Engageable With Both Shoulders Of Occupant Patents (Class 297/484)
  • Patent number: 10703329
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seat, and a first seatbelt having a first end and a second end. The first end of the first seatbelt is coupled to the seat. The seat assembly includes a latch plate and a second seatbelt. The latch plate is fixed to the second end of the first seatbelt, and the second seatbelt is slideably coupled to the latch plate. The first seatbelt and the second seatbelt increase lateral support of the occupant during, e.g., a rollover event, oblique or side impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10668890
    Abstract: A system and method for securing a child in a typical adult-sized automobile seat are provided. The system includes a plurality of straps, or webbing, removably attached to the typical adult-sized automobile seat, an optional seat pad, two optional shoulder pads, two optional shoulder buckles, a chest buckle, and a hip buckle. The system is configured to safely and conveniently secure the child into the typical adult-sized automobile seat, thereby reducing or eliminating a need for a child-sized automobile seat. During use, the system secures the child into the typical adult-sized automobile seat, thereby preventing or ameliorating injury from an automobile collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Winfield Rock
  • Patent number: 10485306
    Abstract: A closure system has a main body having a hollow cavity, a locking mechanism slidably disposed within the cavity, and a plurality of fastening elements. The locking mechanism is formed of a central post, a plurality of engagement pins connected to the central post, and an actuator, such that pulling the actuator causes the locking mechanism to move between a locked and unlocked position. Each fastening element has an aperture for connecting to the locking mechanism by inserting the fastening element into the cavity while the locking mechanism is in the unlocked position, and then pushing the actuator to slide the locking mechanism into the locked position. All of the fastening elements can then be released simultaneously from the locking mechanism by pulling the actuator to slide the locking mechanism from the locked position to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Attilio Lovato
  • Patent number: 10173553
    Abstract: A child car seat can include a seat base and a seat shell. The seat shell can include a seat bottom and a seat back along a front side of the seat shell. Shoulder straps can be provided to assist holding a child in place in the car seat. The shoulder straps can extend through openings in the seat back of the seat shell and can be coupled to a splitter plate positioned along a back side of the seat shell. The splitter plate can include a slot for receiving a tightening strap and a roller or radiused edge positioned adjacent the slot to help the tightening strap slide along the roller or radiused edge when tension is applied to it. The tightening strap can be routed through the slot and under the seat shell and can pass through another slot along the seat bottom to tighten the shoulder straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Jake Mitchell, Nicholas James Lombardi, Nicholas Henry Reaves, Daniel J. Brunick, Andrew Phillip Kitchens
  • Patent number: 10040418
    Abstract: A motor vehicle seatbelt restraint arrangement including a continuous seatbelt. When the occupant is seated the seatbelt buckle tongue is drawable across the body to engage the buckle providing firstly a pre-impact configuration of the seatbelt characterized by a lap belt portion resting on the hips or upper legs of the occupant, wherein the lap belt portion is rearward vertically offset relative to an underside belt portion of the continuous seatbelt across the seating surface of the seat, and secondly an impact configuration of the seatbelt characterized by the lap belt portion and the underside belt portion being less rearward vertically offset and substantially vertically aligned one with respect to the other to provide a more vertically aligned loop of the continuous seatbelt around the hips or upper legs of the occupant at impact preventing submarining of the occupant out from the motor vehicle seat during impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LIFEBELT PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Luigi Pisaniello, Marcel Stephan, Robert Judd, Lino Fusco
  • Patent number: 9981629
    Abstract: Systems for retraining an occupant within a vehicle seat as disclosed herein include a lap belt having connectable lap-belt segments along a seat bottom extending from respective connection points with the seat or the vehicle. A connection element extends upwardly along a seat back from an attachment point to a connecting member, and shoulder straps extend from the connecting member for placement over the occupant's shoulders when seated within the vehicle seat. The lap-belt segments may be connected directly or indirectly with the shoulder straps, and shoulder strap length may be adjusted via the lap-belt segments or an intermediate element used to connect the lap-belt segments with the shoulder straps. A vertical belt extends from the connecting member along the back portion of the vehicle seat to an attachment point within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Darren Joseph Farrugia
