Patents Examined by Faye M. Fleming
  • Patent number: 11364829
    Abstract: A seatback assembly includes a front carrier module having a mounting portion with an inverted U-shaped outer perimeter edge. A plurality of doors includes individual doors that are hingedly coupled to the outer perimeter edge of the front carrier module. Each door of the plurality of doors is operable between open and closed positions. An airbag carrier module includes an inverted U-shaped raceway with an open front portion. The airbag carrier module is operably coupled to the front carrier module, such that the doors of the front carrier module selectively open and close the open front portion of the raceway of the airbag carrier module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Akbar Berry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 11358553
    Abstract: An airbag includes plural bag portions respectively including two sheet members attached to each other, and a welded portion at which the sheet members being in contact with each other are attached to each other. The welded portion includes a communication hole penetrating the sheet members to communicate the bag portions, and a rib portion arranged radially outward of the communication hole, the rib portion protruding in the thickness direction from a welded surface of the welded portion. The rib portion includes an annular rib surrounding the communication hole, and a cutout portion provided at the annular rib. The rib portion includes plural radial ribs arranged radially inward of the annular rib, the plural radial ribs radially surrounding the communication hole and extending in a radial direction of the communication hole. At least one of the radial ribs is arranged at a position radially away from the communication hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhito Kurematsu, Satoshi Masuda, Tomokazu Seki, Masaaki Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Ryosuke Mizuno, Makoto Sakai
  • Patent number: 11358557
    Abstract: A housing for storing an inflatable airbag includes a first portion and a second portion that cooperate to at least partially define a chamber for storing the inflatable airbag. A hinge portion connects the first portion to the second portion such that the second portion is pivotable about the hinge portion from a closed position for retaining the inflatable airbag within the chamber to an open position for deployment of the inflatable airbag from the chamber. A sacrificial seam connects the first portion and the second portion when the inflatable airbag is stored within the chamber. The sacrificial seam includes a plurality of connection members breakable in response to a pressure from within the chamber from initial inflation of the inflatable airbag. The connection members each extend across the sacrificial seam in a first direction between the first and second portions of the housing and are configured to have a predetermined failure area adjacent one of the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Don Larry Parker, Derek John Wiscombe, Adam Smith
  • Patent number: 11351946
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle includes a seatback having a seat frame. The seat includes an airbag supported on a vehicle-rearward and vehicle-outboard corner of the seat frame. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes a cross-vehicle chamber inflatable in a vehicle-inboard direction behind the seatback and a vehicle-outboard chamber inflatable in a vehicle-rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 11351948
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide: a side airbag device capable of quickly and properly restraining a passenger in the initial stage of deploying an airbag; and a vehicle seat provided with the side airbag device. [Resolution Means] A side airbag device is provided with: an airbag disposed inside a side supporting part of a seat, that restrains an occupant by expanding and deploying in the event of a vehicle collision; and an inflator that supplies an expansion gas to the airbag. Furthermore, the airbag is folded and stored in the side supporting part in an extended condition such that the vertical direction is the longitudinal direction. Furthermore, a lower part of the airbag in the stored condition is folded a plurality of times in the longitudinal direction to form a lower compressed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Shima
  • Patent number: 11345392
    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: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Shock Therapy Suspension, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Smith
  • Patent number: 11345391
