Body Or Occupant Restraint Or Confinement Patents (Class 297/464)
  • Patent number: 9999214
    Abstract: A head harness for use by hunters who are already secured by a torso-type safety harness when sitting in a tree stand. The head harness comprises a headband or headband-incorporating cap worn by the hunter, a connector at the rear of the headband, and a receiver secured to the tree at a height corresponding to the hunter's head when sitting in the tree stand. The receiver and connector are configured to mate, with a connection that resists the nodding motion of the hunter's head if the hunter begins falling asleep, thereby helping to prevent falls from the tree stand that would be initiated in the direction of the nodding head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Steven T. Bartolomucci
  • Patent number: 9834919
    Abstract: A lavatory accessory positioning device may include a support bracket having an aperture which may be used to couple the device to a toilet. A support pole may be coupled to the support bracket, and the support pole may be movable between an extended position and a retracted position. A support platform may be coupled to the support pole. A hanger bracket may be coupled to the support platform, and the hanger bracket may be movable between a horizontal position and a vertical position. The hanger bracket may have a distal accessory holder which may be configured to removably couple a lavatory accessory to the device. When a lavatory accessory is coupled to the distal accessory holder and the support pole is in the extended position and the hanger bracket is in the horizontal position, the lavatory accessory may be positioned above a portion of the toilet to which the device is coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Reuven Shabat
  • Patent number: 9308849
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Components GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventors: Udo Basters, Peter Paulus, Harald Zumbach
  • Patent number: 9278665
    Abstract: A slouch correction device and a method of operation is provided for use in a chair, in which the slouch correction device is predominantly a loose seat cover on which a patient would sit, one or more straps from the seat cover which pass through an opening between the chair back and seat to secure to a separate harness or to form a harness about the waist of a caregiver, such that a care giver is able to pull on the harness to slide the seat cover and patient seated thereon back into an improved, upright posture position, while using free hands to hold the chair in a steady position. The slouch correction device provided with various improvements, including dual side handles for two person lifts, means to keep straps in safe and easily accessed position when not in use, and comfort features on the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    Inventors: Dustin Joseph Amirault, Joshua Douglas Matthews, Jamison Stuart Etter, Shaemus Mullaney, Matthew MacKenzie, Gail Giffin
  • Patent number: 9227535
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to passenger aircraft seats. Some examples provide systems for integrating a child seat into a certified aircraft seat. Some examples include a passenger seat backrest having an integrated child seat. An integrated child seat base may be moved between a stowed position and a deployed position. When in the stowed position, the integrated child seat base may fit within a recessed surface of the seat backrest and the seat may then accommodate an adult passenger. When in a deployed position, the integrated child seat may then accommodate a child passenger. The integrated seat may include a harness system that extends through the seat backrest and couples with an internal support structure of seat backrest. In some embodiments the mounting points of the harness system may be reinforced with stiff brackets attached to the internal support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Sorin Coman, Michael Romano, Aamir Jafri, Dianna Sabo, Rik Westerink, Armando Valdes
  • Patent number: 9161871
    Abstract: Devices and methods for moving a person having a support base, a linear vertical movement assembly, a linear horizontal movement assembly, and a body support for the person, such that the linear movement assemblies operate independently and can be separately commanded by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: COMMUNITY PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Gideon M. Clement, Seth C. Swinger, Paul D. Wipf
  • Patent number: 9004606
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for vertically adjusting a bezel and a bezel support defining a webbing guide for a seat belt webbing integrated into a vehicle seat. The adjustment arrangement includes a bearing block arrangement and a slotted latch plate mounted in a frame channel of the seat. A spring biased height adjustment frame extends from the bezel support and a spring biased release member is pivotally mounted within the bezel support and provided with a latching tooth engageable and disengageable with the latch plate for establishing various vertical positions of the bezel and the bezel support relative to an upper end of the frame channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: H.O. Bostrom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul C. Bostrom, Matthew C. Horn, Wayne R. Block
  • Patent number: 8998340
