Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a vehicle seat retention device, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on February 6th, 2019, published on December 6th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11518296.
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In recent months, Ford has filed a number of seat-related patents, including one for a seat assembly with a liquid sanitizer system, interchangeable seat cushions, and a transformable rear seat for vehicles. Now, this new Ford patent continues that trend by outlining an idea for a seat retention device that has a wide variety of practical uses.
Throughout the course of automotive history, people have been stuffing things inside their vehicles to transport to other places. Typically, we use the trunk or cargo area for these needs, but oftentimes, that isn’t enough, prompting many to stick things in unused seats as well. Problem is, this isn’t the safest or most practical way to haul goods, which is precisely where this patent comes into play.
The system depicted in this Ford patent uses a variety of retention devices attached to the seatback that can hold various things in place, such as luggage. The retention devices then connect to the floor to keep those items secure, much the same way a seat belt keeps occupants in place. This is especially important in the event of an accident or near-accident, when those items could fly around and injure a vehicle’s occupants.
While rather simple in nature, this idea is quite ingenious as well – after all, essentially no one takes the time to strap down cargo they toss in their vehicle’s seats. This Ford patent would present an easy, convenient, and effective way to do that, giving it a good chance to make it to production vehicles in the coming years.