Shoulder Belt Or Harness Patents (Class 297/483)
  • Patent number: 9713968
    Abstract: A five-point harness system is disclosed including a right side strap, a left side strap, a right buckle connected to the right side strap, a left buckle connected to the left side strap, a center strap with a center buckle configured to receive and retain the right buckle and the left buckle. The five-point harness may also include a right side elastic strip having a right front portion coupled to the right side strap, a left side elastic strip having a left front portion coupled to the left side strap, and a center elastic strip having a center front portion coupled to the center strap. The right and the left side elastic strips may be tensioned to pull the harness straps away from each other. The center elastic strip may be tensioned to pull the center strap away from the other straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: DREAMBIZ LLC
    Inventors: Chad Richardson, Craig Richardson
  • Patent number: 9643567
    Abstract: A backrest for a back seat of a motor vehicle is pivotable between a usage and folded position. A lateral part is arranged next to the backrest in usage position and forms a gap therebetween. A safety belt adjacent to the gap rests on a contact surface of the lateral part. A guide element is arranged in the gap and mounted in the lateral part for moving from an operative position partially projecting out of the gap and too a non-operative position completely retracted in the gap and vice versa. The guide element projects over the contact surface in the operative position. The guide element is moved from the operative position into the non-operative position against a spring force when the backrest pivots into the usage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Martin Stein
  • Patent number: 9376088
    Abstract: Apparatus for adapting an adult three-point seatbelt for securing a child, the seatbelt comprising a belt extending from above the shoulder to an anchor point connected to chassis of vehicle, and a clasp attached to the chassis on opposite side of an occupant of the seat, such that the belt may be drawn downwards and across the occupant to engage the clasp, thereby restraining the occupant with both sash and lap sections of the seatbelt, the apparatus comprising: a mat with side catches for engaging the lap section of the seatbelt and holding it down over the legs of the child, and a strap fixed to the mat and having a clip at a distal end thereof, for extending behind the child, and the clip for clippably engaging the belt extending from the drum, to bring the sash section of the belt down, over the shoulder of the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: CARFOLDIO LTD.
    Inventor: Jon Sumroy
  • Patent number: 9260076
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint method, system, and apparatus. The system includes a seat belt associated with a seat of a vehicle and a shoulder belt portion of the seat belt comprising a shoulder stabilizing zone and a thorax belt portion, wherein the shoulder stabilizing zone includes a larger width dimension than the thorax belt portion. The system also includes a pretensioning device associated with the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt. The pretensioning device is configured to cinch and lock the shoulder stabilizing zone around a shoulder region of the occupant, thereby preventing forward rotation of the shoulder region, in response to a side impact collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Craig A Markusic
  • Patent number: 9241544
    Abstract: A belt buckle assembly, especially for a seat belt system in a motor vehicle, includes a belt buckle (10) and a plug-in tongue (12) lockable in the belt buckle (10) by means of a locking mechanism. A component of the locking mechanism of the belt buckle (10) interacting with the plug-in tongue (12) inside the belt buckle (10) and/or the plug-in tongue (12) has/have design features at a locking portion (16) interacting with the locking mechanism of the belt buckle (10) inside the belt buckle (10). The design features enable the plug-in tongue (12) to be locked in the belt buckle (10) only at one of at least two possible orientations of the plug-in tongue (12) in the belt buckle (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Haas, Achim Ebert
  • Patent number: 9039094
    Abstract: A seat back frame includes: a first side member and a second side member each formed into an elongated shape along an up-and-down direction of a seat back so as to support each side portion of the seat back; and a belt guide portion on which tension of a seat belt is applied when the seat belt is pulled, the belt guide portion being formed in an upper portion of the first side member and guiding the seat belt having the one end retained by a seat belt retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Naoki Goto
  • Patent number: 9015949
    Abstract: A method for preventing twisting of a strap of a car seat, the method comprising receiving the strap through a body portion of a device, wherein the body portion includes opposite open ends, and wherein the strap extends through the body portion and protrudes from each of the ends, and positioning the device below at least one of a chest clip and a bottom clip coupled to the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jeannine Bernardo
  • Patent number: 9010865
    Abstract: A restraint system for a removable vehicle seat is attached to the vehicle seat. A restraint tower associated with the restraint system transfers energy generated during vehicle impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Valasin, Radesh Vangipuram, Richard Squires, Philip Skinner, Joseph Talamonti
