the polymeric body portion and includes a multitude of openings defining a support matrix configured to support the weight of a passenger. A head restraint includes a headrest and a single downwardly extending support post that is homogenously formed with the headrest. The support post includes side portions that define slots. The support post is rotatably coupled to the seat back. The headrest is rotatable between a use position, wherein the downwardly extending support post extends into the seat back, and a storage position, wherein the downwardly extending support post is withdrawn from the seat back and rotated forward such that the head restraint extends substantially orthogonal to the seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Robert Damerow, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, Balakrishna Reddy, Bernard Gerard Marchetti, Daniel Ferretti, Chad Hoover
  • Patent number: 8905482
    Abstract: A seat assembly including a head restraint for a vehicle seat that can be raised and lowered depending on the presence or absence of a seat occupant is disclosed. The seat assembly includes a seat having a seat base and seat back and a head restraint selectively movable between a stowed position and an upright position. The seat assembly further includes a head restraint motion assembly connecting the seat back and the head restraint and a sensor operatively associated with either or both of the seat base and the seat back for sensing an occupant. The head restraint includes at least one head restraint post connecting the head restraint to the head restraint motion assembly. The head restraint motion assembly includes a drive motor attached to a motor shaft attached to the head restraint post(s). A locking arrangement is provided to maintain the head restraint in its upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mangala M. Jayasuriya, Jialiang Le
  • Patent number: 8857910
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for moving a headrest. The apparatus includes a stay rod, a fixing cam which is fixed to the stay rod and provided with a locking protrusion, a rotating cam which is provided on the fixing cam and has an insert depression into which the locking protrusion is inserted, a support spring which biases the rotating cam to the fixing cam, and a return spring which has a first end fixed in place and a second end connected to the rotating cam. The fixing cam has a spring support supporting the support spring. The rotating cam has a through hole which has a diameter greater than a diameter of the stay rod so that the rotating cam can be provided around the stay rod after passing through one end of the stay rod and a bent portion of the stay rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Woobo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hae Il Jeong
  • Publication number: 20140300167
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The seat assembly includes a seat back portion and a removable and stowable head restraint. The seat back portion has a first surface and is configured to occupy one of an upright seating position and a folded cargo position. The head restraint is configured to be coupled to the first surface of the seat back portion. The head restraint is configured to occupy one of a deployed position and a stowed position. The head restraint remains secured to the seat back portion in each of the deployed position and the stowed position. Specifically, the head restraint occupies the stowed position when the seat back portion occupies the folded cargo position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHONLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
  • Patent number: 8746799
    Abstract: A headrest support rod includes a shaft portion and a support portion. The shaft portion has a first end, a second end, and an annular wall. The annular wall defines a cavity that extends from the first end to the second end. The support portion is formed adjacent to the second end of the shaft portion. At least part of the support portion is a continuous extension of the annular wall of the shaft portion. The shaft portion and the support portion are unitarily formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Dumont
  • Publication number: 20140117735
    Abstract: A seat assembly including a head restraint for a vehicle seat that can be raised and lowered depending on the presence or absence of a seat occupant is disclosed. The seat assembly includes a seat having a seat base and seat back and head restraint selectively movable between a stowed position and an upright position. The seat assembly further includes a head restraint motion assembly connecting the seat back and the head restraint and a sensor operatively associated with either or both of the seat base and the seat back for sensing an occupant. The head restraint includes at least one head restraint post connecting the head restraint to the head restraint motion assembly. The head restraint motion assembly includes a drive motor attached to a motor shaft that is attached to the head restraint post(s). A locking arrangement is provided to maintain the head restraint in its upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mangala M. Jayasuriya, Jialiang Le
  • Patent number: 8708406
    Abstract: A chair device for providing comfort to a individual such as a pregnant woman comprising a first, second, and third panel, wherein the first panel is pivotally connected to the second panel and the third panel is pivotally connected to the second panel opposite the first panel; legs for supporting the panels; a first hole disposed in the second panel for accommodating a user's stomach (a pregnant woman's stomach) when she lies on her stomach; a second hole disposed in the first panel for accommodating the user's face; a shelf hanging downwardly from and generally parallel to a bottom surface the first panel, wherein the shelf may be used as a book shelf, wherein the shelf is attached via an attachment means; the shelf can move between first position where the shelf hangs below the bottom surface of the first panel and a second position where the shelf flipped over a top surface of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Annitta Powell, Randy C. Ingram
