Patents Examined by Greg Blankenship
  • Patent number: 7533925
    Abstract: A body structure of a passenger car, and especially of a convertible, features at least one side door on each longitudinal side of the vehicle. The side door, when closed, connects to adjoining fixed pillars via hinges at one end and via a lock assembly at the other end. For improved crash resistance of the body structure of a passenger car, and especially of a convertible, with a rear engine in the event of a head-on collision, a buttress assembly is installed between the rearward rim of the side door and the adjoining lock-side pillar. The buttress assembly effectively holds the side door in its closed position in the event of a head-on collision, while at approximately the level of the buttress assembly, the side door is braced by a hollow strut that extends in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joachim Klatt, Gerd Luening
  • Patent number: 7530623
    Abstract: A cab for a vehicle, such as an all terrain vehicle, a tractor, or small construction vehicle, is constructed of twin-sheet plastic panels that can be easily assembled, preferably with snap-together interlocking features. One of the panels can be a door panel having a door hinged to a door frame to control passage through a doorway. Both the door and the door frame have spaced apart hinge knuckles that interleave along a hinge axis to allow the door to pivot about a hinge pin. The door and door frame can be molded in a single twin-sheet panel. The two walls of the panel are fused together along the outer periphery of the panel door portion and the inner periphery of the panel door frame portion. The door is separated from the door frame by cutting the each of the walls along a door perimeter between the door and door frame portions of the molded panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Lance T. Hampel
  • Patent number: 7472945
    Abstract: An overhead guard of an industrial vehicle has a top and a plurality of pillars. The top is disposed above and covers an operator's seat. The top includes a dam body and a slope portion. The dam body is formed at its front edge and/or rear edge by bending upward a part of the top. The slope portion slopes down toward the dam body. The pillars support the top. At least one of the pillars has a groove extending in a longitudinal direction of the pillar so as to be obliquely upward or upright. Water on the top is guided by the dam body to drain onto the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventor: Tomomichi Miura
  • Patent number: 7452015
    Abstract: A vehicle has a forward end fashioned with a vehicle arresting device. The vehicle arresting device includes an elongate flexible member carried by opposed first and second supports having first and second outer ends, respectively. The first and second supports are mounted to the vehicle together for movement between stored and deployed positions relative to the forward end of the vehicle. The first and second outer ends of the first and second supports are disposed forwardly of the forward end of the vehicle in spaced apart relation in the deployed position of the first and second supports suspending the elongate flexible member therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Leonard Charles Stock, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7448664
    Abstract: A seat mount structure for a saddle ride vehicle having seat brackets provided on a vehicle body frame, includes hooks on a bottom plate of a seat, and locking the hooks to the seat brackets to thereby mount the seat to the vehicle body frame. The structure also includes front-side cushion rubbers for receiving the load on the seat side mounted to the seat brackets, the front-side cushion rubbers being located on the inner side of the hooks. With this seat mount structure for a saddle ride vehicle, a bending moment at a lock portion between the vehicle body frame side and the seat side is suppressed, and the ride comfort is enhanced while setting the moldability of a seat bottom plate to be equivalent to that in the related art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Karube, Rei Shioya
  • Patent number: 7445264
    Abstract: A fastening system for a flexible cover system for a truck box includes a first fastening means on the side edges of the flexible cover and a second fastening means that releasably engages with the first fastening means. The second fastening means comprises a fastening surface disposed on an elongated slat, and is slidingly received in channel portions of side rails mounted on the side of the truck box. The first fastening means can be one member of a hook and loop type fastener and the second fastening surface can be the mating member of the hook and loop type fastener. The elongated slat may also be shorter than the channel portions of the side rail to permit the slat to slide within the channel during operation of the cover system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Truxedo, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Spencer, Jerry R. Dimmer
  • Patent number: 7445270
