Angularly Movable About Horizontal Axis Patents (Class 297/408)
  • Patent number: 10406956
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided for supporting in an automotive vehicle. The seat assembly comprises a seat cushion and a seat back pivotally coupled to the seat cushion for movement between a reclined seating position and a fold flat position. A recliner assembly is coupled between the seat back and the seat cushion to provide pivotal movement of the seat back. A riser assembly is pivotally coupled to the seat cushion and pivotally latched to the floor to allow pivotal movement of the seat cushion between a horizontal seating position and a forwardly upright tumbled position. A release mechanism is coupled between the seat back and the riser assembly for automatically synchronizing actuation of the recliner assembly and the riser assembly to provide movement of the seat assembly to the tumbled position in response to the pivotal movement of the seat back to the fold flat position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc
    Inventors: David A White, Prasad D Jagtap, Alan Proulx, Timothy J Brush, Jeffrey P Carroll, Omar D Tame, Robert T Coffey, Rabindranath Persad, Douglas A Dingel, Nelson E Hurst, Jerzy Dziedzic, Lei Cao, Brian Adwell
  • Patent number: 10391907
    Abstract: Provided is a simple and compact headrest support device. The headrest support device (20) comprises a support member (22) coupled to a frame (2) of a seatback (1), and a headrest pillar structure including a pillar base portion (25) extending laterally and supported by the support member so as to be rotatable around an axial line of the pillar base portion, and a pair of pillar main body portions (26) extending substantially vertically from the pillar base portion substantially in parallel to each other in a laterally spaced apart relationship and connected to a headrest (24), wherein the support member is coupled to the frame at at least one coupling portion (34) disposed between the two pillar main body portions in front view in a headrest upright condition where the headrest is positioned above the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Okubo, Takayuki Inose, Masaki Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10384576
    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: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Okuma, Naoya Nishimoto
  • Patent number: 10369068
    Abstract: Disclosed is a head positioning device for use in laryngoscopy, having a base plate, a head plate, at least one proximal arm and at least one distal arm. The head plate has a proximal end and a distal end. The at least one proximal arm is pivotally connected between the base plate and at or near the proximal end of the head plate. The at least one distal arm is pivotally connected between the base plate and at or near the distal end of the head plate. The proximal and distal arms are operable during use to simultaneously elevate the head plate above the base plate and tilt it at an angle such that the proximal end of the head plate is in a higher elevated position than the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Alan Sexton
  • Patent number: 10369911
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a headrest to be infallibly locked when returned from a forward tilted position to a using position, without requiring high part accuracy and assembly accuracy. A vehicle seat headrest (4) according to the present invention, having: a stay (402) held on the seat back side; and a headrest main body (4A) supported forward rotatably from a using position with respect to the stay (402), includes: a locking mechanism (500) that fixes a rotation position of the headrest main body (4A) with respect to the stay (402) in the using position; and a stopper mechanism (600) that is not engaged with a regulation part in the using position, but is engaged with the regulation part when the headrest main body (4A) is tilted backward from the using position, to regulate backward tilting of the headrest main body (4A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Imayou, Toshiki Igarashi, Yayoi Hirano, Shunsuke Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10363850
    Abstract: A headrest assembly for a vehicle seat. The headrest assembly includes a support bracket having a first engagement section and a moveable bracket movable between first and second positions. The headrest assembly further includes a pawl defining a cam surface. The pawl has a second engagement section and is pivotable between an engaged position, with the second engagement section engaging the first engagement section, and a disengaged position, with the second engagement section spaced from the first engagement section. The headrest assembly further includes a first tab selectively engaging and guiding the pawl into the engaged position, and a second tab selectively engaging and guiding the pawl into the disengaged position as the moveable bracket moves between the first and second positions. The headrest assembly further includes a biasing member engaging the cam surface to continuously bias the pawl into both of the engaged and disengaged positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CNI Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Laperriere, Douglas J. Wheeler, Sai Pedaballe, Cha Xiong, Brian D. Cabble
