Safety restraint device for police vehicle

  • US 7,137,649 B2
  • Filed: 12/01/2003
  • Issued: 11/21/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/28/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A police vehicle having a rear passenger compartment configured to transport a prisoner comprising:

  • a polymer vehicle seat within the rear passenger compartment having a center mount location;

    a retractor disposed at the center mount location, including a mode switching mechanism capable of changing the mode of operation of the retractor between an automatic locking retractor mode and an emergency locking retractor mode in response to an amount of seat belt webbing extracted from the retractor;

    seat belt webbing operatively coupled to said retractor;

    a prisoner screen;

    a seat belt tongue coupled to said seat belt webbing; and

    wherein the rear passenger compartment defines a first coupling position located adjacent to the vehicle seat and a second forward coupling position located adjacent the prisoner screen, said first and second coupling positions being configured to restrain the tongue and wherein the retractor is configured to resist movement of the prisoner while the seat belt tongue is in the first coupling position and the retractor is in the automatic locking retractor mode.

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