Patents Examined by Darlene P Condra
  • Patent number: 10981429
    Abstract: A sway bar system is described. The sway bar system includes a sway bar having a first end and a second end. The sway bar system further includes a first electronically controlled damper link which is coupled to the first end of the sway bar. The first electronically controlled damper link is configured to be coupled a first location of a vehicle. The sway bar system also has a second link which is coupled to the second end of the sway bar. The second link is configured to be coupled a second location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Tsiaras, Rick Strickland
  • Patent number: 10981512
    Abstract: Support devices and their components are disclosed. The support device facilitates access to a vehicle and includes an elongate support member, brackets for mounting the elongate support member to a vehicle, and a step affixed to the elongate support member. The step can be movable relative to the support member after fastening the step to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Crandall
  • Patent number: 10974685
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an airbag for a vehicle. The airbag safely supports a passenger after deploying forward from behind a passenger in a seat. Additionally, the airbag is able to be changed in position to safely protect a passenger by changing the position even when the position of a seat is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyock In Kwon
  • Patent number: 10967905
    Abstract: A suspension sub frame structure comprises a suspension sub frame provided to extend in a vehicle longitudinal direction and supporting a suspension link, an extension frame provided to extend forwardly from a front end of the suspension sub frame and having lower rigidity against a load applied in the vehicle longitudinal direction than the suspension sub frame, and a cross member provided to extend in a vehicle width direction on an inward side, in the vehicle width direction, of the both frames, wherein the cross member is joined to the both frames at a joint area which is continuous in the vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Okamoto, Masaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10960950
    Abstract: A folding urban mobility vehicle includes a frame, a pair of front wheel assemblies carried by respective front arms articulated to the frame about a first axis, and a rear wheel assembly carried by a rear arm articulated to the frame about a second axis. In a folded configuration of the vehicle the front wheel assemblies are located within the frame and the rear wheel assembly extends within the frame between the two front wheel assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRA CONSULTING S.R.L.
    Inventor: Mauro Zona
  • Patent number: 10960841
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seatback and an airbag. The airbag includes an upper panel and a lower panel spaced from each other and an intermediate panel disposed therebetween. The upper panel and the lower panel are each uninflatable and each supported by the seatback. The intermediate panel is supported by the seatback and inflatable to an inflated position. The intermediate panel in the inflated position includes a valley elongated in a direction from the lower panel towards the upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Tzu-Chen Weng
  • Patent number: 10953848
    Abstract: Variable behaviour control mechanism with a variety of motion characteristics, the mechanism comprising means to measure a plurality of motion characteristics and to activate systems when a threshold of the motion characteristics is reached. The mechanism described is, for example, a vehicle seat belt and the mechanism minimises or prevents unwanted activation of line extension or retraction of the seat belt. A first mechanism is described where activation occurs between at least one primary system and at least one secondary system when a combination of the sensed motion characteristics achieves a threshold. A second mechanism is described where activation occurs between at least one primary system and at least one secondary system when at least one sensed motion characteristic achieves a threshold, the threshold being modified based on at least one further motion characteristic. A method of use of the above mechanisms is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: EDDY CURRENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Peter Scott, Benjamin Woods, Lincoln Frost
  • Patent number: 10953946
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a forecarriage of a rolling motor vehicle with three or four wheels, comprising: a forecarriage frame (16); at least one pair of front wheels (10?), (10?) kinematically connected to each other and to the forecarriage frame by a kinematic roll mechanism (20) which enables the same to roll in a synchronous and specular manner; an anti-roll system (100) comprising a rod (110) having a first (111) and a second end (112) opposite each other which connect by means of hinging means (101?, 101?; 102?, 102?) a first (60) and a second anchoring portion (60) of forecarriage 8 directly to each other. At least one of said first and second anchoring portions is subject to roll movements of said two front wheels. The hinging means are configured to passively follow the movements of the two anchoring portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Raffaelli
  • Patent number: 10953714
    Abstract: It is provided a multiple track and multiple axle motor vehicle, having at least two front wheels, at least two rear wheels, and a steering apparatus which is configured for steering the front and rear wheels of the motor vehicle. The at least two front wheels can be pivoted in each case about a front wheel steering rotational axis by means of the steering apparatus, the front wheel steering rotational axes being oriented in each case in such a way that a negative caster is produced in relation to the respective front wheel, and the at least two rear wheels can be pivoted in each case about a rear wheel steering rotational axis by means of the steering apparatus, the rear wheel steering rotational axes being oriented in each case in such a way that a positive caster is produced in relation to the respective rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Schulze
  • Patent number: 10953842
    Abstract: A gas generator includes an elongated cylindrical housing, an accommodation chamber defining member arranged in the housing, a gas generating agent, and an autoignition agent. The accommodation chamber defining member includes a cylindrical portion which extends in a direction in parallel to an axial direction of the housing and accommodates the gas generating agent therein. A heat insulating layer is located between the housing and the cylindrical portion. The autoignition agent is arranged in a portion inside the housing in the axial direction of the housing where no heat insulating layer is provided, as being in contact with the housing with a member made of a metal being interposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON KAYAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Imai, Genya Iizuka, Akinori Matsumoto, Masaki Hiraoka, Syouichi Ashida
  • Patent number: 10953577
    Abstract: A vehicular hybrid suspension arm includes a suspension arm body made of a steel material, and an insert molding inserted into and coupled to the suspension arm body, providing a suspension arm having reduced weight and high rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ILJIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Keun Lee, Hyun Woo Kim, Tae Sung Kwon, Byong Suk Yu, Se Woong Jeong, Hyuk Kwon, Ig Jin Kwon, Young In Yoon, Min Kook Park, Soon Chan Kwon, Dae Ju Lee
