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Publication numberUS3878838 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 22, 1975
Filing dateDec 5, 1973
Priority dateDec 5, 1973
Publication numberUS 3878838 A, US 3878838A, US-A-3878838, US3878838 A, US3878838A
InventorsLunn David L
Original AssigneeLunn David L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Seat belt vibrator
US 3878838 A
Abstract
An improved seat belt assembly having a portable battery-operated vibrator inserted into a compartment in a strap which is wrapped around a seat belt and secured thereto. When using the seat belt assembly, the vibrator is turned on and the body muscles adjacent to the seat belt assembly are massaged.
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O United States Patent 1191 1111 3,878,838 Lunn Apr. 22, 1975 SEAT BELT VIBRATOR 3.416.815 12/1968 Weiss 128/63 x 7 0 [76] In entor: avid L. Lunn, 920 N.w. 28 St 3.6-3.481 ll/l97l Curran 1-8/36 1 Moore ok a 73160 Prmmry ExammerLawrence W. Trapp [22] Filed: Dec. 5, 1973 Attorney, Agenl, 0r Firm-Laney, Dougherty, Hessin 21 Appl. No.: 421,845

[52] US. Cl. 128/63 [57] ABSTRACT 51 Int. Cl A6lh 7/00 An improved Seat belt assembly having a 110mb!8 [58] Field 01 Search 128/32-36, yp vibrator inserted into 8 Compartment in 12 3 4 a strap which is wrapped around a seat belt and secured thereto. When using the seat belt assembly, the l 5 References Cited vibrator is turned on and the body muscles adjacent to UNITED STATES PATENTS the seat belt assembly are massaged.

l 497,840 6/1924 Clement 128/41 X 8 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures SEAT BELT VIBRATOR BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates generally to an improved seat belt assembly and more particularly. but not by way of limitation. to a portable battery-operated vibrator secured to a seat belt.

2. Summary of the Invention The present invention is an improved seat belt assembly having a portable batteryoperatcd ibrator secured to the seat belt for massaging a person's body and relaxing his muscles while the seat belt is in use.

An object of the present invention is to massage a persons body and relax his muscles while the seat belt assembly is in use.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an assembly which can be quickly detached and removed from the seat belt for use on another seat belt.

A further object ofthe present invention is to provide an assembly which can be quickly attached to various types of seat belts having different widths.

Still a further object of the present invention is to provide a portable lnlttery-operated vibrator which can be turned on and off without having to remove the vibrator from the assembly.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an assembly which will not wrinkle or buckle the seat belt when the assembly is secured around the seat belt.

Other objects and advantages ofthe invention will be evident from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings which illustrate various embodiments of the invention.

Brief Description of the Drawings FIG. I is a perspective view of one form of the seat belt assembly.

FIG. 2 is a front view of an alternate embodiment of the seat belt assembly.

FIGv 3 is a cross sectional view ofthe seat belt assembly taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the seat belt assembly of FIG. 2 removed from the seat belt.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS In FIG. I. the seat belt assembly is designated by the general reference character It). The assembly 10 includes an elongated cylindrically shaped port-able battery-operated vibrator 12. a compartment H for bolding the vibrator I2. and the compartment 14 secured to a flexible. elastic fabric strap 16 which is wrapped around and secured to a seat belt 18 having a buckle 20.

The assembly 10 in FIG. 1 also shows the feature of having two vibrators 12 held in two compartments I4 should the person using the assembly 10 desire additional vibrating strength.

Strap I6 includes an outside portion 22. an inside portion 24. and a first end portion 26 secured to a second end portion 28 by snaps 30. Disposd between the inside portion 24 of the strap 16 and the seat belt 18 is a relatively rigid planar shaped stay 32 having a width substantially equal to the width of the seat belt 18 which prevents the elastic strap I6 from wrinkling or buckling the belt 18 when the strap is wrapped around the belt 18 and secured by snaps 30. The stay 32 may be secured to the inside portion 24 of the strap 16 by suitable means such as sewing or may be inserted into a suitable pocket sewn into the inside portion 24 of the strap 16.