  • 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: 8998286
    Abstract: A soldier restraint system and method secure a soldier in a vehicle. In one embodiment, the soldier restraint system includes a seat assembly comprising a seat and straps. The soldier restraint system also includes a restraint harness belt. The restraint harness belt is secured to the seat assembly. In addition, the soldier restraint system includes mounting assemblies. The straps attach the seat to the mounting assemblies. The mounting assemblies are securable to the vehicle. Attachment of at least one of the straps to the seat is releasable by a release assembly. The soldier restraint system also includes a strap retractor and a retractor strap. The retractor strap is extractable from the strap retractor. The retractor strap is retractable by the strap retractor. The strap retractor retracts the retractor strap upon achieving a strap threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle L. Greenwood, Bobby D. Melvin, Rattaya C. Yalamanchili, James Buckner, James Hagan
  • Patent number: 8991866
    Abstract: A vehicle pillar trim assembly includes a trim panel, a first cover plate and a second cover plate. The trim panel has a first side surface, a second side surface and an aperture extending from the first side surface to the second side surface. The first cover plate is slidably arranged in an adjustment direction with respect to the trim panel in an overlapping manner with the first side surface and at least partially covering the aperture. The first cover plate has a first opening that is smaller than the aperture and at least partially aligned with the aperture. The second cover plate is slidably with respect to the trim panel in an overlapping manner with the first cover plate and at least partially covering the first opening. The second cover plate has a second opening smaller than the first opening and aligned with the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Neal Osterhout
  • Patent number: 8960717
    Abstract: A seatbelt strap for a seatbelt of a motor vehicle includes several seatbelt strap layers and at least one belt interior that can be charged with gas and is arranged between at least two seatbelt strap layers. The seatbelt strap layers are connected to one another in the region of the chargeable seatbelt interior at edge regions by tear strips having different seam thicknesses in different sections. The seatbelt strap layers are fastened to one another outside a region of the chargeable seatbelt interior in such a way that these remain connected to one another at least during the charging of the seatbelt interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Christian Burczyk, Uwe Merz
  • Patent number: 8919888
    Abstract: There is provided a seat belt guiding construction capable of regulating the longitudinal and transverse movement of a seat belt. In a seat belt guiding construction including a retractor 12 for a seat belt, which is installed in a seat back 2; a belt guide portion 13 for a seat belt 5, which is disposed in an upper end portion of the seat back 2; and a seat belt cover 11 which is mounted at a belt takeout port 6 for taking the seat belt 5 out of the seat back 2, the belt guide portion 13 is made up of a front guide portion 8b for guiding the front surface of the seat belt 5, side guide portions 9c for guiding the side of the seat belt 5, and a rear guide portion 9b for guiding the rear surface of the seat belt 5; a slit 9a through which the seat belt 5 passes into the guide is formed in the side guide portion 9c or the rear guide portion 9b; and the attachment portion for the seat belt cover 11 is formed in the belt guide portion 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichiro Maruo
  • Patent number: 8911023
    Abstract: A soldier restraint system and method secure a soldier in a vehicle. In one embodiment, the soldier restraint system is secured in a military vehicle. The soldier restraint system includes a seat assembly comprising a seat and straps. The soldier restraint system also includes a restraint harness belt. The restraint harness belt is secured to the seat assembly. In addition, the soldier restraint system includes mounting assemblies. The straps attach the seat to the mounting assemblies. The mounting assemblies are securable in the vehicle. Attachment of at least one of the straps to the seat is releasable by a release assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle L. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 8845032
    Abstract: A restraining device eases the loading, unloading and securing of an infant/child to a car seat by holding the shoulder straps of the harness assembly away from the seating area of the car seat. A common, central body is secured to the carrying handle of the infant car seat by at least one of the at least one radial extension. Another of the at least one radial extension is used to secure the harness shoulder strap temporarily to the carrying handle while the infant/child is placed in the seating area of the car seat. The harness shoulder strap is subsequently released from the carrying handle and returned to its original position within the seating area for properly securing the infant/child to the car seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Ashley Renee Bruce, Dylan Stewart Bruce, Patricia Laine Hoehne
  • 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: 8814210
