Patents Examined by Keith J Frisby
  • Patent number: 10543726
    Abstract: A lower control arm includes a body including a body portion and an arm elongated from the body portion, and a sleeve having a tubular shape. The arm includes an end spaced from the body portion, a top surface, and a bottom surface opposite the top surface. The sleeve is fixed to the end. The sleeve includes a slit extending lengthwise that is disposed closer to one of the top surface and the bottom surface than to a middle of the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marwan El-Bkaily, Michael Chang, Tushar Kamble, Peter J. Jargowsky, David Lee
  • Patent number: 10532787
    Abstract: A compact mobility device has an adjustable drive mode. The device includes a base panel and a number of drive wheels rotatably provided at opposite ends of the base panel. The drive wheels are configured to rotate by receiving torque from a driving unit. A column is constituted by a plurality of links connected in series to be foldable and is configured such that a lower end of a lower link is rotatably coupled to the base panel with an upper end of an upper link being provided with a steering handle. An auxiliary wheel is provided between the links constituting the column and is configured to roll along with the drive wheels by coming into contact with a ground when the links are folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Hwan Park
  • Patent number: 10526033
    Abstract: The vehicle includes: a vehicle body rotatable about a roll axis; one or more front wheels; a front wheel support supporting the one or more front wheels turnably to a turning direction about a turning axis; one or more rear wheels; an operation input unit to be operated to input a turning direction; a lean angle changing unit for changing a lean angle of the vehicle body in a vehicle width direction about a lean axis different from the roll axis; and a lean control unit for controlling the lean angle changing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: EQUOS RESEARCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Munehisa Horiguchi, Akira Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10518805
    Abstract: A knuckle apparatus for a vehicle suspension system, may include a bearing device having an assembly end portion protruding and extending from a center thereof; and a knuckle device having a plurality of brackets connected to a suspension system component, the brackets being coupled through the assembly end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Min Lim, Jae Kil Lee, Kyu Wan Lee, Patrick Alain Hasselt
  • Patent number: 10512572
    Abstract: A wheelchair suspension comprises a frame, at least one pivot arm, at least one front caster, at least one rear caster, a stabilizing system, and a sensor. The pivot arm is coupled to the frame. The front caster is coupled to the pivot arm. The rear caster is coupled to the frame. The stabilizing system is coupled to the frame and the pivot arm. The sensor is arranged such that tipping of the frame causes actuation of the stabilizing system to at least partially resist further movement of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: INVACARE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerold Goertzen, William A. Null, Robert L. Cuson
  • Patent number: 10513240
    Abstract: It is provided a chain link for a link chain which is flexible per se and in which chain links connected to each other are movable in relation to each other and can be locked to each other such that the link chain which is flexible per se can be stiffened by locking the chain links to each other. The chain link has at least a first connection segment for the connection to a first chain link and a further second connection segment for the connection to a second chain link. The chain link has a carrier having the first connection segment and has an adjustment part having the second connection segment, said adjustment part being supported in an adjustable manner relative to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT, COBURG
    Inventors: Mario Stegerer, Fabian Lang, Michael Hoeppel
  • Patent number: 10501045
    Abstract: An airbag includes a main inflatable section which includes a front-collision arresting face at the rear plane as deployed, a protruding inflatable section which includes an oblique-collision arresting face, and an arresting recess formed between the front-collision arresting face and oblique-collision arresting face. An outer tether is disposed on the outside of the airbag for preventing the protruding inflatable section from moving away from the main inflatable section at airbag deployment. The outer tether includes a side edge disposed towards the protruding inflatable section and a front edge disposed towards the main inflatable section. The side edge is jointed to an upper edge of the oblique-collision arresting face by a side joint which is formed over a generally entire area in a front and rear direction of the protruding inflatable section. The front edge is jointed to an upper edge of the front-collision arresting face by a front joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ikuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 10501040
