US Patent No: 4,854,642

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Head restraint guide assembly

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A head restraint assembly having a bushing member adapted for retaining and guiding a post supporting the head restraint pad of a motor vehicle seat back. The bushing is installed within the seat back and allows the head restraint pad to be positioned at various vertical positions to suit individual seat occupants. The head restraint post has a plurality of detent notches and a retainer notch. The bushing includes a detent lug engagable with the notches such that various indexed positions of the head restraint pad are provided. The detent notches of the post have ramped cam surfaces enabling the pad to be moved between the detent positions by exerting axial loads on the post. The retainer notch engages the lug to prevent inadvertent withdrawal of the head restraint pad. Complete withdrawal, however, is provided by an actuator mechanism which urges the lug to withdraw it from engagement with the post retainer notch. The release actuator includes a leaf spring element, having an end which can be depressed downwardly to exert an outward biasing force on the detent lug, causing the lug to be disengaged from the retainer notch enabling the head restraint post to be withdrawn from the head restraint.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HOOVER UNIVERSAL, INC.ANN ARBOR, MI12

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ino, Kenji Birmingham, MI 3 58
Vidwans, Mohan P Saline, MI 8 188

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Ikeda Bussan Co., Ltd. (1)
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DAIMLER-BENZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (2)
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Tachikawa Spring Co., Ltd. (3)
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* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
CHRYSLER CORPORATION (1)
* 5,080,437 Self-adjusting headrest guide arrangement 21 1990
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (5)
* 5,645,320 Headrest support for vehicle seat 1 1996
* 2005/0012,374 Universal head restraint assembly for motor vehicle seats 0 2004
D547574 Pole guide for a head rest of an automobile 2 2005
D668587 Sport motorcycle head rest 0 2010
* 2015/0145,306 Seat Assembly Having a Cross Member 0 2015
 
TS TECH CO., LTD. (2)
8,783,777 Headrest support structure 0 2009
* 2010/0276,978 HEADREST SUPPORT STRUCTURE 52 2009
 
NIHON TECHNICA CO., LTD. (3)
* 6,454,356 Head rest support 18 2001
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Gestind-M.B. "Manifattura di Brusolo" S.p.A. (1)
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HOOVER UNIVERSAL, INC. (1)
* 5,056,867 Head restraint adjustment mechanism 8 1990
 
FAURECIA AUTOSITZE GMBH & CO. KG (4)
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* 2006/0261,661 Mounting device for the headrest of a vehicle seat 4 2006
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* 2012/0148,342 HEADREST SOCKET FOR ACCOMMODATING A HEADREST ROD 0 2011
 
Bend All Automotive Incorporated (3)
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GEN-X ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
6,742,846 Modified head restraint assembly for motor vehicle seats 16 2003
 
TACHI-S CO., LTD. (1)
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CECIL, DIMITRIOS G. (1)
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SHROCK, FRED J. (1)
* 5,397,170 Headrest bracket 19 1993
 
AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
* 5,895,094 Headrest apparatus for vehicle seat 34 1997
 
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC. (2)
* 6,296,316 Adjustable headrest guide 11 1999
* 9,410,594 Dampening mechanism for coaxially aligned relatively translatable components 0 2013
 
CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (1)
* 2009/0000,061 Hinge with a positioning function 2 2007
 
JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH (2)
* 6,733,079 Guide sleeve for the rod of a neck rest 7 2002
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LEAR CORPORATION (5)
* 5,788,250 Headrest guide sleeve 30 1996
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7,121,625 Headrest mechanism 9 2002
7,108,327 Adjustable head restraint guide 11 2004
* 2006/0061,188 Adjustable head restraint guide 3 2004
 
SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION (3)
* 9,446,692 Bearing for use in sliding head restraint 0 2014
* 2015/0001,908 BEARING FOR USE IN SLIDING HEAD RESTRAINT 1 2014
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INTIER AUTOMOTIVE INC. (6)
6,761,409 Head restraint guide sleeve 8 2002
6,902,239 Structural head restraint guide 1 2002
7,137,668 Multi-position head restraint 20 2004
* 2004/0217,640 Multi-position head restraint 0 2004
* 2004/0201,266 Structural head restraint guide 0 2004
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FLEXSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. (1)
* 5,816,658 Head rest lock 36 1997
 
GEN-X ENGINEERING (2)
* 6,099,077 Head restraint assembly for motor vehicle 16 1998
6,802,565 Head restraint assembly for motor vehicle 10 2002
 
JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY (1)
* 6,811,221 Cantilever supported height adjustable headrest 3 2002
* Cited By Examiner