Safety Belt Or Harness; E.g., Lap Belt Or Shoulder Harness Patents (Class 297/468)
  • Patent number: 10525930
    Abstract: A seatback for a seating assembly of a vehicle comprising: a top portion; a headrest extending above the top portion; and a first shoulder belt guide disposed adjacent the top portion, fastened to the seatback, and configured to accept and retain a first shoulder belt of an occupant restraint assembly. The seatback further comprises a boss receiver and the first shoulder belt guide includes a first boss. The first boss is disposed within the boss receiver. A fastener can be disposed through the boss receiver and into the boss of the first shoulder belt guide disposed in the boss receiver to fasten the first shoulder belt guide to the seatback. The first shoulder belt guide is disposed adjacent the top portion to a first side of a midline of the seatback. A second shoulder belt guide can be disposed adjacent the top portion to a second side of the midline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Ryan Welch, Kevin Mozurkewich, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10351021
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat fastening structure that enables a reduced length of a bolt for fastening a movable rail and a cushion frame in a spaced-apart manner. The cushion frame includes a bottom wall extending in a seat-width direction and a seat front-rear direction. The nut includes a body having a cylindrical shape and configured to penetrate the bottom wall, a thread groove, and a flange portion projecting radially from the body. A length of the nut along a central axis thereof is greater than a separation distance between an upper surface of the movable rail and an upper surface of the bottom wall of the cushion frame in a state in which no impact is applied to the cushion frame. The flange portion is provided in an area of the nut at a distance from an insertion opening for the bolt greater than the separation distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Nagatani
  • Patent number: 10336293
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprises a three-point safety belt device to a motor vehicle seat, wherein the safety belt device comprises a belt, a belt magazine, a belt buckle for releasably securing the belt and a deflection member. The deflection member is provided for guiding the belt emerging from the belt magazine and for deflecting the belt and forming a belt portion of the belt, wherein the belt portion is guided over a shoulder and a chest of a secured motor vehicle occupant seated on the motor vehicle seat. The deflection member is designed such that in the state of the motor vehicle occupant secured by the belt, when the belt portion is subjected to an increased tensile loading, the belt portion performs a displacement from a comfort position into an emergency position in the direction of the motor vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carsten Bazant, Gregor Frosch, Joerg Frank Doering, Martin Kizil
  • Patent number: 10052988
    Abstract: In a seat cushion frame which comprises side frames fixed to each of the two ends of a pan frame in the width direction, the rigidity of mounting the side frames to the pan frame is increased. In this seat cushion frame having a configuration in which side frames are fixed to both ends of the pan frame in the width direction, the side frame is fixed to the pan frame with a flange formed by bending the top part inwards in the width direction, and a recess recessed inwards in the width direction is formed in the portion of the flange that is fixed to the pan frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9758126
    Abstract: A vehicle child safety seat includes: a seat main body on which an occupant sits; a seat belt for restraining the occupant to the seat main body, the seat belt including a shoulder harness having a long belt shape and facing a shoulder of the occupant; and a shoulder pad including a hold member formed of a material having a flexibility into an elongated shape and placed between the shoulder of the occupant and the shoulder harness along a longitudinal direction of the shoulder harness, attached to the shoulder harness slidably in the longitudinal direction, and including a plurality of hard members formed of a material harder than the hold member and provided side by side at intervals therebetween in a longitudinal direction of the hold member, the plurality of hard members being attached to a shoulder-harness-side surface of the hold member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TAKATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsu Mitsuo, Osamu Nakagawa, Masayuki Sakumoto
  • Patent number: 9738180
    Abstract: An adjuster track assembly for a vehicle seat includes an upper rail configured to be fastened to the vehicle seat and displaceable in a longitudinal direction, a stationary lower rail, a linear guide provided in the longitudinal direction between the upper rail and the lower rail which includes a bearing element for longitudinal guidance and support of the upper rail. The bearing element includes bearing cages with rollers accommodated within roller pockets having retention areas for guiding said rollers both in the longitudinal direction and the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, and absorption areas for receiving or eliminating wear debris or abrasions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventor: Leo Ioppolo
  • Patent number: 9283926
