(19)
(11)EP 2 463 144 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
26.08.2015 Bulletin 2015/35

(21)Application number: 11190258.1

(22)Date of filing:  23.11.2011
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B60N 2/48  (2006.01)
B60N 2/06  (2006.01)

(54)

Seat structure

Sitzstruktur

Structure de siège


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 09.12.2010 JP 2010274275

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.06.2012 Bulletin 2012/24

(73)Proprietor: Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Aki-gun, Hiroshima (JP)

(72)Inventor:
  • Onji, Atsushi
    Aki-gun, Hiroshima (JP)

(74)Representative: Rupprecht, Kay 
Meissner, Bolte & Partner GbR Widenmayerstraße 47
80538 München
80538 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 1 344 677
JP-A- 11 189 082
GB-A- 2 155 775
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


    1. Field of the Invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to a seat structure capable of creating a walk-through space.

    2. Description of the Related Art



    [0002] Heretofore, there has been known an automobile rear seat 30 having right and left seats 30R, 30L which are separated right and left, as illustrated in FIG. 6A. The terms "right (rightward)" and "left (leftward)" here mean directions on the basis of a seated passenger (this definition will also be applied to the following description).

    [0003] A headrest 30a for a left seated passenger and a headrest 30b for a right seated passenger are supported on respective tops of the left seat 30L and the right seat 30R. As illustrated in FIG. 6B, one of the right and left seats (in this example, the right seat 30R) is turned after flipping up a seat cushion thereof, so that a walk-through space S is created between the right and left seats 30R, 30L (JP 11-189082A: hereinafter referred to as "Patent Document 1 ").

    [0004] The above seat structure requires a lot of time and effort to create the walk-through space S, because it is necessary to perform both the operation of flipping up the seat cushion of the right seat 30R and the operation of turning the right seat 30R. Moreover, although the rear seat 30 is configured to, in a normal mode illustrated in FIG. 6A, allow total three passengers to be seated, respectively, in the left seat 30L, the right seat 30R, and a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats 30R, 30L, in a side-by-side manner, it is not easy to install a headrest for a middle seat passenger who is seated in the region striding across the boundary between the right and left seats 30R, 30L (middle seat passenger's headrest).

    [0005] As measures against the above problems, as illustrated in FIGS. 7A and 7B, it is contemplatable that at least one of the right and left seats, for example, the left seat 30L, is adapted to be slidably movable in a leftward direction L so as to allow the right and left seats 30R, 30L to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space S therebetween. This seat structure requires less time and effort for creating the walk-through space S, because it is only necessary to perform the operation of slidably moving the left seat 30L.

    [0006] Further, it is contemplatable to install a middle seat passenger's headrest 30c (a headrest 30c for a middle seat passenger who is seated in the region striding across the boundary between the right and left seats 30R, 30L) in such a manner that it is supported on a top a seat back of one of the right and left seats, for example, the left seat 30L.

    [0007] However, as illustrated in FIG. 7B, when the left seat 30L is slidably moved in the leftward direction L so as to allow the right and left seats 30R, 30L to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space (S) therebetween, the middle seat passenger's headrest 30c is in a position where a right half thereof protrudes into the walk-through space S.

    [0008] Thus, the middle seat passenger's headrest 30c blocks a passenger from passing through the walk-through space S, so that there remains a need for improving this point.

    [0009] EP 1 344 677 A2 relates to a seat arrangement for a vehicle, which includes three rows of seats in a vehicular cabin behind one another. A second row of seats 2 is slidable in the longitudinal direction, and a seat cushion 3C of the third row seats can be pivoted about a pivotal axis in the vicinity of its front edge into the upright position. Additionally, the second row seats 2 comprise two seats laterally dividable and slidable substantially in both longitudinal and lateral direction of the vehicle, thereby creating a walk-through space therebetween.

