Patents Examined by Dana D Ivey
  • Patent number: 11904944
    Abstract: A front wall module for delimiting a front of a passenger cell in a motor vehicle includes a planar carrier structure which forms a front wall portion where a functional shape for receiving a component is formed in the planar carrier structure and where the planar carrier structure is a cast aluminum structural part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hanno Pfitzer, Rudolf Schilling, Manuel Schurz, Jean-Marc Segaud, Thomas Wolff
  • Patent number: 11891140
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a flooring apparatus provides improved traction, improved wear resistance and improved structural support. The flooring apparatus may include an elongated member that includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface may include a cutout portion that extends along at least a portion of a longitudinal axis of the elongated member. One or more inserts are positioned at least partially within the cutout portion. The insert may include a texturized top surface and may be constructed of a polymer material or other material with improved traction and, in certain embodiments, improved wear resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Kyle R. Gillin
  • Patent number: 11884326
    Abstract: The vehicle body rear structure includes a floor panel 2, a subframe 3 which is provided below the floor panel 2, an impact absorbing member 4 which is provided behind the subframe 3 and extends in the front-rear direction, and a bracket which detachably attaches the impact absorbing member 4 to a lower surface of the floor panel 2. The front end portion 38 of the impact absorbing member 4 is disposed to be at the same height as the subframe 3 in the vertical direction and is disposed with the spacing S from the subframe 3 in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ukyo Watanabe, Norikazu Matsuura, Shunta Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11873029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle cockpit module assembly in which a center speaker is seated, and the vehicle cockpit module assembly includes a cowl crossbar assembly fixed to a side portion and a dash panel in a vehicle body, a duct connecting part integrally coupled to the cowl crossbar assembly, an air conditioning module coupled to the duct connecting part to supply external air to the duct connecting part, a defrost duct coupled to an upper portion of the duct connecting part, and a connection duct having a center duct coupled to a front surface of the duct connecting part and a side duct coupled to each of both side portions of the duct connecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ik Keun Choi, Jae Seob Choi
  • Patent number: 11873024
    Abstract: Provided is a suspension subframe structure that can activate a load path using an extension frame in an impact while avoiding increase in vehicle weight and also enables a suspension subframe to disengage from a vehicle body when an impact load is too large to be absorbed by the extension frame alone. The suspension subframe structure of the present invention includes a suspension subframe 110 that supports a suspension member 60 for a front wheel. The suspension subframe 110 includes: a body 111 that transmits an impact load input from a vehicle front side toward a vehicle rear side; a fixed portion 124 disposed near the body 111 and fixed to a vehicle body; and a connection portion 121 connecting the fixed portion 124 to the body 111. The connection portion 121 is provided with fragile portions 121f, 122g having a lower strength against a load in a vehicle front-rear direction than the body 111 and the fixed portion 124.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Okamoto, Masaaki Tanaka, Fumihiro Kurohara
  • Patent number: 11873027
    Abstract: A rear vehicle body structure may include a rear side member connected to a back beam provided at the rear of the vehicle body, and a rear floor including a rear floor side portion with which the rear side member is connected, a tire wall formed with concave step from the rear floor side portion, and a rear floor transverse reinforcement formed protrude along the shape of the rear floor side portion and the tire wall from the rear of the rear floor side portion and the tire wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung Won Kim
  • Patent number: 11858550
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a brace assembly that extends from a passenger side frame rail of a vehicle to a driver side frame rail of the vehicle, and at least one electrified vehicle powertrain module supported by the brace assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Suriyaprakash Ayyangar Janarthanam, Do Young Chung, Robert Bartz, Jason C. Marcath, Chelliah Madasamy
  • Patent number: 11834099
    Abstract: To actively absorb impact energy by a bead and reduce weight. A vehicle body rear structure 1 of an embodiment includes rear floor panels 2 and 3 formed by a steel plate having a tensile strength of 440 MPa or more. The rear floor panels 2 and 3 have beads 13 and 23 extending in a predetermined direction over an entire surface, and the direction in which the beads 13 and 23 extend and the type of the beads 13 and 23 are set so as to reduce a difference between a peak load and an average load at the time of collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunori Watanabe, Satoru Kawabe
  • Patent number: 11827174
