Patents Examined by Joselynn Y Sliteris
  • Patent number: 10807430
    Abstract: An axle/suspension system (1) has an axle (5) supported from the frame of the vehicle by a pair of rigid longitudinal beams (4) pivoted to frame hangers (3). Air springs (7) and shock absorbers (8) connect between the rigid beams (4) and the frame above to control suspension movement. The axle/suspension system is particularly suited as a mid-lift axle on the tractor of a tractor-trailer vehicle. A characteristic feature is the pivotal connection (21) between each hanger (3) and beam (4), which is through a resilient bush (6) having a compliance ratio—being a ratio of the longitudinal spring rate to the vertical spring rate—of at least 10:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hendrickson United Kingdom Ltd
    Inventors: Sathya Babu, Nathan Wilson, Gerhard Seck
  • Patent number: 10807557
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag provided with an inlet port of inflation gas, an inflator which includes gas outlet ports in an upper region of the body, a bag holder which is formed from synthetic resin and includes an insert opening for receiving the inflator body, and an airbag cover which includes a door openable at airbag deployment. The bag holder includes a support board which supports a bottom surface of the airbag as folded including a periphery of the inlet port, and a gas guide tube which extends upward from a periphery of the insert opening and is fitted in the inlet port of the airbag. The guide tube as fitted in the inlet port is greater in height than the upper region of the inflator body. The airbag further includes, in a vicinity of the bottom surface, a joint section which is joined to the support board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryotaro Ishida, Wataru Miura
  • Patent number: 10766325
    Abstract: A bolster spring for a vehicle suspension including a base plate, a top plate, elastomeric material positioned between the base plate and the top plate, a first flange comprising a pair of ears having a bottom mounting surface upwardly extending from a first end of the base plate at an angle ½?, and one or more mounting holes positioned in the pair of ears in the first flange adapted for attachment to a pair of ears on an upwardly extending flange on a second bolster spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Andrew X. Rarey, Shawn D. Noble
  • Patent number: 10744970
    Abstract: A side airbag device-installed vehicle seat including a side frame, a side airbag, a front side cover, and a low extendibility member is provided. The side frame is disposed within a side section of a seatback. The side airbag is stowed within the side section, receives gas supplied from an inflator to inflate and deploy alongside a seated occupant, and includes an inner bag that inflates between the side frame and the seated occupant. The front side cover configures part of a cover of the seatback, and is interposed between the inner bag and the seated occupant when the inner bag is inflated. The low extendibility member is configured to stretch less readily than the front side cover, and is bound to a back face of the front side cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Hiroe Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10744968
    Abstract: An airbag device for a driver may include: a plate mounted in a steering wheel; an inflator inserted into the plate; a damper coupled to the plate and the inflator so as to reduce vibration of the inflator; a cage covering the inflator, and mounted on the plate; and a gasket coupled to the cage so as to prevent leakage of the gas provided from the inflator to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do Hyoung Kim, Kyu Sang Lee, Hae Kwon Park, Seok Hoon Ko
  • Patent number: 10717333
    Abstract: A front two-wheel suspension system having a pair of left and right front wheels includes: left and right upper kingpin axles that support the left and right front wheels and are pivoted in a yaw direction by a steering shaft; left and right knuckle arms that are coupled to the left and right upper kingpin axles and pivoted in the yaw direction by the steering shaft; left and right upper arms that couple the left and right knuckle arms and left and right cushion units; and left and right first pivots that make the left and right knuckle arms and the left and right upper arms pivotable in the yaw direction. The upper kingpin axles and the first pivots are coaxial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yotaro Mori
  • Patent number: 10668891
    Abstract: A seat belt apparatus provided in a front door of a vehicle, comprises a retractor provided in the front door and configured to retract a webbing for constraining an occupant so as to be pulled out, a belt anchor provided in the front door and attached with one end of the webbing, and a latch configured to engage the front door to a vehicle body. The latch is provided between the retractor and the belt anchor in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hideki Kajiwara, Masahiro Kato, Yuya Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10654439
