Patents Examined by Hilary L Johns
  • Patent number: 10442386
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular curtain air bag device including a curtain air bag, the curtain air bag including: a rear seat chamber that inflates and deploys between a head of a rear seat occupant and a vehicle interior side section from an upper end section of the vehicle interior side section; and a headrest chamber extending from a rear end section of the rear seat chamber, the headrest chamber inflating and deploying between a headrest of a rear seat and the vehicle interior side section in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Hioda, Kouji Ohara
  • Patent number: 10434860
    Abstract: A kart having a pedal speed controller and other components and arrangements thereof are disclosed. The kart can be provided with a controller for controlling speed; the pedal speed controller comprising a pedestal and a pedal, one end of the pedal is articulated with the pedestal and keeps a certain angle with the pedestal. The pedal speed controller also comprises a sensor connected with the controller, and the sensor can obtain displacement signal along the tread direction of the pedal. The pedal speed controller has the advantages of realizing pedal control of acceleration or deceleration for drivers, avoiding interference with manual adjustment of kart direction, preventing from mutual influence between speed regulation and steering, improving the speed control performance of the kart, and improving the driving experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: RAZOR USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert (Wei-Pin) Chen, Tony Wang
  • Patent number: 10435083
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and apparatus for reducing drag. An exemplary apparatus includes a semitrailer having a main frame extending along a longitudinal axis and a subframe movably connected to the main frame between a first position along the longitudinal axis and a second position along the longitudinal axis. The apparatus further includes an axle assembly attached to the subframe, the axle assembly including an axle, a left wheel set, a right wheel set, and a suspension, and a first recapture device located under the main frame behind and separated from the left wheel set along the longitudinal axis by a given spacing. The apparatus still further includes a second recapture device located under the main frame behind and separated from the right wheel set along the longitudinal axis by a second spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: EkoStinger, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Parr Wiegel
  • Patent number: 10435068
    Abstract: A suspension system for a vehicle may include a knuckle rotatably supporting a wheel and a plurality of arms connecting the knuckle with a vehicle body wherein an arm among the plurality of arms may be a virtual link formed by a virtual link module and a point at which the virtual link applies a constraint force to the knuckle may be formed at a virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Seoul National University R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Seungmin Kwon, Yong Sub Yi, Seung Hoon Woo, Yoon Young Kim, Suh In Kim
  • Patent number: 10427652
    Abstract: A kingpin removal system including a cart assembly having one or more wheels and a yoke assembly carried by the cart assembly and positionable around a steering spindle of a vehicle's wheel end assembly. The yoke assembly can include a pair of plates interconnected by a pair of rods. An intermediate plate is positioned between the pair of yoke plates. A wheel end support mechanism can be carried by the cart assembly and a hub mounting ring can be carried by the wheel end support mechanism. The hub mounting ring can be positioned to connect to and support the wheel end assembly once the kingpin is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Stemco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Chirrey, Paul Dolan, Eric Downing, Thor David Sabgash, David Osowski
  • Patent number: 10427701
    Abstract: An appliance dolly has a platform with a caster wheel and a height adjustable stand disposed at each under side corner. At each upper side corner are a plurality of adjustable stays. The stays are configurable to retain the stands of an appliance which rests upon the stand and dolly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Duane S. Brede
  • Patent number: 10423155
    Abstract: A self-propelled device includes a spherical housing and an internal drive system. The self-propelled device can further include an internal structure having a magnet holder that holds a first set of magnets and an external accessory comprising a second set of magnets to magnetically interact, through the spherical housing, with the first set magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SPHERO, INC.