  • Patent number: 9586505
    Abstract: A harness tensioner for a child safety seat has a lower lever part pivotable about an axis and an upper lever part above the lower lever part and pivotable about a different axis. A lower portion of the upper lever part contacts with an upper portion of the lower lever part. Harness straps of a child safety seat are coupled to the upper lever part. Upon an impact event, the lower part is moved against a biasing force, which in turn moves the upper part to apply rearward tension to the harness straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Alan Morgenstern
  • Patent number: 9555823
    Abstract: An infant seat support assembly is disclosed for supporting an infant seat relative to a structure, such as a shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Rachel Dehmer
  • Patent number: 9480308
    Abstract: A four-point seat belt system for restraining a vehicle occupant in a vehicle seat is disclosed. The system includes a four-point seat belt restraint system mounted on a vehicle seat that includes a first lap belt portion having a back side and a second lap belt portion having a back side. A portion of at least one of the back side of the first lap belt portion or the back side of the second lap belt portion has a contour which substantially corresponds to the contour of the lap of the seated vehicle occupant. The contour is defined by a convex surface. Each of the buckle portion and the tongue portion may include a button release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen William Rouhana, Paul George Bedewi, Frank A. MacKenzie, Sundeep Venkat Kankanala
  • Patent number: 9381834
    Abstract: The child safety seat disclosed in the present invention includes a seatback, a headrest and a belt. The headrest is disposed on the seatback, and is adapted to move relative to the seatback up and down. The headrest includes an inclined guiding portion disposed on a bottom portion of the headrest, and an indentation of the inclined guiding portion points upward. The belt is disposed between the seatback and the headrest. The belt slidably contacts the headrest when a passenger sits the child safety seat and is constrained by the belt, and the headrest moves downwardly so that the inclined guiding portion drives the belt to be close to a center of the headrest. A height of the headrest is adjustable, a shoulder belt of the belt automatically moves when the height of the headrest is adjusted, and the neck of the passenger can be constrained by the shoulder belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: James M.F. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 9358947
    Abstract: The heavy equipment seat restraint is a four point belt in seat restraint system for use in heavy equipment such as forklifts or bulldozers. The heavy equipment seat restraint provides a chest strap worn horizontally across the chest, a lap strap worn horizontally across the lap, and a torso strap worn diagonally across the torso. The heavy equipment seat restraint comprises chest straps, torso straps, lap straps, a chest buckle, a torso buckle, a lap buckle, a first tension adjustment device, a second tension adjustment device, a third tension adjustment device, a fourth tension adjustment device, a first anchor, a second anchor, a third anchor, and a fourth anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Billy Zorn
  • Patent number: 9295343
    Abstract: Restraining and supporting a child in a chair using a combination vest and chair attachment is disclosed herein. The vest can include two straps, each of which can have two loops. One loop can be located under the arm hole of the vest and may include a second portion of a connector. The other loop may be removably attached to a pole on the back of a chair and can also include a first portion of the connector. The loops containing the first portions of the connectors can be removably attached to separate poles on either side of a back of a chair. The connectors allow the vest to be removably attached to the chair. In one embodiment, the two loops removably attached to the chair are formed by using a buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Chavie Gratt
  • Patent number: 9278666
    Abstract: The object to provide a child safety seat for a vehicle with a harness that can be tightened and clamped at a predetermined tension is solved by the child safety seat for a vehicle according to the invention with a harness for restraining a passenger in said seat, whereas said harness is to be tightened and clamped at a predetermined tension when in use and at least one adjuster strap of said harness is guided through a spring loaded element enabled to maintain the predetermined tension in the at least one adjuster strap of said harness and whereas that adjuster strap runs then through a clamping device to avoid slip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: BRITAX RĂ–MER KINDERSICHERHEIT GMBH
    Inventor: Gavin Paul Leese
  • Patent number: 9233628
