Chair Hardware Or Attachment (e.g., Bracket, Operating Lever, Leg Extension, Etc.) Patents (Class 297/463.1)
  • Patent number: 11110827
    Abstract: A vehicle seat operating device has a reclining lever, a lifting lever and a getting in/out support lever for rotating a vehicle seat in a horizontal plane. A reclining lever operation surface and a lifting lever underside operation surface are accessible from a side of the seat. The getting in/out support lever has a recess section which is formed toward the front, and an operation surface which is a ceiling surface of the recess is accessible from the front. Side access to the operation surface is blocked by an out sidewall located on a seat width direction outer side of the operation surface. The getting in/out support lever is easily distinguished from the other two levers because accessible directions are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaya Tsukigase, Hiroyuki Mita, Toyotaka Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11046207
    Abstract: An assembly called an adapter base allows for replacement of an original equipment seat with a non-original equipment seat in a vehicle by reuse of original equipment seat legs with horizontally oriented fasteners to a non-original equipment seat configured for vertical oriented fasteners. The method involves removing the original seat to make the original equipment seat legs then available for attachment to an adapter base which allows for secure installation of non-original seats in various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Miguel Loza
  • Patent number: 10958015
    Abstract: A vehicle heater decoupling system that facilitates an automated decoupling of the vehicle heater with a power cord plug operably coupled thereto. The present invention includes a receptacle that is configured with a disconnection member. The disconnection member is operably coupled to electrical connection members that are electrically coupled to the power cord plug. A sensor is present to provide detection of the power cord plug. A controller is disposed within the passenger compartment of the vehicle and is coupled to the electrical system of the vehicle. The controller is configured to detect the operational status of the motor of the vehicle specifically whether the motor is running or idle. The controller detects the ignition of the motor and the state of the receptacle and upon detection of the ignition of the motor and the first state the controller transmits a signal to eject the power cord plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Hossein Abolfathi
  • Patent number: 10888159
    Abstract: The present invention provides an extension connecting structure for mounting onto a chair leg. The extension connecting structure includes a connecting plate, a base plate and a connecting part. An end of the connecting plate is connected to the base plate. The connecting part is disposed at another end of the connecting piece. The connecting part is configured to mount the chair leg. As such, the supporting strength of the chair leg may be reinforced by the connecting plate and the base plate. In such a way, the chair may be prevented from falling backwards due to the unstable center of gravity, and the user may be prevented from getting injured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Spec Seats Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Mei Chuen Lin
  • Patent number: 10870371
    Abstract: An operation device (1) includes first bases (81A, 81B) and/or second bases (72A, 72B) that are elastically deformable in the direction of a pivot axis (X1) so that a shaft (120) can be inserted into a shaft hole (110). A first protrusion (121) is formed on a distal end portion of the shaft and projects radially outward from an outer sliding surface (120E). The first bases (81A, 81B) include a first escape section (111) recessed radially outward from an inner sliding surface (110E). The first escape section allows the first protrusion to pass through the first base when the shaft is being inserted into the shaft hole with an operation member (80) located in an initial position. A first slip-off preventing section (113) circumferentially adjacent to the first escape section prevents the shaft from coming out of the shaft hole when the operation member is pivoted from the initial position to an end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: ANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Takagi, Satoshi Umezu, Yukio Iwase
  • Patent number: 10800296
    Abstract: A seat recliner assembly for a vehicle may include first and second recliner hearts, a hand lever, and a cross member. The first recliner heart may be mounted to a bracket. The second recliner heart may be mounted to another bracket. The hand lever may be mounted to the first recliner heart and may be rotatable relative to the brackets to move the first recliner heart between a locked state and an unlocked state. The cross member may be connected to the first and second recliner hearts and may transmit torque from the hand lever to the second recliner mechanism to move the second recliner heart with the first recliner heart between the locked and unlocked states. The cross member may include an aperture extending through an entire longitudinal length of the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER & COMPANY, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ralph L. Schmitz, Jacob P. Hellrung, Henry Alexander Braddock, III
  • Patent number: 10752138
