Having Crotch Strap Or Post Patents (Class 297/467)
  • Patent number: 6416070
    Abstract: A multi-functional wheel chair comprises a chair seat, a chair leg, two hand supporters, and a back rod. The chair seat includes a chair seat body, and a front side of the chair seat body is formed with an opening. The chair frame is installed below the chair seat and includes a plurality of chair legs, and a lower end of each chair leg is installed with a front wheel and a rear wheel. Two hand supporters each includes a supporter body. A rear side of the supporter body is installed with a handle. Each of the hand supporters is connected to a left and a right side of the chair seat through a first joint device. A back rod includes a rod body. The rod body is connected to a rod frame; the rod frame is connected to the chair frame through a second joint device. The user may be adhered to the rod body of the back rod for cleaning the back. Furthermore, the wheel chair can be moved to be near a commode for cleaning and going to stool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Fu Burg Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Chiang Lin
  • Patent number: 6416132
    Abstract: A swing seat comprising a chair having a region for the placement of a child and a bar rotatably coupled to the chair at one end thereof. The opposite end of the bar is capable of engaging the bottom of the chair. When secured to the bottom of the chair, the bar is at such a position so as to allow a person to remove the child from the chair. A plurality of straps are removably coupled to the bar and are used for securing the child in the chair. At least one support rope is coupled to the chair, allowing the swing seat to be suspended above the ground or other surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: The Little Tikes Company
    Inventors: John J. Norton, Thomas E. Fish
  • Patent number: 6409272
    Abstract: An apparatus suitable for safely restraining a child in a sitting position in a child transport or seat is disclosed. The apparatus may preferably be attached to a vehicular seat, infant carrier, stroller, high chair, booster seat, motion toy, or shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Propedia, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lauree Martin, Anne Christian
  • Publication number: 20020074846
    Abstract: A swing seat comprising a chair having a region for the placement of a child and a bar rotatably coupled to the chair at one end thereof. The opposite end of the bar is capable of engaging the bottom of the chair. When secured to the bottom of the chair, the bar is at such a position so as to allow a person to remove the child from the chair. A plurality of straps are removably coupled to the bar and are used for securing the child in the chair. At least one support rope is coupled to the chair, allowing the swing seat to be suspended above the ground or other surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: John J. Norton, Thomas E. Fish
  • Patent number: 6390561
    Abstract: A restraint system of belts and buckles designed to protect every rider and passenger occupying conventional type seats in open vehicles, such as motorcycles, from injuries sustainable from flying off such vehicles in the event of a head-on collision, sudden stop or other such type circumstance. A restraint system also unique in being amenable to installation in such existing vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: Joshua Oghenogieme Osime
  • Patent number: 6378950
    Abstract: The instant invention pertains to a child car seat body including a headrest, an abdominal support and a mechanism interconnecting the abdominal support and the headrest such that as the headrest is lowered the abdominal support moves toward the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Combi Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuaki Takamizu, Mitsuru Washizuka, Kojiro Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20020047299
    Abstract: The invention relates to a force deflection device (1) for adapting a lap strap to enhance the comfort of the wearer and optimize the introduction of forces for use by pregnant women and the overweight, comprising a force deflection strap (6) with a first end, which is to be attached to the lap strap, and a second end, which is to be passed through the gap between the seat cushion and the seat back and to be attached to the seat. This second end of the force deflection strap (6) has attached to it a fixing element (2), which is preferably plate-shaped, that cannot pass through said gap in a transverse position relative to the seat. The fixing element (2) can be attached to the rear side of the seat back by means of a hook and loop fastener (3). At its first end, the force deflection strap (6) preferably has a hook (4) and eyes (5) that can be hooked into the latter, allowing it to be looped around the lap strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Herrmann
  • Patent number: 6367882
    Abstract: A slip-retarding upper torso restraint harness and system for supporting a pilot seated in a vehicle during crash impact. The restraint harness includes a pair of retractably anchored left and right shoulder webbings each having a friction area on its respective inner surface, and at least one anchored base webbing releasably connectable to the pair of left and right shoulder webbings by a buckle. The friction areas operate to prevent the pilot from sliding forward along the inner surfaces of the left and right shoulder webbings during crash impact. Additionally, the restraint system further includes a one-piece pilot suit having secondary friction areas which work together with the friction areas of the restraint harness to provide even greater restraint during crash impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: H. Koch & Sons Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Van Druff, Michael A. Duran
