Patents Assigned to Autoliv ASP, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10427639
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies and venting assemblies are disclosed. An airbag assembly includes an airbag cushion and a venting assembly including a vent, one or more shear tethers, and a peel tether. The shear tether(s) are configured to be drawn to a taut state by expansion of the airbag cushion to configure the vent in a first venting state. The shear tether(s) are releasably coupled to the peel tether. The releasable coupling is configured to keep the shear tether(s) releasably coupled to the peel tether. The peel tether is configured to transition from a slack state to a taut state as the airbag cushion continues to expand. When drawn taut, the peel tether produces a peel force transverse to the shear force. The peel force causes the releasable coupling to release and the peel tether to uncouple from the shear tether(s), to transition the vent to a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Williams
  • Patent number: 10427638
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies are disclosed that can reduce rotational velocity of an occupant's head during a collision event and thereby mitigate traumatic brain injury/head injury to an occupant. An airbag includes a pair of lobes or protrusions to deploy and extend from the rear face of the airbag on either side of the occupant's head to limit rotation of the head. A pair of vertical tethers within an interior of the airbag configure the lobes and contour the rear face to form one or more low fabric tension zones or bubbles. The lobes maintain high fabric tension, similar to a pressurization of a main inflatable chamber of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Changsoo Choi
  • Patent number: 10414370
    Abstract: An airbag includes a first panel and a second panel. A first wing is formed with one of the first panel and the second panel, the first wing being coupled to the other of the first panel and the second panel. At least a second wing is formed with one of the first panel and the second panel, the second wing being coupled to the other of the first panel and the second panel. The airbag includes a first depth that extends from the first panel to the second panel proximate the first wing and the second wing when the airbag is in the deployed position and at least a second depth extending from the first panel to the second panel proximate the first base, wherein the second depth is less than the first depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: David Schneider, Christina Morris, James Jacobson
  • Patent number: 10407016
    Abstract: Airbag cushion covers and related methods. Some embodiments may comprise an airbag cover comprising a weakened pattern configured to facilitate separation of the cover during deployment of an airbag cushion. The weakened region may comprise a first tear seam comprising a first shape defined by a first line comprising at least one of regions of curvature and angled regions, and a second tear seam comprising a second shape defined by a second line comprising at least one of regions of curvature and angled regions. In some embodiments, the first shape may overlap and/or intersect with the second shape in a desired pattern to facilitate desired airbag deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Witt, Jr., David W. Schneider, Jan Pontus Söderström, Uriel Hernandez Padilla
  • Publication number: 20190268514
    Abstract: A lens assembly includes a lens housing, a flexible washer, and a lens module. The flexible washer and the lens module are disposed within a tubular sidewall of the lens housing. The washer is disposed axially between a mating surface of the lens module and a base surface of the lens housing. The lens housing and lens module include corresponding threads, and rotation of the lens module along the threads of the lens housing adjusts the axial position and focus of the lens module. The washer is the only component axially between the lens module and the lens housing and directly contacts the base surface and the mating surface. When compressed, the washer exerts an axial force on the lens module and lens housing, such that the friction on the threads is increased and the lens module is held in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: FRANK PAUL LEONELLI, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190263346
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback, a headrest and an airbag unit. The seatback has a front side and a rear side. The headrest is connected to the seatback by at least one post and is adjustable relative to the seatback in a vertical direction. The airbag unit is carried by the seatback and includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag is rearwardly deployable from the rear side of the seatback from a stored position proximate an upper end of the seatback. The at least one post is oriented relative to the airbag unit in a position selected from a group consisting of a first position in which the at least one post includes a lower end vertically above the airbag unit with a line along an elongated axis of the at least one post intersecting the airbag unit and a second position on which the at least one post is laterally spaced from the airbag unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: David W. SCHNEIDER