    Abstract: A passenger restraint including a buckle, a locking arm, a power supply, a bracket, a mount, and a rod. The buckle has a button capable of being depressed. The locking arm has first and second extensions extending outwardly therefrom, and first and second prongs extending downwardly from the first and second extensions, respectively. The buckle includes an opening arranged to receive the first and second prongs. Furthermore, there is a bracket secured to the locking arm, a mount having first and second mount sides and first and second mount side fastening means. The power supply is secured to the mount and the bracket is secured to and pivotable about the mount via first and second mount side fastening means. The locking arm is in an open position but when an electrical signal is applied the locking arm extends downwardly into the opening of the buckle into a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffery L. Biegun
  • Patent number: 8991760
    Abstract: An energy attenuating seat system for an aircraft includes energy attenuating features and is also configured to provide mobility for the occupant. The system is configured to suspend the operator, or gunner, with a support from the roof of the aircraft. The system includes an armored seat or body harness for the occupant. The system provides energy attenuation in multiple directions. The system also optionally includes a floor tether in order to control the movements of the occupant. The system may also include an impact detection system to selectively change the tension of the support and/or floor harness. The system may also include one or more airbags either within in the fuselage of the aircraft, or included in the seat system in order to provide energy attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Amante, Darrell W. Wilkerson, Jerry A. Pongratz
  • Patent number: 8973945
    Abstract: A retention harness for restraining a user within a vehicle. The harness includes a waist strap, a waist strap buckle assembly, two over the shoulder straps, a rear connector, and a forward connector. The waist strap is attachable to the waist strap buckle assembly. Each over the shoulder strap is attached to the waist strap buckle assembly. The two over the shoulder straps form an X on a user's back via a shoulder strap crossover plate, while each over the shoulder strap is adjustable via an adjustment slider. The rear connector is attached to the waist strap, and is attachable to retention hardware. The retention hardware is attachable to a bar attached to the vehicle. The forward connector is attached to the waist strap buckle assembly and attachable to forward retention hardware, the forward retention hardware attachable to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Peter Seidenberger, William Reason, Zachariah Thull, Patrick Dillon
  • Patent number: 8960804
    Abstract: A child restraining system for a vehicle the system comprising: at least one web (60), suitable for attachment to a harness comprising a shoulder strap (14); wherein in use the one or more webs (60) covers an area substantially below the scapula and the same or a different web covers at least part of the side of the abdomen; thereby limiting the ability of a child to slide an arm or a shoulder out from under the strap (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Systematic Strategy Limited
    Inventor: Richard Knight
  • Publication number: 20140312677
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for vertically adjusting a bezel and a bezel support defining a webbing guide for a seat belt webbing integrated into a vehicle seat. The adjustment arrangement includes a bearing block arrangement and a slotted latch plate mounted in a frame channel of the seat. A spring biased height adjustment frame extends from the bezel support and a spring biased release member is pivotally mounted within the bezel support and provided with a latching tooth engageable and disengageable with the latch plate for establishing various vertical positions of the bezel and the bezel support relative to an upper end of the frame channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: H.O. Bostrom Company, Inc
    Inventors: Paul C. Bostrom, Matthew C. Horn, Wayne R. Block
  • Patent number: 8820838
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for facilitating sleeping while seated. Typically the device includes a headband, which may be a portion of a hat or a cap, and the device includes a tensioning device made of a flaccid or pliant material such as a ribbon or flexible cord. A user wears the headband and the tensioning device is positioned between the user's back and the backrest of a chair. With any forward motion of the person's head a tension is increased in the tension tie and that limits the forward motion of the person's head and facilitates sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: James R. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20140217803
    Abstract: An apparatus for removably attaching a lateral support to a chair. The apparatus comprises a support frame removably attachable to the chair. The support frame comprises two side members and a lateral member coupled between the side members spacing the side members apart by a lateral distance, and an adjustment mechanism that is operable to adjust the lateral distance between the two side members to clamp the chair between the side members. The apparatus comprises a lateral support attachable to a said side member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Laurence O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8757727
