Horizontally Slidable From Beneath Bottom To A Position In Front Of Bottom Patents (Class 297/423.2)
  • Patent number: 10035438
    Abstract: A seat bottom includes a frame, a first thigh support, a second thigh support, and a controller. The first thigh support and the second thigh support are each supported by the frame and are independently movable relative to the frame to adjustable positions. A first deployable device is coupled to the first thigh support, and a second deployable device is coupled to the second thigh support. At least one inflator is in fluid communication with at least one of the first and second deployable devices. The controller is programmed to independently inflate the first and second deployable devices based at least on the adjustable positions of the first and second thigh supports in response to a sensed vehicle impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert William McCoy, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Jaeho Cho
  • Patent number: 10010462
    Abstract: A foot support connected to the frame of a wheelchair having a housing having a primary end located opposite a secondary end with a central bore. The central bore of the housing retains a rod. The housing has at least one opening. The opening of the housing reveals a revealed portion of the rod when the rod slidably traverses at least a portion of the length of the housing. A support structure is in communication with the revealed portion of the rod. The support structure supports the weight of a user's feet when a user is seated in the wheelchair. The support structure slidably traverses the length of the opening of the housing. When the support structure is oriented in a position located under the seat of the wheelchair, the rod is retracted within the central bore of the housing located substantially near the secondary end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Carlos Antonio Rios
  • Patent number: 9962004
    Abstract: An ottoman linkage is provided that moves a footrest from a closed position to an extended position. The ottoman linkage includes a front ottoman link coupled to a seat mounting plate, and an outside ottoman link pivotally coupled to the front ottoman link. A rear ottoman link is coupled to the seat mounting plate and the outside ottoman link. An inside ottoman link is pivotally coupled on a first end to the front ottoman link, and pivotally coupled on a second end to a footrest bracket, the inside ottoman link being generally in-line with the outside ottoman link when the mechanism is in an extended position, and the outside ottoman link having a width that obscures the inside ottoman link from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Jason Allan Bryant, Gregory Mark Lawson
  • Patent number: 9821682
    Abstract: A seat cushion extension apparatus comprises a slide rail disposed on a lower side of a cushion frame; an extension panel coupled to a front end of the slide rail and disposed on a front side of the cushion frame; an extension motor having a lead screw, disposed on the lower side of the cushion frame; a first hinge bracket coupled to the end of the slide rail and disposed at a rear upper side of the extension panel; and a second hinge bracket coupled to the end of the lead screw and disposed at a rear lower side of the extension panel, wherein the extension panel is configured to slide forward along the slide rail and to extend forward while rotating in a front upper direction through actuation of the lead screw driven by the extension motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chan Ho Jeong, Seon Chae Na, Jung Sang You, Sang Uk Yu, Jong Moon Yoo
  • Patent number: 9260166
    Abstract: A seat for a marine vessel capable of multiple positions while maintaining a hidden or concealed look when closed. The seat has a seat back hingeably attached to a seat bottom and a seat back cap hingeably attached to a leading edge of the seat back. The seat is operable between a plurality of selected positions including an open position and a closed position. In the open position, the seat back is upright and the seat provides at least one traditional seating surface. In the closed position, the seat back rests substantially parallel on the seat bottom and a rear surface of the seat back functions as a sun pad. In the closed position, the seat back cap is deployed over a leading edge of the seat bottom and the leading edge of the seat back to conceal the seat. A positionable leg extension pad extends from the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Carrie A. Fodor, Jacob Weaver, Paul Bramel
  • Patent number: 9016797
    Abstract: A seat device for use in a vehicle that can move through an opening of a vehicle between a loading and unloading position positioned outside the vehicle, where a passenger can load and unload as well as be seated, and a seating position positioned in the cabin of the vehicle, where the passenger can maintain a seated disposition. A securing member of the seat device can secure a wheelchair in a folded state to a side surface or a back surface of the seat. The wheelchair together with the seat can move from the loading and unloading position to inside the cabin of the vehicle, with the passenger in a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fujio Iida, Masami Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20140333108
    Abstract: An item of seating furniture, including a base fixed in position during use, a seat unit with a seat surface, and a leg unit moveable in relation to the seat unit and having a leg support surface. The leg unit is displaceable via a movement mechanism between a storage position and a use position. The movement mechanism is designed for transferring the leg unit from the storage position into the use position. The movement mechanism has an intermediate support displaceable in relation to the seat unit or the base via a first pivoting guide. The pivoting guide has a first rear pivot lever between the intermediate support and the seat unit or the base, and the leg unit is displaceable relative to the intermediate support via a second pivoting guide. The second pivoting guide has a first front pivot lever between the intermediate support and the leg unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Matthias FISCHER
