Patents Examined by Barry Gooden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10836341
    Abstract: A head-protecting airbag device includes: an airbag body; and a connecting piece which is formed of a sheet material with flexibility, wherein: the airbag body and the connecting piece constitute an airbag having a bag shape inflatable to cover an inboard side of a window of a vehicle; the airbag body includes an inboard side wall disposed on the inboard side at the time of inflation completion, an outboard side wall disposed on an outboard side, and a coupling target portion coupling the connecting piece; the coupling target portion is configured to be divided into an inboard side portion and an outboard side portion; and the root end of the connecting piece is nipped between the inboard side portion and the outboard side portion, and is coupled with the inboard side portion and the outboard side portion so as to be connected with the airbag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTDA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nonoyama, Yoshinari Takei
  • Patent number: 10836232
    Abstract: A control system for controlling the ride height of a vehicle, the system including a controller that receives and processes multiple variable inputs to provide enhanced ride height control. The inputs include a brake system signal including an Automatic Braking System (ABS) signal and/or an Electronic Braking System (EBS) signal, a remote setpoint signal and/or a fluid dump signal. The system also provides for measuring the actual ride height, filtering the measured ride height, determining if the filter ride height signal exceeds a threshold level, and adjusting the ride height accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Haldex Brake Products Corporation
    Inventor: Victor A. Plath
  • Patent number: 10836339
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes an airbag inflatable to an inflated position and reinforcements fixed to the airbags. The reinforcements are rigid relative to the airbag and are moveable with the airbag to the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mangesh Kadam, Yuqin Zhao, Leonard Shaner, Matt Alan Niesluchowski, Srinivas Reddy Malapati
  • Patent number: 10829076
    Abstract: A rear seat side airbag device that includes: an inflator that generates gas in the event of a vehicle collision; and a side airbag that is supplied with gas from the inflator from a position in a vehicle cabin side portion that corresponds to a rear seat, and that is inflated and deployed towards a portion on an outer side in a vehicle width direction of a vehicle occupant in a case in which the vehicle occupant is sitting in the rear seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10814823
    Abstract: A system includes a seat. The system includes an airbag supported by the seat. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes an inflation chamber and a panel adjacent to the inflation chamber defining a concave impact surface in the inflated position. The system includes a tether having a first end attached to a side of the airbag and a second end attached to the panel. The inflation chamber is beneath the concave impact surface in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Agnes S. Kim, Rongrong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10800478
    Abstract: A swing arm structure for a saddle riding electric vehicle includes a swing arm pivotably supported by a vehicle body frame at a pivot section and extending rearward from the pivot section to rotatably support a rear wheel, an electric motor that drives the rear wheel, and a speed reduction mechanism that reduces an output of the electric motor and transmit the output to the rear wheel, and a housing installed separately from the swing arm and attached to the swing arm, wherein the speed reduction mechanism and the housing are configured as a speed reduction mechanism unit in which the speed reduction mechanism is attached to the housing and integrated with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenzo Shimizu, Masahiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10793098
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a housing and an airbag. The airbag is supported by the housing and includes a vent. The airbag assembly includes a tether supported by the housing and fixed to the vent. The airbag assembly includes a tether release operatively coupled to the tether. The airbag assembly includes a tether retractor supported by the housing and fixed to the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivas Reddy Malapati, Huberto Archundia, Kevin Siasoco, Matt Alan Niesluchowski, James Robert Chascsa, II
  • Patent number: 10793179
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a jacket assembly, a locking assembly, and an adjustment lever. The jacket assembly extends along a steering column axis and is connected to a support bracket. The locking assembly is movable between a locked position that inhibits movement of the jacket assembly relative to the steering column axis and an unlocked position that facilitates movement of the jacket assembly relative to the steering column axis. The adjustment lever is arranged to pivot about a lever axis to move the locking assembly between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Anspaugh, Donald A. Buzzard, John C. Maxwell, John F. Schulz, Melvin L. Tinnin
