Patents Examined by Joseph D. Pape
  • Patent number: 11241943
    Abstract: A roof-storage-type sun visor includes a housing located inside a roof of a vehicle. The housing has a storage recess therein and a sun visor unit configured to be disposed along the storage recess. The sun visor unit includes a sun visor located so as to correspond to a windshield glass and includes multi-stage rails located at opposite sides of the sun visor. The sun visor is configured to be withdrawn outside the storage recess along the multi-stage rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, Yong San Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Ho Hwang, Dae Ig Jung, Seung Hyeok Chang, Min Ho Cho, Hyung Jin Kim, Sang Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 11235645
    Abstract: A stiffening structure for an automotive door panel part according to the present invention includes a door outer panel 3 made of a metal sheet curved along a height direction, and in which a character line 3a is formed; and an impact beam 5 disposed at an inner surface side of the door outer panel 3. The stiffening structure improves tensile rigidity of the door outer panel 3 by attaching a stiffening member 7 made of resin to the inner surface of the door outer panel 3. The stiffening member 7 includes vertical bone portions 9 extending in a streak shape from the impact beam 5 to the character line 3a along a curve of the door outer panel 3. The vertical bone portions 9 are arranged at a predetermined interval in a front-rear direction of the door outer panel 3, and outer surface of the vertical bone portions 9 is bonded to the inner surface of the door outer panel 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Nakagawa, Takanobu Saito, Kazuhiko Higai, Yoshikiyo Tamai
  • Patent number: 11235649
    Abstract: The application discloses a fixing and mounting structure for a vehicle cover which includes a vehicle cover and two mounting rods. The two mounting rods are parallel to each other. The vehicle cover is laid on the two parallel mounting rods. The fixing and mounting structure further includes a front railing, a fixed bolt, a first slider, a second slider and a locking nut. The front railing is fixed on the vehicle cover. The first slider is slidably arranged on the front railing. The fixed bolt is arranged on the first slider. The locking nut is matched with the fixed bolt. A sliding hole is defined in the second slider, and the fixed bolt passes through the sliding hole in the second slider. The locking nut abuts against the second slider, and the second slider cooperates with the front railing to clamp the mounting rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hangzhou Golden Sun Auto Parts Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Chenshan Lin, Shaoyong Zheng, Jinqin Fu, Xue'e Wang, Xiaohong Tang
  • Patent number: 11235651
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: an occupant cabin; a retractable roof configured to move between a deployed configuration where the roof covers the occupant cabin and a retracted configuration; a housing configured to house the retractable roof when the roof is in the retracted configuration; a moveable cover configured to close the housing and move between a closed configuration where the moveable cover closes the housing and an open configuration to permit the retractable roof to move between the deployed configuration and the retracted configuration; a first electric motor coupled to the retractable roof to be capable of imparting motion to the retractable roof so that, when the first electric motor is activated, the first electric motor causes the retractable roof to move between the deployed configuration and the retracted configuration; a second electric motor coupled to the moveable cover to be capable of imparting motion to the movable cover so that, when the second electric motor is activated, the second elect
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignees: McLaren Automotive Limited, Webasto SE
    Inventors: Luke Sanham, Michael Ertl
  • Patent number: 11230323
    Abstract: A device for fastening a first motor vehicle component to a second motor vehicle component. The device includes a first connection piece and a second connection piece. The first connection piece has a first component fastening surface for fastening to the first motor vehicle component, a first connection piece fastening surface which is perpendicular to the first component fastening surface, and first reinforcing surfaces which each connect a lateral end edge of the first component fastening surface to a lateral end edge of the first connection piece fastening surface. The second connection piece includes a second component fastening surface for fastening to the second motor vehicle component, a second connection piece fastening surface which is perpendicular to the second component fastening surface, and second reinforcing surfaces which each connect a lateral end edge of the second component fastening surface to a lateral end edge of the second connection piece fastening surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Stefan Maier, Juergen Taucher
  • Patent number: 11230332
    Abstract: An active underbody panel system having a frame arrangement mounted under the vehicle and at least one deployable panel moveable between stowed and deployed positions to improve aerodynamics under the vehicle. A deployment/retraction mechanism is provided having a pair of linkage assemblies and driven by an actuator, which allows the deployable panel(s) to be moved automatically downward into the air flow as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mandl, Martin R. Matthews, Thomas E. Cobb
  • Patent number: 11225290
    Abstract: A vehicle structural support is disclosed having first and second metallic members. A first metallic member has first and second sides, where the second side has a reduced thickness section. A second metallic member is coupled to a first side of the first metallic member. A third member is coupled to the first metallic member and positioned in the reduced thickness section. The second metallic member extends beyond the reduced thickness section to at least partially overlap the third member. The third member may be a fender for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James AJ Holroyd, William S. Maher, Juan M. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11214134
    Abstract: A linkage flap arrangement of a convertible vehicle is provided, having a blind arrangement that may have a first blind and a second blind that can be driven using a common drive. The first blind, upon an actuation of the common drive, performs a pivoting movement between a covering position and a cleared position and the second blind performs a translatory movement via a coupling between the first blind and the second blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Heinrich Wüllrich, Franz Haberl
  • Patent number: 11214131
    Abstract: A retractable visor/rain guard system for a vehicle, for being selectively deployed to cover an upper region of a vehicle window of the vehicle. The visor system includes at least one extendable and retractable panel that is movable into or out of a channel formed in a roof section of the vehicle. It also includes a moving mechanism that engages the at least one panel and drives the at least one panel in and out from the channel in a direction and with such orientation, that the at least one panel moves initially horizontally and then at least partially over a window frame of a door of the vehicle when the door is in a closed position such that the at least one panel extends on an outside of and spaced away from the upper region of the vehicle window, to provide protection from inclement weather elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: BUSINESS CLASS TECH INC.
