US20060214492A1 - Vehicle seat with a headrest - Google Patents

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US20060214492A1
US20060214492A1 US11/384,844 US38484406A US2006214492A1 US 20060214492 A1 US20060214492 A1 US 20060214492A1 US 38484406 A US38484406 A US 38484406A US 2006214492 A1 US2006214492 A1 US 2006214492A1
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Rudiger Nissen
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60N2/00Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
    • B60N2/80Head-rests
    • B60N2/806Head-rests movable or adjustable
    • B60N2/809Head-rests movable or adjustable vertically slidable
    • B60N2/812Head-rests movable or adjustable vertically slidable characterised by their locking devices
    • B60N2/818Head-rests movable or adjustable vertically slidable characterised by their locking devices with stepwise positioning
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60N2/00Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
    • B60N2/80Head-rests
    • B60N2/806Head-rests movable or adjustable
    • B60N2/809Head-rests movable or adjustable vertically slidable
    • B60N2/812Head-rests movable or adjustable vertically slidable characterised by their locking devices
    • B60N2/815Release mechanisms, e.g. buttons

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In a vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat having a backrest and at least one headrest rod (10) that is slidingly guided relative to the backrest and is locked in an in-use position and can be unlocked by actuating at least one actuation element (21, 23), and also having at least one headrest (6) mounted on the headrest rod (10), the headrest being adjustable in height and removable by sliding the headrest rod (10), two different actuation elements (21, 23) or two different methods of actuating the actuation element are provided for the adjustment and removal processes.

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    RELATED APPLICATION
  • The entire disclosure of DE 10 2005 012 896.3, which was filed Mar. 21, 2005, is incorporated herein by reference.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to a vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat, having a backrest, at least one headrest rod that is slidingly guided in relation to the backrest and locked in an in-use position, and at least one headrest mounted on the headrest rod, wherein the headrest rod is unlockable by the actuation of an actuation element, and the headrest is adjustable in height and removable by way of sliding the headrest rod.
  • In a vehicle seat of the type described immediately above, it is known that the height of the headrest can be adjusted by actuating the actuation element. If, in so doing, the headrest is pulled upwards beyond the highest adjustable level, it necessarily comes off its mounting. As the highest adjustable level is usually not known, this may occur totally inadvertently, in particular if, in order to save material, the rods used for supporting the headrest are very short. Reinstallation of the headrest is not only considered an inconvenience, but also involves a safety risk, in particular if the headrest is positioned above the highest adjustable level and just below the level where it will inevitably come off again.
  • BRIEF SUMMARY OF SOME ASPECTS OF THE INVENTION
  • An aspect of the present invention is the provision of improvements to a vehicle seat of the type described above.
  • In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, a vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat, has a backrest, at least one headrest rod that is slidingly guided in relation to the backrest and locked in an in-use position, and at least one headrest mounted on the headrest rod. The headrest rod is unlockable by the actuation of at least one actuation element, and the headrest is adjustable in height and removable by way of sliding the headrest rod. In one example, two different methods of actuating the same actuation element (e.g., a single or certain actuation element) are respectively provided for the adjustment and removal processes. In another example, two different actuation elements are respectively provided for the adjustment and removal processes.
  • By providing two different actuation elements or two different methods of actuating the actuation element for the purpose of adjusting and removing the headrest, unintentional removal of the headrest during the adjustment process is avoided because the user must carry out a significantly different actuation in order to remove the headrest. Preferably at least one adjustment notch, more precisely one such notch per each level of adjustment, and at least one, preferably no more than one, stop notch are formed on the headrest rod, with the notches respectively interacting with a locking element of the actuation element to lock the headrest rod in place. When the headrest rod is locked by engagement in an adjustment notch, unlocking is accomplished by way of a first actuation element that is preferably easy for the user to access and that interacts by way of its locking element with the adjustment notch, or by actuating the (single) actuating element in a first particular way. When, on the other hand, the headrest rod is locked by engagement in the stop notch, unlocking is accomplished by way of the second actuation element whose own locking element interacts with the stop notch, or by actuating the (single) actuation element in a second particular way. The second actuation element preferably becomes accessible and/or actuatable when the interlocking with the stop notch occurs. The adjustment notches and stop notches may be formed on different sides of the same headrest rod (e.g., a certain headrest rod) or on different headrest rods, it being preferable in the first case that the actuation elements are actuated in different directions.
  • The actuation element is movably located in a space-saving manner, preferably in a receptacle in the head section of a guide bushing in which the headrest rod is mounted. The actuation element is preferably supported and pretensioned (e.g., biased) with respect to the head of the bushing by way of at least one mounting spring. The actuation element is then held in its resting position by way of the mounting spring. The actuation element is then actuated correspondingly, preferably by pushing it against the force of the mounting spring. In the case of a single actuation element, the action element is actuated by two distinctly different methods of actuation, preferably by pressing and turning, or by turning it in two different directions.
  • Other aspects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • Hereinafter, the present invention is described in more detail with reference to six exemplary embodiments illustrated in the drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 shows a vertical cross section through a portion of the first exemplary embodiment in the in-use state;
  • FIG. 2 shows a cross-section along the line II-II in FIG. 1, with an arrow indicating the possible direction of actuation during the adjustment process;
  • FIG. 3 shows a cross-section along the line III-III in FIG. 1, with an arrow that is illustrated in dashed lines indicating the possible direction of actuation when removing the headrest, and dashed lines also illustrate the position of the second actuation element prior to actuation;
  • FIG. 4 is a schematic view of a vehicle seat;
  • FIG. 5 shows a vertical cross-section through a portion of the second exemplary embodiment in the in-use state;
  • FIG. 6 shows a cross-section along the line VI-VI in FIG. 5, with an arrow indicating the possible direction of actuation during the adjustment process;
  • FIG. 7 shows a cross-section along the line VII-VII in FIG. 5, with an arrow that is illustrated in dashed lines indicating the possible direction of actuation when removing the headrest, and dashed lines also illustrate the position of the second actuation element prior to actuation;
  • FIG. 8 shows a vertical cross-section through a portion of the third exemplary embodiment in the in-use state;
  • FIG. 9 shows a cross-section along the line IX-IX in FIG. 8, with an arrow illustrated by a continuous line indicating the possible direction of actuation during the adjustment process, and an arrow illustrated by dashed lines indicating the possible direction of actuation during removal of the headrest;
  • FIG. 10 shows a vertical cross-section through a portion of the fourth exemplary embodiment in the in-use state;
  • FIG. 11 shows a cross-section along the line XI-XI in FIG. 10;
  • FIG. 12 shows a cross-section corresponding to FIG. 10 during the adjustment process;
  • FIG. 13 shows a cross section along the line XIII-XIII in FIG. 12, with an arrow indicating the direction of actuation during the adjustment process;
  • FIG. 14 shows a cross-section corresponding to FIGS. 10 and 12 during the removal of the headrest;
  • FIG. 15 shows a cross-section along the line XV-XV in FIG. 14, with an arrow illustrated by dashed lines indicating the direction of actuation when removing the headrest;
  • FIG. 16 shows a vertical cross-section through a portion of the fifth exemplary embodiment in the in-use state;
  • FIG. 17 shows a cross-section along the line XVII-XVII in FIG. 16, with an arrow indicating the possible direction of actuation during the adjustment process;
  • FIG. 18 shows a cross-section corresponding to FIG. 17, with an arrow illustrated by dashed lines indicating the possible direction of actuation when removing the headrest;
  • FIG. 19 shows a vertical cross-section through a portion of the sixth exemplary embodiment in the in-use state;
  • FIG. 20 shows a cross-section along the line XX-XX in FIG. 19, with an arrow indicating the direction of actuation during the adjustment process; and
  • FIG. 21 shows a cross section corresponding to FIG. 20, with an arrow illustrated by dashed lines indicating the direction of actuation when removing the headrest.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS
  • In the following, reference is made in greater detail to the drawings, in which like numerals refer to like parts throughout the several views. In all the exemplary embodiments, a vehicle seat 1 of a motor vehicle comprises a headrest 6 mounted on a backrest 3. The headrest 6 is attached in a known manner to at least one, and in the present case to two metal headrest rods, each of which is mounted in a linearly sliding manner in a plastic guide bushing in the backrest 3. By these means, the headrest 6, which is locked in an in-use position, is adjustable in height and can also be fully removed.
