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AU2012100157A4
AU2012100157A4 AU2012100157A AU2012100157A AU2012100157A4 AU 2012100157 A4 AU2012100157 A4 AU 2012100157A4 AU 2012100157 A AU2012100157 A AU 2012100157A AU 2012100157 A AU2012100157 A AU 2012100157A AU 2012100157 A4 AU2012100157 A4 AU 2012100157A4
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A head restraint 10 comprises a forehead support portion 12 for in-use location at a forehead F of a user U. An elongate elasticized member 14, 16, 18 extends from opposing ends of the forehead support portion 12 to define a loop that is able to be 5 stretched around a rear R of a seat S in which the user U is seated in use. A cover 20 encloses the forehead support portion 12 and elasticized member 14, 16, 18, whereby the head restraint 10 comprises a unitary item. 3115440_1 (GHMatters) P88197.AU99o2/t2 X -. F Figure 4 to Figure 5

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AUSTRALIA Patents Act 1990 COMPLETE SPECIFICATION Innovation Patent Applicant(s): LEANNE GUGLIELMI Invention Title: HEAD RESTRAINT The following statement is a full description of this invention, including the best method for performing it known to me/us: - 2 HEAD RESTRAINT Technical Field Disclosed is a head restraint for particular though not exclusive use in 5 restraining forward and optionally side-to-side movements of a human user's head when seated. The head restraint finds particular application with seats of vehicles (e.g. fixed or additional seats located in cars, buses, planes, boats, etc), and finds particular application with sleeping human users such as infants and elderly users. The head restraint will in part be described in this context, however, it should be appreciated that io head restraint is not so limited. Background Art The use of head restraints with forward facing infant car seats is known. Some are built into the seat, whilst some may be retrofitted. is US 6,607,245 discloses a head restraint for retrofitting to a car seat and that comprises a Velcro® securing system in a strap portion of the restraint for adjusting the restraint to fit different sized seats. Over time, the hooks and loops of the Velcro® securing system can wear and thus may fail. The above references to the background art do not constitute an admission that 20 the art forms a part of the common general knowledge of a person of ordinary skill in the art. The above references are also not intended to limit the application of the head restraint as disclosed herein. Summary of the Disclosure 25 Disclosed herein is a head restraint. The head restraint finds particular use in restraining forward and optionally side-to-side movement of the head of e.g. a sleeping infant or elderly user when seated in a vehicle (e.g. in a car safety seat, etc). However, the head restraint may be adapted for use with a wide range and age of human users in or outside of vehicles. 30 The head restraint comprises a forehead support portion for location at a user's forehead in use. The head restraint also comprises an elongate elasticized member extending from opposing ends of the forehead support portion. The elasticized member 31 15440_1 (GHMatters) P88197.AU9/02/12 - 3 defines a loop that is able to be stretched around a rear of a seat in which the user is seated in use. The head restraint further comprises a cover for enclosing the forehead support portion and elasticized member, whereby the head restraint comprises a unitary item. 5 The head restraint as disclosed herein is thus unitary in construction. Thus, the cover works together with the forehead support portion and elasticized member to provide a robust and reliable restraint, whilst still providing a restraint that is able to be retrofitted to a range of seat sizes. Also, whilst restraining the user's head, the elasticized member provides give and can flex in response to a user's head movement 10 (e.g. in response to a sudden jolt, thrust or jerk of a user's head). In one embodiment the cover may comprise a soft, extensible textile material to provide for ease of use and user comfort. The material may be selected to stretch with the elasticized member as well as to deform comfortably against the user's forehead in use. The cover material may comprise a strong and yet breathable textile. 15 In one embodiment the cover may comprise a first cover portion for enclosing the forehead support portion and a second cover portion for enclosing elasticized member. Alternatively, the cover may comprise a single cover portion for enclosing both the forehead support portion and elasticized member. In one embodiment the elasticized elongate member may be of sufficient 20 elasticity such that is able to stretch around the rear of an infant car seat. In one embodiment the forehead support portion may comprise a length of flexible material that has a width that is greater than the elasticized elongate member (e.g. to provide for maximum engagement with and support at the user's forehead and to thereby restrain forward and lateral movements of the head - e.g. whilst a vehicle is 25 moving, stopping, etc). Also disclosed herein is a method of producing a head restraint. The method comprises attaching