Patent Number: 6,254,164

Title: Vehicle occupant protection system

Abstract: In a vehicle occupant protection system, the seat is subjected to a forward deceleration by a power actuator following a frontal vehicle crash substantially without any time delay, and following a rearward movement of the seat with respect to the vehicle body by a prescribed distance, the seat is subjected to a forward acceleration by a stopper attached to a vehicle body to prevent any excessive rise in the forward deceleration of the vehicle occupant. Thereafter, the vehicle seat is required to move substantially integrally with the vehicle body to allow the vehicle occupant to decelerate at a tolerable deceleration level by virtue of a controlled deformation of the vehicle body, and the one-way motion mechanism ensures the vehicle seat to move jointly with the vehicle body once the stopper has stopped the rearward movement of the seat.

Inventors: Kawamura; Yasushi (Wako, JP), Kamei; Takahiro (Wako, JP)

Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B60N 2/427 (20060101); B60N 2/42 (20060101); B60N 002/04 (); B60R 021/02 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018