Adjustable Rectilinearly Vertically Patents (Class 297/410)
  • Patent number: 10641011
    Abstract: A bag (10) includes a body having a first portion (26) and a second portion (30) defining a storage compartment therebetween. The bag also includes a zipper (18) with a slider (60) movable along the body and a pull (64). The bag further includes a bracket assembly (22) having a base (82) defining a recess for receiving a portion of the pull, and a cover (86) movable between an open position and a closed position, in which the cover substantially covers the recess to inhibit removal of the portion of the pull from the recess. The bracket assembly (22) also includes a first lock attachment point (90) configured to receive a first type of lock to secure the cover to the base, and a second lock attachment point (94) apart from the first lock attachment point (90). The second lock attachment point (94) is configured to receive a second type of lock to secure the cover to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Klinkman, Brian B. Bautista, Endrit Hajno, Jason Li, John McGillin, Leslie Dotson
  • Patent number: 10611284
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly is arranged to removably couple a head restraint to a vehicle seat. The head restraint assembly includes an engagement component having a retention feature configured to engage a complimentary engagement component of the vehicle seat during a deceleration event to maintain attachment of the head restraint to the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Spackman, Goncalo Moedas
  • Patent number: 10611281
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a seatback frame, a webbing guide attached to the seatback frame, webbing extending from below the seatback frame through the webbing guide, and a tether attached to the webbing and retractable to the seatback frame above the webbing guide. The restraint system may include a roller coupled to the seatback frame above the webbing guide, and the tether is at least partially wound around the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Zhenyan Gao
  • Patent number: 10595642
    Abstract: A lifting device for headrest includes a fixing frame, a driving rod, two headrest supports, a driving device fixed on the fixing frame, and two lifting mechanisms configured on the fixing frame and located at two sides of the driving device. Each lifting device includes a reversing driving assembly, a guide rod and a slider moveably connected on the guide rod, the two headrest supports are mounted on the sliders, respectively, the driving rod passes through and is driven by the driving device, two ends of the driving rod are connected with the reversing driving assemblies, respectively, and the slider is driven by the reversing driving assembly. Both sliders on the two lifting mechanisms have driving forces so as to improve balance at both sides and make the support force stronger. The headrest is kept in a stable status, thereby preventing damage of the lifting device and the sofa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DONGGUAN WEIHONG HARDWARE AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jianhua Liu
  • Patent number: 10576860
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly includes a base portion including a first post portion extending in a vertical direction. The assembly also includes a head restraint operatively coupled to the base portion. The assembly further includes a lock slide manually moveable between a locked condition and an unlocked condition, the locked condition disposing a portion of the lock slide within one of a plurality of recesses of the first post portion, the unlocked condition defined by removal of the lock slide from the plurality of recesses to allow adjustment of the head restraint in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: WINDSOR MACHINE AND STAMPING (2009) LTD.
    Inventor: William Switalski
  • Patent number: 10569683
    Abstract: A headrest support assembly is provided that comprises a support member flexible between neutral and loaded states and having first and second ends with a channel extending therebetween. A cable is slidably received in the channel between first and second positions. The cable has first and second ends, and the cable moves from the first position to the second position when the support member moves from the neutral state to the loaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Fredriksson, Michael Steven Medoro, Derren Woods
  • Patent number: 10569685
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is equipped with a seatback having a mounting portion, a headrest having a headrest frame and an electric component, a first connector, and a second connector. The first connector has an engaging portion engaged with a hole of the headrest frame, a protrusion engaging the second connector, and a first connector terminal electrically connected to a lead wire of the electric component. The second connector has a first engaging piece engaged with a hole of the guide bracket from the outside of the guide bracket, a second engaging piece engaged with the protrusion of the first connector from the outside of the first connector, and a second connector terminal electrically connected to a lead wire wired in the seatback and the first connector terminal. The engagement between the hole of the mounting portion and the first engaging piece of the second connector can be released irreversibly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TACHI-S ENGINEERING U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Kakishima, Rengith Francis Xavier, Ravi Krishnan, Avijit Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10562425