    Abstract: Right and left brackets coupling a seat back frame and seat cushion frame together are configured to adjust an amount of deformation upon impact absorption. A vehicle seat frame includes a seat cushion frame, seat back frame, coupling bracket configured to couple a cushion side frame as a side frame of the seat cushion frame on one side of the vehicle seat frame and a seat back side frame as a side frame of the seat back frame on the one side, and coupling bracket configured to couple a cushion side frame as a side frame of the seat cushion frame on the other side and a seat back side frame as a side frame of the seat back frame on the other side. Deformability upon impact absorption is different between a weak portion provided at the coupling bracket and a weak portion provided at the coupling bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Baba, Takaya Kurisu, Yuki Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 10703245
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat that enables a lift lever to be detached without detaching a reclining lever from the vehicle seat. The vehicle seat is configured such that, when a reclining lever is turned downward, the reclining lever and a fastening member of a lift lever as viewed from the side of a seat part overlap each other, and when the reclining lever is turned upward, the reclining lever and the fastening member of the lift lever as viewed from the side of the seat part do not overlap each other, and the lift lever can be detached from the seat part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Tachi-S Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoshi Minegishi, Hirofumi Fuwa
  • Patent number: 10518665
    Abstract: An apparatus is for use in connection with a side of a seat base including a mounting bracket. The apparatus includes a shield adapted for shielding the side of the seat base. The shield includes at least one strengthening rib forming at least a portion of a receiver for receiving at least a portion of the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edgardo Fabricio Ortiz Hernandez, Francisco Javier Ferreira Yañez, José Alfredo Peregrina Loera
  • Patent number: 10478372
    Abstract: A motorcycle seat-massage system includes a frame forming at least a front seat and a front backrest. The front backrest frame includes an upper lateral member. A first massage unit is disposed on the front backrest frame lateral member and is laterally translatable thereon. The massage unit includes an electric motor coupled to a drive unit for powered translation of the massage unit on the backrest frame lateral member and further includes a massage head having a plurality of spherical massagers affixed thereto. The massage head is rotationally coupled to the electric motor, and a flexible seat cover is fitted over the frame and the massage unit. At least one controller is electrically communicative with the massage unit, the controller is operable to selectively engage and disengage the massage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Albert John Rock
  • Patent number: 10179528
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a seat cushion; a seat back; a side cover provided at a side of the seat cushion and having a recess and a protrusion; a first operation lever provided in the recess; and a second operation lever provided in the recess between the first operation lever and the seat cushion. The protrusion is positioned behind the first operation lever and is disposed such that when a seat belt is fastened, the webbing of the seat belt is abutted against the protrusion. The rear side face of the first operation lever is positioned inside a side face of the protrusion and the rear upper face of the first operation lever is positioned below the upper face of the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: TACHI-S CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoshi Minegishi, Hirofumi Fuwa, Ryosuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10059240
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a side cover; a first operation lever placed on a lateral side of the side cover; and a second operation lever placed closer to the side cover than the first operation lever is placed. The side cover includes: a first abut boss; and a second abut boss placed closer to a rotation center of the second operation lever than the first abut boss is placed. The second operation lever includes: a first abut rib; a second abut rib placed closer to a rotation center of the second operation lever than the first abut rib is placed; and a third abut rib placed closer to the rotation center of the second operation lever than the first abut rib is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshinari Mitsumoto
  • Patent number: 10040375
    Abstract: An unlocking lever having a holder for a traction element of a seat adjuster of a vehicle seat. The unlocking lever has a first lever which can be rotated about a first rotational axis and a second lever which can be rotated about a second rotational axis. The first and the second levers are interconnected by means of the second rotational axis in an articulated manner, and the holder for the traction element is arranged between both rotational axis on the second lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Robert Szlag, Lars Daenekas
  • Patent number: 9451825
