US 11,654,811 B2
Vehicle seating assembly having lower leg support and suspension assembly
Johnathan Andrew Line, Northville, MI (US); Jimmy Moua, Canton, MI (US); Deeptej Kudav, Southgate, MI (US); S. M. Akbar Berry, Windsor (CA); Spencer Robert Hoernke, Dundas (CA); Macit Aktas, Windsor (CA); and Spencer Hoin, Howell, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on May 17, 2022, as Appl. No. 17/746,220.
Application 17/746,220 is a continuation of application No. 16/838,482, filed on Apr. 2, 2020, granted, now 11,370,341.
Prior Publication US 2022/0274518 A1, Sep. 1, 2022
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B60N 2/90 (2018.01); B60N 2/22 (2006.01)
CPC B60N 2/995 (2018.02) [B60N 2/22 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vehicle seating assembly, comprising:
a seat having a first end and a second end, the first and second ends being opposite to one another;
a lower leg support coupled to the seat at the second end, the lower leg support being movable relative to the seat between a retracted position and an extended position; and
a suspension assembly coupled to the lower leg support, the suspension assembly comprising a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion positioned between the first and second ends, wherein the first end of the suspension assembly is coupled to a portion of the seat that is rearward of the second end of the seat, wherein the second end of the suspension assembly is coupled proximate to a distal end of the lower leg support, wherein the suspension assembly further comprises a first thickness and a second thickness, with the first thickness and the second thickness being arranged in an alternating pattern, and wherein a distance between an interior surface of the intermediate portion and an adjacent surface of each of the seat and the lower leg support varies as a function of a position of the lower leg support.