Patents Examined by Faye M. Fleming
  • Patent number: 10894456
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: •a front wheel set and a rear wheel set, each set comprising two wheels and an axle attached to the said wheels; •a base structure or chassis; •a front elastic pivot structure, connecting the front wheel set to the chassis, wherein said front elastic pivot structure comprises a front set of at least one elastic joint, enabling the chassis to tilt along a front roll axis in respect to the said front wheel set; •a front shock absorber, associated with the front wheel set; •a rear elastic pivot structure, associated with the rear wheel set, wherein said rear elastic pivot structure comprises a rear set of at least one elastic joint, enabling the chassis to tilt along a rear roll axis in respect to the said rear wheel set; and •a rear shock absorber, associated with the rear wheel set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: D.S. RAIDER LTD.
    Inventor: Erez Abramov
  • Patent number: 10889182
    Abstract: A portal box assembly for mounting a wheel of a vehicle having a drive axle may include a portal box housing configured for mounting on the vehicle. The portal box housing may have a housing interior. A lift kit and gear reduction system may be provided in the housing interior of the portal box housing. The lift kit and gear reduction system may include an input gear configured to be drivingly engaged by the drive axle on the vehicle. At least one idler gear may be drivingly engaged by the input gear. An output gear may be drivingly engaged by the input gear through the idler gear(s). The output gear may be disposed in offset or spaced-apart relationship to the input gear. A spindle may be drivingly engaged by the output gear. The spindle may be configured to drivingly engage the wheel of the vehicle. A wet brake system may be provided in the housing interior of the portal box housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: High Lifter Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Cory Lee, Jesse L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10882374
    Abstract: An air suspension system, comprising a manifold, defining a first and second port, each port defining a receiving region at the second end, wherein the first and second ports are arranged in a common plane, a channel intersecting the first and second port, a cavity intersecting each port, and a pressure sensor port, positioned between the first and second port, defining a sensor insertion axis normal to the common plane, the pressure sensor port separated from the first port, the second port, and the channel by a thickness; a first and second solenoid valve, each solenoid valve arranged within the cavity and coaxially arranged with the first and second ports, each solenoid valve comprising a connector; a pressure sensor arranged within the pressure sensor port, the pressure sensor comprising a connector; and an electronics module arranged parallel the common plane, the electronics module configured to electrically couple to the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: AKTV 8 LLC
    Inventors: Josh Coombs, Tom Zagotta, Gary Meyers
  • Patent number: 10882487
    Abstract: A vehicle including an instrument panel, a front seat rotatable between a forward-facing position and a rearward-facing position, and an airbag inflatable between the instrument panel and the front seat. The vehicle includes a controller including a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions wherein the processor is programmed to identify that the front seat is rearward-facing, inflate an airbag in response to a sensed frontal impact, and open an external vent in the airbag during inflation in response to identification that the front seat is rearward-facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John Q. White, Jerry R. Brown, Frank Heitplatz
  • Patent number: 10882553
    Abstract: A kingpin assembly includes a pin that has a shaft with a spherical member extending therefrom. The kingpin includes a base that has a spherical interior surface which defines an interior area. The interior area includes an open end of the base and is bounded by a closed end of the base. The closed end of the base is opposite the open end. The spherical member is rotatingly disposed in the interior area with the shaft extending away from the open end. The closed end has a torque receiving configuration for receiving a torque applying tool thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SCHAUBLIN SA
    Inventor: Chris Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10882366
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic wheel unit disposed on a vehicle wheel of a vehicle includes providing the electronic wheel unit with a detecting device for detecting rotation angle positions of the vehicle wheel that are present at certain detection times, and a radio transmitter device for transmitting a sequence of individual electromagnetic signals which include data representative of the detected rotation angle positions and their associated detection times. The detecting device is further used to detect an amount of a wheel acceleration of the vehicle wheel and to set an interval of time between the detection times of the rotation angle positions to be shorter the greater the amount of wheel acceleration. A corresponding electronic wheel unit and a method and an apparatus for localizing respective installation positions of a plurality of such electronic wheel units on a vehicle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Gregor Kuchler
  • Patent number: 10875492
    Abstract: A hinge base member (5) and a hinge upper member (15) of a hinge (1) for an engine hood (3) are provided with main bodies (5, 17) each having a laterally facing major plane, and link members (9, 10) are connected between the main bodies of the hinge base member and the hinge upper member and overlies the main bodies of the hinge base member and the hinge upper member from a first lateral side. The hinge upper member is provided with an extension (17) fixedly attached to the side part of the hood and extending forward from the main body of the hinge upper member with an offset to a second lateral side opposite to the first lateral side with respect to the main body of the hinge base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Maeda, Osamu Ito
  • Patent number: 10875495
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seat, a lap retractor fixed relative to the seat, a shoulder retractor fixed relative to the seat, and a first buckle fixed relative to the seat. A lap belt is retractably extendable from the lap retractor. A first tongue is fixed to the lap belt and is releasably engageable with the first buckle. A second buckle is fixed to the lap belt. A shoulder belt is retractably extendable from the shoulder retractor. A second tongue is fixed to the shoulder belt and is releasably engageable with the second buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Board, Richard Edward Ruthinowski
  • Patent number: 10872281
    Abstract: An inflatable vehicle occupant protection device includes a curtain airbag having an upper edge portion for securing to an interior of a vehicle for deployment between a side structure of the vehicle and a vehicle occupant. Indicia extends along the length of the curtain airbag for indicating twisting of the curtain airbag when the curtain airbag is rolled up along its length. The indicia includes a bar code printed on the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Hill, Philipp Ritter