    Abstract: A belt presenter for a seat belt system comprising a belt strap and deflection fittings (16) includes an arm (102) having a belt strap guide (104) and a mounting portion (106) by which the arm (102) is adapted to be mounted to a vehicle lining (10). The arm (102) is manually movable about an axis of rotation (108) into a plurality of locking positions. The axis of rotation (109) about which the arm (102) can be rotated is arranged, in the vehicle-mounted state, to be offset from a mounting point (18) of deflection fittings (16) of the seat belt system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Mario Zauder, Peter Goehringer, Markus Kees, Juergen Petzi
  • 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: 8807658
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (10) is provided having a vertically adjustable seat belt in order to secure a user of the vehicle seat (10). The vehicle seat (10) comprises a portion (20) for receiving a first end (33) of the seat belt (30). In this case the vehicle seat portion (20) comprises a cover (21) which covers the vehicle seat portion (20) towards the vehicle seat (10) and behind which are provided a first slot opening (22) for passing the seat belt (30) out of the interior of the vehicle seat portion (20) towards the exterior of the vehicle seat portion (20) and a second slot opening (23) for guiding a seat-belt vertical adjustment element (24) on the vehicle seat portion (20) between an upper end position (OE) of the seat belt (30) and a lower end position (UE) of the seat belt (30). The cover (21) descends obliquely downwards to an outer edge (K) of the vehicle seat (10), at which edge (K) the vehicle seat portion (20) is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Richard Ott, Markus Haner, Andreas Poehlmann
  • Patent number: 8777323
    Abstract: Various embodiments of restraint harnesses for use in land, air, and sea vehicles are described herein. In one embodiment, for example, a restraint harness can include a first shoulder web, a second shoulder web, and a torso web. A first end portion of the torso web can include a buckle that is configured to engage a connector at a second, opposite end portion of the torso web. The restraint harness can further include first and second portions of a stiffening material attached to first and second portions of the first and second shoulder webs, respectively. The stiffening material can form the first and second shoulder webs into preformed openings with inverted U-like shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Merrill, Michael J. Walton, Zulma Y. Estrada
  • 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: 20140125110
    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: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Kennedy Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Raina Kennedy
  • 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: 8678512
    Abstract: A high chair has a chair device and a fastener device. The fastener device is connected with the chair device and has a main body, a button and a button elastic member. The main body has a buckle recess formed in the main body and having an open side. The button is capable of retracting or protruding relative to a bottom of the buckle recess. The button elastic member is mounted in the main body and presses against the button. To push and pull the button allows a belt buckle to be easily taken out from and inserted into the buckle recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Kun Wang
  • Patent number: 8672357
    Abstract: An improved seatbelt clip is defined by a retractable tether anchored at the buckle intersection of a seatbelt. The retractable tether is connected at its end to a clipping device that accommodates a folded section of seatbelt. A user folds the shoulder strap of a seatbelt in half longitudinally and inserts the folded strap into the clip which holds it in a position to fit between the breasts of a user. In the event of an accident, the tether causes the clip to dislodge and pulls the clip down and away from the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Suzanne Benoit
  • Publication number: 20140042793
    Abstract: A restraint seat for use in vehicles with restraint systems having inflation devices is disclosed; the seat has a seat body housing, a seat body attachment means for securing the seat to a vehicle seat assembly, the seat body means securable to the seat body and a child restraint harness affixed to the seat body housing for restraining a child. The child restraint harness includes one or more inflatable belts. The harness is connectable to the vehicle restraint system which includes an inflation device, wherein the actuation of the vehicle inflation device inflates the one or more inflatable belts of the child seat. The harness further has a tongue for connecting the harness of the child seat to the buckle of the vehicle restraint system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: KEY SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Francis M. Fiore
  • Patent number: 8646845
    Abstract: A seatbelt guide is attached to a seat of a motor vehicle in the shoulder area of the seat to guide a shoulder belt. The guide includes an inner element fixed relative to the seat, and an outer element spaced from the inner element by a distance to receive and guide the seatbelt. The outer element is movable relative to the inner element in a longitudinal direction to allow the seatbelt to be removed from the guide. This may be desirable if, for example, the seat has a fold-down back rest. The outer element pivots about a pivot axis extending approximately in a transverse direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Johannes A Varcus
  • Patent number: 8636304
