Patents Examined by D. Glenn Dayoan
  • Patent number: 10377295
    Abstract: A cargo restraining system has a frame and a cargo net carried on the frame. The frame and the cargo net are displaceable between a first position partitioning a cargo area from a passenger area of a motor vehicle and a second position overlying cargo supported on a cargo area floor of the motor vehicle. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Annette Lynn Huebner, Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10377293
    Abstract: A container covering deployment system includes a covering deployment device and a pair of worm drive mechanisms. The covering deployment device has a pair of ends pivotally mounted adjacent to opposite sides of a load bed so as to undergo pivotal movement about a transverse axis extending between the opposite sides. Each worm drive mechanism is mounted adjacent to and drivingly coupled with one of the pivotally mounted ends of the covering deployment device so that the worm drive mechanisms are operable to translate rotational drive input motion about respective longitudinal axes extending along the opposite sides and between opposite ends of the load bed into rotational driven output motion about the transverse axis to thereby pivotally actuate the covering deployment device to either draw or withdraw the covering over or from an open-top container on the load bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Richard J. Coughtry
  • Patent number: 10377204
    Abstract: A rescue vehicle (2) includes a chassis (4), a drive unit (6) fastened to the chassis (4) and a driver's cab (8), which is fastened to the chassis (4). The chassis (4) is arranged behind the driver's cab (8) in a longitudinal direction L of the rescue vehicle (2). The rescue cab (10) has a gas-tight configuration. The rescue cab (10) has at least one door (12) as an access to the interior (14) of the rescue cab (10). The rescue vehicle (2) has an air supply unit (16), which is configured to supply the interior (14) of the rescue cab (10) with breathing air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DRĂ„GER SAFETY AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Christian Bode, Sven Neervoort, Kent Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10377271
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a latch for securing a seatback to an elevated rear wall of a vehicle passenger compartment, and in which a striker having a crosswise engaging portion extends rearwardly from the seatback. The latch includes a fixed sector adapted to being mounted to the rear wall. A hook is pivotally supported to the sector, with a slide plate sandwiching the hook between the slide plate and the fixed sector such that upward displacement of the slide plate causes forward pivoting of the hook. Rearward pressing of the seatback and striker causes rearward rotation of the hook to receive the striker, the slide plate being upwardly displaced to cause forward rotation of the hook to disengage the striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BAE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Bruck
  • Patent number: 10369958
    Abstract: To improve the safety of passengers of a motor vehicle and road users in the case of a head-on collision, a deformation element is provided and includes a crossmember holder for mounting to a crossmember and a bumper plate that can be positioned next to a bumper of a motor vehicle. The deformation element is characterized in that a centrifugal force-operated release element for adjusting and locking the distance of the crossmember holder from the bumper plate is provided between the bumper plate and the crossmember holder. A first distance of the bumper plate from the crossmember holder, starting from a normal position, is greater in a first position than a distance in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Grehl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10370034
    Abstract: A vehicle body reinforcement structure corresponding to a small overlap collision may include side members whose front end surface is bonded to a rear surface of a crash box bracket; an external cover whose upper and external edge portions of a front surface are bonded to a rear surface of the crash box bracket; and a fender apron member that is disposed at the outside of the side member and in which at an upper end portion of the front side, an upper bonding portion that is bonded to an upper portion of the external cover, a lower bonding portion and that is bonded to a lower portion of a rear surface of the external cover are formed, and a slanted bonding portion that is bonded to the cover slanted surface of the external cover are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ji Woong Park, Sun Ik Jang, Jae Kap Joo, Jong Seop Song
  • Patent number: 10369869
    Abstract: A utility terrain vehicle is provided including a vehicle body having an opening. A door is positioned adjacent a first portion of said opening. The door is configured to pivot about a first axis between an open position and a closed position. A window assembly is arranged adjacent a second portion of said opening. The window assembly is rotatable about a second axis between an open position and a closed position. In combination, the door and the window assembly substantially seal said opening of the vehicle body when said door is in said closed position and said window assembly is in said closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: COMMERCIAL SEWING, INC.