    [0010] In view of meeting the above need, it is an object of the present invention to provide a seat structure contrived such that it can be equipped with a middle seat passenger's headrest, while avoiding a situation where the middle seat passenger's headrest blocks a passenger from passing through a walk-through space.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0011] In order to achieve the above object, the present invention provides a seat structure (1) for a vehicle, which is configured to allow three passengers to be seated side-by-side therein. The seat structure (1) comprises a right seat (1R) and a left seat (1L) which are separated right and left, and a headrest (1c) for a middle seat passenger who is seated in a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats (1R, 1L). At least one of the right and left seats (1R, 1L) is slidably movable in a rightward-leftward or frontward-rearward direction so as to allow the right and left seats to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space (S) therebetween, and the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) is supported on a seat back of one of the right and left seats, and when the right and left seats are in spaced-apart relation, is slidably moved in a rightward or leftward direction causing the walk-through space (S) to become unblocked.

    [0012] Specifically, the present invention is directed to a seat structure comprising a right seat and a left seat which are separated right and left, wherein at least one of the right and left seats is adapted to be slidably movable in a rightward-leftward or frontward-rearward direction so as to allow the right and left seats to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space therebetween.

    [0013] In this seat structure, a headrest for a middle seat passenger who is seated in a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats is supported on a top of a seat back of one of the right and left seat, so that the middle seat passenger can use a headrest in the same manner as that for right and left seated passengers.

    [0014] As one example, assuming that a left one of the right and left seats is adapted to be slidably movable in the leftward direction, and the middle seat passenger's headrest is supported on a top of the left seat, when a walk-through space is created between the right and left seats disposed in spaced-apart relation, the middle seat passenger's headrest is in a protruded position (protruded state) where a right half thereof protrudes into the walk-through space. The middle seat passenger's headrest, when the right and left seats are in spaced-apart relation, is slidably moved in the leftward direction to a retracted position (withdrawn state) so as to cause the walk-through space to become unblocked. Thus, although the seat structure is equipped with the middle seat passenger's headrest, the middle seat passenger's headrest can be slidably moved through a simple manual operation to avoid the situation where it blocks a passenger from passing through the walk-through space.

    [0015] These and other objects, features and advantages of the invention will become more apparent upon reading the following detailed description along with the accompanying drawings.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0016] 

    FIGS. 1A to 1C illustrate an automobile rear seat (seat structure) according to one embodiment of the present invention, wherein FIG. 1A is a front view of the rear seat in a normal mode where no walk-through space is created, and FIGS. 1B and 1C are front views of the rear seat in a walk-through mode where a walk-through space is created.

    FIG. 2A is an internal perspective view of a middle seat passenger's headrest.

    FIG. 2B is a side view of a coil spring.

    FIG. 3A is an exploded perspective view of a headrest body.

    FIG. 3B is a perspective view of a trim.

    FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along the line I-I in FIG. 2A.

    FIGS. 5A and 5B are top plan views of a seat structure of a type in which one of two seats is slidably moved in a rearward direction to create a walk-through space.

    FIGS. 6A and 6B illustrate a conventional seat structure, wherein FIG. 6A is a perspective view, and FIG. 6B is a top plan view.

    FIGS. 7A and 7B illustrate a conventional seat structure comprising a right seat and a left seat, wherein FIG. 7A is a front view of a state in which the right and left seats are at adjacent positions, and FIG. 7B is a front view of a state in which the left seat is slidably moved in a leftward direction to create a walk-through space.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0017] With reference to the drawings, the present invention will now be specifically described based on an embodiment thereof. FIGS. 1A to 1C illustrate an automobile rear seat structure 1 according to one embodiment of the present invention, wherein FIG. 1A is a front view of the rear seat structure in a normal mode where no walk-through space is created, and FIGS. 1B and 1C are front views of the rear seat structure in a walk-through mode where a walk-through space S is created.

    [0018] The rear seat structure 1 comprises a right seat 1R and a left seat 1L which are separated right and left, for example, at a split ratio of 5 : 5. The rear seat structure 1 is configured to, in the normal mode, allow total three passengers to be seated, respectively, in the left seat 1L, the right seat 1R, and a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats 1R, 1L, in a side-by-side manner.