    Abstract: Provided are a webbing-threading member and a seatbelt device that can prevent deviation of webbing (a so-called jamming phenomenon) by preventing rotation of the webbing-threading member. A webbing-threading member 1 of the present invention includes a body 2 rotatably mounted on the side of a vehicle, a threading hole 3 formed in the body 2 for guiding the webbing W, and a guide piece 4 placed on a surface of the threading hole 3 and forming a sliding surface 41 over which the webbing W slides. The guide piece 4 has, on the sliding surface 41, engaging grooves 42 that cause a pressing force to act in such a direction as to rotate the body 2 toward a vehicle front side at the time of withdrawing the webbing W, and that cause a pressing force to act in such a direction as to rotate the body 2 toward a vehicle rear side at the time of retracting the webbing W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Yuuki Tabata, Hideaki Nakagawa, Ryoichi Imai
  • Publication number: 20140021771
    Abstract: An inflatable shoulder harness assembly for an aircraft seat including a shoulder belt, a retractor, an airbag contained within an outer cover, and a belt guide slideably receiving the inflatable airbag and outer cover therein when the shoulder belt is retracted, the belt guide defining an elongate channel for facilitating free movement of the outer cover during belt fastening and retraction. The assembly further includes an exit bezel for finishing the look of the seat and a stiffening element for preventing kinking, bunching and twisting of the outer cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Pete C. Meister, Michael Oleson
  • Patent number: 8608247
    Abstract: Seat belt shoulder strap comfort and safety devices provide increased comfort and safety for the user. Embodiments of adjustable clips allow positioning of the clip on the seat belt shoulder strap away from the neck and onto the torso minimizing neck or head injury in an accident or near accident also allowing for focus to be maintained on the road or matters that require attention. Embodiments of two channeled clips provide one channel for the shoulder strap and another channel for the waist strap and are designed to guide the should strap in a comfortable direction while reducing the force on the adjustable clip and the passenger. Embodiments of adjustable clips with locking mechanism are combined with a two channeled clip for optimum safety, comfort, and durability. Some embodiments allow for easy installation and removal or adjustment, which allows the seat belt to be fully retracted and not left dangling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Kendyl A. Román, Cara Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20130328378
    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: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: AmSafe Commercial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: David D. Merrick
  • Patent number: 8590934
    Abstract: A three-point automatic belt has an offering arm, which is rotatably mounted by means of a drive, for a seat in a vehicle. A rotatably mounted offering arm is designed as a belt strap part, which is stiffened in one plane, of a belt strap, and can be deflected by means of an electromotive drive. The deflectable, stiffened belt strap part can be deflected into a forward end position, in which the belt strap is offered to a vehicle occupant, into an intermediate or boarding position and into a rearward end position in which access to a storage compartment and/or a rear space and/or a rear seat is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Frank Fruehauf, Rolf Pemsel, Thomas Siegel
  • Publication number: 20130264859
    Abstract: A dilatant characteristic portion, that is structured to include a dilatant characteristic resin material, is provided at a portion of a webbing from a lap webbing portion to a portion that is further toward a shoulder webbing side than a through-hole of a tongue in a webbing applied state. When the webbing is pushed against an inner peripheral portion of the through-hole due to a body of a passenger pulling the webbing when a vehicle suddenly decelerates, the dilatant characteristic resin material hardens due to this load. Due thereto, flexure of the webbing when the webbing attempts to pass-through the through-hole and move is restricted, and therefore, the shoulder webbing passing-through the through-hole and moving toward a waist portion side of the passenger can be prevented or suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Fukuzawa
  • Patent number: 8550566
    Abstract: A seat belt includes: a lap strap stretchable around the waist of an operator, in other words, laterally stretchable across a seat surface; an AL retractor that is configured to wind the lap strap; a shoulder strap stretchable from the shoulder to the waist of the operator, in other words, stretchable from an upper portion on one side of the backrest to a lower portion on the other side thereof; and an EL retractor that is configured to wind the shoulder strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Wada
  • Patent number: 8523229
    Abstract: A height adjuster assembly for motor vehicle belt restraint systems adapted to be mounted to a motor vehicle “B” pillar for affixing a D-ring belt anchorage. The height adjuster assembly can be moved to a plurality of vertical positions for optimally locating a seat belt and D-ring. The adjuster assembly includes a slider assembly movable along a rail preferably formed by a roll forming operation. A rotatable pawl within the slider assembly is biased into engagement with the rail teeth and is held in a normally locked position. A pushbutton can be actuated to rotate the lock pawl to a disengaged position allowing vertical adjustment. The system features few parts, low-cost construction, and provides high structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Kohlndorfer
  • Patent number: 8523285