  • Patent number: 10787053
    Abstract: A damping system of a two-track vehicle includes a passive stabilizer having a torsion bar which runs in a vehicle transverse direction and having lever elements which adjoin the torsion bar at the end sides and which are connected to mutually oppositely situated wheel suspension arrangements of an axle of the vehicle. Two actuators are assigned to respective wheels of the wheel suspension arrangements and are mounted on the vehicle body. Each actuator has a drive by way of which a torque can be exerted on that section of the stabilizer which faces toward the respective wheel. Here, the actuators are in the form of electric motors and are designed to dampen vertical vibrations of the respective wheel or of the so-called unsprung mass, and/or vibrations of the vehicle body in a frequency range between 0 Hertz and at least 20 Hertz, through suitable regulation of the drive of the actuators and thus also through active introduction of forces into the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marian Zuscik
  • Patent number: 10780777
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises a tank that is placed behind a front component in a front-rear direction of the vehicle and that is arranged such that a longitudinal direction of the tank is along the front-rear direction; and a fixation member configured to fix the tank to a vehicle body of the vehicle. The front component and the tank are arranged to at least partly overlap with each other when the vehicle is viewed from a forward direction side. The fixation member releases fixation of the tank to the vehicle body when the front component comes into contact with the tank to apply an external force along the longitudinal direction that is equal to or greater than a predetermined value, to the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yutaka Sawada
  • Patent number: 10773677
    Abstract: Vehicular airbag system includes a holder, airbag assemblies each having at least one inflatable airbag, and support brackets arranged on the holder. Each support bracket retains an airbag assembly. The support brackets have different heights relative to a plane defined by or through the holder and are positioned relative to one another such that the airbags inflate at different heights relative to the plane and an airbag inflating at a greatest height from the plane overlies at least one other airbag closer to the plane. The holder may form a housing with a cover that is broken or displaced during airbag deployment, with the support brackets and airbag assemblies being situated in a chamber defined in the housing between the holder and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Cyclazoom LLC
    Inventor: Michael Kipnis
  • Patent number: 10759463
    Abstract: A clamping device may include clamping jaws that selectively clamp a steering column tube that is adjustable. A clamping pin may connect the clamping jaws. Rotation of the clamping pin in a closure direction causes the steering column tube to be clamped between the clamping jaws, and rotation of the clamping pin in an opening direction releases the clamping jaws for adjustment of the steering column tube. A damping member may be disposed on the clamping pin and connected to the clamping pin in a frictionally engaging or resilient manner. The damping member may comprise a stop tongue that protrudes radially from the clamping pin. When the clamping pin rotates in the opening direction, the stop tongue moves into abutment with the steering column tube and prevents rotation of the damping member so that the rotation of the clamping pin in the opening direction occurs counter to the friction force or resilient force and is damped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Huber
  • Patent number: 10753417
    Abstract: A stabilizer bush including: a tubular rubber bushing body having an inner hole for inserting a stabilizer bar; and a mounting base provided on a fixing surface of the rubber bushing body against a vehicle body. The stabilizer bush is configured to be installed on the vehicle body such that an outer peripheral surface of the rubber bushing body is press-fitted on a side of the vehicle body via the mounting base by a roughly U-shaped bracket to be fixed to the vehicle body. The rubber bushing body includes a shock absorbing rubber part that is elastically deformed due to a compression force caused by pressing of the bracket, bulges to both sides in the width direction of the mounting base, and enters and interposes between the mounting base and the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshikane Akiyama, Masanobu Mizusaki, Yuji Homma
  • Patent number: 10744833
    Abstract: An independent wheel suspension includes a knuckle which is supported on a spring support connected to a vehicle body. The knuckle is connected to the spring support via a knuckle pin and is arranged so as to be mounted rotatably around a longitudinal axis A of the knuckle pin. The transverse control arms are mounted at the upper end and lower end, respectively, of the knuckle pin. The spring support is connected to the knuckle pin so as to be fixed with respect to rotation relative to it so that the knuckle pin connects the spring support, the knuckle and the upper transverse control arm and lower transverse control arm together. The independent wheel suspension has a further safety component which prevents the knuckle pin from rotating in an uncontrolled manner around its longitudinal axis A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Klaus Gell, Johann Wimmer