    Abstract: An adjusting apparatus for adjusting a vehicle seat component of a vehicle seat comprises an adjustment arrangement for adjusting the vehicle seat component and a locking device. The locking device is coupled to the adjustment arrangement to block movement of the vehicle seat component in a locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA AUTOSITZE GMBH
    Inventors: Clément Jarrin, Hervé Bulle, Tomasz Kowalski, Rainer Hagemann
  • Patent number: 10562427
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a head rest arrangement for a vehicle seat and a vehicle seat comprising such head rest. The head rest arrangement comprises a cushion portion and a back portion. The head rest arrangement further comprises a displacement arrangement enabling at least the cushion portion to be displaced between at least a first position and a second position with respect to the vehicle seat after being mounted thereto. The displacement arrangement comprising a lock mechanism adapted to lock the cushion portion in the first position and the second position. The displacement arrangement comprises an actuator operable by a user to unlock the lock mechanism. The actuator is made from a compliant material and actuated via a pulling force in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Alexandersson, Louise Temin
  • Patent number: 10538185
    Abstract: Adjustable headrest including a guide configured to be coupled to a seat; a head support coupled to the guide and configured to be movable along an adjustment path relative to the seat; and a slider having a surface defining a recess receiving the guide. A retainer is positioned to urge a surface of the slider against a surface of the guide, thereby maintaining friction between the surface of the slider and the surface of the guide. Additionally, the adjustable headrest includes a bracket that is fixable relative to the head support or fixed relative to the seat. The bracket has a mounting section positioned for fixation relative to the head support or for fixation to the seat and a guide receiving portion receiving the guide. The slider and the bracket are separate components and are formed from the same material or different materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SOUTHCO, INC.
    Inventors: Eugene Novin, Andrew S. Matejka
  • Patent number: 10493888
    Abstract: The invention relates to a headrest for a seat, in particular for a vehicle seat, having a base (11) mounted on at least one support post (12a, 12b) on the seat and displaceable relative to the support post, having a latch (16) moveable between a locking position and a release position and capable of locking the base in at least one position relative to the support post, the latch comprising first holding means (46) on the base (11) and second holding means (47) on the support post (12a, 12b), the first holding means being formed on a slide (19) moveably mounted on the base (11) such that the first holding means and the second holding means are in engagement in the locking position and are in disengagement in the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Markus Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10493889
    Abstract: A rack of molded plastic having a series of notches open in a first direction, each notch having a certain width in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The notches are aligned in a third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions, and each notch is defined by a bottom and by first and second side walls extending in the first direction from the bottom to a mouth of the notch. A rib projects into each notch from the first side wall, and the bottom of the notch has a through-opening arranged in correspondence with the rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Sièges d'Automobile
    Inventors: Stephane Soltner, Francois Lelievre, Franck Ganuchaud
  • Patent number: 10434915
    Abstract: A guide sleeve, for receiving a rod of a headrest, includes a sleeve body that has a rod receptacle for receiving the rod and an elastic region that is force-loaded in a direction of the rod receptacle in order to fix the rod in the rod receptacle. A spring element arranged on the outer contour of the sleeve body spring-loaded the elastic region. The spring element has a contact region adjacent to the elastic region, is configured as a clip that partially embraces the sleeve body and has a width in a sleeve body axial direction. The spring element includes a strip main body and the contact region is configured as a protuberance between two first bending points extending across the entire width of the main body. A vehicle seat for a motor vehicle has a backrest and a headrest, wherein the guide sleeve fastens the headrest to the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Karsten Wehling
  • Patent number: 10413071
    Abstract: An electric push rod includes a drive motor, an outer tube, a threaded rod, a screw nut and a slider block. The outer tube is fixed to the drive motor, the threaded rod and the screw nut are located in the outer tube, the screw nut is in a threaded connection with the threaded rod, the drive motor is connected with the threaded rod to drive the threaded rod, and the slider block is sleeved on the outer tube and supported on the screw nut. When the threaded rod is rotated inversely to actuate the screw nut to move downwards, the slider block will not move downwards or trend to move downwards due to the screw nut fails to fix on the slider block, thus hands or fingers will not be jammed by the headrest even if the hands or fingers are rested beneath the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN WEIHONG HARDWARE AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 10413078