    [0019] A headrest 1a for a left seated passenger and a headrest 1b for a right seated passenger are supported on respective tops of the left seat 1L and the right seat 1R. Further, a headrest 1c for a middle seat passenger who is seated in a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats 1R, 1L (middle seat passenger's headrest 1c) is supported on a top of a seat back of one of the right and left seats 1R, 1L (in this embodiment, the left seat 1L).

    [0020] Then, as illustrated in FIG. 1B, one of the right and left seats 1R, 1L (in this embodiment, the left seat 1L) is slidably from a position illustrated in FIG. 1A in a leftward direction L, so that the right and left seats 1R, 1L become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space S therebetween.

    [0021] In this walk-through mode, as illustrated in FIG. 1B, the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c supported on the top of the left seat 1L is in a protruded position A (protruded state) where a right half thereof protrudes into the walk-through space S. Thus, the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c blocks a passenger from passing through the walk-through space S.

    [0022] Therefore, as illustrated in FIG. 1C, the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c is adapted, when the right and left seats 1R, 1L are in spaced-apart relation, to be slidably moved in the leftward direction L to a retracted position B (withdrawn state) so as to cause the walk-through space S to become unblocked. It is understood that, in cases where the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c is supported on the top of the right seat 1L, it is adapted to be slidably movable in a rightward direction R.

    [0023] A specific structure for allowing the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c to be slidably movable in the leftward direction L will be described below.

    [0024] As illustrated in FIG. 2A, a left portion of the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c is supported on the top of the seat back of the left seat 1L in a manner capable of adjusting a position of the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c in an upward-downward direction T, through a pole 3, while allowing a right half of the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c to protrude toward the walk-through space S (see FIG. 1B).

    [0025] A frame 4 formed in a generally angular-C shape in side view has upper and lower flange portions 4a which are fixed to the pole 3 of the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c, while allowing the pole 3 to penetrate therethrough. The frame 4 also has an upstanding portion 4b which is formed with a pair of upper and lower elongate guide holes 4c each extending in sliding (rightward and leftward) directions L, R, and a cut and raised portion 4d for securing a spring hanging pin 5 as illustrated in FIG. 2B. The pole 3 is partially removed in a region between the upper and lower flange portions 4a, in order to avoid disturbing a sliding movement of an aftermentioned guide pin 8, etc.

    [0026] The frame 4 is covered with a casing-like headrest body 6 which forms an exterior of the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c, as indicated by the two-dot chain lines in FIG. 2A.

    [0027] As illustrated in FIG. 3A, the headrest body 6 comprises a pair of front and rear casing bodies 6A, 6B. The front and rear casing bodies 6A, 6B can be coupled together by locking a plurality of pawls 6a of the front casing body 6A in respective ones of a plurality of corresponding pawl holes 6b of the rear casing body 6B.

    [0028] The front casing body 6A has an inner surface formed with a pair of upper and lower hollow ribs 6c (hereinafter referred to as "first ribs") protruding rearwardly, and the rear casing body 6B has an inner surface formed with a pair of upper and lower hollow ribs 6d (hereinafter referred to as "second ribs") protruding frontwardly in opposed relation to respective ones of the hollow ribs 6c of the front casing body 6A.

    [0029] In the coupled state, as illustrated in FIG. 4A, the upper hollow ribs 6c, 6d (lower hollow ribs 6c, 6d) are disposed opposed to each other while interposing the upper elongate guide hole 4c (lower elongate guide hole 4c) of the upstanding portion 4b of the frame 4.

    [0030] Then, a stepped bolt-like guide pin 8 is inserted from the side of an outer opening of the hollow rib 6c of the front casing body 6a, to allow a stepped portion 8a of the guide pin 8 to penetrate through the elongate guide hole 4c, and a nut 9 is screwed onto a threaded portion 8b of the guide pin 8 from the side of an outer opening of the corresponding hollow rib 6d of the rear casing body 6B.

