Johnson Controls has developed an Integrated Structural Seat that provides the benefits of an integrated three-point safety belt while minimizing the weight and cost increases generally associated with this vehicle improvement. The development of a lower cost and weight system permits the use of this new technology in broader vehicle categories, expanding its potential applications beyond the convertible and sport coupe niches previously associated with this product.
Emphasis on low cost and weight drove the development process. This paper discusses the seat system requirements and the development strategy for this product.
Test data is reported, proving the feasibility of a low weight and cost approach to integrated structural seats.