  • Patent number: 10384634
    Abstract: Side airbag cushions, side airbag assemblies and related methods for stowing a side airbag cushion in a cover to provide, upon deployment, improved timing of pelvis coverage for an associated vehicle passenger are provided. The side airbag cushion desirably includes a first rolled portion and a second accordion folded portion and, wherein, upon deployment, the accordion folded portion provides improved timing allowing for better pelvis coverage for the associated vehicle passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Derek John Wiscombe, Charles Paul Dinsdale, Don Larry Parker, Terry Alan Wheelwright, Andrew Lawrence Holiday, Christine Elizabeth Devey
  • Patent number: 10369963
    Abstract: A seatbelt pretensioning retractor assembly for use in a passenger vehicle is provided. The pretensioning assembly includes a tube in fluid communication with a gas generator and a driving element disposed therein that travels in a first direction in response to actuation of the gas generator. The driving element includes a polymer rod. A stopper is coupled to an end portion of the polymer rod. In one example, a seal member is disposed between the gas generator and the stopper. In another example, the tube has an opening that is adjacent to an exit to facilitate venting gas from the gas generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Herbert Kohlndorfer, Christopher D. Hall, Richard William Koning, Bin Wang
  • Publication number: 20190232916
    Abstract: A seatbelt pretensioning retractor assembly for use in a passenger vehicle is provided. The pretensioning assembly includes a one-piece tread head pinion including a ring portion having a plurality of teeth and a pair of flanges on each side of the teeth. The tread head pinion is formed as a single piece and includes a shaft extending from a side and a bearing portion extending from a second side. A bending element mounting portion extends from the bearing portion. The one-piece tread head pinion is attached to a spindle via a torsion bar, and the spindle bears against the bearing portion when the spindle rotates relative to the tread head pinion. The one-piece tread head pinion may include a staking cavity extending into the bearing portion with a staking wall that is deformable toward a digressive bending element inserted into the staking cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Bin Wang, Richard William Koning, Jon E. Burrow, Christopher D. Hall, Ken Kohlndorfer
  • Patent number: 10336283
    Abstract: Airbag cushions and airbag cushion assemblies comprising mitts or bends for mitigating injuries during oblique impacts. In some embodiments, the cushions may be configured to deploy so as to extend adjacent to an occupant in a vehicle laterally of the occupant and form a mitt configured to receive the occupant's head and/or thorax during an oblique impact event. The airbag cushion may comprise a first portion configured to, upon deployment, extend laterally of the occupant towards a front portion of the vehicle and a second portion configured to, upon deployment, extend at an angle relative to the first portion so as to form the mitt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Dean Rickenbach, Don Larry Parker, Terry Alan Wheelwright, Derek John Wiscombe, Christine Elizabeth Devey, Andrew Lawrence Holliday
  • Patent number: 10336278
    Abstract: Inflatable harness airbag assemblies are disclosed. The airbag assemblies can include a housing, an inflator assembly, and an inflatable cushion. The inflatable cushion can include a first lateral chamber that is configured to deploy at a first lateral side of a vehicle occupant, and a second lateral chamber that is configured to deploy at a second lateral side of the vehicle occupant. The first and second lateral chambers can be configured to receive at least a portion of a head and a torso of the vehicle occupant during a vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10328895
    Abstract: A seatbelt pretensioning retractor assembly for use in a passenger vehicle is provided. The pretensioning assembly includes a tube in fluid communication with a gas generator and a driving element disposed therein that travels in a first direction in response to actuation of the gas generator. The driving element includes a polymer rod with a recessed portion. A stopper is coupled to an end portion of the polymer rod. The tube includes a projection extending within the tube adjacent to the exit to define a constriction portion. The constriction portion is sized to permit the recessed portion of the polymer rod to pass therethrough while preventing the stopper from passing therethrough. The polymer rod has a retention feature for releasably engaging the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Herbert Kohlndorfer, Christopher D. Hall, Richard William Koning, Bin Wang
  • Patent number: 10315604
    Abstract: A clamping arrangement for an inflatable restraint of a motor vehicle includes a base member and a retention member. The base member has a main body with an axially extending length and a partially cylindrical shape curved in a direction perpendicular to the length. The base member further has at least a first securing portion. Each securing portion includes a planar portion radially extending from the main body of the base member and disposed in a plane parallel to the axially extending length. The retention member has first and second ends connected to the main body of the base member. The first end is connected to the base member by the first securing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: John Erik Terbu, Kurt Gammill
