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TRANSLATING VEHICLE CABIN MID-GATE AND VEHICLE SEAT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011032D
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 132K

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Abstract

The present disclosure relates to the attachment of the rear portion of a passenger cabin (“cab”) of a vehicle such as a pickup truck or other related vehicle architecture.

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Translating vehicle Cabin Mid-Gate and Vehicle Seat

The present innovation relates to the attachment of the rear portion of a passenger cabin (“cab”) of a vehicle such as a pickup truck or other related vehicle architecture.  It is known to attach the seat back of the vehicle seat to the rear wall of the cab of a vehicle.  For example, see US Patent No. 6,481,772, to Tenn, which discloses a vehicle seat back attached to a mid-gate of a vehicle wherein the vehicle seat is folded to a tumble forward position on a first pivot axis and then the vehicle mid-gate is rotated about a second pivot axis to fold on top of the folded down vehicle seat back.  Further, it has been proposed to have the vehicle seat back be rotatably articulated to the vehicle mid-gate such that the seat back is supported by the mid-gate and the vehicle seat base rotates forward into a stow or tumble position.  Next, the mid-gate with the seat back attached thereto is rotated to a storage position such that the mid-gate forms part of the cargo storage floor of the vehicle.

In the present innovation, the object is to avoid pivoting or rotation of the seat back and mid-gate to a storage position.  Several advantages result such as the elimination of the pivot hinges and the ability to simplify the sealing of the mid-gate. 


While the present innovation is still concerned with repositioning the mid-gate and second row seat of the vehicle to allow space from the cabin of the vehicle to be used in conjunction with the rear cargo area of the vehicle, an alternative structure and method are disclosed.  Referrin...