US 20050168026 A1
The travel pack and child safety seat includes a child safety seat arranged to be disposed upon a full size seat in a vehicle such as a car, plane, or train, and a backpack and shoulder harness system removably attached to the child safety seat for carrying the child safety seat on one's back. Cradled, within the child safety seat, the backpack has a pair of adjustable length shoulder straps looped through slots in the rear of the child safety seat, allowing a user to comfortably carry the child safety seat as in a backpack. An optional and headrest is removably received by the child safety seat and may be stored in the backpack when transported. A pivoting thigh portion allows the lower front portion of the child safety seat to pivot upwards, providing the child safety seat with a slimmer profile for ease of carrying.
1. A travel pack and child safety seat, comprising:
a child safety seat having a front, a rear, a top, a seat portion having a front end and a rear end, a seat back portion at the rear of said child safety seat extending upwards from said seat portion rear end, a thigh support portion pivotally connected to said child safety seat at said seat portion front end, means for securing said child safety seat to a full size seat of a vehicle; and
a storage pack removably disposed in the front of said child safety seat;
wherein said storage pack has a shoulder harness system attached thereto, said shoulder harness system cooperatively engaging said child safety seat.
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10. A travel pack and child safety seat, comprising:
a child safety seat having a front, a rear, a seat back portion, a top, a seat portion having a front end and a rear end, a child harness, means for securing said seat to a full size seat of a vehicle, a thigh support portion pivotally connected to said child safety seat at said seat portion front end, a plurality of slots disposed in said seat back portion; and
a storage pack having a shoulder harness system attached thereto, said shoulder harness system cooperatively engaging said child safety seat; said shoulder harness system having a pair of shoulder straps, each of said straps having an upper portion, a lower portion, and an adjustable and releasable attachment device connecting said upper and lower strap portions;
wherein said shoulder straps may be threaded through the slots defined in the seat back portion of said child safety seat.
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1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to child safety restraint systems in transportation, an in particular, to a child safety seat, which can be converted to a backpack for ease of carrying the child seat when traveling.
2. Description of the Related Art
The use of child safety seats for the safe restraint of children and infants in vehicles is well known. Such use of child safety seats away from the family vehicle requires the transport of the child safety seat through airports, train stations, bus terminals and the like. The typical infant or child safety seat is bulky and of an awkward shape making carrying them even for a short distance difficult. Various devices have been developed to assist in the transportation of child safety seats including a variety of bags, totes, and cases.
U.S. Patent Application No. 2003/0106916, published for Brian Boone in June 2003, discloses a system of harnesses for carrying a car seat on a person's back, chest, or side, leaving the person's hands free. The harnesses are attached to a fabric carrier body that is provided with an internal semi-rigid back pad which provides a contoured platform that supports the load of the car seat, or car seat plus child.
U.S. Pat. No. 2,742,212, issued to R. Siftar, in April 1956, discloses an early design of a infant carrying device that is adaptable as an automobile seat for a child. Introduced at the peak of the baby boom, the device lacked many of the safety features now present in most infant car seats.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,747,526, issued to J. Launes, in May 1988, discloses a collapsible infant seat and stroller, which includes a central frame support having straps so that the frame may be carried as a backpack.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,230,523, issued to J. Wilheim, in July 1993, discloses a multifunctional child carrier device including a base having a detachable seat, the backrest portion detachably connected to the base and slots formed within both the back-rest and the base to allow the unit to serve as a child safety seat or as an infant carrier seat utilizing only the backrest.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,431,478, issued to M. Noonan, in July 1995, discloses a convertible baby carrier having a clamshell figuration in which a first body portion and a second body portion are pivotally attached to each other, and includes apparatus for adjusting and fixing the angular relationship of the two body portions. The carrier includes legs and can be converted to a seat, a stroller, a bed and a backpack by altering the angular relationships of the body portions and of legs relative to the body portions.
Although designed for infant use, U.S. Pat. No. 5,588,570, issued to K. Zirbel in December 1996, discloses a combination backpack and seat device which includes a frame separable into a first member which generally supports the backrest and provides a back rest for a seated user. The second member forms the seat of the device and is stored within the pouch of the backpack.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,662,339, issue4d to Svendsen et al. in September 1997, discloses a child carrier for use as a two-wheeled stroller and as a child-supporting backpack having a frame and a fabric seat coupled to the frame.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,543,722, issued to Parrow et al. in April 2003, discloses a child safety restraint system for use on aircrafts. The '722 patent includes a removable, portable strap assembly for securing automotive child safety seats to aircraft seats and frames in compliance with federal aviation safety regulations.
European Patent Application Publication No. 0257141, published in March 1988, discloses a child carrier, which is convertible from use as a stroller to use as a backpack or a car seat. The apparatus includes a seat portion mounted on a frame carrying front and rear wheels, and a handle, which is pivotally connected to the frame so that it is movable between an upwardly and rearwardly extending position when the carrier is to be used as a stroller, and a downwardly extending position when used a car seat.
None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed. Thus a travel pack and child safety seat solving the aforementioned problems is desired.
The travel pack and child safety seat provides an efficient method of transporting a child safety seat when traveling. Taking advantage of the empty seating area contained within the child safety seat, a backpack and shoulder harness system cradled within the child safety seat is removably attached to the child safety seat by means of a pair of adjustable length shoulder straps looped through slots in the rear of the child safety seat, thereby allowing a user to comfortably carry the child safety seat.
The backpack and shoulder harness system has a storage compartment and may be used as a diaper bag or as a general-purpose backpack. An optional and removable headrest for the child safety seat may also be carried in the backpack. An optional pivoting safety seat thigh portion provides the safety seat with a slimmer profile for ease of carrying.
It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.
These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.
Similar reference characters denote corresponding features consistently throughout the attached drawings.
The present invention is a travel pack and child safety seat, designated generally as 100 in the drawings. As shown in
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The travel pack 104 may be used for carrying child related material such as diapers, baby food, or may be used as a general-purpose backpack storage container. Disposed on the front of the travel pack 104 is an easily accessible smaller storage compartment 112. The travel pack 102 may be is made of any pliable material such as plastic, fabric, or any material commonly known in the art of backpack construction. The main compartment of the travel pack 102 is accessible by means of a zipper 120 disposed along the side of the travel pack 102. A handgrip 110 permanently attached to the top of the travel pack 102 provides the means for carrying the travel pack 104 with or without the attachable child safety seat 102.
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The pivoting thigh support 114 and removably headrest 124 are optional components, and as shown in
It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the embodiments described above, but encompasses any and all embodiments within the scope of the following claims.