  • Patent number: 10336231
    Abstract: A head rest assembly for a vehicle seat, the head rest assembly comprising a head support portion, a neck support portion and a pair of connection members adapted to connect the head rest assembly to the vehicle seat, wherein at least one of the pair of connection members is adapted for movement relative to the other of the pair of connection members so as to adjust a distance between the pair of connection members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher John Albert
  • Patent number: 10286866
    Abstract: A structure of an underrun protection bound to a plurality of brackets disposed at the front or rear portion of a frame of a vehicle is disclosed. A hollow having a closed section is defined by a distal face of a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, a proximal face of the longitudinal direction, an upper face, and a lower face. Lightening holes are formed on at least one of the upper face and the lower face of the underrun protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Shigeki Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10251486
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a headrest moving device, more particularly, relates to a headrest moving device wherein the user convenience is enhanced since the contact position between the moving unit and the return spring is changed according to the position of the headrest so that the forces being applied by a user are same or similar, that is, there is no significant difference in the operational forces when moving the headrest to either the minimum position or the maximum position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: WOOBO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hae Il Jeong
  • Patent number: 10238215
    Abstract: A seating arrangement includes a seat assembly, a back assembly operably coupled to the seat assembly, and a headrest assembly coupled to the back assembly. The headrest assembly including a support arrangement pivotably coupled to the back assembly for pivoting movement about a first pivot axis, a headrest member pivotably coupled to the support arrangement for pivoting movement about a second pivot axis that is spaced from the first pivot axis, and a sliding arrangement coupling the headrest member to the support arrangement to allow sliding vertical adjustment of the headrest member with respect to the support arrangement along an arcuate path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Jay Peterson, Robert J. Battey, Bruce M. Smith, John A. Colasanti, Frederic Biddle, Todd D. Krupiczewicz
  • Patent number: 10207617
    Abstract: A reduced-impact-and-recoil headrest that includes a ratchet mechanism, allowing components to incrementally translate with respect to each other. The reduced-impact-and-recoil headrest includes an exterior housing surface that is deformable, providing cushioning for a vehicle occupant's head. The headrest also includes an interior compartment within the housing, with the ratchet mechanism disposed within the interior compartment. The headrest is configured to decrease the force of a collision experienced by the occupant, thereby decreasing the likelihood and severity of traumatic brain injuries resulting from the occupant's head striking a stationary headrest. Instead, the reduced-impact-and-recoil headrest is configured to incrementally move with the occupant's head, providing an incremental cushion for the occupant's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Michael P. Sosa
  • Patent number: 10188868
    Abstract: According to an example embodiment of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus, comprising a first arm configured to accept a device, the first arm comprising a first counterweight arrangement, a second arm supporting the first arm by a coupling, and a base defining a curve and having the second arm mounted thereon, wherein the second arm is movable along the curve, the base configured to be mounted on a chair. The second arm may be furnished with a second counterweight arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Nexstim Oyj
    Inventors: Pentti Hynninen, Gustaf Järnefelt
  • Patent number: 10173569
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly includes a one-piece armature including a cross member having an offset portion. Also included is a ratcheting mechanism having a pivot plate directly and fixedly engaged with the offset portion of the cross member. Further included is a pivot pin extending through an aperture defined by the pivot plate and tangentially contacting a forward portion of the one-piece armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: WINDSOR MACHINE AND STAMPING (2009) LTD.
