Patents Examined by Keith J Frisby
  • Patent number: 10710547
    Abstract: A seat belt adjustment release mechanism includes a carrier and a guide piece that is vertically slidable on the carrier. The guide piece includes an aperture configured to receive a seat belt there through and a spring-loaded button anchored on a pivot. The spring-loaded button, when pressed, is rotatable about the pivot between a home position and a depressed position for actuating a seat belt guide release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NYX, INC.
    Inventor: Yuriy Tsalenko
  • Patent number: 10710544
    Abstract: An external airbag includes: a lower edge bag that is deployed to extend along a lower edge of a windshield of an automobile, on a front side of the windshield; lateral edge bags in a pair that are deployed to extend along both lateral edges of the windshield, on the front side of the windshield; and an upper edge bag that is deployed to extend along an upper edge of the windshield, on the front side of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Suemune, Yoshiyuki Hashimoto, Akihiro Onodera, Hiroshi Yoneyama, Daisuke Ototsuji, Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10703325
    Abstract: Multi-chambered side airbag assemblies are provided. The airbag assemblies can include a housing, an inflator, and a side inflatable cushion. The side inflatable cushion can include multiple chambers, for example, a first inflatable chamber coupled to the housing, a second inflatable chamber coupled to the first inflatable chamber, and a third inflatable chamber coupled to the second inflatable chamber. The side inflatable cushion can also include a connector coupling at least two of the inflatable chambers to each other. In a deployed state, at least a portion of the side airbag may protrude transverse to a longitudinal axis of a vehicle such that a portion of the side airbag is configured to receive a vehicle occupant moving from a vehicle occupant position during a vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10703154
    Abstract: A control arm for a wheel suspension of a motor vehicle. The control arm including a base body having a spring seat for receiving a helical spring of the wheel suspension. The control arm having a first end region connected to a spring-loaded component of the motor vehicle and a second end region connected to an unsprung component of the motor vehicle. The base body includes a first partial shell composed of steel and a second partial shell composed of a composite material, the shells undetachably fixedly connected to one another at least in one region of the spring seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 10703403
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket assembly extending along a steering column axis. Also included is an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within the lower jacket assembly, the upper jacket assembly translatable along the steering column axis relative to the lower jacket assembly. Further included is an energy absorption strap operatively coupled to the upper jacket, the energy absorption strap having an aperture defined therein. Yet further included is a rake bolt extending through the lower jacket and through the aperture of the energy absorption strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler M. Reno, Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Randy Jones
  • Patent number: 10696264
    Abstract: Provided is an airbag which can be easily manufactured though it is provided with a tether inside, and has a reduced fear of gas leakage from a joint region. The airbag includes a joint region of outer circumferential edges of a pair of walls. The joint region includes, between the outer circumferential edges of the pair of walls, a sealing member which has elasticity, and has adhesiveness in an unsolidified state. The joint region is formed by such a sewing that runs a sewing thread through an application area of the sealing member. A tether connects the pair of walls. The joint region includes a region in which the sealing member has a solidified, thus non-adhesive surface, and is pressed against at least one of the walls by the non-adhesive surface, and penetrated by the sewing thread in that state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., SEIREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taizo Suemitsu, Takayuki Umeyama, Mikifusa Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10696124
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coupling device for a stabilizer of a suspension. The coupling device has a first coupling portion and a second coupling portion that is supported thereon. One coupling portion has a connection location for the stabilizer and another coupling portion has a connection location for a wheel suspension. and the coupling device also has a locking device, which, in a locking position, limits a relative movement of the second coupling portion with respect to the first coupling portion in a first direction. In order to better protect a stabilizer from overload, the locking device is configured in a release position to release the relative movement when a first force acting between the connection locations exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Joerg Keuser