    Abstract: A headrest adjusting device includes a hinge, a fixed base and a drive device. The drive device is fixed on the fixed base and has an output end that is capable of sliding upwards or downwards, the hinge comprises a first rod and a second rod which are pivotally connected together, the second rod can be rotated or locked relatively to the first rod, and the first rod is driven by the output end of the drive device to move upwards or downwards. By the headrest adjusting device, the angle and the height of the headrest can be adjusted independently, thereby meeting demands of the users. Additionally, the hinge and the drive device can be adjusted at the same time, to simultaneously adjust the angle and the height of the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN WEIHONG HARDWARE AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 10414311
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to bearings, guide sleeves and head restraint assemblies for automobiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy J. Hagan, Abe Sanchez, Paul Haines, Heiko Jessler, Brandon S. Murphy, Vincent DiMartino, Chloe Echikson, Mirko Hundertmark
  • Patent number: 10406954
    Abstract: Among other things, the invention relates to a straight guide with at least two support rods (12a, 12b), wherein each support rod is movably guided within amount (15a, 15b) and can be secured with a latch (16) with relation to the amount (15a, 15b), wherein the latch (16) comprises at least one elastically deformable strip (17) that is permanently arranged relative to the mount, having at least one freely movable end section (18a, 18b), wherein each end section (18a, 18b) interacts with at least one notch (23). It was the object of the invention to create a straight guide with a latch, where the possibilities of arranging an actuation of the latch are more versatile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Steve Kober, Sebastian Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10399474
    Abstract: An adjustable head restraint assembly for a seat back of a seat that includes a head supporting structure, a head rest support, and at least two of a height adjustment mechanism, a side angle adjustment mechanism, and a tilt adjustment mechanism that are each electronically powered. The head supporting structure is configured to support an occupant's head. The head rest support supports the head supporting structure. The height adjustment mechanism is configured to change the height of the head supporting structure relative to the head rest support and the seat back. The side angle adjustment mechanism is configured to change the angle of side portions of the head supporting structure relative to a center portion of the head supporting structure. The tilt adjustment mechanism is configured to change a tilt angle of the head supporting structure relative to a tilt supporting structure and the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Michael J. Kapusky, Brent D. Burton, Nathan Caruss, Eric B. Michalak
  • Patent number: 10358070
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly is provided with a head restraint frame mounted to a post for movement along the post for adjustment relative to a vehicle seat. The head restraint frame has a contact surface. A biasing member is mounted to the head restraint frame for movement relative to the head restraint frame to maintain the head restraint frame in a locked condition along the post. An actuation member is mounted to the head restraint frame for movement relative to the head restraint frame. The actuation member cooperates with the biasing member such that movement of the actuation member moves the biasing member, thereby disengaging the biasing member from the post to permit movement of the head restraint along the post such that the biasing member engages the contact surface in the second position to provide feedback to the user of an unlocked condition of the head restraint frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Florian Diefenthaler, Stefan Brunner, Thomas Peklo
  • Patent number: 10351032
    Abstract: A sliding sleeve (6, 60) for fixing in a securing support (5, 50). The sliding sleeve (6, 60) includes a sleeve body (6.2, 60.2) with a coupling section (6.3, 60.3) with at least one flexible coupling face (6.4, 60.4) for bearing against the securing body (5, 50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.ÀR.L.
    Inventor: Karsten Wehling
  • Patent number: 10336230
    Abstract: An adjustable headrest 300 includes a guide 360 configured to be coupled to a seat, a head support 302 coupled to the guide and configured to be movable along an adjustment path relative to the seat, and a slider 370 having a surface defining a recess 373 receiving the guide such that the surface of the slider contacts a surface of the guide. The adjustment headrest further includes a retainer 390 positioned to urge the surface of the slider against the surface of the guide, thereby maintaining friction between the surface of the slider and the surface of the guide and resisting unintended movement of the slider with respect to the guide along the adjustment path. Also, a friction module and a friction hinge are provided, which can be incorporated into an adjustable headrest or other assemblies in which sliding and/or hinged components are desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SOUTHCO, INC.
