FOUR-EVER IN MOTION is a Southern California company. Inventors Lenard and Barb Ascher are also owners of the infant to adult adjustable car seat patent. (US Patent US 20130285427/US 8807650)

ABSTRACT

Improvements in a car seat where the car seat is adjustable to accommodate infants to adults. The seat has adjustments for the sides, seat, back and belt position. The seat uses servo motors with an intelligent controller that utilizes a memory position feature along with preset locations based upon different weight, age or height information. The seat pads can move separately or collectively to position the seat prior to an adult, toddler or child being seated. Side supports can elevate and or fold inward to reduce side-to-side motion. The back rest may also be movable to push the child further forward in the seat. The setting can be altered and or stored when different children are seated or as the child grows until they can be seated in the flat adult position. An insert is used to place a newborn in a backward facing reclined position.


 

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the infant to adult automotive seat to adjust to accommodate a growing child from infant to toddler to child to adult. While the chair accommodates a wide variety of growth an infant insert is used to place a baby in a reversed and or reclined position. This insert would be used until the child can be placed in a forward facing upright position. Each of these different sized groups can require a different seat elevation, side support, back support and belt position.

It is an object of the infant to adult automotive seat to have adjustments for the sides, seat, and back. The bottom can be raised and lowered from being parallel with the remainder of the car seats or bench to elevating the seat thereby allowing a child to look out of the vehicle window(s). The side supports can elevate and or fold inward to reduce side-to-side motion. The side supports from both sides of the bottom seat as well as the sides from the back support can also adjust to nestle the child. The back rest may also be movable to push the child further forward in the seat. The movement of the back rest may also be integrated with movement of a leg or foot support that is located in the front of the seat. The position of the belt and shoulder strap is also movable to place the belt in the optimal position for the child or adult.

It is another object of the infant to adult automotive seat to utilize servo motors that can determine the position of the seat. The servo motors are controllable for motion and are often currently used to position a driver seat. The servo motors can operate off of the 12 volt electrical system of a vehicle.

It is still another object of the infant to adult automotive seat to utilize a memory position feature along with preset locations based upon different weight, age or height information. Because the seat uses the aforementioned servo motors the different servo motors can move separately or collectively to position the seat prior to an adult or child being seated. The setting can be altered and or stored when different children are seated or as the child grows until they can be seated in the flat adult position.

Various objects, features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention, along with the accompanying drawings in which like numerals represent like components.


DESCRIPTION

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONSThis application claims the benefit of Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/638,659 filed Apr. 26, 2012 the entire contents of which is hereby expressly incorporated by reference herein.

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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION1. Field of the invention

This invention relates to improvements in vehicle car seat. More particularly, the present invention relates to a multi-servo adjustable car seat with movable base, back and sides that adjusts from an infant to an adult.

2. Description of Related Art Including Information Disclosed Under 37 CFR 1.97 and 1.98.

A child is often transported in an automobile. A number of regulations require that the child be properly restrained in the seat until they reach an appropriate age, weight or height. Over time the appropriate age, weight or height of the baby has increased to eight years of age and younger. This requirement may continue to change. The major reason for the regulation is to accommodate the child in a car seat that is configured to accommodate an adult.

One of the simplest ways to satisfy the requirement is to install a car seat within a vehicle. As the child grows in size the seat must be replaced with a larger seat until the child is large enough to not require the seat. Over the years a number of seat manufacturers have tried to accommodate children by making chairs that have fold-out features that essentially raise the seating platform. These devices can then be folded back into the seat to accommodate an adult. A number of patents and or publications have been made to address these issues. Exemplary examples of patents and or publication that try to address this /these problem(s) are identified and discussed below.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,951,450 issued Apr. 20, 1976 to Paul Gambotti and U.S. Pat. No. 4,655,503 issued Apr. 7, 1987 to Ken Kamijo et al., both disclose integrated child car seats where the child seat folds out from the back of the car seat. Because the child seat folds out from the back of the seat, the front of the seat is still available for an adult occupant. While these patents disclose an automobile seat that converts into a seat that can hold a child the child seat is configured in only one size and is not automatically adjustable.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,568,959 issue Oct. 29, 1996 to Weber et al. discloses a vehicle seat with an integrated booster seat with interchangeable modules. This patent has a booster seat that is stored within the backrest of the seat. The backrest is opened to fold out the booster seat. A variety of modules can be interchanged with the seat to accommodate different sized children as the children grow larger. While this patent provides multiple seating options for a growing child, the modules must be manually interchanged.

U.S. Pat. No. 7,159,941 issued Jan. 9, 2007 to Rodney Thomas discloses a vehicular child seat assembly. The child seat is integrated into the car seat. The backrest of the car seat folds out to provide a reclined rear facing position for a new born or infant. This patent provides seating for a rear facing child but does not provide for a larger child that can sit in a forward facing position and the conversion must be performed manually.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,540,216 issued Sep. 10, 1985 to Karl D. Hassel, U.S. Pat. No. 4,533,176 issued Aug. 6, 1985 to Bill Wyttenbach and U.S. Pat. No. 4,900,4086 issued Feb. 13, 1990 to Royce E. Steward each disclose a forward facing child seat that folds out from the backrest of a chair. In all of these patents the child seat is basically a booster seat that can accommodate up to a particular size. Because they only accommodate a child to a given size they are not useful for a broad range of child growth.

What is needed is a car seat that uses multiple moving surfaces that are changeable as a child gets larger as well and movable to accommodate an adult. Additionally the changes to the surfaces should be provided automatically and with a memory to return to preset, memory or selectable positions. The proposed car seat in this document provides a solution.


 

CLAIMS(20)

The invention claimed is:

1. An infant to adult automotive seat comprising:

an adjustable vehicle seat that is integrated into a vehicle; said adjustable vehicle seat has movable cushions that are moved by at least one motor to control each said movable cushion; said movable cushions including at least a seat cushion, a leg support cushion, a back support cushion, a left back support cushion and a right back support cushion; a controller that reads an encoder on each motor; at least two known positions whereby said controller can move each motor to position each said movable cushion, and wherein said left back support cushion or said right back support cushion moves when an associated door of said vehicle is opened or closed.

2. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein said leg support cushion is movable both above and below said seat cushion.
 

3. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein one of said at least two known positions is for a known child size.

 

4. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein one of said at least two known positions is established by a user.

 

5. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein said encoder is a binary encoder or a potentiometer.

 

6. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that further includes side movable cushions within said seat cushion that are movable to alter a width of said seat cushion.

 

7. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein said left back support cushion and said right back support cushion are movable to alter a width of said seat cushion.

 

8. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that further includes at least one user storeable position.

 

9. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that further includes an algorithm that allows said seat to set a position based upon an age of a child.

 

10. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 further includes an algorithm that allows said seat to set a position based upon a weight of a child.

 

11. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that includes an algorithm that allows said seat to automatically adjust a position of said seat based upon chronological duration.

 

12. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that further includes a securing means for securing a baby carrier.

 

13. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein said seat is powered by said vehicle.

 

14. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein said cushions are padded and covered.

 

15. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that further includes a microprocessor.

 

16. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein said left seat cushion and said right seat cushion move with a single motor.

 

17. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 wherein said left back support cushion and said right back support cushion move with a single motor.

 

18. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that further includes a headrest.

 

19. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that further includes a seat belt.

 

20. The infant to adult automotive seat according to claim 1 that further includes a five point harness.