    Abstract: A table and seat assembly for limiting movement of ankle shackles by a client occupying the seat. The assembly includes a table supported by a first pedestal and the seat supported by a second pedestal, where the first and second pedestals are connected. A drive rod included in a locking mechanism extends from a linear sleeve bearing in the second pedestal and moves from an unlocked position in which the drive rod is not inside a receiver socket to a locking position in which the drive rod is inside the receiver socket. An individual positioned behind the seated client operates a foot pedal to move the drive rod between the unlocked and locking positions. When in the locking position, the drive rod prevents a chain or other connecting means of the ankle shackles from moving upwards between the guide socket and the receiver socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
    Inventor: Lucien J. Leclaire
  • Publication number: 20140152072
    Abstract: Apparatus for adapting an adult three-point seatbelt for securing a child, the seatbelt comprising a belt extending from above the shoulder to an anchor point connected to chassis of vehicle, and a clasp attached to the chassis on opposite side of an occupant of the seat, such that the belt may be drawn downwards and across the occupant to engage the clasp, thereby restraining the occupant with both sash and lap sections of the seatbelt, the apparatus comprising: a mat with side catches for engaging the lap section of the seatbelt and holding it down over the legs of the child, and a strap fixed to the mat and having a clip at a distal end thereof, for extending behind the child, and the clip for clippably engaging the belt extending from the drum, to bring the sash section of the belt down, over the shoulder of the child.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Carfoldio LTD.
    Inventor: Jon Sumroy
  • Patent number: 8727448
    Abstract: An infant support and stabilization cushion seat to provide a safe and secure containment and retainment of an infant in a sitting position. The support cushion seat is formed of a resilient shape retaining foam core with a yielding encapsulating surface cover material defining a contoured child receiving area therewithin. An integrated access retainment tray portion overlies a portion of the child receiving area and is deflectable for child placement and retrieval returning to the original orientation, once released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Pagano Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Paul Pagano
  • Patent number: 8714655
    Abstract: A divider for a rear seat of a motor vehicle is formed as a single, free-standing element having a block that is compressible and has shape memory, wherein the block has a pliable covering and has a base and a back surface. A lap restraint belt interface has a first slot that extends through the block for accepting an inserted lap restraint belt and the first slot is oriented for compressively urging at least a portion of the base against a bottom surface of the rear seat and a portion of the back surface toward a backrest when the inserted lap restraint belt is engaged. A second interface accepts a second restraint device and is oriented for adding a compressively urging force at least toward the backrest of the rear seat when the second restraint device is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Wallyhoo, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Cahall, Robert T. Kiesow
  • Patent number: 8708415
    Abstract: A head restraint system includes a first support arm formed of a flexible material. The head restraint further includes a first clamp arm coupleable to a child seat. A first joint for coupling the first support arm to the first clamp arm is configured to allow actuation of the first support arm between a first position extending horizontally across a portion of a child's forehead and a second position disposed away from the child's forehead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: John Gabriel
  • Publication number: 20140084651
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to passenger aircraft seats. Some examples provide systems for integrating a child seat into a certified aircraft seat. Some examples include a passenger seat backrest having an integrated child seat. An integrated child seat base may be moved between a stowed position and a deployed position. When in the stowed position, the integrated child seat base may fit within a recessed surface of the seat backrest and the seat may then accommodate an adult passenger. When in a deployed position, the integrated child seat may then accommodate a child passenger. The integrated seat may include a harness system that extends through the seat backrest and couples with an internal support structure of seat backrest. In some embodiments the mounting points of the harness system may be reinforced with stiff brackets attached to the internal support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: ZODIAC SEATS US LLC
    Inventors: Sorin Coman, Michael Romano, Aamir Jafri, Dianna Sabo, Rik Westerink, Armando Valdes
  • Publication number: 20140076943
    Abstract: A childcare device including a base in the shape of a closed loop; a cavity bounded and defined by the closed loop; and wherein the device is adapted to receive a part of a child's body through the cavity; and the base is independently usable as a baby sling, a walking aid or a seat safety strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: CREATIVE NUANCES LTD.