    Abstract: A seat (10) for a utility vehicle comprising a base (12) and a back support (14) is provided. The back support has an asymmetric profile (18) which includes a cut-away portion (20) at a position corresponding to a user's first shoulder, and a mounting point (25) corresponding to a point located above the user's second shoulder for attachment of a three-point harness (22, 24). Provision of the cut-away portion on one upper corner of the seat maintains a portion on the opposite side of the seat for location of the three-point harness thus delivering increased freedom of movement for the operator whilst incorporating safety requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Valtra Oy Ab
    Inventor: Kimmo Wihinen
  • Patent number: 8479863
    Abstract: An occupant restraint system for a vehicle seat has a belt with a shoulder-belt portion extending diagonally across the seat between an upper portion of first side of the seat and a lower portion of a second side of the seat. An upper belt guide is mounted adjacent to the upper first side of the seat and engages the shoulder-belt to allow it to slide along the guide during belt retraction and extension. A safety sensor/control system generates a signal indicating a condition requiring improved occupant restraint in the seat. A guide actuator is activated in response to the safety sensor/control system signal and displaces the upper belt guide in a transverse direction relative to the seat. The displacement of the guide moves the shoulder-belt portion closer to the neck and/or shoulder of the seat occupant to more securely restrain the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Adolfsson, Gert Aldeborg
  • Patent number: 8480180
    Abstract: A height-adjustable deflection device that functions as the upper fastening point of a three-point safety belt which facilitates adjustment of the belt height and minimizes unintentional changes of the upper fastening point. The relative height of the upper fastening point of the belt is established by a slot formed in the device housing. In a locked position, the housing is engaged with a holder in a form-locking manner to securely establish the upper fastening point of the belt. In an adjustment position, engagement between the holder and the housing is prevented to enable free rotation of the housing about a swivel axle. The configuration of the housing geometry with respect to the swivel axle, the height of the outlet slot thereby changes during rotation of the housing. The relative height of the slot, i.e., the upper fastening point, can be readily established on an individual basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Isringhausen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Winfried Titz, Austin Jennings
  • Patent number: 8474106
    Abstract: A seat belt has an upper end mounted at the occupant shoulder and a lower end mounted adjacent the occupant lap. A latch plate assembly carried by the belt engages a buckle. The latch plate assembly includes a housing having a pair of flanges and a depression extending laterally between the flanges. A lock bar pivotally mounted on the flanges has a clamping surface moving toward and away from the depression upon pivoting movement of the lock bar. The belt wraps around the lock bar so that a force applied to the belt pivots the lock bar and the clamping surface of the lock bar clamps the belt into the depression to lock the belt against movement through the latch plate assembly. The lock bar pivot axis is closer to the clamping surface than the opposite side edge around which the belt wraps to increase the clamping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Richter, George J. Strnad
  • Publication number: 20130154335
    Abstract: Recess portions (15) and (16) are disposed in a seat-belt sliding face (14) of a seat-belt sliding member (13), and a predetermined number of projections (17) are provided independently of each other in a dotted state in the recess portions (15) and (16). In each of the projections (17), sliding resistance between a seat belt (4) and the seat-belt sliding member (13) in a normal time is small, and the sliding resistance between the seat belt (4) and the seat-belt sliding member (13) when the seat belt (4) slides to the lap belt (4c) side is larger than the sliding resistance between the seat belt (4) and the seat-belt sliding member (13) when the seat belt (4) slides to the shoulder belt (4b) side. By means of the dotted-state projections (17), extension of the lap belt (4c) in an emergency is suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Yuki Tabata, Yoshihiko Kawai
  • Publication number: 20130119718
    Abstract: An adjustable harness and a chair therewith are disclosed. The adjustable harness includes an attachment component, an adjustment component, and a shoulder strap. The attachment component is fixedly disposed on a backrest of a chair. The adjustment component is disposed on the attachment component and capable of being operated to move relative to the attachment component. An end of the shoulder strap is connected to the adjustment component. Thereby, the attachment component and the adjustment component function as an adjustment mechanism, by which a user can simply and fast adjust the shoulder strap, so as to solve the problem of tediousness and time consuming in adjusting restraint systems in the prior art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Schantal M. Kane, Curtis M. Hartenstine
  • Patent number: 8408656
    Abstract: A harness system for a child seat has a shoulder strap, a chest clip, and a harness cover. The harness cover has an upper section coupled to the shoulder strap and positioned above the chest clip and a lower section coupled to the shoulder strap and positioned below the chest clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jason A. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 8360521