    Inventor: William Switalski
  • Patent number: 10166899
    Abstract: A headrest assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes a head restraint configured to rotate from a first locked position to a second locked position to incline the head restraint relative to a seat back. Further, the head restraint is configured such that rotation of the head restraint beyond the second locked position causes the head restraint to become urged back to the first locked position. The head restraint includes a ratchet assembly having a pawl and pawl spring, and the pawl spring includes a first section and a second section. The first section of the pawl spring is configured to contact the pawl when the head restraint is rotated from the first locked position to the second locked position, and the second section of the pawl spring is configured to contact the pawl when the head restraint is rotated beyond the second locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DAIMAY NORTH AMERICA AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Yintai Jiang, Jianhua Wang, Guojun Tang
  • Patent number: 9861204
    Abstract: An automatic support system for headrest includes a first fastener, a connecting component, a driving rod, a first swinging component, a first sleeve component, and a linear drive device; The linear drive device is pivotally connected to the first fastener and has an output shaft that is capable of linearly sliding, a front end of the connecting component is pivotally connected to the first fastener, the output shaft of the linear drive device and one end of the driving rod are respectively pivotally connected to two spaced positions of a rear end of the connecting component, a front end of the first swinging component is pivotally connected to the first fastener, the other end of the driving rod is pivotally connected to a rear end of the first swinging component, and the first sleeve component is fixed to a headrest and set on the first swinging component detachably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DONGGUAN WEIHONG HARDWARE AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 9862294
    Abstract: A head rest that can secure backward view when it is not used, and enable adjustment of its front-and-rear position in use. The head rest is rotatable from a rearmost position to a stored position in which the head rest is tilted down forward. When the head rest is in a use range from the rearmost position to a forward adjustment limit position located in front, the tilting angle of the head rest is adjustable, and the head rest can be rotated forward to the stored position and rotated backward to the rearmost position. By contrast, when the head rest is in the stored position, forward rotation and backward rotation of the head rest are regulated, and the head rest can be rotated backward to the rearmost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: BIZEN HATSUJO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamane, Tokuzo Kobayashi, Yasushi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 9855873
    Abstract: A headrest with a lock urging member in which unintentional change in an urging direction will hardly occur is provided. The headrest includes a first member, a second member, a backward urging member, a lock plate, a lock urging member, a lock switching member, and a resistance member. The lock switching member is provided with a switching pin abutment portion A, a switching pin abutment portion B, and a switching cam abutment portion. The lock plate includes a switching cam abutted portion. In a lock adjustment range, the lock switching member is moved together with the second member by the resistance member configured to apply resistance to movement of the lock switching member with respect to the second member. In addition, in rotation further forward beyond a forward adjustment limit position, the switching abutment portion B abuts against the switching pin fixed to the first member, so that the lock switching member does not follow the second member, whereby the headrest is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BIZEN HATSUJO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamane, Tokuzo Kobayashi, Yasushi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 9782317
    Abstract: A head support device for use with a bed includes a head-receiving component; a base component adapted to rest on a stable surface; a vertically-oriented spine component extending upwards from the base component to the head-receiving component; and at least one bed-connection structure extending horizontally from an intermediate position along the spine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Mary Madeline Mount
  • Patent number: 9701230
    Abstract: A headrest assembly for a vehicle seat. The headrest assembly includes a support bracket having a first engagement section and a moveable bracket movable between first and second positions. The headrest assembly further includes a pawl defining a cam surface. The pawl has a second engagement section and is pivotable between an engaged position, with the second engagement section engaging the first engagement section, and a disengaged position, with the second engagement section spaced from the first engagement section. The headrest assembly further includes a first tab selectively engaging and guiding the pawl into the engaged position, and a second tab selectively engaging and guiding the pawl into the disengaged position as the moveable bracket moves between the first and second positions. The headrest assembly further includes a biasing member engaging the cam surface to continuously bias the pawl into both of the engaged and disengaged positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: CNI Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Laperriere, III, Douglas J. Wheeler, Sai Pedaballe, Cha Xiong, Brian D. Cabble
  • Patent number: 9656580
