Folding chair with integral safety feature

  • US 6,062,639 A
  • Filed: 05/25/1999
  • Issued: 05/16/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/25/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A folding chair, comprising:

  • a frame, having a back rest comprising a pair of parallel back rest members, a seat comprising a pair of parallel seat frame members, and legs, each of the seat frame members is adjacent to one of the back rest members, the frame having an open position wherein the seat extends substantially perpendicular to the back rest and a folded position wherein the seat extends substantially parallel to the back rest, the seat frame members each having a seat frame member back portion defined as a portion of the seat frame member rearward of the back rest member adjacent to said seat frame member, the back rest member resting upon the seat frame member when the chair is in the open position, the back rest member sweeping rearward and diminishing the size of the seat frame member back portion as the chair is altered from the open position to the folded position; and

    at least one locking device, pivotally attached to the seat frame member rear portion, for selectively locking the chair in the open position by abutting against the back rest member adjacent to said seat frame member when the chair is in the open position for preventing the chair from folding while said locking device is so engaged by preventing the back rest member from sweeping rearward.

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