Patents Examined by Keith J Frisby
  • Patent number: 10442269
    Abstract: A hollow stabilizer has a tubular shape and is provided with a torsion section that is provided to a vehicle and that extends in the vehicle width direction; an arm section that extends in the front-back direction of the vehicle; and bent sections that connect the torsion section and the arm section. The hardness of the outer surface of the bent inner sides of the bent sections of the hollow stabilizer is 70% or more with respect to the hardness of the outer surface of the arm section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Wakabayashi, Ken Takahashi, Masato Sugawara, Hideki Okada
  • Patent number: 10442393
    Abstract: A seatbelt latch plate assembly includes a latch plate, a D-ring, and a pivot stop. The D-ring is pivotably connected to the latch plate. The pivot stop is disposed between and rotatably fixes the latch plate to the D-ring. The pivot stop includes a deformable element. The deformable element is deformable at a predetermined pivot torque between the D-ring and the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 10427640
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly includes a seatbelt retractor, a support spaced from the seatbelt retractor, and a webbing retractably engaged with the seatbelt retractor. The webbing is moveable relative to the support. The seatbelt assembly includes a magnet and a conductive material adjacent the magnet. One of the magnet and the conductive material is fixed to the support, and the other of the magnet and the conductive material is moveable by the webbing relative to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Tien Vo, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 10422399
    Abstract: A system 300 for controlling vibratory motion in a vehicle steering wheel 20 prone to oscillate in a given direction due to extraneous inputs at one or more frequencies. The system 300 has a steering wheel 20 of the type exhibiting a vibratory motion along a defined axis at one or more frequencies, at least one sensor for sensing the acceleration of the steering wheel 20 along the defined axis and an active control mechanism responsive to the output of the at least one sensor. The sensor is an accelerometer having a movable first mass 70 and a solenoid coil 56 which when activated moves the mass 70 in a direction opposite to the motion of the steering wheel 20 and at the frequency of motion of the steering wheel 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron Spencer, Michael Jendrowski
  • Patent number: 10422425
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a jacket assembly and a modular shift assembly that is operatively connected to the jacket assembly. The modular shift assembly includes a shift bracket, a shaft, and a shift clevis. The shift bracket has a first shift bracket portion that defines a shift bracket first opening and a second shift bracket portion. The second shift bracket portion defines a shift bracket second opening. The shaft has a first shaft portion and a second shaft portion. The second shaft portion is at least partially received within the shift bracket opening. The shift clevis extends at least partially through the first shaft opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Vermeersch, Arthur W. Nellett, Robert W. Dubay, Robert D. Bueche
  • Patent number: 10421477
    Abstract: One steering column assembly includes a bracket connectable to a vehicle, a jacket with an aperture and a wall thickness at the aperture, a steering shaft supported by the jacket, a locking assembly, a bending strap having jacket and rack portions, and an engaging body irrotatably positioned at least partially inside the aperture. The steering shaft is rotatable relative to the jacket about a longitudinal axis of the steering shaft, and the rack portion overlays and is separated from the jacket portion. The engaging body is coupled to or forms part of the bending strap jacket portion and thereby couples the bending strap rack portion to the jacket. The engaging body has a thickness that extends toward the longitudinal axis past the jacket wall thickness at the aperture. The locking assembly is configured to selectively restrict the rack portion from moving relative to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Sascha Fricke
  • Patent number: 10421425
    Abstract: An occupant protection device for a vehicle, including an airbag system which, for protecting an occupant, includes at least one first airbag whose expansion movement in the vehicle longitudinal direction extends toward the occupant and in the vehicle vertical direction extends from bottom to top, and a second airbag whose expansion movement in the vehicle longitudinal direction extends toward the occupant and in the vehicle vertical direction extends from top to bottom, at least one sensor system that detects collision-relevant and/or occupant-relevant information, and an evaluation and control unit that evaluates the collision-relevant and/or occupant-relevant information and controls the airbag system as a function of the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Patent number: 10414386