    Abstract: An occupant protection device for a vehicle includes: a three-point seatbelt device having a seatbelt extendable across a front of an upper body of an occupant sitting on a seat; and a belt airbag device including a belt airbag that is provided at a shoulder belt section, which is extendable from a shoulder to a waist of the occupant, of the seatbelt the belt airbag being configured to be deployed when a collision occurs. The belt airbag includes a belt-direction deployment section extendable and deployable along the shoulder belt section, and an intersecting-direction deployment section extendable and deployable in a direction intersecting the shoulder belt section. The belt-direction deployment section and the intersecting-direction deployment section are configured to form a single bag by being coupled to each other below a head of the occupant sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takao Kondo, Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10494010
    Abstract: A steering device of a two-track vehicle has a retaining element and a steering handle for the driver that is rotatably mounted therein, and has a guide device for the retaining element, along which the retaining element can be moved between an extended use position, toward the driver in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and a retracted rest position, further away from the driver. The guide device extends in the longitudinal and transverse directions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Henri Freiherr von Freyberg, Victor Kuehn, Sebastian Kroes, Nico Daun, Marek Mitula
  • Patent number: 10493941
    Abstract: An airbag includes folds with each fold having an apex and limbs. The limbs extend from the apex to the limbs of an adjacent fold. A fastener is fixed to the folds and releasably connects the folds to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hubert Szawarski, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark A. Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 10494011
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a telescoping steering column includes an energy absorption strap having a plurality of teeth disposed therealong. Also included is a clamp bolt rotatably driven by an adjustment lever. Further included is an actuator body coupled to the clamp bolt and rotated therewith. Yet further included is a first lock cam coupled to the actuator body and engageable with the teeth of the energy absorption strap to lock the telescoping steering column in a first direction. Also included is a second lock cam coupled to the actuator body and engageable with the teeth of the energy absorption strap to lock the telescoping steering column in a second direction different than the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Anspaugh, Donald A. Buzzard, Michael W. Clark, Melvin L. Tinnin
  • Patent number: 10486661
    Abstract: A stop control device includes: a stop intention detection unit 170 that detects a stop intention of a driver; an unable-to-drive state detection unit 172 that detects that the driver is in an unable-to-drive state; a stop control unit 176 that performs automatic stop control in which a vehicle is decelerated and stopped, based on whether the stop intention is detected by the stop intention detection unit and/or whether the unable-to-drive state is detected by the unable-to-drive state detection unit; and a state display unit 174 that shows, on a display 144, information on whether it has been determined to activate the automatic stop control, a state of the control, and/or whether it has been determined to cancel the control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukinori Kurahashi, Kei Oshida, Masayuki Nakatsuka
  • Patent number: 10479393
    Abstract: A steering device of a vehicle, the steering device includes: a column housing supported by a vehicle body; a column tube supported to be movable with respect to the column housing in an axial direction; and a pressing mechanism interposed between the column tube and the column housing to press the column tube. The pressing mechanism includes: an abutment member that abuts against an outer surface of the column tube; a biasing member that is interposed between the abutment member and the column housing so as to bias the abutment member in a direction toward the column tube; and a shim member that is interposed between the biasing member and the abutment member and includes a supporting portion abutting against the biasing member, and a pressing portion abutting against the abutment member in a region shifted from the supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sakayanagi, Yoshinori Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 10479396
    Abstract: A second toothed member is configured to change its position between a meshing position where first teeth mesh with second teeth and a meshing releasing position where the first teeth do not mesh with the second teeth. A first toothed member and a facing member move together with an upper jacket. The second toothed member located at the meshing position receives an impact from the first toothed member so as to collide against an impact absorbing member after rupture of a guide shaft and deform the impact absorbing member. The second toothed member located at the meshing releasing position receives an impact from the facing member so as to cause rupture of the guide shaft and deformation of the impact absorbing member to occur concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rika Kagawa, Kiyoto Takei, Akihiro Takami, Tomoki Arai, Hideyoshi Hanai, Tsuyoshi Kojima, Hiroshi Obata
  • Patent number: 10471798
