Magna International has patented a reversible seat assembly for automotive vehicles. The design includes inboard and outboard seat risers, reversing links, and latch brackets that allow the seat back to engage different strikers based on its position relative to the seat cushion. 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 February 2024 was 60%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Reversible seat assembly for automotive vehicles

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

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11919427B2) discloses a reversible seat assembly designed for use in automotive vehicles. The seat assembly includes a seat riser, a seat cushion extending between a front and rear end, and a seat back with a latch bracket. Reversing links connect the latch bracket to the seat riser, while a plurality of strikers are positioned towards the front and rear ends of the seat riser. When the seat back is near the rear end of the seat cushion, the latch bracket engages the primary and secondary strikers, and when near the front end, it engages the second primary and secondary strikers.

Furthermore, the patent details the latch bracket's design, including primary and secondary notches to engage the various strikers effectively. The seat cushion is also adjustable, capable of moving between a first inclined position where the front end is higher than the rear end, and a second inclined position where the rear end is higher. This adjustment corresponds to the position of the seat back, with the seat cushion being in the first inclined position when the seat back is near the rear end of the cushion, and in the second inclined position when near the front end. Overall, this innovative reversible seat assembly offers flexibility and adaptability in automotive seating arrangements, enhancing user comfort and convenience within vehicles.

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