Vehicular component adjustment system and method

  • US 7,766,383 B2
  • Filed: 01/29/2007
  • Issued: 08/03/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/17/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicle including a floor at least in part defining a passenger compartment of the vehicle, comprising:

  • a seat including a seat cushion assembly and seat back assembly defining a contact surface adapted to support an occupant of said seat;

    a support structure adapted to movably support said seat on the floor, said support structure comprising;

    a rail coupled to the floor of the vehicle;

    a slide mechanism coupled to said seat and to said rail and enabling movement of said seat on said rail with respect to the floor; and

    at least one connecting member connecting said seat to said slide mechanism and which comprises a first threaded region for connection to said slide mechanism, a second threaded region for connection to said seat, an intermediate region between said first and second threaded regions, and a strain gage measurement system arranged in connection with said intermediate region for measuring strain indicative of weight applied by the occupant to said seat;

    an occupant classification system that determines an occupant classification based on the occupant weight measured by said strain gage measurement system;

    an airbag positioned to deploy to provide protection to the occupant of said seat in a crash involving the vehicle;

    a crash sensor that detects when the vehicle has become involved in or is about to become involved in a crash; and

    a controller that determines that the crash detected by said crash sensor requires deployment of said airbag and controls deployment of said airbag based on the occupant classification determined by said occupant classification system.

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