Patents Examined by Dennis H. Pedder
  • Patent number: 11364954
    Abstract: There are provided first and second loop-shaped structure sections which are provided to extend continuously along respective lower wall parts, respective right-and-left both side wall parts, and respective upper wall parts of a vehicle body so as to have a loop shape in a vehicle elevational view, respectively. The first and second loop-shaped structure sections are respectively positioned on an forward side and on a rearward side, in a vehicle longitudinal direction, of a damper support section. Each of these sections is formed by a closed-cross section portion where a closed-cross section is partitioned by plural members and/or a thick plate portion having a thicker plate thickness than a vehicle-body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kiyoshita, Yoshikazu Nishimura, Takeshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11358650
    Abstract: A rear vehicle-body structure of a vehicle capable of increasing the support rigidity of a rear suspension and the transmission efficiency of a rear-end collision load to the vehicle front side. A side sill has an upper closed cross-section portion. The upper closed cross-section portion includes a closed cross-sectional space extending in the vehicle front-rear direction. A linear connecting frame connecting a rear end of the upper closed cross-section portion to a rear side housing is between the rear end of the upper closed cross-section portion and the rear side housing. The connecting frame is inclined to be closer to a vehicle lower side as the connecting frame approaches the vehicle front side. The upper closed cross-section portion is inclined to be closer to an upper side as the upper closed cross-section portion approaches a vehicle rear side to correspond to an inclination angle of the connecting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyohei Kuwada, Tsuneki Shimanaka
  • Patent number: 11358653
    Abstract: A member attachment structure, in which an attachment member is attached to an attachment receiving plate portion formed on an attachment receiving member, is provided. The attachment member includes an attachment body portion, and an insertion portion configured to be inserted into a wide hole of the attachment receiving plate portion. The insertion portion includes an insertion body portion, and a sandwiching portion configured to sandwich a sandwiched portion of the attachment receiving plate portion together with the attachment body portion from both sides in the height direction. A recess n is formed in one of the attachment member and the attachment receiving plate portion, and a protrusion is formed in the other. One of the attachment member and the attachment receiving plate portion is provided with a locking portion locked to a locked portion provided on the other of the attachment member and the attachment receiving plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Taichi Iwahashi
  • Patent number: 11358449
    Abstract: A front link shifts, based on power transmitted from a first guide shaft of a front shoe, among a full-close corresponding position that allows a movable panel to be arranged in a full-close position, a front-up corresponding position that allows the movable panel to be arranged in a front-up position, and a full-open corresponding position that allows the movable panel to be arranged in a full-open position. The front shoe check restricts power of the drive shoe from transmitting to the front shoe, when the drive shoe causes a rear link to shift between a collapsed position and a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Aisin Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 11357677
    Abstract: A shared vehicle includes: a pair of right and left first pillars; a pair of right and left fourth pillars; a pair of right and left second pillars; a pair of right and left third pillars; an entrance door provided on one side wall of a vehicle body so as to be placed between the second pillar and the third pillar; and a front wheelchair space being provided such that at least a head of a wheelchair occupant is placed within a first region of the vehicle cabin in a plan view, the first region being surrounded by the first pillars and the second pillars, or a rear wheelchair space being provided such that at least the head of the wheelchair occupant is placed within a second region of the vehicle cabin in a plan view, the second region being surrounded by the third pillars and the fourth pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Fumiko Nakai
  • Patent number: 11358446
    Abstract: A slide door structure includes: a slide door provided to be movable with respect to a vehicle body; and a wire harness routed between the vehicle body and the slide door by allowing an electric wire bundle to pass through a bendable exterior member. The wire harness is connected to the slide door by door-side fixture including an outer member attached to the slide door and an inner member provided on the wire harness and supported by the outer member so as to be rotatable about an axis in an upper-lower direction as a center. In the door-side fixture, the inner member is supported by the outer member so as to be slidable in a direction perpendicular to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamashita, Shinji Kato
  • Patent number: 11358457
