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Title: US5529382: Passenger restraint system
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Burkat, Alexander; Placentia, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1996-06-25 / 1994-04-15

Application Number: US1994000228437

IPC Code: Advanced: A63G 7/00; B60N 2/48; B60R 21/02; B60R 21/00;
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IPC-7: A47C 31/12; A47D 15/00; B60R 22/00;

ECLA Code: A63G7/00; B60N2/427; B60N2/48F; B60R21/02;

U.S. Class: Current: 297/487; 280/748; 297/486; 297/488;
Original: 297/487; 297/488; 297/486; 280/748;

Field of Search: 297/486,487,488 280/748

Priority Number:
1994-04-15  US1994000228437

Abstract: An over-the-shoulder passenger restraint system that operates in three modes and permits fine adjustments of two pairs of pivoting elements, one pair located behind and above the passenger's shoulders, the second pair located in front of the passenger is described. Fine adjustments permit the securing of guests of varying sizes, from small children to tall or overweight adults. The restraint fits each person snugly, thus minimizing potential of injuries while also not blocking the view of a show or scenery around which a ride is themed. The restraint system is also very safe; when passengers are boarding the ride, the restraint cannot be moved, making it useful for balance. After passengers are seated, the restraint can only be pulled downward toward the passenger. During the ride, the restraint is locked and cannot move up or down. When passengers are exiting the ride, the restraint can only be moved upward and away from the passenger. The new restraint system has two pairs of pivoting points that allow a close fit of both the upper and lower restraint elements. This configuration allows the upper element to rest on the passenger's shoulder, thus providing the passenger a clear view and not presenting a head impact surface during lateral shaking of the vehicle. The lower elements rests against the passenger's abdomen, thus preventing longitudinal movement of the passenger's lower torso, keeping the passenger in the proper position.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Hecker & Harriman ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Cuomo, Peter M.; White, Rodney B.

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First Claim:
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I claim:     1. A passenger restraint system comprising:
  • a restraint bar having first and second ends, said first end of said restraint bar pivotally mounted at a first pivot point to a first end of a first extension bar, said second end of said restraint bar pivotally mounted at a second pivot point to a first end of a second extension bar;
  • said first extension bar pivotally mounted at a third pivot point at a second end of said first extension bar to a support plate;
  • said second extension bar pivotally mounted at a fourth pivot point at a second end of said second extension bar to said support plate;
  • locking means that selectably permit and prevent pivoting motion at said first, second, third, and fourth pivot points, each of said locking means comprising a clutch plate assembly.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 15pp US3741330  1973-06 Monaghan   VEHICLE SAFETY DEVICE
Get PDF - 11pp US3888329  1975-06 Monaghan   Vehicle safety device
Get PDF - 10pp US3899042  1975-08 Bonar   Automobile seat automatic passenger-securing device
Get PDF - 9pp US5129478  1992-07 Suenaga et al.  Toyo Umpanki Co., Ltd. Seat occupant restraining device
Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G1996-308517 DERABS G1996-308517

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