    [0031] Thus, each of the guide pins 8 is slidably guided in a rightward-leftward direction by a respective one of the elongate guide holes 4c of the frame 4, so that the casing bodies 6A, 6B assembled together in the above manner, i.e., the headrest body 6, can be slidably moved in the rightward-leftward direction. In addition, a large load applied to the headrest body 6 can be received by the guide pins 8. With a view to allowing the casing bodies 6A, 6B to be slidably movable in a smooth manner, the number of the guide pins 8 may be increased, for example. As illustrated in FIG. 3A, the rear casing body 6B has a lower portion formed with an elongate hole 6e for the pole 3. The elongate hole 6e is designed to allow the headrest body 6 to be slidably movable in the rightward-leftward direction without interference with the pole 3.

    [0032] A coil spring (biasing member) 10 is interposed between the spring hanging pin 5 of the frame 4 and a right inner surface of the headrest body 6 (casing bodies 6A, 6B), to bias the headrest body 6 toward the walk-through space S.

    [0033] An outer surface of the casing bodies 6A, 6B is covered with a decorative trim 11 as illustrated in FIG. 3B.

    [0034] In the automobile rear seat structure 1 constructed as above, in the normal mode, the left seat 1L is set in a position adjacent to the right seat 1R, as illustrated in FIG. 1A. In the normal mode, the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c is biased in the rightward direction R by the coil spring 10, and the guide pins 8 are brought into contact with and stopped by respective right ends of the elongate guide holes 4c, as illustrated in FIG. 2A. Thus, the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c is held in a position where it is usable by a middle seat passenger who is seated in the region striding across the boundary between the right and left seats 1R, 1L, as illustrated in FIGS. 1A and 2A.

    [0035] In the walk-through mode where the left seat 1L is slidably moved from the position illustrated in FIG. 1A in the leftward direction L so as to allow the right and left seats 1R, 1L to become spaced apart from each other to create the walk-through space S therebetween as illustrated in FIG. 1B, the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c is in the protruded position A where approximately a right half thereof protrudes into the walk-through space S.

    [0036] In the walk-through mode, i.e., when the right and left seats 1R, 1L are in spaced-apart relation, the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c can be manually operated to be slidably moved in the leftward direction L against a biasing force of the coil spring 10 to the retracted position B where the right half of the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c is slidably moved from the walk-through space S onto the left seat 1L. Thus, only through the manual operation of slidably moving the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c in the leftward direction L, the walk-through space S can be placed in an opened or unblocked state easily and quickly, so that it becomes possible to avoid the situation where the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c blocks a passenger from passing through the walk-through space S. In addition, when the passenger releases his/her hand from the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c, it will be automatically returned to the protruded position (use position) A according to the biasing force of the coil spring 10. This makes it possible to eliminate a situation where the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c is not returned due to negligence when the left seat 1L is returned to the position adjacent to the right seat 1R.

    [0037] The guide pins 8 of headrest body 6 are adapted to be slidably guided by respective ones of the elongate guide holes 4c of the frame 4 which is supported on the top of the seat back of the left seat 1L by the pole 3. Further, the headrest body 6 is biased toward the walk-through space S by the coil spring 10 interposed between the frame 4 and the headrest body 6. This makes it possible to facilitate structural simplification and cost reduction.

    [0038] The rear seat structure according to the above embodiment is designed such that the left seat 1L is slidably movable in the leftward direction L so as to allow the right and left seats 1R, 1L to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space S therebetween. Alternatively, the present invention may also be applied to a seat structure in which the left seat 1L is adapted to be slidably movable in a rearward direction as to allow the right and left seats 1R, 1L to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space S therebetween, as illustrated in FIGS. 5A and 5B.

    [Outline of the above embodiment]



    [0039] The present invention provides a seat structure (1) for a vehicle, which is configured to allow three passengers to be seated side-by-side therein. The seat structure (1) comprises a right seat (1R) and a left seat (1L) which are separated right and left, and a headrest (1c) for a middle seat passenger who is seated in a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats (1R, 1L). At least one of the right and left seats (1R, 1L) is slidably movable in a rightward-leftward or frontward-rearward direction so as to allow the right and left seats to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space (S) therebetween, and the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) is supported on a seat back of one of the right and left seats, and, when the right and left seats are in spaced-apart relation, is slidably moved in a rightward or leftward direction causing the walk-through space (S) to become unblocked.