    Abstract: An airbag device for a passenger seat having an inflator and an airbag, wherein: the airbag includes a first structural portion that structures a left-right direction intermediate portion of the airbag and at which is formed a first surface, and second structural portions that are formed in continuation with both left and right sides of the first structural portion and at which are formed a pair of respective second surfaces that is to bulge further toward the front passenger seat side than the first surface and move apart from one another, and a connecting cloth, which connects regions that become bulging end portion sides of the pair of second surfaces in an inflated and deployed state of the airbag, and which is deployed to cover a range that is reached by the head portion and the chest portion of the passenger in the front passenger seat, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10625708
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing restraint web assembly may include a motor vehicle seat restraint web and an energy absorption web having a first length, a first end attached to the restraint web at a first location thereof and a second end, opposite the first end of the energy absorption web, attached to the restraint web at a second location thereof, the energy absorption web responsive to a transverse force applied to the restraint web between first and second ends thereof that is greater than a threshold force to elongate and absorb energy while elongating, wherein the restraint web defines a second length between the first and second locations thereof, the second length of the restraint web greater than the first length of the energy absorption web such that the overall length of the restraint web increases as the energy absorption web elongates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris P. Jessup, Jeffrey A. King
  • Patent number: 10611396
    Abstract: A motion control assembly for a steering column assembly includes a rake bracket having a first leg and a second leg. Also included is a clamping mechanism intersecting the upper jacket and positioned on the first leg of the rake bracket, the on-center, single-sided clamping mechanism moveable between a clamped condition and an unclamped condition, the clamped condition securing a lower jacket against telescoping movement relative to an upper jacket. Further included is a mechanical fastener extending through the second leg of the rake bracket and at least partially through the lower jacket and operatively coupled to the lower jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 10562486
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle body and a seatbelt assembly attached to the vehicle body. The seatbelt assembly includes a webbing and a tongue slidably engaged with the webbing. A pocket is fixed to the webbing. The pocket and the webbing define a cavity therebetween. A magnet is disposed in the cavity and is engageable with the tongue. The magnet is fixed to the webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10549709
    Abstract: A curtain airbag apparatus includes a series of main chambers formed to flatways cover an inner side structure of the vehicle upon inflation; and a head receiving region formed at a front portion of the curtain airbag concavely upwardly in a length direction of the vehicle to receive a head of an occupant when the head of the occupant comes into contact with a driver seat airbag and slide in front and lateral directions of the vehicle in an inflated state of the driver seat airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Yong Hyun Jung
  • Patent number: 10544846
    Abstract: A suspension assembly for a machine is provided. The suspension assembly includes a first suspension structure and a second suspension structure. The first suspension structure includes a first suspension pad and a first support plate coupled to the first suspension pad. The first support plate has a first interlock component formed therein. The second suspension structure includes a second suspension pad and a second support plate coupled to the second suspension pad. The second support plate has a second interlock component formed therein. The second interlock component is complimentary to the first interlock component and configured to engage with the first interlock component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Laban, Jeffrey Lee Thomas, Dennis Earl Roberts
  • Patent number: 10543800
    Abstract: A side airbag device for a vehicle includes a lower chamber and an upper chamber to protect a passenger from a side impact in the event of a vehicle collision. The upper chamber is bent towards the passenger by a connecting tether to support a passenger's neck region and prevent the neck from being twisted. The restraint belt forms an inserting space in front of a passenger when the upper chamber is bent so that a passenger's shoulder region is inserted into the inserting space when the passenger is moved forwards by collision inertia. The passenger's shoulder region is surrounded and supported by the restraint belt so that the passenger's body is restrained by a seat. A passenger is protected from impact and simultaneously the passenger is restrained by the seat to minimize an injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyock In Kwon
  • Patent number: 10507782