    Abstract: A buckle presenter for moving a seat belt buckle with a vehicle seat of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle seat has a seat frame connected to a seat adjustment mechanism that moves the vehicle seat. The buckle presenter includes an anchor strap and a buckle strap. The anchor strap is anchored with respect to the vehicle seat such that it is substantially restricted from moving when the vehicle seat is being adjusted vertically. The buckle is attachable to the buckle strap, which is connectable to the vehicle seat such that it moves with the vehicle seat when it is being adjusted vertically. The buckle strap is configured to move along the anchor strap. When a load is applied to the seat belt buckle, the buckle strap and the anchor strap are configured to interlock such that the buckle strap is substantially restricted from moving vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Thomas, George J. Strnad, Steven G. Corrion
  • Patent number: 9045061
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat comprising a seat part for providing a seat surface for a seat occupant, a guide track arrangement for the longitudinally adjustable arrangement of the vehicle seat in a vehicle and a height adjustment device comprising a plurality of rockers which are pivotably coupled to the seat part and the guide track arrangement and which connect the seat part to the guide track arrangement so as to be adjustable in height, and a electromotive drive unit for driving a first rocker of the plurality of rockers. The drive unit has an output pinion which engages in a toothing of a tooth segment and can be set into rotation with respect to the tooth segment for adjusting the seat height of the seat part relative to the guide track arrangement. To this end, the output pinion is arranged on the first rocker and the tooth segment is arranged stationary on the guide track arrangement or on the seat part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Coburg
    Inventors: Sergej Kostin, Johannes Ultsch
  • Publication number: 20150145314
    Abstract: Disclosed is a high strength polyester fiber for a seat belt, and in particular, a polyester fiber for a seat belt, which has intrinsic viscosity of 0.8 to 1.5 dl/g, tensile strength of 8.8 g/d or more, and total fineness of 400 to 1800 denier. A method of preparing the fiber is disclosed. The polyester fiber includes filaments having high strength, low modulus, and high elongation to significantly lower shrinkage, while securing excellent mechanical properties, it is possible to manufacture a seat belt having excellent impact absorption and significantly improved abrasion resistance and heat resistant strength retention, even with a woven density of 260 yarns/inch or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: KOLON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Byoung-Wook An, Gi-Woong Kim, Seong-Young Kim, Young-Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9033369
    Abstract: A fixing buckle assembly for use as part of a motor vehicle seatbelt restraint system of a type having webbing for positioning on an occupant and a lap pretensioner for pretensioning the seatbelt restraint system. The buckle assembly includes a tongue, preferably affixed to a pyrotechnic lap pretensioner (PLP). The buckle assembly includes a buckle plate featuring an aperture for connection to a loop of the webbing. A cover assembly encases the internal components of the buckle assembly and is formed of two cover halves which are preferably injection molded and snap together in a clam-shell construction. Each of the cover halves have sections which circumscribe a tongue passageway such that after they are assembled and the tongue is inserted in the buckle assembly, the cover halves become interlocked together. At the opposite end of the buckle assembly, the cover halves each include a section extending from the aperture which is retained from separation by being enclosed by the webbing loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Jonas Sterner, Peter Lundgren, David Prentkowski
  • Publication number: 20150123449
    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: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Shawn Crews
  • Patent number: 9022483
    Abstract: Self adjusting and/or locking buckle tongue assemblies for use with occupant restraint systems in vehicles are described herein. In one embodiment, a buckle tongue assembly includes a plate having a tongue portion configured to cooperatively engage a corresponding buckle assembly. The buckle tongue assembly of this embodiment can further include first and second web gripping portions carried by the plate. The second web gripping portion is configured to move relative to the first web gripping portion between a first position in which the web gripping portions are spaced apart to permit movement of a web therebetween, and a second position in which the web gripping portions are engaged or interlocked to clamp the web therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Shield Restraint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David D. Merrick
  • Publication number: 20150115588