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle braking system having a tether system, a controller system, and a brake. The controller system activates a slowdown timer upon removal of the tether system from the vehicle and then activates a stop timer upon expiration of the slowdown timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Michael E. Natoli, Robert G. Stanford
  • Patent number: 10414232
    Abstract: Suspension for a wheeled vehicle provided with at least one wheel and a frame, having at least one elastic element functionally combinable between the wheel and frame is disclosed. The suspension has at least one hydro-pneumatic spring functionally combined in series with the elastic element so that the equivalent spring modulus (Keq) of the elastic element and hydro-pneumatic spring is variable as a function of the distance between the frame and wheel. The hydro-pneumatic spring is shaped and sized to behave also as an energy dissipator in series to the elastic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Federico Giuliani, Gabriele Bellani
  • Patent number: 10414224
    Abstract: A wheel suspension assembly (1) for a vehicle, having a spring damper (2), a first transverse link (4), which has a first transverse link strut (4a) and a second transverse link strut (4b), a second transverse link (5), a first tie rod (6), a second tie rod (7), a reversing lever (8), a hub carrier (9), a steering gear (10) and a pendulum support (11). Each transverse link (4, 5) has an end (12), on the hub carrier side, and two ends (13, 13a, 13b), on the chassis side. The steering gear (10) is arranged in a plane with the first transverse link (4) and in a section between an end (13a) of the first transverse link strut (41) of the first transverse link (4), on the chassis side, and an end (13b) of the second transverse link strut (4b) of the first transverse link (4), on the chassis side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Alexander Neu, Knut Heidsieck, Peter Kontermann, Holger Lohm├╝ller, Witalij Knaub, Joachim Cichy, Klaus Solik
  • Patent number: 10399537
    Abstract: An adjusting device for a safety belt in a vehicle comprises at least one extendable belt guiding element which is provided for guiding a portion of the safety belt and at least one supporting element which is connected to the belt guiding element and which is able to be at least partially extended together with the belt guiding element. The belt guiding element is able to be extended from a resting position in a direction of extension in order to facilitate the grasping of the safety belt by a vehicle occupant when fastening the safety belt. The supporting element is flexible but in the extended state of the belt guiding element is sufficiently rigid at least in one portion transversely to the direction of extension such that the belt guiding element is held in an extended position via the now rigid portion of the supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Mario Stegerer, Michael Hoeppel, Markus Bauernfeind
  • Patent number: 10391968
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a base, an airbag supported by the base and defining an inflation chamber, an external tether, and an internal tether. The airbag includes a panel and an extension extending transverse to the panel. The panel includes an internal surface facing the inflation chamber and an external surface facing away from the inflation chamber. The external tether extends from the extension to the external surface of the panel. The internal tether extends from the base to the internal surface of the panel. During a vehicle impact, the momentum of the occupant may move the occupant towards the extension. The extension may absorb energy from the occupant and reduce or prevent the head of the occupant from sliding across the panel and/or rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, James Chih Cheng, Robert William McCoy
  • Patent number: 10391967
    Abstract: A roof airbag apparatus may include: a gas injector configured to inject gas; a tether guide disposed along the longitudinal direction of a roof; a chamber part connected to the tether guide, and deployed by gas received from the gas injector; and a chamber moving part installed in the chamber part, and moving the chamber part while being pressed by the gas transferred to the chamber part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok Min Lee, Hae Kwon Park, Kyu Sang Lee, Byung Ho Min
  • Patent number: 10391983