  • Patent number: 8702173
    Abstract: A powered headrest operating system includes a headrest connected to a seatback frame using rotational pins. An actuation mechanism rotatably connected to the seatback frame has a power actuated member connected to the headrest operating between retracted and extended positions to rotate the headrest from a fully retracted to a forward rotated position about an axis of rotation of the rotational pins. A release system rotatably connecting the headrest to the actuation mechanism retains the headrest at any forward rotated position while the actuation mechanism returns the power actuated member from the extended to the retracted positions if the headrest encounters an object blocking return to the retracted position. A biasing member connected to the seatback frame and the headrest creating a biasing force during headrest rotation away from the retracted position operates without actuation mechanism operating force to bias the headrest frame assembly toward the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Chad E. Adams, Larry P. LaPointe, Richard E. Marshall, Eric B. Harwood, Eugene O. Cole, II
  • Patent number: 8672410
    Abstract: A tiltable headrest device is provided to suppress the occurrence of abnormal noise during rotation, to reduce the number of components and to improve appearance quality. Guide portions (12) each comprising a standing-up locking portion (12a), a falling-down locking portion (12b) and a rail portion (12c) are integrally formed on a core member (1), a coil spring (4) for urging a lateral rod (31) toward a direction approaching the guide portions (12) is provided in the core member (1). The lateral rod (31) is pressed to the guide portions (12) by the urging force of the coil spring (4) so as to be guided. Due to sliding contact between resin and metal, the occurrence of abnormal noise can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignees: Tokai Chemical Industries, Ltd., Rebirth Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Misawa, Takeshi Mizutani
  • Patent number: 8672409
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with an adjustable head restraint assembly is provided with a controller configured to receive an instruction signal to actuate a head restraint from a use position to a stowed position. A detection signal indicates whether an object is within a predetermined range of the head restraint. A stow signal is transmitted to an actuator to actuate the head restraint to the stowed position in response to the instruction signal and in response to the detection signal indicating that an object is not within the predetermined range of the head restraint. A use signal is transmitted to the actuator to maintain the head restraint in the use position in response to the instruction signal and in response to the detection signal indicating that an object is within the predetermined range of the head restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun Yetukuri, David A. Hein, Gerald S. Locke
  • Patent number: 8528970
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed for a multi-adjustable body-rest structure suitable for use in a sitting position, including sitting positions in a multi-row seating arrangement such as those encountered on board of airplanes, busses, ferries, and trains, among other similar arrangements. The multi-adjustable body-rest structure is generally configured to be used for rest or sleep while leaning forward from the user seat onto the back of the seat in front of the user seat. The multi-adjustable body-rest structure is further configured to be folded into the back of the seat in front of the user seat when not in use. The multi-adjustable body-rest structure is further configured to be adjusted to a position that comfortably accommodates the head, chest, and arms of users with different body sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Mohsen Edalati, Hoda Edalati
  • Publication number: 20130207438
    Abstract: The invention relates to a head restraint having a head rest element that is provided with at least one retaining rod, in particular on the seat back of a vehicle seat, wherein the head rest element can be reversibly moved from a working position into a stowage position and in particular can be locked in the working position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Johnson Controls GMBH
    Inventor: Alisan Akyildiz
  • Publication number: 20130106163
    Abstract: A sleep support system incorporates a head cushion having a face relief aperture to receive the nose and chin of a passenger placing his face against the head cushion and a chest cushion attached to the head cushion with a hinged support structure for angular adjustment. The chest cushion receives the passenger's chest in a forward leaning position. Suspension arms are attached to the hinged support structure and extend over the passenger's shoulders for attachment to a seat back frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William J. Purpura, Paula K. Purpura
  • Publication number: 20120326481
    Abstract: A vehicle head restraint assembly includes a head restraint support adapted to be mounted to a seat back frame. A transverse shaft is pivotally mounted to the support. A post is connected to the shaft for supporting a head restraint. A biasing member is connected to the support and the shaft for biasing the post to a collapsed position. An eccentric projection extends from a central region of the shaft. A latching mechanism is provided on the support and oriented within a path of rotation of the projection to engage the projection and maintain the head restraint in an upright position. Retraction of the latching mechanism permits the biasing member to pivot the head restraint to the collapsed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arjun Yetukuri, Scott Andrew Willard