    Abstract: A cushion apparatus for attachment to a rigid structure having an edge includes an elongated structure and a securing mechanism. The elongated structure is formed of a soft material and has a channel/slot/groove along its length that is configured to receive a portion of the rigid structure that includes the edge. The securing mechanism is configured to secure the elongated structure to the rigid structure. The securing mechanism may be integrated with the elongated structure and configured to removably secure the elongated structure to the rigid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventor: Albert D. Massi
  • Patent number: 11827081
    Abstract: Mobile accommodation, comprising a wall (10) with a wall opening (20) bounded by an edge. Received in the wall opening is a casing frame (30) which is intended and configured to comprise an openable or non-openable panel (25). The casing frame extends outside the wall opening on a first side of the wall while it is fixed in the wall opening by means of fixation means. The casing frame comprises for this purpose an insertion cavity (35) accessible from an opposite side of the wall. The fixation means comprise at least one fastening clip (60) which at a first outer end comprises an insertion member (65) which protrudes into the insertion cavity (35) in order to effect a durable mutual connection therein, and at a second outer end supports directly or indirectly on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: POLYPLASTIC GROUP B.V.
    Inventor: Jan Peter Veeneman
  • Patent number: 11814100
    Abstract: A structural support system for a vehicle having a longitudinal axis extending from a front of the vehicle to a rear of the vehicle includes a cradle configured to support an engine of the vehicle, a structural side rail assembly having first and second side rails, a first set of six cradle attachments coupling the cradle to the first side rail, and a second set of six cradle attachments coupling the cradle to the second side rail. A predetermined portion of the cradle attachments of both the first and second set of six cradle attachments are designed to intentionally detach during a frontal impact event to facilitate absorbing impact energy and reducing deceleration and passenger compartment intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Sunil Waghmare, Abhijeet Thorat, Homyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 11807138
    Abstract: A seat rail module with two rails for longitudinal adjustment of a vehicle seat comprises a drive member, at least one deformation member coupled to an associated rail for longitudinal adjustment, at least one fastening member for fastening the drive member, and an actuator for locking and unlocking the at least one fastening member. The deformation member is deformed upon displacement of the vehicle seat in a main direction of travel to dissipate crash energy and decelerate the vehicle seat. In a locked position of the fastening member, the drive member is directly secured to a rail by the fastening member. The fastening member is mechanically unlocked upon displacement of the vehicle seat beyond a predetermined limit setting, so that the drive member is coupled to an associated rail via the deformation member, to enable a displacement of an upper rail relative to a lower rail for dissipating impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugtelle SE & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Coburg
    Inventor: Sergej Kostin
  • Patent number: 11772576
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an interior trim part for a motor vehicle, which comprises: a support component and a cover layer on a visible side of the support component, wherein the support component has an opening which is covered by the cover layer, and an insert, which is received in the opening and has a top side which is covered by the cover layer, wherein the insert receives an electrical function module or is coupled to the same, which function module is equipped in order to emit and/or receive light and/or signals through the surface of the insert and the cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: International Automotive Components Group GmbH
    Inventors: Huib Seegers, Henk Rijpkema, Carter Scott Cannon
  • Patent number: 11772707
    Abstract: A method for producing a vehicle rear module that includes: a clear member monolithically including a lamp section and a window section; and a colored member for shielding at least part of a vehicle interior from the exterior. The method for producing the vehicle rear module comprises: a step for injecting a transparent resin from a single resin injection hole into a first cavity to form the clear member; and a step for injecting a colored resin from a plurality of resin injection holes into a second cavity to form the colored member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Tsutsumi, Daisuke Mochizuki, Hideaki Yamamoto, Takenao Yoshimura, Yuki Takahashi, Masaaki Nakabayashi, Hiroaki Hara, Masayuki Kobayashi, Masaru Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11760423
