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Floating attachment washer for a vehicle seat

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Joseph Severini

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An attachment washer assembly for aligning and fastening an attachment bracket (

32) to a floor panel (

20) has a first member (

40) having a tubular ring (

44) extending from a cylindrical flange (

42) and a second member (

5) having a tubular ring (

54) extending from a cylindrical flange (

56). The ring of the first member is frictionally fitted within the ring of the second member retaining the attachment washer assembly within a preformed aperture formed in the attachment bracket. The flanges slidingly engage the peripheral side portions of the bracket along opposing sides of the aperture. The ring (

54) of the second member has an outer diameter which is less than the diameter of the aperture and the flanges (

42, 56) having an outer diameter greater than the diameter of the aperture such that the attachment washer assembly is moveable within the preformed aperture for alignment with an aperture in the floor panel to receive a fastener therethrough and secure the bracket to the panel.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Other advantages of the present invention will be readily appreciated as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a side view of a vehicle seat assembly secured to the floor pan of a vehicle by an attachment washer assembly according to the subject invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an attachment bracket of the seat assembly;

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken along line

3

3 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a partially exploded sectional view of the attachment bracket and attachment washer assembly;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the attachment washer assembly installed on the attachment bracket; and

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view taken along line

6

6 of FIG.

5.

Claims

1. An attachment washer assembly for aligning an attachment bracket with an aperture in a support structure, said attachment bracket having a preformed aperture therethrough having a first diameter; the attachment washer comprising:

2. An attachment washer assembly for aligning an attachment bracket of a vehicle seat assembly with an aperture in a floor panel of a vehicle, said attachment bracket having a preformed aperture therethrough having a first diameter; the attachment washer comprising:

3. A seat assembly adapted to be secured to a floor panel of an automotive vehicle comprising: