Ford has applied for 83 patents on a new seat system that relies heavily on injection molded plastic components.
The modular composite front-seat cushion pan is being used on the 2017 Ford Motor Co. Lincoln Continental luxury sedan. Ford says that the system creates “a robust and dynamic crash-energy management system for front-impact protection, side airbag deployment, and energy management for occupant impact protection.” The system also enables modular assembly and scalable features for ease of assembly.
Plastics used include impact-modified 35 percent glass-reinforced Ultramid polyamide (nylon) from BASF, talc-filled TPO for a side-airbag deployment back panel, and Delrin polyacetal from DuPont.
Processors are Leggett & Platt, Great Lakes Trim & Grammer Industries/Engineered Plastics, and Grand Traverse Plastics.
Twelve patents have been granted to date on the seat system, which is a finalist in the 46th-annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards competition. Winners will be announced Nov. 9 at Burton Manor in the suburbs of Detroit.
The 2017 Lincoln was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show last January.