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297 - Chairs and seats

297353000 - MOVABLE BACK

297354100 - Tiltable

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
297361100 Mechanical operator tilts back fore and aft 87
297366000 Rack and pawl 52
297354130 Movable to a rear-horizontal position 11
297363000 Axially slidable bolt or pawl 9
297358000 Common actuator adjusts height and inclination 4
20100109406SEAT - A seat operation device having improved operability of both a height adjustment mechanism and an angle adjustment mechanism, and a seat. The vehicle seat (05-06-2010
20090096268SEAT HEIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a leveling valve including a first port, a second port, a third port, a valve, and a clutch. The clutch is provided with an engaged position and a disengaged position. At least a portion of the clutch may move relative to the valve when the clutch is in the disengaged position. The clutch moves the valve when the clutch is in the engaged position. The valve is movable between a first position, a second position, and a third position. When the valve is in the first position, the valve blocks a first pathway, which extends from the first port, from connecting with a second pathway, which extends from the second port. When the valve is in the second position, the valve allows the first pathway to connect with the second pathway. When the valve is in the third position, the valve allows the second pathway to connect with a third pathway, which extends from the third port.04-16-2009
20090184554PUMPING DEVICE AND HEIGHT ADJUSTER FOR VEHICLE SEAT - A pumping device and a height adjuster for a vehicle seat are disclosed. The pumping device comprises a support plate; a cam receiver accommodated in the support plate; a brake cam received in the cam receiver to be integrally rotated with the shaft, and defining receiving spaces between the brake cam and the cam receiver; locking means received in each receiving space to allow and prevent rotation of the brake cam in the cam receiver; a control plate for applying the pushing force to the locking means; a bidirectional clutch coupled to the control plate if rotating force is applied and returned to a state of being decoupled from the control plate if the rotating force is not applied; a cover plate assembled with the support plate; a lever plate provided outside the cover plate; and elastic returning means for returning the lever plate to a predetermined reference position.07-23-2009
20090026825SEAT - A seat may be obtained with improved operability of plural adjustable units.01-29-2009
297377000 Held by prop behind back 3
20090206645Structure for legless leisure chairs with armrests - A number of variations of a structure for leisure chairs with armrests (08-20-2009
20100109410Patient Chair With Locking Assembly - A patient chair for use in a dental operatory or the like generally comprises a base, a chair frame supported by the base, and a seatback support coupled to the chair frame. The seatback support is slidably movable relative to the chair frame. To provide a desired connection or fit between components, a locking assembly is configured to apply a clamping force between the seatback support and the chair frame.05-06-2010
20110049957Chaise Lounge Having A Gas Cylinder - A chaise lounge having a base frame, and a back rest movably connected to the base frame. The back rest may be adjustably positioned in a range between an upright position and a reclined position. The chaise lounge also includes at least one gas cylinder having a first end connected to the base frame and a second end connected to the back rest. The chaise lounge may also include means for increasing or decreasing the distance between the first and second ends, thereby moving the back rest between upright and reclined positions.03-03-2011
297374000 Friction detent 2
20090315380ANTI BACK DRIVE DEVICE FOR A SEAT RECLINER - An anti back drive device for releasably securing a seat back with respect to a seat cushion. This device includes an upper gear plate affixed to the seat back and defines gear teeth. A lower gear plate is secured to a seat bottom and defines gear teeth that cooperate with the upper plate gear teeth. The upper gear plate is able to rotate about an axis of rotation that is displaced from an axis associated with the lower gear plate. Wedges are mounted in relation to the upper gear plate. A clutch spring is located within the lower gear plate so that an outside surface of the clutch spring may engage the lower gear plate. A wedge spring engages the wedges that biases them to engage the clutch spring. A driver extends between the lower gear plate, the clutch spring, the wedge spring, and the upper gear plate. Upon rotation of the driver, the clutch spring and the one or more wedges are arcuately displaced and lock the seat back in position.12-24-2009
20110304190ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING A VEHICLE SEAT COMPONENT - An adjustment device for adjusting a vehicle seat component is provided. The adjustment device comprising a rotary fitting for adjusting the vehicle seat component, which includes a first fitting part and a second fitting part pivotally mounted with respect to the first fitting part about an axis of rotation, a drive device connected with the rotary fitting for driving the rotary fitting, and an adjustment element of the drive device for actuating the drive device. The drive device is formed to transmit a force present on the adjustment element on the drive side for adjusting the vehicle seat component to the rotary fitting, but to block a force present on the rotary fitting on the output side. For blocking the output-side force the drive device includes a brake section fixedly arranged on the first fitting part and at least one brake segment which in the presence of an output-side force at the rotary fitting cooperates with the brake section in a braking manner via a contact surface in the manner of a shoe brake.12-15-2011
297359000 Back-pivoted armrest carries latch or holder 2
20080303329Chair or a Bed Having a Seat, a Backrest and an Armrest as Well as Use Thereof12-11-2008
20120280549CHAIR ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM - An adjustment mechanism for a chair includes a housing and an adjustment element that is movable relative to the housing into a selectable one of at least two adjustment positions. Preferably, when assembled to a chair, the housing, possibly along with other elements of the chair, such as the armrest, completely encloses interlocking adjustment surfaces of the adjustment mechanism with the exception of a guide slot of the housing through which movement of the adjustment element is permitted between the at least two adjustment positions. The guide slot has a maximum width dimension sufficiently small to inhibit or prevent foreign objects from coming into contact with the interlocking adjustment surfaces of the adjustment mechanism.11-08-2012