    Abstract: A buckle assembly for a vehicle includes a buckle member, an anchor bracket, and a webbing strap. The buckle member includes a connector that defines a buckle opening. The anchor bracket is operatively disposed in adjacent relationship to the buckle member and is configured for attachment to the vehicle. The anchor bracket defines a anchor opening. The webbing strap extends between a first strap portion and a second strap portion to form a loop portion therebetween. The webbing strap presents a first side and a second side, opposing the first side. The loop portion of the webbing strap extends through the buckle opening of the connector and the anchor opening of the anchor bracket. The first side of the first strap portion and the first side of the second strap portion are disposed in facing relationship to one another and a joint is formed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin J. Storck
  • Publication number: 20150115677
    Abstract: A child seat for a vehicle, particularly a motor vehicle, comprises a base element, if required a back element and/or side elements, as well as an impact shield that can interact with a belt system so as to retain a child. At least two belt section receiver-devices are provided on the impact shield which allow at least two belt sections to be arranged one next to the other, said two belt sections having an offset to one another in at least some sections and transverse to their longitudinal extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Pos
  • Patent number: 9016797
    Abstract: A seat device for use in a vehicle that can move through an opening of a vehicle between a loading and unloading position positioned outside the vehicle, where a passenger can load and unload as well as be seated, and a seating position positioned in the cabin of the vehicle, where the passenger can maintain a seated disposition. A securing member of the seat device can secure a wheelchair in a folded state to a side surface or a back surface of the seat. The wheelchair together with the seat can move from the loading and unloading position to inside the cabin of the vehicle, with the passenger in a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fujio Iida, Masami Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9010868
    Abstract: A seat belt spacing device holds a seat belt in spaced relationship to a person to prevent the belt from wrinkling clothes worn by the person. The device includes a medial member and a first bracket coupled to and extending from a first face of the medial member. The first bracket defines a first slot positioned in spaced relationship to the first face configured for receiving a shoulder portion of a seat belt therein. A second bracket is coupled to and extends from a second face of the medial member. The second bracket defines a second slot positioned in spaced relationship to the second face. The second slot is configured for receiving a lap portion of the seat belt therein. Thus, the shoulder portion of the seat belt is retained in spaced relationship to the lap portion of the seat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kyndal A. Hashman
  • Patent number: 9004593
    Abstract: A child carrier having a carrier pass through which defines a restraint path between opposed carrier sides and having a carrier restraint tensioner coupled at a fixed location on the child carrier which operates to adjust length of a carrier restraint disposed in the restraint path to secure the child carrier in relation to a vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Seatcure, LLC
    Inventors: Karin J. Banghart, Tye L. Banghart
  • 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: 8944468
    Abstract: A tongue or tongue cover to envelop a plastic part of a seat belt tongue of a seat belt. The tongue or tongue cover includes a webbing engagement projection useful to resist unwanted slackening of the lap belt portion of the seat belt while in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Graham Edward Cox, Ronald Sidney Cox
  • Patent number: 8925669
    Abstract: A motorcycle safety belt device secures a rider onto a motorcycle. The device includes a motorcycle having a main seat. A first strap has a first end and a second end. The first end of the first strap is coupled to the motorcycle proximate the main seat. The second end of the first strap is coupled to the motorcycle proximate the main seat such that the first strap is selectively positionable to extend over the main seat of the motorcycle. A buckle selectively couples a first section of the first strap to a second section of the first strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Marline Augustin Saint-Hilaire
  • Patent number: 8919882
    Abstract: A soldier platform system and method includes a soldier platform system in a vehicle. In an embodiment, the soldier platform system includes a seat assembly. The seat assembly includes a seat and straps. The soldier platform system also includes a restraint harness belt. The restraint harness belt is secured to the seat assembly. In addition, the soldier platform system includes mounting assemblies. The straps attach the seat to the mounting assemblies. The soldier platform system further includes a ratchet platform that has a platform upper assembly and a platform lower assembly. The soldier platform system also has a strap retractor and a retractor strap. The retractor strap is extractable from the strap retractor, and the retractor strap is retractable by the strap retractor. Additionally, the strap retractor retracts the retractor strap upon achieving a strap threshold. Moreover, the strap retractor is secured to the platform lower assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle L. Greenwood, Bobby D. Melvin, Rattaya C. Yalamanchili, James Buckner, James Hagan
  • Publication number: 20140375093
    Abstract: A harness apparatus including a first adjustable harness strap, a second adjustable harness strap, and a retainer apparatus. The retainer apparatus includes a first retainer portion slidably attached to the first harness strap, a second retainer portion slidably attached to the second harness strap, and a braking mechanism configured to prevent the first retainer portion and the second retainer portion from moving along the first harness strap and the second harness strap. The first retainer portion is removably attached to the second retainer portion. The braking mechanism includes a braking device configured to apply resistance to the first harness strap and/or the second harness strap and to hold the retainer apparatus in a stationary position along the first harness strap and the second harness strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Mark J. Friedman
  • Patent number: 8876161
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle for receiving a tongue connected to a seat belt webbing. The buckle includes a first ejector spring in a position out of an area ? of the path of movement of an engagement portion of the tongue and an imaginary extended area ? extended from the area ? in the direction of movement of the engagement portion, and on the outer side of a base. A second ejector spring is provided in a position out of at least one of the area ? and the imaginary extended area ?, and on the outer side of the base 8. A bracket for fixing the buckle to the vehicle body can be provided closer to a tongue insertion hole, thereby reducing the length of the buckle in the tongue insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Kawai
  • Patent number: 8851522
    Abstract: A seatbelt anchor assembly includes a ferrule, a cable, and seatbelt buckle. The ferrule can be mounted at one end to a seat base or other mounted structure of the vehicle, and can further include an anti-rotation pin that is received in a locating hole of the seat base to limit rotation of the ferrule during mounting and during normal occupant use. The pin can be made from aluminum or other material that can shear off in response to a dynamic vehicle load, allowing the ferrule to pivot about its mounting location to align the loads. The ferrule can be in the form of a blank including a body portion and a head portion having a pair of ears, and can include a recess between the ear portions and the body portion to limit tension in the ferrule when the ferrule is crimped to mount a cable thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: David Srugis, Thomas Garvey, Nick Paglia, David Dziuda, Scott Bellman
  • Patent number: 8840145
    Abstract: A tongue member comprising a structural member including a latch plate configured to detachably engage the buckle mechanism and a side wall including an opening; a lock bar configured to move along the opening between a first position and a second position relative to the structural member; and a lock member configured to secure the lock bar in the second position; wherein when the lock bar is in the first position, the tongue member is allowed to move freely along the seat belt, and wherein when the lock bar is in the second position, a clamping surface of the lock bar secures a section of the seat belt to a clamping surface of the structural member to fix the relative position of the tongue member along the seat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon Michael Bougher, Darren Wade Goudeau
  • Publication number: 20140265503
    Abstract: A buckle presenter for moving a seat belt buckle with a vehicle seat of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle seat has a seat frame connected to a seat adjustment mechanism that moves the vehicle seat. The buckle presenter includes an anchor strap and a buckle strap. The anchor strap is anchored with respect to the vehicle seat such that it is substantially restricted from moving when the vehicle seat is being adjusted vertically. The buckle is attachable to the buckle strap, which is connectable to the vehicle seat such that it moves with the vehicle seat when it is being adjusted vertically. The buckle strap is configured to move along the anchor strap. When a load is applied to the seat belt buckle, the buckle strap and the anchor strap are configured to interlock such that the buckle strap is substantially restricted from moving vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Thomas, George J. Strnad, Steven G. Corrion
  • Publication number: 20140252840
    Abstract: A belt presenter for a seat belt system of a vehicle includes an arm (22) which is pivotal in a state mounted on the vehicle, wherein the arm (22) can adopt a feeding position (A) and a parking position (P). The arm (22) includes a finger (44) for seizing the strap (20) when the arm moves into the feeding position (A), and the finger (44) is pivoted at the arm (22) so that it can adopt a folded position in which it is located substantially in parallel to the arm (22) and an unfolded position in which the finger (44) is orientated substantially perpendicularly to a pivoting plane of the arm (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Martin Seyffert, Karl Birk
  • Publication number: 20140252822
    Abstract: A main object of the invention is a textile strip forming at least partially a safety belt intended to be fastened to a fixed structure of a seat or of a passenger compartment, characterised in that a notch is formed on the textile strip (10) in order to allow for the folding of the textile strip onto itself in such a way as to surround the fixed structure of the seat or of the passenger compartment by insertion of an end of the textile strip into the notch made in the textile strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Vincent Tejedor