  • Patent number: 6364417
    Abstract: A safety harness having a chest strap received over a user's shoulders, a crotch strap received between a user's legs and selectively attachable to the chest strap, and a back panel received against a user's back, the back panel being interposed between the crotch strap and chest strap. The back panel is substantially the width of the user's shoulders and the height of the user's torso to evenly disperse and dissipate forces from sudden movements acted upon a user when the harness is secured to a vehicular seatbelt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Rick Owen Silverman
  • Publication number: 20020036423
    Abstract: A juvenile seat assembly includes a seat bottom, a crotch strap, and a carrier coupled to the seat bottom for movement relative to the seat bottom. The crotch strap is part of a child-restraint harness included in the seat assembly. The crotch strap is coupled to and moves with the carrier. The carrier is lockable in a plurality of positions relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Publication date: March 28, 2002
    Inventors: Richard Glover, James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6309022
    Abstract: A pelvic support mechanism for a wheelchair seat has a bracket comprising a generally “L”-shaped, pivoting portion and a stationary portion that is hingedly attached to the “L”-shaped portion. The pelvic support mechanism has a padded pelvic support mounted on said “L”-shaped, pivoting portion, the stationary portion being mounted onto the wheelchair seat. A release lever that is pivotally mounted on said “L”-shaped portion of the bracket. A sliding bolt that is mounted within the “L”-shaped portion of the bracket and which is interconnected with the release lever. A compression spring that is mounted in the “L”-shaped portion of the bracket and that is in contact with the sliding bolt. An opening in the stationary portion of the bracket for receiving the sliding bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Freedom Designs Incorporated
    Inventors: Mauricio Melgarejo, Alejandro Melgarejo
  • Patent number: 6286904
    Abstract: A pivotable abduction abutment support for a wheelchair or the like is disclosed. The support of the invention has a base member adapted to be fastened under the seat of the wheelchair or the like. The support also has a rod having two opposite ends, one end being mounted about a first pivot located on the base member and having a pivoting axis parallel to a front edge of the seat, and the other end having an abutment fastened to it. The rod can pivot between an upstanding position where the rod extends upwardly and substantially vertically, and a released position where the rod extends downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventors: Bernard Obertelli, Jacques Harnois
  • Publication number: 20010015572
    Abstract: A modular system that allows a child seat manufacturer to combine the installation of the crotch belt assembly and the shoulder belt adjuster assembly in one step, and which allows the child seat manufacturer to vary the type of components without having to alter the design of the child seat. This invention is a module for use with a child seat that has a shoulder harness, an interengageable combination of a tongue and seat belt buckle, and has a seat portion that has been adapted to receive the module. The module, itself, has a pan that is mountable within the seat portion of the child seat, a belt retractor fixedly attached to the bottom of the pan, and a crotch assembly that is designed to attach either to the buckle or the tongue of the seat belt harness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Publication date: August 23, 2001
    Inventor: PETER E. MILLER
  • Patent number: 6273505
    Abstract: A web adjuster for securing a web and a seat including the web adjuster. The web extends through the web adjuster including a mounting plate that is mounted to the seat. A sliding plate moves relative to the mounting plate for lockingly engaging the web. Resilient biasing elements bias the sliding plate into locking engagement, and a release handle displaces the sliding plate against the resilient biasing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Carnahan
  • Patent number: 6260925
    Abstract: A modular system that allows a child seat manufacturer to combine the installation of the crotch belt assembly and the shoulder belt adjuster assembly in one step, and which allows the child seat manufacturer to vary the type of components without having to alter the design of the child seat. A module for use with a child seat that has a shoulder harness, an interengageable combination of a tongue and seat belt buckle, and has a seat portion that has been adapted to receive the module. The module, itself, has a pan that is mountable within the seat portion of the child seat, a belt retractor fixedly attached to the bottom of the pan, and a crotch assembly that is designed to attach either to the buckle or the tongue of the seat belt harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter E. Miller
  • Patent number: 6247755
    Abstract: A child carrier harness includes a first harness member made of soft goods with a pair of male fasteners receivable with a second pair of female fasteners secured to the ends of an adjustable strap secured to the rear face of the seatback. The harness also includes an adjustable strap disposed on the rear face of the seatback for adjusting the length of the strap and thereby adjusting the harness to accomodate different midsection sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventors: John S. Canna, Julia M. Wilkins, Kenneth VonFelten