FIG. 2 is a front view of the assembly 10. This figure shows the use of a single vibrator 12 held by compartment I4. Compartment I4 is of an elongated cylindrical shape and is made of a flexible elastic fabric so that vibrators of various diameters can be compressingly secured by the elastic fabric and by stretching the fabric. the vibrator can be quickly removed to change batter ies or be replaced by another vibrator. The diameter of the compartment 14 is substantially equal to or slightly less than the diameter of the vibrator I2. Because the elastic fabric is flexible. the vibrator 12 can be turned on and off without removing it from the compartment 14. The vibrator I2 is turned on and off by rotating one end of the vibrator and counter-rotating the opposite end. Also. compartment 14 being rigidly secured to strap 16 holds the vibrator in place while the vibrator is in use.

FIG. 3 is a cross section of the assembly 10 shown along line 33 of FIG. 2. Compartment I4 is shown attached to the outside portion 22 of strap 16 and secured around vibrator l2. Strap 16 is shown wrapped around belt 18 and stay 32 and first end portion 26 secured to second end portion 28 by snap 30.

FIG. 4 shows the assembly 10 with the belt 18 removed and strap 16 in an unsnapped position. Vibrator 12 has been removed from the compartment 14. Shown in this perspective view is the relatively rigid stay 32 disposed against the inside portion 24 of the strap 16.

In operation. the assembly 10 is secured to the seat belt 18 by wrapping strap 16 around the belt 18 and securing the strap 16 thereto by snaps 30. Portable vibrator I2 is then inserted into the compartment 14. When the seat belt 18 is in use the person using the belt grasps one end ofthe vibrator 12 with one hand and the oppo site end with the other hand and by rotating the ends in opposite directions. the vibrator is turned on. This step is repeated to turn the vibrator off. but the ends are rotated in a direction opposite to the direction for turning the vibrator on. When the assembly 10 is no longer required the strap 16 is removed from the seat belt I8 by unsnapping snaps 30.

Changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts and elements of various embodiments as disclosed herein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

What is claimed is:

I. In a seat belt assembly. the improvement comprising:

a portable battery-operated vibrator; and

means for securing said vibrator to the seat belt. said means comprising a strap having an inside portion. an outside portion. a first end portion. and a second end portion. said strap being wrapped around the seat belt with the inside portion of said strap adjacent thereto. and means for securing the first end portion and the second end portion together. the outside portion of said strap having compartment means for holding said vibrator adjacent to the seat belt.

2. The assembly as defined in claim 1 wherein said vibrator is an elongated cylindrically shaped portable battery-operated vibrator.

3. The assembly as defined in claim 2 wherein said compartment means is an elongated cylindrically shaped compartment having an inner diameter substaw tially equal to the outer diameter of said vibrator for holding said vibrator in place when the said vibrator is in use 4. The assembly as defined in claim 3 wherein said compartment is made of a flexible fabric so that said vibrator being held inside said compartment can be grasped by hand through the flexible fabric and said vibrator turned on and off without having to be removed from said compartment.

5. The assembly as defined in claim 4 wherein the flexible fabric of said compartment is characterized further as being elastic so that vibrators of various diameters can be received and compressingly held inside said compartment.

6. The assembly as defined in claim 1 which is further characterized to include a relatively rigid planar shaped stay having a width substantially equal to the width of the seat belt and said stay disposed between the inside portion of said strap and the seat belt to keep the seat belt from wrinkling or buckling when the strap is wrapped around and secured to the seat belt.

7. The assembly as defined in claim l wherein said strap is made of an elastic fabric so that said strap can be stretchingly wrapped around seat belts having various widths.

8. ln a seat belt assembly. the improvement comprising:

an elastic strap having an inside portion. an outside portion. a first end portion. and a second end portion. said strap being wrapped around the seat belt with the inside portion positioned adjacent to the seat belt and means for securing the first end portion and the second end portion together. the outside portion of said strap having a cylindrically shaped compartment made of an elastic fabric attached thereto;

an elongated cylindrically shaped portable battery operated vibrator secured within the compartment of said strap; and relatively rigid planar shaped stay having a width substantially equal to the width ofthe seat belt and said stay disposed between the inside portion of said strap and the seat belt to keep the seat belt from wrinkling or buckling when the strap is wrapped around and secured to the seat belt.

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WO1996035405A1 *May 8, 1995Nov 14, 1996Stephen J TakachHead vibrator
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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/71, D24/215
International ClassificationA61H23/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61H23/00
European ClassificationA61H23/00