Having Crotch Strap Or Post Patents (Class 297/467)
  • Patent number: 10028592
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lightweight infant carrier that may act as an infant insert when placed in a car seat but can also be lifted out and utilized to transport an infant in the carrier, leaving the traditional car seat behind. The lightweight infant carrier may also stand on its own when placed elsewhere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Delia P. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 9884609
    Abstract: A web tightening apparatus is disclosed for a multi-point restraint harness having a web extendable about an occupant of a motor vehicle seat. A base frame is mounted between the seat and a floor of a motor vehicle, a web turning guide is mounted to and within the base frame with the web extending into the base frame and through the web turning guide, a ratcheting device is mounted to the base frame and has a handle, and a ratcheting web is coupled at one end to the web extending from the web turning guide and coupled at an opposite end to the ratcheting device. The ratcheting device is responsive to ratcheting actuation of the handle to draw the ratcheting web therein, wherein movement of the ratcheting web into the ratcheting device draws the web further into the base frame and thereby tightens the web about the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas W. Bittner, Jacob C. White
  • Patent number: 9877594
    Abstract: A seat is includes a seating surface, a peripheral surface extending transversely from the seating surface, a base surface extending from the peripheral surface, and a plurality of protrusions extending from the base surface. A seat and supporting surface combination includes a supporting surface, a seat resting on the supporting surface and including, a seating surface, a peripheral surface extending transversely from the seating surface, a base surface extending from the peripheral surface, and a plurality of protrusions extending from the base surface and engaging the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BOBRICK WASHROOM EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Dikran Babikian
  • Patent number: 9878642
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a safety belt clip (1) that is adapted to be coupled to a seat base (110) of a child safety seat (100) and to engage with a lap portion (10a) of a safety belt (10). The safety belt clip (1) comprises a guiding element (2) comprising an engaging element (2a) and a positioning component (2b). The positioning component (2b) is adapted to position the engaging element (2a) at a distance from the seat base (110) and the engaging element (2a) is adapted to engage with the lap portion (10a) of the safety belt (10). Furthermore, the guiding element (2) is configured to drive the lap portion (10a) of the safety belt (10) towards the pelvic region (230) of an occupant (200) secured in the child safety seat (100) with the safety belt (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BRITAX RÖMER KINDERSICHERHEIT GMBH
    Inventors: Richard Frank, Martin Haas, Thorsten Scheffold
  • Patent number: 9370261
    Abstract: An inclined pulmonary-assisting mattress with a profile assisting infants and small children with respiratory problems and other adverse medical conditions, including asthma, wheezing, colic, SIDS, ear infections, and acid reflux. It can be used with a crib, bassinette, or other defined infant sleeping area, as long as it appropriately fills that sleeping area to eliminate all injury, entrapment, or breathing obstruction risk for the child using it. The mattress is not used on top of a crib mattress, but instead replaces a crib mattress until the child recovers or outgrows the breathing difficulty or adverse medical condition. At such time, the inclined pulmonary-assisting mattress is removed and the child is allowed to sleep on a regular crib mattress or other substantially horizontal surface. Intended applications include, but are not limited to, use in hospital neo-natal units, children's nurseries, and by parents of infants suffering from breathing or digestive issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Gun B. C. Strandberg, Jessica C. Kent
  • Patent number: 9365231