  • Patent number: 6126236
    Abstract: An adjustable baby chair is disclosed. The baby chair has a first locking device; a height adjusting device; a seat adjusting device; a second locking device; and a foot rest. With such an arrangement, the feet of the chair are foldable, the angle, height of the seat are adjustable, the seat is fixed after the baby is seated in the seat and the height of the foot rest is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Sung-Tsun Wu
  • Patent number: 6109698
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for securing a child to an adult on a vehicle having lap safety belts having a first strap formed into a loop and sized for placing over the head and resting on an adult's shoulders; a first gender portion of a mating buckle assembly secured to the first strap; a second strap sized for reaching from the first strap, under the adult's torso, between the adult and child's legs, and reaching to engage the first portion of the buckle assembly, and having a mating buckle portion; a third strap secured on both ends to the strap and forming a sleeve; a forth strap suitably sized to reach around the adult and child's torso when the child is seated on the adult's lap, threaded through the sleeve, with mating buckle assemblies on both ends of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Philip Perez
  • Patent number: 6095614
    Abstract: A child carrier harness includes a first harness member made of soft goods with a pair of male fasteners receivable with a second pair of female fasteners secured to the ends of an adjustable strap secured to the rear face of the seatback. The harness also includes an adjustable strap disposed on the rear face of the seatback for adjusting the length of the strap and thereby adjusting the harness to accomodate different midsection sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Canna, Julia M. Wilkins, Kenneth VonFelten
  • Patent number: 6095613
    Abstract: This multi-purpose child safety harness (10) is wearable and is used to support, hold, restrain, and protect a child (33) during a variety of the child's activities. In FIGS. 1-4, the harness (10) includes a torso band (11), a pair of shoulder straps (19, 21), an inner crotch strap (15), an outer crotch strap (16), and underarm securing straps (23, 25). The outer crotch strap is attached at the rear of the torso band and is used to secure the child to a seat (36) by looping the free end underneath the seat so as to attach it to the chest portion of the torso band thereby securing the child to the seat. The shoulder straps provide ejection protection of the child during swinging and other active pursuits. The securing straps are attached to the harness underneath each arm of the child and are terminated in means for securing the child to swing chains or ropes, and to various types of chairs, shopping carts, strollers, or other fixtures desired to safely retain the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventors: Christine Marie Ostrander, Keith Raymond Southworth
  • Patent number: 6065655
    Abstract: A sling-type combination child carrying and seat harness apparatus comprises a piece of suitable fabric having at opposite first and second ends thereof a pair of rings and a pair of elongated ties, the latter being adapted to be threaded through the rings and secured thereto to form a loop which is required in a child carrying position of the apparatus. The fabric defines a pouch between the first and second ends for receiving the child in the child carrying position of the apparatus which has been suspended from an adult's shoulder. The apparatus comprises a pocket defined at the first end adjacent the rings in order that the apparatus may be used as a seat harness for a chair or the like having a seat and a back rest. In this case, the apparatus and, more particularly, the pouch is laid partly on the seat of the chair and the pocket is slidably engaged over the back rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Kathleen Parewick
  • Patent number: 6053580
    Abstract: The present apparatus is a personal restraint device for fully restraining the wearer while providing flexibility and limited movement during use. The personal restraint device of this invention comprises a harness with a central portion having spaced apart top, bottom and lateral edges that define the parameter of the central portion and portion for securing the personal restraint device to an existing seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: William E. White, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6049929
    Abstract: An infant and baby seating system comprises a first closure element, second closure element, and connector therebetween detachably fastenable to connect the first closure element and the second closure element, the distance between the two closure elements being adjustable to the size of the user. Securement members may be fastened between the closure elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Terilyn Jo Rawson
  • Patent number: 6024412
    Abstract: A tray assembly comprises a tray, a crotch post, and a pivot post interconnecting the tray and the crotch post. The pivot post defines a fixed axis to enable pivotal movement of the crotch post about the fixed axis between an extended position wherein the crotch post extends at an angle away from the tray and a retracted position wherein the crotch post is positioned to lie adjacent to the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Kain, Michael S. Rosko
  • Patent number: 5979983