297356000 Full stroke adjusting mechanism 1
20080265644System for Transportation and/or Storage of Persons in Transportation Vehicles - System for transportation and/or storage of persons in transportation vehicles, comprising personal transport modules comprising a personal support module (10-30-2008
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20130088062ADJUSTABLE AND PIVOTABLE SEAT - An adjustable and pivotable seat includes a base, a backrest plate and an adjusting rod. The base has a receiving portion disposed on one end of the base and a receiving space defined in the receiving portion, and an opening inclinedly defined through the receiving portion. The backrest plate is pivotally connected with the base and has a series of teeth disposed on the backrest plate and a series of slots respectively defined in between the series of teeth. The series of teeth is correspondingly and movable received in the receiving space in the base. The adjusting rod is selectively inserted into the opening and selectively engages one of the series of slots. Therefore, the backrest plate is pivotable relative to the base and an angle between the backrest plate and the base is adjustable.04-11-2013
20130038110FLEXIBLE BACK SUPPORT MEMBER WITH INTEGRATED RECLINE STOP NOTCHES - A chair system according to embodiments of the present invention includes a base comprising a seat for a user and one or more support legs, a back, and a flexible back support element rigidly coupled to the back and to the base, the flexible back support element comprising a flex zone, the flex zone comprising one or more notches, wherein the back is reclinable from an upright position to a reclined position, wherein the one or more notches are configured to narrow as the back reclines from the upright position to the reclined position, and wherein the one or more notches are open in the upright position and closed in the reclined position.02-14-2013
20130154330FITTING FOR A VEHICLE SEAT - In a fitting for a vehicle seat, a catch assembly has a pivot axis, and the catch assembly has a catch and a lever which can be pivoted relative to one another about an axis spaced from the pivot axis. The catch has a hook-like contour and in the pivoted-out position of the backrest engages with a catch locking element for locking in a punctiform or linear contact region. The catch cooperates with a spring. The lever is mounted pivotably about the pivot axis and the lever rotatably mounts the catch. In the unloaded pivoted-out position, the perpendicular in the contact region runs on one side of the pivot axis or through the pivot axis. When a return pivoting force is imposed on the backrest in the pivoted-out position, the perpendicular in the contact region runs on the opposing side of or outside of the pivot axis.06-20-2013
20120217781MASTER/SLAVE EASY ENTRY RECLINER - A recliner apparatus for a vehicle seat has a pair of discontinuous recliner mechanisms attached to opposite sides of the seat for comfort adjustment in which the angle of the seat back is moved to a desired angular orientation. A master easy entry recliner mechanism is attached to an inner side of one of the side support members of the vehicle seat frame. A locking pawl is operatively connected to the side support member to selectively engage a stop in a locked position. The locking pawl is moved by a control cable between locked and unlocked positions. A slave easy entry connector is connected to the master easy entry recliner mechanism by a slave control cable. The slave easy entry connector releases one of the discontinuous recliner mechanisms when the master easy entry recliner is shifted to the easy entry position.08-30-2012
20130057041Vehicle Seat Assembly With Easy-Entry Mechanism - A seat assembly includes a seat cushion, a seat back for pivotal movement between an upright position, a plurality of reclined positions, a fold flat position, and a dumped position. A recliner assembly is coupled between the seat cushion and seat back for actuation between locked and unlocked conditions allowing pivotal movement of the seat back. A seat track is coupled to the seat cushion for actuation between locked and unlocked conditions allowing fore and aft sliding movement of the seat assembly. An easy-entry mechanism is coupled to the recliner assembly and the seat track for actuating the recliner assembly and the seat track to the unlocked conditions and providing movement of the seat assembly to an easy-entry position defined by the seat back pivoted to the dumped position and the seat track sliding the seat assembly to a full-forward position allowing access behind the seat assembly.03-07-2013
20090236891MOTION CONVERTING DRIVE MECHANISM AND VEHICLE SEAT APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A motion converting drive mechanism converting a rotary motion into a linear reciprocating motion includes a motor having an output shaft, a housing case to which the output shaft of the motor is fixed, a reduction gear mechanism including a first pinion and a second pinion meshing with the first pinion, and a screw mechanism having an internal threaded portion and an external threaded portion, one of which is integrally and coaxially formed with the second pinion. The first pinion serving as a helical gear wheel having two to four teeth is rotatably supported by the housing case therein. The first pinion has a rotation axis roatably and coaxially connected to the output shaft of the motor. The second pinion having a rotation axis arranged in parallel and close to the rotation axis of the first pinion is rotatably supported by the housing case therein.09-24-2009
20130161993VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle seat including: a rotatable arm configured to release a holding state of a holding mechanism of a seat body; and an operating strap configured to rotate the arm by being pulled at a first end portion thereof, wherein a second end portion of the operating strap opposite to the first end portion is fixed to the seat body, a middle portion of the operating strap is folded back and is hanged to an engaging portion provided to the arm, and the arm is configured to be rotated by pulling the operating strap so as to pull in the engaging portion by the middle portion, and wherein the middle portion, which is folded back from the second end portion, is folded back from an outer side to an inner side with respect to a rotational center of the arm.06-27-2013
