Patents Assigned to Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
  • Patent number: 6736427
    Abstract: A safety belt apparatus for motor vehicles comprising a safety belt and a deflecting device for the safety belt which is connected to a holder which can be fastened to the vehicle via an absorption unit. The deflecting device being movable in an absorption direction by forces occurring relative to the holder with a pulling movement of the safety belt caused by an accident while overcoming an opposing absorption resistance of the absorption unit. The deflecting device being hindered from making a movement in the absorption direction with forces occurring in normal operation. The absorption unit being changeable in shape by the deflecting device moving in the absorption direction in order to overcome the absorption resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Herrmann, Richard Frank, Thomas Schwer, Vadim Ruge
  • Patent number: 6650982
    Abstract: A method for the restraint of a vehicle occupant with the aid of a vehicle restraint system. The method includes measuring a belt force transferred from a safety belt to the vehicle occupant in the event of an accident and a slackening of the safety belt is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Kopetzky
  • Patent number: 6557902
    Abstract: The present invention includes an airbag arrangement which includes an airbag, a gas tube connected to the airbag, a gas generator having at least one gas outlet, and a jointed connection designed as a ball and socket joint for connecting the gas outlet with the gas tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Heinrich Einsiedel, Oliver Glöckler, Maximilian Waimer
  • Patent number: 6527298
    Abstract: A safety belt arrangement for motor vehicles. The arrangement includes a safety belt and a belt roller from which the belt is retracted and withdrawn. The safety belt arrangement also includes a belt deflection apparatus that includes a deflection member. The belt is guided from the belt roller to the deflection member so that the belt can be deflected as it approaches the passenger. The deflection member moves away from the passenger in the case of an accident due to a force applied by a spring. Normally, the deflection member is retracted against the spring force by a retainer mechanism. The retainer mechanism releases the deflection member in the event of an accident. The resulting tensile force applied to the belt moves the passenger back into the normal seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Kopetzky
  • Publication number: 20020153444
    Abstract: A drive for a belt tensioner for safety belts has a drive chamber formed between two plates. A drive band whose two ends are fastened to a drive shaft such that the drive band forms a loop which can be exposed to expanding gas discharged from a gas outlet such that the drive band winds off and drives the drive shaft. The drive band is fixed to the plates by a fixing apparatus at a position disposed between its ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Applicant: TAKATA (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Gunter Maierhofer, Gerhard Klingauf, Dieter Beck, Katharina Low
  • Publication number: 20020113157
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive unit for a safety belt tensioner which has a drive which can be triggered on the response of an acceleration sensor and which can be rotationally fixedly coupled to the belt winding reel. The drive is located in a drive chamber which is formed by two plates, which extend parallel to one another and which are provided with a coating material, and which has a drive band of which at least one end is fastened to a drive shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Applicant: TAKATA-(EUROPE) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH.
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Roland Schnabl, Andreas Wengert, Gunter Maierhofer, Dieter Beck
  • Publication number: 20020096872
    Abstract: A safety belt apparatus for motor vehicles comprising a safety belt and a deflecting device for the safety belt which is connected to a holder which can be fastened to the vehicle via an absorption unit. The deflecting device being movable in an absorption direction by forces occurring relative to the holder with a pulling movement of the safety belt caused by an accident while overcoming an opposing absorption resistance of the absorption unit. The deflecting device being hindered from making a movement in the absorption direction with forces occurring in normal operation. The absorption unit being changeable in shape by the deflecting device moving in the absorption direction in order to overcome the absorption resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Applicant: TAKATA(EUROPE) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Herrmann, Richard Frank, Thomas Schwer, Vadim Ruge
  • Patent number: 6405959