    Abstract: A roof arrangement for a vehicle roof with a roof opening may have a movable roof element for optionally closing or at least partially opening the roof opening, wherein the roof element is held by a frame; a first strand-like sealing profile; a second strand-like sealing profile which is formed separately from the first sealing profile, wherein the first sealing profile is configured for sealing in relation to the movable roof element and is fastenable to the vehicle roof; and the second sealing profile is fastened to the frame and is configured for sealing in relation to the frame, wherein the second sealing profile has a drip lip which lies against the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Matthias Frank, Stefan Schäufler, Andreas Josef Zunzer, Reinhard Wenzel
  • Patent number: 11358647
    Abstract: Presented are structurally reinforced components for vehicle body structures, methods for making/using such components, and motor vehicles equipped with such components. A vehicle body structure includes an elongated support rail (e.g., a pair of lateral roof rails) with an inner contoured rail panel joined to an outer contoured rail panel to define an internal rail cavity. An elongated support pillar (e.g., front, side, and/or back vehicle pillars) adjoins the support rail and includes an inner contoured pillar panel joined to an outer contoured pillar panel to define an internal pillar cavity coupled to the internal rail cavity. The inner rail and pillar panels may be integrally from as a single-piece structure, and the outer rail and pillar panels may be integrally from as a single-piece structure. A structural reinforcement insert is located inside the support pillar and support rail, filling a discrete region within the rail cavity and pillar cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Bradley A. Newcomb, Julien P. Mourou, Giles D. Bryer, Joung Min Choi, Thomas S. Prevost
  • Patent number: 11358649
    Abstract: A vehicle-body structure for suppressing deformation of a lift gate opening is provided. Embodiments include a vehicle having a rear annular framework formed from a cross member, side braces, connecting members, and a rear header; a rear suspension on lower surfaces of side pillars in the same position as the cross member in a vehicle front-rear direction; and wheel well inner portions on the vehicle rear side with respect to the cross member, each having an upper end having a damper supporting portion for mounting a suspension damper. The side braces each connect a place near the cross member and a place near the damper supporting portion to each other in a vehicle up-down direction; and the connecting members each connect a place near each end portion of the rear header in a vehicle width direction and the place near the damper supporting portion to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidetaka Goto, Koutaro Takada, Takuya Kubo, Kentaro Nomura
  • Patent number: 11358531
    Abstract: A multifunctional center console system for a vehicle is disclosed. The multifunctional center console system includes a multifunctional center console, which may include a main body configured to be mounted to a vehicle within an interior of the vehicle. The main body of the multifunctional center console may have at least top, bottom, front and rear portions and first and second side portions disposed between at least the front and rear portions. The multifunctional center console may further include at least one portable body configured to be removably attached to the main body. The at least one portable body of the multifunctional center console may have at least top, bottom, front and rear portions and first and second side portions disposed between at least the front and rear portions. The at least one portable body of the multifunctional center console may include at least one functional feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Motherson Innovations Company Limited
    Inventors: Christoph Heinz, Eric Nogaret
  • Patent number: 11358646
    Abstract: A vehicle body forming structure is provided. The vehicle body forming structure includes a plurality of linear members each including a bent portion in at least a portion thereof, wherein the plurality of linear members overlap each other in at least a partial section to form overlapping extending portions extending in a same direction, and a fastening member configured to fasten the overlapping extending portions to form a vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ji Ae Yong, Sun Hyung Cho, Chui Hee Heo
  • Patent number: 11352065
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a floor assembly, a B-pillar assembly, a seatbelt tensioning mechanism, a seatbelt pre-tensioning device and a support bracket. The B-pillar assembly is attached to the floor assembly and extends upwardly from the floor assembly. The seatbelt tensioning mechanism is supported to the floor assembly adjacent to an intersection between the floor assembly and the B-pillar. The seatbelt pre-tensioning device is positioned adjacent to the seatbelt tensioning device. The support bracket is fixed to the B-pillar and the seatbelt pre-tensioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Alan Greggs
  • Patent number: 11352072
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a rear sill assembly of a unibody vehicle. The unibody vehicle includes a floor assembly having a floor pan and a floor beam coupled to the floor pan, the floor beam having a floor channel. The unibody vehicle also includes a rear sill, and a coupling structure coupled to the rear sill. The coupling structure may include an outer periphery which is sized and shaped to be slideably coupleably received in the floor channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Michael Morgans, Stephen William Gallagher, Scott Seashore, Musheeruddin Zubair Syed, Karen Nuler
  • Patent number: 11345408