    Inventor: Eugene Novin
  • Patent number: 10335097
    Abstract: A patient-supporting device is disclosed. The patient-supporting device includes a fastening assembly that fastens the patient-supporting device to a structural member, a support member configured to receive a body part of a patient, and a height adjustment assembly that adjusts a distance between the fastening assembly and the support member. The height adjustment assembly includes a locking assembly and an elongated member. The support member is attached to a first end portion of the elongated member. The locking assembly is stationary relative to the fastening assembly. The elongated member is guided in an aperture of the locking assembly in a longitudinal direction of the elongated member. A plurality of first snap-in recesses is disposed on a first side portion of the elongated member. The locking assembly includes a first locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAQUET GMBH
    Inventors: Jochen Kaiser, Ulrich Wyslucha, Stefan Peter, Siegfried Hund
  • Patent number: 10322691
    Abstract: A passenger protecting device including: an airbag device including an airbag that receives a supply of gas from an inflator and is inflated and expanded, by a front expanding portion that includes a front inflating portion to be inflated and expanded at a seat front side of the head portion and at least one of a chest portion and shoulder portions of the passenger, and a pair of left and right lateral expanding portions that include lateral inflating portions that are connected to the front expanding portion and are inflated and expanded at sides of the head portion of the passenger; and a position changing device that changes an inflated and expanded position of the airbag in a seat transverse direction, in accordance with a direction of collision of a collision body with respect to the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanobu Ohmi, Seiji Yamamoto, Kosuke Sakakibara, Kazuki Sugie, Misato Kinoshita, Yoshiaki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10308213
    Abstract: A seatback for a seating assembly of a vehicle comprising: a seat frame; an exterior surface at least partially covering the seat frame; an adjustable headrest operably connected to the seat frame having a raised position and a lowered position relative to the seat frame; and a seatbelt web guide, connected to the adjustable headrest beneath the exterior surface, having a raised and lowered position relative to the exterior surface adjacent the seatbelt web guide; wherein, moving the adjustable headrest from the lowered position to the raised position causes the seatbelt web guide to move from the lowered position to the raised position. The adjustable headrest can include a support element operably connecting the adjustable headrest to the seat frame, the support element at least partially disposed beneath the exterior surface. The seatbelt web guide is operably connected to the support element of the adjustable headrest beneath the exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10299601
    Abstract: An ergonomic chair with an auto-adjusting headrest having a base assembly including floor base, a seat bottom, and vertical structure. A seat back frame and back plate are pivotally attached to the base assembly. An arc-shaped guide bar and head rest restraint are slideably disposed on the back plate. such that the back plate slides approximately parallel to the seat back frame. Arc shaped guide bar rotates as the seat back is tilted rearward and forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SV TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John M. Speicher, Che Voigt
  • Patent number: 10286823
    Abstract: A device for the variable fixing of a headrest to a vehicle seat, having a receptacle (1) forming a receiving space (5) a headrest support, and having a locking element (7) which, by a disengagement movement of a disengagement element (10), is movable from a locking position, in which a locking section (18) of the locking element (7) projects into the receiving space, into a release position, in which the locking section does not project into the receiving space or projects into the receiving space to a lesser extent than in the locking position and movement of the disengagement element leads along the longitudinal axis (9) of the receiving space (5). The movement of the disengagement element (10) can be effected by an actuation movement (12) of an actuation element (11), wherein the direction of the actuation movement (12) is oriented perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Manfred Müller
  • Patent number: 10252656
    Abstract: A cover feed-through (B), for a head-restraint rod (5) of a head restraint for a vehicle seat, is configured as a one-piece self-securing guide element (1). The guide element has a closed upper face (2) and a lower face (4) which is spaced from the upper face by a passage (3). The lower face (4) has at least one opening (4.1) substantially in the form of a segment of a circle. A vehicle seat is also provided, including a cover (8) and a head-restraint which can be arranged in a cover feed-through (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDINGS S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Karsten Wehling
  • Patent number: 10252657
    Abstract: A headrest for a seat of a vehicle includes a body securable to the seat, a side portion adjacent the body, a receiver pivotally attached to the body, a slide attached to the side portion so as to be movable along the receiver between a first position in which the side portion is in a retracted position and a second position in which the side portion is in an extended position, and a friction member on one of the receiver and the slide. A securing mechanism causes the friction member to hold the slide in a selected position relative to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventor: David Lessard
  • Patent number: 10214126
    Abstract: An overmolded seat back structure having a connecting surface for supporting a support panel and a process for forming a seat back structure via an overmolding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Kurt Seibold, Ingo Kienke
  • Patent number: 10183598
    Abstract: A device for the variable fixing of a headrest to a vehicle seat, having a receptacle (1), which forms a receiving space (5) for receiving a headrest support (6), and having a locking rocker (7) which, by means of an actuation movement of an actuation element (11), can be rotated from a locking position, in which a locking section (18) of the locking rocker (7) projects into the receiving space, into a release position, in which the locking section (18) does not project into the receiving space or projects into the receiving space (5) to a lesser extent than in the locking position, is characterized in that the direction of the actuation movement is not oriented perpendicular to the axis of rotation (25) about which the locking rocker (7) is rotatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Manfred Müller, Ricard Fortuny
  • Patent number: 10160361
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly includes a base portion mountable to a vehicle seat. Also included is a frame plate disposed within a cover. Further included is a vertical power actuation mechanism operatively coupled to the frame plate for vertical adjustment of the frame plate. Yet further included is a fore-aft power actuation mechanism operatively coupled to the frame plate for fore-aft adjustment of the frame plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: WINDSOR MACHINE AND STAMPING (2009) LTD.
