Patents Examined by Joseph D. Pape
  • Patent number: 10532669
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat that includes: a waist movement suppressing member that is disposed at a seat front side and a seat upper side of a seat cushion, and that extends in a seat width direction; movable members that support both end portions of the waist movement suppressing member movably in a seat vertical direction; urging members that urge the movable members toward a seat upper side; raising mechanisms that, at a time of sudden braking or at a time a collision is predicted, move the waist movement suppressing member toward the seat upper side; and stoppers that limit movement, toward a seat lower side, of the waist movement suppressing member that has been moved toward the seat upper side by the raising mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10532780
    Abstract: A drag reducing device for a vehicle includes an air flow turning component having a curved surface adapted to turn air flow passing over the curved surface, a first mounting component for connecting the air flow turning component to a rear door of the vehicle, and a second mounting component for connecting the air flow turning component to one of the opposite side walls of the vehicle. The mounting components are configured so that the air flow component is automatically in a deployed position when the rear door is closed, in which position the air flow turning component turns air flow passing along the side the vehicle inward to thereby reduce drag. The mounting components are further configured so that the air flow component is automatically stowed between the rear door and the vehicle side wall when the door is fully opened. The air turning component is an extrusion sized for a minimal prominence in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Reeder, John Vogel, James R. Tuerk
  • Patent number: 10532638
    Abstract: A mounting structure for mounting an interior component to a door trim body includes: a rear locking protrusion including a first portion protruding from a back surface of the interior component and a second portion extending from a distal end of the first portion toward a front of a vehicle; a rear mounting hole in a rear edge section of the door trim body and opposed to the rear locking protrusion; a locking protrusion protruding from the back surface toward the door trim body and is disposed closer to a front of the vehicle relative to the rear locking protrusion; and a mounting hole in a section of the door trim body at a position closer to the front relative to the rear mounting hole and opposed to the locking protrusion. The second portion of rear locking protrusion is locked to a hole edge of the rear mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10532644
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure is provided that has fewer parts and allows a seal member securely sealing a gap between a vehicle body and a door to be attached thereto. The vehicle body structure has a door that covers and uncovers a door opening formed in a vehicle body. The door has a first garnish that is located on an outer side of a vehicle than the door, and a seal member that is attached to the first garnish and seals a gap between the door and the vehicle body. The first garnish has an insertion groove defined by a contact wall extending in a direction which is orthogonal to a lateral direction, and the seal member is inserted in the insertion groove so as to be in contact with the contact wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoichi Katayama
  • Patent number: 10532642
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a convertible sliding top assembly for use with a vehicle. The convertible sliding top assembly can create an opening on the top of the vehicle by rotating a plurality of arms and folding over a soft cover. The assembly can be designed and shaped to improve aerodynamics when the vehicle is moving and prevent the buildup of water on the soft cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lund Motion Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Nicholas Smith, Carlos Gutierrez, Chris Schumacher, Scott Cover
  • Patent number: 10526021
    Abstract: An anti-flutter structure, or reinforcement panel, for a roof panel supported on transversely extending roof bows. The reinforcement panel is attached to at least one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The flanges extend longitudinally, and are resiliently compressed by the roof panel. The reinforcement panel has a body and flanges laterally flanking the body. The body is attached to one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The anti-flutter material is disposed between the flanges and the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10526020
    Abstract: A side body structure of a vehicle is provided, which includes a hinge pillar extending in vertical directions of the vehicle, a hinge reinforcement disposed in the hinge pillar, and a reinforcing member disposed in the hinge pillar and extending in the vertical directions. The hinge reinforcement is provided with an overlapping section provided on a rear side of a portion of the reinforcing member and overlapping in the vertical directions with the portion when viewed from a vehicle front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Narahara, Shuichi Nakagami, Hiroshi Matsubara, Katsuhisa Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 10525919
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle comprises two or more first members each formed of a plateable resin and defining a front surface, wherein the front surfaces of the first members (i) are spaced apart from each other such that they appear discontinuous and (ii) collectively correspond to an outer surface of the component, a second member formed of a non-plateable resin and connected to each of the first members and a chrome plating applied to one or more exposed surfaces of each of the first members. A method of manufacturing the component involves utilizing one or more molds and removing a non-plated component comprising the first members and the second member from one of the one or more molds, attaching the non-plated component to a plating rack, such as via a permanent or temporary conductive circuit, and then performing the chrome plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SRG Global Inc.