    Abstract: A steering column may include an inner casing tube in which a steering spindle is mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis, an outer casing unit in which the inner casing tube is retained, and a motorized adjustment drive for longitudinal relative movement between the outer casing unit and the inner casing tube. The inner casing tube and the outer casing unit are coupled via an energy absorption device that has at least two energy absorption elements and a coupling device. A first energy absorption element can be coupled or uncoupled between the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit via the coupling device, which energy absorption element can be plastically deformed in the coupled state with relative displacement in the longitudinal direction of the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit. The coupling device has a coupling element that is movable between the uncoupled and the coupled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: René Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11345304
    Abstract: The side airbag device is composed of a cushion that expands and deploys toward the front of the vehicle in the vehicle cabin to restrain an occupant seated in a seat from the side, and an inflater that is encased in the cushion and supplies the gas that expands and deploys the cushion, wherein the cushion is provided with a first panel facing the side position of the occupant in an expanded and deployed state and a second panel joined to the first panel positioned on the opposite side of the occupant, of the first panel and second panel, an insertion hole is provided at a position near the rear end of one of the panels and a stud bolt is inserted to fasten the inflater to the vehicle structure, and the cushion is attached to the wall facing toward the front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Atsushi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11345393
    Abstract: A rack and pinion steering assembly includes: a pinion shaft driving a pinion gear; a steering rack having a toothed, engageable portion adapted to engage with the pinion gear, and a pressure-receiving portion opposite the engageable portion to apply a force on the steering rack to engage the steering rack with the pinion gear; a rack and pinion housing and associated steering tube; a first support bushing to support the steering rack in its housing on a first side of the assembly; and a second support bushing effective to support the steering rack on a second side of the assembly, with the second side of the assembly being opposite the first side of the assembly, relative to the pinion gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Super ATV, LLC
    Inventor: Ken Thornton
  • Patent number: 11338757
    Abstract: There is proposed a vehicle seat configured to support an occupant (401) in a sitting position, the seat comprising: a squab (27), a backrest (28), and an airbag unit. The airbag unit comprises an inflatable bag (1) and an inflator (34). The airbag comprises an inflatable chamber (8, 9; 208). The airbag further comprises an inflatable guide (2), connected to the inflator and the inflatable chamber. Upon actuation of said inflator, said inflatable guide is at least partially inflated before the inflatable chamber, thereby initially urging the inflatable chamber away from the backrest of the seat. The airbag is configured such that after the inflatable guide is at least partially inflated, the inflatable chamber inflates into a deployed position in which it defines an inflated shroud which extends over said sitting position and provides lateral protection to said occupant of the seat in said sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Mikaela Hagg, Malin Leijer, Mats Berntsson, Kevin Wikstedt, Par Sandinge, Fredrik Kjell, Jules Houessou, Carl-Johan Svensson, Hanna Karlsson, Ola Henriksson
  • Patent number: 11338858
    Abstract: A dynamic joint structure (DJS) for movably connecting a wheel set to a chassis of a vehicle, and a vehicle including a front such DJS and a rear such DJS. The DJS includes an upper suspension plate having at least one upper recess with an upper opening; a middle suspension plate having at least one middle recess with a middle opening; and at least one connector assembly including: (i) an elongated bolt defining an insert axis “Zi” along its longer side; and (ii) a restriction unit configured to restrict the movement of the bolt over an XiYi plane that is perpendicular to Zi, for enhancing translation of tilting movements of the chassis of the vehicle into steering movements of the vehicle's wheels set to which the DJS connects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: D. S. RAIDER LTD.