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a construction machine, said construction machine comprising a brake assembly for braking the machine, as well as an operator platform. The operator platform comprises at least one operator seat with a total of at least two operating positions for a machine operator at opposite ends of the operator platform, and an actuation device for foot actuation of the brake assembly. According to essential aspects of the present invention, the actuation device for the brake assembly comprises a brake beam which extends transversely to the working direction of the construction machine and which can be operated by foot from said two operating positions, and the actuation device further comprises an actuator for the brake beam, which is arranged below the brake beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Klein, Thomas Haubrich
  • Patent number: 10377418
    Abstract: An overall knuckle is formed by a second carbon-fiber composite material, and a first carbon-fiber composite material is embedded in particular portions, whose rigidities are insufficient only with the second carbon-fiber composite material. The one particular portion is provided to a neck part, and the first carbon-fiber composite material is embedded in this particular portion such that continuous fibers thereof are orientated in a direction orthogonal to a central axis of a torsional load so as to enhance a torsional rigidity. The other particular portions are provided to the body part, and the first carbon-fiber composite material is embedded in these particular portions such that the continuous fibers thereof are orientated in a vertical direction so as to enhance a bending rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Sakuma
  • Patent number: 10377338
    Abstract: A device at least for moving a mass includes a hollow cylindrical airbag fluidically coupled to a gas generator. The airbag is arranged fixedly with one end on an object and a traction element is fixed in the region of an opposite end. The mass to be moved is arranged on the traction element. When the airbag unfolds traction is exerted on the traction element in such a way that the mass is able to be moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventor: Till Heinrich
  • Patent number: 10377336
    Abstract: An air bag chute assembly for an automotive instrument panel is injection molded to form an integral deployment chute, door, and attachment flange, The flange attaches to the instrument panel around an aperture in the instrument panel. The tubular chute extends interiorly from the flange to a lower end configured to receive an inflating air bag from an air bag module and defines a deployment path along a longitudinal axis. A door flap is disposed in an upper end of the chute rotatable from the flange to emerge through the aperture. The flap has an interior side impacted by the inflating air bag carrying a plurality of raised strengthening ribs. The flap has at least one closed-section hollow channel protruding from the interior side to a channel height extending beyond the strengthening ribs formed by gas-assist injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Li Lu, Hui Wang, Yi Yang Tay, Liying Qi, Nicholas A. Mazzocchi, Kenneth J. Kwasnik
  • Patent number: 10369860
    Abstract: A damper assembly for a vehicle suspension system includes a primary damper and a secondary damper. The secondary damper includes a housing having a wall that at least partially surrounds at least a portion of the primary damper, the volume between the wall and the primary damper defining a chamber, and the wall defines an aperture. The secondary damper also includes a piston positioned within the chamber, a conduit defining a flow path that includes the aperture, and a valve disposed along the flow path. The secondary damper is configured to provide a damping force that varies based on the position of the piston within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Erik S. Ellifson, Patrick S. Dillman, Jason J. Zuleger, Aaron J. Rositch, Robert K. Sollenskog
  • Patent number: 10363788
    Abstract: A vibration damper is provided for a vehicle, preferably for a motor vehicle, having a wheel carrier made of metal for rotatably receiving a wheel, a damper tube arrangement at least partly made of a fiber-reinforced plastic for forming a damper fluid volume, a piston which is guided in the damper tube arrangement and includes a piston rod. The damper tube arrangement is rigidly connected to the wheel carrier and the piston rod can be connected to a body of the vehicle. A wheel carrier fluid volume is formed in the wheel carrier and which is connected to the damper fluid volume. The fluid in the wheel carrier fluid volume is in direct contact with the metal of the wheel carrier in order to transfer heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Reiser, Thomas Eifflaender, Michael Keigler, Johann Dudkowiak, Wolfgang Gruber, Matthias Stangl, Hubert Scholz, Thomas Kaespaizer, Martin Schwab
  • Patent number: 10363894
    Abstract: A rollover protection device (1) for a passenger car has a supporting device (3) that extends vertically when installed properly. A crossmember (5) is secured on the supporting device (3) and extends in a lateral direction (4) when installed properly. The crossmember (5) is of beam-shaped design and comprises a die-cast, low-pressure die-cast or forged unit (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Schmitt