  • Patent number: 10696115
    Abstract: An omnidirectional movement system includes a frame with a central axis extending from a first end to a second end; a support extending from the first end to the second end; a first set of Mecanum wheels connected through a first axle and connected to the frame; a second set of Mecanum wheels connected through a second axle and connected to the frame; and a flexible suspension system connecting the frame to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Glynn R. Bartlett, Cody E. Bressler, Cody M. Porter, Michael A. Ripperger
  • Patent number: 10688958
    Abstract: A guiding device for a seat belt system has a guiding ring, a moving seat, and an elastic member. The moving seat is slidably mounted on the guiding ring and is moveable upward and downward. The elastic member is connected between the guiding ring and the moving seat for providing an elastic force to the moving seat. When a webbing of the seat belt system is pulled, the moving seat is pulled by the webbing and moves downwardly. The elastic member is stretched to generate a cushioning resilience to reduce the pulling force. The structure of the guiding device is compact, so the guiding device is low-cost in manufacture and small in volume without occupying much space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Liang-Hsiung Wang
  • Patent number: 10676059
    Abstract: An airbag includes a body portion, a tether, and a folded portion. The body portion is expanded and deployed to an outer side of a vehicle and covers a lower end portion of a windshield glass. The tether is provided inside the body portion, and connects an upper portion and a lower portion of the body portion so as to partition the body portion in the vehicle front-rear direction. Also, the tether has a through hole. The folded portion is formed by sewing the tether that is folded and overlapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Taichi Minei, Kenichiro Yoshimoto, Shunichi Okinaka, Xiang Chen
  • Patent number: 10647285
    Abstract: Tabs for coupling or securing an airbag to a vehicle are provided. A tab may include a first panel and a second panel that meet at a foldable portion. First and second arms may extend away from a central portion of the first panel in substantially opposite directions. First and second recesses may extend inward from first and second lateral edges, respectively, of the second panel. The tab may be configured to be folded to form a bracket receiving member. The bracket receiving member may be configured to be disposed through an aperture of a bracket to secure the tab to the vehicle. Additionally, the first and second panels of the tab may be configured to be secured to an airbag to secure the airbag to the vehicle via the tab and the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Glen Christiansen, Charles Paul Dinsdale
  • Patent number: 10640140
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a steering shaft operatively coupled to a steering device, the steering shaft and the steering device having corresponding rotation with each other. Also included is an anti-rotation assembly selectively engaged with a surface of the steering shaft to maintain the steering shaft and the steering device in a stationary condition when the steering shaft is rotationally decoupled from road wheels operatively coupled to the steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce M. Collier, Richard P. Nash
  • Patent number: 10633021
    Abstract: A modular chassis is provided for an off-road vehicle to improve assembly, servicing, and repairing of a drivetrain of the off-road vehicle. The modular chassis includes a chassis to support components of the off-road vehicle. A front frame module couples with a front of the chassis, and a rear frame module couples with a rear of the chassis. The front frame module supports lower suspension arms of the off-road vehicle by way of inboard bushing joints. The front frame module supports at least a steering gear and a front differential of the off-road vehicle. The rear frame module is a tube-frame structure that supports components of the off-road vehicle. A lower portion of the rear frame module extends rearward and acutely upward to a top frame member that couples with upper side portions of the chassis. Several cross-members impart structural integrity to the rear frame module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Robby Gordon
  • Patent number: 10625550
    Abstract: A control arm and a method of manufacturing thereof is disclosed. The control arm is made of an aluminum extrusion profile with a first end section, a second end section, and a middle section, which connects the first and second end sections. The control arm includes a base, two side walls, which are angled substantially perpendicular therefrom and which are spaced apart from one another on the longitudinal side, with a height H, and flanges, which are angled substantially perpendicular from the side walls at their free end. The first end section includes a first connecting region, the second end section includes a second connecting region, and the middle section includes at least one third connecting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GmbH