  • In the first exemplary embodiment, several adjustment notches 12 are arranged equidistantly apart on one side of one of the two headrest rods 10, and on the other side a stop notch 14 is formed below the lowest adjustment notch 12. The associated guide bushing 15 comprises a bushing head 17 within which are formed, at various heights and on opposite sides, two open receptacles 19 respectively for an upper, first actuation element 21, and a lower, second actuation element 23. Both actuation elements 21 and 23 comprise a locking element 25 aligned perpendicularly to the headrest rod 10 and consisting, for example, of a piece of metal wire or rod. Except for their locking elements 25, the actuation elements 21 and 23 are made of plastic. The actuation elements 21 and 23 are respectively arranged within the receptacles 19. For each actuation element 21 and its respective guide bushing 15, the actuation element 21 is biased by way of a mounting spring 27, namely by the tendency of the mounting spring 27 to expand, in a manner that urges the actuation element away from a portion of the guide bushing. The locking element 25 is in each case arranged on the side of the headrest rod 10 facing away from the open part of the receptacle 19 and facing towards the closed part of the receptacle 19.
  • When the headrest is in use, the locking element 25 of the first actuation element 21 engages in an adjustment notch 12, as a result of which the headrest rod 10, and thus the headrest 6, is locked in place. While the first actuation element 21 is accessible to the user and flush with the bushing head 17, the second actuation element 23 is located completely within its receptacle 19. In order to adjust the headrest 6, the first actuation element 21 is actuated, i.e. pressed deeper into its receptacle 19 (e.g., moved in a nonrotary direction), so that the locking element 25 is disengaged from the adjustment notch 12. It is now possible to slide the headrest rod 10 within the guide bushing 15, thus permitting the height of the headrest 6 to be adjusted. The adjustment notches 12 are preferably beveled downwards so that the headrest rod 10 can be pulled upwards, i.e. further extended, even without actuating the first actuation element 21.
  • In order to remove the headrest 6, the headrest rod 10 is pulled upwards until the lowest adjustment notch 12 passes by at least the first actuation element 21 and emerges at the top from the bushing head 17. As soon as the stop notch 14 reaches the second actuation element 23, the associated mounting spring 27 displaces the second actuation element 23 whose locking element 25 then engages in the stop notch 14. The headrest rod 10 is thus locked once more. The second actuation element 23 now projects laterally from the bushing head 17. By actuating, i.e. pressing (e.g., moving in a nonrotary direction), the second actuation element 23, the locking element 25 is disengaged from the stop notch 14, and as a result the headrest rod 10 can be pulled further upwards until it finally leaves the guide bushing 15. The stop notch 14 is preferably beveled upwards so that the headrest rod 10 can be pushed down again, i.e. re-inserted, without actuating the second actuation element 23.
  • Except where stated otherwise below, the second exemplary embodiment is the same as the first exemplary embodiment, for which reason identical and identically acting components bear reference numbers raised by 100. The adjustment notches 112 are in this case formed on a first headrest rod 110. The first headrest rod 110 is introduced into the guide bushing 115, in the head 117 of which the first actuation element 121 is mounted with a mounting spring 127 in a receptacle 119, for locking the first headrest rod 110 by way of its actuation element 125. On the other hand, the stop notch 114 is formed on a second headrest rod 130. The second headrest rod 130 is inserted into a guide bushing 115 of identical design to the guide bushing 115 used for the first headrest rod 110. With the exception of the displacement corresponding to the thickness of the locking element 125, the second actuation element 123 is identical to the first actuation element 121, and alternatively the second actuation element 123 can be completely identical to the first actuation element 121. The second actuation element 123 is arranged and mounted in the same way as the first actuation element 121, except that the second actuation element 123 is not locking the second headrest rod 130 while the first actuation element 121 is locking the first headrest rod 110. In both of the first and second exemplary embodiments the mode of functioning, including the mode of actuation, is the same—except for the circumstances determined by the spatially separate arrangement of the actuation elements 121 and 123.
