Patent Number: 7,100,980

Title: Vehicle seat assembly having a vehicle occupant sensing system with a biasing pad

Abstract: A vehicle occupant sensing system for a vehicle seat assembly that includes at least one emitter and at least one sensor operable to detect relative distance between the sensor and the emitter to thereby detect a condition of the vehicle seat assembly. The vehicle occupant sensing system also includes a biasing pad adapted so as to be disposed below a seat cushion of the vehicle seat assembly so as to deflect in response to deflection of the seat cushion. The biasing pad supports at least one of the emitter and the sensor such that the emitter and the sensor are biased away from each other and such that one of the emitter and the sensor are supported for movement toward and away from the other.

Inventors: Young; Oliver J. (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI), Ali; Asad S. (Troy, MI), Nathan; John F. (White Lake Township, MI), Ricard; Christopher T. (Rochester, MI), Galbreath; Ash (Troy, MI)

Assignee: Lear Corporation

International Classification: A47C 7/62 (20060101); B60R 21/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018