Patents Assigned to Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20040247228
    Abstract: An occupant classification system comprising: a seat upon which an occupant may sit or on which an object may be placed, the seat having one of a seat cushion and a seat back; at least one optical fiber having a measurable optical characteristic, arranged in a specific pattern, the optical characteristics of the fiber changeable when a force is applied to the fiber; and a processor responsive to an output signal from each fiber for generating a control signal determinative of a physical characteristic of an object or occupant on the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohannad F. Murad, Peter C. Kempf, Almasri Hossam, Randal Gosk
  • Publication number: 20040188987
    Abstract: A new and useful curtain air bag having an inflatable fluid cushion with inflatable fluid sections, and a flexible bladder located within the inflatable cushion. A fluid inlet conduit is configured to direct inflation fluid into the bladder from an inflation fluid source. The bladder is configured to redirect, diffuse and distribute the inflation fluid to the inflatable sections of the inflatable cushion, to inflate the portions of the inflatable cushion in a predetermined manner. Another type of curtain air bag assembly includes an inflatable cushion with a pair of similar volume inflatable sections, on opposite sides of an inlet conduit. In each type of air bag assembly, the fluid can be redirected by the bladder or the inflatable cushion, or by a transverse fluid conduit disposed in the bladder or the inflatable cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shakir M. Salmo, Pongdet P. Wipasuramonton, Mark Otto Olson, Jovica J. Jakovski, Charles Stanley Emil Walczak
  • Publication number: 20040188988
    Abstract: An air bag assembly (80) configured to deploy in a generally vertical direction from the roof of a vehicle, comprising: an air bag (100) having at least one inflatable chamber (110, 112) defined by a material so configured, the inflatable chamber including a top (top end) and an opposite bottom (bottom end); first mounting elements (192, 196) for mounting the air bag to a mounting surface such as the roof of the vehicle and for providing, proximate the top end of the inflatable chamber, a wide and stable base portion from which the air bag extends; an external tether enveloping the material forming the inflatable chamber and positioned on opposing sides of the inflatable chamber, the external tether connected to the air bag proximate the bottom end of the chamber and including respective tether ends connected to the first mounting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Pongdet P. Wipasuramonton, Charles S.E. Walczak, Shakir M. Salmo
  • Publication number: 20040140158
    Abstract: An apparatus that secures a hunter to a tree while in a tree-mounted hunting stand that includes a safety harness assembly (200) having a belt retractor (24) and a body harness (16). The belt retractor is configured to be removably secured about the tree and removably secured to the body harness. The belt retractor along with energy-absorbing materials improves the hunter's safety while in tree stand and provides a sufficiently large range of motion about the stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Applicant: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy L. Wilcox, Patrick J. Gorman, Gerald R. DeMeyer, William K. King, David R. Arnold
  • Patent number: 6762394
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heated steering wheel having a steering wheel rim with a heating device arranged on the steering wheel rim. A shell has two or more shell parts that each extend at least part of the way around the periphery of the steering wheel rim in radial cross-section. The shell parts are joined together by an adhesive intentionally applied only to mutually contacting surfaces of said shell parts. The invention also relates to a method of manufacturing a heated steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Thomas Hobby
  • Publication number: 20040094946
    Abstract: A new and useful belt-tensioning device for an occupant restraint is provided, designed to tension a belt (102) about an occupant at the onset of a vehicle collision, and to provide a measure of controlled force dissipation as the occupant loads the belt during the collision. In a preferred form, a tensioning member (122) moves in one direction (124) to tighten a belt about a vehicle occupant at the onset of a collision, and a braking device (130a, 130b) is configured to apply a controlled braking force to movement of the tensioning member in the opposite direction after the tensioning member has tightened the belt about the vehicle occupant. An array of braking members (130a, 130b) applies different levels of braking force to movement of the tensioning member in the opposite direction, thereby providing controlled braking force to movement of the tensioning member in the opposite direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Applicant: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: David Prentkowski
  • Patent number: 6736424