    Abstract: The invention is a car seat with a feature to hold an abdominal shield and/or shoulder straps out of the way while a child enters or exits the seat. A shield, integrally formed with the shoulder straps, has a male element located thereon. A female element, located on the seatback surface of the car seat, forms the other part of the holding feature.To place a child into the seat, the shield and straps are pulled up and out of the body of the car seat. The shield is placed against the seatback surface of the car seat, such that the male element engages the female element. The shield and straps are thus held out of the way of an entering child. Once the child is suitably positioned in the car seat, the shield is pulled apart from the seatback surface of the car seat, disengaging the male element from the female element. The shield and straps may then be placed over the child's head and shoulders, and buckled in the normal manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: John Alexander Galbreath
  • Patent number: 5971492
    Abstract: A child safety restraint system is provided for a car seat, and a method of using the same. The restraint system comprises a left and a right shoulder straps that are coupled with the seat, and pass over the left and right sides of the child. The shoulder straps are complete loops that are wrapped around the back cushion of the car seat. A crotch strap is coupled with the seat and passes between the thighs of the child. The crotch strap terminates in a loop passing through the car seat belt that is fastened to itself. A left and a right buckle are slidably coupled with the shoulder straps. A crotch buckle is coupled with the crotch strap, and is fastened together with the left and right buckles. The shoulder straps are passed over the sides of the child, the crotch strap is pulled up between the thighs, and the crotch buckle is fastened together with the left and right buckles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Elizabeth Pitman
  • Patent number: 5967607
    Abstract: A shopping cart cushion for placement into the mini basket portion of a shopping cart is comprised of a body, left extension and right extension. A strap is attached to the left extension and passes through a loop on the right extension for securement of a child sitting within the device. An optional bar protector is either fixedly or removably attached to the body and is wrapped around the handle bar of the shopping cart. The device folds up and is easy to transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Thelma J. Waldroup
  • Patent number: 5964506
    Abstract: A device and method contemplated for vertically positioning infants who do not have the muscular control necessary to sit upright unassisted for extended periods of time. The device supports such infants in an essentially upright position so that they can more easily interact with people and objects adjacent to them without an adult or older child having to hold them and support them about the waist. The device comprises a rigid bottomless U-shaped support having a slightly rearwardly inclined inside back surface, a wide chest strap, flexible padding attached against the U-shaped support, and sides which are approximately half the height of its back. The bottom edges of the U-shaped support are outwardly flared and wedge shaped to prevent the device from unpredictably moving backward and laterally as a result of abrupt infant movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventors: Michael R. Coates, Donna F. Coates
  • Patent number: 5954404
    Abstract: A seat cushion 17 is provided with a seat portion 17a, a back portion 17b provided so as to be continued to the seat portion 17a, and a leg-pad portion 17c. A get-out preventing cloth 17e is sewn onto the leg-pad portion 17c. The get-out preventing cloth 17e is sewn onto not only the front end but also the left and right sides of the leg-pad portion 17c. At the inside front portion of each of arm-rest cover portions 17d, a pocket 17f is provided in a state where the pocket 17f is opened at its rear end, and hook and loop fastener 24 is stuck inside the pocket 17f. A second crotch belt through hole 17n is formed in a suitable position of the get-out preventing cloth 17e so that a crotch belt 14 is inserted through this crotch belt through hole 17n.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Combi Corporation
    Inventor: Ito Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5951102
    Abstract: A high chair which includes a removable tray with a single-handed actuation handle for actuating a release mechanism. The actuation handle is located on the front edge of the tray and can be pushed slightly forward to operate the release mechanism which pivots fingers out of engagement with grooves located on the sides of the seat of the high chair. The seat can be removed from the high chair by actuating a latch located on a bottom side thereof and pivoting it slightly while lifting off to disengage notches defined on the back of the seat from an upper tubular member of a cradle which is attached to a frame and supports the seat thereon. The cradle can be pivoted relative to the frame to provide a plurality of positions for the seat, including an upright and a recline position. A pivoting mechanism includes a pair of nested hubs and a pin which selectively locks the hubs together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Evenflo Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith L. Poulson, Eduardo J. Jimenez, Joseph L. Kapushion
  • Patent number: 5916089
    Abstract: A support article for use with a carrier device provides adjustable cushioned support to an infant placed therein in a travel position and comprises an elongated pad adapted to be interposed between the infant and the carrier device and a raised cushion assembly. The elongated pad has a first surface upon which the infant can be placed, an opposite second surface and a pair of longitudinally extending side edges. The raised cushion assembly is disposed on the first surface and includes a pair of transversely spaced apart cushion elements that are adjustable in position relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Diana R. Ive