    Abstract: A wheeled baby carriage with an activity tray including a collapsible wheeled carriage having a handle, a foldable support frame, a plurality of wheels, a rearward facing storage compartment attached to the support frame, a forward facing beverage tray hingedly attached to the handle, and a sunshade hingedly attached to the support frame. A baby seat is rotatably attached to the support frame, and a circular tray is continuously disposed atop the baby seat. The tray has a first half and a removable second half selectively engaged with the first half. An adjustable foot stand is attached to the support frame underneath the baby seat. A removable storage tray is slidably disposed within the support frame underneath the foot stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Mara Rajput
  • Patent number: 9295578
    Abstract: Fastening device for people with reduced mobility conditions, of the variety employed in chairs or arm chairs in domestic, geriatric, care or hospital environments, comprising fixation means (50), which can be adapted to the back of the chair or arm chair and containing means (100) to contain the person to be fastened. Said device (1) comprises a portable support body (10) in which said fixation means (50) and containing means (100) are located and the containing means (100) comprise at least one containing strap (101, 102, 103) connected to an emergency locking retractor (104, 105, 106) which is configured in order to facilitate the free movement of the person fastened to said chair or arm chair and to prevent falling movement of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: CORPORACIO SANITARIA PARC TAULI
    Inventors: Carlos Grassi Osma, Luis Capella Folguera, Laura Vidaña Moya, Beatriz Robles Moreno, Eva Maria Carrasco Rilova, Maria Victoria Marti Del Peral
  • Patent number: 9155404
    Abstract: A support insert assembly including a first member having first and second curved side surfaces parallel to a first direction, first and second planar partial ring-shaped surfaces connecting the first and second curved side surfaces, and first and second end surfaces connected to the first and second curved side surfaces and the first and second planar partial ring-shaped surfaces; and a second member having a third curved side surface, a straight side surface parallel to the direction, and first and second hemispherically-shaped planar surfaces connected to the third curved side surface and the straight side surface and parallel to one another, where the first and second members are arranged in an opening tar a seating arrangement for the infant to form a space enclosed by the straight side surface and the first curved side surface, and the space is arranged to receive and support the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Gina A. Axtell
  • Patent number: 9132357
    Abstract: A belt seat swing attachment device and methods for using the device to enable young children to safely utilize a belt seat swing, such as those commonly found at public playgrounds or parks. The device includes a seating portion and an attachment portion. The seating portion includes a torso band that is configured to surround a belt seat and a cradle band that hangs freely from the torso band in a U-shaped configuration. The attachment portion includes attachment straps comprising hook and loop fasteners that are configured to removably attach to a belt seat swing so that the device can be secured to the swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Aamodt, Ambyr Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 9114738
    Abstract: A harness assembly for a child safety seat is provided that is configurable between an engaged state and a disengaged state. The harness assembly may include a plurality of shoulder straps, each having a buckle tab. The harness assembly may further include a buckle assembly having a buckle that can receive the buckle tabs for securing the shoulder straps in the engaged state. The buckle assembly may also include a buckle pad, at least a portion of the buckle pad being generally aligned with and adjacent to the buckle. A buckle webbing may extend from the buckle for attaching the buckle to the child safety seat, and a biasing member may be engaged with the buckle pad to bias the buckle assembly toward a first position away from an occupant of the child safety seat in the disengaged state. A corresponding child safety seat is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: BRITAX CHILD SAFETY INC.