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety belt apparatus, in particular for motor vehicles, comprising a safety belt (11) which is connected on the one hand via a belt lock (12) to the vehicle body (13) and on the other hand to a belt winder (14) which is attached to the vehicle body (13), and which has a belt roller (15) which is rotatable about a transverse axis (16) and onto which the belt (11) is wound up to a greater or lesser extent, which is stressed by a spring mechanism (17) in the belt roll-up direction and is connected to a belt tautener (18) as well as to an unwind blocking apparatus (19) which blocks the further drawing out of the belt in the attempt of a rapid belt drawing out and/or in accident caused accelerations at the latest after a limited further rotation of the belt roller (15), with a coupling (20) consisting of an input part (22), an output part (24) and coupling members (25) which are active between them being placed between the belt tautener (18) and the belt roller (15), which coupling (20)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Klingauf, Joachim Nüsseler, Christian Vogel
  • Patent number: 6402190
    Abstract: The invention relates to a non return valve for an airbag of a vehicle passenger retention system, which is provided with a connection hose between two chambers of the airbag, wherein in the connector hose a fabric inlay is accommodated. The fabric inlay subdivides the connection hose into a flow passage between the first and the second chamber and a pressure chamber which is in connection with the second chamber. As soon as the internal pressure in the first chamber is greater than that in the second chamber the fabric inlay opens the flow passage. If on the contrary the internal pressure in the second chamber is greater than that in the first chamber the fabric inlay closes off the flow passage by means of the internal pressure which acts in the pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Heudorfer, Patrick David, Jochen Maidel
  • Patent number: 6398255
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag arrangement in vehicles, which is preferably secured at the steering wheel (11) of the vehicle and which comprises a gas generator (12) which is secured to a generator carrier (14) and which can be ignited in the event of an accident, an inflatable gas bag (13) which is at least largely tightly connected to the latter via an opening (17), which is folded together and which can be inflated by the gas from the gas generator (12), and securing means (15, 16) for the edge (18) of the gas generator (12) surrounding the opening (17) which are attached to the vehicle, in particular at the steering wheel (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Scherzinger, Ralf Baar
  • Patent number: 6398254
    Abstract: A vehicle has an airbag arrangement, which has an airbag module mounted to or integrated with the vehicle door. The module has a housing in which at least one inflatable airbag stored in the module in a folded state. The housing has an elongated outlet opening that extends substantially the entire length of the inflated airbag, and a support section that supports and braces the airbag, in the inflated state, under pressure against the support section so that the airbag becomes self-supporting. The inner peripheral region of the outlet opening can form the support section. Alternatively, the inner peripheral region of an outlet opening formed in a door panel can form the support section. The self-supporting air bag is particularly applicable for a convertible or topless vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick David, Jochen Maidel
  • Patent number: 6394487
    Abstract: An inflatable airbag for a motor vehicle is provided. The airbag includes a main chamber configured to be connected to a gas generator. The airbag is arranged so that when the airbag is inflated at least a portion of the main chamber covers a side wall of the vehicle. The airbag may further include an additional airbag region configured to form an approximately spherically shaped chamber when inflated. The spherically shaped chamber may be configured to be inflated via the main chamber. The spherical chamber provides for an advantageous shortening of the airbag when the airbag is inflated when compared to the dimensions of the airbag in its spread out or uninflated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Heudorfer, Ulrich Karlbauer, Jochen Maidel
  • Patent number: 6394488
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag apparatus for motor vehicles, in particular to a side airbag apparatus comprising a gas generator and a gas filling tube. The tube is provided along its length at predetermined distances gas overflow openings. The openings are connected to an inflatable gas bag which extends at least over a greater portion of the length of the tube and preferably consists of individual cells. Each cell is associated with a pair of gas outflow openings. The gas outflow openings are formed by incisions in the wall of the gas filling tube and by indentations of the tube wall material on one side of the incisions and extending at an angle to the tube axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Karlbauer, Heinrich Einsiedel, Thomas Reichenbecher
  • Patent number: 6371508
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag module for motor vehicles comprising a housing for a folded together inflatable air bag and a holder element which can be locked to the housing, with the holder element extending in the locked state with at least one holder section through the side wall of the housing in the region of a lug of the side wall which can be bent aside relative to the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Baur, Benedikt Heudorfer
  • Patent number: 6340127