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes a gas generator and an airbag. The gas generator includes a gas generator main body and at least one mounting protrusion. The airbag includes a first fabric portion, a second fabric portion, and a storage chamber located between the first fabric portion and the second fabric portion. Part of the storage chamber is constituted by the first fabric portion. The storage chamber includes as insertion port, which allows the gas generator to be inserted, and one or more mounting holes, which allow the at least one mounting protrusion to be passed. The rearmost one in the insertion direction of the one or more mounting holes is a rearmost mounting hole. The storage chamber further includes an opening promoting portion, which is located between the insertion port and the rearmost mounting hole and causes the insertion port to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matsuo Nagata, Akihisa Tange
  • Patent number: 10479436
    Abstract: A powered vehicle has a rear frame assembly and a front frame assembly that are pivotally attached to one another, and can be pivoted from a normal fully-extended operating position to a folded position in which the frame assemblies are positioned substantially adjacent to one another, effectively reducing overall vehicle length to about half. One or more latch members lock the front and rear frame assemblies in the fully-extended, normal operating position, and they may be used to lock the frame assemblies in the folded position. The seat support structure may be integrated with the front and rear frame assemblies such that pivoting the frame assemblies toward the folded position collapses the seat support. The steering tiller may also be collapsible toward the front frame assembly. The rear wheels may be mounted on a transaxle that is pivotally mounted on the rear frame assembly. An extendable handle may be provided to assist in the folding operation and to tow the collapsed vehicle on its anti-tip rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Kosco, Charles J. Martis, Sterling G. Lamoreux, III
  • Patent number: 10471982
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a steering spindle and a cover. The steering spindle may include an input shaft configured to rotate with a steering wheel, an output shaft rotatably mounted in a steering gear housing, and a swivel joint arranged between the shaft and the output shaft. A portion of the steering spindle within a footwell of the vehicle may be covered by the cover. The cover may include a fastening device and an opening on a side facing away from the footwell. The opening of the cover may extend across a portion of the output shaft, the swivel joint, and a portion of the input shaft. The cover may be fastened to a portion of the steering gear housing by the fastening device so the cover does not rotate with the steering spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kristian Tebbe, Dirk Sickert, Joachim Heidel, Jens Hohmann
  • Patent number: 10457242
    Abstract: An air bag device has an air bag body, a retainer, a lid member. The retainer has an inner space and a flange portion. The lid member has a base portion and a door portion. An opening portion has a shape with a pair of opposite sides which are facing each other. A dimension in the parallel direction to the opposite side is larger than a dimension in the orthogonal direction to the opposite side. The flange portion has longer side portions and shorter side portions. The longer side portions are fixed on the lid member with a fastening and fixing member in a fastened and fixed portion. The shorter side portions are positioned at the lid member in an engaging portion. The engaging portion has an engaging member, and an engaging hole into which the engaging member is inserted and engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taro Shimizu, Kohei Okimoto, Yasuharu Ichikohara, Yuki Kashima
  • Patent number: 10442423
    Abstract: A power take-off (PTO) drive assembly for a transmission includes a shaft defining a shaft axis, a PTO gear defined radially about the shaft axis, and a clutch assembly positioned between the shaft and the PTO gear and having an engaged position and a disengaged position. When the clutch assembly is in the engaged position, torque is transferred from the shaft to the PTO gear. When the clutch assembly is in the disengaged position, torque is not transferred from the shaft to the PTO gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Foster, Douglas Burchett
  • Patent number: 10399528
    Abstract: A fixing clip for fixing a member to a body panel includes a bushing and a lock pin. The bushing includes a head, a leg and paired engagement hooks. Each engagement hook includes a head-side engagement portion and a leg tip-side engagement portion located closer to a tip of the leg than the head-side engagement portion. Each engagement hook includes a rib extending from the tip-side engagement portion toward the head. When the leg tip-side engagement portion is brought into engagement with the body panel, since the fixing clip has been largely inclined relative to the body panel, a bending moment acting on the leg is decreased so that the leg is unlikely to be broken at a root of the leg. As a result, a durability of the fixing clip having two steps of engagement portions is improved compared to a conventional fixing clip having a single engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhito Yamamoto