    Abstract: A head restraint allows adjustment of the angle of inclination of a support structure relative to a holding structure, in particular a holding bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Dillinger, Thomas Jakubec
  • Patent number: 9610864
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat, in particular a utility motor vehicle seat, having a seat part, having a backrest comprising a lower backrest part and an upper backrest part, and having a holding device, by means of which the upper backrest part is mounted displaceably with respect to the lower backrest part, the holding device comprising a guide roller device, by means of which the upper backrest part is arranged laterally displaceably with respect to the lower backrest part along a displacement curve so as to mount the upper backrest part displaceably at least in part past the side edge of the lower backrest part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Grammar AG
    Inventors: Roland Uebelacker, Erwin Himmelhuber, Gerhard Delling
  • Patent number: 9511696
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a headrest assembly including, among other things, a rod configured to couple the headrest assembly to a seat back. The rod includes two vertical portions and a horizontal portion extending along a rotation axis between the two vertical portions. The horizontal portion includes a first flat surface and a second flat surface. The headrest assembly further includes a head restraint configured to rotate relative to the rod between a use position and an adjustment position. The headrest assembly further includes a clip having a first flat surface and a second flat surface. The clip is configured such that (1) when the head restraint is in the use position, the first flat surface of the clip is in direct contact with the first flat surface of the horizontal portion and the first flat surfaces of the clip and the horizontal portion lie in a first common plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: DAIMAY NORTH AMERICA AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Jianhua Wang, Yingtai Jiang, Xiaoguang Wang
  • Patent number: 9500348
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are tools and sets of tools that alleviate non-ergonomic positions of a practitioner, such as a body artist, cosmetician, or medical practitioner, and a subject to whom a treatment is being applied by the practitioner. These tools include body support devices, articulating and positionable trays that are designed to hold implements that will be used in the treatment, and positionable lighting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: UPRIGHT INDUSTRIES MANUFACTURING
    Inventor: Christopher T. Callister
  • Patent number: 9487115
    Abstract: A headrest is to be mounted to the top of a seat back with a headrest pillar and a headrest guide height-adjustably supporting the headrest pillar and being attached to the seat back such that the head of the headrest guide is exposed from the top of the seat back. The headrest includes a recess on a bottom of the headrest, the recess facing the head of the headrest guide. The surface of the recess is set to be separate from the head of the headrest guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoichi Tachikawa
  • Patent number: 9380878
    Abstract: A chair headrest including a headrest, a pivot member and a fastener assembly is revealed. The headrest is disposed with a damper and a guide and stop member for improving vertical movement stability and safety during adjustment. The pivot member having pivotally connected first and second portions is arranged between the headrest and a seat back. The first portion includes a pivot part with two separate ends while the second portion has a mounting part with two apart ends. The pivot part fitted to the mounting part can be rotated around an actuation axis. The fastener assembly is set between two ends of the second portion and having a connection portion for connecting the two ends of the pivot part and the two ends of the mounting part and an actuator assembly for making the two ends of the mounting part apart to be in a pressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ATEC INTERNATIONAL TEAM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Te-Chun Chen
  • Patent number: 9365140
    Abstract: A headrest system comprises a headrest, a bracket to which the headrest is mounted and an actuator. The actuator is configured to displace at least a portion of the headrest relative to the bracket in a displacement direction which is transverse to a longitudinal member of the bracket. The actuator comprises a spindle transmission and a power drive coupled to the spindle transmission. The spindle transmission comprises a spindle and a spindle nut engaged with the spindle. The power drive is arranged in a cavity defined within an outer shell of the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Schukra Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Falster, Klaus Junker, Gunter Maierhofer, Jürgen Wanke
  • Patent number: 9351580
    Abstract: An office chair (1) including a seat (2), a backrest (3) including a lumbar support (4), an actuator device (8) arranged to enable adjustment of the lumbar support (4) between an inactive position in which it follows the general shape of the backrest (3), and a fully active position in which it is adjusted outwards forwardly from the backrest (3) in order to support the lumbar back portion of a person seated on the seat (2). The lumbar support (4) includes a first part (200) with first (201) and second (202) ends and a second part (300) with first (301) and second (302) ends. The first ends (201, 301) of the first and second parts (200, 300) are connected to each other via a pivoting point (400) and the second ends (202, 302) are pivotally coupled to the backrest (3), wherein at least one of the second ends (202, 302) of the parts (200, 300) is slidably arranged along the backrest (3) and wherein the actuator device (8) pushes and/or pulls the slidable ends (202, 302) in response to actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: LT Office Line AB