    Inventors: Ian H. Bernstein, Adam Wilson, Chun Kong, Ross MacGregor
  • Patent number: 10414369
    Abstract: A headache rack is formed substantially from sheet metal, including left and right uprights as part of a framing portion supporting a screen. The forward edge of the uprights has a concave curvature facing the cab and providing a cantilever, and a folded rearward edge causing the uprights to be considerably wider where they contact the pickup truck bed walls than they are at their tops. The framing portion is provided in three separable sections, connectable by the user using fasteners such as nuts and bolts, with a removable screen in the center frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Curt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Wolfe C. Parzyck, Robert G. Fehr, Joel D. Diller, Brennan Druckrey
  • Patent number: 10414424
    Abstract: A stroller frame includes two side frame units that are symmetrically arranged. Each of the side frame units includes a handle rod, a front leg, a rear leg rod, and a support rod. The front leg includes a first front leg rod connected pivotally to an end of the handle rod, and a second front leg rod connected pivotally to the first front leg rod and adapted to be connected fixedly to a seat member. The rear leg rod is connected pivotally to the handle rod. The support rod has an end connected pivotally to the rear leg rod, and an opposite end adapted to be connected pivotally to the seat member. The support rod is connected indirectly and pivotally to the second front leg rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG
    Inventor: Jia-Liang Yuan
  • Patent number: 10414371
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes an inflator and an airbag. The air bag is accommodated in a housing located in front of a seat arranged in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and configured to be deployed and inflated from the housing toward the seat by an inflating gas supplied from the inflator. The airbag includes at least three regular inflation portions arranged next to one another from the housing toward the seat, an upper connecting inflation portion that connects upper ends of adjacent ones of the regular inflation portions to each other, and a lower connecting inflation portion that connects lower ends of adjacent ones of the regular inflation portions to each other. The upper connecting inflation portion and the lower connecting inflation portion are alternately arranged from the housing toward the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ning Zhang, Shiro Ohara, Aviral Shrivatri
  • Patent number: 10407013
    Abstract: A stone guard for protecting a radiator core of a radiator. The stone guard includes a grate, a first mount, and a second mount. The first mount is at a first end of the grate for mounting the stone guard to the radiator. The second mount is at a second end of the grate for mounting the stone guard to the radiator. A distance between the first mount and the second mount is variable to fit the stone guard to the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario Zeron Hernandez, Jeffrey Basinski
  • Patent number: 10393002
    Abstract: There is provided an exhaust device of a straddle-type vehicle. A first muffler body is arranged at one side, at which a drive chain is not arranged, in a region at the rear of a chamber. A second muffler body is arranged at another side, at which the drive chain is arranged. A first connection pipe interconnects the chamber and the first muffler body. A second connection pipe interconnects the chamber and the second muffler body. An exhaust control valve is configured to control a flow rate of exhaust air to circulate from an exhaust port toward the first muffler body via an exhaust pipe, the chamber and the first connection pipe. A part or all of the second connection pipe is formed to have a pipe shape by two or more plate materials, and has a non-true circular cross-sectional surface shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinori Sugi
  • Patent number: 10391384
    Abstract: A truck includes a base plate, a hanger, a kingpin, and a bushing assembly. The base plate includes a coupling portion and a contact portion. The kingpin is disposed within a portion of the hanger to rotatably couple the hanger to the base plate. The bushing assembly includes at least one bushing disposed in a recess of the contact portion and in contact with the hanger. The bushing assembly including a bushing adjustment coupled to at least one of the base plate or the hanger and configured to selectively engage the at least one bushing to transition the bushing assembly between a first configuration in which the at least one bushing exerts a first force in response to rotation of the hanger and a second configuration in which the at least one bushing exerts a second force different from the first force in response to rotation of the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SKATE ONE CORP
    Inventors: George A. Powell, Michael T. Mete
  • Patent number: 10384638
