Prefastened Disposable Absorbent Articles Having a Stretch Panel
Patent #: 6,524,293
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.
1. A prefastened disposable absorbent article comprising an absorbent chassis which defines a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region which extends between and connects said waist regions, a pair of longitudinally opposed end edges, and a pair of laterally opposed side edges, said absorbent article further comprising: a) at least one stretch panel which is located in one of said waist regions of said absorbent chassis and which defines a waist edge, a pair of laterally opposed outboard edges which are located laterally beyond said side edges of said absorbent chassis, and an inward edge which is located longitudinally inward from said waist edge, wherein said stretch panel is designed to elongate in a lateral direction at least about 30 percent to provide a conforming fit about a wearer's waist; b) a pair of primary fasteners which are located on said laterally opposed outboard edges of said stretch panel and which are releasably prefastened to an opposite waist region of said absorbent chassis to releasably engage said front waist region to said rear waist region to provide said prefastened disposable absorbent article; and c) a pair of passive side bonds which are located laterally inward of said primary fasteners on said one waist region and which releasably connect an overlapped portion of said one waist region to said opposite waist region to assist in maintaining said prefastened absorbent article in a prefastened condition.
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