  • Patent number: 5908223
    Abstract: A seat belt system for restraining a vehicle occupant includes a left webbing having a shoulder portion and a lap portion separated by a tongue assembly, a right webbing having a shoulder portion and a lap portion separated by a right tongue assembly, and a buckle for receiving each of the tongue assemblies. Each tongue assembly includes a tongue defining a latch plate and a webbing slot. In addition, the tongue assemblies include a webbing guide having a channel extending from the top of the webbing assembly to adjacent the slot, the channel maintaining the tongue in substantial alignment with the shoulder portion of the webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter E. Miller
  • Patent number: 5899534
    Abstract: A child seat (10) for a vehicle has a seat belt system (12) for restraining a seated child. The seat belt system (12) includes seat belt webbing (16), a pair of webbing anchors (150, 160), and a retractor assembly (18). The webbing (16) has a plurality of sections including first and second shoulder belt sections (64, 74), each which has an upper end and a lower end. The webbing anchors (150, 160) permanently attach the upper ends (154, 164) of the shoulder belt sections (64, 74) to the seat back (24). The retractor assembly (18) takes up slack in the webbing (16) by pulling the lower ends (170, 172) of the shoulder belt sections (64, 74) toward the seat cushion (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Mark F. Gray
  • Patent number: 5890769
    Abstract: A new child restraining harness for restraining a child sitting on a chair. The inventive device includes an elongate flexible belt strap. A flexible crotch strap is coupled to the belt strap. Each of the ends of the belt strap is insertable into a loop space of a looped portion at the other end of the crotch strap. A pair of elongate flexible securing straps are coupled to the back region of the belt strap. A generally rectangular securing pad is provided for securing to a seat of a chair structure. The securing pad is detachably attachable to a bottom region of the crotch strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Juanita F. Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 5868465
    Abstract: A child's seating restraint is removably anchorable to a stationary article of furniture, such as a couch, sofa, or similar furniture typically found in the household. The restraint in turn provides for the removable securing of an infant, toddler, or small child thereto, to prevent the child from falling from furniture inadvertently. The seating restraint includes a belt secured to the back portion thereof. A continuous, unitary seat bottom and seat back portion is formed of a soft, pliable, resilient and washable material such as a closed cell foam plastic. A washable fabric cover may be provided for the seat bottom and/or seat back portion of the device. A crotch strap may be attached to the belt (or beneath the seat bottom), to extend from the back of the belt (or from the seat bottom) to a front loop through which the belt portions are passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Prerna J. Kvalvik
  • Patent number: 5836656
    Abstract: A child restraint for use with a lap-type seat belt having a buckle assembly including a first belt section having a like buckle assembly adapted to couple with the buckle assembly of the seat belt. The restraint further includes a second belt section affixed to the first and forming a loop for encircling the torso of a child, and the second belt section also has a releasable belt buckle assembly at the ends thereof. A third belt section is secured to either or both of the first or second belt sections and extends from a front stomach area down under the crotch to the back of the child to be held in the second belt section, and the third belt section has a loop at the end thereof for encircling the second belt section at the front stomach area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventor: Ronald M. Baggott
  • Patent number: 5833311
    Abstract: An add-on child seat relates to an add-on child seat comprising a seating surface and a back rest surface for the child. At a distance to these surfaces there is provided an airbag as an impact protection for the child and which, in the case of a collision of the vehicle, is to be released. The airbag is formed as a knob shaped end of a carrier, this carrier extending between the legs of the child and is anchored in the region under the seating surface. With this design, in the case of an accident, the child can be quickly and simply removed from the seat without having to interrupt the mounting parts of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Van Riesen GmbH U.Co., KG
    Inventors: Matthias Friedrich, Volkmar Wolfl
  • Patent number: 5816652
    Abstract: A car seat is provided for restraining a child seated in the car seat. The car seat includes a seat shell having a bottom seat portion and a back support portion. A barrier shield is supported above the bottom seat portion and is pivotable from an initial position to a child-restraining position. A child-restraining harness is attached to the seat shell and extends over an upper torso of the child when the child is seated in the car seat to restrain forward motion of the child. The child-restraining harness is connected to the barrier shield. The barrier shield is located at the initial position when a child is harnessed in the child seat. The child-restraining harness moves the barrier shield from the initial position to a child-restraining position when the upper torso of the child harnessed into the child seat moves forward to push against the child-restraining harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Cone, Donald L. Gerken
