Patent Number: 6,241,174

Title: Belt shortening device

Abstract: A belt shortening device intended for use with a vehicle seat belt securing a baby seat is constructed and arranged so that it can be easily mounted to the existing seat belt without detaching the belt from its existing connection. The belt shortening device includes a tubular housing, a spindle rotatably received within the housing, and a ratchet mechanism operable for controlling rotation of the spindle. The housing has an open end and a closed end and includes a pair of longitudinal slits extending inwardly from the open end. The slits are symmetrically arranged in opposed relation so as to define a transverse slot in the housing for receiving the belt therein. A ratchet pawl is mounted in the side wall of the housing adjacent the open end thereof. The spindle has a body portion and two spaced arms extending perpendicularly outwardly from the body portion. The spaced arms define a longitudinal slot for transversely receiving the belt therein. The peripheral edge of the body portion includes a plurality of ratchet teeth. In use, the spindle is received in assembled relation with the housing and the belt such that the belt is transversely received within the slits of said housing and between the arms of the spindle, and further such that the body portion of the spindle is seated within the open end of the housing with the ratchet teeth slidably engaged with the pawl. The spindle is rotatable relative to housing to wind the belt within the housing.

Inventors: Nelsen; Daniel J. (Providence, RI), Petrie; Aidan (Jamestown, RI)

Assignee: Berger; Constance F.

International Classification: B60R 22/347 (20060101); B60R 22/34 (20060101); B60N 2/28 (20060101); B60N 2/26 (20060101); B60P 7/08 (20060101); B60P 7/06 (20060101); B65H 54/58 (20060101); B65H 54/56 (20060101); B65H 75/38 (20060101); B65H 75/40 (20060101); B65H 075/38 ()

Expiration Date: 06/05/2018