    Inventor: Mark Leonard Little
  • Patent number: 10144330
    Abstract: A deployable headrest assembly for a seat is provided. The headrest assembly includes a headrest slidably coupleable to the seat such that the headrest is movable from a stowed position, in which the headrest is stowed within a seat back of the seat, to a deployable position, in which the headrest extends from the seat back. The headrest is expandable from a collapsed state to an expanded state such that the headrest has a thickness that is larger in the expanded state than in the collapsed state, the headrest being retractable into the stowed position in the seat back when in the collapsed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Graeme Leck
  • Patent number: 10106066
    Abstract: The present invention describes a head restraint system for a vehicle. The head restrained system comprises a head restraint cushion connected to headrest rods. The swivel mechanism comprises swivel rods, dampers and springs. The angular movement of the head restraint cushion is controlled by the damper movement on application of load on the head restrained cushion, where the damper movement is based on the amplitude and duration of load being applied on head restrained cushion. Another embodiment of the present invention describes a head restraint system comprising a movable assembly and a stationary assembly. The movable assembly comprises slotted guide plate, flat plate and slotted guide column. The stationary assembly comprises guide rod, and linear guide way. The movable assembly and stationary assembly are connected using a linear damping unit, where the linear damping unit is placed inside the slotted guide column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KPIT TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Ravi Ranjan, Shivaswaroop C.P.
  • Patent number: 10099589
    Abstract: A headrest guide includes: a tubular portion that extends in a first direction and into which a stay is inserted; a tongue piece protruding partially to the inside of the tubular portion, the tongue piece being configured to bend in a radial direction of the tubular portion and being configured to be brought into contact with the stay; and a plate spring pressing the tongue piece inwardly in the radial direction of the tubular portion. Protruding portions are disposed on opposite sides of the tubular portion, respectively, with the tongue piece interposed therebetween to hold the plate spring at opposite end sides thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Takeuchi, Akimitsu Kurihara, Masaru Tsukamoto, Ganapathy Srinivasan, Ganesh Narayanan, Jeffrey Scheurer, II, Masakazu Okada, Ronald C. Cozzo
  • Patent number: 10093206
    Abstract: A head restraint (14) has a headrest (16) and at least one guide tube (18) that can be latched to a backrest structure of a motor vehicle seat for movable guidance of the headrest (16) in the direction of travel. An actuating rod (30) is mounted rotatably in the guide tube (18) and an unlocking slide (40) can be moved axially by rotating the actuating rod (30). In an actuating position, the unlocking slide (40) moves a latching element (58) into an unlatched position, and, in a rest position, the latching element (58) occupies a latched position. An actuating bar (24) is guided in the headrest (16) for rotating the actuating rod (30). The guide tube (18) is supported axially without tilting, and protectively accommodates a latching mechanism (59) that is easy to actuate from outside so that the head restraint (14) can be adjusted in a simple manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Jochen Leise
  • Patent number: 10040382
    Abstract: An adjustable headrest for motor vehicle seat. The headrest includes a support structure fixed to a backrest and a body having a front shell and a rear shell. The front shell has a front face intended for contact with the head of a user of the seat, the front face being movable relative to the support structure along a front-rear direction denoted X, over a total travel distance. The total travel distance is formed by a first travel portion provided by a mounting enabling translational movement of the body relative to the support structure while maintaining the position of the front shell relative to the rear shell substantially constant. The total travel distance is also formed by a second travel portion provided by a mounting enabling translational movement of the front shell alone relative to the rear shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Siéges D'Automobile
    Inventors: Stéphane Soltner, François Lelievre
  • Patent number: 9566884