opposing ends of an elongate elasticized member to a forehead support portion that is adapted for location at a user's forehead in use. The method 30 further comprises sizing and arranging a cover so as to extend around and to enclose both the forehead support portion and elasticized member, whereby the head restraint comprises a unitary item. 31154401 (GHMatters) P88197.AU 9/02/12 - 4 Brief Description of the Drawings Notwithstanding any other forms which may fall within the scope of the head restraint as set forth in the Summary, specific embodiments will now be described, by s way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 shows a perspective view of a first head restraint embodiment with cover removed; Figure 2 shows a perspective views of a head restraint embodiment with cover secured thereto; 10 Figure 3 shows a perspective view of a second head restraint embodiment with cover removed; Figure 4 shows, for illustrative purposes, a perspective view of the head restraint of Figure 1 with cover removed and secured to a car seat and supporting an infant; Figure 5 shows, for illustrative purposes, a perspective view of a rear of the car is seat with the head restraint of Figure 1 secured thereto and with its cover removed. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF SPECIFIC EMBODIMENTS Figure 1 shows a first embodiment of a head restraint for supporting an infant user U in a vehicle seat S (e.g. a forward-facing car safety seat) is shown in the form of 20 a restrainer 10. Figure 3 shows a second embodiment in the form of a restrainer 10'. For illustrative purposes, Figures 1 and 3 each show the restrainer with an integrated cover removed from a remainder of the restrainer, whereas Figure 2 shows the restrainer with a cover 20 secured thereto. The restrainer 10, 10' finds particular use in restraining forward movement of 25 e.g. a sleeping infant or elderly user's head H when seated in the vehicle seat. In addition, whilst being able to restrain the user's head, the elastic components (described in detail below) of the restrainer 10, 10' provide give, and can flex in response to a user's head movement (e.g. in response to a sudden jolt, thrust or jerk of a user's head, such as may arise from an accelerating, braking or stopping vehicle). Thus, the 3115440_1 (GHMatters) P88197.AU902m12 - 5 restrainer can provide additional safety and comfort benefits to a user, whereby the user may stay asleep, or may have whiplash minimised or prevented, etc. The restrainer 10, 10' may be adapted for use with a wide range and age of human users, and in vehicles (e.g. cars, buses, trucks, trains, planes, boats, etc), or with 5 seats in other contexts (e.g. a lounge chair), and whether sleeping, dozing, awake, etc. Optionally the restrainer 10, 10' can also restrict or prevent side-to-side movement of the user's head H when seated in the vehicle seat. The restrainer 10, 10' as disclosed herein is unitary in construction so is able to provide a robust and reliable restraint, whilst able to be retrofitted to a range of seat 10 sizes. Both the restrainer 10 of Figure 1 and the restrainer 10' of Figure 3 comprise a forehead support portion in the form of a widened band 12. The band 12 locates at and against the user's forehead F in use (as shown in Figure 4). The band 12 is formed of a strong yet flexible material (e.g. from a mat or wadding of natural or synthetic, porous 15 and breathable fibrous material, which may be non-woven or woven). The band 12 has a width that is greater than a remainder of the restrainer. This provides for maximum engagement with and support at the user's forehead F and functions to restrain forward and lateral movements of the head - e.g. whilst a vehicle is moving, braking, suddenly stopping, bumping, jolting, etc. 20 In the embodiment of Figure 1 the restrainer 10 further comprises an elongate elasticized member in the form of a strap 14 that comprises elasticized side portions 16 and a strap portion 18. The elasticized side portions 16 extend from opposite ends of the strap portion 18, which is either non-elasticized, or formed from a material with a different (e.g. greater) degree of elasticization. Non- or increased-elasticization of strap 25 portion 18 may give the strap 14 a longer life or a stronger securement to the seat, etc. In the embodiment of Figure 3 the restrainer 10' further comprises an elongate elasticized member in the form an elasticized strap 14'. That is, in this embodiment, the entire length of strap 14' is formed from the one elasticized material. In either case, the strap 14, 14' defines a loop that is of sufficient elasticity such 30 that it is able to be stretched around a rear R of the seat S in which the user U is seated in use (see Figure 5). 