    Abstract: A body reinforcing apparatus for a vehicle is provided at a junction where multiple body members are gathered together and connected to each other to couple the body members. In particular, the body reinforcing apparatus includes: a reinforcing body formed in a 3D-truss structure by a 3D-printing process, and having a plurality of extended portions extended toward the body members; and a fastening member integrally formed with an end of each of the extended portions by inserting the fastening member during the 3D printing process, and having a first end inserted in the extended portion and integrated with the extended portion, and a second end fastened to each of the body members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Won Ki Song
  • Patent number: 11345225
    Abstract: The flatbed enclosure is an apparatus that provides a comfortable and secure environment within a truck. The apparatus includes a first bed cover, a second bed cover, a first side rack, a second rack, and a truck bed. The first bed cover and the second bed cover uphold the first side rack the second side rack, respectively, as well as open and close the truck bed. The first side rack and the second side rack serve as a rack to secure and uphold various items while in a retracted configuration. The first side rack and the second side rack also serve as a bench while in an extended configuration. The apparatus further includes a hydraulic locking mechanism that automatically retracts and extends the first bed cover and the second bed cover. The truck bed upholds the first bed cover, the second bed cover, a variety of items, and individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Leslie Fisher
  • Patent number: 11345407
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an upper vehicle-body structure that suppresses bending deformation of a front pillar portion with respect to a hinge pillar portion by suppressing the crushing of a closed cross-section portion when external force is applied to the front pillar portion in the direction of bending the front pillar portion in the bending direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuneaki Zenitani, Shuji Muraoka, Yusuke Desaki, Arata Osako
  • Patent number: 11345413
    Abstract: A side rigidity reinforcement structure of a vehicle includes: a side sill which is extended in a front and rear direction of the vehicle and includes a side sill inner reinforcement and a side sill outer reinforcement; a first center floor cross member disposed in a width direction of the vehicle and bonded to a center floor panel; and a side arch reinforcement formed to be convex upward and having a center portion spaced apart from the center floor panel. In particular, the side arch reinforcement includes: a first end penetrating the side sill inner reinforcement so to be bonded on an inner lower surface of the side sill outer reinforcement while supporting the side sill inner reinforcement, and a second end connected to the first center floor cross member to transfer a shock force input from the side sill outer reinforcement to the first center floor cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung-Won Kim
  • Patent number: 11345409
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle that includes a windshield and a frame. In addition, the vehicle includes a first pillar that extends from one side of the windshield. The first pillar includes a first wall and a second wall coupled to the first wall. The first pillar also includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion includes a first interior support coupled to the first wall and a second interior support coupled to the second wall. Further, the first interior support includes a first end which is spaced from a second end in the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jamil M. Alwan, Chunhui Kevin Lee, Thiag Subbian, Djamal Eddine Midoun, Suraj Jadhav, Petros Frantzeskakis
  • Patent number: 11342102
    Abstract: An attachment mechanism adapted for use to connect a vehicle headliner with a vehicle header is provided. The attachment mechanism includes a locating block that is adapted to be inserted into an opening in the header of a vehicle. The attachment mechanism includes a base member that devises a center portion and a pair of troughs adjacent the edges of the center portion. The locating block extends from the center portion of the base member. The attachment mechanism includes a plurality of magnets disposed in the troughs and adapted to connect with the header of the vehicle. The attachment mechanism connects to a center check and is helpful in installing the center check with the opening in the vehicle's header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Ronald E. Coman, Clarence Martin
  • Patent number: 11338863
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body including an A-pillar, and a windshield having an exterior surface and a lateral edge secured to the A-pillar. The A-pillar has a first part and a second part. The first part is positioned on the second part along the lateral edge of the windshield. The first part is movable relative to the second part from a stowed position wherein an outer surface of the first part is flush with an outer surface of the second part, and a deployed position wherein the outer surface of the first part is positioned entirely outward from the outer surface of the second part. The first part includes a movable member that in the deployed position of the first part is shaped to collect water flowing across the exterior surface of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Metka, Pirooz Moradnia