Seat handle release adapter

  • US 7,578,560 B2
  • Filed: 03/01/2005
  • Issued: 08/25/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/14/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A vehicle tilt seat handle repair adapter for use with a vehicle seat including a seat portion and a tilting back portion, said tilting back portion releasing from a locked position by a handle diposed on a side of said seat portion and a tilt mechanism including a lock release actuating shaft connecting said handle to a lock/release means for releasably holding said tilting back portion in an upright position with respect to said seat portion and releasing said tilting back portion for pivotal movement from an upright position, said repair coupling comprising:

  • a handle including a socket, said socket including means for cooperatively engaging a lock release actuating shaft for preventing relative movement of the handle and lock release actuating shaft when said handle is moved in a direction to rotate said lock release actuating shaft, said handle including a bore therethrough for extending a fastening means therethrough to cooperatively engage said lock release actuating shaft; and

    a tilt seat handle repair coupling comprising a first end portion which includes a first bore having an internal diameter large enough to hold a threaded fasterner and said first end portion including at least a cylindrical distal end portion having an external diameter less than said socket for projecting into at least a portion of said socket of said handle, said tilt seat handle repair coupling including stop means extending from an interior surface of said bore for abutting a distal end of said broken off portion of an outer free end portion of said lock release actuating shaft, said stop means including an opening for extending said fasterner means therethrough for cooperatively engaging said broken off portion of an outer free end portion of said lock release actuating shaft, and said tilt seat handle repair coupling including an opposing second end portion including a bore of greater diameter than the diameter of said lock release actuating shaft for coaxial engagement with said broken off portion of an outer free end portion and means for cooperatively engaging said second end portion of said tilt seat handle repair coupling with said broken off portion of an outer free end portion of said lock release actuating shaft.

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