Patents Examined by Darlene P Condra
  • Patent number: 11325553
    Abstract: A side airbag device capable of preventing interference between a harness and an airbag is provided between a vehicle body and a seat. The side airbag device includes an airbag module including an inflatable airbag and an inflator supplying a gas into the airbag, a base member including an airbag storage portion having a concave shape and storing the airbag module and is attached between a vehicle body door and the seat, and a retainer member holding the airbag storage portion from the rear side of the vehicle body. The base member includes a first through hole through which a harness of the inflator is inserted and a flange which is formed in the periphery of the first through hole. The retainer member includes a second through hole through which the harness of the inflator is inserted and which is provided at a position facing the first through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirooki Negishi, Masayuki Miyazaki, Naoya Nishimoto, Kazuaki Mima
  • Patent number: 11319023
    Abstract: A drivetrain system for a reverse trike configured to transmit power from the motor to the rear wheel includes a first and a second drive chain being the only two drive chains utilized. A jackshaft has at one end a first universal joint connected to a first jackshaft sprocket and at an opposite end has a second universal joint connected to a second jackshaft sprocket. The first drive chain is connected between the motor output sprocket and the first jackshaft sprocket. The second drive chain is connected between the second jackshaft sprocket and the rear wheel drive sprocket. The first jackshaft sprocket is rotatably attached to the frame and configured to be movable away from and towards the motor output sprocket. The second jackshaft sprocket is rotatably attached to the frame and configured to be movable away from and towards the rear wheel drive sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Marc Gregory Martino
  • Patent number: 11312195
    Abstract: A front suspension device for a vehicle that, when a collision load acts on a suspension arm, reduces the detachment amount of a subframe mounting portion on the rear side from a vehicle body, absorbs collision load energy, and reduces an input to a rear axially supporting portion for a subframe. The front suspension device for a vehicle includes a subframe; a suspension arm having an outer end on which a front wheel is pivotally supported, and an inner end pivotally supported with respect to the subframe; a subframe mounting portion for mounting the subframe to a vehicle body through a fastener from below on the rear side relative to a front-wheel axially supporting portion of the suspension arm; and an upward bend inducing portion for bending the suspension arm upward when a suspension arm frontal collision load is input via the front wheel to the suspension arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shohei Yoshida, Takashi Hamada, Yuuki Uchiba, Susumu Sano
  • Patent number: 11313452
    Abstract: A Powersports vehicle is disclosed which includes a frame, ground engaging members supporting the frame, comprising at least two front wheel, and a power source for driving the front wheels. A front drive is coupled to the power source and to the front wheels, the front drive being coupled to the frame through isolation mounts to reduce vibration of the front drive through the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Hollman, Michael J. Whiting, Daniel S. Weber, Evan R. Wozniak, Anthony J. Ripley, Jason Carl Plugge, Na Her
  • Patent number: 11312443
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chassis, suitable for use in electric vehicles, characterized in that it comprises: a substantially planar loading bed, suitable for receiving a load on top of same, which is located between at least two front wheels and at least one rear wheel of an electric vehicle; wherein said loading bed comprises a channel the chassis also comprises a central shaft housed in said channel; wherein the loading bed is connected so as to pivot relative to said central shaft; wherein the loading bed comprises a plurality of battery housings distributed symmetrically; and the chassis comprises a rear traction and steering assembly and a front suspension and inclination assembly. The invention likewise relates to an electric vehicle comprising said chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: PASSION MOTORBIKE FACTORY, S.L.