    Abstract: A seat assembly is disclosed. The seat assembly includes a shell portion, a pair of harness straps, a seat cover, and a harness pad. The shell portion has an outer surface. The pair of harness straps have an upper portion. The seat cover has an inner surface. The harness pad includes a first portion and a pair of elongated pads. The first portion may be positioned between the outer surface of the shell and the inner surface of the seat cover. The pair of elongated pads may be connected to the head portion. The elongated pads may each be configured to slidably receive the upper portion of a respective one of the harness straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: RECARO CHILD SAFETY LLC
    Inventor: Chad Allen Sparling
  • Patent number: 9162593
    Abstract: A vehicle safety seat and infant carrier system allowing height adjustment of a shoulder harness strap without rethreading the harness strap through the seat. A positioning member is normally biased out of engagement with a toothed rail, allowing a harness strap carried by the positioning member to be adjusted up or down to fit the size of a child. As the harness strap is pulled tight, the positioning member is brought into engagement with the toothed rail, fixing the position of the strap relative to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Scott R. Spence, Jacob Sclare, Michael A. Dotsey, Noah E. Dingler, Patrick B. Nolan
  • Patent number: 9156433
    Abstract: A four-point seat belt device includes right and left lap belts to press the hipbone of a passenger sitting in a seat, two shoulder belts to press both shoulders of the passenger, a driving unit to perform winding of the lap belts and the shoulder belts, and a latching detecting unit to detect a state in which the lap belts and the shoulder belts are latched via a buckle. The driving unit controls the lap belts in the case that the latching detecting unit has detected latching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9138073
    Abstract: A removable seat restraint apparatus intended to restrain a child on a variety of seats is provided. The apparatus may include an adjustable waist strap that fits snugly around the waist of the child and at least two connecting straps that are transversely attached at opposing end of the waist strap. The connecting straps may connect on the periphery of the seat to a support strap assembly which may be attached to one or more support structures such as a chair leg or pedestal. The length of the support straps may be adjustable to keep the waist centered on the seat when secured around the waist of the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Farva Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Michael Margolius
  • Patent number: 9120448
    Abstract: A four-point seat belt device includes: a right hip belt and left hip belt to press against the hip bone of a passenger: a right shoulder belt and a left shoulder belt to press against both shoulders: a drive unit to retract the right and left hip belts, and the right and left shoulder belts: an engagement detection unit to detect that the right and left hip belts and the right and left shoulder belts are engaged via a buckle: and a detection unit to detect that the right hip belt and the left hip belt are not making contact with the passenger. The drive unit retracts the right and left hip belts after the engagement detection unit detects an engagement and the detection unit detects that the right hip belt and left hip belt are not making contact with the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 9022471
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The child restraint also includes a headrest mounted for up-and-down movement relative to a seat back included in the juvenile seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Gaudreau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8992337
    Abstract: A portable toddler swing is provided. The swing includes a compliant shell, an upper adjustable strap, a fastener coupled to the upper adjustable strap, a lower adjustable strap, a pair of support straps and a pair of safety fasteners. The shell defines an inner cavity, including an upper portion defining a top opening and a circumferential passage, a bottom portion, a front portion defining a pair of leg openings, a back portion, and a pair of side portions. The upper adjustable strap is slidingly disposed within the circumferential passage, and adjusts the size of the top opening of the shell. The lower adjustable strap is connected to the bottom portion of the shell, and secures the shell to a playground swing seat. The pair of safety fasteners are coupled to upper portions of the support straps, and secure the support straps to the playground swing chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: HoneyBee Child LLC
    Inventors: Jill P. Koziol, Katherine C. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20150069813
    Abstract: A restraint system for restraining a prisoner or the like comprising a left belt which has a generally horizontally extending left hip belt and a generally vertically extending left shoulder strap, a right belt which has a generally horizontally extending right hip belt releasably securable to the left hip belt and a generally vertically extending right shoulder strap, and a shoulder strap spacer operable to maintain a selected spacing between the left and right shoulder straps. The free ends of the left hip belt and right hip belt and the shoulder strap spacer are adapted to be releasably attached to a fixed structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Darrin Keith Furr
