Patents Examined by Faye M. Fleming
  • Patent number: 10710423
    Abstract: A cargo vehicle includes a composite floor assembly configured to support cargo, at least one wheel assembly configured to transport the cargo on the composite floor assembly, a suspension assembly associated with the at least one wheel assembly, and an intermediate adapter assembly. The intermediate adapter assembly is permanently coupled to the composite floor assembly and removably coupled to the suspension assembly such that the composite floor assembly is removably coupled to the suspension assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventor: Travis Smith McCloud
  • Patent number: 10710546
    Abstract: A seatbelt of a work vehicle includes: a first stay provided in correspondence with a first fixing portion of a vehicle body on either one of right/left sides of a seat; a belt reeling portion that reels and stores a belt main body and is attached to the first fixing portion via the first stay; a second stay provided in correspondence with a second fixing portion on the other one of the right/left sides of the seat; and a buckle portion that fixes an insertion fixture extending from the belt reeling portion and is attached to the second fixing portion via the second stay. A first cover member is mounted to the first stay and covers an outward exposed portion of the first stay. A second cover member is mounted to the second stay and covers an outward exposed portion of the second stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Nakaji, Hiromi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10703318
    Abstract: An instrument panel includes a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface, a covering, a foam layer between the outer surface and the covering, and a chute elongated to an end. The end is attached to the inner surface. The end includes a protrusion elongated along a perimeter of the end and extending through the substrate into the foam layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Manoj Patnala, Nicholas Andrew Mazzocchi, Alan Perelli
  • Patent number: 10704636
    Abstract: An elastomer spring (10) for a vehicle (12) includes a cylindrical body (28) adapted to be disposed within a coil spring (20) of the vehicle (12) and extend axially between a first component (16) and a second component (18) of the vehicle (12), the second component (18) being spaced from and moveable toward the first component (16) along an axis of the coil spring (20). The body (28) has a height greater than a width thereof and a plurality of apertures (38) spaced about the body (28), wherein the apertures (38) are configured to allow the coil spring (20) to compress axially for absorbing energy as one of the first component (16) and the second component (18) move along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventor: Sadiq Al-Dahhan
  • Patent number: 10703346
    Abstract: A brake pedal apparatus for a vehicle is provided. The brake pedal apparatus includes a fixing bracket fixedly installed in a vehicle, a pedal arm coupled to the fixing bracket to be rotatable about a first axis, and a collision rack coupled to the fixing bracket to be rotatable about a second axis which is different from the first axis. The collision rack is configured to rotate upon a collision with a collision bracket. The fixing bracket supports the pedal arm to allow the pedal arm to be movable in a predetermined direction. The collision rack blocks the movement of the first axis of the pedal arm, and upon the collision with the collision bracket, the collision rack allows the pedal arm to be disengaged from the fixing bracket, thereby reducing the risk of injuring the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventor: Intae Hwang
  • Patent number: 10703332
    Abstract: A three-point seatbelt device includes: a webbing configured to function as a shoulder belt and a lap belt; a shoulder-side reeler that includes a pre-tensioner mechanism and a shoulder-side force limiter mechanism, and is configured to reel up an end portion of the webbing on a shoulder belt side so as to allow the webbing to be pulled out; a tongue mounted on the webbing; and an inner belt including a buckle to which the tongue is coupled, the inner belt including, of a pre-tensioner mechanism and a buckle-side force limiter mechanism, only the buckle-side force limiter mechanism. An initial load of the buckle-side force limiter mechanism is set to be larger than an initial load of the shoulder-side force limiter mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigekazu Imanaka, Makoto Sekizuka, Mitsuyoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 10696114
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a rear frame, a front frame and a coupling body. A height of a vertical section of the front frame is shorter than a height of a vertical section of the rear frame tube, and a ground clearance of an upper face of the front frame tube is shorter than a ground clearance of an upper face of the rear frame. The coupling body connects a rear end of the front frame with a front end of the rear frame. An upper face member of the coupling body includes a forwardly descending sloped face that interconnects an upper face of the rear frame with an upper face of the front frame. A front differential unit is mounted on the front frame. A front drive shaft having a constant velocity joint extends from the front differential unit forwardly of the coupling body and upwardly of the front frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventor: John White