  • Except where stated otherwise below, the third exemplary embodiment is similar in design to the first and second exemplary embodiments, for which reason identical and identically acting components bear reference numbers raised by 200 and 100 respectively. As in the case of the first exemplary embodiment, adjustment notches 212 are formed on one side of the (first) headrest rod 210 and on the opposite side a stop notch 214 is formed. The headrest rod 210 is introduced into the guide bushing 215. The first actuation element 221 is mounted in a receptacle 219 in the head 217 of the guide bushing 215; the first actuation element 221 is accessible to the user. The first actuation element 221 is connected, by way of two parallel-arranged energy-storing elements 233 (e.g., tension springs) that enclose the headrest rod 210 between them, to the second actuation element 223. The second actuation element 223 is arranged completely inside the receptacle 219 so that the second actuation element 223 is inaccessible to the user. The second actuation element 223 is biased by a mounting spring 227, namely by the tendency of the mounting spring 227 to expand, in a manner that urges the actuation element away from a portion of the head 217 of the guide bushing 215. When the headrest is in use, the locking element 225 of the second actuation element 223 locks the headrest rod 210 in place.
  • In order to adjust the headrest, the first actuation element 221 is actuated in a first manner, i.e. in the present case it is pressed, as a result of which the motion is transmitted to the second actuation element 223 by the compressed coils of the energy-storing elements 233, so that the locking element 225 of the second actuation element 223 is disengaged. The headrest rod 210 can now be adjusted in height. In order to remove the headrest, the headrest rod 210 is first pulled upwards until the locking element 225 of the first actuation element 221 engages in the stop notch 214. By actuating the first actuation element 221 in a second manner, in the present case by pulling (e.g., moving in a nonrotary direction), the locking element 225 is again disengaged and the headrest rod 210 can be pulled further upwards.
  • Except where stated otherwise below, the fourth exemplary embodiment is similar in design to the first, second and third exemplary embodiments, for which reason identical and identically acting components bear reference numbers raised by 300, 200 and 100 respectively. As in the first exemplary embodiment, adjustment notches 312 are formed on one side of the (first) headrest rod 310. On the same side, a stop notch 314 is formed below the lowest adjustment notch 312. The headrest rod 310 is introduced into the guide bushing 315. The user-accessible first actuation element 321 is mounted in a receptacle 319 in the head 317 of the guide bushing 315. The first actuation element 321 is biased by way of a mounting spring 327, namely by the tendency of the mounting spring 327 to expand, in a manner that urges the actuation element away from a portion of the head 317 of the guide bushing 315. When the headrest is in use, the locking element 325 of the first actuation element 321 engages in one of the adjustment notches 312. The second actuation element 323 is mounted within the first actuation element 321. The second actuation element 323 engages one end of a rocker element 335. The rocker element 335 is pivotably mounted on the guide bushing 315. The other end of the rocker element 335 bears a further locking element 325 that is pretensioned by a spring against (e.g., biased toward) the headrest rod 310.
  • In order to adjust the headrest, the first actuation element 321 is actuated, i.e. in the present case it is pressed, causing its locking element 325 to disengage, so that the height of the headrest rod 310 can be adjusted. To remove the headrest, the headrest rod 310 is first pulled upwards until the locking element 325 on the rocker element 335 engages in the stop notch 314. By actuating the second actuation element 323, in the present case by pulling it outwards relative to the first actuation element 321, the rocker element 335 is pivoted and its locking element 325 is again disengaged so that the headrest rod 310 can be pulled further upwards.
  • Except where stated otherwise below, the fifth exemplary embodiment is similar in design to the preceding embodiments, for which reason identical and identically acting components bear reference numbers that are in each case raised by 100. The (first) headrest rod 410 is again provided with several adjustment notches 412. The stop notch 414 is arranged beneath the lowest adjustment notch 412, and it is offset at an angle of slightly more than 90° with respect to the adjustment notches 412. The headrest rod 410 is inserted into the guide bushing 415 in the head 417 of which is mounted, in a receptacle 419, the user-accessible (first) actuation element 421. The actuation element 421 is biased by way of a first mounting spring 427, namely by the tendency of the first mounting spring 427 to expand, in a manner that urges the actuation element away from another portion of the head 417 of the guide bushing 415. The actuation element 421 is also biased by way of a second mounting spring 437, namely by the tendency of the second mounting spring 437 to expand, in a manner that urges the actuation element away from a portion of the head 417 of the guide bushing 415. The second mounting spring 437 is arranged perpendicularly to the first mounting spring 427. When the headrest is in use, the locking element 425 of the actuation element 421 engages in one of the adjustment notches 412.
