US Patent No. 10,988,056

CHILD RESTRAINT HEADREST WITH SIDE-WING MOVER


Patent No. 10,988,056
Issue Date April 27, 2021
Title Child Restraint Headrest With Side-wing Mover
Inventorship Kevin C. Oswald, Columbus, IN (US)
Mei-Hui Lin, Nashville, IN (US)
Devin J. Coakley, Bellingham, MA (US)
Jason H. Johnson, Brownstown, IN (US)
Assignee DOREL JUVENILE GROUP, INC., Foxboro, MA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,988,056

1. A child restraint comprisinga seat bottom and
a seat back including a backrest arranged to extend upwardly from the seat bottom and a head receiver coupled to the backrest and arranged to lie above the seat bottom,
wherein the head receiver comprises an adjustable-width headrest and a headrest-width changer, the adjustable-width headrest includes a center head support associated with the backrest, a first movable head support mounted on one side of the center head support for lateral sliding movement relative to the center head support, and a second movable head support mounted on an opposite side of the center head support for lateral sliding movement relative to the center head support, and the headrest-width changer includes converter means for moving the first and second movable head supports away from one another to provide a large head-receiving space between the first and second movable head supports and establish a wide mode of the adjustable-width headrest and toward one another to provide a relatively smaller head-receiving space between the first and second movable head supports in response to movement of one of the movable head supports away from the center head support to establish a narrow mode of the adjustable-width headrest, and
wherein the converter means is a linear motion converter that is arranged to lie above the seat bottom and to interconnect the first and second movable head supports to convert lateral movement of the first movable head support in a first direction relative to the backrest automatically into lateral motion of the second movable head support in an opposite second direction relative to the backrest and the linear motion converter includes a first rack strip coupled to the first movable head support to move therewith, a second rack strip coupled to the second movable head support to move therewith, and a motion-transfer gear arranged to lie between the first and second rack strips and include gear teeth that engage and mesh with rack teeth included in each of the first and second rack strips.