20110278896ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING A BACKREST OF A VEHICLE SEAT - An adjusting device for adjusting an inclination angle of a backrest of a vehicle seat, in particular for a motor vehicle, wherein the adjusting device is arranged inside the vehicle seat.11-17-2011
20110291455Infant Carrier Apparatus Having Multiple Configurations of Use and Its Operating Method - An infant carrier apparatus comprises a seat assembly, a backrest assembly including a first and second backrest frame, and a backrest holding mechanism. The first backrest frame includes first side and transverse segments, the second backrest frame includes second side and transverse segments, the first side segment being coupled with the seat assembly via a first pivot point. The backrest holding mechanism can be movably assembled between the first and second transverse segment, and include a latch element movable between a first and second position. The first position of the latch element causes the backrest holding mechanism to be in locking engagement with the first transverse segment to prevent rotation of the backrest assembly relative to the seat assembly, and the second position of the latch element removes the locking engagement of the backrest holding mechanism to permit rotation of the backrest assembly relative to the seat assembly.12-01-2011
20120098313Reclining Chair - In the specification and drawings a reclinable chair is described and shown having a recline mechanism pivotally attaching a backrest to a support assembly. The recline mechanism comprises a coupler operatively connected to an elastomeric spring assembly. The elastomeric spring assembly has four elastomeric inserts positioned between a polygon-shaped core and a polygon-shaped exterior housing. The exterior housing is fixed to the backrest, while the core is fixed to the coupler. The exterior housing has an outwardly protruding tooth positioned between the coupler's inwardly protruding preload stop and the coupler's inwardly protruding recline stop such that the primary tooth engages the preload stop when the chair is in a rested state and engages the recline stop when the chair is in a fully reclined state.04-26-2012
20100102613VEHICLE SEAT AND ASSEMBLY METHOD - A vehicle seat includes a backrest connected to a sitting part by a backrest adjustment element. The adjustment element has a part that is connected to the backrest or to the sitting part. At least one means is formed, incorporated, shaped and/or arranged in the backrest, in the part and/or the seat part for securing the position of the part relative to the backrest and/or to the sitting part in at least one direction.04-29-2010
20110175416VENTILATED SEAT USING SHOCK ABSORBING MATERIAL - In at least one embodiment, a shock absorbing ventilated seat is provided that includes a seat portion; and a back portion adjustably hinged to the seat portion. At least one of the seat and the back portions include a planer sheet of shock absorbing material located therein. The shock absorbing material has a top layer, a bottom layer, and a plurality of pairs of ribs that couple the top layer to the bottom layer so as to create a plurality of channels in the material. The top layer has a plurality of perforations therein that communicate with the plurality of channels, each of the plurality of channels having an opening on an end of the material coupled to an air source that cause air to pass through the openings of the channels and exit through the perforations in the material.07-21-2011
20110260516RECLINER WITH DUAL FUNCTIONS - A vehicle seat spring assembly having an engagement post connected to one of a seat and a seat back. A coil spring includes an internal end and an external end. The external end is operably connected with the engagement post. An arcuate engagement bracket is connected to the other of the seat and the seat back. The engagement bracket includes an elongate slot adapted to operably engage the internal end of the coil spring. The internal end moves between a compression position in contact with a first end of the elongate slot corresponding to a first predetermined position of the seat back relative to the seat. A tension position is in contact with a second end of the elongate slot corresponding to a second predetermined position of the seat back relative to the seat.10-27-2011
20090096267AUTOMOBILE SEAT - An automobile seat in which spaced apart side brackets of a seat back are individually faced to spaced apart side brackets of a seat cushion, a pivot shaft is penetrated through the brackets and bridged between the brackets, and reclining lock devices are assembled on the axis of the pivot shaft to the side brackets, whereby the seat back is held upright such that the angle of the seat back relative to the seat cushion is adjustable and that the seat back is reclinable forward and rearward, and in which the seat back is urged by return spring members to the upright direction. The return spring members comprise a first torsion bar spring and a second torsion bar spring that are arranged in the proximity of the pivot shaft. The torsion bar springs are engaged at both end portions thereof with corresponding side brackets in such a manner that the torsion bar springs are crossed with each other.04-16-2009
20120161487Rotary Recliner - A recliner assembly for a vehicular seat of the type including a backrest hingedly connected to a seat base and capable of being reclined. The recliner assembly includes an outer gear and includes an internal teeth arranged circumferentially about an axis A. The assembly also includes an inner gear including at least one tooth engaging member selectively moveable into and out of engagement with the internal teeth of the outer gear. A retainer is attached to the outer gear in order to retain the inner gear from lateral movement along axis A. The retainer is configured for mounting to the outer gear and the inner gear is configured for mounting to at least one of a top plate and a base plate. The retainer, outer gear, and inner gears can be formed from a fine-blanked steel material and simply welded together to improve recliner strength while reducing assembly costs.06-28-2012
20110204690CLOSING DEVICE COMPRISING TWO PAWLS AND A MOTOR-DRIVEN ACTUATING MECHANISM - A locking device (08-25-2011
20080246322Seat for Vehicles - A seat for vehicles, such as cars, buses, trains or planes, is provided with a backrest (10-09-2008