  • Patent number: 8870289
    Abstract: A foldable leg rest has a slide base, a first folding assembly, a second folding assembly, a first stage drive mechanism and a second stage drive mechanism. The slide base has a slide frame. The first folding assembly has a first frame pivotally connected to the slide frame. The second folding assembly has a second frame pivotally connected to the first frame. In use, the first stage drive mechanism is operated to drive the first frame to pivot relative to the slide frame and the second stage drive mechanism is operated to drive the second frame to pivot relative to the first frame. Therefore, the legs of a sitter can be stretched and placed on the folding assemblies so as to enhance comfort and minimize fatigue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Wan-Yu Li
  • Patent number: 8646842
    Abstract: A novel salon chair having a salon chair portion with a seat portion elevated above a floor surface on a support portion and a seat back portion. The novel salon chair also having one or both of: a side wing extended from the seat back portion adjacent to at least one of two opposite sides thereof and a top edge thereof, with the side wing being extended substantially over the seat portion; and an adjustable headrest structured for supporting a head of an occupant of the salon chair from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Linda Barfuss
  • Publication number: 20120181838
    Abstract: A foldable leg support contains two rotary arms and a supporting plane between the two rotary arms, and the two rotary arms being axially connected with a seat member, such that when in a rest, the foldable leg support is pull outward to expand the supporting plane, hence the legs are capable of being extended on the supporting plane comfortably to improve blood circulation, and the foldable leg support is suitable for any sizes of the legs; and when the foldable leg support is not used, the supporting plane is put between the two rotary arms, and then the rotary arms and the supporting plane are folded under an office chair, saving a store space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Yao-Chuan Wu
  • Patent number: 8205936
    Abstract: A chair convertible into a chaise lounge comprises: a stationary base structure having a front section and a rear section, a sitting unit including a seat portion and a backrest portion, wherein the seat portion is inclined with respect to a horizontal plane; and two foot-rests, each of which has a portion for resting the feet and a portion for resting on the floor. Each of the foot-rests is articulated to the front section of the base structure about a respective vertical axis of articulation and is rotatable substantially through 180° between an inoperative position and an operative position. In the inoperative position, each portion for resting the feet extends underneath the seat portion of the sitting unit, and in the operative position each portion for resting the feet extends forward beyond a front edge of the seat portion and has an inclination with respect to a horizontal plane opposite with respect to the inclination of the seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Pro-Cord S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piretti Alessandro
  • Publication number: 20110298249
    Abstract: An ottoman device includes a first mechanism that has an operating portion operable to adjust a longitudinal position of a front end portion of a seat cushion corresponding to the inner sides of knees of a seated person, and is operable to vary a cushion length by adjusting the longitudinal position of the front end portion of the seat cushion by means of the operating portion, an ottoman body that extends from the front end portion of the seat cushion toward toes of the seated person, and a second mechanism operable to lift the ottoman body by reducing a flexion angle of the ottoman body at the front end portion of the seat cushion, so as to bring the ottoman body into a lifted condition. The ottoman body is provided as a unit with the operating portion, and the first and second mechanisms operate independently of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru KUNO
  • Patent number: 7963610
    Abstract: A novel salon chair having a novel movable footrest assembly with a sliding or pivoting footrest which replaces a conventional rigid tubular one-piece footrest typical of salon chairs. The salon chair includes a chair portion structured for being elevated above a floor surface, the chair portion having a seat portion elevated on a support portion and a seat back portion. A footrest portion has a foot support portion that is movable between an extended configuration relative to the seat portion of the chair portion, and a retracted configuration relative thereto. An actuator mechanism coupled between the chair portion and the footrest portion is structured for moving the foot support portion between the extended and retracted configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Linda Barfuss
  • Patent number: 7866723
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle having an interior portion and a rear portion comprising a first position substantially within a vehicle and a second position substantially outside the vehicle. A transfer coupling element is operatively coupled to a structure in the interior portion of the vehicle, wherein said seat has a substantially constant orientation during a motion between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventors: V. Guy Ninio, Ken Boyar
  • Publication number: 20100052396