    Abstract: To improve the collision performance of a panel member of an automobile. A panel member 1 includes a plurality of circular recessed parts 10 linearly arranged, wherein: when it is assumed that a portion where three recessed parts 10 are linearly aligned is called a recessed part group G, there are at least a first recessed part group G1 and a second recessed part group G2 arranged in parallel with the first recessed part group G1; and an angle formed between a first straight line L1 linking a center of the recessed part 10 in the first recessed part group G1 and a center of the recessed part 10 in the second recessed part group G2 located at a position closest to the recessed part 10, and, a second straight line L2 linking centers of the recessed parts 10 in the first recessed part group G1 is 80 degrees or more and 100 degrees or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Hirose, Keiichi Sato, Yoshimichi Kawai
  • Patent number: 11745804
    Abstract: A front vehicle-body structure may include a pair of front side members each disposed in a vehicle length direction at both sides of a front vehicle-body, a pair of mounting brackets each engaged with a corresponding front side member among the pair of front side members and disposed to protrude from an internal panel of the corresponding front side member in a width direction of the vehicle to face each other, a cross bar having an upper surface, a front surface, and a rear surface, having a cross-section having an open bottom side and an open lateral end portion, and engaged with the mounting bracket in a vehicle height direction thereof, and an engagement unit of engaging the cross bar to the pair of mounting brackets with a predetermined gap between the pair of front side members and the lateral end portion of the cross bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Eonpyo Kim
  • Patent number: 11745800
    Abstract: A subframe structure includes: right and left vehicle body side frames; a vehicle body cross-member extending in the vehicle width direction between the vehicle body side frames; a load transmission member connecting a portion of each vehicle body side frame that extends longitudinally frontward from a bent portion of the vehicle body side frame and a portion that is located laterally centrally relative to the laterally outer end portions of the vehicle body cross-member; right and left longitudinal members extending along the vehicle body side frames; and a front cross-member extending in the vehicle width direction between the longitudinal members. The front cross-member has a first attachment portion attached to each longitudinal member, an extension portion extending in the vehicle width direction from the first attachment portion, and a second attachment portion attached to the load transmission member at a laterally outer end portion of the extension portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Noguchi, Ukyo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11738625
    Abstract: A removable panel assembly for a vehicle window, the panel assembly includes a removable panel sized and shaped to overlie at least a portion of an outward-facing surface of a vehicle window. A first retainer is configured to secure the panel in abutting relation to the window, the first retainer including a first engagement element configured to engage a first edge of the window and a second engagement element configured to engage an inward-facing surface of the window. A second retainer is configured to secure the panel in abutting relation to the window, the second retainer including a third engagement element configured to engage a second edge of the window and a fourth engagement element configured to engage the inward-facing surface of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: K2 Products LLC
    Inventors: Stephen M Kellerman, Charles P Kellerman
  • Patent number: 11731703
    Abstract: An energy dissipation system for a frame of a vehicle includes a frame rail including a crushable region and a non-crushable region. An energy dissipation device includes an energy transfer portion arranged partially in the crushable region and partially in the non-crushable region and configured to move in response to a vehicle impact on the frame rail. An energy dissipation portion is arranged within the non-crushable region, connected to the energy transfer portion. The energy dissipation device includes a first region connecting the energy dissipation portion to the non-crushable region, and a second region connecting the energy dissipation portion to the energy transfer portion. The first region of the energy dissipation portion is stiffer than the second region of the energy dissipation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: John E. Howard, Bradley Leier, Zohir Molhem
  • Patent number: 11731704
    Abstract: An injury preventing structure located in a vehicle is provided and comprises a lower member and an upper member which distribute impact of a vehicle, and a panel which forms a bottom surface of the vehicle, in which the upper member and the lower member are in contact with the panel to form a dosed cross-section between each member and the panel, and a position at which the panel is in contact with a rear end of the upper member and a position at which the panel is in contact with a front end of the lower member at least partially overlap each other to form a collision transformation support shaft. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent injury of the legs of a first or frontrow occupant even with a reduced cross-section of the upper member. It is additionally possible to further reduce the first row space of the vehicle, thereby also securing the rear seat and cargo loading space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Songjae Jeong, HanSeok Song