  • Patent number: 8974005
    Abstract: A child restraint harness includes first and second shoulder straps, a first chest clip connector held with the first shoulder strap and having an engaging part, and a second chest clip connector held with the second shoulder strap and having a catch structure. The engaging part is operable to engage and lock with the catch structure selectively at a first position to hold the first and second shoulder straps apart from each other at a first distance, and at a second position to hold the first and second shoulder straps apart from each other at a second distance greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: BP Children's Products HK Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyle S. Mason, James M. F. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 8973945
    Abstract: A retention harness for restraining a user within a vehicle. The harness includes a waist strap, a waist strap buckle assembly, two over the shoulder straps, a rear connector, and a forward connector. The waist strap is attachable to the waist strap buckle assembly. Each over the shoulder strap is attached to the waist strap buckle assembly. The two over the shoulder straps form an X on a user's back via a shoulder strap crossover plate, while each over the shoulder strap is adjustable via an adjustment slider. The rear connector is attached to the waist strap, and is attachable to retention hardware. The retention hardware is attachable to a bar attached to the vehicle. The forward connector is attached to the waist strap buckle assembly and attachable to forward retention hardware, the forward retention hardware attachable to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Peter Seidenberger, William Reason, Zachariah Thull, Patrick Dillon
  • Patent number: 8960804
    Abstract: A child restraining system for a vehicle the system comprising: at least one web (60), suitable for attachment to a harness comprising a shoulder strap (14); wherein in use the one or more webs (60) covers an area substantially below the scapula and the same or a different web covers at least part of the side of the abdomen; thereby limiting the ability of a child to slide an arm or a shoulder out from under the strap (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Systematic Strategy Limited
    Inventor: Richard Knight
  • Patent number: 8944503
    Abstract: A harness retractor (62) for a harness system (60) of a child safety harness, which has a tensioning web (80) and buckle connectors (70) coupled to straps of the safety harness. The tensioning device has a rotatable retractor mechanism (90) connected to the tensioning web (80) and biased to wind up the tensioning web in a wind up rotation direction. The tensioning device has a locking device (110) biased to a first position preventing rotation of the retractor mechanism in the wind up direction. The tensioning device has a buckle housing (64) coupled to the retractor mechanism. The buckle connectors (70) are releasably connectable to the buckle housing (64). A release mechanism is connected between the locking device (110) and the buckle housing (64) and can switch the locking device from the first position to a second position permitting rotation of the retractor mechanism in the wind up direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Luther Gates, Fred Buckingham, Mark Main
  • Patent number: 8919889
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Schantal M. Kane, Curtis M. Hartenstine
  • Patent number: 8911013
    Abstract: A safety seat for a motor vehicle includes a seat unit and a back unit having an upper part and a lower part. The safety seat can be connected by way of the upper part to the structure of a motor vehicle, and the lower part can be dropped with respect to the upper part. The lower part is guided on the upper part and is connected to the upper part by at least one energy-absorbing support strap. The seat unit has a forward part connected in articulated fashion to the upper part of the back unit, and a rear part which is connected in articulated fashion to the lower part of the back unit. The rear part of the seat unit drops farther than the forward part of the seat unit when a force resulting from an accident or an explosion acts on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Schroth Safety Products GmbH
    Inventor: Wilko Reinck
  • Patent number: 8851575
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Mark J. Friedman
  • Publication number: 20140284992
    Abstract: This invention relates to improvements in safety Seat Belt, and seat Belt devices for drivers and passengers of vehicles, the invention being particularly designed to be applied to various vehicles for securing and retraining the driver and or passengers from being injured in case of a accident, collision, or crash of any kind and adapted to be applied to the seats of various vehicles, such occupants of automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, airplanes, Race cars, and is a continuation in part of my prior application for dual seat belt. Observation, study, and being catastrophic injured myself in a automobile accident has led me to the conclusion that a large number of injuries and fatalities could be avoided if proper safety devices are placed on the seats of vehicles, and persons using the seat utilize the safety devices. (Dual Seat Belt).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Antonio Chambers