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with an integral, retractable step. A generally hollow base is secured to a floor of a vehicle, the base having a pair of opposing, spaced-apart side walls. A generally horizontal seat cushion is attached atop the base. A generally vertical seatback is attached at a lower end to at least one of the floor, the base and the seat cushion. A step is coupled to the base, the step being selectively positionable between a stowed position, closing off an open base portion, and a deployed position wherein the step extends at least partially outwardly through the open base portion. In the deployed position the step is generally proximate a front surface of the seat cushion such that the front surface of the seat cushion forms a substantially closed step riser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kelly M. Whalen
  • Publication number: 20100045091
    Abstract: A novel salon chair having a novel movable footrest assembly with a sliding or pivoting footrest which replaces a conventional rigid tubular one-piece footrest typical of salon chairs. The salon chair includes a chair portion structured for being elevated above a floor surface, the chair portion having a seat portion elevated on a support portion and a seat back portion. A footrest portion has a foot support portion that is movable between an extended configuration relative to the seat portion of the chair portion, and a retracted configuration relative thereto. An actuator mechanism coupled between the chair portion and the footrest portion is structured for moving the foot support portion between the extended and retracted configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Linda Barfuss
  • Patent number: 7621599
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with an integral retractable step. A generally hollow base is attached to a floor of a vehicle, the base having a pair of side walls. A generally horizontal seat cushion is attached atop the base. A generally vertical seatback is attached at a lower end to at least one of the floor, the base and the seat cushion. A step is slidably coupled to the base, the step being selectively positionable between a stowed position substantially within the base and a deployed position wherein the step extends at least partially outwardly from the base. In the deployed position the step is generally horizontally oriented and is configured to support the weight of an occupant of the seat during ingress and egress therefrom. In addition in the deployed position the step is generally proximate a front surface of the seat cushion such that the front surface of the seat cushion forms a substantially closed step riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kelly M. Whalen
  • Patent number: 7611207
    Abstract: A novel salon chair having a novel movable footrest assembly with a sliding or pivoting footrest which replaces a conventional rigid tubular one-piece footrest typical of salon chairs. The salon chair includes a chair portion structured for being elevated above a floor surface, the chair portion having a seat portion elevated on a support portion and a seat back portion. A footrest portion has a foot support portion that is movable between an extended configuration relative to the seat portion of the chair portion, and a retracted configuration relative thereto. An actuator mechanism coupled between the chair portion and the footrest portion is structured for moving the foot support portion between the extended and retracted configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Linda Barfuss
  • Patent number: 7594694
    Abstract: This invention is related to a sleep over recliner chair having a footrest mechanism and a recliner mechanism that operate independently of one another. The sleep over recliner chair includes a footrest, a seat, back, and a pair of spaced apart armrests. Further, the sleep over recliner chair includes a base, a reverse tilt mechanism coupled with the base, and a linkage mechanism coupled with the reverse tilt mechanism. The linkage mechanism includes a recliner mechanism and a footrest mechanism. The footrest mechanism is adapted to move between a first, closed position and a second, open position. The recliner mechanism is adapted to move between a first, upright position and a second, fully reclined position. Further, the footrest and recliner mechanisms operate independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Glenn N. Wiecek
  • Publication number: 20080296956
    Abstract: A novel salon chair having a novel movable footrest assembly with a sliding or pivoting footrest which replaces a conventional rigid tubular one-piece footrest typical of salon chairs. The salon chair includes a chair portion structured for being elevated above a floor surface, the chair portion having a seat portion elevated on a support portion and a seat back portion. A footrest portion has a foot support portion that is movable between an extended configuration relative to the seat portion of the chair portion, and a retracted configuration relative thereto. An actuator mechanism coupled between the chair portion and the footrest portion is structured for moving the foot support portion between the extended and retracted configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Linda Barfuss
  • Patent number: 7445278
    Abstract: This invention is related to a sleep over recliner chair having a footrest mechanism and a recliner mechanism that operate independently of one another. The sleep over recliner chair includes a footrest, a seat, back, and a pair of spaced apart armrests. Further, the sleep over recliner chair includes a base, a reverse tilt mechanism coupled with the base, and a linkage mechanism coupled with the reverse tilt mechanism. The linkage mechanism includes a recliner mechanism and a footrest mechanism. The footrest mechanism is adapted to move between a first, closed position and a second, open position. The recliner mechanism is adapted to move between a first, upright position and a second, fully reclined position. Further, the footrest and recliner mechanisms operate independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Glenn N. Wiecek
  • Patent number: 7325878