  • Patent number: 10737720
    Abstract: A leaning vehicle includes a vehicle body; a rear wheel; a left arm mechanism; a left steerable front wheel; a right arm mechanism; a right steerable front wheel; a leaning mechanism; a leaning drive mechanism; and a steering mechanism. The leaning drive mechanism is disposed between any one of a left-right arm connection mechanism, the left arm mechanism and the right arm mechanism and the vehicle body. A rear end of the leaning drive mechanism is disposed at a rear side of a lower end of a steering shaft in the front-back direction of the vehicle body. A front end of the leaning drive mechanism is disposed at a front side of an upper end of the steering shaft. At least a portion of the leaning drive mechanism is disposed at a down side of the steering shaft in the up-down direction of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shuhei Kanehara, Tsunero Hamada, Shiro Nakada
  • Patent number: 10730544
    Abstract: A vehicle has a frame, a motor, a driveshaft operatively connected to the motor, a front differential operatively connected to the driveshaft, a pair of front half-shafts operatively connecting the front differential to front wheels, at least one rear wheel, a steering wheel, a steering column operatively connected to the steering wheel, a rack and pinion assembly operatively connected to the steering column, the rack and pinion assembly being disposed rearward of the front differential, a right tie rod having a left end operatively connected to a rack of the rack and pinion assembly and a right end operatively connected to the right wheel, and a left tie rod having a right end operatively connected to the rack and a left end operatively connected to the left wheel. The inner ends of the tie rods are disposed forwardly of a vertically and laterally extending central plane of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Heon, Charles Despres-Nadeau
  • Patent number: 10729056
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a vehicle (1) with trailer (2), operatively connected thereto through a cardan (3), comprising sensing means (4) of the angle (?, ?) between the vehicle (1) and the cardan (3), between the trailer (2) and the cardan (3) or between the vehicle (1) and the trailer (2), comparison means of the angle with a threshold angle and means (7) which disengage the power take-off upon exceeding in one direction the threshold angle and which engage It when the angle exceeds again the threshold angle in the opposite direction. The vehicle according to the present invention is a towed load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Pierangelo Vercellino, Valerio Raganelli
  • Patent number: 10710665
    Abstract: A vehicle body frame structure for a saddle riding type vehicle, the vehicle body frame structure includes main frames formed by coupling main tubes extending rearwardly downward from a head pipe supporting a front wheel via a front fork to pivot frames supporting a rear fork by rear end portions of the pivot frames, and a rear frame in a rear of the main frames, the rear frame being formed of a fiber reinforced resin and supporting a seat. The rear frame includes upper side attaching portions attached to the main frames, a pair of left and right upper side portions linearly extending rearward from the upper side attaching portions, and a cross member laterally coupling the upper side portions to each other. The cross member includes a bulging portion bulging above the upper side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Matsuo, Shinya Morooka, Hikaru Tsuchihashi, Yohei Suzuki, Tomohiko Yashiro
  • Patent number: 10711435
    Abstract: A frame assembly for a machine includes a main frame and a crossmember. The main frame includes first pair of rails and a second pair of rails laterally spaced from the first pair of rails. Each of the first pair of rails and the second pair of rails includes a first rail and a second rail vertically spaced from the first rail. The crossmember includes a first flange connected to both the first rail and second rail of the first pair of rails. The crossmember further includes a second flange connected to both the first rail and the second rail of the second pair of rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Daniel Hicke, Andrew Charles Boen, Christopher R Beasley
  • Patent number: 10703152
    Abstract: An apparatus for pivotally fixing a non-driven wheel assembly to a vehicle frame is disclosed. The apparatus provides a trough through which non-driven wheel assembly components can be passed and protected. In one embodiment, the trough is circular in shape and is fully enclosed by the apparatus. In other embodiments, the trough has various shapes and comprises retaining members to secure and protect non-driven wheel assembly components. A suspension system interface is provided that allows the apparatus to suspend the non-driven wheel assembly. Openings used to pivotally and rigidly fix a mounting plate, suspension system, pivotal axes, and fender assemblies are also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Stephen R. Hall, Christoper Johnson, Joseph Duncan, Eric Magleby