Patents Examined by Joseph D. Pape
  • Patent number: 10889332
    Abstract: A connecting member includes at least one of a tilting allowing structure configured to allow tilting of the connecting member, a buckling allowing structure configured to buckle at a first portion of the connecting member and a bending deformation allowing structure configured to allow the connecting member to be bent at a second portion of the connecting member. When a force equal to or larger than a predetermined force is loaded on the connecting member, an upper portion of an instrument panel can be deformed without being resisted by the connecting member. Further, the connecting member is constructed such that the connecting member does not buckle when a force smaller than the predetermined force is loaded on the connecting member. Therefore, the upper portion of the instrument panel can be prevented from being deformed downward at a normal operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasunobu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10889264
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seat movable from an upright position to a folded position. The vehicle includes a steering wheel in front of the seat. The vehicle includes a lockout box supported by the seat and positioned to restrict access to the steering wheel when the seat is in the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Schmidt, Martin Delonis, Uday Kiran Patil, John Amann
  • Patent number: 10882383
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly includes an inner door panel, an outer door panel and an energy absorbing member. The outer door panel being configured such that at least a portion of an outer periphery thereof is fixed to an outer periphery of the inner door panel, the inner door panel and the outer door panel defining a hollow interior therebetween. The hollow interior has an upper end and a lower end. The energy absorbing member is installed within the hollow interior between the inner door panel and the outer door panel. The energy absorbing member has an outboard end surface with a first predetermined surface area and an inboard end surface having a second predetermined surface area greater than the first predetermined surface area. The energy absorbing member is spaced apart from the upper end of the hollow interior and being spaced apart from the lower end of the hollow interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Semsettin Subutay Akarca, Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 10882480
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle body structure comprising an exterior component configured to form an outer surface of a vehicle body and provided with an opening portion; and an attachment component attached on a vehicle body inner side of the exterior component with respect to the opening portion, wherein the exterior component includes an extended portion extended from a periphery of the opening portion toward the vehicle body inner side, and the extended portion includes an abutted portion configured to restrict a displacement of the attachment component to the vehicle body inner side by abutment against an abutment portion provided on the attachment component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinari Nagane, Kazuya Ban, Kenichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10882563
    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: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10882559
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a support structure (1) for a vehicle, comprising a support (2) which has an upper shell (3) and a lower shell (4), the extension of the support structure in the longitudinal extension of the vehicle being defined by the extension of the two shells (3, 4) in said direction, and comprising attachment points (14, 14.1) for connecting a link (27). A front attachment point and a rear attachment point are provided on each link attachment side (9, 9.1). The two attachment points (14, 14.1) are provided for an attachment insert (10) on each link attachment side (9, 9.1) of the support (2), wherein the attachment insert is connected to the shells (3, 4), is open towards a link (27) to be connected to the attachment points at least in the region of the attachment points (14, 14.1), and is produced as a separate component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: KIRCHHOFF AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Aydogan G√ľndogan
  • Patent number: 10881929
    Abstract: An auxiliary storage compartment for a golf car, wherein the auxiliary storage compartment comprises a storage receptacle disposed on a rear deck of a body of a golf car behind and accessible from a seating structure of the golf car. In various instances, the storage receptacle comprising at least one sidewall that defines an interior storage space of the storage receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Morgan
  • Patent number: 10882433
    Abstract: A console has a separable cup holder in which the mounting height of the separable cup holder can be adjusted depending on the height of a beverage container to be stored therein. The position of the separable cup holder can be slidingly moved to store beverage containers with a large volume and diameter or a small volume and diameter, as well as other small items, by allowing the separable cup holder to be coupled to the console space such that the height and front and rear positions are adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Min Han Kim, Dong Ho Shin, Keun Chul Lee, Jung Yup Lee
  • Patent number: 10882482
    Abstract: The inner side of the crush can 4 in the vehicle width direction extends forward relative to the outer side. The inner side of the crush can 4 in the vehicle width direction is formed with the cutout portions 70 to 73 by cutting off a part of a material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kuniyoshi Tashiro, Ippei Kuroda, Satoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10875480
    Abstract: A bumper arrangement of a passenger car has an upper and a lower load path. A spring element is provided on the transverse support of the lower load path, which, in the event of a collision of a pedestrian with the passenger car, exerts an additional force on the lower leg of the pedestrian, so as to support the movement of the pedestrian in the direction of the front hood of the passenger car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerhard Fichtinger, Martin Gross, Mazdak Novine, Tim Rudolph
  • Patent number: 10875588
    Abstract: A vehicle having a vehicle sensor configured to detect a vehicle state; an actuatable spoiler moveable into a deployed position and a stowed position; an actuator operable to move the actuatable spoiler into the deployed position and the stowed position; and a controller configured to selectively instruct the actuator to actively cycle the actuatable spoiler between the deployed position and the stowed position based on the detected vehicle state. The actuatable spoiler is retained in the deployed position for a longer length of time than in the stowed position. The vehicle also includes a human machine interface selectively actuated by an operator of the vehicle to retain the actuatable spoiler in the stowed position for a predetermined length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Welty, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10864804