    [0040] Specifically, the present invention is directed to a seat structure comprising a right seat and a left seat which are separated right and left, wherein at least one of the right and left seats is adapted to be slidably movable in a rightward-leftward or frontward-rearward direction so as to allow the right and left seats to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space therebetween.

    [0041] In this seat structure, a headrest for a middle seat passenger who is seated in a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats is supported on a top of a seat back of one of the right and left seat, so that the middle seat passenger can use a headrest in the same manner as that for right and left seated passengers.

    [0042] When a walk-through space is created between the right and left seats disposed in spaced-apart relation, the middle seat passenger's headrest is in a protruded position where a right half or a left half thereof protrudes into the walk-through space. The middle seat passenger's headrest is adapted, when the right and left seats are in spaced-apart relation, to be slidably movable in a rightward or leftward direction to a retracted position so as to cause the walk-through space to become unblocked. Thus, although the seat structure is equipped with the middle seat passenger's headrest, the middle seat passenger's headrest can be slidably moved through a simple manual operation to avoid a situation where it blocks a passenger from passing through the walk-through space.

    [0043] Preferably, the seat structure of the present invention comprises a biasing member (10) which biases the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) toward the walk-through space (S), wherein the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) is adapted to be manually operated to be slidably moved in the rightward or leftward direction against a biasing force of the biasing member.

    [0044] According to this feature, the middle seat passenger's headrest is adapted to be manually operated to be slidably moved in the rightward or leftward direction against a biasing force of the biasing member, so that it becomes possible to unblock the walk-through space S easily and quickly. In addition, when a passenger releases his/her hand from the middle seat passenger's headrest 1c, it will be automatically returned to a use position according to the biasing force of the biasing member. This makes it possible to eliminate a situation where the middle seat passenger's headrest is not returned due to negligence when the left seat is returned to a position adjacent to the right seat.
    More preferably, only one of the right and left seats (1R, 1L) is adapted to be slidably movable in the rightward-leftward direction, wherein the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) is mounted to the slidably movable seat (1L), and the biasing member (10) biases the middle seat passenger's headrest to protrude toward the immovable seat (1R) by a given distance (e.g., about a half of a dimension of the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) in the rightward-leftward direction).

    [0045] In a seat structure, as in the above structure, where one of the right and left seats is adapted to be slidingly moved in the rightward-leftward direction, instead of in the frontward-rearward direction, a walk-through space can be more effectively ensured by moving the middle seat passenger's headrest from a protruded position (where it protrudes toward the immovable seat by a given distance) to a retracted position (where it does not protrude from a right or left end of the slidably movable seat, or protrudes toward the immovable seat by only a small amount).

    [0046] In a specific embodiment of the present invention, the seat structure comprises: a pole (3) fixed to an upper portion of the seat back of the one of the right and left seats; and a frame (4) fixed to the pole (3) and formed with an elongate guide hole (4c) extending in the rightward-leftward direction. The middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) has right and left portions in the rightward-leftward direction, wherein one of the right and left portions is supported by the pole (3), while allowing a remaining one of the right and left portions to protrude toward the walk-through space (S). The frame (4) is covered with a headrest body (6) which forms an exterior of the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c), and the headrest body (6) has a guide pin (8) fixed thereto. The headrest body (6) is adapted to be slidably movable in the rightward-leftward direction along the elongate guide hole (4c) of the frame (4) through the guide pin (8). Further, the biasing member (10) is interposed between the frame (4) and the headrest body (6) to bias the headrest body (6) toward the walk-through space (S).

    [0047] According to this feature, the guide pin of headrest body is adapted to be slidably guided by the elongate guide hole of the frame which is supported on the top of the seat back by the pole. Further, the headrest body is biased toward the walk-through space by the biasing member interposed between the frame and the headrest body. This makes it possible to facilitate structural simplification and cost reduction.