    Abstract: A tension adjust device (20) for a chair comprises a carrier member (21), an actuation member (22), a ratchet mechanism and a disengagement mechanism. The actuation member (22) is rotatable in a first direction and in a second direction opposite to the first direction and is coupled to the carrier member (21) to rotate the carrier member (21). The ratchet mechanism (31-33) is coupled between the actuation member (22) and the carrier member (21) and comprises a locking pawl (31) and a profile (32) having a plurality of recesses for engagement with the locking pawl (31). The disengagement mechanism is configured to maintain the ratchet mechanism (31-33) in a disengaged state when the actuation member (22) rotates the carrier member (21) in the second direction. The locking pawl (31) remains disengaged from the recesses of the profile (32) while the ratchet mechanism (31-33) is in the disengaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Massimo Costaglia
  • Patent number: 9039091
    Abstract: A composite chair includes a chair frame and a fastening assembly. The chair frame includes a front support portion, a rear support portion and two support seat tubes connecting the front support portion to the rear support portion. The rear support portion includes a holding portion and two locking holes. Each support seat tube has a first opening and a second opening faced the fastening hole. The fastening assembly includes two fastening elements inserted in the first openings, a support bar connected to the two fastening elements and two fasteners run through the locking holes and the second openings to fasten to the fastening elements. Each of the fastening elements includes a butting portion and a screw hole. Each of the fasteners includes a thread portion fastened to the screw hole and a detent block butting the holding portion. The composite chair thus formed can be assembled easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KEYSHEEN INDUSTRY (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lausan Chung-Hsin Liu, Shopo Hsin Tsu Liu, Fibro Tsu Kun Liu
  • Publication number: 20150130252
    Abstract: An arrangement of components, in particular for a vehicle seat, includes a first component and a second component which are interconnected by a connector. The connector includes a nail-shaped pin that has a grooved drive stud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Werner, Bernd Gross, Andreas Dannheisig
  • Patent number: 9028005
    Abstract: A method for enhancing sales of stadium seat memorabilia by utilizing a stabilizing base, with a large surface area in the shape of sports memorabilia, such as baseball bats and/or sports figures, with or without brackets, to mount and stabilize a stadium seat for use outside of the stadium, such as at home or in a commercial setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Sprinkle
  • Patent number: 9022477
    Abstract: An adjustment system for repeated adjustment of a vehicle seat having a seat part and a support element are provided. The adjustment system includes a seat actuation unit for adjusting a seat position of the seat part and a support actuation unit for adjusting a support position of the support element. The seat actuation unit and the support actuation unit are arranged in a common reach area and are positioned next to each other. A vehicle seat using the adjustment system, a vehicle having the vehicle seat, and a method for making multiple adjustments to a vehicle seat via the adjustment system also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Andrzej Pleskot
  • Publication number: 20150115683
    Abstract: A height adjustment mechanism for a chair armrest contains: an inner tube, an adjusting member, an outer tube, a driving block, a fixing member, and a resilient element. The inner tube includes a base, an accommodating groove, and an elongated hole. The adjusting member includes a guiding slot, two toothed racks, and a plurality of guide teeth, wherein each guide tooth has a first crown portion, a first root portion, and a first bottom face. The outer tube includes a support plate an orifice. The driving block includes a pressing portion, two flanges, and plural positioning teeth, wherein a number of the plural positioning teeth is less than that of the plurality of guide teeth. The fixing member includes a first segment and a second segment. The resilient element is fixed in the inner tube and includes a first end abutting against the driving block and the fixing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Yi-Jen HUANG
  • Publication number: 20150115667
    Abstract: A foldable bearing structure includes a set of coplanar wheels and a folding device including a set of lower arms; at least a rear upper arm; an antiparallelogram deformable in a vertical plane, the antiparallelogram including two crossed segments; at least a first sidebar located in the vertical plane; the antiparallelogram deformed by folding between a first position, corresponding to an unfolded of the structure and a second position corresponding to a folded position, the transition from the first position to the second position reducing the wheelbase of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Herbault
  • Publication number: 20150115687
