US 9,809,133 B2
Reclining seat assembly
James W Finck, Clarkston, MI (US)
Assigned to FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills, MI (US)
Filed by James W Finck, Clarkston, MI (US)
Filed on Feb. 9, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/19,523.
Application 15/019,523 is a division of application No. 13/347,815, filed on Jan. 11, 2012, abandoned.
Prior Publication US 2016/0152162 A1, Jun. 2, 2016
Int. Cl. B60N 2/12 (2006.01); B60N 2/22 (2006.01); B60N 2/07 (2006.01); B60N 2/23 (2006.01); B60N 2/68 (2006.01)
CPC B60N 2/12 (2013.01) [B60N 2/0705 (2013.01); B60N 2/2209 (2013.01); B60N 2/233 (2013.01); B60N 2/68 (2013.01); B60N 2/686 (2013.01)] 5 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
4. A reclining seat assembly comprising:
a seat frame defining a longitudinal axis and a backrest pivot axis generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
a backrest frame supported by the seat frame for movement about the backrest pivot axis, wherein the backrest frame defines a rear seat pan pivot axis generally below and parallel to the backrest pivot axis;
a seat pan having a forward portion and a rearward portion, wherein the forward portion of the seat pan is supported by the seat frame for relative longitudinal movement, and the rearward portion of the seat pan is supported by the backrest frame for pivotal movement about the rear seat pan pivot axis, whereby the backrest frame reclines relative to the seat frame upon forward longitudinal movement of the rear seat pan pivot axis relative to the seat frame;
a backrest recline angle adjuster coupled to the backrest frame, the adjuster maintaining the rear seat pan pivot axis in a selected one of a plurality of longitudinal positions relative to the seat frame;
the backrest frame defines an actuator pivot axis generally below and parallel to the backrest pivot axis; and
the adjuster includes a linear actuator carried on the seat frame, the actuator being pivotally coupled to the backrest frame along the actuator pivot axis, wherein the actuator pivot axis is collinear with the rear seat pan pivot axis.