  • Patent number: 10870325
    Abstract: A vehicle stabilization system including a frame; a wheel; a control arm connected to the frame and the wheel; a fluid spring connected to the frame and the control arm; a stabilizer connected to the frame and operable between a retracted and extended position; a reservoir; and a fluid manifold connected to the fluid spring and the chamber, fluidly coupling the spring interior and stabilizer chamber to the reservoir interior. A vehicle stabilization method including maintaining an orientation of the vehicle frame, coupling the frame to a support surface using a stabilizer by introducing a fluid to a chamber of the stabilizer, and retracting a wheel by reducing a quantity of fluid within a fluid spring coupling the wheel to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: AKTV8 LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Coombs, Timothy Williams, Gary Meyers
  • Patent number: 10864880
    Abstract: A housing for a knee airbag module includes an enclosure structured to receive a knee airbag module therein, and a door rotatably coupled to the enclosure. A first securement element mounting hole is formed in the door at a location in the door structured to reside adjacent an outboard edge and a rearmost edge of the door when the door is in an open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Ross, Jonathan Quijano
  • Patent number: 10864886
    Abstract: A seatbelt pretensioning retractor assembly for use in a vehicle is provided. The seatbelt pretensioning retractor assembly includes a housing adapted for being mounted to a frame and having an interior cavity, a pretensioner tube having an arcuate and curved shape, a sprocket rotatably mounted to the housing and fixedly coupled to a spindle, a polymer rod disposed within the tube and a guide plate having a guide portion and a rod guide. The polymer rod exits the tube along a perimeter of the sprocket, and toward an arcuate landing surface of the guide portion. In addition, the rod guide is configured for preventing the polymer rod from trapping before engaging with the sprocket or after pretensioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Hall, Bin Wang, Kenneth H. Kohlndorfer, Jon E. Burrow, Richard W. Koning
  • Patent number: 10858035
    Abstract: A center load rack and pinion steering mechanism is disclosed. The mechanism comprises a center load steering rack housing mounted to a vehicle frame, with a longitudinal slot through the front surface thereof, the slot being fitted with a bushing of a material that is resistant to damage from heat and bending. A pair of center link mounting bolts secure a center link and a center link pad to the rack wherein the center link pad extends through the bushing such that the upper and lower surfaces of the center link pad engage the upper and lower inner surfaces of the bushing, respectively, to prevent upward and downward movement and twisting of the center link and the center link pad relative to the rack in response to steered wheels of the vehicle contacting rough or uneven terrain while in use to prevent damage to components of the steering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Justin Smith
  • Patent number: 10857880
    Abstract: A vehicle includes three pairs of wheels, each pair being spaced apart in a right-left direction, three differential gears, respectively corresponding to the three pairs of wheels, and an engine that generates a rotation to be transmitted to the three pairs of wheels through the three differential gears. The engine is located rearward of a front differential gear that is any one of the three differential gears and is fixed to the front differential gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10850698
    Abstract: A side door for a motor vehicle is formed from a flexible material such as a fabric and has a chamber formed therein which houses an occupant protection side airbag or curtain airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Markus Koelsch
  • Patent number: 10850762
    Abstract: Provided is a steering device support structure having better collision performance and more excellent steering device vibration performance. The steering device support structure 10 for a vehicle comprises: a cross car beam 1 having a given axial direction and comprising a planar portion extending along the axial direction; a steering device support member attached to the cross car beam 1 to support a steering device; and a center stay 3 for supporting the cross car beam 1. The steering device support structure further comprises a reinforcing member 5 (5a, 5b) provided to the cross car beam to cover the planar portion 1b of the cross car beam, and fastened to the steering device support member 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Hazama, Toshiki Okauji, Norio Kasajima, Takeshi Kitagawa, Yoshiyasu Kajimoto
  • Patent number: 10850589
    Abstract: A stabilizer includes: a stabilizer bar made of a pipe material; and a stabilizer link that couples the stabilizer bar and a suspension device. The stabilizer link includes a ball stud which includes a shaft portion inserted to and fixed in an opening end of the stabilizer bar and a ball portion formed at a leading end of the shaft portion, a housing which rotatably supports the ball portion, and a flexible dust cover which includes one end attached on the housing so as to be unmovable in a ball stud axis direction and the other end attached on at least either of the shaft portion and the stabilizer bar and which seals a space between the housing and the ball stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuji Ohmura, Shigeru Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10850771
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for a camber adjustment assembly, comprising: first and second end plates coupled to a substantially planar center portion, wherein the first and second end plates comprise a generally triangular configuration; a chassis element coupled to a trailing arm and the camber adjustment assembly, and wherein a force may be applied to the camber adjustment assembly so as to desirably induce a positive or negative camber condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Robby Gordon, Mike Niemiec
  • Patent number: 10843518
    Abstract: A fragile portion is provided at a portion of a suspension arm which is positioned near a vehicle-body attachment portion. The fragile portion is configured such that when a load which is greater than a specified magnitude is inputted to a front wheel from a vehicle forward side, the suspension arm is bent at the fragile portion, whereby the front wheel is rotated rearwardly around the fragile portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kanamaru, Hiroto Kido, Yasushi Ishikawa, Atsushi Kawamoto, Yuuki Uchiba, Hiroki Kimura, Susumu Sano
  • Patent number: 10843516
    Abstract: A wheel suspension for the rear axle of a vehicle includes a wheel carrier for fastening a rear wheel. A link system, which includes at least two links for fastening to a body of the vehicle, is fastened to the wheel carrier. One of the at least two links is a combination link with a basic body and two link portions for fastening at two positions of the body of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Becker, Norbert Schote, Milos Vrba