20120292971VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle seat is provided with an operation member operated to tilt a seatback forward and disposed at such a position as to be operated from behind a seat body. The vehicle seat includes: an operation link connected at one end to the operation member and operated to be pivoted; a link mechanism that is pivotally connected to a lower end of the operation link, receives force, generated by an operation of the operation member, from the operation link to be moved, and outputs the force for cancelling fixation of a reclining angle of the seatback; and a torsion spring that is wound around a pivotally-connected portion at which the link mechanism is pivotally connected to the operation link, and biases the operation link such that the operation link is pivoted toward an initial position in which the operation link is located before being operated.11-22-2012
20120292972VEHICLE SEAT WITH FREE-PIVOTING FUNCTION - A vehicle seat with a seat part, a backrest and a fitting which pivotally connects the backrest with the seat part. The fitting includes a backrest-side fitting part coupled with the backrest via a locking mechanism, and a rotary fitting mechanism. A driving device is arranged on the backrest for driving the rotary fitting mechanism. In a locking position, the locking mechanism firmly couples the backrest-side fitting part with the backrest, and in a free-pivoting position decouples the backrest-side fitting part from the backrest, so that the backrest is pivotable into a folded position in a swivel direction about the swivel axis. The driving device is formed to actuate the rotary fitting mechanism for pivoting the backrest-side fitting part by a predetermined angle against the swivel direction, when the locking mechanism is actuated for pivoting the backrest into the folded position.11-22-2012
20110204691SEAT ASSEMBLY WITH BUSHING - A seat assembly having a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back includes first and second side members and a cross member. The cross member has an extended portion that extends from the first side member. A bushing is disposed on the extended portion and is received by a hole in the seat bottom to support pivotal movement of the seat back.08-25-2011
20130119736BABY CARRIAGE CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING RECLINE ANGLE OF SEAT BACK - A baby carriage includes a frame, a lock mechanism, a seat back and a webbing. The frame has a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The lock mechanism has a housing and a lock member, the housing is disposed on the first end, a through hole is formed on the housing, and the lock member is disposed in the through hole. The webbing passes through the through hole, it is wound around a back side of the seat back and attached on the second end. The webbing is clamped in the lock member, so as to keep the seat back at a recline angle. When the lock member is operated to release the webbing, the webbing is capable of moving within the through hole, so as to adjust the recline angle of the seat back.05-16-2013
20090127909Control for adjustable backrest of a seat or lounge, and seat or lounge incorporating it - An article of furniture such as a chair or lounge with an adjustable back. A control enables the angle of the back to be upwardly adjusted or laid flat, merely by appropriately tilting the backrest.05-21-2009
20090001796VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle seat having a seat frame that in its rear region is adapted to be releasably arrested on structural elements by a left arresting device and a right arresting device, which are releasable separately relative to one another, preferably via different displacement processes. A back rest frame is preferably releasably arrested on the seat frame via a freely pivotable device, such as an arresting control. An actuating device, especially an actuating handle, that is activatable by the user is preferably provided for releasing the freely pivotable device. A first one of the arresting devices can be releasable by the actuating device, whereby different displacement paths can be provided for the release of the freely pivotable device and of the first arresting device. One or more driver systems can be provided for forming idle paths or free play.01-01-2009
20090256408BOUNCING CRADLE - A bouncing cradle comprising a base frame (10-15-2009
20100194162Wheelchair Having Pivoting Backrest Frame Assembly - A wheelchair comprises a base frame, a backrest frame and a hinge assembly. The base frame has first and second side frame members. The hinge assembly connects the backrest frame to a portion of the base frame for selective pivotal movement. The hinge assembly includes a locking mechanism configured to provide selective discrete locking positions of the backrest relative to the base frame. The locking mechanism includes a locking pin and a plurality of cooperating locking apertures. The locking pin is adapted to selectively engage one of the plurality of locking apertures to define a backrest angle relative to the base frame. One or more plugs are adapted to engage one or more of the plurality of locking apertures to prevent the locking pin from cooperating with the plugged locking aperture.08-05-2010
20100187887VEHICLE SEAT FRAME - A vehicle seat frame is provided, which can prevent the increase of weight and secure the strength effectively. The vehicle seat frame comprises a seat cushion frame supporting a seat cushion, a seat back frame supporting a seat back, a recliner rotatably connecting the seat back relative to the seat cushion and adjusting the rotation angle thereof and a shoulder belt anchor provided on the seat back frame for supporting one end of a shoulder belt. The back center frame of the seat back frame includes a hollow quadrangular shape outer peripheral portion and a reinforcement plate provided in the outer peripheral portion and placed in parallel with a direction of load to be applied on the shoulder belt anchor from the shoulder belt.07-29-2010
20100187886VEHICLE SEAT FRAME - A vehicle seat frame is provided, wherein the back center frame of the seat back frame is of hollow, quadrangular prism shape. The connecting member includes a cylindrical outer cylinder portion, a ceiling portion projecting inwardly from one axial end of the outer cylinder portion and a flange portion projecting outwardly from the other axial end of the outer cylinder portion. The ceiling portion of the connecting member is fixed to an inner surface of one of the side plate portions of the back center frame and a surface of the outer cylinder portion side of the flange portion is fixed to an outer surface of the other of the side plate portions of the back center frame, and the other surface opposite to the surface of the outer cylinder portion side of the flange portion is connected to the bracket through the recliner.07-29-2010