    [0048] More preferably, in the above embodiment of the present invention, the headrest body (6) comprises a front casing body (6A) and a rear casing body (6B) which are coupled together in the frontward-rearward direction, and formed with a first rib (6c) protruding rearwardly and a second rib (6d) protruding frontwardly, respectively, wherein the first rib (6c) and the second rib (6d) are configured to be in a mutually coupled state through the guide pin (8).

    [0049] According to this feature, it becomes possible to easily assemble the headrest body. In addition, the guide pin is provided at a position where the front and rear casing bodies are to be held in the coupled state, in such a manner as to serve as a sliding member with respect to the elongate guide hole of the frame. This makes it possible to simplify the structure and reduce a production cost.

    [0050] Although the present invention has been fully described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, it is to be understood that various changes and modifications will be apparent to those skilled in the art. Therefore, unless otherwise such changes and modifications depart from the scope of the present invention hereinafter defined, they should be construed as being included therein.


    Claims

    1. A seat structure (1) for a vehicle, configured to allow three passengers to be seated side-by-side therein, comprising:

    a right seat (1R) and a left seat (1L) which are separated right and left; and

    a headrest (1c) for a middle seat passenger who is seated in a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats (1R, 1L),

    wherein:

    at least one of the right and left seats (1R, 1L) is slidably movable in a rightward-leftward or frontward-rearward direction so as to allow the right and left seats to become spaced apart from each other to create a walk-through space (S) therebetween; and

    the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) is supported on a seat back of one of the right and left seats, and when the right and left seats are in spaced-apart relation, is slidably movable in a rightward or leftward direction causing the walk-through space (S) to become unblocked,

    the seat structure further comprising a biasing member (10) which biases the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) toward the walk-through space (S).


     
    2. The seat structure as defined in claim 1, wherein the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) is manually operated to be slidably moved in the rightward or leftward direction against a biasing force of the biasing member.
     
    3. The seat structure as defined in claim 2, wherein only one of the right and left seats (1R, 1L) is adapted to be slidably movable in the rightward-leftward direction, and wherein;
    the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) is mounted to the slidably movable seat (1L); and
    the biasing member (10) biases the middle seat passenger's headrest to protrude toward the immovable seat (1R) by a given distance.
     
    4. The seat structure as defined in claim 2, further comprising:

    a pole (3) fixed to an upper portion of the seat back of the one of the right and left seats; and

    a frame (4) fixed to the pole (3) and formed with an elongate guide hole (4c) extending in the rightward-leftward direction,

    wherein:

    the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) has right and left portions in the rightward-leftward direction, wherein one of the right and left portions is supported by the pole (3), while allowing a remaining one of the right and left portions to protrude toward the walk-through space (S);

    the frame (4) is covered with a headrest body (6) which forms an exterior of the middle seat passenger's headrest (1c), and said headrest body (6) has a guide pin (8) fixed thereto, the headrest body (6) being adapted to be slidably movable in the rightward-leftward direction along the elongate guide hole (4c) of the frame (4) through the guide pin (8); and

    the biasing member (10) is interposed between the frame (4) and the headrest body (6) to bias the headrest body (6) toward the walk-through space (S).


     
    5. The seat structure as defined in claim 4, wherein the headrest body (6) comprises a front casing body (6A) and a rear casing body (6B) which are coupled together in the frontward-rearward direction, and formed with a first rib (6c) protruding rearwardly and a second rib (6d) protruding frontwardly, respectively, the first rib (6c) and the second rib (6d) being configured to be in a mutually coupled state through the guide pin (8).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Sitzstruktur (1) für ein Fahrzeug, so gestaltet, dass darin drei Fahrgäste nebeneinander Platz nehmen können, umfassend:

    einen rechten Sitz (1R) und einen linken Sitz (1L), die rechts und links getrennt sind; und