  • Patent number: 10696346
    Abstract: A leaning vehicle includes a linkage mechanism including arms rotatably supported on a body frame, a left-right tilt angle control mechanism configured to control a tilt angle of the body frame by adjusting a rotation of the arms with respect to the body frame, and a control section. The control section controls the left-right tilt angle control mechanism to cause the tilt angle of the body frame to approach a target value based on information on at least a vehicle speed. The control section updates the target value in accordance with an input to the leaning vehicle from a rider concerning a tilt of the body frame, and controls the left-right tilt angle control mechanism to cause the tilt angle of the body frame to approach the updated target value in a period in which the vehicle speed is in at least a part of a low-speed traveling range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuo Hara, Yukihide Fukuhara, Takeshi Toyota, Tatsuya Nagata
  • Patent number: 10696260
    Abstract: A multiple pivot rollover protection structure includes a pair of primary pivot assemblies and a pair of shipping pivot assemblies. The primary pivot assemblies provide a plurality of different operating positions for the upper ROPS legs, and a generally vertical shipping configuration for the upper ROPS legs extending downwardly alongside and not behind a rear mounted engine. The shipping pivot assemblies provide a generally vertical operating position for each of the intermediate ROPS legs and a generally horizontal shipping configuration for each of the intermediate ROPS legs extending rearwardly alongside and not behind the rear mounted engine. A spring loaded plunger is engageable between each upper ROPS leg and intermediate ROPS leg. A latch may be provided between each of the upper ROPS legs and the intermediate ROPS legs to hold the spring loaded plunger in a disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark J. Mayefske, Kyle T. Ressler, Matthew E. Herzmann, Dan Knight
  • Patent number: 10688840
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronically controllable air spring system having air springs includes ascertaining a vehicle velocity of a vehicle and performing a procedure of monitoring a loading procedure and/or a procedure of monitoring an unloading procedure if the vehicle velocity indicates that the vehicle is at a standstill. The method further includes suppressing a level control procedure via the air spring system for a determined time period if at least one pressure difference that is allocated to the air springs exceeds the respective loading pressure limit difference or undercuts the unloading pressure difference and/or a loading criterion or an unloading criterion are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Hahn, Joerg Meier, Matthias Heinrich von Schwanewede
  • Patent number: 10688949
    Abstract: An occupant protection device capable of protecting occupants at a higher level is provided. An occupant protection device comprises a first sensor for detecting a value concerning a rotation angle of a vehicle, a second sensor for detecting an acceleration in the vehicle longitudinal direction, and a collision determination section adapted to determinate whether or not a collision has occurred to the vehicle based on the detection result of the first sensor and to determinate whether or not the collision has occurred to the vehicle also based on the detection result of the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenyu Okamura
  • Patent number: 10689020
    Abstract: A docking station to be fastened in a motor vehicle is provided to receive a stroller, such as for example a baby carriage. A stroller, which is compatible with the docking station, is additionally provided. The docking station includes an electrical connection, and the stroller is able to be connected, via the electrical connection, to an on-board power supply of the motor vehicle. The docking station is configured to provide the motor vehicle with information about a mounting status and/or docking status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carsten Starke, Thomas Baranowski, Markus Franzen, Stefan Wolter
  • Patent number: 10682975
    Abstract: A trim component for a vehicle interior is disclosed. The trim component may provide an opening for airbag deployment and may comprise a substrate; a foam layer and a cover comprising a support layer coupled to a skin layer. The support layer may comprise at least one of polyurethane coating; two-component reactive aliphatic polyurethane; two-component reactive aromatic polyurethane; polyurea; acrylic elastomer; aromatic TPU; aliphatic TPU; TPO. The support layer may comprise a polyurethane coating. The polyurethane coating may be sprayed on the skin layer. The polyurethane coating may comprise a waterborne polyurethane. A thickness of the support layer may be generally less than a thickness of the skin layer. The trim component may comprise first and second features to facilitate deployment of the airbag through the opening. The support layer may limit fragmentation/separation of the skin layer during airbag deployment. The trim component may comprise an instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jingqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Fanglin Zhang, Leilei Wang, Jie Sun, Yuwen Luo
