Compactible juvenile vehicle seat with forward-folding backrest and u-shaped backrest frame

  • US 7,758,120 B2
  • Filed: 02/22/2008
  • Issued: 07/20/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/13/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A compactible juvenile vehicle seat comprising:

  • a seat base adapted to set on a vehicle seat and formed to include a seat bottom adapted to support a juvenile in a seated position and an axle associated with the seat bottom,a foldable backrest mounted on the axle for folding movement between an upright use position arranged to extend upwardly away from the seat bottom and adapted to support a juvenile in the seated position on the seat bottom and a compact folded storage position arranged to extend long the seat bottom and lie in confronting relation to the seat bottom,a backrest lock, configured to provide means for retaining the foldable backrest in the upright use position, and for releasing the foldable backrest to free the foldable backrest so that, once freed, the foldable backrest can be pivoted about a pivot axis established by the axle to assume the compact folded storage position, wherein the backrest lock includes a backrest frame mounted for movement on the foldable backrest between a backrest-locking position engaging a frame receiver included in the seat base to block pivotable movement of the foldable backrest about the pivot axis and a backrest-releasing position disengaging the frame receiver to free the foldable backrest to pivot on the axle about the pivot axis between the upright use position and the compact folded storage position,wherein the foldable backrest includes a front surface adapted to contact a juvenile resting in the seated position on the seat bottom and an oppositely facing rear surface, the front surface is arranged to lie in confronting relation to the seat bottom upon movement of the foldable backrest to the compact folded storage position, and the backrest frame is mounted for movement on the rear surface of the foldable backrest, andwherein the seat base further includes spaced-apart first and second armrests, the seat bottom is arranged to lie between and below the first and second armrests, and a portion of the backrest frame is arranged to lie between the first and second armrests upon movement of the foldable backrest to the compact folded storage position.

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