20090289488CONNECTION DEVICES IN VEHICLE SEATS - A connecting device may include first and second connecting elements that are axially oppositely coupled to each other so as to be rotatable relative to each other, and a retainer member that is arranged and constructed to clamp the first and second connecting elements. The second connecting element has a plurality of radially projected portions and a plurality of radially depressed portions that are respectively formed in a circumferential end surface thereof. The retainer member has a first retainer portion, a second retainer portion, a plurality of fixing portions and a plurality of supplemental retainer portions. The supplemental retainer portions are arranged and constructed to be axially supported by a support die of a crimping machine when the end peripheries of the fixing portions are crimped while the second retainer portion is axially supported by the support die.11-26-2009
20110109142SEAT RECLINING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A seat reclining device for a vehicle is disclosed that includes a lock mechanism and a memory mechanism. The seat reclining device is arranged between a seat cushion frame and a seat back frame, and includes a control shaft associated with operation of an unlock operation lever. The lock mechanism includes a rotating body, which is secured to the seat back frame and is supported to be freely rotatable with respect to the base body. The memory mechanism includes a plate portion having an engaging portion, a holding bracket, which is freely rotatable about a rotational axis that is the same as the control shaft, a memory pole, a restricting portion, which restores the holding bracket to a predetermined initial position, a lever member, which is rotated in accordance with operation of the memory operation lever, and an engagement holding portion, which disengages the memory pole from the plate portion as the holding bracket is restored to the initial position.05-12-2011
20110121629FITTING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT - A fitting system (05-26-2011
20110043021BACKREST SAFETY MECHANISM FOR CAR SEAT - A backrest safety mechanism is disclosed. The backrest safety mechanism includes a backrest frame, a seat frame, and an angle adjusting device. A side of the angle adjusting device is connected to the backrest frame, and another side of the angle adjusting device is connected to the seat frame. When the backrest frame is located at a front limiting position or a rear limiting position, limiting structures respectively disposed on the backrest frame and the seat frame abut against each other.02-24-2011
20110043023LOUNGE CHAIR WITH ADJUSTABLE ARM RESTS - According to some embodiments, the convenience of lounge, pool, and patio furniture is increased by providing adjustable armrests that do not require cumbersome adjustments in order to reposition the armrest. According to some embodiments, an additional pair of armrests may be attached to existing conventional chair designs that have only one pair of armrests in order to increase the utility of the chair, which may be especially useful for lounge chairs, patio furniture, chaise lounges, and the like. According to other embodiments, a lounge chair includes armrests that rotate toward and away from a person sitting in the chair, armrests that remain horizontal as the chair is repositioned, and platforms to support the arms of a person lying in the chair.02-24-2011
20110127821VEHICLE SEAT AND RECLINER MEMORY MODULE - A seat assembly having a recliner mechanism and a memory module. The recliner mechanism facilitates pivotal movement of a seat back. The memory module controls operation of the recliner mechanism.06-02-2011
20110043022VEHICLE SEAT COMPRISING FIXTURES - A vehicle seat (02-24-2011
20100244529VEHICLE SEAT HAVING A ROTATABLE BACK PART - A vehicle seat, in particular for a passenger automobile, is provided having a seat part, a back part connected thereto so it is rotatable, and a fitting for adjusting the angle between seat and back parts. The fitting including, but not limited to a first fitting part, which is fixedly connected to a structure of the seat part, and a second fitting part, which is rotatable in relation to the first fitting part, and which is fixedly connected to a structure of the back part. The first fitting part being both positively connected and also non-positively connected or materially bonded to the structure of the seat part, and/or the second fitting part being both positively connected and also non-positively connected or materially bonded to the structure of the back part.09-30-2010
20100244528Mechanism for a Vehicle Seat for Adjusting the Angle of Inclination - A mechanism for a vehicle seat for adjusting the angle of inclination, and a hub-shaped centering means. The mechanism includes a first arresting fitting, a transfer means, rotatable about an axis of rotation, for release of the first arresting fitting, and a centering means, disposed between the first arresting fitting and the transfer means, configured to center the transfer means in a starting position and, against a return force, to enable a rotation about the axis of rotation and relative to the first arresting fitting out of the starting position about a first angular range in the first direction, and about a second angular range in a second direction.09-30-2010
20100244527CHILD SEAT - A child seat comprises a seat part, a backrest operable to rotate relative to the seat part, a backrest adjusting mechanism and a safety lock movably mounted on the backrest. The backrest adjusting mechanism comprises a positioning element mounted stationary relative to the seat part, and a latch element mounted on the backrest and movable to engage with the positioning element. The positioning element comprises a channel that delimits a range of adjustable angular positions of the backrest relative to the seat part. In addition, the safety lock has a lock position adapted to restrict displacement of the latch element relative to the channel, and an unlock position enabling the latch element to move out of the channel when the backrest is moved out of the range of adjustable angular positions toward a position lying substantially parallel with the seat part.09-30-2010
20100038947Task Chair - The present invention relates to task chairs that support the body of the user in healthy positions while the user performs various tasks over extended sitting periods and that provide independent and independently adjustable support to the lower and the upper back.02-18-2010
20110133534Tip Side Stow Seat - A seat assembly (06-09-2011
