Latch assembly and seat hinge with interlock

  • US 6,290,297 B1
  • Filed: 09/28/1999
  • Issued: 09/18/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A seat hinge assembly for use with a vehicle seat connectable to a striker on a vehicle body, the seat hinge assembly comprising:

  • a lower hinge member;

    an upper hinge member;

    a first latching mechanism operable in a latched mode to couple one of said lower hinge member and said upper hinge member to the striker and in an unlatched mode to allow movement of said one of said lower hinge member and said upper hinge member relative to the striker;

    a second latching mechanism operable in a locked mode to secure the other of said lower hinge member and said upper hinge member in a fixed position relative to said one of said lower hinge member and upper hinge member and in an unlocked mode to allow movement of the other of said lower hinge member and upper hinge member relative to said one of said lower hinge member and upper hinge member; and

    an interlock operatively coupled to said first and second latching mechanisms, said interlock being operable in a disabling mode when said first latching mechanism is in said unlatched mode wherein said interlock prevents movement of said second latching mechanism from said unlocked mode to said locked mode, and said interlock being operable in an enabling mode when said first latching mechanism is in said latched mode allowing movement of said second latching mechanism from said unlocked mode to said locked mode.

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