  • Patent number: 8820789
    Abstract: Various embodiments of seat harness pretensioning devices for use in land, air, and sea vehicles are described herein. In one embodiment, a seat unit for use in a military land vehicle or helicopter includes a stroking device that enables the seat to move downwardly in response to sudden movement. The seat unit also includes a seat belt or harness that extends around the occupant in the seat. Sudden movement of the seat in response to an explosion or hard landing causes a tensioning system to automatically pretension the seat harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Merrill, Todd J. Humbert
  • Patent number: 8783782
    Abstract: A safety belt for a vehicle which can be worn in a manner of wearing suspenders to prevent a concentration of pressure to a part of the body of a seat occupant, and to uniformly distribute impact to thereby safely protect the seat occupant even upon the occurrence of an emergency during travel. To accomplish the above-described object, the safety belt for a vehicle according to the present invention comprises a pair of belts spaced apart from each other in a vertical direction on the front surface of a seatback and a connection unit for interconnecting the pair of belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Nam-Young Park
  • 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: 8777322
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The juvenile seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom. The juvenile seat also includes a headrest mounted for up-and-down movement on the seat back relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: William R Horton, David Amirault
  • Patent number: 8764108
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The child restraint also includes a headrest mounted for up-and-down movement relative to a seat back included in the juvenile seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Gaudreau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8752895
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The juvenile seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom. The juvenile seat also includes a headrest mounted for up-and-down movement on the seat back relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Ward A. Fritz, Andrew W. Marsden, Walter S. Bezaniuk, Joseph D. Langley, Eric Hyman
  • Patent number: 8702177
    Abstract: The shoulder and waist harness for use with a wheelchair includes a horizontal belt that extends around both the torso of an occupant and a seat back of a wheelchair. A pair of shoulder straps attaches to a rear portion of the horizontal belt, and extend vertically up and over the seat back as well as shoulders of an occupant. A front end of each shoulder strap secures to a portion comprising a front cover located at a front portion of the restraining harness. The front cover being comprised of a front member and a rear member that include a nylon hook or loop strip so as to secure to one another. A shoulder strap and corresponding side of the horizontal belt is affixed to the front member, and an opposing shoulder strap and corresponding side are affixed to the rear member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Sherry L. Hogue
  • Publication number: 20140103697
    Abstract: A child restraint harness includes first and second shoulder straps, a first chest clip connector held with the first shoulder strap and having an engaging part, and a second chest clip connector held with the second shoulder strap and having a catch structure. The engaging part is operable to engage and lock with the catch structure selectively at a first position to hold the first and second shoulder straps apart from each other at a first distance, and at a second position to hold the first and second shoulder straps apart from each other at a second distance greater than the first distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: BP Children's Products HK Co., Limited
    Inventors: Kyle S. MASON, James M.F. HUTCHINSON
  • Patent number: 8690188
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis M Fiore
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140070597
    Abstract: The object to provide a child safety seat with which the user is able to restrain and fasten a child in a child safety seat in a optimal way is solved by the child safety seat with the five point harness according to the invention comprises a two tongue buckle, whereby the two tongue buckle comprises guiding means through which webbing is guided and the webbing comprises stopping means to allow a predetermined length of webbing to run through the guiding means and retracting means operatively connected to at least one part of the webbing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Iain Powell, David Shaun Carine
  • 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: 8632131
