Arrangement for sensing weight of an occupying item in a vehicular seat

  • US 8,235,416 B2
  • Filed: 09/12/2011
  • Issued: 08/07/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/07/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A vehicle including a floor at least in part defining a passenger compartment of the vehicle, the vehicle comprising:

  • a seat having a bottom portion and a back portion coupled at an angle to a rear portion of the bottom portion, the seat being adapted to support an occupant;

    a support structure configured to support the seat on the floor, the support structure comprising a track coupled to the floor engaged with a slide mechanism configured to slide with respect to the track to enable the seat to move relative to the floor, the support structure further comprising a support member coupled to the slide mechanism and to the bottom portion of the seat;

    an occupant sensor system to obtain an indication of a weight applied by the occupant to the seat, the occupant sensor system comprising at least one force sensing device attached to the support member and configured to measure a force in the support member indicative of the weight applied by the occupant to the seat.

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