    Abstract: An active suspension system is configured in a strut arrangement. The active suspension system comprises a hydraulic actuator and a hydraulic pump/electric motor assembly, wherein the actuator movement is preferably in lockstep with the hydraulic motor-pump and electric motor-generator combination. Torque in the electric motor is instantaneously controlled by a controller to create an immediate force change on the hydraulic actuator. The hydraulic actuator is configured so that it can be used as a strut whereby the actuator has sufficient structural rigidity to carry the applied suspension loads while capable of supplying damper forces in at least three quadrants of the force velocity graph of the suspension actuator operation. Embodiments disclosed include low cost active suspension systems for a MacPherson strut application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ClearMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Clive Tucker, Zackary Martin Anderson, David Michael Lewis, Ross J. Wendell, Alexander Apostolos Alexandridis
  • Patent number: 10471918
    Abstract: An occupant protection apparatus includes: an airbag configured to be stored in a head rest or a seat back of a vehicle seat, and the airbag being formed as a single bag that is configured to cover a head of an occupant and including a front inflating part and a right and left pair of lateral inflating parts; a three-point seat belt device including webbing equipped with a lap belt and a shoulder belt, and a belt take-up mechanism, and the belt take-up mechanism applying tension to the webbing; and a control unit that, in the event that an impact to the vehicle has been predicted or detected, activates the belt take-up mechanism before inflating and deploying the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuki Sugie, Masanobu Ohmi, Seiji Yamamoto, Yoshiaki Matsumura, Kosuke Sakakibara, Misato Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10464516
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing knee bolster frame (10) for a vehicle (1) comprises a longitudinal knee contact member (20), a first energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (30) and a second energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (40). The first energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (30) and the second energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (40) extend in a transverse direction (Y) and are spaced apart on the longitudinal knee contact member (20). The longitudinal knee contact member (20) has a knee contact surface (22) for receiving a part of a knee (80) of an occupant (P) upon a collision. The first energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (30) has a cross section defining an open profile, and is adapted at one end (32) to engage with a vehicle interior component (100), and includes a plurality of first deformation segments (34A-N) configured for absorbing energy generated by a knee impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Geely Automobile Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Christer Gewert, Henrik Hellekant
  • Patent number: 10464386
    Abstract: A suspension structure of a utility vehicle includes a frame, a wheel, and a trailing arm including an arm extending anteroposteriorly and supported by the frame, a knuckle rotatably supporting the wheel, and a rotary shaft configured to angularly displace the knuckle in a vehicle width direction with respect to the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazumasa Hisada, Gary Bozych, Nobuyuki Nishiguchi, Takeru Ohshima, Yusuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10457244
    Abstract: An airbag includes on the rear plane a passenger protection portion for protecting a front seat passenger. The passenger protection portion includes a front-collision arresting plane for protecting a head of the passenger as he moves forward in the event of a frontal collision of the vehicle and an oblique-collision arresting plane that is disposed at least either on the left or on the right of the front-collision arresting plane in such a manner as to protrude rearward out of the front-collision arresting plane for protecting the head of the passenger as he moves diagonally forward in the event of an oblique or offset collision of the vehicle. The passenger protection portion further includes an arresting recess that is disposed between the front-collision arresting plane and oblique-collision arresting plane in such a manner as to be sunken forward for receiving and arresting the head of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ikuo Yamada, Takanori Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10450005
    Abstract: An offset washer for adjusting the camber angle in a vehicle is disclosed. The offset washer includes a body having an upper surface and a lower surface, an aperture extending through the body, and a protrusion having a longitudinal width different than the body thickness. The protrusion is configured to be inserted into a receiving aperture on a flange of a vehicle suspension system. The protrusion is defined by a formed upset defining a step in the material along a portion of the edge of the aperture, which is formed by upsetting the portion of the edge of the aperture when forming the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: NIWOT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jesse Aaron Weifenbach, Raymond Puckett