Lear has been granted a patent for a trim assembly for vehicle seats. The assembly includes a first trim panel that covers the gap between the backrest and seat cushion when the backrest is upright, and a second trim panel that covers the gap when the backrest is in a forward position. The second trim panel is pivotally connected to the first trim panel and can pivot away from the seat cushion when the backrest is in a rearward position. GlobalData’s report on Lear gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Trim assembly for covering gap between backrest and seat cushion

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Lear Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11752956B2) describes a trim assembly for a vehicle seat. The assembly includes multiple trim panels that cover the gap between the backrest and the seat cushion in different positions of the backrest.

In the upright position of the backrest, a first trim panel is pivotally connected to the lower region of the backrest's rear surface to cover the gap. In the forward position of the backrest, a second trim panel is connected to the first trim panel to cover the gap. The second trim panel is pivotally connected to the first trim panel and can pivot away from the seat cushion in the rearward position of the backrest.

Additionally, the trim assembly may include a third trim panel that is pivotally connected to the second trim panel and covers a portion of the seat cushion in the forward position. The third trim panel is sized to contact and slide upon the vehicle floor in the rearward position.

The trim panels may be made of plastic boards and covered with carpet material. They can be interconnected using nonwoven material strips. A biasing member, such as elastic bands, is attached to the first trim panel to bias it against the backrest's rear surface.

The patent also describes a vehicle seat assembly that incorporates the trim assembly. The seat assembly includes a seat cushion and a backrest pivotally connected to the seat cushion. The first trim panel is sewn to the lower region of the backrest's rear surface. The trim assembly is displaced over the seat cushion in the forward position to cover the gap between the backrest and the seat cushion.

Overall, this patent presents a trim assembly design that effectively covers the gap between the backrest and the seat cushion in different positions of the backrest. The use of multiple trim panels and a biasing member ensures a secure and aesthetically pleasing fit. The trim assembly can be easily incorporated into vehicle seat assemblies, providing improved comfort and appearance.

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