    Abstract: A seat component positioning structure includes a component of a conveyance seat; a floor having a positioning hole; and a locate pin provided in the component. The component is positioned by inserting the locate pin through the positioning hole in the floor. The locate pin includes a distal-side large diameter portion, a base-side large diameter portion, and a small diameter portion disposed between the distal-side large diameter portion and the base-side large diameter portion. When the component is fixed to the floor, a portion of the base-side large diameter portion faces a peripheral surface around the positioning hole in the floor. A resin layer is provided on a surface of the portion of the base-side large diameter portion, the portion facing the peripheral surface around the positioning hole in the floor when the component is fixed to the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shohei FUNAKI, Michiaki KOJIMA
  • Patent number: 9010860
    Abstract: A vehicle seat device is provided with a first lock mechanism which restricts a first movement of the seat, a second lock mechanism which restricts a second movement of the seat, and a drive source which removes the restrictions imposed by the first and second lock mechanisms. The drive source is provided with an output section which can be driven in two directions, that is, in the forward direction and the reverse direction, by the drive source. The drive of the output section in the forward direction from the neutral position thereof removes the restriction imposed by the first lock mechanism, and the drive of the output section in the reverse direction from the neutral position thereof removes the restriction imposed by the second lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sho Kume, Genta Moriyama, Hideki Fujisawa
  • Publication number: 20150102651
    Abstract: A symmetrical sofa stretcher rail for compact assembly of a furniture item is provided. Embodiments of the invention include a symmetrical sofa stretcher rail with two ends that are mirror images of each other, which can thus be coupled to a seat box frame and installed inside a sofa frame with either end of the sofa stretcher rail coupling to either the front or rear of the sofa frame. In embodiments, the sofa stretcher rail may be pre-assembled as part of a seat box frame, and pivoted between a position parallel to the seat box frame and a position perpendicular to the seat box frame. Embodiments of the sofa stretcher rail include a curved central body, interior pivot tabs, fastening plates, and exterior mounting plates, having a plurality of attachment points for fastening the sofa stretcher rail to a sofa frame coupled to the seat box frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: PAUL B. SAVAL, MARK F. HODGES
  • Publication number: 20150097403
    Abstract: An incorporated booster seat device, an incorporated booster seat cover device, and a mounted attachment configuration for stabilizing a flexible female seatbelt buckle from primarily, but not limited to, a booster seat or other proximity structure; having a structured configuration that includes suspending, saddling and enclosing the flexible female seatbelt buckle in a holster fashion; to facilitate the positive engagement of the seatbelt buckle. The attachment configuration is provided as a retrofit for the millions of booster seats that lack the benefits of this invention; and also as an attachment for existing standalone proximity structures and objects that benefit from its application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne London
  • Patent number: 8985698
    Abstract: A seat belt for a motor vehicle front seat is provided with a belt having a lower branch that has one end designed to be connected to an anchor point in the motor vehicle and is thickened via an additional element; the additional element is arranged on just one of the faces of the belt, along a rear edge of the lower branch, and comprises a bar, which is substantially parallel to said rear edge and is fixed to the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
    Inventor: Rosario Luca'
  • Publication number: 20150076889
    Abstract: A seat back mounting structure of a vehicle body may include a side pin that is fixed on a seat back frame, a seat back bracket formed with an insertion hole through which the side pin is inserted, a fixation hole, and a guide route between the insertion hole and the fixation hole such that the side pin moves from the insertion hole to the fixation hole, and an elastic bracket including a fixation portion formed at one side thereof, the fixation portion being fixed on the seat back bracket, and a protruded portion formed at a central portion of the elastic bracket, the protruded portion reducing a width of the guide route and elastically deformed by the side pin when the side pin moves from the insertion hole to the fixation hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyeong Gyu PARK
  • Patent number: 8973987
    Abstract: A child safety seat includes a seat base having shell body, and a support leg connected with the shell body. The support leg includes a tubular segment, a support portion, a fastener connected with the tubular segment and the support portion, and a cushioning structure disposed adjacent to the fastener, wherein the cushioning structure is configured to block displacement of the fastener so that the support portion is locked in position relative to the tubular segment, and to deform or break as a result of a displacement of the fastener into the cushioning structure when a substantial force is applied that forces the tubular segment to move relative to the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: BP Children's Products HK Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiao Long Mo
  • Patent number: 8974139
    Abstract: A connector having a first interlocking member, a second interlocking member, and wherein the second interlocking member is structured to matingly engage the first interlocking member in a female/male connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory M Saul