    Abstract: A mounting structure of an impact absorbing pad mounted to a back surface of an interior lining, which makes it possible to facilitate positioning and mounting of the impact absorbing pad, and which enhances durability of the impact absorbing pad by preventing breakage of the impact absorbing pad when an impact load is applied from a lateral direction of an indoor side of a vehicle. A box-shaped holder is vertically provided at a mounting reference position of a back surface of a door lining body in a door lining (interior lining), an insertion piece in an impact absorbing pad is fitted in the above described box-shaped holder, and positioning and fixing at a reference fixing point of the impact absorbing pad performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignees: Kasai Kogyo Co., Ltd., Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taku Wakou, Satoru Nagamoto
  • Patent number: 7441822
    Abstract: A seat assembly movable in both longitudinal and transverse directions in an automotive vehicle. The seat assembly includes a seat cushion and an adjuster mechanism. The seat cushion has an upper surface for supporting a seated occupant above a floor of an automotive vehicle and an opposite bottom surface. The adjuster mechanism is coupled to the bottom surface of the seat cushion. The adjuster mechanism includes a set of first wheels that allows movement of the seat assembly in a longitudinal direction along tracks on the floor of the vehicle. The adjuster mechanism further includes a set of second wheels that are arranged generally orthogonal to the first wheels to allow movement of the seat assembly in a transverse direction across the tracks and the floor of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Christopher Day
  • Patent number: 7441831
    Abstract: An attachment mount apparatus connects a subframe component to the lower frame midrail structure for an automotive vehicle that is formed from a pair of tubular members manufactured through a hydroforming process. The two tubular members are formed with a pair of opposing semi-cylindrical depressions to receive a cylindrical mounting member internally of the frame structure. One of the semi-cylindrical depressions and the corresponding outer wall of the tubular member are pierced to receive the cylindrical mount and a mounting plate. The opposing semi-cylindrical depression serves as a stop to locate the cylindrical mount along the centerline of the frame structure. The mounting plate spans the entire frame structure and is supported on four wall thicknesses to provide a stable mount structure for subframe components. The cylindrical mounting member is threaded to receive a fastener for the mounting of the subframe member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ari Caliskan, Dean Gericke
  • Patent number: 7441825
    Abstract: A retractable roof for a vehicle comprising at least one front roof element (4) and one rear roof element (3), these at least two elements being mobile between a covering position in which they cover the passenger compartment of the vehicle and a storage position in which they are folded away in the rear boot of the vehicle, the roof also comprising two pivoting arms (1, 2) mounted such as to pivot around axles of rotation (9, 10) on the rear roof element (3) between a longitudinal position in which they extend between the front end of the rear element (3) and the rear of the windscreen on either side and all along the front roof element (4), and a transverse position in which they overlap each other transversally in relation to the plane of symmetry of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Heuliez
    Inventors: Gérard Queveau, Paul Queveau, Jean-Marc Guillez
  • Patent number: 7438344
    Abstract: A sealing or weather strip for attachment to a convertible top of an automotive vehicle, the strip having an upwardly facing, generally C-shaped channel for receiving water from the top during rainy weather or during washing of the vehicle. The strip further has an upwardly extending leg of substantial longitudinal extent and an outwardly projecting bump of limited longitudinal extent on the leg to position other portions of the leg away from the convertible top. The bump is spaced from the channel and vertically above at least major portions of the channel, thereby requiring capillary action to cause water to flow along an outside portion of the leg into the channel. The leg forms a pocket for sealingly receiving an upper edge of a window of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Greg Bernas
  • Patent number: 7434863
    Abstract: A rotation seat for a vehicle has a seat, a rotating plate and a base plate. The seat is fixed on the rotating plate which has a nail member and a biasing member. The biasing member forces the nail member. The rotating plate is rotatably connected to the base plate through a first shaft. The base plate has a guide slot so as to regulate extent of the rotation of the rotating plate by guiding the nail member. The guide slot has a first slot and a second slot. The biasing unit forces the second slot through the nail member so as to make the rotating plate rotate from an operator's exiting position to a forward driving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Hamazaki, Kazushi Kamiya, Tomoaki Terada
  • Patent number: 7422263