    Inventor: Charis Hui Yee NG
  • Patent number: 8652081
    Abstract: A lumbar traction device that can alleviate lower back pain is provided. The device includes a harness or girdle that is fitted about the torso region of a patient and an adjustable support assembly in the form of adjustable legs that allow the degree of traction to be adjusted by the patient. The device is safe and easy to use by a patient without constant medical supervision and is particularly suitable for use in domestic or office environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Marcus Andrew Rawlings
  • Publication number: 20140021770
    Abstract: A two-piece strap has conjugate proximal ends and conjugate branched distal ends, which are adapted to loop around a supporting structure, such as the arms of a chair, to secure a child in an infant seat to the structure. The strap serves the dual function of securing the infant in the baby seat and securing the baby seat to an anchor structure. Also, each end of the strap can be independently secured to an anchor structure, as compared to previous inventions in which the straps wrap around the supporting structure. This design affords greater adaptability to various anchor structures, such as the arms of a chair or the sides of a shopping cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Christine Rivara
  • Publication number: 20140015300
    Abstract: A safety bow assembly for a child seat comprises: a bow body that has opposite first and second ends; first and second connecting parts that are connected to the child seat, the first connecting part defining an accommodating space and having a side wall; and an engaging lever that is connected movably to the side wall, that is formed with an engaging element facing the accommodating space, and that is movable relative to the side wall between a first position, in which the engaging element is adapted to engage releasably a coupling part of the child seat, and a second position, in which the engaging element is adapted to be disengaged from the coupling part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Ze-Hua YI, Zhi-Ren ZHONG
  • Publication number: 20140001816
    Abstract: A high chair strap safety release device. The high chair strap safety release device may include a main buckle unit, a connector, and at least one buckle head attached to at least one safety strap. The main buckle unit may include a casing, a locking mechanism, a release mechanism and a release mechanism trigger. The release mechanism trigger may be triggered by an emergency release button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Joseph Dorriety
  • Publication number: 20130341368
    Abstract: The present invention provides a strap collecting device adapted for an infant carrier and the infant carrier with the strap collecting device. The infant carrier includes a seat, a seat cushion covering the seat, and a strap component disposed on the seat cushion. The strap collecting device is disposed on the seat cushion and separated from the seat, for collecting at least one part of the strap component, so as to enhance convenience and safety of the infant carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Zhenquan Liu
  • Publication number: 20130341993
    Abstract: A tool is provided for integrated and/or retrofit installation on a seat having a buckled restraint, to maintain a seat buckle out from under a seated user. The tool may include a positioning element. An example positioning element includes a strap with a loop or other connector at one end. The loop or other connector may connect directly or indirectly to a seat buckle. A second end of the strap or other buckle positioning may connect to the seat, or to environment associated therewith. The strap or other positioning element may pull the buckle forward. When the buckle is detached from the restraint system, the buckle remains forward rather than falling backward onto the seat where it can be sat upon. The positioning element may stretch when the buckle system is engaged. The working length of the positioning element may be adjustable to allow use with various seating systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Kacey K. Kennington, Nicholas R. Lauritzen
  • Publication number: 20130320745
    Abstract: A back support for use in combination with a chair is provided. The back support may be used to remove body weight of a person from lower regions of the body, including the spine and pelvic region. The back support generally comprises first and second harness supports positionable at an upper region of a backrest of the chair, first and second harness supports being spaced apart and extending generally upwardly from the backrest when positioned at the chair, first and second harness supports each having an upper portion, and first and second harnesses suspendable from the respective upper portions of first and second harness supports, each of first and second harnesses being engageable with the body of the person or being engageable with additional harness structure that engages the body for transferring at least a portion of the weight of the person to the first and second harness supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: ALVEUS INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Denis Bourdon
  • Patent number: 8590980
