Patents Examined by Faye M. Fleming
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10843720
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes: a wheel frame; a base, which includes a metal composite, coupled to the wheel frame to cover the wheel frame; a sensor electrode disposed on the base; and a sensor integrated circuit (IC) electrically connected to the sensor electrode and configured to sense a change in capacitance of the sensor electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Gideok Kwon, Donghee Seok, Jong Bok Lee, Heejin Ro
  • Patent number: 10836345
    Abstract: An airbag device for a panorama roof may include: a panorama roof; a guide disposed under the panorama roof; a folded cushion supported by the guide; an operation unit mounted on the guide, and configured to operate the folded cushion to cover the panorama roof; an inflator configured to supply gas to the cushion; and a controller configured to control the operations of the operation unit and the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: You Hoe Koo
  • Patent number: 10836337
    Abstract: A multi-frontal airbag for a vehicle and an airbag deployment system using the same are provided. The system includes a sensing unit that collects the state information of a seat. A first airbag module is disposed within the vehicle and includes a first cushion that is deployed toward the front of a passenger and a first inflator that supplies gas to the first cushion. A second airbag module is disposed within a roof above the passenger and includes a second cushion that is deployed downwards and a second inflator that supplies gas to the second cushion. A controller receives the state information of the seat from the sensing unit, and adjusts the operations or operation timings of the first airbag module and the second airbag module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyo Shub Shin, Joo Seon Yoo
  • Patent number: 10836229
    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: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rassini Suspensiones, S.A. de C.V.
    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: 10836377
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a vehicle control system and controlling method thereof. The vehicle control system includes a plurality of sensors configured to measure a wheel speed, a steering angle, a yaw rate, and acceleration value, and a controller estimating the state of a vehicle based on the wheel speed, the steering angle, the yaw rate, and the acceleration value and updating a front and rear wheel stiffness of the vehicle when it is determined that the vehicle is running on an asymmetric friction surface from the estimated state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Min Su Lee, Woo Kyun Kim, Huikwon Lee
  • Patent number: 10828956
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a forecarriage of a rolling motor vehicle with three or four wheels, comprising: —a forecarriage frame; at least one pair of front wheels kinematically connected to each other and to the forecarriage frame by means of a first kinematic mechanism which enables the front wheels to roll in a synchronous and specular manner, each wheel being connected to the first kinematic mechanism by means of a respective axle journal the latter being mechanically connected to a rotation pin of the wheel in order to support it rotatably around an axis of rotation, —a roll block system; —suspension means which guarantee each axle journal at least one spring suspension movement with respect to said first kinematic mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Raffaelli
  • Patent number: 10829081
    Abstract: An airbag device that can efficiently suppress an injury value for an occupant in an emergency includes a frontal airbag cushion that is expanded at a vehicle front side of a driver's seat and a curtain airbag cushion that is expanded at an outer side of the frontal airbag cushion in a vehicle width direction. The frontal airbag cushion includes an inner bag that is expanded by receiving a gas, inner vents that are disposed in the inner bag to discharge the gas, an outer bag that contains the inner bag therein and is expanded by receiving the gas from the inner vents and outer vents that are disposed in the outer bag to discharge the gas. A distance between the inner bag and the curtain airbag cushion is smaller than a width of a head of an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakajima, Ryota Ishigaki, Yoshiki Ito
  • Patent number: 10829077
    Abstract: A system includes a seat frame member, an airbag disposed outboard of the seat frame member, an inflator disposed inboard of the seat frame member, and a bracket extending through the seat frame member. The bracket includes an upper portion and a lower portion spaced from each other and disposed inboard of the seat frame member, and an intermediate portion extending from the upper portion to the lower portion and disposed outboard of the seat frame member. The bracket supports the inflator and the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric D. Veggian, Jeffrey Charles Paddock
  • Patent number: 10821798
    Abstract: An insulator device includes a middle cup including an exterior wall disposed at the center of the mounting hole of the main panel and joined to the rubber member, a horizontal wall of which an upper portion of the strut rod is held in the middle of the interior and a vertical wall spaced inwardly of the exterior wall, an upper cup including an upper plate covering the upper part of the rubber member and an upper wall formed between the exterior wall and the vertical wall to form an upper hydraulic chamber, and the upper cup of which a first opening is formed thereto, a first elastic member disposed within the upper hydraulic chamber, and a control unit that selectively supplies hydraulic pressure to the upper hydraulic chamber through the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junil Mun