    Abstract: The invention relates to a harmonic reduction gear comprising a drive-side eccenter (12) which engages into a complementary opening (13) of an outer toothed member (14), and a housing-fixed inner toothed ring (15) which is arranged around the outer toothed member (14) and on which the outer toothed member (14) rolls with the reversed rotational sense as the eccenter (12) when the eccenter (12) is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Thomas Kempfle
  • Publication number: 20010042975
    Abstract: A vehicle has an airbag arrangement, which has an airbag module mounted to or integrated with the vehicle door. The module has a housing in which at least one inflatable airbag stored in the module in a folded state. The housing has an elongated outlet opening that extends substantially the entire length of the inflated airbag, and a support section that supports and braces the airbag, in the inflated state, under pressure against the support section so that the airbag becomes self-supporting. The inner peripheral region of the outlet opening can form the support section. Alternatively, the inner peripheral region of an outlet opening formed in a door panel can form the support section. The self-supporting air bag is particularly applicable for a convertible or topless vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Applicant: TAKATA (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick David, Jochen Maidel
  • Publication number: 20010022442
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag apparatus for motor vehicles, in particular to a side airbag apparatus comprising a gas generator (11) and a gas filling tube (12) which is connected thereto, which preferably consists of metal, which preferably is or can be laid respectively along the roof strut of the motor vehicle, which is provided along its length at predetermined distances with individual or pair-wise adjacently arranged gas outflow openings (13) and which is connected to an inflatable gas bag which extends at least over a greater portion of its length and preferably consists of individual cells, each of which is preferably associated with the or a pair of gas outflow openings (13) respectively, with the gas outflow openings (13) being formed by incisions (17) in the wall of the gas filling tube (12) which are preferably made by means of a planar tool such as a saw, and by indentations (18) of the tube wall material on one side of the incisions (17) and extending at an angle to the tube axis (16), with
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Publication date: September 20, 2001
    Applicant: TAKATA (EUROPE) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH..
    Inventors: Ulrich Karlbauer, Heinrich Einsiedel, Thomas Reichenbecher
  • Patent number: 6250579
    Abstract: A belt winder for safety belts has a spindle (14) for the winding up of the safety belt (18) and a rotatable latching flange (12) which can be latched with respect to a fixed base frame (10). A torsion bar (16) is rotationally fixedly connected at its one end to the spindle (14) and is rotationally fixedly connected at its other end to the latching flange (12). A further torsion bar (26) is provided, which can be selectively switched in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Bannert, Christian Husung, Martin Wifling, Robert Fleischmann, Hermann Hasse, Andreas Wengert, Leonhard Mayer, Oswald Lustig, Robert Kopetzky, Roland Schnabl, Richard Frank, Thomas Kempfle
  • Publication number: 20010004094
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety belt apparatus for vehicles, in particular motor vehicles having at least one safety belt (11), which is wound to a greater or lesser degree onto a belt reel (13) rotatably secured on the vehicle chassis (14) about an axis of rotation (12) and preferably biased by a spring retraction mechanism, in particular a spiral spring (15) in the belt winding up direction and/or having a belt draw out blocking mechanism (26, 38; 55, 56, 57), which, with an attempted rapid draw out of the safety belt (11) and/or with in particular accident dependent accelerations and/or deviations of the vehicle position from the normal, horizontal arrangement of the vehicle blocks a further draw out of the safety belt (11), with a toothed ratchet wheel (29) being rotationally coupled to the belt reel (13) and cooperating with a blocking pawl (17) secured to the housing and movable into an out of engagement, in such a way that with the blocking pawl (17) moved into engagement with the toothed ratchet whe
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: June 21, 2001
    Applicant: TAKATA (EUROPE) VEHICLE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY GmbH
    Inventors: Harry Hanna, Robert Kopetzky, Martin Wifling
  • Patent number: 6213420
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety belt apparatus with a belt roller (11) which is preferably subjected to a bias force in the wind-up direction by a spring and onto which a seat belt (12) is wound up to a greater or a lesser extent, with an acceleration sensor (13) with a movable mass (19) and an auxiliary pawl (15) which is impacted by the latter controlling with the auxiliary pawl (15) a position control ratchet wheel (14) which in turn acts via a transmission (16) on a main pawl (17) which is rotationally fixedly connected to the belt roller (11) in order that the latter engages into a main ratchet crown (18) during the blocking of the position control ratchet wheel (14) by the auxiliary pawl (15) in order to stop the further drawing out of the belt (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Kopetzky