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US7104607: Seat

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Inventor(s) Eiichi Yasuda · Shun'ichi Doi · Kazukata Takei · Kiyokazu Sunami · Etsunori Fujita · Yumi Ogura · Seiji Kawasaki · Kazuyoshi Chizuka · Yasuhide Takata ·
Assignee(s) Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Chuo Kenkyusho · Delta Tooling Co., Ltd. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. ·
Primary Examiner Peter M. Cuomo ·
Assistant Examiner Erika Garrett ·
Application Number US10949758
Filing date 09/27/2004
Issue date 09/12/2006
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 09/27/2024
U.S. Classifications 297/354.1  · 297/285  · 297/230.1  · 297/345.12  · 297/299  · 297/354.11  ·
International Classifications B60N202  ·
Kind CodeB2
Foreign Priority JP2003337621 - 09/29/2003 · JP2004246177 - 08/26/2004 ·
6 Claims, 40 Drawings


Abstract

This present invention discloses a seat, comprising: a seat cushion; and a seat back frame connected to the seat cushion, the seat back frames being bent in a range of specified bending angle in a direction of moving the top end backward by a backward load over a predetermined value, by way of a joint provided at an intermediate portion in the vertical direction, such that the seat back frame receives a reaction force corresponding to the bending angle.

Independent Claims | See all claims (6)

  1. 1. A seat, comprising: a seat cushion; a seat back frame connected to said seat cushion, the seat back frame being adapted to bend in a range of a specific bending angle in a direction of moving a top end thereof backward by a backward load over a predetermined value, by way of a joint provided at an intermediate portion in the vertical direction, such that the seat back frame receives a reaction force corresponding to the bending angle, wherein said seat back frame comprises a lower frame connected to the seat cushion, an upper frame whose bottom end portion is connected to a top end portion of said lower frame such that the upper frame is capable of bending in the front-rear direction by way of said joint, and a buffering member which generates a reaction force in said upper frame corresponding to an angle at which said upper frame is bent backward relative to the lower frame; and a stopper positioned to restrict a forward limit of the specific bending angle of the seat back frame to an angle wherein the direction of the length of a portion of said upper frame adjacent said lower frame is substantially an extension of the direction of the length of a portion of said lower frame adjacent said upper frame, whereby the bending of the seat back frame in the range of a specific bending angle in a direction of moving the top end thereof backward by a backward load over a predetermined value comprises moving the top end backward from a position wherein the direction of the length of the portion of said upper frame adjacent said lower frame is substantially an extension of the direction of the length of the portion of said lower frame adjacent said upper frame.
  2. 2. A seat comprising: a pair of lower side frames each bottom end portion of which is attached to each of right and left ends of a seat cushion; a pair of upper left and right side frames, bottom end portions of which are coupled to the top end portions of said paired lower side frames so that the bottom end portions of the upper side frames are displaceable in at least one of front-rear direction, right and left direction and rotating direction; an elastic member which is provided between said lower side frame and the upper side frame and generates a reaction force corresponding to displacement of the upper side frame with respect to the lower side frame; and a cushion material composed of a tension structure body provided in a stretched manner over said lower side frame and upper side frame.
  3. 5. A seat, comprising: a seat cushion; and a seat back frame coupled to said seat cushion, said seat back frame including: at least one joint which is provided at a predetermined position higher than the gravity of a seat occupant, in the vertical direction of said seat back frame, and when a backward load over a predetermined value is applied on the seat back frame, a joint angle of the joint changes corresponding to the load within a predetermined range of angle; and a buffering member which is provided at each joint and generates a reaction force corresponding to each joint angle which changes depending on the load, wherein, when said load is applied on said seat back frame, said seat back frame is bent at each joint at each joint angle in a direction of moving the top end backward, each joint angle having been changed in accordance with said load, and said seat back frame is adapted to receive a reaction force corresponding to each joint angle thus changed from said buffering member.

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Foreign Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
JP1132865Feb 1999
JP11115594TOYOTA MOTOR CORPApr 1999
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