  • Patent number: 10940886
    Abstract: A leading-edge steering system is provided for a front suspension of an off-road vehicle. The leading-edge steering system is comprised of a spindle assembly that supports a drive axle assembly to conduct torque from a transaxle to a front wheel. A first rod-end joint pivotally couples an upper suspension arm and the spindle assembly, and a second rod-end joint pivotally couples a lower suspension arm and the spindle assembly. A steering rod-end joint pivotally couples a first end of a steering rod with a leading-edge portion of the spindle assembly. A steering gear is coupled with a second end of the steering rod and configured to move the steering rod, such that the spindle assembly rotates with respect to the upper and lower suspension arms. The leading-edge portion is configured to exert primarily tensile forces on the steering rod during travel over rough terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Robby Gordon
  • Patent number: 10940731
    Abstract: A wheel alignment mechanism having a control arm connector, which is adapted for connection to a vehicle suspension control arm positioned between a vehicle chassis and a vehicle wheel, and which has an elongate portion; an inner support frame having a first surface and a second surface on a side of the inner support frame opposing the first surface, the elongate portion of the control arm connector positioned against the first surface at a select one of a first set of plural mounting locations on the first surface, with the first set of plural mounting locations being disposed in a first direction; and an outer support frame adapted to receive a wheel mounting, the connector having a third surface, the second surface of the inner support frame being positioned against the third surface at a select one of a second set of plural mounting locations on the third surface, and with the second set of plural mounting locations being disposed in a second direction approximately perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Auto IP LLC
    Inventors: Paolo Tiramani, Kyle Denman
  • Patent number: 10926730
    Abstract: Disclosed are a passenger side airbag housing, a manufacturing method therefor, and a passenger side airbag for a vehicle. According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for manufacturing a passenger side airbag housing comprises: a material preparation step of preparing a fiber reinforced composite material as a fabric form; and a press molding step of manufacturing a passenger side airbag housing by press-molding the fiber reinforced composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: LG HAUSYS, LTD., AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Dong-Won Kim, Hyun-Jin Choi, Yong-Han Kang, Hee-June Kim, Jae-Hoon Choi, Sung-Woo Lee, Dong-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10926731
    Abstract: A cushion of an airbag device includes an inner inflating section convexly inflating toward the rear of a vehicle and restraining the head of an occupant from the front of the vehicle, protrusions provided to the sides of the inner inflating section in a vehicle width direction and capable of inflating so as to protrude further toward the rear of the vehicle than the inner inflating section, and outer inflating sections provided between the inner inflating section and the protrusions and temporarily convexly inflating toward the rear of the vehicle within a smaller range than the expansion range of the inner inflating section and the protrusions. The outer inflating sections are squashed by the inner inflating section and the protrusions and, as a result, the protrusions are in a posture of being pulled toward a side of the inner inflating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakajima, Ryota Ishigaki, Takanari Muroya
  • Patent number: 10926598
    Abstract: Vehicle top suspension mount comprising an anti-vibratory block housed in casing. The casing may comprise at least one securing element movable between an assembly position and a securing position. The securing element may be configured to block, in the securing position, the vehicle top suspension mount in relation to a vehicle body when the vehicle top suspension mount is joined to said vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Vibracoustic Nantes SAS
    Inventors: Jérôme Kieffer, Gerard Poindessault
  • Patent number: 10926743
    Abstract: A shock absorber support device for supporting a shock absorber coupled to a rear suspension member (RSM), the shock absorber support device including an elongated body extending between a first end and a second end. A shock absorber hooking portion is coupled to the first end, where the shock absorber hooking portion is configured to releasably engage a cylinder of a shock absorber. An RSM frame hooking portion is coupled to the second end, where the RSM frame hooking portion is configured to releasably engage a portion of an RSM frame assembly. Engagement of both the shock absorber and the portion of an RSM frame assembly prevents the shock absorber from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Scott Friend, Robert Aaron Allex, Brian McElroy
  • Patent number: 10913322
    Abstract: An air management system for a vehicle having a supply tank, a system controller integrated with the supply tank, a first pneumatic circuit pneumatically connected to the system controller, and a second pneumatic circuit pneumatically connected to the system controller. The system controller adjusts independently air pressure of the first pneumatic circuit and the second pneumatic circuit without establishing pneumatic communication between the first and second pneumatic circuits. The system controller establishes pneumatic communication between the first and second pneumatic circuits when the system controller is not adjusting independently the air pressure of the first pneumatic circuit and the second pneumatic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Base Air Management Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Vaughan, Joseph Calaway, David Bryan Lewis, George Arrants
  • Patent number: 10906495
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus for vehicle includes an airbag, a tether, a tension member, and a controller. The airbag is configured to deploy via a seat on which a passenger sits or a periphery member of the seat. The tether has a first end coupled to a front portion of the airbag in a deployment direction of the airbag. The tension member is coupled to a second end of the tether and configured to pull the first end to the seat side. The controller is configured to activate the tension member to pull the tether at the same time as the airbag deploys, when the airbag is deploying, or after the airbag has deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10906602
    Abstract: A method and system for assembling a vehicle of a family of vehicles includes providing a group of engines. A first engine including a first number of cylinders corresponds to a first vehicle. A second engine including a second number of cylinders corresponds to a second vehicle. The second number is greater than the first number which is at least one. A cylinder plane extends vertically and longitudinally. At least one cylinder is disposed at least partly forward of a front wheel plane. The transmission assembly is rearward of the selected engine and one of the transmission assembly and the selected engine is in a same location whether the selected engine is the first or the second. The seat is at least in part longitudinally rearward of the transmission assembly. The selected engine is laterally disposed between the centers of the footrests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas Laberge, Emile Maltais-Larouche