    Inventor: Yeoshua Sorias
  • Patent number: 11214185
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes: a vehicle main body; and a cooling box provided in the vehicle main body. A passenger compartment in which a passenger gets, and a front accommodation compartment provided more frontward than the passenger compartment are formed in the vehicle main body. The cooling box is disposed in the front accommodation compartment. Thus, the cooling box mounted on the electric vehicle can be easily accessed even when the electric vehicle is parked reversely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Zekai Qiu, Hironobu Kitaoka, Naoki Yamamuro, Kozo Kosho, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Makoto Ikegami
  • Patent number: 11208047
    Abstract: A damper for a vehicle cargo panel includes an adaptor body that has an attachment surface and an engagement surface. A plurality of flexures outwardly extend from the engagement surface of the adaptor body and has a planar extension that is coupled to the engagement surface and a curved end. The plurality of flexures is operable between an extended condition and a compressed condition. A coupling member is disposed on the adaptor body and is configured to couple the adaptor body to said vehicle cargo panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Diego Fabricio Villacrés Mesías, Jose Nicolas Juarez Espinoza, Humberto Memetla Martinez
  • Patent number: 11207954
    Abstract: A hook assembly for mounting to a body component having a pair of openings is provided. The hook assembly includes a pin member and a hook housing. The pin member includes a base portion and a pair of insertion pins extending upwardly from the base portion. The hook housing includes a top surface and a pair of interior channels. A pair of clip prongs are positioned at each opening of the pair of interior channels. A hook member extends outwardly from the hook housing. The hook housing is coupled to the body component by inserting the pair of clip prongs into the openings formed in the body component in a clip prong insertion direction. The pair of insertion pins are inserted into the pair of interior channels in a pin insertion direction to secure the pin member and the hook housing to the body component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., NIFCO America Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Tsao, Scott E. Malinowski, Clayton J. Karl, Philip J. Babian, Benjamin D. Hack
  • Patent number: 11207959
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a rear mounted folding top assembly for use with a vehicle. The folding top assembly can create an opening on the top of the vehicle by rotating a plurality of arms and folding over a 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: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: LUND MOTION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Gauci
  • Patent number: 11202727
    Abstract: Provided is a wheelchair carrying vehicle including: a hand rail provided in a support shaft, the hand rail being configured to be switchable between a usage position and a stored position when the support shaft rotates, the usage position being a position where the hand rail is placed near the chest of an occupant of a wheelchair, the stored position being a position where the hand rail is placed along a side wall of a vehicle cabin; and an impact absorption mechanism configured to, when a load equal to or more than a predetermined value is input from the occupant into the hand rail placed and fixed at the usage position, absorb at least part of the load by rotating the hand rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Fumiko Nakai
  • Patent number: 11203382
    Abstract: A cowl top structure is provided along a lower edge of a front glass in a vehicle width direction. The cowl top structure includes a raised section, a fragile section and a drainage passage. The raised section is formed on a left end portion of a cowl top. The fragile section is formed on the raised section. The drainage passage is provided in a surrounding of the raised section and formed to drain water to an outer side of a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Akizuki, Junichi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11198350
    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: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: LUND MOTION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Nicholas Smith, Carlos Gutierrez, Chris Schumacher, Scott Cover
  • Patent number: 11198381
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed that includes: a first (e.g., front) passenger seating area having a console; a second (e.g., rear) passenger seating area that is located rearwardly of the first passenger seating area; a floorpan that extends beneath the first and second passenger seating areas; and a multipurpose tray that is configured for removable connection to the floorpan. The floorpan includes an access port extending therethrough that is located generally adjacent to the console. The multipurpose tray is configured to conceal the access port, and defines at least one compartment that is configured to receive personal effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Manuel Alejandro Vite Cadena
  • Patent number: 11186151
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a truck cover system that includes a side rail, a cover, and a latching mechanism. The latching mechanisms include a housing attached to the cover, a latch extending through a first end of the housing and configured to engage with a bottom portion of the side rail, a cap attached to a second end of the housing, a plunger attached to the latch and having a first plunger end partially extending through an opening of the cap, an anchor element attached to the first plunger end preventing the first plunger end from entering the housing, and a spring wrapped around the plunger. When the spring is compressed, the latch may disengage with the side rail, and, when the spring is uncompressed, the latch may engage with the side rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Cixi City Liyuan Auto Parts Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Enli Xu
  • Patent number: 11186317
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a sill structure, a floor panel and a reinforcing bracket. The sill structure extends along a lower end of a door opening in a vehicle longitudinal direction. The floor panel is fixed to the sill structure. The reinforcing bracket has a first flange fixed to the sill structure, a second flange fixed to the floor panel and a mid-section that extends from the first flange to the second flange. The mid-section has a contoured surface with an overall surface length as measured along the contoured surface from the first flange to the second flange that is greater than a distance measured between the first flange and the second flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 11180201
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a truck, a deck gate for truck, and a method for manufacturing thereof. According to the present invention, the deck gate for truck has excellent impact strength, low plastic deformation rate, excellent molding property and thermal resistance, and reduces weight. Also, the deck gate for truck according to the present invention reduces weight of about 23% in comparison with a conventional steel and wood type deck gate for truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignees: KOLON GLOTECH, INC., KOLON INDUSTRIES INC., KOLON DACC COMPOSITE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Won Kim, Woo Jin Jung, Chang Hun Lee, Hyun Kyu Shin, Dae Il Lee, Jin Wook Han