    Abstract: The invention consists of a chair back support, which consists of at least two flexible elongated supports (2,2a) on both sides of the seat (1), which supports (2, 2a) are connected with support belts (3, 3a and 4, 4a), all supporting a person's back and making gymnastic movements possible both for the back and stomach while sitting on the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jarl Fredrik Serlachius
  • Patent number: 8585152
    Abstract: A portable safety belt for use on a motor coach passenger seat is provided. The portable safety belt is formed of a single strap routed to form a closed loop for encircling a seatback and an open loop terminating at either end of the strap with a male and female buckle. The open loop is adapted as a lap belt for holding a passenger. A locking member disposed at a side of the closed loop provides interrelated adjustment of the open and closed loops to tighten the closed loop around the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Blake J. McCauley, Charles H. Bedell
  • Publication number: 20130292978
    Abstract: A prisoner seat security device includes a retractable strap which hooks or clasps onto a prisoner, preferably by a restraint device on the prisoner, such as hand-cuffs. As the prison seats in the seat, the strap retracts. The officer can then lock the retraction mechanism so that the strap will not extend and the prisoner is held in place. When it is desired for the prisoner to get out of the chair, the lock is released, allowing the prisoner to stand the strap to be disconnected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Keith D. Squires
  • Patent number: 8556350
    Abstract: A tether bracket assembly for securing a connector of a child seat is used in conjunction with a seat assembly having an U-shaped seat back frame. The U-shaped seat back frame includes a top horizontal cylindrical bar. The tether bracket assembly includes a mounting bracket having a concave surface which includes a curvature complementary to the cylindrical bar of the seat back frame, the concave surface being affixed to an underside of the cylindrical bar. The tether bracket assembly further includes an elongated tether bracket having a first end and an opposite second end. The first end is operatively attached to the mounting bracket. The second end is adapted to engage with a connector of a child seat to secure the child seat to the seat assembly. The elongated tether bracket projects generally upward beyond the top horizontal cylindrical bar of the seat back frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter James Moegling, Todd Rupert Muck, Robert Joseph Hazlewood, Masroor Fahim
  • Patent number: 8521369
    Abstract: A method and a device for control or regulation of a restraint system in a vehicle having a safety belt and at least one of an operation or convenience function. The operation and convenience functions of the restraint system adapt in a situation-related fashion and set the belt retraction force that acts on the safety belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Thomas Blaas, Walter Eberle, Martin Lanzerath, Jan Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20130169010
    Abstract: Vehicle seat devices are provided with: a backrest; side supports that are disposed on both sides of the backrest, and that have protruding sections that protrude further forward than the backrest; a mechanism for adjusting the degree of restraint that changes the width of the protruding sections; a frame disposed inside the side supports; and a movable member that is disposed on the frame, and that displaceably holds the ends of a side surface leather material of the side supports in relation to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicants: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Sugiyama, Masato Kikuchi, Haruki Mochizuki, Shuto Yoshiuchi, Nobukazu Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20130162001
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a restraint system for an infant support such as a highchair. The restraint system includes a restraining member adapted to pass through an aperture formed into the infant support. The restraining member includes a stop member selectively operable to pass through the aperture. Specifically, the stop member is configured to pass through the aperture when in a first orientation relative to the slot, but cannot pass through aperture when positioned in a second (e.g., opposite) orientation relative to the slot. With this configuration, the unintended separation of the restraint system from the infant support may be prevented. Additionally, with this configuration, the accidental tightening of the shoulder straps on a restrained child by a sibling pulling on the straps from behind the seat is also prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Dignitti, John S. Canna
  • Publication number: 20130113267
    Abstract: A head and neck restraint system includes a vertical support and a head and neck restraint assembly coupled to the vertical support. The head and neck restraint assembly includes a pair of spaced members coupled to the vertical support. The pair of spaced members have a spring memory that permits movement of one of said members toward and away from the other member or movement of both of said members toward and away from each other. One or more spring biased wedges avoid the spring memory from returning one or both of the spaced members to a starting position after movement of one of the members toward the other member or movement of both of the members towards each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: George Davis