    Inventors: Lennart Tranback, Goran Tollesson
  • Patent number: 9340132
    Abstract: A headrest for a vehicle seat, in particular for a motor vehicle seat, is proposed. The headrest includes a padded part facing the head of a seat occupant, a basic part and a comfort-adjustment device. When the headrest is in use, the padded part can be adjusted by the comfort-adjustment device relative to the basic part from a first position, in which it is further away from the head of the seat occupant, into a second position, closer to the head of the seat occupant. The comfort-adjustment device has two control elements which can be set in a locking position and in an unlocking position, the movement of the control elements being synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Schmitz, Henrik Völker
  • Patent number: 9327627
    Abstract: An unlocking mechanism of inclinable headrest includes a push button having a connecting element and an internal frame having a cylindrical element defining a through-bore in which the push button is slidably accommodated. Provided within the internal frame is a slidable lever element having one end operatively connected with a lock gear for locking the headrest and another end having a connecting hole in which the connecting element of the push button is resiliently inserted and engaged. The slidable lever element is slidably supported by a guide element so that the connecting hole thereof is retained at a location corresponding to the through-bore of the cylindrical element. Hence, in assembly, simple insertion by a worker of the push button in the cylindrical element results in quick and precise connection of the push button's connecting element with the slidable lever element's connecting hole invisibly disposed in the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideo Tobata, Takayuki Yoshiga, Yutaka Sodeno
  • Patent number: 9260043
    Abstract: A mounting system for a headrest comprising at least one shaft, the system comprising a housing adapted to enclose the shaft with a radial clearance, a moving carriage capable of being moved between a blocking position and an unblocking position, and a jaw movable between an immobilization position and a release position. The jaw is adapted to apply, when it is in the immobilization position, a clamping force to the shaft in a clamping direction perpendicular to the vertical direction, so that the shaft is supported on the housing. The moving carriage comprises at least one drive slot in which a slug from the jaw is able to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Faurecia Sieges d'Automobile
    Inventors: Jacques Robert, Philippe Pedronno, Patrick Plaut
  • Patent number: 9227540
    Abstract: A height- and/or inclination-adjustable head restraint for a vehicle seat includes at least one holding element, a head restraint cushion, a head restraint structure and an inclination-adjustment mechanism that includes at least one latching plate, a toothed profile and an actuating element. The latching plate is arranged on the holding element and, in a locked state of the inclination-adjustment mechanism, engages in a form-fitting and/or frictional manner in the toothed profile, which is arranged on the head restraint structure. The lower end of the head restraint structure is coupled pivotably to the holding element and, upon pivoting of the head restraint about the holding element; in a non-locked state of the inclination-adjustment mechanism, the form-fitting and/or frictional connection between the latching plate and the toothed profile is released and a relative movement is thereby brought about between the latching plate and the toothed profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Silvio Hartlaub
  • Patent number: 9221371
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Alisan Akyildiz
  • Patent number: 9132756
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly, comprising: a support configured to mount the head restraint above a seat back; a bun assembly pivotally mounted on the head restraint support for movement in first and second directions relative to the head restraint support, the limit of the first and second directions of movement defining fully forward and fully upright positions, respectively, of the bun assembly; and an adjustment mechanism disposed at least substantially within the bun assembly, the adjustment mechanism configured to permit the pivotal movement of the bun assembly in either of the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: GILL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Witte, Robert R. Sutter
  • Patent number: 9119472
    Abstract: A seat assembly may include a seatback, a seat bottom and an adjustment mechanism. The seat bottom may include an aft portion adjacent to the seatback, a front portion opposite the aft portion, and a central portion disposed between the front and aft ends. The adjustment mechanism may support the central portion for movement relative to the front portion between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Walter W Holzhueter, Travis D Bechtel
  • Patent number: 9102255
    Abstract: A headrest assembly for an aircraft seat includes a headrest frame having a body portion, a top member interconnected with the headrest frame, a spring clip member interconnected with the top member, a bracket member with a locking rivet, and a headrest tube having a longitudinal slot. The top member includes a plurality of elongated slots and the bracket member is coupled to the headrest frame. The headrest tube is configured to receive the locking rivet in the longitudinal slot in a locked position and thereby lock the headrest tube to the headrest frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: AMI INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Robert Duckert