    Abstract: A chair with an extendable footrest for accommodating users of different height includes a seat frame, a slide frame mounted to slide on the seat frame between a retracted and extended position and a footrest frame mounted on the slide frame to move between down and up positions. A rotatable drive shaft is mounted on the seat frame and an elongated drive arm is secured at one end to the drive shaft. An extending linkage is connected between the other end of the drive arm and the slide frame to move the footrest frame from the down to the up position and thereafter move the slide frame from the retracted to the extended position, when the drive shaft is rotated in one direction. A retracting linkage connected between the said other end of the drive arm and the slide frame serves to the slide frame from the extended to the retracted position with the footrest frame in the up position when the drive shaft is rotated in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Interactice Health, LLC
    Inventor: Hans Dehli
  • Patent number: 7210737
    Abstract: A feeding chair or highchair apparatus having a first seat assembly for an infant or child and a second seat assembly for an adult or caregiver connected to and housed inside and preferably under the first seat assembly when not in use. In one embodiment, the adult seat assembly is detachable from the child chair assembly and positionable in relation thereto. In a further embodiment, the adult seat assembly is operatively connected to the child chair assembly and moveable to a plurality of positions in relation thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Maureen Harrison Schaller
  • Patent number: 7108322
    Abstract: A mechanism for changing a position of a support surface (3) for seats and couches and a length of which changes in a longitudinal direction, includes two horizontally spaced, telescopic rods (1) having each a bent region and displaceable in two telescopic sleeves (2), and two slide connection elements carrying a deformable region (22) of the support surface (3) and surrounding respective telescopic rods (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignees: Grammer AG
    Inventor: Christian Erker
  • Patent number: 7000991
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular seat capable of achieving smooth sliding motion. A first slider is formed by connecting center rails, on an outside of inner rails to each other by brackets, and a second slider, having a seat, is formed by connecting outer rails to each other by a bracket. A drive mechanism has ends of a driving chain, set around a drive sprocket, fixed to the bracket of the first slider after being returned by sprockets of the inner rail. A sending-out mechanism, which moves the second slider beyond the first slider when the first slider is moved beyond a swivel upper, is formed by fixing a sending-out chain, which is fixed relative to the inner rail and to the bracket of the outer rail after being returned by a sprocket at a front end of the center rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Autech Japan Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Seki
  • Patent number: 6948777
    Abstract: A seating system is provided having a chair with a storage bay below the seat thereof and a cart-like ottoman which is storable within the storage bay. A connector arrangement is provided within the storage bay which positively engages the ottoman with the chair when the ottoman is rolled into the storage bay to a fully docked position. The chair and ottoman both include casters and the connector arrangement allows for both components to be moved simultaneously to a new position. In particular, preferably the chair includes casters on the front thereof and a handle on the back whereby lifting of the handle allows the chair as well as the docked cart to be tilted upwardly and rolled in unison to a new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Smed International
    Inventors: Dale R. Marshall, Rupert Jakob-Bamberg
  • Patent number: 6935962
    Abstract: A swing frame unit of a swing includes a supporting frame, a seat frame disposed on the supporting frame, a backrest frame pivoted to the supporting frame and pivotable between a horizontal position and an inclined position, and an extension frame mounted movably on the supporting frame and movable in a transverse direction relative to the supporting frame from a retracted position to an extended position, in which the extension frame extends outwardly of the supporting frame in the transverse direction so as to increase an overall length of the backrest frame, the seat frame, and the extension frame in the transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Taiwan Shin Yeh Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuen-Jong Tseng
  • Patent number: 6840583
    Abstract: A chair and step stool assembly includes a seat, a seat back, and a plurality of legs coupled to the seat. The seat and step stool further include a retractable step stool that is coupled to the chair frame and, when activated, allows the step stool to move to a storage position nested within the plurality of legs under the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Turner, Paul T. Zink, Andrew B. Mendenhall, Joseph D. Baumgartner
  • Publication number: 20040189075
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular seat capable of achieving smooth sliding motion. A first slider 17 is formed by connecting center rails 14 on the outside of inner rails 13 to each other by brackets 15 and 16, and a second slider 25 on which a seat 2 is fixed is formed by connecting outer rails 21 on the outside of the center rails 14 to each other by a bracket 22. A drive mechanism 65 is formed by fixing the ends of a driving chain 62 set around a drive sprocket 61 to the bracket 16 of the first slider 17 after being returned by sprockets 63 and 64 of the inner rail 13. A sending-out mechanism 84, which moves the second slider 25 to the tip side beyond the first slider 17 when the first slider 17 is moved to the tip side beyond an swivel upper 12, is formed by fixing a sending-out chain 81, which is fixed to the inner rail 13, to the bracket 22 of the outer rail 21 after being returned by a sprocket 83 at the front end of the center rail 14.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: Autech Jepan, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Seki
