Toyota Boshoku‘s patented in-vehicle seat design includes a seat cushion with a removable pad and supporting panel for child seat placement. The anchor is hidden when the pad is attached and exposed when removed, with a guide groove for easy installation. GlobalData’s report on Toyota Boshoku 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 Toyota Boshoku, Autonomous seating was a key innovation area identified from patents. Toyota Boshoku's grant share as of February 2024 was 55%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Child seat anchor system in in-vehicle seat

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11919426B2) discloses an innovative in-vehicle seat designed to accommodate a child seat securely. The seat comprises a seat back, a seat cushion with a removable pad, and an anchor hidden within the seat cushion pad. The anchor is strategically positioned to be externally exposed when the pad is removed, allowing for easy installation of a child seat. Additionally, a guide groove in the supporting panel assists in linking the child seat to the anchor, ensuring a safe and stable attachment.

Furthermore, the patent details various features of the in-vehicle seat, including the inclination of the supporting panel, the use of a cushioning member made of foamed material, and the design of the anchor with leg portions and a middle portion for engaging with the child seat. The presence of cut-out portions in the guide groove and the alignment of the anchor with the linking portion of the child seat enhance the overall functionality and safety of the seating arrangement. These unique elements contribute to making the in-vehicle seat a practical and secure option for parents and caregivers looking to transport young children safely in vehicles.

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