    Inventors: Chris Franck, Lynn Curtis Strong, Mark Allen Gunter
  • Patent number: 9095484
    Abstract: A wheelchair leg guard that has a leg rest portion, a foot rest portion that extends from the leg rest portion, and a foot rest strap that extends from a first end to a second end. The first end of the foot rest strap is attached or coupled to the foot rest portion proximate a first end of the foot rest portion and the second end the foot rest strap is attached or coupled to the foot rest portion proximate a second end of the foot rest portion. A portion of the foot rest strap is releasably secured to a portion of the foot rest portion via interaction of a securing element attached or coupled to the foot rest portion and the foot rest strap. Side guards extend between and are attached or coupled to both the foot rest portion and the leg rest portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Lorraine E. Bethea
  • Patent number: 9067561
    Abstract: A vehicle seat harness anchoring system is disclosed. The vehicle seat harness includes straps which fit over the body of a person and also fit over the legs of a person. Some of the straps are adjustable to securely hold the person in the harness. The harness anchoring system is attached to the vehicle seat harness. The harness anchoring system consists of a mixture of several fixed length and adjustable length anchoring straps. One end of the anchoring straps is either attached to an anchor plate or to an anchor point on a vehicle. The other end of the anchoring straps is attached to the vehicle seat harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Shawn Crews
  • Patent number: 9061607
    Abstract: A soldier support system and a method for protecting soldiers are disposed in a vehicle. In an embodiment, a soldier support system includes a seat assembly. The soldier support system also includes a single point release system. The single point release system includes a release assembly. In addition, the single point release system includes a first seat side strap and a second seat side strap. Moreover, the single point release system includes a first main support strap and a second main support strap. The single point release system further includes a first side restraint tether and a second side restraint tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle L. Greenwood, Rattaya C. Yalamanchili, James Buckner
  • Patent number: 9056594
    Abstract: A soldier platform system and a method for protecting soldiers are disposed in a vehicle. In an embodiment, a soldier platform system includes a seat assembly. The soldier platform system also includes a ratchet platform upon which an individual disposed in the seat assembly stands. The soldier support system also includes a single point release system. The single point release system includes a release assembly. In addition, the single point release system includes a first seat side strap and a second seat side strap. Moreover, the single point release system includes a first main support strap and a second main support strap. The single point release system further includes a first side restraint tether and a second side restraint tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle L. Greenwood, Rattaya C. Yalamanchili, James Buckner
  • Patent number: 9022471
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Gaudreau, Jr.
  • 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: 8955915
    Abstract: A child safety seat includes a seat shell having an opening, a crotch strap and a fixture. The crotch strap has a first end portion, a second end portion, and an intermediate portion between the first and second end portions. The first end portion is anchored with the seat shell, the second end portion extends outward through the opening, and the intermediate portion is adjustable relative to the seat shell between a first and a second position spaced apart from each other. The fixture is operable to hold the intermediate portion of the crotch strap at any of the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: BP Children's Products HK Co., Limited
    Inventors: Kyle S. Mason, James M. F. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 8899688
    Abstract: A convertible child seat includes a seat frame that presents a seat cavity and an open front to allow cavity ingress and egress by the child. The seat also includes a front restraint shiftably attached to the seat frame and shiftable between a storage position and a child-restraining position. In the storage position, the front restraint extends along the bottom wall so as to be positioned below the seated child and thereby permit cavity ingress and egress through the open front. In the child-restraining position, the front restraint at least partly spans the open front to restrict cavity ingress and egress through the open front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Backyard Leisure Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Brown, John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Robert F. Soreo
  • Publication number: 20140296039
    Abstract: A walker apparatus includes a framework having upstanding front and rear support members connecting upper and lower sections. The upper section is mounted atop upper ends of respective front and rear support members. The upper section includes a pair of side members each having opposed front and rear ends coupled to respective front and rear support member upper ends. The upper section includes a rear support member extending between rear ends of respective upper section side members. The upper section includes a front support member pivotally coupled at a proximal end to a front support member upper end and releasably coupled to another so as to be movable between open and closed configurations. The apparatus includes a lower section having first and second supports bars each having an outwardly arcuate configuration and positioned so as not to create a trip hazard when the front support member is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Jimmy Wayne Shaw, Jewel Marie Shaw
  • Patent number: 8794709
    Abstract: A child restraint device may include, in one embodiment, a base member and a back member. The back member may be foldably attached to the base member such that the base member and the back member may be folded together. The child restraint device may also include at least one back member securing belt and at least one base member securing belt. Moreover, the child restraint device may include a restraint harness disposed between the base member and the back member. The restraint harness may include an adjustable shoulder portion attached to the back member and an adjustable lap portion attached to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Kennedy Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Raina Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8789882
    Abstract: A high chair comprising a seat (4), a backrest (3), a footrest (5), a crotch post (11), which is journalled in the chair for pivoting between a raised user position in front of the back rest and a lowered position, and a table (13) arranged on the crotch post (11), wherein the side (91) of the table (13) facing the back rest, when the crotch post is in a user position, together with the back rest forms a substantially closed formation (92) for safe-keeping of a child in the chair and wherein the table (13) in the lowered position of the crotch post is arranged to lie beyond the upper surface of the seat (4) and beyond at least part of the upper surface of the foot rest (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: BabyBjorn AB
    Inventor: Hakan Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 8752903
    Abstract: A chair, convertible into a baby's highchair, comprising a base frame to which it is possible to connect a seat body with height adjustment elements, the seat body comprising a fixed back to which a movable and height-adjustable back is connected, a sill being further provided which can be detachably associated with the seat body and being provided with safety elements adapted to prevent coupling to the seat body when the movable back is in an incorrect position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Brevi S.R.L.