    Abstract: A powered head restraint includes a base bracket with elongate supports that are configured to easily engage a seatback guide during vehicle assembly and to provide an electrical connection for adjustment actuation of the head restraint. A first electrical connector is fixedly attached to the elongate support of the head restraint. A second electrical connector is operably connected to an upper portion of the seatback such that engagement of the elongate support with a support guide occurs simultaneously with engagement of the first electrical connector with the second electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, David Frederick Lyons, Jr., Christian J. Hosbach, Yalie Yan-rush
  • Patent number: 9505326
    Abstract: The invention relates to, among others, a headrest-assembly method for securing at least two support rods (12a, 12b) in a headrest to the backrest on a vehicle seat, where each support rod (12a, 12b) is held a guide formation (16a, 16b) of the head box (11). The special feature is that cross bar (13) is engaged in the head box (11) such that it passes through at least one slot (19a, 19b, 19c) of the head box (11), and the cross rod (13) is fastened at its ends (31, 32) ends (27) of the support rods (12a, 12b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Reinhold Groenninger, Bernhard Klar, Willibald Ries
  • Patent number: 9428089
    Abstract: A vehicle headrest has a support rod extending along an axis formed with a plurality of radially open notches, a head support carried above the notches on the support rod, and a guide sleeve mountable in a seat back and slidably receiving the support rod. An actuation element can shift axially on the sleeve between an actuated position and an unactuated position. An elongated and longitudinally incompressible latch element has an outer end shiftable radially and engageable in the notch and an inner end engaging the actuation element and shiftable axially on the sleeve on movement of the actuation element from the actuated position to the unactuated position between a latching position with the outer end engaged radially in one of the notches and securing the rod against movement in the sleeve and a release position with the outer end clear of the notches and permitting such movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Holger Weiland
  • Patent number: 9387785
    Abstract: An example of the present description relates to a vehicle seat comprising a back rest support comprising a head rest arrangement. The head rest arrangement comprises a displaceable head cushion which is displaceable between a first and a second position along a Z-axis. The head rest arrangement further comprises a passenger protection part adapted to protect a passenger from injury during a collision. The displaceable head cushion is displaceably arranged with respect to the passenger protection part. The present description provides for comfort and safety for passengers in a vehicle for both front passengers and hack passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Bell, Peter Setterberg, Veronica Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 9346383
    Abstract: A locking device for a headrest has a headrest rod, a guide sleeve for the headrest rod and a blocking element. The blocking element is displaceable relative to the guide sleeve between a locking position, in which the blocking element is in engagement with a recess in the headrest rod, and a unlocking position, in which the blocking element is not in engagement with recesses in the headrest rod. The blocking element is pivotable in relation to the guide sleeve about an axis of rotation parallel to the headrest rod. The blocking element is mounted in the guide sleeve such that, when there is a relative rotational movement between the guide sleeve and the headrest rod, the blocking element rotates at least partially jointly in conjunction with the headrest rod about the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Patrick Martin, Richard Johnathan Howells, Ivan Jakubec
  • Patent number: 9344013
    Abstract: A motor vehicle seat comprising an adjustable part, a fixed part, and an adjustable mechanism comprising a traveling wave piezoelectric motor having a rotor and a stator, the stator comprising two distinct power terminals connected to an electronic control unit adapted to operate according to three operating modes comprising: a locked operating mode in which the power terminals are not supplied power; a motorized operating mode in which two AC voltages are applied to the two power terminals; and a free operating mode in which an AC voltage is applied to one power terminal while the other is not supplied with power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Faurecia Sièges d'Automobile
    Inventor: Benoit Jarry
  • Patent number: 9321382
    Abstract: A connection element of a headrest pole on a seat structure of a motor vehicle seat, includes a connection profile which receives the headrest pole and/or a headrest pole housing. The connection profile protrudes through a lateral wall of the seat structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Simon Fleischheuer, Harald Mund, Robin Ndagijimana, Jutta Klingspohn, James Abraham, Hans-Georg Werner, Wolfgang Pellenz, Nils Frisse
  • Patent number: 9315130