  • Publication number: 20120235455
    Abstract: A headrest includes at least one cushion movably mounted in a recess in the seat back for movement between a deployed use position extending forward of the seat back to a non-use position contained within the recess. The cushion may be mounted on telescoping slider members which pivot when in a deployed position to angle the cushion downward about the user's head. Alternately, a pivotal cushion is removably or fixedly mounted on a child car seat for movement between an upward and rearward extending non-use position, and a forward facing use position encircling a seat user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Sami Maassarani
  • Patent number: 8226170
    Abstract: A pivoting headrest assembly including a bracket supported upon a seatback frame. A headrest support secures a bun and is pivotally secured to the bracket in a forward biased direction. A sector is pivotally secured to the bracket and to which is attached the headrest support. A release catch is pivotally supported at a further location of the bracket and is biased in a first upward direction so that the catch abuts a projecting pin associated with the sector in an upright design position established by the headrest support. A cable is secured to a support fixed to a side of the bracket and engages the catch at a location offset from its pivot axis relative to the bracket. Upon displacement of the cable, the catch is actuated out of engagement with the sector, resulting in the headrest support pivoting relative to the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: BAE Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tavis Lutzka, Stephen Bruck, Stanley D. Pacolt, Mark L. Gleason, David L. Quittschreiber, Jason Hamilton, Craig Thompson
  • Patent number: 8172330
    Abstract: A headrest and associated vehicle seat are provided that has excellent versatility and thin shape, and can be tilted lightly and reliably from a head support state to a storage state by reducing an operation load. The headrest includes a support member mounted on the upper part of a backrest seat, a frame rotatably engaged with the support member, a frame urging elements for urging the frame, and a lock mechanism provided between the frame and the support member. The lock mechanism includes locking members and disposed on the support member and formed with engagement groove parts and, a movable operation lever having concave parts formed, and fixing members pivotally supported on the frame and disposed permitting crossing engagement with and disengaged from the engagement groove parts and along with the movement of the operation lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8146998
    Abstract: A vehicle head restraint includes a head restraint frame having at least one post for attaching the head restraint to a seat back. The head restraint is pivotable relative to post. The head restraint also includes a spring clip attached to the head restraint frame and a stop rigidly held relative to the post, such that the stop contacts the spring clip when the head restraint in positioned in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Sai Prasad Jammalamadaka, Paul Castellani, Gerald S. Locke
  • Patent number: 8066330
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle headrest has an upright rod having upper and lower ends, a cushion support pivotal on the upper rod end about a generally horizontal axis between a use position and an stowage position, and a stop fixed on the rod upper end. A latch element is pivotal in the support between a retaining position engaging the stop and preventing pivoting of the support and a freeing position clear of the stop and permitting pivoting of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Hubert Keller, Markus Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8061777
    Abstract: A head rest system for an automotive vehicle seat movable between an extended position when the seat back of the vehicle seat is in its upright position and a retracted position when the seat back is in its lowered position. The system includes a seat base, a seat back pivotably attached to the seat base, a head rest movably attached to the seat back by a head rest attachment assembly, and a head rest movement balancing portion. The head rest attachment assembly includes a fixed portion attached to the seat back and a movable portion. The fixed portion includes a spool assembly. The movable portion includes a pair of spaced apart posts attached to the underside of the head rest and a latching assembly. The spaced apart posts are slidably attached to the fixed portion. The head rest movement balancing portion includes a pair of spaced apart constant force springs. Each of the springs has a spool attachment end and a latching assembly attachment end. A cable is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew T. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20110254339
    Abstract: A pivoting headrest including a pair of upwardly projecting supports associated with a vehicle seatback and terminating in a pair of spaced apart sectors. A headrest bun supporting frame is pivotally secured to the sectors and includes a pair of elongated and side extending structural supports and a lower interconnecting housing. A widthwise extending bar is disposed relative to the housing, opposite extending ends of which engage the sectors at a first upright position and seat within channels in the side supports. The bar is biased in a first engaging direction against the sectors and, upon being displaced in a reverse direction, causes its ends to unseat from the sectors and the bun to rotate about the sectors to a dump position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: BAE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Bruck