    eine Nackenstütze (1c) für einen Fahrgast auf dem Mittelsitz, der in einem Bereich Platz nimmt, der eine Grenze zwischen dem rechten und dem linken Sitz (1R, 1L) überschreitet, wobei:

    mindestens einer der rechten und linken Sitze (1R, 1L) in einer Richtung nach rechts und links oder nach vorn und hinten verschiebbar beweglich ist,

    damit die rechten und linken Sitze im Abstand voneinander angeordnet werden können, um dazwischen einen Durchgangsraum (S) zu schaffen; und

    die Nackenstütze (1c) des Fahrgastmittelsitzes auf einer Rückenlehne des einen des rechten und des linken Sitzes gehalten wird, und wenn sich der rechte und der linke Sitz in Abstandsbeziehung befinden, in einer Richtung nach rechts oder nach links verschiebbar beweglich ist, womit bewirkt wird,

    dass der Durchgangsraum (S) freigegeben wird, wobei die Sitzstruktur des Weiteren ein Vorspannelement (10) aufweist, welches die Fahrgastmittelsitz-Nackenstütze (1c) zu dem Durchgangsraum (S) hin vorspannt.


     
    2. Sitzstruktur nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Fahrgastmittelsitz-Nackenstütze (1c) manuell betätigt wird, um gegen eine Vorspannkraft des Vorspannelements in die Richtung nach rechts oder nach links verschiebbar bewegt zu werden.
     
    3. Sitzstruktur nach Anspruch 2, wobei nur einer der rechten und linken Sitze (1R, 1L) in der Richtung nach rechts und links verschiebbar beweglich sein soll, und wobei:

    die Fahrgastmittelsitz-Nackenstütze (1c) an dem verschiebbar beweglichen Sitz (1L) angebracht ist; und

    das Vorspannelement (10) die Fahrgastmittelsitz-Nackenstütze (1c) vorspannt, so dass sie zu dem unbeweglichen Sitz (1R) hin um einen gegebenen Abstand vorsteht.


     
    4. Sitzstruktur nach Anspruch 2, des Weiteren umfassend:

    einen Stab (3), der an einem oberen Teil der Rückenlehne des einen der rechten und linken Sitze befestigt ist; und

    einen Rahmen (4), der an dem Stab (3) befestigt ist und mit einer länglichen Führungsöffnung (4c) ausgebildet ist, die sich in der Richtung nach rechts und nach links erstreckt,

    wobei:

    die Fahrgastmittelsitz-Nackenstütze (1c) rechte und linke Teile in der Richtung nach rechts und nach links aufweist, wobei einer der rechten und linken Teile durch den Stab (3) gehalten wird, während ein verbleibender der rechten und linken Teile zu dem Durchgangsraum (S) hin vorstehen kann;

    der Rahmen (4) mit einem Nackenstützenkörper (6) bedeckt ist, der eine Außenseite der Fahrgastmittelsitz-Nackenstütze (1c) bildet, und der Nackenstützenkörper (6) einen daran befestigten Führungsstift (8) aufweist,

    wobei der Nackenstützenkörper (6) gestaltet ist, so dass er in der Richtung nach rechts und nach links entlang der länglichen Führungsöffnung (4c) des Rahmens (4) durch den Führungsstift (8) verschiebbar beweglich ist; und

    das Vorspannelement (10) zwischen dem Rahmen (4) und dem Nackenstützenkörper (6) eingelegt ist, um den Nackenstützenkörper (6) zu dem Durchgangsraum (S) hin vorzuspannen.


     
    5. Sitzstruktur nach Anspruch 4, wobei der Nackenstützenkörper (6) einen vorderen Verkleidungskörper (6A) und einen hinteren Verkleidungskörper (6B) umfasst, die in der Richtung nach vorn und nach hinten miteinander verbunden sind, und jeweils mit einer ersten Strebe (6c), die nach hinten vorsteht, und einer zweiten Strebe (6d), die nach vorn vorsteht, ausgebildet sind, wobei die erste Strebe (6c) und die zweite Strebe (6d) ausgeführt sind, so dass sie sich durch den Führungsstift (8) in einem wechselseitig verbundenen Zustand befinden.
     