    Abstract: A head restraint includes a base bracket with support posts that are configured to easily engage a seatback during vehicle assembly and to provide an electrical connection for adjustment actuation of the head restraint. A front link and a rear link pivotally couple with an upper portion of the seatback. A head support member is pivotally coupled with the front and rear links to define a four-bar linkage. The head support member is moveable between fore and aft positions via the front and rear links. A cushion is slidably coupled with a base portion of the head support member and is thereby moveable between upper and lower positions. Separate actuators are contained within a trim enclosure of the head restraint to effectuate adjustments of the cushion between fore and aft positions and upper and lower positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Gunnar Groesbeck, Yalie Yan-rush
  • Patent number: 9308998
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for an aircraft seat with a removable headrest. The headrest may automatically lock in place in response to being inserted within the seat frame. The headrest may be removed by pressing on an upper backrest in the seat. The upper backrest may release a locking mechanism, and the headrest may be pulled upward in order to remove the headrest from the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: AMI INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Chad R. Pacheco, Timothy Brownsberger, Donald Pinkal
  • Patent number: 9204724
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product including a seat assembly comprising a seat bottom assembly including a first attachment feature for attaching a headrest to the seat bottom assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wesley M. Magda, Thomas Delano, Eduardo Barjud Bugelli, Marcelo Bertocchi
  • Patent number: 9187017
    Abstract: A bushing allows for adjustability of a position of a headrest. The bushing includes a head portion having an opening and a passageway opening. The bushing also includes a body portion defining an internal passageway. The passageway opening of the head portion is aligned with the internal passageway of the body portion. The body portion includes a wall surrounding an area of reduced thickness, and a protrusion is located on an internal surface of the area of reduced thickness. The bushing also includes a moveable portion received in the opening of the head portion. The moveable portion is moveable between a first position where a feature engages a notch of a post receivable in the internal passageway of the body portion and the passageway opening of the head portion to retain the headrest in a position and a second position where the feature is disengaged from the notch of the post, allowing the post and the headrest to move relative to the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: Toyota Boshoku America, Inc., Gen-X Engineering Solution, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Ronzi, Troy Allen Isaacson
  • Patent number: 9145077
    Abstract: A head rest has a head rest cushion which is provided on at least one holding rod. The holding rod is supported in a holding member that is fixed to the frame of a vehicle seat backrest by a connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Juraj Bagin, Lars Lettenmayer
  • Patent number: 9145078
    Abstract: A vehicle seat controller is provided and configured to receive an input indicative of a seat back having pivoted forward to a predetermined position. The vehicle seat controller conveys a signal to an actuator to pivot a head restraint in response to the input. Another vehicle seat controller is provided and configured to receive an input indicative of a seat back having pivoted rearward to a predetermined position. The vehicle seat controller conveys a signal to an actuator to pivot a head restraint in response to the input. Another vehicle seat controller is provided and configured to receive an input indicative of a rear seat assembly having adjusted to a slouch position. The vehicle seat controller conveys a signal to an actuator to stow a head restraint of a front seat assembly in response to the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald S. Locke, Arjun Yetukuri, Alex Taylor
  • Patent number: 9132470
    Abstract: A support tube adapted to carry a motor-vehicle accessory and to slide in a bearing tube provided with a latch element is hollow, cylindrical, centered on an axis, and formed with a plurality of outwardly open notches. These notches are each in turned formed by a flat latch face extending generally perpendicular to the axis, an outwardly open indent adjacent the latch face, a cam face extending from the latch radially outward to an outer surface of the tube, and a flat base face extending generally parallel to the axis from an inner edge of the latch face to an inner edge of the cam face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Friedhelm Pausch, Markus Hoffmann