  • In order to adjust the headrest, the actuation element 421 is actuated in a first manner, i.e. in the present case it is pressed (e.g., moved in a nonrotary direction) against the first mounting spring 427, thereby causing the locking element 425 to disengage, so that the height of the headrest rod 410 can be adjusted. More specifically, FIG. 17 shows the locking element 425 engaging an adjustment notch 412, and the arrow indicates how to press the actuation element 421 for disengaging the locking element 425 from the adjustment notch 412.
  • To remove the headrest, the headrest rod 410 is first pulled upwards until an inner edge of the actuation element 421, which is offset by 90° relative to the locking element 425, engages in the stop notch 414. The inner edge of the actuation element 421, which is offset by 90° relative to the locking element 425 and engages in the stop notch 414, can be referred to as a locking element portion (e.g., a second locking element) of the actuation element 421. By actuating the actuation element 421 in a second manner, in the present case by rotating it (e.g., moving it in a rotary direction) around the headrest rod 410 against the force of the second mounting spring 437, the inner edge of the actuation element 421 (e.g., the second locking element of the actuation element 421) is disengaged from the stop notch 414, so that the headrest rod 410 can be pulled further upwards. More specifically, FIG. 18 shows the inner edge of the actuation element 421 (e.g., the second locking element of the actuation element 421) engaged in the stop notch 414, and the arrow indicates how to rotate the actuation element 421 for disengaging the actuation element 421 (e.g., the second locking element of the actuation element 421) from the stop notch 414.
  • Except where stated otherwise below, the sixth exemplary embodiment is similar in design to the preceding exemplary embodiments, and in particular to the fifth exemplary embodiment, for which reason identical and identically acting components bear reference numbers that are in each case raised by 100. The (first) headrest rod 510 is again provided with several adjustment notches 512. The stop notch 514 is formed slightly offset, for example by 30°, with respect to the adjustment notches 512, and it is below the lowest adjustment notch 512. The headrest rod 510 is inserted into the guide bushing 515 in the head 517 of which is mounted, in a receptacle 519, the user-accessible (first) actuation element 521. The actuation element 521 is biased by way of a first mounting spring 527, namely by the tendency of the first mounting spring 527 to expand, in a manner that urges the actuation element away from a portion of the head 517 of the guide bushing 515. When the headrest is in use, the locking element 525 of the actuation element 521 engages in one of the adjustment notches 512.
  • For the purpose of adjusting the headrest, the actuation element 521 is actuated in a first manner, i.e. in the present case, seen from above, it is rotated counter-clockwise (e.g., moved in a rotary direction) around the headrest rod 510, thereby causing the locking element 525 to disengage from the respective adjustment notch 512, so that the height of the headrest rod 510 can be adjusted. More specifically, FIG. 20 shows the actuation element 521 after rotating and disengaging the locking element 525 from an adjustment notch 512, and the arrow indicates how the actuation element 521 was rotated counter-clockwise, as seen from above, around the headrest rod 510. During the engagement of the locking element 525 and the adjustment notch 512, the actuation element 521 had a position similar to its position in FIG. 21.
  • To remove the headrest, the headrest rod 510 is first pulled upwards until the locking element 525 of the actuation element 521 engages in the stop notch 514. By actuating the actuation element 521 in a second manner, in the present case by rotating it clockwise (e.g., moving it in a rotary manner), as seen from above, around the headrest rod 510, the locking element 525 disengages from the stop notch 514 so that the headrest rod 510 can be pulled further upwards. More specifically, FIG. 21 shows the actuation element 521 after rotating and disengaging the locking element 525 from the stop notch 514, and the arrow indicates how the actuation element 521 was rotated clockwise, as seen from above, around the headrest rod 510. During the engagement of the locking element 525 and the stop notch 514, the actuation element 521 had a position similar to its position in FIG. 20.