  • Patent number: 8827312
    Abstract: A pretensioner includes a member having a through-hole, a tubular cover, and an actuator configured to pull the member to pull a belt folded back through the through-hole, wherein the tubular cover has a mounting portion that is fixedly positioned on the member upon being put on the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Yoji Suyama, Hirokazu Naganuma
  • Patent number: 8820790
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a sitting part structure and a seatback structure which is arranged so as to pivot at its lower end on the sitting part structure and is covered by a seatback cover and to which, in its upper region on the vehicle sill side, is secured a belt deflector. The belt deflector has a belt runner opening for a seatbelt, which faces in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The seatbelt is guided out of an automatic belt roller mechanism, which accommodates one end of the seatbelt, through the belt runner opening in the belt deflector. The belt deflector is covered by the seatback cover which has a belt-passage through-opening which coincides with the belt runner opening and is covered on the front face of the seatback by a belt cover which has a belt-guide slot and is connected to the seatback cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Wenz, Sasa Galijasevic, Thomas Jung
  • Patent number: 8813320
    Abstract: A buckle suitable for use with a child restrain harness comprises a first strap fastener having at least one resilient latching arm, a second strap fastener having a base provided with an opening, and a socket movably assembled through the opening, the socket being operable to rotate relative to the base, and the latching arm being operable to engage with the socket to securely hold the first strap fastener with the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurseygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Guang-Hui Zhao
  • Publication number: 20140232165
    Abstract: A seat-belt strap for a seat-belt system in a motor vehicle has a woven fabric consisting of warp threads and weft threads. The seat-belt strap is woven alternately with a 1/2 twill weave and a 2/1 twill weave across at least part of its width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Roland Brielmann, Jürgen Renner
  • Patent number: 8807598
    Abstract: A guide loop for a vehicle seat belt system includes a first portion configured for attachment to a body of a vehicle, a second portion extending from the first portion at an angle and configured for attachment to the body, and a third portion extending from the second portion and substantially parallel to the first portion. The third portion is spaced apart from the first portion so as to define a channel that is configured for receiving a seat belt webbing. The guide loop is fixedly attachable to and not rotatable with respect to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: George J. Strnad, Steven J. Richter
  • Patent number: 8807657
    Abstract: A method and an attachment clamp for attaching a seat belt to a seat frame of a bus seat are provided. The attachment clamp includes at least one upper arm having at least one slot disposed through the at least one upper arm. The attachment clamp includes at least one lower arm that is received within the at least one slot of the at least one upper arm. A receiving channel is defined by the at least one upper arm and the at least one lower arm. The receiving channel is configured to receive the seat frame. The upper arm and the lower arm are pivotable with respect to each other and are fastenable to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Erik C Wilson, David M Gerst, Samuel D Wagoner, Patrick E Temple, SanJeev Vij, Eric DeView, John Swenson
  • Patent number: 8801038
    Abstract: A tongue for a seat belt device is provided with a tongue main body that is insertable within a buckle, and a train-around portion through which an intermediate portion of a webbing is inserted. The train-around portion includes a first shaft is fixedly mounted between a pair of opposing walls, and a second shaft that is movably mounted between the walls. The webbing is slidably bent 180° around the first fixed shaft. When tension of the webbing exceeds a predetermined magnitude or greater, the movable second shaft engages the webbing and increases a bending angle of the webbing around the first shaft to an angle greater than 180° thereby increasing frictional resistance between the webbing and the train-around portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventor: Seiji Hori
  • Patent number: 8794399
    Abstract: A dynamic energy management restraint anchor device interfaces with a child seat in a vehicle, engaging common child seat attachment clip features. A device restraint anchor is operable to dynamically extract and permit distortion of load bearing deformable member(s) in order to manage the displacement of, and load transferred through, an anchor connected to a child seat. The device may be further operable to limit or prevent restraint anchor displacement and the distortion of said deformable member(s) under quasi-static load conditions in order to meet motor vehicle static load/displacement anchorage performance requirements applicable to certain anchors. Anchor retraction capability and various interlocking configurations for securing the position of an anchor, before or after having extracted, may be incorporated relative to the energy management device interfacing with both a vehicle and a child seat. An indicator may further be provided to identify the functional state of the restraint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Edward Ruthinowski, Ian Brewster Hall, Parakrama Valentine Weerappuli, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 8777268