    Inventor: Pius Ponticelli
  • Patent number: 8752895
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The juvenile seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom. The juvenile seat also includes a headrest mounted for up-and-down movement on the seat back relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Ward A. Fritz, Andrew W. Marsden, Walter S. Bezaniuk, Joseph D. Langley, Eric Hyman
  • Patent number: 8696027
    Abstract: Vehicle seatbelt positioner for pregnant women and persons with abdominal problems that acts on the shoulder strap and the lap belt, coupled to the user, easy to install and remove, which prevents an incorrect positioning of the seatbelt that could harm the user in case of accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fundacion Cidaut
    Inventors: Monica Diez Marin, Julio Abajo Alonso, Roberto Martín Macías
  • Patent number: 8684414
    Abstract: A multi-point seat restraint system configured to provide restraint for a passenger superposed a seat in a supine position. The multi-point seat restraint system includes a plurality of upper belts having a first end anchored behind the seat back of the associated seat. A junction bar is further included wherein the junction bar is configured to releasably secure the upper belts proximate the second end of the plurality of upper belts. The junction bar further includes a first belt portion and a second belt portion integrally secured thereto. The first belt portion and second belt portion and configured to be releasably secured to a first lower belt and a second lower belt. The first lower belt and second lower belt are retractably mounted to the floorboard of the vehicle. In an alternative embodiment of the second lower belt, the second lower belt includes a first portion and a second portion being angularly mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Terri McBride
  • Patent number: 8672412
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a fastening device for use in a children's chair (40) with a seat plate (41), wherein the seat plate has a vertical through hole, characterized in that a cross piece (1) connected to two side pieces (2) which are joined by a cross bar (3) and defining an opening (6), wherein the cross bar (3) is positioned in a vertical distance from the cross piece (1) when the fastening device is mounted; two mainly vertical lining elements (4) to be inserted into the hole, connected to the underside of the cross piece (1) and/or side pieces (2) in their upper ends, wherein the lining elements (4) each comprise at least one locking hook 5 in their lower ends which have a larger horizontal extent than the lining elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Peter Opsvik AS
    Inventor: Peter Opsvik
  • Patent number: 8668273
    Abstract: A highchair has a seat device, a bracket device and a table. The seat device has a base, a supporting sleeve and a seat. The bracket device is connected to the seat device and has two connecting segments, a connecting frame and a supporting arm. The connecting segments are respectively connected securely to the supporting sleeve and each has a connecting mount, a button seat, a pressing button and a button spring. The connecting frame connects to the connecting segments and has two inserting segments and a primary frame. The supporting arm is telescopically and pivotally connected to the connecting frame. The table is detachably mounted on the bracket device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kun Wang
  • Patent number: 8550316
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for securing a child to a wearer in a first arrangement and for securing a child to a chair in a second arrangement is provided. According to one embodiment, an apparatus includes a base panel having a first edge, a second edge, and opposing third and fourth edges. The apparatus also includes a crotch panel having first and second securing devices and attached to the second edge of the base panel, where the securing devices of the crotch panel are configured to wrap around the back portion of the chair and fasten to each other. The apparatus further includes a waist panel attached to the second edge of the base panel such that the base panel is configured to wrap around the waist of the wearer in the first arrangement and to wrap around the seat portion of the chair such that the child situated within the apparatus is unable to stand upright in the second arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Diana Coote
  • Publication number: 20130221727