3115440_1 (GHMatters) P88197.AU 910212 - 6 The embodiments shown in Figures 1 and 3 each depict an "inner" part of the restrainer 10, 10'. However, as shown in Figure 2, each restrainer 10, 10' further comprises a cover 20 for closely enclosing the band 12 and strap 14, 14'. The cover may comprise 5 two portions, one for enclosing the band 12 and one for enclosing the strap 14, 14'. Alternatively, the cover may comprise a single portion for enclosing both the band 12 and strap 14, 14'. The restrainer 10, 10' thus defines a unitary item, with the "inner" part and "outer" cover secured and stretchable/contractible together. In this regard the cover io material may be selected to stretch with the elasticized portion(s) of the strap 14, 14', as well as to deform comfortably against the user's forehead in use. The cover 20 may be formed of a soft, strong, breathable and extensible textile material (e.g. a woven or non-woven, natural or synthetic spun wool-type material). This extensibility provides for integration with the inner and ease of use, whilst the soft, is breathable material provides for user comfort. The material for the cover can have a range of colours and/or patterns, depending e.g. on the end user, etc. The cover can also be personalised to the user. Non-limiting examples of fabricating the restrainer embodiments 10' and 10 20 will now be given: Example I A first fabricating method for restrainer 10' comprised the following steps: * A predetermined length of the strap 14' was formed. In this example, the entire length of the strap 14' was elasticized (as shown in Figure 3). 25 * A predetermined length and width of the band 12 was formed such as by cutting. * The unsecured opposing ends of the elasticized strap 14' were attached by sewing and/or adhesive to the resultant band 12. This produced an "inner" of the restrainer 10' as shown in Figure 3. 30 * A cover 20 was cut out from a template. The cover 20 comprised a first portion for enclosing the band 12 and a second portion for enclosing the elasticized strap 14'. 3115440_1 (GHMatters) P88197.AU 9/o0212 -7 * The cover portions were folded around so as to extend around and to closely enclose a respective one of the band 12 and strap 14'. * Edges of the cover portions were attached by sewing and/or adhesive, and optionally to the band 12 and/or strap 14', to produce the restrainer 10' (as shown in 5 Figure 2) as a unitary item. Example 2 The fabricating method for restrainer 10 comprised the following steps: * A predetermined length of the strap portion 18 was cut or formed. * Opposing ends of the strap portion 18 were attached by sewing and/or adhesive io to predetermined lengths of the elasticized side portions 16. * A predetermined length and width of the band 12 was formed such as by cutting. e The unsecured opposing ends of the elasticized side portions 16 were attached by sewing and/or adhesive to the resultant band 12. This produced an "inner" of the is restrainer 10 as shown in Figure 1. * A single cover was cut out from a template. * The single cover was folded around so as to extend around and to closely enclose both the band 12 and strap 14 (i.e. to enclose each of side portions 16 and strap portion 18). 20 * Edges of the cover were attached by sewing and/or adhesive, and optionally to the band 12 and/or to each of side portions 16 and strap portion 18, to produce the restrainer 10 (as shown in Figure 2) as a unitary item. Whilst the head restraint and its fabrication method have been described with 25 reference to specific embodiments it should be appreciated that the head restraint may be embodied in many other forms. In the claims which follow and in the preceding description, except where the context requires otherwise due to express language or necessary implication, the words "comprise" and variations such as "comprises" or "comprising" are used in an inclusive 30 sense, i.e. to specify the presence of the stated features but not to preclude the presence or addition of further features in various embodiments of the head restraint and method. 3115440_1 (GHMatters) P88197.AU9/02M2

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1. A head restraint comprising: - a forehead support portion for location at a user's forehead in use; - an elongate elasticized member extending from opposing ends of the forehead support 5 portion to define a loop that is able to be stretched around a rear of a seat in which the user is seated in use; and - a cover for enclosing the forehead support portion and elasticized member, whereby the head restraint comprises a unitary item. 10
2. A head restraint as claimed in claim I wherein the cover comprises a soft, extensible textile material that is selected to stretch as well as to deform comfortably against the user's forehead in use.
3. A head restraint as claimed in claim 1 or 2 wherein the elasticized elongate is member is of sufficient elasticity such that is able to stretch around the rear of an infant car seat.
4. A head restraint as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the forehead support portion comprises a length of flexible material having a width that is 20 greater than the elasticized elongate member.
5. A method of producing a head restraint comprising: - attaching opposing ends of an elongate elasticized member to a forehead support portion that is adapted for location at a user's forehead in use; 2s - sizing and arranging a cover so as to extend around and to enclose both the forehead support portion and elasticized member whereby the head restraint comprises a unitary item. 3115440_1 (GHMatters) P88197.AU 9o212
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