  • Publication number: 20190168704
    Abstract: Side airbag cushions, side airbag assemblies and related methods for stowing a side airbag cushion in a cover to provide, upon deployment, improved timing of pelvis coverage for an associated vehicle passenger are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Derek John Wiscombe, Charles Paul Dinsdale, Don Larry Parker, Terry Alan Wheelwright, Andrew Lawrence Holiday, Christine Elizabeth Devey
  • Patent number: 10308205
    Abstract: A safety restraint system for a vehicle seat having a frame, a seat back and a lower seat cushion supported on the frame includes an airbag having an inflatable pelvis restraint portion. The inflatable pelvis restraint portion extends across the lower seat cushion between a first lateral side and a second lateral side of the inflatable pelvis restraint portion. At least one of the first and second lateral sides is laterally movable relative to the lower seat cushion upon inflation of the airbag. The inflatable portion may be secured to the vehicle seat with a mounting strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: David Schneider
  • Patent number: 10293777
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies can reduce rotational velocity of an occupant's head during a collision event. Some airbag assemblies include a first airbag cushion that is disposed forward of an occupant and a second airbag cushion that is disposed generally lateral to the occupant. When the occupant moves in an oblique direction during a collision event, the second airbag cushion may contact the head of the occupant and reduce its rotational velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donald James Paxton, Jaeho Cho
  • Patent number: 10293775
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies are disclosed that can reduce rotational velocity of an occupant's head during a collision event and thereby mitigate traumatic brain injury/head injury to an occupant. An airbag includes a pair of lobes or protrusions to deploy and extend from the rear face of the airbag on either side of the occupant's head to limit rotation of the head. A pair of vertical tethers within an interior of the airbag configure the lobes and contour the rear face to form one or more low fabric tension zones or bubbles. The lobes maintain high fabric tension, similar to a pressurization of a main inflatable chamber of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaohong Wang, Changsoo Choi, Jeffrey D. Williams
  • Publication number: 20190133260
    Abstract: A seatbelt buckle device includes a housing, a frame, a latching arrangement and a release button. The frame is disposed in the housing, fixed in position in the housing and includes a bottom wall and first and second laterally spaced walls. The latching arrangement is operatively associated with the frame for selectively retaining a latch plate within the housing. The release button is in sliding engagement with the frame and movable between a latched position and an unlatched position. The release button includes a proximal end, a distal end and a first and second laterally spaced apart legs extending between the proximal and distal ends. The proximal end, the distal end and the first and second laterally spaced apart legs cooperate to define an opening into which a projecting portion distally from the proximal end. At least one shield member laterally extends from the projection portion toward the first and second laterally spaced apart legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathon BOUGHNER, Jon E. BURROW
  • Publication number: 20190135223
    Abstract: An inflatable restraint system inflator device having a housing defining an elongated chamber and containing an initial supply of stored inflation gas. An initiator is disposed proximate the first axial end of the housing and an operable closure is disposed proximate the second axial end of the housing. A slidable gas generator assembly is disposed within the chamber between the initiator and the closure and includes a supply of gas generant material reactable upon initiation to produce additional inflation gas. Upon actuation, the initiator and the slidable gas generator assembly cooperate to create a pressure wave to open the closure and to permit release of inflation gas. The slidable gas generator assembly slides within the elongated chamber and gas material reacts to form additional inflation gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory J. LANG, Bradley W. SMITH
  • Patent number: 10266145
    Abstract: Inflatable frontal restraint air cushions, or frontal curtain airbags, are disclosed herein. An occupant impact zone is formed by an opening at an inner area of the frontal restraint air cushion extending from a rearward surface to a forward surface, the opening defining a free end of the occupant impact zone and a fixed end of the occupant impact zone such that the free end is pivotable relative to the fixed end. The occupant impact zone is to deflect forward with impact of the head of the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donald James Paxton, Frank Herzenstiel, Mangala Ambalangodage Jayasuriya