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1. US5836651 - Adjustable cross-divided backrest for vehicle seat

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We claim:
1. An adjustable cross-divided backrest for a vehicle seat, comprising a lower backrest part including a projection and which is adapted to be mounted for swivel movement on a lower seat frame of such vehicle seat in an axis running across the travel direction of such vehicle seat;
an upper backrest part including a head rest and a shoulder support integrated in one piece and which has in a central portion, a downwardly open recess,
wherein the upper backrest part is fixed to the lower backrest part and is adapted to,
swivel and be vertically adjusted relative to the lower backrest part, and
wherein the projection of the lower backrest part substantially fills out the recess of the upper backrest part when the upper backrest part is located in a lowermost adjustment position.
2. A backrest according to claim 1 wherein the length of the projection of the lower backrest part and the depth of the recess of the upper backrest part each correspond approximately to a maximum height adjustment path of the upper backrest part.
3. A backrest according to claim 1 wherein adjacent the shoulder support of the upper backrest part is a swivel axis which is connected to means for executing a swivel movement.
4. A backrest according to claim 1 wherein the upper backrest part and the lower backrest part are connected together by two guide rods and wherein the lower backrest part includes drive means and guide means for the vertical adjustment of the upper backrest part.
5. A backrest according to claim 3 wherein the guide rods are curved so that the upper backrest part during its adjustment carries out a swivel movement about an imaginary center point.
6. A backrest according to claim 1 wherein a part of the backrest is constructed in the form of a pre-checkable function module which has a frame which can be mounted separately and closes the lower backrest part at a top portion, the part including drive means, guide means and at least one guide rod guided therein for height adjustment of the upper backrest part as well as a frame of the upper backrest part with associated drive means for swiveling the upper backrest part.
7. A backrest according to claim 6 further comprising a cross bar in the lower backrest part and wherein the drive means for height adjustment comprises a toothed rod gear wherein the toothed rod is fixed to the guide rods by the cross bar and during a displacement movement for height adjustment projects into an inner area of the projection of the lower backrest part, and wherein the drive means further comprises a motor-gear unit mounted on the frame.
8. A backrest according to claim 6 wherein the drive means for the height adjustment comprises a spindle gearing comprising at least one spindle in fixed connection with the guide rods and driven by a motor gear unit fixed on the frame.