20100117429CONNECTION DEVICES - A reclining device as a connecting device includes an internal gear member, an external gear member and a retainer member. The retainer member is constructed such that when retainer strips are axially inserted into depressed portions formed in an outer circumferential portion of the external gear member and then insertion distal ends of the support strips are radially inwardly bent to form contact surface portions, the contact surface portions can be axially held against the outer circumferential portion of the external gear member. The external gear member has dowels that are capable of being fitted to a cushion frame, and the dowels are formed circumferentially in locations positioned between the depressed portions (the locations in which projected portions are formed), so as to be axially projected.05-13-2010
20110095588Two-Stage Adjusting Member for Adjusting Slope of Seat Back - A two-stage adjusting member for adjusting slope of a seat back formed by a first stage adjusting member and a second stage adjusting member is disclosed. A user operates the first stage adjusting member so that the seat back reclines from 90 degrees to 70 degrees to the horizontal. Then the users operates the second stage adjusting member so as to make the seat back further incline backward such as 10 degrees more to another slope. Thus the seat back slope is adjusted in two stages and such design is much more safer for users and can prevent danger or harm caused by suddenly reclining.04-28-2011
20110148167PASSENGER SEAT ASSEMBLY - Embodiments of the present invention include a seat back pivotally coupled to a seat frame via a pivot shaft, wherein a lower end of the seat back does not extend below the pivot shaft, a seat pan fixedly coupled to the seat frame, at least one quadrant arm fixedly coupled to the seat back and pivotally coupled to the pivot shaft, and a recline lock coupled to the one quadrant arm and the seat frame. The pivot shaft is coupled to the seat frame at a high pivot location, wherein the seat back is configured to pivot adjacent a lumbar region of a passenger's back. The seat pan may optionally include an extension from the seat pan that is configured to couple to the pivot shaft and fill a seat back aperture located between the lower end of the seat back and the seat pan.06-23-2011
20110187171VEHICLE SEAT RECLINING DEVICE - A vehicle seat reclining device comprises a slider, which has an engaging portion and rotatable portions, and a rail having engagable portions. The engaging portion is retractable from the rail during a backrest tilting operation and advances towards the rail to lock the backrest in a selected tilted position. The engagable portions engage with the advanced engaging portion to prevent sliding of the slider relative to the rail. Clearances are provided between the rail and the slider in a width direction that is orthogonal to a rotational axis defined in the engaging portion. The width direction is also orthogonal to the central axial line of the rail. The rotatable portions project from the slider in a radial direction from the rotational axis and narrow the clearances so as to guide the rotation of the slider relative to the rail around the rotational axis.08-04-2011
20110215626FITTING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT - A fitting system (09-08-2011
20110101754VEHICLE SEAT RECLINING APPARATUS - A vehicle seat reclining apparatus comprises a base member to be connected to one of a seat cushion and a seat back, a rotation member which is to be connected to the other of the seat cushion and seat back, which is arranged to rotate relative to the base member and which includes an internal gear, a regulating member to regulate axial movement of the rotation member relative to the base member, and a locking setup which includes an external gear and which is arranged to move between a lock position to engage the external gear with the internal gear and an unlock position for disengagement. The base member includes an outer circumferential portion defining a circular recess, the rotation member includes an outer circumferential portion including a cylindrical portion fit rotatably in the outer circumferential portion of the base member. The outer circumferential portion of the rotation member further includes a flange portion which projects radially outwards from the cylindrical portion, which is placed axially between the regulating member and the outer circumferential portion of the base member and which includes a side surface facing away from the base member and servings as a sliding regulation surface set in sliding contact with the regulating member.05-05-2011
20110156462Recliner Assembly For A Vehicle Seat - A recliner assembly includes first and second disc recliners operatively interconnecting a seat back and seat cushion. A coupling mechanism releasably couples the seat back and the second disc recliner. The coupling mechanism couples the seat back and the second disc recliner together and the first and second disc recliners are selectively actuated between a locked condition and an unlocked condition to pivotally adjust the seat back between a plurality of reclined seating positions. The coupling mechanism uncouples the seat back and the second disk recliner and the first disc recliner is actuated to the unlocked condition to pivot the seat back between a selected one of the plurality of reclined seating positions and forwardly folded position.06-30-2011
20110049956Recliner Apparatus - An adjustable recliner apparatus is provided having a seat member with a seat back portion pivotally attached to a seat bottom portion. The apparatus also includes a channel assembly. The channel assembly is made of a flange, a plurality of rollers connected to the flange and a channel configured to accommodate a plurality of rollers. The channel has a detent positioned to hold the seat back portion in substantially vertical position and this detent is sized to retard at least one of the plurality of rollers from rolling past the detent. The channel assembly is connected to the recliner frame and the flange is connected to the seat bottom portion of the seat member.03-03-2011
20110049955Backrest adjusting structure of baby stroller - This invention relates to a backrest adjusting structure of baby stroller in which a seat-rod frame is essentially provided between two opposite main stand bodies and a backrest structure enabling angle adjustment is assembled on the seat-rod frame, the backrest structure having an adjusting belt body penetrating through a back plate, one ends of a first and a second belt bodies included in the adjusting belt body being combined with the main stand bodies, further a position-fixing member being provided on the back plate to fix the adjusting belt body. In this manner, in the state of re-adjusting the expansion and contraction of the adjusting belt body by the backrest support rods, the angle of the backrest of baby stroller can be adjusted according to demand so as to achieve the effectiveness of ease in use.03-03-2011