    Abstract: This invention relates to restraining means for seats which can be conveniently adjusted. Accordingly, the invention consists in one aspect of a seat assembly comprising a seat having one or more straps, the straps having a primary bracing point located on the assembly, one or more apertures, and at least one bracing member, wherein the bracing member is co-operable with at least one of the straps and at least one of the apertures to form a secondary bracing point for the strap. In a second aspect, the invention consists of a five-point harness for a child's safety seat, comprising at least one strap and at least one bracing member, the bracing member having a bracing surface for engagement with at least one strap, the bracing member being moveable along said strap to be co-operable with apertures in a seat to be secured releasably to said seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin Scott Macliver
  • Publication number: 20120292977
    Abstract: A seatbelt tether is provided for a child car seat. The tether guides the shoulder belt so that the shoulder belt is positioned proximate an occupant's shoulder. The tether is adjustable to accommodate occupants of multiple heights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: BABY TREND, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Sedlack
  • Publication number: 20120256469
    Abstract: A soldier restraint system and method secure a soldier in a vehicle. In one embodiment, the soldier restraint system is secured in a military vehicle. The soldier restraint system includes a seat assembly comprising a seat and straps. The soldier restraint system also includes a restraint harness belt. The restraint harness belt is secured to the seat assembly. In addition, the soldier restraint system includes mounting assemblies. The straps attach the seat to the mounting assemblies. The mounting assemblies are securable in the vehicle. Attachment of at least one of the straps to the seat is releasable by a release assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: BLACK MOUNTAIN INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Kyle L. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 8272689
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an automobile seat for children. The seat includes a safety harness and a system of tightening the safety harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Biaud, Francois Renaudin
  • Patent number: 8256073
    Abstract: A harness fastener system for a child carrier device comprises a first plug, and a buckle including a front surface and a release button. The first plug is movable along a first direction substantially parallel with the front surface for engaging with the buckle, and the release button is movable along a second direction substantially parallel with the front surface for pushing the first plug out of the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: BP Children's Products HK Co., Limited
    Inventor: Da Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8246077
    Abstract: An occupant restraining device for a vehicle that can regulate a position of a seat belt, without occupying vehicle cabin space. An air belt device includes a retractor that is arranged to the rear, in a vehicle front-rear direction, with respect to a seat back, a seat belt that is pulled out from the retractor when applied to an occupant and that includes a shoulder belt portion for restraining an upper body of the occupant, and a belt insertion portion that is formed by indenting a portion, in a seat width direction, of an upper end of the seat back, and into which an upper side portion of the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt is made to enter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuya Nezaki
  • Patent number: 8235469
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjustable belt guide for the upper hold point of a three-point seat belt with a directing element, via which the belt band of the three-point seat belt can be guided, with a connecting element to fix the belt guide 4 to a backrest of a vehicle seat and with an adjustment element arranged between connecting element and directing element. It is provided according to the invention that the adjustment element is developed such that the distance between the backrest, i.e. the connecting element, and the directing element is variable perpendicular to the backrest and the directing element can be fixed in various positions vis-á-vis the backrest. In addition, the invention relates to a vehicle seat with integrated three-point seat belt in which the belt band of the three-point seat belt is guided by an adjustable belt guide connected to the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Isringhausen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Lutz Meyer
  • Patent number: 8226115
    Abstract: An objective is to inflate an inflation portion to an upward position, corresponding with a temple area of an occupant, at the time of a side impact. At a shoulder portion of a seatback 26 of a vehicle seat 12, there is an inflation-time cross-sectional shape regulation component 22, through which an occupant restraint webbing 16 passes. The occupant restraint webbing 16 has an inflation portion 18 that corresponds with a cephalic region 14H of an occupant 14 at the time of inflation. At the time of inflation of the inflation portion 18, the inflation-time cross-sectional shape regulation component 22 regulates such that a cross-sectional shape of the inflation portion 18 is an oblong shape which is long in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Sekizuka, Takuya Nezaki, Atsushi Hiroshige