Magna International has patented a vehicle seat with a strip-shaped covering element for attaching additional devices. The covering element can be selectively positioned to cover or uncover fastening elements, providing a versatile and seamless design for the seat. GlobalData’s report on Magna International gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Magna International, Stabiliser bar type suspensions was a key innovation area identified from patents. Magna International's grant share as of January 2024 was 56%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Child seat attachment mechanism for vehicle seats

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Magna International Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11884190B2) discloses a vehicle seat design that includes a seat surface and backrest with a seat cover featuring a seat outer skin. The innovation lies in a holding device on the seat for attaching an additional device, comprising two fastening elements accessible through openings in the seat surface or backrest. A covering element, strip-shaped and multi-layered, is attached to the seat surface or backrest, allowing it to cover or uncover the fastening means. A tab-shaped element is pivotally attached to the covering element for releasable fixing, enhancing the functionality and versatility of the vehicle seat design.

Furthermore, the patent details the construction of the covering element, consisting of cover material, stable non-woven interlining, adhesive non-woven material, and another layer of cover material, with the outer faces made from materials like leather, textile, synthetic leather, or microfiber. The tab-shaped element, also multi-layered, is designed to match the seat outer skin material and includes a reinforcing layer for durability. The patent claims cover various aspects of the vehicle seat design, including the attachment mechanisms, construction materials, and pivot axes for the covering and tab-shaped elements, offering a comprehensive solution for enhancing the functionality and aesthetics of vehicle seats in a practical and innovative manner.

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