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VEHICLE SEAT TOWEL BAR DOWNSTOP

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032363D
Publication Date: 2004-Nov-02
Document File: 5 page(s) / 223K

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Abstract

A Towel Bar is configured to prevent or inhibit an excessive downward force on the Towel Bar by configuring the Towel Bar to transfer loads to the latching mechanism, without the use of additional components.

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VEHICLE SEAT TOWEL BAR DOWNSTOP

ABSTRACT

         A Towel Bar is configured to prevent or inhibit an excessive downward force on the Towel Bar by configuring the Towel Bar to transfer loads to the latching mechanism, without the use of additional components.

DISCUSSION

         The present disclosure relates generally to vehicle seats, and more particularly to a towel bar downstop for a vehicle seat.

         A Towel Bar is a standard device on an automotive seat for the user to disengage the seat adjuster latching mechanism allowing the seat to be adjusted forward or rearward. The Towel Bar typically is configured using a tube linking the inboard to outboard manual seat adjusters that facilitates latching disengagement when pulled up in the center of the Towel Bar.

         During ingress or egress to the vehicle, it is possible for a user to exert an excessive downward force on the Towel Bar. It is also foreseen that children may use the Towel Bar as a stepping device when ingressing or egressing of the vehicle.

         Thus there is a need for a Towel Bar latching system that will inhibit or prevent excessive downward loads on a Towel Bar by transferring loads from the Towel Bar to the latching mechanism without additional components.

         One embodiment of the Towel Bar downstop provides a pair of tabs coupled to the secondary latch bracket and configured to restrict the downward travel of the Towel Bar when a force is applied to the front portion of the Towel Bar. The back end of the Towel Bar is configure...