  • Patent number: 8434827
    Abstract: An infant support structure includes a support frame, a seat portion coupled to the support frame and configured for receiving an infant in a seated position, and a restraint assembly. The restraint assembly is coupled to the seat portion and configured to retain the infant in the seat portion. The restraint assembly includes a strap portion having a polymer coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Young, John S. Canna, Juliette Marlene Welch
  • Patent number: 8419128
    Abstract: An insert for positioning an infant in a car seat. The insert includes a head support section to support the baby's head on both sides. Connected to the head support section is a body support section with elongate side members connected by an elastic under-body support panel extending therebetween. This panel can be sewn to the side members or, even more preferably, can be attached by tubular sleeves that are slidably received on the side members of the body support section. In this way, the position of the panel can be adjusted along the length of the insert. Additionally, by rotating the side members, or the sleeves on the side members, the tension on the panel can be adjusted to increase or decease the tension, as desired, to create a swaddling effect under the infant. Alternately, the insert serves as an infant swing or carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8408634
    Abstract: A pneumatic system has a compressor (8), a pneumatic reservoir (20) for a gaseous pressure transmission medium, at least one valve device (12) and at least one pneumatically actuable actuator (4). To provide satisfactory functioning even under extreme temperatures, and to provide a simple cost effective construction, the pneumatic reservoir (20) to which the compressor (8) is connected has a variable volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. H.C. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Dieter Jungert
  • Publication number: 20130020853
    Abstract: A head restraint system for supporting a head of a user on a headrest including a headband having, an anterior side, and a posterior side; a first strap coupled to a left side posterior side of the headband, and a second strap coupled to a right posterior side of the headband; and at least one first fastener coupled to the first strap and at least one second fastener coupled to the second strap. The first strap on the headband is wrapped around a left side of the headrest while the second strap on the headband is wrapped around a right side of the headrest and then the female end and the male end of the first and second fasteners secure the first strap to the second strap around the headrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Oji Gibson
  • Publication number: 20120261976
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle seat with seat part, backrest, belt restraining system and support structure supporting the seat part and backrest. Belt restraining system comprises belt reversal means and belt lock. Belt reversal means is positioned in an upper corner region of the backrest and belt lock positioned in seat area of seat part. Support structure has asymmetrical framework with main force braces extending substantially vertically. Main force braces converge in junction region and underside of support structure a first, second and third one of main force braces is arranged on the side towards the junction region as a thrust brace guided forwards as far as a front foot; on a side towards the junction region as a tension brace at the rear guided as far as a first rear foot; tension/thrust brace at the rear guided as far as a further rear foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Roland UEBELACKER, Johann DEML, Sergei SCHUSTJEW
  • Patent number: 8287045
    Abstract: A head restraint for a vehicle child seat includes an elastic head band, at least two head support straps, a first attachment strap and a second attachment strap. An inner perimeter of the elastic head band is sized to firmly fit around a child's head. One end of each head support strap is attached to one side of the elastic head band and the other end is attached to an opposing side of the elastic head band. One end of the first attachment strap is attached to one side of the elastic head band and one end of the second attachment strap is attached to an opposing side of the elastic head band. First and second releasable attachment devices are formed on the first and second attachment straps. First and second mating releasable attachment devices are preferably attached to opposing sides of a vehicle child seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas P. Donohue, Brenda M. Donohue
  • Patent number: 8272689
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an automobile seat for children. The seat includes a safety harness and a system of tightening the safety harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Biaud, Francois Renaudin