  • Patent number: 8002356
    Abstract: A pivoting headrest assembly including a bracket supported upon a seatback frame. A headrest support secures a bun and is pivotally secured to the bracket in a forward biased direction. A rotating sector is supported upon the bracket and is pivotally slaved to the headrest support. A cam is pivotally supported upon the bracket and biased in a first direction to abut the sector in an upright design position established by the headrest support. A contact portion extends from a location of the cam offset from its pivotal connection to the bracket. A lever is independently rotated and coaxially supported relative to the rotating sector in a first biased direction. The lever is actuated against the bias to engage the contact portion, with continued actuation causing the cam to pivotally disengage from the rotating sector, whereupon the headrest support and bun pivotally actuates to a forward dump position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: BAE Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tavis Lutzka, Stephen Bruck
  • Patent number: 7959222
    Abstract: A chair device for providing comfort to a individual such as a pregnant woman comprising a first, second, and third panel, wherein the first panel is pivotally connected to the second panel and the third panel is pivotally connected to the second panel opposite the first panel; legs for supporting the panels; a first hole disposed in the second panel for accommodating a user's stomach (a pregnant woman's stomach) when she lies on her stomach; a second hole disposed in the first panel for accommodating the user's face; a shelf hanging downwardly from and generally parallel to a bottom surface the first panel, wherein the shelf may be used as a book shelf, wherein the shelf is attached via an attachment means; the shelf can move between first position where the shelf hangs below the bottom surface of the first panel and a second position where the shelf flipped over a top surface of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventors: Annitta L. Powell, Randy C. Ingram
  • Patent number: 7887094
    Abstract: A tensioner mechanism that winds a webbing to restrain a passenger seated in a seat when a vehicle crash is detected is provided near the seat. A headrest body is provided to protect the passenger at the vehicle rear crash. A drive mechanism is coupled to the tensioner mechanism via a connection member, and configured to drive the headrest body in accordance with a webbing-winding operation of the tensioner mechanism. Accordingly, the seat structure can be simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Masafumi Sakaida
  • Patent number: 7862110
    Abstract: A reclining seating unit includes: a seat; a backrest, the backrest including a frame having a top edge; a reclining mechanism attached to the seat and backrest that moves the seat and backrest between upright and reclined positions; a headrest including a headrest panel; and a headrest mechanism attached to the backrest and the headrest. The headrest mechanism comprises a plurality of pivotally interconnected links and is configured to move the headrest between a retracted position, in which the headrest panel is generally horizontally disposed and overlies the top edge of the backrest frame, and an extended position, in which the headrest panel is vertically disposed and is separated from the top edge of the backrest frame. Movement of the seating unit from the upright position to a reclined position moves the headrest from the retracted position to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: W. Clark Rogers
  • Patent number: 7832803
    Abstract: An adjustable linkage to support an object comprising a pair of arms rotatable about a first axis, one of said arms supporting said object and damper means disposed about said first axis between said arms for selective rotational movement and placement of said object relative said other arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Terry Cassaday
  • Patent number: 7717516
    Abstract: Articulating/folding head restraint assemblies that include modular brackets that function as modules and allow for platformability and customization by varying auxiliary components. The modular brackets can be molded or cast using conventional manufacturing processes, and are designed to receive and/or house various components of the assembly such as pivotal head restraint supports, pivotal shafts, locking assemblies, etc. The modular brackets are designed to integrate a number of components that are typically separate in prior art devices and have to be individually assembled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Gill Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Sutter, Jr., Bradley D. Miller, Brian C. Leja
  • Patent number: 7681955
    Abstract: A locking apparatus includes a support bracket, a latch, a rotating member and a link unit. The support bracket is fastened to a headrest housing and has therein a locking slot, into which a striker of a seat back frame is removably inserted. The latch is coupled to the support bracket by a hinge and locks the striker, which is inserted into the locking slot of the support bracket, using rotation of the latch. The rotating member is coupled at a first end thereof to the support bracket by a hinge and is elastically coupled at a second end thereof to the latch, thus releasably locking the latch thereto. The link unit is coupled to the headrest housing by a hinge and is connected at one end thereof to the rotating member, such that the latch is released from the rotating member by pulling the rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Bog-Ki Seo
  • Publication number: 20090295211
