Patent Number: 6,254,122

Title: Reinforced trim cover for a vehicle seat assembly with a tear line for airbag deployment

Abstract: A vehicle seat having an inflatable airbag with the trim cover overlying the airbag being reinforced in the region adjacent to the airbag and having a weakened zone formed by cutting the reinforcement to create a tear line for deployment of the airbag through the trim cover. The reinforcement reduces stretching of the trim cover during deployment of the airbag at locations surrounding the tear line such that the trim cover ruptures along the tear line to produce a predictable airbag deployment.

Inventors: Wu; Wei-Pin (Canton, MI), Wu; Frank (Novt, MI), Shurtleff; Walton H. (Brighton, MI)

Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company

International Classification: B29C 59/00 (20060101); B60R 21/20 (20060101); B60R 21/00 (20060101); B60R 021/22 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018