    Revendications

    1. Structure formant siège (1) pour un véhicule, configurée pour permettre à trois passagers de s'asseoir côte à côte dans celle-ci, comprenant :

    un siège de droite (1R) et un siège de gauche (1L) qui sont séparés à droite et à gauche ; et

    un appui-tête (1C) pour un passager assis au milieu, qui est assis dans une région à cheval sur une frontière entre le siège de droite et le siège de gauche (1R, 1L),

    dans laquelle :

    au moins un parmi le siège de droite et le siège de gauche (1R, 1L) est mobile en coulissement dans une direction droite/gauche ou dans une direction avant/arrière de manière à permettre au siège de droite et au siège de gauche de s'espacer l'un de l'autre afin de créer un espace de passage (S) entre eux ; et

    l'appui-tête (1C) du passager assis au milieu est supporté sur un dossier de siège de l'un parmi le siège de droite et le siège de gauche et, quand le siège de droite et le siège de gauche sont en relation espacée, est mobile en coulissement dans une direction vers la droite ou vers la gauche en entraînant un déblocage de l'espace de passage (S), la structure formant siège comprenant en outre un élément de sollicitation (10) qui sollicite l'appui-tête (1C) du passager assis au milieu vers l'espace de passage (S).


     
    2. Structure formant siège selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle l'appui-tête (1C) du passager assis au milieu est actionné manuellement pour être déplacé en coulissement dans la direction vers la droite vers la gauche à l'encontre d'une force de sollicitation de l'élément de sollicitation.
     
    3. Structure formant siège selon la revendication 2, dans laquelle seul un siège parmi le siège de droite et le siège de gauche (1R, 1L) est adapté à être déplacé en coulissement dans la direction vers la droite ou vers la gauche, et dans laquelle :

    l'appui-tête (1C) du passager assis au milieu est monté sur le siège mobile en coulissement (1L) ; et

    l'élément de sollicitation (10) sollicite l'appui-tête du passager assis au milieu afin qu'il se projette vers le siège immobile (1R) sur une distance donnée.


     
    4. Structure formant siège selon la revendication 2, comprenant en outre :

    un poteau (3) fixé sur la portion supérieure du dossier de siège de l'un parmi le siège de droite et le siège de gauche ; et

    un cadre (4) fixé au poteau (3) et formé avec un trou de guidage allongé (4C) s'étendant dans la direction droite/gauche,

    dans laquelle :

    l'appui-tête (1C) du passager assis au milieu a une portion de droite et une portion de gauche dans la direction droite/gauche, de sorte que l'une des portions de droite et de gauche est supportée par le poteau (3), tout en permettant à la portion restante parmi la portion de droite et la portion de gauche de se projeter vers l'espace de passage (S) ;

    le cadre (4) est couvert avec un corps d'appui-tête (6) qui forme un extérieur de l'appui-tête (1C) du passager assis au milieu, et ledit corps d'appui-tête (6) comprend une tige de guidage (8) fixée sur lui-même, le corps d'appui-tête (6) étant adapté à être déplacé en coulissement dans la direction droite/gauche le long du trou de guidage allongé (4C) du cadre (4) via la tige de guidage (8) ; et

    l'élément de sollicitation (10) est interposé entre le cadre (4) et le corps d'appui-tête (6) pour solliciter le corps d'appui-tête (6) vers l'espace de passage (S).


     
    5. Structure formant siège selon la revendication 4, dans laquelle le corps d'appui-tête (6) comprend un corps de boîtier avant (6A) et un corps de boîtier arrière (6B) qui sont couplés ensemble dans la direction avant/arrière, et formés avec une première nervure (6C) en projection vers l'arrière et une seconde nervure (6D) en projection vers l'avant, respectivement, la première nervure (6C) et la seconde nervure (6D) étant configurées pour être dans un état mutuellement couplé via la tige de guidage (8).
     




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