    Abstract: A hood hinge for a motor vehicle includes a first part attached to a vehicle body part and a second part attached to a front hood. A lifting mechanism is configured to extend the attachment parts from a starting position into a cushioning position in which the front hood is raised from the starting position. A limiter exerts a limiting force on the attachment parts for limiting an extension movement thereof. A deformation element deforms when the force of the limiter acts on at least one attachment part. A stop may contact a counter stop for limiting the deformation of the deformation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Oeprations LLC
    Inventors: Steffen Karl Leschnik, Wolfgang Rasel, Christian Pietrasch, Bernd Klein
  • Patent number: 10369880
    Abstract: The power transmission device includes an input shaft that rotates about its axis together with a vehicle wheel. A driving gear is arranged coaxially with the input shaft so as to rotate about the axis of the input shaft together with the input shaft. A driven gear meshes with the driving gear, and configured to transmit a rotational force to an output shaft connected to a regenerative energy converter. A wheel bearing for the vehicle wheel supports the input shaft such that the input shaft is rotatable about its axis relative to the driven gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Kurita, Hirokazu Ohba, Taisuke Igi
  • Patent number: 10369881
    Abstract: An evaporative fuel treatment apparatus, which is loaded on a hybrid vehicle equipped with a fuel tank and a battery mounted forward of the fuel tank, has a sealing valve for sealing evaporative fuel in the fuel tank. The sealing valve is disposed between the battery and the fuel tank and is arranged above the battery. The evaporative fuel treatment apparatus can prevent fuel leakage from the sealing valve more reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA ENGINEERING KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Kunii, Takayuki Sano
  • Patent number: 10358158
    Abstract: A trailer having a framework configured for selectively switching between a wheel-based towing mechanism and a ski-based towing mechanism and wherein the trailer framework is lightweight and configured for supporting an enclosed trailer that may be constructed of lightweight composite paneling. The trailer framework can also be used with a pivotable and removable tow-bar where the tow-bar is configured with a plurality of pivotable attachment points for pivotably securing to the framework. The tow-bar is also connectable to any tow-vehicle and can be removed from the tow-vehicle and the trailer framework when not in use, or can be pivoted upwardly about the trailer framework for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLI-CORE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Chas Bjorkman, Jesse Richard Gamble
  • Patent number: 10350958
    Abstract: A hydraulic level-adjustment device has a reservoir, a reversible hydraulic unit with a hydraulic pump, and a single-acting hydraulic linear actuator. To lift a vehicle chassis, the working space of the linear actuator can be pressurized by the hydraulic pump operated in its first pumping direction via its first pump connection and a fill line with a fill-check valve arranged therein. To lower the chassis, via its second pump connection, the hydraulic pump, operated in the reverse pumping direction, pumps hydraulic fluid into the reservoir via an outflow line with a throttle unit arranged therein. The pressure present upstream of the throttle unit acts on the control connection of a lockable, drainage-check valve via a control line and opens same, so that, under the weight of the motor vehicle, hydraulic fluid is forced out of the working space of the hydraulic linear actuator into the reservoir via the drainage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HOERBIGER AUTOMOTIVE KOMFORTSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventor: Klaus Stolle
  • Patent number: 10343512
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided, which includes an engine bay having an upper wall, side walls, a front wall, and a rear wall, an engine disposed inside the engine bay, an upper lid part disposed inside the engine bay and covering the engine from above, a shroud disposed inside the engine bay and formed in a frame shape having an opening disposed forward of the engine, and a grille shutter provided to the shroud and configured to open and close the opening. A front end of the upper lid part is placed on an upper side of the shroud, and the grille shutter is closed when an ignition is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yukiya Tanaka, Kazumi Okamura, Shunsuke Fujitani, Yuhki Takanaga
  • Patent number: 10336260
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle assembly includes, among other things, a sensor device that detects a location of a structure outside a vehicle, a running board moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The deployed position is adjusted relative to the vehicle based on the location of the structure detected by the sensor. An exemplary running board deploying method includes, among other things, detecting a location of a structure outside a vehicle, and transitioning a running board from a stowed position to a deployed position. The deployed position is adjusted relative to the vehicle based on the location of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Terry Lobsinger, Mark Beilman, Aaron Johnson