  • Patent number: 5816662
    Abstract: An over-the-shoulder safety harness is used in combination with a chair having a back and a bottom. An elongated safety harness attachment member is located on a back side of the chair back and extends from one side of the back to the other side of the back. The safety harness includes first and second shoulder straps adapted for extending over the shoulders of the occupant. The shoulder straps have respective first and second ends. The first ends are secured to the attachment member for slidably adjustable movement along the length of the attachment member. The first and second shoulder straps define a laterally-extending occupant space therebetween. The occupant space is adjustable by sliding the first ends of the shoulder straps along the length of the attachment member. The occupant space is reduced to further restrain the occupant by sliding the straps towards each other and is increased to remove the occupant from the chair by sliding the straps away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Tina M. Rumburg
  • Patent number: 5810432
    Abstract: An improved high chair system includes a leg structure, a child seat, and a lower and an upper tray. The child seat may be reclined, and includes a pair of sloping arm rests which allow the child to be placed close to the dining table and allow easy access to the child. The lower tray may be removably mounted on the sloping arm rests, and the upper tray may be mounted on the lower tray. The upper tray includes a tray area which is larger than that of the lower tray. Advantageous mounting structures for the upper and lower trays are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Haut, Glenn E. Gehr
  • Patent number: 5800020
    Abstract: A posture support apparatus for supporting the posture of an infant while in an infant transport device that includes a front portion a straddleable support portion and a cross member adapted for extending across the front portion of the infant transport device. The posture support apparatus includes a longitudinal body which is preferably filled with cushion material, a first strap attached near an end of the longitudinal body, a second strap attached to the longitudinal body near another end, and a stabilization pad attached to the mid-portion of the longitudinal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Elvetia C. Brock
  • Patent number: 5758926
    Abstract: The adjustable seating system includes a seat and a stand for people with disabilities. The seat has a base with two side panels and a back positioned adjacent the seat base. The seat back has first and second opposing thoracic supports. The seat base also includes a base extension which may be fitted into the seat base. The seating system may also include a foot support which may be attached to the seat or seat base extension. The seating system also includes an adjustable stand. In operation, the base extension may be attached to the seat by aligning the seat and the base extension and inserting pins which join the base extension and seat. Optionally, the seating system may have a back extension releasably attached to the seat back. The seating system may also have a cushion system to provide comfort and support to the user as well as in providing assistance positioning and posturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Gillette Children's Hospital
    Inventors: David C. Wilkie, Wayne Rydberg, Bruce Tew, Rob Meyer, John Spielman
  • Patent number: 5732907
    Abstract: An ejection seat buckle assembly and an arm restraint system incorporating such a buckle assembly wherein the buckle of the assembly includes latch and strike portions each having a respective cable guide ring integrally formed therewith. Arm restraint cables passing through the guide rings deploy safety nets or pull the sleeves or arms of an occupant inward toward the occupant's torso or lap to prevent arm injury during seat ejection from an aircraft. In one embodiment, the guide rings are formed integrally with the latch and strike portions by forming generally oval shaped openings in lap belt adjusters mounted to respective latch and strike engagement portions by latch hinges. In another embodiment, the cable guide rings are D-shaped rings integral with the latch and strike of the ejection seat buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Capewell Components Company Limited Partnership
    Inventor: John F. Limbach
  • Patent number: 5713630
    Abstract: A child's seating restraint is removably attachable to a stationary article of furniture, such as a couch, sofa, or similar furniture typically found in the household. The restraint in turn provides for the removable securing of an infant, toddler, or small child thereto, to prevent the child from falling from the furniture inadvertently. The seating restraint comprises a belt having a plurality of pins, ties, or other attachment devices permanently secured to the back portion thereof, and used to secure the belt to the furniture. A continuous, unitary seat bottom and seat back portion, preferably formed of a soft, pliable, resilient and washable material such as a closed cell foam plastic or the like, may be added to the belt if desired. A washable fabric cover may be provided for the seat bottom and/or seat back portion of the device, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Prerna J. Kvalvik
  • Patent number: 5690258
