Copyright © 2020 by ASME This paper proposes a singular system-based approach for active vibration control of vehicle seat suspensions, where the drivers' acceleration is augmented into the conventional seat suspension model together with seat suspension deflection and relative velocity as system states to make the suspension model as a singular system. In this novel seat suspension system, all the system states are easy to measure in real-time. A friction observer is applied to estimate the real system friction and an H1 controller is designed to achieve the optimal ride comfort performance with consideration of the friction compensation, actuator saturation, and time delay issues. The cone complementarity linearization (CCL) algorithm is applied to solve the nonlinear constraints. The experimental results show that good ride comfort performance can be achieved by the proposed controller in both the time and frequency domain compared with the uncontrolled seat suspension.