    Inventors: Rob Frayer, William Doroghazi, Marlon Dean Anderson
  • Patent number: 10525806
    Abstract: There are provided a front roof, a rear roof, a glass unit including a rear-window glass, a rear roof support link which openably supports the rear roof at a vehicle body, a front-roof support link mechanism which openably supports the front roof, the front-roof support link mechanism being connected to the rear roof support link such that closed states of both the front roof and the rear roof are achieved by means of the rear roof support link and the front-roof support link mechanism, and a glass-unit support link mechanism which is connected to the rear roof support link and configured to support the glass unit in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Webasto Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Sawahata, Yasufumi Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10517394
    Abstract: A habitable motor vehicle includes an interior, an ambience around the vehicle, an opening between the interior and ambience, a door which closes the opening, an insect protection device fastened to the vehicle, a table, and a fastening device which is releasably fastens the table to the vehicle. The insect protection device has an insect protection screen which at least partly closes the opening. The fastening device has coupling members comprising a table coupling member arranged on the table, and a vehicle coupling member arranged on a side of the motor vehicle in a region of the opening. The table and vehicle coupling members are releasably coupled to each other. The table extends from the opening laterally into the ambience when the coupling members are coupled. An intermediate space is formed between the table and the interior having the insect protection screen arranged therein when the coupling members are coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: REMIS GESELLSCHAFT FUER ENTWICKLUNG UND VERTRIEB VON TECHNISCHEN ELEMENTEN MBH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Dressler, Semsi Hajredinaj
  • Patent number: 10518814
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle body front part structure including: a pair of left and right front side frames extending in a vehicle front-rear direction; and a front bulkhead connected to front end portions of the front side frames, wherein the front bulkhead includes a pair of upper and lower lateral frame parts extending in a left-right direction, and a pair of left and right vertical frame parts extending in an upper-lower direction to connect vehicle-width-direction outer end portions of the lateral frame parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyohiko Matsuoka, Tomohito Kamada, Isamu Nakanishi, Akira Haga
  • Patent number: 10518712
    Abstract: A vehicle storage system includes a structure with a storage compartment at least partially defined by a bottom surface. The storage compartment defines an opening in an upper surface of the structure through which the storage compartment is accessible. The system further includes a plurality of flexible protruberances extending vertically upward from the bottom surface into the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Taryn Dyle Kim, Sam K. Kim
  • Patent number: 10518636
    Abstract: An assembly according to the present disclosure includes a bezel having a first aperture therethrough. The bezel has a first face and a second face. The second face is provided with a plurality of retention loops. The assembly includes an elongate member disposed at least partially within the first aperture. The elongate member is generally fixedly positioned relative to the bezel. The assembly further includes a movable closeout feature having a second aperture therethrough. The elongate member is disposed at least partially within the second aperture. The movable closeout feature is provided with a plurality of tabs. Respective tabs of the plurality of tabs are disposed in corresponding respective loops of the plurality of retention loops. The movable closeout feature is repositionable relative to the bezel by contact with the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthew M. Stack, Gordan N. Noll, Brian R. Rusch
  • Patent number: 10518815
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body with an upper surface defined by a front fascia disposed proximate a fore end, and a closure panel with a fore edge proximate the front fascia. A deflector with a first end and a second end is movably coupled to the upper surface and is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position the second end projects a first distance from the upper surface and in the deployed position the second end projects a second distance from the upper surface. The second distance is greater than the first distance. A controller is configured to, in response to satisfaction of a first operating condition, control an actuator to move the deflector from the stowed position to the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Steven A. Del Gaizo
  • Patent number: 10518819
    Abstract: A composite compression limiter (44) includes a cylindrical body (46) extending axially with an aperture (48) extending axially therethrough to receive a fastener (18), the body (46) being made of a continuous fiber polymeric tape reinforced by a plurality of fibers ranging from approximately 20% to approximately 65% by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ankur Bhosale, Kipp Grumm
  • Patent number: 10513226
    Abstract: Various storage system embodiments are described. Each storage system is displaceable between a stowed position and an erected configuration wherein the storage system provides a storage compartment for retaining and protecting smaller delicate items from being displaced and potentially damaged within the greater expanse of a cargo compartment of a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis Adrian Tena Han, Carmen Frida Vargas Garcia
  • Patent number: 10501125
    Abstract: A vehicle body rear portion structure includes a rear end panel, a rear side frame, a rear end cross member, a first gusset, and a second gusset. The rear end cross member extends in a vehicle width direction along the rear end panel and is separately disposed above the rear side frame. The first gusset connects the rear side frame to the rear end panel. The second gusset connects the rear side frame to the rear end cross member above the first gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Muramatsu, Kengo Kishida, Hirofumi Kikuchi, Kazutaka Kanezashi, Keiichiro Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10500993
    Abstract: A folding truck bed bench includes: an elongate bench portion hingedly attached along a length of a bed rail of the truck bed such that the elongate bench portion is substantially parallel to the bed rail of the truck bed; one or more foldable supports attached to the elongate bench portion for supporting the elongate bench portion. In a deployed position, the elongate bench portion is substantially parallel to a floor of the truck bed to such that the elongate bench portion provides a support surface. In a stowed position, the elongate bench portion is folded downward such that the elongate bench portion is adjacent a side of the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Ryan Yacob
  • Patent number: 10501037
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle, for example for a motor vehicle front end or a motor vehicle rear end, has a bumper crossmember with a deformation element arranged on the outer side thereof, i.e. the side directed towards the front. In particular, the deformation element is arranged between a bumper skin and the bumper crossmember. The deformation element has a first element and a second element which are displaceable relative to one another in the event of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10494036
    Abstract: A tailgate cover assembly may include a first panel having a beaded side and a flat side, and a first ledge extending from one end of the first panel, and a second panel having a beaded side and a flat side, and a second ledge extending from an end proximate to the first panel, the second ledge configured to overlap the first ledge to attach the first panel to the second panel wherein the flat side of the first panel aligns with the flat side of the second panel to form a tailgate cover having a beaded side and a flat side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Colleen Marie Hoffman