20100295355VEHICLE SEAT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A vehicle seat, such as a rear bench seat, includes a seat part, a backrest part and a fitting part. The backrest part and the fitting part are pivotable relative to the vehicle body about a first rotational axis. The first rotational axis is disposed below the seat part or behind the backrest part.11-25-2010
20120025580SEAT BACK DEVICE - There is provided a seat back device including: a seat back that is placed on a rear side of a vehicle cabin and has a movable portion that is movably disposed in correspondence to a lower back region of a seated passenger and a forwardly collapsible portion that is forwardly collapsibly disposed on a vehicle upper side of the movable portion; a frame member that is disposed inside the seat back and in which is formed an open portion that has a size including the movable portion and the forwardly collapsible portion and that makes the vehicle cabin and a luggage compartment communicate; an angle adjusting mechanism which adjusts the movable portion about an axis along a vehicle width direction to a predetermined angle; and a trunk-through mechanism which forwardly collapses the movable portion and the forwardly collapsible portion from the seat back and opens the open portion.02-02-2012
20120025581Arrangement Lever Device for Automobile Seat - An arrangement lever device for an automobile seat including a reclining operation lever (02-02-2012
20120205955VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle seat is provided with an operation portion that protrudes toward a rear seat from an opening formed at an outer shield and that is used to unlock a recliner from the rear seat side and a reinforcement member that is attached to a cushion frame side so as to cover a notch formed near the opening of the outer shield. Engagement hooks that engage with respective engagement holes formed at edges of the notch and a fixing portion that is fixed to a plate provided at the cushion frame side are formed at the reinforcement member.08-16-2012
20110089735FITTING - A fitting for a vehicle seat is provided having a first fitting part, a second fitting part which is rotatable about an axis of rotation relative to the first fitting part, a locking bolt which is guided displaceably in a radical direction of displacement on the first fitting part and is intended for forming a locking mechanism with the second fitting part, and a driving element which is arranged movably between the fitting parts and is intended for the radical deployment and retrieving of the locking bolt. In order to seal the respective axial gap between the driving element and the fitting parts, a separate sealing component which provides a seal in relation to the axis of rotation is used. In the case of a fitting of this type, paint is prevented from penetrating via a central opening during a dip-coating process.04-21-2011
20120133187VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle sheet includes: a longitudinal sliding mechanism configured to support a seat body such that the seat body is slidable relative to a vehicle floor in the vehicle longitudinal direction; a lateral sliding mechanism configured to support the seat body such that the seat body is slidable in the vehicle lateral direction; a reclining mechanism configured to connect a seat back to a seat cushion and adjust a reclining angle of the seat back; a first lever configured to be able to cancel fixation of the reclining angle of the seat back, which has been provided by the reclining mechanism; and a release mechanism configured to release locks on both the longitudinal sliding mechanism and the lateral sliding mechanism upon detection of a motion of tilting the seat back to a forward tilt position, which is caused by an operation of the first lever.05-31-2012
20120169103Vehicle Seat and Method for Making Same - The invention relates to a vehicle seat comprising a seat portion and a backrest connected to the seat portion by a hinge mechanism. A seat element selected from among the backrest and the seat portion comprises a shell, which is made of a plastic material and the side edges of which are overmolded onto composite reinforcement inserts. Each of the inserts comprises a core perpendicular to the medium plane of the seat element, and two side flanges parallel to the medium plane of the seat element. The insert is formed by assembling two composite parts having an L-shaped cross-section and forming a portion of the core and one of the side flanges of the insert.07-05-2012
20120256460BACKREST FOLDING MECHANISM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT - A backrest folding mechanism for a vehicle seat is provided, that includes a backrest, which has an actuating element that is arranged remotely from the backrest and acts remotely on the backrest folding mechanism in order to unlock a locking and unlocking element of the backrest with respect to a retaining element on the bodywork that is connectable to the locking and unlocking element, after which the backrest can be moved from an initial position that is substantially vertical or slightly inclined into a folded position.10-11-2012
20120175931VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle seat includes a seat main body having a seat cushion and a seat back which are connected via a reclining device, a shaft member which protrudes from the reclining device, and an operation lever which is connected to the shaft member and is rotated when operating the reclining device. The operation lever includes a lever main body which is attached to the shaft member, a sliding portion which is provided on the lever main body and configured to slide relative to the seat main body when the lever main body is rotated about the shaft member, and a protruding portion which protrudes from the lever main body toward the seat main body at a position further separated apart from the shaft member than the sliding portion and is brought into contact with the seat main body when the lever main body is tilted by an external force.07-12-2012
20120228913Recliner Assembly Walk-In Actuator - A seat assembly includes a recliner operatively coupled between a seat back and a seat cushion. The recliner is operable between locked and unlocked conditions. Pivoting a recliner handle in a first direction actuates the recliner to the unlocked condition allowing pivotal movement of the seat back between a seating position and fold flat position. Pivoting a walk-in handle in a second direction actuates the recliner to the unlocked condition allowing pivotal movement of the seat back toward an inclined dump position. Pivoting the walk-in handle simultaneously pivots an EZ-entry link from a first position to an intermediate position. With the EZ-entry link in the intermediate position, the pivotal movement of the seat back toward the dump position urges the EZ-entry link from the intermediate position to a second position wherein the EZ-entry link blocks the seat back in the dump position.09-13-2012