  • Patent number: 8251457
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing the head and/or torso of a child by way of a belt securing system is provided. Adjustable head and torso supporting portions can be attached to the seat of a lightweight vehicle, such as a bike trailer, or an airplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Thule Child Transport Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Britton, Andreas Gehlen
  • Publication number: 20120205960
    Abstract: A passenger restraint attachment for use by a passenger when wearing a passenger restraint having a shoulder harness for securing an upper torso of the passenger. The passenger restraint attachment includes a cushion having an upper portion including a shoulder harness receiver. A lower portion of the cushion has an S-shaped lower surface for engaging the body of the passenger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher L. Finch
  • Publication number: 20120200123
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a support structure and support structure attachment within a vehicle adjacent a vehicle seat. The support structure including a bolster having an external surface wherein the bolster has a cavity recessed behind the external surface wherein the cavity originates and opens to the external surface, an airbag mounted within the cavity, and an elongated bracket mounted to the bolster operable to secure the bolster and airbag assembly to the vehicle. The elongated bracket of the bolster attaches to a child restraint system existing within the vehicle while simultaneously securing the airbag within the cavity of the bolster. A trim piece having a weakened seam covers the cavity and the external surface of the bolster thereby covering the airbag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Ru Chen Sosnowski, Vikas Bhatia, Shelley Bridget Szalay
  • Publication number: 20120193960
    Abstract: A reinforcement assembly for reinforcing a seat belt apparatus for use with a seat assembly is provided. The seat assembly includes a seat back frame having a pair of downwardly directed side frame members affixed to the vehicle floor. A top frame member traverses the pair of side frame members. A seat cushion frame is pivotally supported on the seat back frame. The reinforcement assembly includes a floor bracket and an elongated vertically aligned reinforcement member. The floor bracket includes a first side which faces the vehicle floor and an opposite second side. The reinforcement member is positioned between the pair of side frame members and includes a first end and an opposite second end. The first end is affixed to the top frame member of the seat back frame. The second end includes a mounting surface which contacts the second side of the floor bracket and in which the mounting surface is affixed to both the floor bracket and the vehicle floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter James Moegling, Todd Rupert Muck, Robert Joseph Hazlewood, Masroor Fahim
  • Publication number: 20120193967
    Abstract: A tether bracket assembly for securing a connector of a child seat is used in conjunction with a seat assembly having an U-shaped seat back frame. The U-shaped seat back frame includes a top horizontal cylindrical bar. The tether bracket assembly includes a mounting bracket having a concave surface which includes a curvature complementary to the cylindrical bar of the seat back frame, the concave surface being affixed to an underside of the cylindrical bar. The tether bracket assembly further includes an elongated tether bracket having a first end and an opposite second end. The first end is operatively attached to the mounting bracket. The second end is adapted to engage with a connector of a child seat to secure the child seat to the seat assembly. The elongated tether bracket projects generally upward beyond the top horizontal cylindrical bar of the seat back frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter James Moegling, Todd Rupert Muck, Robert Joseph Hazlewood, Masroor Fahim
  • Publication number: 20120153690
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The child restraint also includes a headrest mounted for up-and-down movement relative to a seat back included in the juvenile seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Gaudreau, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120119479
    Abstract: A vehicle rear seat assembly having a center child safety restraint system comprises a pair of outboard seats and a center console positioned between the outboard seats and stationary with respect to the outboard seats. The console includes a storage compartment disposed at a forward portion of the console and having an opening which allows an associated object to be selectively placed within the storage compartment. A pair of spaced apart recesses is disposed at a rear portion of the console. A first child safety restraint attachment is located within the storage compartment. A pair of second child safety restraint attachments is provided, each second attachment being located in one of the recesses. The first attachment and the pair of second attachments allow a child safety restraint to be selectively secured to the center console.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Grey B. Parker