  • Publication number: 20150061348
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a chair position adjuster for adjustable chairs or foldable chairs. The objective of the utility model is to provide an improved chair position adjuster to overcome the shortcomings in the prior art, avoid risks of clamping hands, and realizing simple structure and lower cost. A chair position adjuster comprises a housing and an adjustment arm. The housing is installed at the lower surface of an armrest. The said adjustment arm is connected with a chair part. The said housing is internally provided with a continuous wave-shaped chute. The bottom of the said housing is transversely provided with a slit communicating with the said chute. One end of the adjustment arm is inserted into the said chute, while the other end extends out of the slit and is fixed on the chair part. The said adjustment arm moves slidably in the said chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Jartex Shanghai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhiming SHEN
  • Publication number: 20150061349
    Abstract: A locking unit (10) for a vehicle seat (1) includes a pivotally mounted rotary latch (20) for locking to a bolt (12). The rotary latch (20) includes a rotary latch hole (24) for pivotably mounting on a bearing pin (51) which protrudes through the rotary latch hole (24). A detent (30) secures the locking unit (10) in the locked state in the event of a crash. The rotary latch (20) supports itself on a first contact point against the detent (30). The rotary latch (20) includes at least one recess area (25) which enables the rotary latch (20) to deform in the event of a crash. The recess area (25) is arranged at a distance from the rotary latch hole (24) in the radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Handl
  • Patent number: 8967721
    Abstract: The disclosed headrest support device is formed with a synthetic thermoplastic resin material as a base, in an effort to reduce overall weight. The headrest support device is provided to the top of the seatback of a seat for a vehicle, holds a headrest that supports the head of a seat occupant, and is such that the height in the vertical direction of the headrest can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sankyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Muto, Yoshihisa Shibakawa
  • Publication number: 20150054330
    Abstract: A method for enhancing sales of stadium seat memorabilia by utilizing a stabilizing base, with a large surface area in the shape of sports memorabilia, such as baseball bats and/or sports figures, with or without brackets, to mount and stabilize a stadium seat for use outside of the stadium, such as at home or in a commercial setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Sprinkle
  • Publication number: 20150054329
    Abstract: A method for enhancing sales of stadium seat memorabilia by utilizing a stabilizing base, with a large surface area in the shape of sports memorabilia, such as baseball bats and/or sports figures, with or without brackets, to mount and stabilize a stadium seat for use outside of the stadium, such as at home or in a commercial setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Sprinkle
  • Patent number: 8960802
    Abstract: The invention concerns a vehicle seat with a seat upper part comprising a seat part and a back rest, and with a seat lower part, wherein between the seat upper part and the seat lower part is arranged a height-adjustable seat frame with at least two scissor arms connected rotatably together, wherein at least a first end of at least one of the scissor arms is connected with at least one slide element for sliding displacement of the first end in at least one displacement direction along at least one guide rail, wherein the slide element has at least one flexibly formed pressure force element to exert a pressure force directed against the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventor: Frank Himmelhuber
  • Patent number: 8960803
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided with an operation portion that protrudes toward a rear seat from an opening formed at an outer shield and that is used to unlock a recliner from the rear seat side and a reinforcement member that is attached to a cushion frame side so as to cover a notch formed near the opening of the outer shield. Engagement hooks that engage with respective engagement holes formed at edges of the notch and a fixing portion that is fixed to a plate provided at the cushion frame side are formed at the reinforcement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mita, Jun Ueda
  • Publication number: 20150048667
    Abstract: A system that makes up at least a portion of a utilitarian article and having: a first body; a second body; and a first linkage assembly acting between the first and second bodies and configured to allow the first and second bodies to be relatively positioned to thereby reconfigure the article into which the system is incorporated. The first linkage assembly has first and second linkage parts. The first linkage assembly is configured so that: a) the first linkage part is movable relative to the first body around a first axis; b) the second linkage part is movable relative to the first linkage part around a second axis; and c) the second linkage part is movable relative to the second body around a third axis. At least one of the first, second, and third axes is non-parallel to the other two of the first, second, and third axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Aaron DeJule