  • It will be understood by those skilled in the art that while the present invention has been discussed above with reference to exemplary embodiments, various additions, modifications and changes can be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.

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1. A vehicle seat, comprising:
a backrest, at least one headrest rod, at least one actuation element, and at least one headrest mounted on the at least one headrest rod;
the at least one headrest rod being operatively associated with at least the backrest so that
(a) slidingly guided movement of the at least one headrest rod relative to the backrest is at least partially restricted while the at least one headrest rod is locked,
(b) there can be slidingly guided movement of the at least one headrest rod relative to the backrest for adjustment purposes during a first unlocked configuration,
(c) separation of the at least one headrest rod from the backrest is restricted during the first unlocked configuration, and
(d) there can be slidingly guided movement of the at least one headrest rod relative to the backrest for separating the at least one headrest rod from the backrest during a second unlocked configuration; and
the at least one actuation element being selected from the group consisting of
(a) a certain actuation element that is operatively associated with the at least one headrest rod so that
(1) the certain actuation element is actuatable in a first direction to thereby at least partially provide the first unlocked configuration, and
(2) the certain actuation element is actuatable in a second direction to thereby at least partially provide the second unlocked configuration, with the first direction being different from the second direction, and
(b) a combination of at least a first actuation element and a second actuation element, wherein the combination is operatively associated with the at least one headrest rod so that
(1) the first actuation element is for at being actuated to thereby at least partially provide the first unlocked configuration, and
(2) the second actuation element is for being actuated to thereby at least partially provide the second unlocked configuration.
2. The vehicle seat according to claim 1, wherein:
the at least one headrest rod includes at least one adjustment notch and at least one stop notch,
the at least one actuation element is operatively associated with at least one locking element,
the at least one locking element is for engaging the at least one adjustment notch to lock the at least one headrest rod, and
the at least one locking element is for engaging the at least one stop notch to lock the at least one headrest rod.
3. The vehicle seat according to claim 2:
(a) wherein
(1) the at least one headrest rod comprises a certain headrest rod, and
(2) the at least one adjustment notch and the at least one stop notch are disposed on different sides of the certain headrest rod; and/or
(b) wherein
(1) the at least one actuation element being operatively associated with at least one locking element comprises
(i) the first actuation element being operatively associated with a first locking element, and
(ii) the second actuation element being operatively associated with a second locking element,
(2) the at least one locking element being for engaging the at least one adjustment notch, to lock the at least one headrest rod, comprises the first locking element being for engaging the at least one adjustment notch, and
(3) the at least one locking element being for engaging the at least one stop notch, to lock the at least one headrest rod, comprises the second locking element being for engaging the at least one stop notch.
4. The vehicle seat according to claim 1, wherein:
a guide bushing is in receipt of the at least one headrest rod,
the guide bushing includes a head that defines a receptacle, and
at least partially within the receptacle is at least one component selected from the group consisting of the certain actuation element, the first actuation element and the second actuation element.
5. The vehicle seat according to claim 4, wherein the component is biased, by way of at least one spring, in a manner that urges the component away from at least a portion of the head of the bushing.
6. The vehicle seat according to claim 1, wherein:
the at least one actuation element comprises the combination of at least the first actuation element and the second actuation element,
the at least one headrest rod comprises a certain headrest rod,
the certain headrest rod includes at least one adjustment notch and at least one stop notch,
the first actuation element is operatively associated with a first locking element,
the second actuation element is operatively associated with a second locking element,
the first locking element is for engaging the at least one adjustment notch to lock the certain headrest rod, and
the second locking element is for engaging the at least one stop notch to lock the certain headrest rod.
7. The vehicle seat according to claim 1, wherein:
the at least one actuation element comprises the combination of at least the first actuation element and the second actuation element,
the first actuation element is for being actuated in a first direction,
the second actuation element is for being actuated in a second direction, and
the first and second directions are different from one another.