    Abstract: Tensioning apparatuses for occupant restraint systems and associated systems and methods. In one embodiment, an occupant restraint system for a vehicle can include a flexible web configured to extend across at least a portion of an occupant seated in the vehicle and an electrically actuated web retractor operably coupled to a proximal end portion of the web. The web retractor is configured to automatically wind and unwind the web. The system also includes an acceleration sensor operably coupled to the electrically actuated web retractor. The acceleration sensor is configured to send an electrical signal to the web retractor in response to a vehicle acceleration above a preset magnitude. In response to the signal, the web retractor is configured to (a) retract the web, and/or (b) at least temporarily prevent the web from moving inwardly or outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd J. Humbert
  • Publication number: 20140008960
    Abstract: A harness retainer for use with a juvenile vehicle seat in accordance with the present disclosure may include a first belt mount that couples to a first harness belt, a second belt mount that couples to a second harness belt and couples to the first belt mount, and a lock that moves from a locked configuration to an unlocked configuration, wherein the lock moves from the locked configuration, blocking movement of the first belt mount away from the second belt mount, to the unlocked configuration, allowing movement of the first belt mount away from the second belt mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Meihui Lin, Paul D. Gaudreau, JR.
  • Patent number: 8622478
    Abstract: A child safety seat has a seat back with an upper end, a back side, and a front facing side. A harness system has a pair of safety straps each with a back portion on the back side and a shoulder strap portion on the front facing side. A router is on the back side and has a fixed upper guide, a fixed lower guide spaced below the upper guide, and a slider vertically movable therebetween. The back portions are routed from the respective shoulder strap portions through the slider, up to the upper guide, down to the lower guide, and back up to the slider. The slider is vertically adjustable between a raised position and a lowered position and determines the height of the shoulder strap portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Spence
  • Patent number: 8608246
    Abstract: A safety belt holder for holding a safety belt out of a seat associated with the safety belt, the safety belt holder comprising a first part and a second part. The first part comprises an attachment device for attaching the first part to a structure adjacent the seat, a body attached to the attachment device, and a connector first side attached to or embedded within the body. The second part is attachable to the safety belt and comprises a connector second side, which is removably attachable to the connector first side. In particular, the safety belt holder is suitable for use with an infant car seat with a five-point harness and a retractable handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Adam Teague
  • Patent number: 8550567
    Abstract: A seat for children intended to be installed in a vehicle, in particular an automobile, comprising a seat bottom, a seat back, and a headrest, the headrest is mobile in translation relatively to the seat back between a lost position and a high position. The seat includes a child-restraint harness intended to maintain a child seated in the seat and configured to include two shoulder straps, each of the shoulder straps carrying a strap-receiving pad adapted to contact a child seated on the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M Biaud
  • Patent number: 8534756
    Abstract: A child car seat includes a seat body, a headrest connected to the seat body, a seat belt disposed on the seat body, and a shoulder pad unit. The shoulder pad unit includes a shoulder pad connected to the seat belt, and a connecting strap interconnecting the shoulder pad and the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Guang-Hui Zhao
  • Patent number: 8517467
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The juvenile seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom. The juvenile seat also includes a headrest mounted for up-and-down movement on the seat back relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Ward Fritz, Andrew W. Marsden, Walter S. Bezaniuk, Joe Langley, Eric Hyman
  • Patent number: 8500200
    Abstract: A child safety seat includes an inner member, an outer member, and a support frame. The inner member has a seat part and a backrest part that extends upwardly from a rear end and lateral ends of the seat part. The outer member has a rear portion that is disposed behind the backrest part of the inner member, and a front portion that extends from a periphery of the rear portion and that is coupled to the inner member. The support frame includes a first subframe unit that is disposed behind and adjacent to the inner member and that is connected to the outer member, and a second subframe unit that extends between the inner and outer members from the first subframe unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Zheng-Wen Guo, Zong-Wang Cui