  • Patent number: 10675936
    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 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ATV8 LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Coombs, Timothy Williams, Gary Meyers
  • Patent number: 10676121
    Abstract: A selectively autonomous steering column assembly includes a steering column shaft. Also included is a steering input device coupled to the steering column shaft. Further included is a column adjustment assembly configured to translate the steering column shaft between a retracted position and a driving position. Yet further included is at least one signal indicating when the steering column shaft is in the driving position. When steering column shaft is in the retracted position, directional control is automated, and when the steering column shaft is returned to the driving position as indicated by the at least one signal, direction control via the steering input device is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Frank P. Lubischer, Richard K. Riefe, Joen C. Bodtker, Bryan L. Faist
  • Patent number: 10676126
    Abstract: A rotation control assembly for a steering column assembly includes a steering shaft. The rotation control assembly also includes a driving tab rotatable with the steering shaft. The rotation control assembly further includes a driven tab rotatable relative to the steering shaft, the driving tab adapted to engage the driven tab upon rotation of the steering shaft. The rotation control assembly yet further includes an end stop positioned to engage the driven tab upon rotation of the driven tab to the end stop, engagement of the driven tab and the end stop limiting rotation of the steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Melvin Lee Tinnin
  • Patent number: 10668893
    Abstract: Provided is a belt assist device having a compact configuration and being configured to move a seatbelt to an easily reachable position. A vehicle seat includes a belt assist device attached to a lateral portion of a seat back and configured to move a portion of a seatbelt placed on the lateral portion to the easily reachable position. The belt assist device includes a rotary member attached to a recessed housing portion of the lateral portion via a rotary shaft and configured to rotate up and down between a housing position at which the rotary member is housed in the seat back and a protruding position at which the rotary member rotates to protrude forward of the seat back to push out a portion of the seatbelt. The rotary member is disposed forward of a belt guide provided at the periphery of an upper end of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamabe, Noriyuki Yamato, Haruki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10670061
    Abstract: A clamp for clamping an object having an aperture therethrough to a member is disclosed. The clamp passes through the aperture when clamping the object to the member. The clamp has a head portion defining a channel adapted for receiving an edge of the aperture; a body portion extending from the head portion; and a tail portion extending from the body portion. The tail portion has a member contacting surface shaped for wrapping around at least a portion of a perimeter of the member. A vehicle having a windshield clamped to a frame member using at least one such clamp is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Francis Cloutier, Miguel Berthelette, Alexandre Lapointe, Steve Do Rego
  • Patent number: 10661750
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle assembly includes a buckle housing; a plate extending from the buckle housing and defining a slot; and a bracket including a rivet engaged in the slot. The plate and rivet are configured such that, in response to an impact force that exceeds a threshold acting to pull the buckle housing away from the bracket, the slot plastically deforms, permitting the buckle housing and plate to translate relative to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Shenaq, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 10662615
    Abstract: A ripper assembly for a machine includes a primary carriage, a secondary carriage pivotally coupled to the primary carriage. The primary carriage is formed from a winged support structure having a pair of opposing sides and a pair of pivot arms welded onto corresponding opposing sides of the winged support structure. The secondary carriage includes a mid-portion and a pair of intermediary portions welded to ends of the mid-portion to form a single ripper mounting assembly. Additionally, or optionally, the secondary carriage could include a pair of end portions that could be welded onto distal ends of the intermediary portions for forming the ripper assembly to a multiple ripper mounting configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Byron Lynn Gerber, Kelly Ann Scholz