8. The vehicle seat according to claim 1, wherein:
the at least one actuation element comprises the combination of at least the first actuation element and the second actuation element,
the first actuation element is accessible to the user for use in unlocking the at least one headrest rod in order to permit adjustment of the headrest's height,
the at least one headrest rod includes at least one adjustment notch and at least one stop notch,
the second actuation element is operatively associated with at least one locking element,
the at least one locking element is for engaging the at least one stop notch to lock the at least one headrest rod, and
the second actuation element becomes accessible and/or actuatable as a result of the locking element being engaged to the stop notch.
9. The vehicle seat according to claim 1, wherein:
the at least one actuation element comprises the certain actuation element,
the certain actuation element being actuated in the first direction comprises the first unlocked configuration occurring in response to pressing of the first actuation element, and
the certain actuation element being actuated in the second direction comprises the second unlocked configuration occurring in response to turning of the second actuation element.
10. The vehicle seat according to claim 1, wherein:
the at least one actuation element comprises the certain actuation element,
the certain actuation element being actuatable in the first direction comprises the first unlocked configuration occurring in response to turning the first actuation element in the first direction, and
the certain actuation element being actuatable in the second direction comprises the second unlocked configuration occurring in response to turning the second actuation element in the second direction.
11. A vehicle seat, comprising:
a backrest, at least one headrest rod, at least one actuation element, and at least one headrest mounted on the headrest rod, wherein
the headrest rod is operatively associated with at least the backrest so that
(a) slidingly guided movement of the headrest rod relative to the backrest (3) is at least partially restricted while the headrest rod is locked,
(b) there can be slidingly guided movement of the headrest rod relative to the backrest (3) for adjustment purposes during a first unlocked configuration,
(c) separation of the headrest rod from the backrest is restricted during the first unlocked configuration, and
(d) there can be slidingly guided movement of the headrest rod relative to the backrest (3) for separating the headrest rod from the backrest during a second unlocked configuration; and
the actuation element is operative
(a) for being actuated in a first direction to thereby at least partially provide the first unlocked configuration,
(b) for being actuated in a second direction, which is different from the first direction, to thereby at least partially provide the second unlocked configuration, and
(c) so that at least one of the first direction and the second direction comprises a rotary direction.
12. The vehicle seat according to claim 11, wherein at least one of the first direction and the second direction comprises a nonrotary direction.
13. The vehicle seat according to claim 11, wherein the rotary direction is selected from the group consisting of clockwise and counterclockwise.
14. The vehicle seat according to claim 11, wherein the second direction comprises the rotary direction.
15. The vehicle seat according to claim 14, wherein:
the rotary direction is a first rotary direction, and
the first direction comprises a second rotary direction that is opposite from the first rotary direction.
16. The vehicle seat according to claim 14, wherein the first direction comprises a nonrotary direction.
17. The vehicle seat according to claim 11, wherein:
the headrest rod includes at least one adjustment notch and at least one stop notch,
the actuation element is operatively associated with at least one locking element,
the at least one locking element is for engaging the adjustment notch to lock the headrest rod, and
the at least one locking element is for engaging the stop notch to lock the headrest rod.
18. The vehicle seat according to claim 17, wherein:
the adjustment notch and the stop notch are angularly offset with respect to one another, and
the adjustment notch is positioned above the stop notch.
19. The vehicle seat according to claim 17, wherein:
the at least one locking element comprises a certain locking element,
the certain locking element is for engaging the at least one adjustment notch to lock the headrest rod, and
the certain locking element is also for engaging the at least one stop notch to lock the headrest rod.
20. The vehicle seat according to claim 17, wherein:
the at least one locking element comprises a first locking element and a second locking element that is angularly offset from the first locking element,
the first locking element is for engaging the at least one adjustment notch to lock the headrest rod, and
the second locking element is for engaging the at least one stop notch to lock the headrest rod.
21. The vehicle seat according to claim 11, wherein:
a guide bushing is in receipt of the headrest rod,
the guide bushing includes a head that defines a receptacle,
the actuation element is at least partially within the receptacle, and
the actuation element is biased, by way of at least one spring, in a manner that urges the actuation element away from at least a portion of the head of the bushing.
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