  • Patent number: 9096154
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reclining apparatus for a head rest of a rear seat that includes: a reclining motor operably coupled to an integral lead screw; a carrier thread fastened to the integral lead screw; and a link module configured to transmit operation force from the carrier to a head rest module, wherein the head rest module angle is adjusted in a forward/rearward direction by the operation force from the carrier and the link module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Dymos Incorporated
    Inventors: Mi Sun Kwon, Jun Yeol Heo, Ju Hyun Cha, Jung Sang You, Seon Chae Na, Hak Gyun Kim, Chan Ho Jeong, Chan Uk Park, Jin Ho Seo, Yun Ho Kim, Myeong Sub Kim
  • Patent number: 9061615
    Abstract: A folding headrest is disclosed, supported by a mounting rod bar beam, comprising a headrest shell connected to a housing, wherein the housing is pivotably supported on a shaft fixed to the mounting rod, wherein the housing is preloaded for rotation with respect to the shaft by a first torsion spring, an actuating button connected to in sliding communication with the headrest shell, the button in contact with a pushrod, wherein the pushrod passes within into the housing, a force direction-changing L-shaped lever pivot arm pivotably connected to pivotably disposed on the housing, wherein the longitudinal axis of the pushrod is substantially orthogonal to a plane containing the axis of rotation of the force direction-changing lever, a locking lever pivotably connected to pivotably disposed on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: DAIMAY NORTH AMERICA AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Jianhua Wang, Yingtai Jiang, Guojun Tang, Xiaoguang Wang
  • Publication number: 20150145309
    Abstract: Two headrest stays-are supported such that, when the tilting amount in the seat front-rear direction of the headrest stays-relative to a seatback frame is within a specified range, the support stiffness of a headrest relative to the seat front-rear direction is reduced in comparison to when the tilt amount is outside the range. The two headrest stays are secured to be swingable in the seat front-rear direction in the headrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Gen Takahashi, Hideyuki Kato, Hideki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150145310
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headrest moving device. The headrest moving device includes: a cover including a front wall and a rear wall a middle cover disposed inside the cover and formed with a hollow portion; a locking cover inserted into the hollow portion, connected to the cover, and formed with teeth along a forward/backward direction thereof; a lock pin plate installed on the middle cover to be slidable in a leftward/rightward direction and provided with a lock pin inserted into the teeth; a lock plate formed with through-holes through which vertical portions of a stay rod pass, the lock plate being installed on the middle cover to be slidable in the leftward/rightward direction and being connected to the lock pin plate; a return spring configured to return the lock plate or the lock pin plate; and a button configured to move the lock plate in the leftward/rightward direction. The cover is formed in an integrated body so that the spacing between the front wall and the rear wall may be maintained constantly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Hae Il Jeong
  • Patent number: 8979203
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly, comprising: a support for mounting the head restraint above a seat back; a bun assembly pivotally mounted on the head restraint support for movement in first and second directions relative to the head restraint support; and an adjustment mechanism disposed at least substantially within the bun assembly, the adjustment mechanism operative to permit (i) the selective pivotal movement of the bun assembly in either of the first and second directions and, as the bun assembly is moved in either of the first and second directions, (ii) the incremental positioning of the bun assembly in any of a plurality of predefined positions along a path of travel of the bun assembly in the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Gill Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Sutter, Jr., Craig A. Ulman, Brian C. Leja, Michael J. Boks
  • Patent number: 8979202
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a crash-active headrest of a motor vehicle seat having a head part at least partially displaceable in the direction of the head of a seat occupant for comfort and/or safety purposes, and that can be locked in said position by means of a form-fit and/or frictional connection means, said headrest comprising means for transitioning the form-fit and/or frictional connection means from a locked into an unlocked position, characterized thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20150061341
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mount assembly comprising a frame (A) for mounting at least one headrest support rod (13a, 13b) and formed with at least one locating seat (29) for locating and mounting the support rod (13a, 13b) and an escutcheon (19) that can be fixed to the frame (A) and that has a first centering formation (23) that acts in conjunction with second centering formation (42) of the device (10) in order to center a central axis m1 of a guide passage (43) formed in the escutcheon (19) with a central axis m2 of the locating seat (29). The special feature is that the escutcheon (19) has a first positioning formation (35) that acts in conjunction with a second positioning formation (30) of the mount assembly in order to define an angular position of the escutcheon (19) about the central is axis m1 relative to the frame (A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Stefan S. GRAF, Johannes RAAB