    Abstract: An airbag system for a motor vehicle has an airbag that is deployed upon inflation with a gas from a folded state into the vehicle interior. An inflation device supplies gas for inflating the airbag. A sensing device senses deployment of the airbag to the effect that the temporal and spatial sequence involved in opening the folds of the airbag is detected. A control device controls the inflation process as a function of deployment sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Specht, Thomas Heckmayr
  • Patent number: 6735999
    Abstract: A calibration spring tension adjuster for a seat belt tension sensor has a calibration spring, and a holder. The fixed part and the movable part are adjacent to each other and comprise mutually facing stepped helical faces arranged so that the movable part can be rotated relative to the fixed part causing the steps to slide over each other causing a gap between the stepped faces to increase and compressing the spring. The steps can be arranged so that movement of the movable part in one direction is resisted. The holder is arranged to attach to the fixed part and the spring is held between an abutment face of the holder and a non-stepped face of the movable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan George Smithson, Paul Ian Henderson
  • Patent number: 6722212
    Abstract: A device for measuring tensile stress acting on a vehicle seat belt has two components. A first component is connected with a seat belt and a second component is fixed to a vehicle part a spring arranged between the two components, against whose force the two components may be moved relative to one another. A transducer has transducer elements that are attached to the two components and produces an electrical signal as a function of the positions of the two components relative to one another. The transducer produces a switching signal when the components are in a first positional zone. In a second positional zone, in which the two components may be moved relative to one another against the force of the spring, the transducer produces measuring signals proportional to the movement of the two components relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Specht
  • Patent number: 6712305
    Abstract: A seat belt retractor has a spool mounted for rotation in the retractor for retraction or pay-out of seat belt webbing depending upon the direction of rotation of the spool. A locking ring is attached to one end of the spool. A device for locking locks the locking ring against rotation in a crash. A force limiting device allowing further pay-out of the seat belt webbing after the locking ring has locked, under the influence of a vehicle occupant's forward momentum. The force limiting device has a length of wire, attached at one end to one of the spool or the locking ring, and wound, at a distance spaced from said one end, on a pin fixed to the other end of the spool or the locking ring. Under the influence of crash forces above a predetermined value the wire is pulled around the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martyn Neil Palliser, John Bell
  • Patent number: 6709009
    Abstract: The airbag module has a base plate, two inflators, a top plate and two airbags. The inflators are mounted into the base plate and the airbags are secured to the base plate via top plates. The first airbag has substantially an “L” cross section in its deployed state. The second airbag is adjacent to the first airbag and while both bags are deployed, there is substantially no gap between the first and second airbags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Michael, Mark Horton, Lisa Williams, Favio A. Hiciano
  • Publication number: 20040053764
    Abstract: The folding apparatus includes a ram apparatus movable through the tube and adapted to hold and move a ram plate and air bag through the tube. When moved in one direction, the ram apparatus moves the air bag into the cover. The folding apparatus further contains a movable piston which functions as an interior cushion support and is passed through a hole in the air bag module cover. The folding apparatus additionally includes a holding fixture for orienting the cover so that its internal cavity is in alignment with and adjacent to the tube such that the housing and air bag can be rammed into the cover internal cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Applicant: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Ford, Lawrence R. Langbeen
  • Patent number: 6705558
    Abstract: A seat belt retractor for a seat belt system in a motor vehicle has a belt reel for the winding and unwinding of seat belt webbing. At least one locking element can lock the belt reel against further rotation. Forces exerted by the seat belt webbing can be introduced into a frame connected to the vehicle. The locking device has at least one gear that can be locked by at least one lock operating device and also has at least one energy absorbing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Specht, Walter Krauss, Thomas Kilian
  • Patent number: 6702319
