Safety belt assembly for a motor vehicle Patent #: 3976305
ApplicationNo. 05/893254 filed on 04/05/1978
US Classes:280/802Passive restraint system
ExaminersPrimary: Peters, Joseph F. Jr.
Assistant: Stack, Norman L. Jr.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassB60R 22/04 (20060101)
AbstractA passive safety belt system is disclosed providing both lap and upper torso belt portions adapted to provide maximum exit and entry convenience without utilization of mechanical means for pulling the belts away from the vehicle door opening. A generally Y-shaped belt is mounted at the upper door and lower door and connects for the third point to the spool of a retractor mechanism disposed in-board of the vehicle seat. The lap portion of the belt is connected to the upper torso portion by lifting straps which lift the lap portion out of the path of the occupant's legs as the occupant enters or exits the vehicle. The lap and shoulder portions are adapted to wrap in parallel combination onto the spool of the retractor to provide the necessary snugness of fit when the vehicle door is closed and the belt is in operable position. When deployed, the system provides a tight lap portion and a non-tensioned upper torso portion.