    Inventors: Frode Paulsen, Dirk Voigt, Guido Boeing, Stephan Meyer
  • Patent number: 10625796
    Abstract: An auto-leveling drive axle device for a wheel tractor, and leveling method. The device comprises a transmission device and a leveling device. The device of the present invention changes only a vertical position of a drive axle with respect to a wheel, and a wheel shaft distance and wheel center spacing are not changed, thus improving traveling stability of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: JIANGSU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jiangyi Han, Gaogao Shang, Changgao Xia, Xiang Gao, Jing Liu
  • Patent number: 10598268
    Abstract: A support structure of a vehicle drive system unit includes a unit case having a plurality of case members provided with abutting portions at axial opening ends, the abutting portions axially abutted against and bolt-fastened to each other to integrally couple the plurality of case members, one of the plurality of case members as a fixing case member being fixed via a supporting member to a body-side supporting portion. In the support structure, a reinforcing stiffener is disposed on the outside of the unit case so as to couple at least one of the abutting portion of the fixing case member and the abutting portion of another case member abutted against and bolt-fastened to the abutting portion of the fixing case member, and the supporting member or the body-side supporting portion to which the supporting member is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noritaka Nakajima, Hiroshi Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 10597066
    Abstract: An energy absorption element for a steering column of a motor vehicle may comprise a deformation element, a first fastening element, and a second fastening element. The deformation element may be connected to the first fastening element and to the second fastening element and is arranged in a force flux with respect to a force that can be exerted on the first fastening element relative to the second fastening element. To achieve improved security against damage due to unauthorized use or inadvertent damage and, in the process, requiring little outlay on manufacturing and installation, a predetermined breaking element may be connected to the first and second fastening elements parallel to the deformation element in the force flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Hannes Kurz, Werner Adelmann, Matthias Nicolussi
  • Patent number: 10598292
    Abstract: A hydraulic system includes a hydraulic pump. A first hydraulic shock is coupled to a first port of the hydraulic pump. A second hydraulic shock is coupled to a second port of the hydraulic pump. A first hydraulic cylinder is coupled to the first port of the hydraulic pump. A second hydraulic cylinder is coupled to the second port of the hydraulic pump. A first valve is coupled between the first hydraulic cylinder and second hydraulic cylinder. The first valve can be actuated by a computer system or can be a ball and spring check valve. A second valve is coupled between the first hydraulic cylinder and second hydraulic cylinder. A flow direction of the second valve is opposite a flow direction of the first valve. A first piston is disposed in the first hydraulic cylinder, and a second piston is disposed in the second hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas W. Melcher
  • Patent number: 10589624
    Abstract: The invention relates to power take-off devices for internal combustion engines and can be used, in particular, in different vehicles for taking power from reciprocating internal combustion engines. The present power take-off device for an internal combustion engine comprises at least two pairs of transfer mechanisms, coupled to the pistons of an engine, wherein a transfer mechanism is adapted to convert the reciprocating motion of its corresponding piston into rotary motion of a corresponding power take-off shaft. Each transfer mechanism comprises a means of setting rotation, which is mounted on a shaft connected to the piston, said means comprising a transfer component with at least one continuous, wave-like, vertically guiding track in the form of a guiding contact path, and a running wheel which moves along the contact path and has a fixed vertical position. The device provides an increase in engine efficiency of up to 50% and reduces the number of revolutions for similar levels of power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Pavel Valerievich Shaplyko
  • Patent number: 10576821
    Abstract: A drive mechanism comprises a flywheel, a flywheel damper removably connected to the flywheel, a pump drive, and an intermediate shaft. The pump drive comprises a housing, an input shaft mounted to the housing for rotation relative thereto about an axis of rotation, and a seal surrounding the input shaft to establish a sealed connection therewith. The intermediate shaft is co-axial with the input shaft relative to the axis of rotation and removably connected to the flywheel damper and the input shaft. The seal is replaceable. An associated method for replacing the seal is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Cecil H. Wise, Jr., Dwayne B. Watt, Randall L. Long, Danny G. Voth