  • Publication number: 20150035340
    Abstract: A seat attached to a vehicle structure by at least four attachment points comprises, on at least one of the attachments an extendable connecting element (40) which transmits load between the main structure (11) of the seat and the structure of the vehicle, the extendable connecting element (40) comprising:—a first position in which a structure pin (62), which attaches the extendable connecting element (40) to the structure of the vehicle, is in a position close to a seat pin (64) that attaches the extendable connecting element (40) to the main structure (11) of the seat; a second position in which the structure pin (62) is in a position away from the seat pin (64) and in which the extendable connecting element (40) is able to transmit load between the structure pin (62) and the seat pin (64).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: EADS SOGERMA
    Inventor: Lionel Lussan
  • Patent number: 8948962
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a first member. There is a second member located proximate to the first member. A latch mechanism is located between the first member and the second member and is configured to selectively prevent movement of the second member relative to the first member. A latch release switch is positioned on the seat assembly and is configured to send a first signal when a user applies an adjustment force at a seat adjustment location. A controller is connected to the latch release switch and a latch release actuator and is configured to receive the first signal from the latch release switch and in response to generate an activation signal. The latch release actuator is activated in response to the activation signal to move the latch mechanism to a released position to allow relative movement between the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James F. Pywell, Nilesh D. Mankame
  • Publication number: 20150021437
    Abstract: A seat-floor assembly for a vehicle comprises a floor element and at least one monobeam seat fixed to the floor element by a beam. A seat cushion and a seat backrest fixed to the beam. The floor element comprises a stiffened panel structure, one face of which forms a top sole of at least one floor crossmember. The floor element further comprises a housing receptacle open on the top sole and fixed to the top sole and/or to the at least one floor crossmember. At least one monobeam seat is fixed to the beam. An aircraft fuselage comprises a floor with such seat-floor assemblies and reinforced by the structure of the floor elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: LIONEL BACQUEY, REMY BARRE, LAURENT CECINAS, JULIEN NORMANDIN
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8926019
    Abstract: Provided is a seat back latch for locking or unlocking a seat back of a motor vehicle seat in order to fold the seat back, and more particularly, a seat back latch for a motor vehicle capable of adjusting an inclination of a seat back in a multi-stage and firmly maintaining a locked state of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KM&I Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-Chan Lee, Minyi Gil
  • Patent number: 8926023
    Abstract: A vehicle seat having a backrest which is arranged on a seat part such that it can be pivoted and/or rotated by means of an adjusting mechanism, wherein the adjusting mechanism is covered with a covering and the covering is provided in two parts. The first part is made of a comparatively hard plastic material and the second part is made of a comparatively soft plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Christian Mussmann
  • Publication number: 20150001902
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for an office chair is disclosed. The adjustment mechanism may be used to adjust a height or position of an adjustable member of the chair. The adjustment mechanism can include an adjusting rod threaded through at least one, and in some arrangements two, adjusting members, the adjusting members each having a straight portion and a curved portion, the curved portion of each adjusting member received within a slot of a spreading member such that movement of the spreading member toward the adjusting rod spreads apart the adjusting members, creating a clamping force on the adjusting rod to set the height or position of the adjustable member of the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Derek Ellington
  • Publication number: 20140375107
    Abstract: A stacking ring for a chair base may be disposable between a first and second chair base such that the stacking ring generally prevents lateral movement of the first chair base relative to the second chair base. The stacking ring may be integrally formed to the chair base, or separate and disposable between at least two chair bases. The stacking ring may substantially prevent rotation of a first chair base relative to a second chair base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas A. Hutchinson, JR., Richard E. Hutchinson, Gerald A. Hutchinson
  • Publication number: 20140375108