  • Publication number: 20150054326
    Abstract: A headrest assembly for a chair includes a headrest unit, two spaced-apart grip frame members respectively connected to two opposite ends of the headrest unit, and two spaced-apart connection frame members respectively connected to the grip frame members. The grip frame members gradually extend away from each other from the headrest unit to the connection frame members, respectively. Each of the grip frame members extends obliquely, rearwardly and downwardly from the headrest unit in a manner of being oblique to a first vertical plane that has opposite front and rear surfaces respectively facing front and rear sides of the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Deng-Chuan CAI, Shao-Yong CHEN, Yan-Wei ZHANG, Yen-Ju LAI, Ting SHAO
  • Publication number: 20150054325
    Abstract: A head restraint allows adjustment of the angle of inclination of a support structure relative to a holding structure, in particular a holding bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Dillinger, Thomas Jakubec
  • Patent number: 8955913
    Abstract: A head restraint is supported by a vehicle seat assembly having a support structure including a guide. The head restraint is movable between a design position and a stowed position. The head restraint has a support member that is received in the guide, a head restraint body attached to the support member, and a locking mechanism. The support member moves with respect to the guide to translate the body with respect to the support structure. The body rotates with respect to the support member. The locking mechanism locks the body in the first or second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Veine, Arjun Yetukuri, Jasmine Pizana
  • Patent number: 8939512
    Abstract: A seat assembly having a headrest for supporting the head of a seat occupant. The seat assembly includes a seat back, a support post disposed on the seat back, and a headrest. The headrest has a front portion for supporting the head of a seat occupant. The front portion is configured to move between a first position and a second position. The headrest is rotatably disposed on the support post such that the headrest can rotate independent of movement of the front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Klaus Boes, Achim Tscherbner, Karsten Loehr
  • Patent number: 8939503
    Abstract: An object is to provide a head and neck protection apparatus for vehicle which is simple in a structure and an operation principle and excellent in reliability and safety and can protect the head and neck part by alleviating not only a rearward impact received by the head part at a rear-end collision but also a forward impact. A head and neck protection apparatus for vehicle according to the present invention is attached to a vehicle seat, provided with a fixed frame having a mounting stay, a swing frame swingably connected with respect to the fixed frame, and a lock stopper for locking the swing frame with respect to the fixed frame, in which the swing frame has a rear-head part contact member with which the rear head part is brought into contact and a front-head part buffer member alleviating an impact of the front head part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Ayako Mori
  • Patent number: 8939513
    Abstract: A head rest for a seat assembly includes a rotation mechanism that allows the head rest to rotate with respect to the seat assembly. The rotation mechanism may allow the head rest to incline when in a raised position to provide clearance for an occupant seated in the seat assembly. The rotation mechanism also may allow the head rest to rotate outward from the seat assembly when in a lowered position to displace the occupant with respect to the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Allen W. Holmes, Aleksandar D. Malusev, Robert A. Wilson, Brian S. Holder, Rebecca L. Pennington, Michael S. Demianenko, Kenneth C. Farkas, Travis Matthew Reel
  • Patent number: 8936310
    Abstract: A headrest including: a headrest body that supports a head portion of an occupant; a pair of side frame sections that supports the headrest body, the side frame sections extending along a seat height direction and disposed at a separation from each other along a seat width direction; and an inclined wall portion that is provided between the side frame sections, that is inclined towards a seat front-rear direction front side with respect to the side frame sections such that a lower end portion of the inclined wall portion is positioned further to the seat front-rear direction front side than an upper end portion of the inclined wall portion, and that bears load acting on the headrest body from a seat front-rear direction rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Takayama, Kenzo Yasuda, Atsushi Kageyama, Satoshi Nishikido, Eiji Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20150015048
    Abstract: A folding mechanism for a head restraint may include a support member and a latch. The support member may have a first axis and a projection that projects outward from the support member. The latch may be attached to the head restraint and rotatable around the first axis and may have a notch that can receive the projection. The latch may be flexed to pivot a portion of the latch around a second axis in order to move between an unlocked position where the projection is not received in the notch such that the head restraint is rotatable around the support member, and a locked position where the projection is received in the notch such that the head restraint is not rotatable around the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Michael KAPUSKY, Patrick DONNELLY, David HAYES, Srinivasa SANKU, Alexander BALIN