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reversible belt tensioner (10) comprising a drive motor (12), a spindle (14) connected to the drive motor (12), a spindle nut (16) adapted to be displaced in axial direction (18) on the spindle (14), a catch (20) the one end of which is connected to the spindle nut (16) and a belt buckle (22) connected to the other end of the catch (20), wherein at least one of the following features prevents the spindle nut (16) from jamming during travel against block: a cylindrical guiding portion (50) inside the spindle nut (16) interacting with the outer geometry of the spindle (14); a freewheel mechanism (48) between the drive motor (12) and the spindle (14); a compression spring (70) between the belt buckle (22) and a stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Holbein, Artur Klein, Nathalie Kramer, Martin Prokscha, Stefano Roehm
  • Patent number: 8757721
    Abstract: A soldier platform system and method includes a soldier platform system in a vehicle. In an embodiment, the soldier platform system includes a seat assembly. The seat assembly includes a seat and straps. The soldier platform system also includes a restraint harness belt. The restraint harness belt is secured to the seat assembly. In addition, the soldier platform system includes mounting assemblies. The straps attach the seat to the mounting assemblies. The soldier platform system further includes a ratchet platform that has a platform upper assembly and a platform lower assembly. The soldier platform system also has a strap retractor and a retractor strap. The retractor strap is extractable from the strap retractor, and the retractor strap is retractable by the strap retractor. Additionally, the strap retractor retracts the retractor strap upon achieving a strap threshold. Moreover, the strap retractor is secured to the platform lower assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle L. Greenwood
  • Publication number: 20140159356
    Abstract: A restraint system (120, 120a) for protecting at least one aircraft occupant, the aircraft including a cabin having at least one seat (54, 56, 58) facing a longitudinal center line of the aircraft, the restraint system including a first airbag (162) inflatable from a stored position to an inflated position, the airbag when inflated being adjacent the seated occupant and located on a side of the occupant facing the front of the aircraft, the airbag reducing occupant movement toward the front of the aircraft and cushioning the occupant from any impact, the system also includes a mechanism (222, 240) to lessen movement of the lower legs of the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: KEY SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Kastelic, John P. Wallner, David Gunther, SR.
  • Patent number: 8740250
    Abstract: A seat-belt adjusting apparatus mounted on the seat below the head rest of a vehicle's seat which catches a seat-belt buckle such that it sits closer to the passenger's shoulder when disengaged. The adjuster has two parallel rods connected by a seat-belt buckle guard for catching a seat-belt buckle and two adjustable plates each having two parallel, hollow, cylindrical-shaped sides through which the parallel rods can be inserted such that the plates can freely slide between the ends of the rods and the seat-belt buckle guard. Each plate includes an aperture through which a pin from a head rest can be inserted such that the seat belt adjuster can rest on a vehicle seat and receive a seat belt having a seat belt buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Paresh Patel
  • Patent number: 8740305
    Abstract: A soldier platform system and method includes a soldier platform system in a vehicle. In an embodiment, the soldier platform system includes a soldier platform system in a vehicle. The soldier platform system includes a seat assembly comprising a seat and straps. The straps are attachable to the vehicle. In addition, the soldier platform system includes a restraint harness belt. The restraint harness belt is attached to the seat assembly. The soldier platform system also includes a ratchet platform. The ratchet platform includes a platform upper assembly and a platform lower assembly. The platform lower assembly comprises a platform upper assembly actuator. The platform upper assembly actuator comprises a pedal sub assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle L. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 8733794
    Abstract: A seat belt system includes a storage case including a main body having a box shape and a storage portion, the main body having an opening formed thereon through which first and second tongues are inserted, the first tongue being attached to an end of a belt and to be connected to a first buckle on a seat side, the second tongue being movably attached to the belt and to be connected to a second buckle on the seat side, and a storage portion formed in a shape tapered in an insertion direction of the first and second tongues, protruding from the main body and including first and second inclined surfaces that are formed on both sides of a surface opposite a surface having the opening formed thereon and are inclined to guide insertion of the first and second tongues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Toru Suzuki, Yuki Ando, Takaya Tsukigase
