Foldable pawl and ratchet assembly

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APP PUB NO 20070040419A1
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11205127

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A ratchet device for a rocking furniture member has a plurality of structural elements. The ratchet device temporarily retains the furniture member in multiple engaged positions and includes: a pawl assembly having a pawl link rotatably connected to a first structural element; a plastic pawl lever rotatably connected to the pawl link; a first biasing element positioned between the pawl link and the pawl lever which biases the pawl lever toward a contact position with the pawl link; and a U-shaped bracket rotatably coupled to the pawl link and fixed to the first structural element. A ratchet having engagement teeth is fixed to a second structural element and located with the engagement teeth in a rotational path of the pawl lever. A second biasing element connected between the pawl link and the U-shaped bracket biases the pawl lever to engage the ratchet teeth.

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LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATEDONE LA-Z-BOY DRIVE MONROE MI 48162

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
LaPointe, Larry P Temperance, MI 138 2075
Marshall, Richard E Monroe, MI 30 500

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