US 11,653,721 B2
Seat belt apparatus and buckle
Chris P. Jessup, Sheridan, IN (US); Allan Lortz, Zionsville, IN (US); Guy R. Dingman, Idaville, IN (US); Brian Nelson Coffman, Gurley, AL (US); and Yang Tao, Meicun town Xinwu (CN)
Assigned to Indiana Mills Manufacturing, Inc., Westfield, IN (US)
Filed by Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc., Westfield, IN (US)
Filed on Mar. 17, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/249,883.
Application 17/249,883 is a continuation of application No. PCT/US2019/051725, filed on Sep. 18, 2019.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/732,707, filed on Sep. 18, 2018.
Prior Publication US 2021/0204658 A1, Jul. 8, 2021
Int. Cl. A44B 11/25 (2006.01)
CPC A44B 11/2523 (2013.01) [A44B 11/2549 (2013.01)] 36 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system, comprising:
a latch plate assembly; and
a buckle including
a lock pawl,
pin slidable in a longitudinal direction within the buckle,
wherein the pin is configured to lock the lock pawl,
an ejector slider configured to eject the latch plate assembly,
wherein the lock pawl has one or more ejector fingers positioned to engage the ejector slider, and
wherein the lock pawl during unlatching of the latch plate assembly is configured to rotate to press the ejector fingers against the ejector slider to move the ejector slider to eject the latch plate assembly.