    Abstract: A baby carrier includes a carrier body having a front cover portion, a crotch cover portion, and a back cover portion which are integrally formed in continuation of one another. The carrier body is made up of a first cloth material including the front cover portion, a fifth cloth material for the crotch cover portion, and a fourth cloth material for the back cover portion which are respectively severed from one another at a midsection of the crotch cover portion and at border portions of the crotch cover portion and back cover portion. The first and fifth cloth materials have a concave edge configuration at their respective border portions. The fourth and fifth cloth materials have a convex edge configuration at their respective border portions. The concave edge portions of the first and fifth cloth materials are sewn together, and likewise the convex edge portions of the fourth and fifth cloth materials are sewn together, whereby the carrier body is integrally formed as such.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Aprica Kassai Kabushikikaisha
    Inventor: Sachiyo Kataoka
  • Patent number: 5687433
    Abstract: A bath seat usable in a tub for infants and small children includes a seat portion with a curved back support mounted thereto. The base includes at least one deformable tub gripping element for removably affixing the seat to a bath tub. The seat includes first and second spaced apart, elongated members which are attached to regions of the back support and extend therefrom. A removable tray is adapted to slidably engage the elongated members. A releasable latch, carried in part on the tray and in part on at least one of the elongated members, locks the tray to the one elongated member in one of a plurality of linearly displaced positions. The seat includes a strut extending between the base and the tray to lockingly engage and support the tray. The strut prevents a child from slipping under the tray and maintains the child in the seat during the bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: BRK Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Garner, Craig S. Scherer, Michael C. Thuma
  • Patent number: 5653504
    Abstract: A vehicle seat integrated to selectively provide an adult seat in an adult seat mode and a child's seat in a child seat mode, the child's seat including a child's seat belt assembly including a pair of shoulder belts extending from the cushioned child's seat back over the shoulders of a child in a sitting position on the cushioned child's seat. Each of the shoulder belts when the child's seat belt assembly is in a restraint condition including a generally straight portion which extends forwardly from a position rearwardly of a support surface provided by the child's seat back through a space in the cushioned child's seat back accommodating the same to a position adjacent the child's shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Atoma International Inc.
    Inventor: Kermit T. Henson
  • Patent number: 5647639
    Abstract: An orthopedic chair for supporting a person wearing a hip spica cast in an upright position includes a seat having a front side and a rear side. A rear support, connected to the seat along said rear side, extends upwardly therefrom. A front support, spaced from the rear support, is connected to the seat along said front side and extends upwardly therefrom. A seat supporting device supports the seat above a surface. The person is supported in an upright position by said seat, and said front and rear supports with one leg extending between one side of said front support and said rear support and another leg extending between an opposite side of said front support and said rear support. Stabilizing legs can be provided to prevent tipping. Adjustment devices allow adjustment of seat height and width between the front and rear supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: Christopher Wiggins
  • Patent number: 5636900
    Abstract: The adjustable seating system includes a seat and a stand for people with disabilities. The seat has a base with two side panels and a back positioned adjacent the seat base. The seat back has first and second opposing thorasic supports. The seat base also includes a base extension which may be fitted into the seat base. The seating system may also include a foot support which maybe attached to the seat base extension. The seating system also includes an adjustable stand. In operation, the base extension may be attached to the seat by aligning the seat and the base extension and inserting pins which join the base extension and seat. Optionally, the seating system may have a back extension releasably attached to the seat back. The seating system may also have a cushion system to provide comfort and support to the user as well as in providing assistance positioning and posturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Gillette Children's Hospital
    Inventors: David C. Wilkie, Wayne Rydberg, Bruce Tew, Rob Meyer, John Spielman
  • Patent number: 5628548
    Abstract: A safety restraint system for vehicles such as airplanes, which includes a primary support harness having an upper support portion secured to an upper portion of an airline seat, a lower support portion secured to the upper support portion so that the lower support portion extends across the torso of an adult person seated in the airline seat, the system further including loops on the ends of the lower support portion for accepting the airline safety seat belt for securing the belt against the torso of the person on the seat. There is further included a secondary support harness having shoulder straps and a waist board for positioning upon a child seated on the adult's lap with second loops on the ends of the lower support portion for threading the waist belt therethrough sad engaging itself around the child so that the waist belt secures the child in place on the adult's lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventor: Marvin Lacoste