    Abstract: A ladder assembly is disclosed that mounts to a truck tailgate. In one embodiment, the ladder assembly includes a base which is coupled to the tailgate. A pair of legs are slidably and pivotably mounted to the based and each pair of legs includes three segments that define upper, middle, and lower ladder sections. A first pair of joints hingedly couples the upper ladder section to the middle ladder section. A second pair of joints hingedly couples the middle ladder section to the lower ladder section. The first pair of joints is larger than the second pair of joints such that when the upper ladder section is folded into the middle ladder section a pocket is formed therebetween for receiving the lower ladder section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Wayne H. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 7416241
    Abstract: A grille and bonnet assembly is mounted at the forward end of an automotive vehicle. The bonnet is formed with a leading edge and a trailing edge with the leading edge positioned above or at an upper edge of the grille during normal operation of the automotive vehicle when the bonnet is closed. The grille and bonnet are designed with corresponding inclined surfaces that are located relative to each other such that a force greater than a predetermined value transmitted from the bonnet to the grille forces at least the upper part of the grille to move forwardly so as to allow the bonnet to move downwardly. Such yielding movement of the grille and bonnet can reduce injuries in the event of an impact between a pedestrian and the bonnet of the automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Mattias Wallman, Lennart Olsson, Anders Fredriksson
  • Patent number: 7413241
    Abstract: A rear support pillar is configured by combining plural plate members extending in the longitudinal direction of the support pillar to define a closed section. An end face of one of plate members adjacent to each other in the closed section is abutted against an inner surface of the other plate member and in this state the abutted portion of the plate members is fillet-welded throughout the overall length of each plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Murakami, Terumi Asai
  • Patent number: 7407219
    Abstract: An energy management system comprising a longitudinally extending beam including a first beam portion and a second beam portion. A first one of the first beam portion and the second beam portion has a first face, a first side wall and a second side wall. A second one of the first beam portion and the second beam portion has a second face. The first side wall has a first U-shaped section spaced from the first face and the second side wall has a second U-shaped section spaced from the first face. The first side wall rolls to enlarge the first U-shaped section and the second side wall rolls to enlarge the second U-shaped section during an impact force directed against the first face of the first beam portion or the second face of the second beam portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Shape Corporation
    Inventors: Scott C. Glasgow, David W. Heatherington, Bruce W. Lyons
  • Patent number: 7401846
    Abstract: A volume-filling mechanical structure for modifying a crash or impact comprising a honeycomb celled material expandable from a compact state to a expanded state and methods for operating the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan L. Browne, Ching-Shan Cheng, Nancy L. Johnson, Gary L. Jones, Scott R. Webb, Francis D. Wood, Ruth M. Gusko, Chin-Hsu Lin
  • Patent number: 7401843
    Abstract: Recreational vehicle roofing coatings, recreational vehicle roofs, recreational vehicles, and methods of waterproofing recreational vehicle roofs are provided. The recreational vehicle roofs have polyurethane coatings that are single layer coatings that form waterproofing membranes on the recreational vehicle roof. The coatings can be applied to a recreational vehicle roof before or after the installation of the roof on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Tremco Incorporated
    Inventors: James Hubert Dunaway, Christopher Angelo DelaCruz, Craig Anthony Erichsen
  • Patent number: 7399015
    Abstract: An underrun energy-absorbing structure (14) (“structure”) for a vehicle (10) includes a rail member (16), a deformable crush tube (18), and a plate (20). Rail member (16) is formed from an inboard panel (22) and an outboard panel (24). Crush tube (18) is sandwiched between inboard panel (22) and outboard panel (24) and extends perpendicularly from rail member (16). Plate (20) is adjacent to crush tube (18) and extends perpendicularly from rail member (16). Plate (20) is supported by crush tube (18) during a vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Bhimaraddi Alavandi, Thiag Subbian, Djamal Midoun
  • Patent number: RE40617
    Abstract: An overhead console assembly for a vehicle includes accessory module compartments selectively positioned and removably secured to the overhead console for storing materials within the compartments. The overhead console includes a first console housing disposed to an miner surface of a structural member of a headliner assembly on a roofline of a vehicle, a second console housing disposed on the structural member of the headliner spaced apart from the first console housing and a center console housing disposed between the first and second console housings. At least one accessory module is removably secured to the center console housing. The at least one accessory module includes a housing, a storage area defined within the housing to retain materials stored within, and at least one securing member coupling the at least one module to a securement surface provided on the center console housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Canni, Scott Shields, Clifford Krapfl