    Abstract: A restraining apparatus for securing a person during decontamination and method for decontamination of the person are described. The restraining apparatus includes a seat for supporting the person, a base, a plurality of support members connecting the base to the seat, and a harness system for securing the person to the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Naomi Ishioka
  • Patent number: 8517467
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The juvenile seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom. The juvenile seat also includes a headrest mounted for up-and-down movement on the seat back relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Ward Fritz, Andrew W. Marsden, Walter S. Bezaniuk, Joe Langley, Eric Hyman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8468660
    Abstract: A rotary buckle assembly for a harness. The assembly is adapted to selectively secure or eject the tongue plates for the straps of the harness. Although the invention finds particular application for use with a five point harness, it can be adapted for use with other harness arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Conax Florida Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Holler
  • Publication number: 20130127229
    Abstract: Tensioning apparatuses for occupant restraint systems and associated systems and methods. In one embodiment, an occupant restraint system for a vehicle can include a flexible web configured to extend across at least a portion of an occupant seated in the vehicle and an electrically actuated web retractor operably coupled to a proximal end portion of the web. The web retractor is configured to automatically wind and unwind the web. The system also includes an acceleration sensor operably coupled to the electrically actuated web retractor. The acceleration sensor is configured to send an electrical signal to the web retractor in response to a vehicle acceleration above a preset magnitude. In response to the signal, the web retractor is configured to (a) retract the web, and/or (b) at least temporarily prevent the web from moving inwardly or outwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventor: AmSafe, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8439447
    Abstract: A convertible child seat includes a seat frame that presents a seat cavity and an open front to allow cavity ingress and egress by the child. The seat also includes a front restraint shiftably attached to the seat frame and shiftable between a storage position and a child-restraining position. In the storage position, the front restraint extends along the bottom wall so as to be positioned below the seated child and thereby permit cavity ingress and egress through the open front. In the child-restraining position, the front restraint at least partly spans the open front to restrict cavity ingress and egress through the open front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Backyard Leisure Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Brown, John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Robert F. Soreo
  • 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: 8403413
    Abstract: A booster seat may be conveniently carried over one's shoulder using a shoulder strap or worn as a backpack using a pair of parallel straps. The shoulder strap is convertible from a shoulder strap into a leash with a handle. A foam core and padded backpack-style shoulder straps, making it comfortable to carry and use. A three-point seatbelt includes a lap belt and pelvic strap, making it extremely safe to use. The seatbelt prevents a child from slipping off the booster seat. The booster seat also includes non-slip pads which prevent the booster seat from sliding off a chair, bench or booth. In an embodiment with thick non-slip pads, the pads maintain a space between the back panel and a backpack wearer's back, increasing breathability and comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Audrey Jean Scott
  • Patent number: 8398329
    Abstract: A safety device used in combination with a child seat assembly is provided to solve the problems about complicated structure and risk for the children. The safety device includes a bracket, a first wing and a second wing pivotally connected to the head portion of the bracket, a flexible piece cooperating the first and second wings, a locking piece releasably engaged with the first and second wings. When one of the wings is pivotally rotated, both of the wings will be synchronously rotated to a vertical or horizontal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: BP Children's Products HK Co., Limited
    Inventor: Hongtai Bai
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8240765
