Patent Number: 6,168,192

Title: Combined seat-integral airbag for the head and thorax

Abstract: A vehicle seat has a seat frame having a pivot connection and a seat portion mounted on the seat frame. A backrest, having a head rest, is mounted on the seat frame such that the backrest is pivotable relative to the seat portion about the pivot connection. A lateral airbag system is mounted in the backrest and extends in a longitudinal direction of the backrest. The lateral airbag system has an elongate housing open at one side. The elongate housing has an elongate channel extending along a side of the backrest to an upper end of the head rest. The elongate housing is connected to the seat frame. The lateral airbag system has an airbag folded into the elongate channel such that a direction of folding is perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the elongate channel and such that the airbag is completely stretched out in the longitudinal direction. A cover covering the open side of the elongate housing is provided. The cover is adapted to open upon actuation of the airbag to release the airbag.

Inventors: Bauer; Wolfgang (Germering, DE)

Assignee: Autoliv Development AB

International Classification: B60R 21/20 (20060101); B60R 21/00 (20060101); B60R 021/22 (); B60R 021/08 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018