    Inventor: Jose Maria Gomez Marquez
  • Patent number: 11305598
    Abstract: A recreational off-highway vehicle includes a vehicle frame, at least one front wheel, a pair of rear wheels, a solid rear axle, a pair of trailing arms, a rear differential and a motor. The solid rear axle rotatably supports the rear wheels at its opposite ends. Each of the trailing arms is pivotally connected to the vehicle frame and the solid rear axle. A shock absorber is coupled between the vehicle frame and each of the trailing arms. The rear differential is supported on the solid rear axle and connected to the rear wheels. The transmission has a propeller shaft connected to the rear differential to drive the rear wheels. The motor is connected operatively to the transmission. The propeller shaft includes first and second drive sections that articulates relative to each other. The second drive section is connected to the rear differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Todd A. Booth, Keith E. Kotrla, Louis R. Doucette, Craig S. Letourneau, Thomas Teribury
  • Patent number: 11305832
    Abstract: A left suspension unit supports a left wheel. A right suspension unit supports a right wheel. A steering actuator imparts a force causing the left suspension unit and the right suspension unit to turn about a left steering axis and a right steering axis respectively to a steering force transmission mechanism. A leaning actuator imparts a force causing a body frame to lean leftward or rightward of a leaning vehicle to a link mechanism. A control unit is capable of selecting a first mode wherein both of the steering actuator and the leaning actuator are employed, and a second mode wherein the steering actuator is employed without employing the leaning actuator, in order to control a leaning angle of the body frame in cooperation with a steering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Terada, Kotaro Ogura, Hiroyuki Morita, Yosuke Hirayama
  • Patent number: 11298997
    Abstract: A multi-point link for a chassis of a motor vehicle. The multi-point link has at least one profile portion with two bearing areas arranged at opposite ends of the profile portion, the two bearing areas are connected to one another by the profile portion. An outer circumferential surface of the profile portion is provided with at least one stiffening element to increase the stiffness of the multi-point link, and the stiffening element is connected to the outer circumferential surface of the profile portion by material bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Andre Stieglitz, Ingolf Müller
  • Patent number: 11285902
    Abstract: A seat airbag for a vehicle includes: a cushion including: a main part provided along an edge of a seatback of a vehicle, the main part spreading to a front part of the seatback so as to cover a passenger when spreading and open on a front part of the main part while covering opposite side parts and an upper part of the passenger; and an extension part connected to an open front end of the main part and shrinking so as to protect a front part of the passenger; and a protection tether connected to the extension part and shrinking the extension part by pulling the extension part during spreading of the main part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jae Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 11279188
    Abstract: A wheel suspension, having a wheel mount, on which at least one wheel is to be rotatably mounted, having at least one upper suspension arm flexibly coupled with the wheel mount for guiding the wheel, having at least one lower suspension arm flexibly coupled with the wheel mount for guiding the wheel, and having at least one strut, which has at least one bearing point to be arranged fixed on the vehicle body, via which the strut is to be articulated at least indirectly on the vehicle body of the motor vehicle, wherein one of the suspension arms is flexibly coupled with the strut, and wherein the one suspension arm is free of a bearing point to be arranged fixed on the vehicle body, via which the one suspension arm is to be mounted on the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Thomas Klinger
  • Patent number: 11278343
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension can include an adapter mounting face, a spindle rigidly mounted relative to the adapter mounting face, a wheel mounting hub including a hub body rotatably mounted on the spindle by bearings, and an adapter that spaces a brake component away from the adapter mounting face. Another vehicle suspension can include a spindle, bearings, and a wheel mounting hub rotatably mounted on the spindle by the bearings, the wheel mounting hub can include a hub body and a wheel mounting flange, the hub body and the wheel mounting flange being separate components of the wheel mounting hub. A system for adapting a vehicle suspension to different suspension capacities can include multiple wheel mounting hubs including a same hub body internal configuration configured to be rotatably mounted on the spindle by the bearings, but the wheel mounting hubs including respective different wheel mounting flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Watson & Chalin Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Rosene, Chris Skarzenski, Walter O'Bannon
  • Patent number: 11279191
    Abstract: A ball joint (1), for a vehicle chassis, having a joint housing (3) and a joint body (4) having a spherical portion (5). The joint body (4) is held by the joint housing (3) at the spherical portion (5) of the joint body such that the joint body is mounted for articulation movement relative to the joint housing. A sensor assembly comprises a first sensor element (6) associated with the joint housing (4) and a second sensor element (7) associated with the joint body (4). The second sensor element interacts with the first sensor element (6) in order to sense the position of the joint body (4) relative to the joint housing (3). The ball joint is characterized in that the second sensor element (7) is arranged in the region of the spherical portion (5) of the joint body (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen
    Inventors: Josef Holtheide, Florian Bäumer, Felix Kallass
  • Patent number: 11279190