    Inventor: Erez Abramov
  • Patent number: 11325555
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a seating portion and a back rest the angle of inclination is adjustable in relation to the seating portion, where at least the back rest is of modular design made of a plurality of upholstered elements, the upholstered elements each comprising a preformed foam part surrounded, at least in part, by a cushion cover, the upholstered elements made in this manner are put together via fasteners in modular fashion to form the back rest adjustable in inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gumprecht, Bertram Schillig
  • Patent number: 11325440
    Abstract: An axle assembly that includes first and second hanger brackets and at least one cross brace. The first and second hanger brackets may be spaced apart from each other and may be adapted to be mounted to a chassis of a vehicle. The cross brace may extend from the first hanger bracket to the second hanger bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Luis Gustavo Schuck
  • Patent number: 11325556
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a bulkhead. The vehicle includes an airbag supported by the bulkhead and inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag in the inflated position includes a main chamber and a pair of side chambers that extend transversely from the main chamber. The vehicle includes a seat having a seatback and a seat bottom that extends from the seatback in a direction away from the bulkhead. The seatback is between the side chambers in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Zhenyan Gao
  • Patent number: 11312327
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat pad and a seat cover including a first part and a second part. The seat cover is provided with: a sewing line that sews the first part and the second part together; and an outline stitch that extends in parallel to the sewing line and that is located on one side of the sewing line. A belt-shaped plate is sewn to a first seam allowance and a first main body of the first part by the outline stitch in a position on an end side of the first seam allowance relative to the sewing line. The seat pad is covered with the seat cover in a state where the belt-shaped plate extends beyond the sewing line toward the second part and where the belt-shaped plate presses a second seam allowance to abut against a second main body of the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideki Ohtsu
  • Patent number: 11312326
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an airbag device for a vehicle. The airbag device comprises: an airbag cushion which is formed in a shawl shape and deployed toward both sides of a passenger so as to wrap and restrain the entire upper body around both shoulders of the passenger when a vehicle collides; and an inflator for generating gas and supplying the gas to the airbag cushion in response to an impact detection signal when the vehicle collides. Accordingly, when a vehicle collides, the shawl-shaped airbag cushion installed on the back of a seat is inflated and deployed to restrain the both sides and front area of the upper body of a passenger around both shoulders of the passenger, thereby safely protecting the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Nan-Young Oh, Hyun-Seop Lee, Dae-Chang Jung, Jong Ki Byun, Tae-Ik Gwon, Wan-Dong Yoo, Yong-Hyun Jung
  • Patent number: 11305722
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag control system includes an airbag module, a temperature detector and an electronic controller. The airbag module is for a vehicle. The airbag module has an airbag with a vent. The temperature detector configured to detect an ambient temperature of the vehicle. The electronic controller is programmed to control the airbag module between an active venting condition and a non-venting condition based on a detected result detected by the temperature detector. The vent is in an open state in the active venting condition. The vent is in a closed state in the non-venting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Stephanie Campbell, Karla Polyakova, Tyler Sauerwein, Alisha Martin
  • Patent number: 11305599
    Abstract: A leaf spring suspension system for a vehicle includes a chassis rail. Also included is a pivot block operatively coupled to the chassis rail and rotatable relative to the chassis rail. Further included is a leaf spring operatively coupled to the pivot block proximate an end of the leaf spring. Yet further included is a half leaf spring operatively coupled to the pivot block proximate a first end of the half leaf spring and operatively coupled to a vehicle axle proximate a second end of the half leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Anthony Berlingieri, Jose G. Delgado, Ramon Heberto Diego Guedea, Robert W. Friedrichs, Chris Galea, Jesus Ernesto Meza, Jose Roberto Frausto Rodriguez, Jose G. Ruiz Juarez, James N. Zeimet
  • Patent number: 11305674
    Abstract: System and methods for nullifying one or more of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces experienced by an occupant of a vehicle in a seated or standing position while the vehicle is traveling along a travel plane, including: a chassis structure; an occupant cell one of coupled to and defined by the chassis structure; and one or more of a seat assembly configured to receive the occupant in a seated position and a standing platform assembly configured to receive the occupant in a standing position disposed within the occupant cell; wherein the one or more of the seat assembly and the standing platform assembly is/are configured to pivot one or more of: laterally at a longitudinal pivot point with respect to the chassis and travel plane; and longitudinally at a transverse pivot point with respect to the chassis and travel plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Hall Frasher, Lawrence E. Abele
  • Patent number: 11299121
    Abstract: Proposed is an automotive side airbag including: an inflator ejecting gas when operating; an air cushion expanded and unfolded forward from a side of a passenger by the gas ejected from the inflator; and a diffuser disposed in the air cushion, supplying the gas ejected from the inflator to the air cushion, and having a discharge hole formed across a direction in which the air cushion is unfolded by the supplied gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Seob Lee, Kum Ho Jo