    Abstract: A child's chair is disclosed having, in its most basic form, a frame having four legs, a seat having a bottom support and a back support, and a tray. To these basic components, numerous modifications can be made to customize features of the chair for enhancing safety and convenience, and/or adapting to additional possible uses. Each of the disclosed embodiments includes at least one of either an adjustable seat, an adjustable footrest, a center post mounted tray, a multiple position, single-hand adjustable tray, a concealed release button, and any combination of such features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Brook Kennedy, Jonathan Cedar, Colin Kelly, Troy Phipps, Ryan Vernon, Nicholas Oxley, Eric Freitag
  • Patent number: 8210610
    Abstract: A child seat for a juvenile product has a seating surface with a first section, a second section, and a seat bight region between the first and second sections. A lap belt is coupled to the child seat near the seat bight region. A first crotch strap is coupled to the child seat on the first section side of the seat bight region and is connectable to the lap belt in a first harness configuration rendering the first section as the seat bottom of the seating surface. The child seat has a removable pad insert with a second crotch strap. With the pad insert installed over the first section of the seating surface, the pad insert positions the second crotch strap on the second section side of the seat bight region. The second crotch strap is connectable to the lap belt in a second harness configuration rendering the second section as the seat bottom of the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Cindy L. Berkey, John (Jason) C. Arnold, IV
  • Patent number: 8182043
    Abstract: A seatbelt retention device with a base located on the upper seat surface of a vehicle seat and a seatbelt catch mounted on the base to retain the waist section of a seatbelt. The seatbelt retention device receives a passenger on the base in use, such that the catch is accessible between the legs of the passenger. A vehicle seat assembly can incorporate the seatbelt catch mounted in the seat and projecting through the upper seat surface so as to be accessible between the legs of a passenger seated on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Tummy Shield Holdings Pty Limited
    Inventor: George Joseph Baladi
  • Patent number: 8177297
    Abstract: There is provided a high chair (1) for seating of an infant or toddler comprising a seat (10), including a seat base portion (14) and a seat backrest portion (12); a support (20) for supporting the seat (10) in a raised position relative to a floor surface; a central post (30) projecting away from the sea base portion (14) and having an upper end; and mounting to the upper end of the central post (30), a tray assembly. (40) including a tray (42) laterally movable backwards and forwards relative to the seat (10). The central post (30) mounts to the seat (10) or to the support (20) by an adjustable central post mounting (32) that allows for adjustment of the position of the upper end of the central post (30) relative to the seat (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Seymour—Pouell Limited
    Inventors: David Hillary Powell, Matthew Peter Tidnam
  • Patent number: 8152236
    Abstract: A restraining apparatus for a child consists of a frame with a back; the back of the frame has parallel back rods which can be adjusted lengthwise and a bottom foldably attached to the back by lockable hinges. The back and the bottom each have a foundation rod further comprising a stop. The apparatus also has a cover for the frame. The cover has an upper portion containing a plurality of slots, and a plurality of straps which fit removably through the slots to adjust to the height of the child to be restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Amanda Romero
  • Patent number: 8070184
    Abstract: A Supplemental Automotive Restraint System for Pregnant Women has a protective shell structure with integral “Pelvic Yoke and Crotch Post”, “Breast Plate”, structural “Abdominal Bridge/Shell” over the abdomen between the “Pelvic Yoke” and the “Breast Plate”, “Shoulder Belt Retainer”, and appropriate padding and fill material, all of which work in conjunction with the standard automotive Type II lap and shoulder belt restraint system as required to be installed in all new passenger cars manufactured for sale in the United States by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 (FMVSS 208). The purpose of the “Supplemental Automotive Restraint System for Pregnant Women” is to reduce the likelihood of injury to a pregnant mother and her unborn child during maneuvering, crash, or other non-impact event of a motor vehicle while the mother is driving or riding in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: James Research & Development Ltd.