    Abstract: An axle strut for a vehicle having a shaft and two bearing regions. The axle strut has a supporting profile and two load-introducing elements. The supporting profile is formed from fiber reinforced plastics composite material. A first load-introducing element and a second load-introducing element are arranged at respective bearing region, and the supporting profile is arranged spatially between the two bearing regions. The supporting profile has a first connection area facing the first bearing region and a second connection area facing the second bearing region. Every load-introducing element has a receptacle. The supporting profile is connected by its first connection area and by the receptacle of the first load-introducing element to the first load-introducing element by an adhesive connection, and the supporting profile is connected by its second connection area and by the receptacle of the second load-introducing element to the second load-introducing element by a further adhesive connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Thomas Rupflin, Thomas Schwarz, Andre Stieglitz, Philipp Bauer, Ingolf Müller, Manfred Bürgmann
  • Patent number: 11279430
    Abstract: A three-wheeled vehicle having a front wheel assembly attached to a chassis. The chassis includes a rotational control shaft having a rotational axis that is generally directed in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The rotational control shaft is integrated with or secured to the chassis in a non-rotational manner and passes through the front wheel assembly in a rotationally-free manner, such that the rotational control shaft can rotate about its rotational axis. The front wheel assembly includes one or more lean control motors, which are operably configured to rotate the rotational control shaft about its rotational axis thereby causing the chassis to lean from side to side to improve the handling ability of the vehicle. Some embodiments include a lean control system configured to automatically control the degree of rotation of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Eric Rea
  • Patent number: 11267507
    Abstract: A wheel support for a motor vehicle, including a main part and a track lever extending from the main part for attaching a track rod via a track rod joint, wherein the track rod joint is fixed or can be fixed to the track lever at an attachment point by a pin on one side of the track lever. A holding protrusion which covers the attachment point forms a securing means for the track rod on the wheel support. The disclosure additionally relates to a method for mounting a wheel support for a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Jakob Bosch
  • Patent number: 11267434
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an airbag, and discloses an airbag support device and a control method thereof. The airbag support device includes an airbag cushion embedded in a side surface of a seatback and configured to be inflated and deployed forward from the seatback; a pop-up tether having one end connected to the seatback, and configured to be deployed in a direction in which the airbag cushion is deployed and to penetrate the airbag cushion; and a pop-up tether module provided on a side surface of a seat cushion, having the other end of the pop-up tether connected to an end of a tether pole, and configured so that the pop-up tether between the seatback and the tether pole is pulled while the airbag cushion is deployed to support the airbag cushion by the pop-up tether in a portion penetrating the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seung Kyu Kang, Jong Hun Choi
  • Patent number: 11267530
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides: an in-wheel motor driving device, which is improved so as to enable impact transmitted from the road during traveling to be buffered; and a movement device including the same. The in-wheel motor driving device, according to the present invention, comprises: a wheel including an in-wheel; an in-wheel motor provided inside the rim and rotating the rim; a supporting portion provided at the side surface of the in-wheel motor, and having the movement device connected at one side thereof; and a buffer provided between the in-wheel motor and the supporting portion so as to buffer the impact generated during vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seung-Suk Oh, Eul Pyo Hong, Wondong Do
  • Patent number: 11260716
    Abstract: An electric height control device may include: an oil storage part configured to store oil therein; a motor driving part inserted into the oil storage part and driven when power is applied thereto; a hydraulic block part coupled to the motor driving part, connected to the oil storage part, and configured to amplify oil; and a control part coupled to the hydraulic block part, and configured to control the motor driving part and the hydraulic block part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang Moon Lee
  • Patent number: 11261973
    Abstract: A sealing comprises a seal portion and a plate portion fixed to the seal portion. The seal portion can have an undulating configuration of at least one peak and at least one valley, and the plate portion can circumferentially surround the seal portion. The seal portion can be made of a first material and the plate portion can be made of a second material more rigid than the first material. The seal portion can have a radially inward facing contact surface that defines a central opening of the sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Anish Mathur, Ryan P. Morge, Gabriel Sbravatti Ferreira, David W. Holthaus, Mark J. Kiesel, Christopher A. Monroe
  • Patent number: 11260714
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a chassis, a prime mover configured to move the chassis along a ground surface, and a suspension assembly that couples a wheel to the chassis. The suspension assembly includes a knuckle coupled to the wheel, a first suspension arm, and a suspension cylinder. The first suspension arm includes a first portion rotatably coupled to the chassis and a second portion extending away from the first portion and coupled to the knuckle. The suspension cylinder is rotatably coupled to the chassis and to a second suspension arm. The first suspension arm and the suspension cylinder are each configured to pivot relative to the chassis about a common pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Curtis P. Thoreson, Dennis A. Bowman