  • Publication number: 20140110987
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, a seat back connected to the seat cushion and including a storage portion, a belt member configured to restrain an occupant while the belt member is routed from a side of the seat back to a side of the seat cushion, and a rerouter member configured to be taken out from the storage portion of the seat back and connected to the belt member to change a routing position of the belt member at a middle portion thereof. In a state where a portion of the rerouter member is stored in the storage portion, another portion of the rerouter member is exposed from the storage portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masashi NAKANISHI, Hiroyuki HAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20140097663
    Abstract: The invention relates to a belt height adjustment device for fixed connection to a bearing structure (1) of a vehicle seat, having a lever (2) and a belt deflection fitting (3) which is rotatably movable relative thereto. The lever (2) is pivotably connected to the bearing structure (1) to provide an axis of rotation. The lever (2) further includes a fixing device which can be fixed with respect to its pivotal movement relative to the bearing structure (1). The fixing device is configured to prevent the pivoting of the lever (2) relative to the bearing structure (1), and in particular, in the downward direction, and is configured to engage automatically in prespecified lever angle positions on an upward movement of the lever (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: ISRINGHAUSEN GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Reiner KROENCKE, Austin JENNINGS
  • Patent number: 8690258
    Abstract: A guide structure of a vehicle seatbelt includes a belt guide. The belt guide is provided at one of a left corner and a right corner defined by a left side frame, a right side frame, and an upper frame. The one corner faces a belt pulled out from a seatbelt device. The left side frame and the right side frame extend vertically. The upper frame connects an upper end of the left side frame to an upper end of the right side frame. The belt guide protrudes upwardly with respect to the upper frame and forwardly with respect to the left side frame and the right side frame so that when the belt is placed on an occupant who sits on the seat, a portion of the belt that is placed on a shoulder of the occupant is guided by the belt guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomotake Kato, Yuichi Mashiko
  • Patent number: 8684469
    Abstract: A vehicle seat belt apparatus includes: a webbing; a lap anchor to which one end portion of the webbing is fixed and that is pivotable in a vehicle longitudinal direction; and a position retaining member that allows the webbing to be slidably inserted therethrough, and that is rigid in the vehicle longitudinal direction and is flexible and elastic in a vehicle transverse direction. In a seat belt retracted state, the position retaining member extends obliquely forward and upward from a lower end portion, and an upper end portion is located ahead of a side support of a seat back and above a seat shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Fukuzawa, Seiji Naito
  • 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: 8678126
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a first vehicle seat, a first seat belt, assigned to the first vehicle seat and having an assigned first receptacle, at least one second vehicle seat, a second seat belt, assigned to the second vehicle seat and having an assigned second receptacle, a first receptacle sensor for determining whether the first seat belt is engaged in the first receptacle, a second receptacle sensor for determining whether the second seat belt is engaged in the second receptacle, and a man-machine interface for outputting a start command. In addition, the motor vehicle includes a control unit for generating the start command and for determining the time from the outputting of the start command to the engaging of the first seat belt in the first receptacle and the time from the outputting of the start command to the engaging of the second seat belt in the second receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Matthew Jolda
  • Patent number: 8672356
    Abstract: An engagement fixture of a shoulder belt is connected to and supported by an engagement buckle disposed in a vehicle interior. When a platform is positioned in a getting in/out position in a vehicle exterior, the engagement fixture of the shoulder belt can be temporarily connected to a temporary fastening fixture provided to the platform. To the contrary, when the platform is positioned in a loading position in a vehicle interior, a connection condition of the engagement fixture of the shoulder belt can be changed from a temporary connection of the fastening fixture to a securely supportable connection of an engagement buckle in the vehicle interior. Thus, it is possible to simplify a belt attaching operation after a wheelchair is loaded in a vehicle while a columnar support member used in the conventional platform is abolished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Inaguma, Kenji Horiguchi, Akira Ishii, Fumiaki Katou, Masaaki Yamane