  • Patent number: 6758520
    Abstract: An adjustable height automotive seat (10) is provided, including a backrest portion (12) and a seat portion (14), the seat portion (14) capable of being vertically displaced in relation to the backrest portion (12) and thereby accommodating shorter passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans Olof Pehrson
  • Patent number: 6692078
    Abstract: An articulated footrest assembly for a seating unit comprises a footrest member moveable between a retracted position and an extended position, a telescopic linkage for extending and retracting the footrest member between the retracted and extended positions, and an actuating linkage. The footrest member comprises proximal and distal portions while the telescopic linkage comprises a stationary support member mounted to the seating unit, a first telescoping arm, and a second telescoping arm. The first telescoping arm has a distal end connected to the proximal portion of the footrest member through a first pivot. The second telescoping arm has a distal end connected to the footrest member between the proximal and distal portions through a second pivot spaced apart from the first pivot. The actuating linkage comprises a first linkage portion interposed between the stationary support member and the first telescoping arm and a second linkage portion interposed between the first and second telescoping arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventors: Viet Pham, Philippe April, Patrice Pelletier
  • Patent number: 6682143
    Abstract: A booster seat having a body including a seat back and a seat pan for supporting an occupant thereon and an adjustable thigh support coupled to the seat pan and being movable closer to or further away from the seat pan. The booster seat further includes a pair of adjustable arm rests coupled to the body, each arm rest being located on opposed sides of the body and being pivotable about an axis that extends generally transverse to the body. The booster seat includes a pair of head rests coupled to the seat back, each head rest being located on opposed sides of the seat back and being pivotable about an axis that extends generally along the height of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Evenflo Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David Amirault, Mark Geis, Dennis Karns
  • Patent number: 6648417
    Abstract: An auxiliary footrest for removably mounting to a chair having a post is disclosed. The footrest includes a clamp configured to be removably mounted to the post of the chair and generally C-shaped frame fixed to the clamp. The frame includes a foot support bar and opposite ends which define respective mounting rods for mounting the frame to clamp. The clamp includes a first bracket and a second bracket, each of which may be generally W shaped. Each of the brackets is mounted between the respective mounting rods of the frame, receiving the post between opposed V-shaped wall sections of the brackets. The brackets are secured to exert a squeezing force against generally opposite sides of the post, thereby fixing the footrest to the chair so that the foot support bar is cantilevered forwardly and elevated above the floor. The user can install and/or adjust the footrest at a desired vertical level for custom comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Iceberg Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Richard R. Gilbert, Ed Y. Wu, Tom Chmiel, John M. Jepsen
  • Patent number: 6609753
    Abstract: A reclinable seat includes a seat bottom with a seat frame, and a backrest with a backrest frame pivotably connected to the seat bottom to be adjustable to an upright seating configuration and a reclined lying configuration. The seat bottom includes a support arrangement having an adjustable firmness. A firmer support is provided in the upright seating configuration, and a softer support is provided in the reclined lying configuration. In the support arrangement, seat support rods extend across the seat bottom and are pivotably supported on the seat frame. A shaft is connected to the backrest frame. Straps are connected to the shaft and to each of the seat support rods while weaving over and under the rods. When the recline angle of the backrest is adjusted, the shaft rotates and either pulls or slackens the straps to pivot the support rods between a firmer orientation and a softer orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Tobias Schmidt-Schaeffer
  • Publication number: 20010048239
    Abstract: A motor-driven footrest device of a seat, comprises a footrest; an expanding mechanism having one end equipped with the footrest, the expanding mechanism being movable to assume a shrunk condition wherein the footrest is received in an opening formed in a seat cushion of the seat and an expanded condition wherein the footrest is projected from the opening to permit the feet of a seat occupant to be put thereon; an electric drive unit connected to the other end of the expanding mechanism to move the same to assume the shrunk condition and the expanded condition by the force of an electric power; and a mounting structure secured to a base structure of the seat, the mounting structure carrying both of the expanding mechanism and the electric drive unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2001
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Inventor: Masaaki Kogure
  • Patent number: 6276704
    Abstract: A wheelchair includes a frame and a seat having seat bottom and a reclining seat back. The seat may be suspended within the frame via seat suspension arms which tilt the seat about a substantially horizontal axis located above the seat bottom. The wheelchair may include leg supports which may pivot beneath the seat bottom when not in use and arm rests having a hand support including a perimeter edge provided with a plurality of indentations for accepting and at least partially extending fingers of a user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventor: Charles J. Suiter