    Inventor: James Edward Hofferberth
  • Publication number: 20110291451
    Abstract: A safety belt buckle (B?) for a seat is disclosed. The seat (S?) has a crotch pad (P?) in the seating area, which coincides with an attachment region between the safety belt buckle and the seat (S?) so that the crotch pad (P?) is positioned between the safety belt buckle (B?) and a person positioned in the seat (S?) and held in place in the seat (S?) by means of the belt buckle (B?), with both the crotch pad (P?) and the buckle (B?) between the legs (L) of said person. The safety belt buckle (B?) has a body (11) with a surface (12) which in use faces the crotch pad (P?). The body (11) has an attachment means (13) for attachment of the buckle (B?) to the crotch pad (P?) of the seat (S?). A safety belt assembly having such buckle (B?) is also disclosed, as well as a vehicle seat (B?), preferably a child seat, having such safety belt assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: HOLMBERGS CHILDSAFTEY HOLDING AB
    Inventor: Johan Westman
  • Publication number: 20110278904
    Abstract: A baby coupler apparatus for securing a child into a high chair is provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a central cushion section; a first waist strap coupled to a first end of the central cushion section; a second waist strap coupled to a second end of the central cushion section distal to the first end; a central strap coupled to the central cushion section between the first end of the central cushion section and the second end of the central cushion section; at least one fastening device that couples the first waist strap, the central strap, and the second waist strap; and at least one high-chair fastening device coupled to a back side of the central cushion section and configured to secure the central cushion section to a structure of a high-chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Katherine Hester Kendrick, Joseph Patrick Kendrick
  • Patent number: 8020939
    Abstract: A fastening belt system designed for use in child automobile transport solutions, and in particular, in child car seats is provided. The fastening belt system is characterized by its use of at least one belt and five anchor points potentially equipped with openings and buckles, which create a harness system composed of the right breast strap and the left breast strap that crisscross at the child's chest, while the right hip strap and the left hip strap belt in the child's legs at the hips. The right breast strap runs from the upper right anchor point to the lower left point; the left breast strap links the upper left anchor point with the lower right point; the right hip strap links the lower middle anchor point with the lower right point; the left hip strap runs from the lower middle anchor point towards the lower left point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Ramatti SP. Z.O.O.
    Inventors: Piotr Stasiak, Waldemar Filutowski
  • Patent number: 7963614
    Abstract: A buckle assembly configured to mate with a plurality of tongues may include a rotational lever; a latch plate supported by the rotational lever and configured to move in a vertical direction when the lever rotates; a plurality of latch pins, wherein each latch pin is configured to engage the latch plate at one end of the pin and one of the plurality of tongues at the other end of the pin in order to mate the tongue with the buckle assembly; and a rotational solenoid. A core of the rotational solenoid may be connected to the rotational lever, so that rotation of the core causes the lever to rotate and the latch plate to move in a vertical direction. Each of the latch pins is configured to disengage from the corresponding tongue when the lever rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Joe Kranz, Paul Michael Smith, Thomas Mogg
  • Publication number: 20110101753
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a fastening device for use in a children's chair (40) with a seat plate (41), wherein the seat plate has a vertical through hole, characterized in that a cross piece (1) connected to two side pieces (2) which are joined by a cross bar (3) and defining an opening (6), wherein the cross bar (3) is positioned in a vertical distance from the cross piece (1) when the fastening device is mounted; two mainly vertical lining elements (4) to be inserted into the hole, connected to the underside of the cross piece (1) and/or side pieces (2) in their upper ends, wherein the lining elements (4) each comprise at least one locking hook 5 in their lower ends which have a larger horizontal extent than the lining elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: PETER OPSVIK AS
    Inventor: Peter Opsvik
  • Patent number: 7926881
    Abstract: A support braces and secures an infant or small child in a seated position. A rigid padded upright back is flanked by a pair of rigid padded side wings. A belt encircles the back and wings drawing the wings toward the back to surround the child. The wings reach just under the armpits of the small child providing support to the torso and allowing even those children not old enough to sit up on their own to attain a seated position. A padded strap, attached to the bottom of the upright back runs between the child's legs and is also secured with the belt. When secured to a high chair by the belt, the support braces the child in a seated position and prevents the child from slipping from the high chair or from climbing out of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Neva Youreman