    Inventors: David Mazzarelli, Nicholas Cegelka
  • Patent number: 10369947
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a vehicle body and a fascia coupled to the vehicle body. The vehicle also includes a rigid backer plate coupled to the body. The backer plate is disposed between the body and the fascia, and is spaced from the fascia. The vehicle further includes a compressible layer disposed between the fascia and the backer plate. The compressible layer has a first face proximate the fascia and a second face proximate the backer plate. The second face is provided with a recess to define a cavity between the compressible layer and the bumper plate. A pressure sensor is disposed in the cavity. The rigid backer plate has a backer plate face proximate the compressible layer and a rib member projecting from the backer plate face. The rib member is disposed at least partially in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATION LLC
    Inventor: Christopher A. Stanek
  • Patent number: 10369871
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame, comprising, on each of its two sides relative to a vertical longitudinal center plane of the roof, a respective longitudinal beam made of sheet metal and at least one transverse beam made of sheet metal and connecting the two longitudinal beams to each other. The longitudinal beams and the at least one transverse beam are connected to each other via joint lines made of polyurethane foam. Moreover, a method for producing the frame is proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventor: Dominik Hoelzel
  • Patent number: 10363802
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a body, a roof which is adjustable between a closed position and an opened position and has at least one front roof part and a rear roof part, two opposite side pillars, and two opposite rear pillars. The front roof part is connected rotatably to the two side pillars and the rear roof part is connected rotatably to the two rear pillars. The two side pillars and the two rear pillars are movably connected to the body. In the opened position of the roof, the rear roof part forms a folding top compartment lid, below which the front roof part, the two side pillars, and the two rear pillars are stowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Mario Rossetti
  • Patent number: 10363969
    Abstract: A rocker molding includes a side wall part, and an extending part. A rear liner is attached to the extending part. An outer surface of the extending part is provided with a first protruding strip part that protrudes toward a side far from a forward-rearward center position of the vehicle and a second protruding strip part that protrudes toward the side far from the forward-rearward center position of the vehicle and is located between an edge of the rear liner on a side far from the vehicle width center position and the first protruding strip part. The edge of the rear liner on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction and the edge of the second protruding strip part of the extending part on the side near the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction extend in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinya Kuzushima
  • Patent number: 10363843
    Abstract: For loading space extending from a carriage to a driving section in a multipurpose vehicle with a driving section and a carriage disposed to the rear of the driving section fitted with a driver seat and a passenger seat laterally: the passenger seat has a seat portion and a backrest portion forwardly rotatable about a fulcrum provided by each of a front lower portion and a lower portion; a front gate board disposed on a front end of a floor board constituting the carriage is configured such that a movable front gate board positioned rearward of the passenger seat is forwardly rotatable; and the seat portion and the backrest portion rotated forward, the movable front gate board rotatable and to place over the backrest portion for an extended loading space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Masaaki Yamashita, Kiyoyuki Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10363859
    Abstract: A vehicle loadspace cover is provided that is securable to a portion of a vehicle. The loadspace cover comprises a cargo fixing point configured to secure an item of cargo to the loadspace cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Nicholas Murray, James Neugebauer, Bruce Southey, Richard Craven, Andrew John Murray, Ian Brazier
  • Patent number: 10358101
    Abstract: To improve the safety of passengers of a motor vehicle and road users in the case of a fronted collision, a deformation element is provided and has a cross-beam holder for mounting to a cross-beam and a bumper plate that can be positioned next to a bumper of a motor vehicle. The deformation element is characterized in that a friction device for adjusting and fixing the distance of the cross-beam holder from the bumper plate is provided between the bumper plate and the cross-beam holder, a first distance of the bumper plate from the cross-beam holder, starting from a normal position, being greater in a first position than a distance in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Grehl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10358072
    Abstract: A retractable tailgate table provides a folding table structure that is operable from the tailgate of a vehicle, so as to expand the functionality of the vehicle by providing a supportive and adjustable table that can be retracted for stowage or folded out from the tailgate for operational usage from the tailgate. The table comprises a mounting plate that fixedly mounts to the tailgate. The mounting plate may include a channel that enables a strap to wrap around the tailgate and through the channel for detachable attachment. A hinged arm hingedly articulates from the tailgate to move the table between a stowed position and an operational position. A platform pivotally joins the hinged arm, providing a supportive surface therefrom. The platform pivots to a desired slope and slides to and from the tailgate. A stabilizer bar extends from the platform to the ground surface to provide vertical and lateral stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: CJ Wereski
  • Patent number: 10350970
    Abstract: A zipper less removable window system having removable windows for use with a foldable, stowable roof for a vehicle. A plurality of attachment devices of the zipper less removable window system connect the windows to the foldable, stowable roof and to the vehicle without the use of zippers. The operator zipper effort caused by traditional windows is thereby eliminated and misalignment issues present with traditional zippered windows is eliminated or reduced. The stress placed on the portions of the windows connectable to the foldable roof during installation and removal, including around curved portions of the removable window, is eliminated or reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bestop, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric John Hanson
  • Patent number: 10350972
    Abstract: A mid-gate assembly includes a mid-gate and a first access panel received in the mid-gate. A window pocket extends through the mid-gate and the first access panel. Further, a window is displaceable between an extended position projecting from the mid-gate and a retracted position held in the window pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Musa Azzouz, Sino Johan Van Dyk, Noah Barlow Mass
  • Patent number: 10351177
    Abstract: A B-pillar for a motor vehicle body comprises a sheet metal formed part having a head portion, a central portion and a base portion, and an inner side and an outer side. The head portion, on the inner side, comprises a connecting region for connection to a roof region of the motor vehicle body. The base portion can connect to a sill region. The central portion extends between the head portion and the base portion and defines a longitudinal direction of the B-pillar. The sheet metal formed part comprises a hat profile such that on the inner side a hollow chamber is formed; and a fiber composite part having an upper portion, a central portion and a lower portion, wherein the upper portion comprises a contact region that laterally embraces a supporting region and is supported against same in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Muhr und Bender KG
    Inventors: Hubertus Steffens, Bernhard Spielvogel
  • Patent number: 10350980
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame construction (10) for a pane (12), comprising a plastic frame (16) surrounding the pane (12) in the edge region, and at least one metal carrier (14) that is at least partially embedded into the plastic frame (16), wherein at least one spacer (20) is provided between the metal carrier (14) and the pane (12). According to the invention, in order to produce a cost-effective, reliable connection between the carrier (14) and the pane (12), the spacer (20) is formed by at least one plastic layer (20), plastic bead (20) or plastic band (20) applied to the carrier (14) and/or the pane (12) by means of an application device (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BBG GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gerhard Hortrich, Bernhard Satzger
  • Patent number: 10351183
    Abstract: A front splitter assembly includes a front splitter having a first end and a second end, a first side splitter at the first end and a second side splitter at the second end. Each side splitter includes a contoured body. In one embodiment each side splitter includes an underwing extending between the extension section and the wicker section inboard of the end plate of the side splitter. A related method of improving stability and peak cornering speed of a motor vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Arthur Titus, Andrew Thomas Cunningham, Michael Stephen Sylvester, Thomas Joseph Ciccone, Peter Thai