    Abstract: A filter element for a pneumatic adjusting arrangement, e.g., a vehicle seat, includes a filter chamber that is fillable with pressure media and includes first and second flexible films connected together along a connecting seam to define the filter chamber. A filter medium for removing particles entrained in the pressure medium is arranged in the filter chamber and separates the filter chamber into first and second chamber regions. The pressure medium may flow into the first chamber region via a pressure medium inlet line, flow into the second chamber region via the filter medium, and flow out of the second chamber region via at least one pressure medium outlet line. By realizing the filter element or the filter chamber thereof from flexible films, the filter element can be installed in a space-saving manner and with a form that can be adapted to the situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Riepl, Andreas Schaeftner
  • Publication number: 20140368009
    Abstract: An adjusting mechanism includes a first engaging component, a second engaging component and a third engaging component is applied to a child carrier including a supporting component and a seating component. The first engaging component is detachably disposed on the supporting component. The second engaging component is disposed on the seating component. The third engaging component is movably located between the first engaging component and the second engaging component in a switchable manner. The second engaging component drives the third engaging component to move between a first position and a second position. The third engaging component moves to the first position to engage with the first engaging component so as to constrain relative movement between the seating component and the supporting component. The third engaging component moves to the second position to be separated from the first engaging component and the seating component can rotate relative to the supporting component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Haut
  • Publication number: 20140368007
    Abstract: A fastening member is attached to a bicycle saddle having a base, a cushion, and a cover. The base has a lower base surface, and an outer lip. The fastening member is attached to the lower base and comprises arm members extending adjacent to the outer lip, a central portion separating the arm members, and a contoured housing member extending from the central portion. The arm members, central portion, and contoured housing member exist as a solid contiguous element. The contoured housing member comprises a receptacle for receiving support rails, and foundation surfaces for attachment of the fastening member to the base. The receptacle extends as a concave channel into the contoured housing member, separated from the foundation surfaces. The cover fits tautly over the base and cushion and is secured to the lower base surface. The cover extends between the fastening member and lower base surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: John E. Cobb
  • Publication number: 20140368015
    Abstract: A device for guiding a seat belt on a seat having an integrated seat belt. In order to provide a device that can be economically and easily installed, that ensures reliable guidance of the seat belt inside the backrest (1) of a seat having an integrated seat belt in a simple manner, and that prevents pinching of the seat belt (2) during adjustment inside the backrest (1), the seat belt guide has at least one upper seat belt guiding element (6). The guiding element (6) is above a pivot axis (5) of a multi-piece backrest (3, 4) of the seat having an integrated seat belt. At least one lower seat belt guiding element (7) is also provided below the pivot axis (5) of the multipiece backrest (3, 4) of the seat having an integrated seat belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Udo Basters, Peter Paulus, Harald Zumbach
  • Patent number: 8899545
    Abstract: An apparatus for affixing an object to a rail includes, but is not limited to at least one base body, at least one locking body and at least one operating element. The locking body is held so as to be movable relative to the base body and is connected to the operating element by way of at least one bearing. The operating element is arranged so as to be rotatable in the base body, includes, but is not limited to a cam that acts on the base body, and when rotated moves the locking body towards the base body. In this way apparatus is created which makes possible the manual affixing and undoing, without the need for tools, of an object on and from a rail, for example, if needed, in order to reposition displaceable monuments in a cabin of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Blees, Dieter Krause, Ralf Koblitz, Oliver Gehlen, Dirk Humfeldt, Mark Herzog
  • Publication number: 20140346839
    Abstract: A manual control component (100) for an electrically adjustable piece of furniture comprises a housing (110) and a switch element (120) with an upper part (130) that features a flat, upwardly directed control panel (132) with a first and a second control surface (134, 136), as well as a lower part (140) that features a downwardly directed control lever (142). The lower part is coupled to the upper part in an essentially rigid fashion. The switch element is pivotably supported in the housing (110). The manual control component (100) further comprises a circuit arrangement (150) that is designed for detecting a pivoting motion of the switch element (120) and for generating a signal in order to activate a drive of the piece of furniture (200) in dependence on the detected pivoting motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: LOGICDATA ELECTRONIC & SOFTWARE ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
    Inventor: Walter KOCH