    Abstract: Folding head restraint for motor vehicles, that can rotate around a horizontal pivot axis between an in-use position and a non-use position, and that can be locked in the in-use position by means of a locking mechanism (23). The head restraint consists of a head-restraint cushion (1) that is supported on a supporting structure (2). This comprises a framework for the head-restraint cushion and a fixing bracket (6) for attaching the head restraint to the back structure of the vehicle seat and also supports (3, 4). These are mounted at one end in such a way that they can pivot around the pivot axis and are attached at the other end to the framework of the head-restraint cushion. The supports extend through the opening (13) in an upper part of the backrest and have an arc-shaped curved part (10, 11) with essentially the pivot axis (5) as the centre of curvature. The supports can be rotated in an essentially unchanged path of movement (12) without lateral movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Kongsberg Automotive
    Inventor: Ove Granath
  • Patent number: 7575282
    Abstract: A foldable head restraint has two head restraint supports set within a bracket. A latch is made integral with at least one of the head restraint supports. The latch rests against a stop to prohibit rotation of the head restraint support in a first direction. The latch rests against a rotational cam to prohibit movement of the head restraint support in a second direction. By rotating the cam, the head restraint support may be folded. The head restraint support is comprised of a metal substrate with over-molded plastic geometry to accept a mating part configured within the head restraint bun. The geometry of the metal substrate and over-molded plastic geometry allow for a reduction, or even elimination, of the slots that are normally required for such a folding head restraint. This ability to fold can yield greater rearward visibility and aid in the kinematic motion of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Gill Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Sutter, Jr., Jeremy J. Gauthier
  • Publication number: 20090152923
    Abstract: A locking apparatus includes a support bracket, a latch, a rotating member and a link unit. The support bracket is fastened to a headrest housing and has therein a locking slot, into which a striker of a seat back frame is removably inserted. The latch is coupled to the support bracket by a hinge and locks the striker, which is inserted into the locking slot of the support bracket, using rotation of the latch. The rotating member is coupled at a first end thereof to the support bracket by a hinge and is elastically coupled at a second end thereof to the latch, thus releasably locking the latch thereto. The link unit is coupled to the headrest housing by a hinge and is connected at one end thereof to the rotating member, such that the latch is released from the rotating member by pulling the rotating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Bog Ki SEO
  • Patent number: 7484808
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly that is disposable in a vehicle rearward of a front seat includes a seat bottom, a seat back attached to the seat bottom, and a head restraint attached to the seat back and having a head restraint body that is moveable from a raised position to a lowered position. The seat assembly further includes an actuator associated with the head restraint for enabling movement of the head restraint body from the raised position to the lowered position. The actuator is located proximate a front portion of the seat bottom such that the actuator is accessible by an occupant of the front seat when the seat assembly is installed in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Nagarjun V. Yetukuri, Gerald S. Locke, Thomas J. Fowler
  • Patent number: 7431399
    Abstract: A headrest of a motor vehicle seat can be folded down into an inoperative position. The headrest has a headrest body and a headrest bracket which are mechanically connected in such a manner, via a bearing part having a sliding bearing and a pivot bearing that a vertical displacement and a pivoting about a horizontal pivot axis arranged perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle are achievable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Christoph Kern, Oswald Kriessler, Bernd Schmidt, Juergen Schrader, Wolfgang Schramm
  • Patent number: 7431400
    Abstract: An adjustable headrest for a vehicle includes a headrest body and at least one support arm extending downwardly from the headrest body. The support arm is shaped and dimensioned for positioning within the seat back of an automobile. A tilt assembly is positioned within the headrest body. The tilt assembly couples the headrest body to the support arm in a manner permitting relative movement between the headrest body and the support arm. The tilt assembly includes a lower bracket assembly fixedly coupled to the support arm and an upper bracket assembly fixedly coupled to the headrest body. The upper bracket assembly is pivotally coupled to the lower bracket assembly for controlled movement relative thereto. The tilt assembly includes a cam arm permitting actuation thereof between a locked position and a release position, wherein the cam arm may be actuated from either side of the headrest body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey Brawner
  • Patent number: 7429082
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a headrest for a vehicle is formed from an impact cushion and installed upon a seat back. The headrest is pivoted around a stationary pivotal axle aligned transversely to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle and can be swung from an unused position against the force of a spring into a used position. In the used position, the headrest is held stationary by a toggle linkage, which, within its self-limiting swing zone, acts as a pivoting element between the impact cushion and the pivotal axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Alfmeier Prazision AG Baugruppen und Systemlosungen
    Inventors: Dieter Kraft, Jürgen Hofmockel