    Abstract: An airbag module has at least two housing parts securely connected to each other by a mechanical catch connection. At least one catch hook is arranged on the first housing part and at least one tab with a corresponding catch opening is arranged in the second housing part. During the latching together of the two housing parts, the catch hook engages the corresponding catch opening. At least one ramp is arranged on the first housing part, opposite the catch hook, which ramp rises in the insertion direction of the second housing. The ramp rises in the direction in which the second housing part is moved toward the first housing part during assembly. During the assembly of the first housing part with the second housing part, the tab of the second housing part comes into contact with the ramp during the latching and is deflected by the ramp in the direction of the catch hook. The deflection of the tab results in the catch opening being deflected or pushed in the direction of the catch hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Sczeburek, Burghard Stich
  • Publication number: 20040036270
    Abstract: A seat belt system for securing a seated occupant to a seat, the system comprising: a single continuous length of seat belt webbing, the seat belt including first and second ends; a first anchor located near the juncture of the seat belt and seat cushion with a buckle positioned on the other side of the cushion, a movable anchor guide or second web guide for orientating portions of the seat belt relative to the seat; second means for moving the seat belt away from the seat to encourage the occupant's entry onto the seat and for thereafter manipulating the seat belt about the seated occupant so that a portion of the seat belt forms a lap belt about the seated occupant and wherein other portions of the seat belt form two relatively criss-crossed shoulder belt segments of seat belt in front of the seated occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicant: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Raj S. Roychoudhury, Peter C. Kempf, Richard W. Koning
  • Patent number: 6696933
    Abstract: The implementation of dual-stage inflators in some production vehicles is quickly becoming a common reality. A dual-stage inflator has two firing squibs that can fire independently, simultaneously or in a delayed mode. This tailorability provides the ability to fire a low level, high level or staged delay level depending on the impact velocity or other means. For each restraint condition, the inflator output threshold speeds are identified. A biomechanical gray zone, for each injury assessment reference value, is defined based on occupant performance. The upper and lower bound of each biomechanical gray zone is associated with a type of occupant, inflator output, belt restraint and injury parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: John Cooper
  • Patent number: 6695243
    Abstract: A seat belt retractor has a belt reel rotatably mounted in a frame. A blocking means blocks rotation of a blockable part of the belt reel and a belt webbing carrier on the belt reel that is substantially drum-shaped. The belt webbing carrier is associated with a rotor that is in rotary drive connection with the belt webbing carrier. Upon rotation of the rotor the volumes of at least two chambers filled with a free-flowing medium are varied, and the chambers rotate about the axis of rotation of the belt reels. The free-flowing medium flows in each case from a chamber diminishing in volume into a chamber increasing in volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Specht
  • Patent number: 6695942
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing motor car steering wheels with an external shell made of composite materials, which comprises preparing a pile of sheets of composite materials, hot molding thereof for obtaining respective half-shells with a shape corresponding to that of respective halves of the steering wheel being manufactured, mechanical flattening of the front surfaces of the two half-shells, applying the two half-shells to opposite parts of a steering wheel body formed by a metallic core covered by resin, and mutual fixing of the two half-shells along said front surfaces. After flattening, the front surfaces of the two half-shells are mechanically worked to form respective complementary teeth which can be male-female coupled when the two half-shells are applied around the steering wheel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Testa
  • Patent number: 6695340
    Abstract: An airbag for a vehicle is constructed to be arranged in the region of the vehicle roof and has at least one inflatable chamber. The arrangement of the airbag is above securing portions which extend from the inflatable chamber upwards in the direction of the vehicle roof, with the securing portions having inflatable regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregor Gromodka, Bernhard Schmidt, Volker Hofmann
  • Patent number: 6691943
    Abstract: A seat belt retractor has a web sensor with an inertia member, a locking pawl and a lock cup. The inertia member is eccentrically pivotally mounted to the lock cup. The locking pawl is integrally formed with the inertia member. The lock cup has a set of radially inwardly pointing teeth for engaging with the locking pawl. The shape and profile of the locking pawl complements the shape of the teeth. The web sensor aids in resisting jamming of the seat belt retractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan George Smithson, David Blackadder, Paul Bowman, David Charles Winter