    Abstract: A sliding thin visor for a vehicle comprising a pivot rod and a first and second shell being engagable to form a visor body. The visor comprises a rail extending from a surface of the first shell and a carrier slidably positioned in the visor body, wherein that carrier is engaged with the rail. The visor also may comprise a detent assembly having a generally mailbox shape attached to the carrier. The thin visor generally has a width of approximately seventeen to eighteen millimeters and allows for a clean small profile ergonomically designed visor to be arranged within a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: IRVIN AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: David Huff
  • Patent number: 10864833
    Abstract: A vehicle seat carpet backer assembly includes a carpet piece and resin/fiber material joined and molded to form a resin/fiber backer panel of a defined shape. A flexible toe-kick portion is provided a seamless transition between the upper carpet portion of the resin/fiber, upper carpet, panel portion and the lower carpet portion of the flexible toe-kick portion. A method includes providing a carpet piece cut to a size and shape and a sized resin/fiber panel material. The resin/fiber panel material is heated and placed with a top section of the carpet in a molding press to fuse them together. A shaped assembly is then formed with flanges which are inserted in channels of a seat. A polypropylene reinforcement sheet is attached to a lower section of the carpet that was not subjected to the molding press. Elastic bands are sewn to the lower edge of the backer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Engineering and IP GmbH
    Inventors: Liviu Rus, Dorel Baciu, Gregory Steinke, Matt Romak
  • Patent number: 10864875
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a trim panel coupled to a frame. A single-piece armrest substrate is coupled with the frame. The armrest substrate is a three-dimensionally printed member having interior walls that are printed within the armrest substrate according to a virtual force model generated during a virtual impact scenario. The interior walls define a plurality of voids defined within the armrest substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Whitens, Robert D. Bedard, Siddharthan Selvasekar, Amit Chakravarty, Robert Walter Bartus
  • Patent number: 10864863
    Abstract: A resin-molded component includes a mounting member which protrudes from a back surface of a main body and to which an attachment component is attached. The mounting member includes two side walls upstanding from the back surface and facing with each other, a connect part that connects respective tips of these side walls, and a mounting seat-surface which covers these side walls and the connect part and to which an attachment component is fastened. A hollow space is formed between the step, second side-wall part, connect part and the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: MORIROKU TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenta Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10864948
    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: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Reeder, John Vogel, James R. Tuerk
  • Patent number: 10864869
    Abstract: A vehicle frame structure that includes a bumper reinforcement that includes a middle constituent portion that is positioned further toward a vehicle lower side than an upper wall portion configuring an upper surface of a upper constituent member, that is positioned further toward the vehicle lower side than a lower wall portion configuring a lower surface of a lower constituent member, and that is provided with load transmission inhibitors that inhibit load transmission from the middle constituent portion to a shock absorbing components in a case in which a load has been input to the bumper reinforcement from an opposite side from a shock absorbing components side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masafumi Sato
  • Patent number: 10857961
    Abstract: A mounting system for a guard panel on a vehicle with cross members. The mounting system comprises a mounting rail having first and second ends. The mounting rail includes a clamping portion including a mounting platform, a mounting slot in the mounting platform along a length of the mounting rail between the first and second ends, and a panel portion. The mounting system includes a panel bracket coupled to the panel portion. The panel bracket receives at least one guard panel. The mounting system includes a clamping body coupled to the mounting platform. The clamping body is movable along the mounting slot of the mounting platform. The clamping body engages a first surface of a cross member and the mounting platform engages a second surface of the cross member so as to clamp the cross member between the clamping body and the mounting platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HYDRO EXTRUSION USA, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm Deighton
  • Patent number: 10857960
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure includes a lower absorber installed in a lower region of a vehicle front portion and having a longer length in a width direction of a vehicle, at least one load bearing member disposed on a rear side of the lower absorber and connected to the lower absorber so as to receive a load transferred from the lower absorber, in which at least a part of the lower absorber is equipped with a reinforcement member, and the reinforcement member is formed, in cross section, in a shape of substantially a wave composed of a series of upward protruding parts protruded upward of the vehicle and downward protruding parts protruded downward of the vehicle, the upward and downward protruding parts alternating along the width direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mamiko Yamatani, Masatoshi Hata
  • Patent number: 10857868
    Abstract: The invention relates to a structural component for a motor vehicle, comprising an at least partially hollow profiled segment, which can be connected to a motor vehicle body by means of at least two fastening elements arranged in a fastening section. The problem addressed by the invention is that of increasing the crash safety of the structural component. This problem is solved in that a reinforcing element (6) is arranged in the fastening section between a lateral impact surface (16) and the fastening elements (4), which reinforcing element extends in the longitudinal direction of the profiled segment and, in the event of an impact from the impact surface, laterally comes into contact with the fastening means at least partially by means of displacement of the fastening elements, the impact energy thus being absorbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Linde + Wiemann SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Schmidt, Marcel Georg