20120080920Split Tube Return Spring - A tubular spring having a longitudinal slot that is attached between a movable member and a fixed attachment device. A recliner hinge assembly for a vehicle seat that includes an inboard recliner and an outboard recliner connected by a connecting rod. A split tube having a longitudinally extending slot is assembled over the connecting rod. The split tube biases the seat back toward a neutral position when the seat back is shifted to a position that is angularly offset from the neutral position.04-05-2012
20120080919Wheelchair Backrest Assembly - A backrest assembly for a wheelchair includes a support plate pivotally connected to a seat, wherein the support plate is configured to be pivotally adjusted between upright and reclined positions with respect to the seat; a slide plate slidably secured on a front surface of the support plate; and a backrest adjustment assembly operatively connected to the support plate and the slide plate. The backrest adjustment assembly includes a link configured to adjust the support plate. The slide plate slides over the support plate through the link.04-05-2012
20100231021VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle seat system including a seat-bottom (09-16-2010
20120091775CHAIR WITH AN ANGLE-ADJUSTABLE BACKREST - Chair having a backrest that is adjustable into differently-angled positions includes a first body having a structure defining the chair seat and support legs. A second body forms the backrest of the chair. The lower portion of the second body projects into the inner space defined by the first body. The lower end of the backrest is pivotally engaged to both sides of the lower portion of the first proximal either one of its front or back ends. The seat and the backrest respectively include multiple elongated elements extending from the bottom to the top of the backrest and from the back to the front of the seat. The elongated elements of the seat and backrest interleave with each other, allowing angular displacement of the backrest towards the front or back ends of the seat and, resulting in different inclination angles of the backrest.04-19-2012
20130009437PROTECTIVE COVERING FOR A SEAT ADJUSTING MECHANISM - A vehicle seat having a backrest which is arranged on a seat part such that it can be pivoted and/or rotated by means of an adjusting mechanism, wherein the adjusting mechanism is covered with a covering and the covering is provided in two parts. The first part is made of a comparatively hard plastic material and the second part is made of a comparatively soft plastic material.01-10-2013
20100141005LINK CHAIN - The invention relates to a link chain having two rows of chain elements wherein the chain elements of one row are rotatably connected to those of the adjacent row in the chain plane in such a way that each chain element has two rotational axes, of which each one of the two rotational axes of two different chain elements is in adjacent rows, and that the chain elements of one row are connected to one another by means of toothings of their ends in such a way that the chain is flexible in the chain plane, wherein the rotational axes are designed such that the chain remains in a set position.06-10-2010
20130134758Synchronous Seat Recline Mechanism - A seat for use in an aircraft having a floor is provided. The seat has a support assembly, a seat, a seat back pivotably coupled to the support assembly for movement between an upright position and a reclined position relative to the support assembly, and an occupant back support having an upper portion and lower portion pivotally coupled to the seat back at the upper portion. A pivot link pivotally couples to the rear portion of the seat at a first end and pivotally couples to the lower portion of the occupant back support at a second end. The pivot link causes the lower portion of the occupant back support to move downwardly and forward relative to the seat as the seat back moves from the upright position to the reclined position.05-30-2013
20100276976VEHICLE SEAT RECLINING DEVICE - Each of the pawls that are capable of rotationally locking a reclining device has a hardness greater than a slide cam that is capable of pressing the pawls to engage a ratchet. When a large load capable of forcibly rotationally displacing the ratchet is applied thereto while the pawls mesh with the ratchet, the pawls are pressed by the ratchet in a radially inward direction in which the pawls are disengaged therefrom, so as to press the slide cam with an increased buckling strength and plastically deform the same.11-04-2010
20110272988 DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT - A drive device for a motor vehicle seat (11-10-2011
20110278895ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING A BACKREST OF A VEHICLE SEAT - An adjustment device is provided for adjusting an inclination angle of a backrest of a vehicle seat, in particular for a motor vehicle, the adjustment device being able to be actuated by a ratchet mechanism.11-17-2011
20120299354RELEASE MECHANISM FOR A RECLINING SEAT ASSEMBLY - A seat assembly is provided that includes a seat bottom and a seat back supported for movement relative to the seat bottom. The seat assembly also includes a support member that extends from the seat back. A release mechanism is supported on the seat back for rotation about the support member, wherein rotation of the release mechanism is adapted to release the seat back for movement relative to the seat bottom.11-29-2012
20120086253SYNCHRONIZER FOR MANUAL RECLINER - A recliner assembly for a vehicle seat that has a pair of adjustable recliners are disposed on opposite sides of the seat that connect a seat back to a seat base. The recliners are shifted between a locked position and an unlocked position by manually pivoting a connector rod. Each recliner has a gear plate and a guide plate that are each associated with one of the seat base and seat back. An easy entry module is also provided to release the seat back to pivot over the seat base to provide access to an area behind the seat back. A static connector may be provided that connects the gear plates of each of the pair of recliners and retains the gear plates of each recliner in alignment with the corresponding gear plate of the other recliner.04-12-2012

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