Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • Patent number: 11186307
    Abstract: A clamping arrangement for an adjustable assembly includes a lever operatively coupled to the clamping arrangement for moving the assembly between a locked position and an unlocked position, an aperture extending from an inner face of the lever to an outer face of the lever. The clamping arrangement also includes an outer cam having an outer radial surface at least partially disposed within the aperture of the locking lever. The clamping arrangement further includes an inner cam engaged with the outer cam and adjustable assembly. The clamping arrangement yet further includes a rake bolt extending through the lever, the outer cam, the inner cam, and the adjustable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy W. Jones
  • Patent number: 11186250
    Abstract: Provided is an airbag configured so that, in the inflated state thereof, a recess is formed in a chest restraint area in the passenger facing surface of the airbag, and the portion of the airbag other than the recess has a large inflation thickness. A driver-side airbag 1 is formed by sewing a front panel 2 and a rear panel 3 together. The rear panel 3 is provided with a left tuck portion 12 which extends from the upper left to the lower left, and a right tuck portion 11 which extends from the upper right to the lower right. The tuck portions 11 and 12 increase the inflation thickness of the driver-side airbag 1. A recess 6 is formed in a passenger chest restraint area in the driver-side airbag 1 by a tether 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventors: Kimihiro Koshikawa, Shinichi Takeuchi, Ryo Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 11186247
    Abstract: A control valve provided in a communicating portion restricts the supply of gas from a front main chamber to a rear delay chamber during an initial stage of inflation and deployment of the front main chamber. The control valve releases restriction of the supply of the gas from the front main chamber to the rear delay chamber during the later stage of inflation and deployment of the front main chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takamichi Komura
  • Patent number: 11180178
    Abstract: Provided is a steering wheel including a dynamic damper mechanism which does not easily deteriorate over time, in which a resonance frequency to be damped does not easily change. An attaching structure for attaching an airbag device to a steering wheel incudes: a tubular guide member (51) passing through an opening of a fixing plate (25) of the airbag device; a hook (70, 80) engaging with a lock spring (53); a hollow holding member (67) fixed to a main body part (110) of the steering wheel and holding a base end portion (71) of the hook while restricting the base end portion (71) from moving toward a tip end portion (75) of the hook; and a return spring (61), and the base end portion (71) has a bottom portion being a convex spherical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: ASHIMORI INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junichi Kiyohara
  • Patent number: 11167715
    Abstract: Pillar release mechanisms and related airbag cushion assemblies. Some embodiments may comprise a curtain airbag assembly comprising an inflator and a curtain airbag cushion configured to be inflated with the inflator. The curtain airbag cushion may extend along an elongated axis and the curtain airbag assembly may be configured to be positioned within and deploy from a panel of a vehicle. The assembly may further comprise a release mechanism coupled with the curtain airbag cushion and configured to be coupled with the panel. The release mechanism may be configured to release the panel using an initial deployment force from the curtain airbag cushion, the initial deployment force being in a direction at least substantially parallel to the elongated axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: David Oral Ballam, Brian Laird, Yutaka Hirata, Lindford R. T. Smith
  • Patent number: 11167714
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint system includes an occupant seat, three-point seatbelt device, and an airbag module mounted to the seat. The three-point seatbelt device has a webbing that is configured to, when the occupant is seated on the seat, extend from an upper side in a vicinity of the occupant's outboard shoulder to a lower side in a vicinity of an inboard side of the occupant's waist and obliquely across the occupant's upper body so as to restrain the upper body. The airbag module has an airbag cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the airbag cushion. In a crash event the airbag cushion inflates and deploys from the seat in a vicinity of the occupant's inboard shoulder obliquely across the occupant's upper body, and in a fully deployed state the airbag cushion directly connects to the webbing extended across the occupant's upper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Craig A. Markusic, Skye Malcolm
  • Patent number: 11167717
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus with a cushion that expands and deploys from in front of a seat is provided. The cushion includes a front restraining part that restrains a head of a passenger from the front of a vehicle. The cushion further includes protrusion parts that are provided beside the front restraining part in the width direction of the vehicle and protrude and expand further towards the rear of the vehicle than the front restraining part. Inner tethers inside the cushion are connected to the front restraining part and to which tension is applied to pull the front restraining part towards the front of the vehicle. Outer tethers are connected to the protrusion parts and to which tension is applied to pull the protrusion parts towards the front of the vehicle. When tension is applied to the inner tethers, force towards the inner tethers is applied to the outer tethers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakajima, Takanari Muroya, Ryota Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 11167786
    Abstract: A steering shaft according to an aspect of the present invention includes an upper shaft, a lower shaft, and a seal cap. The seal cap includes a seal which comes into close contact with an inner peripheral surface of the upper shaft and a closure which bulges upward with respect to the seal. The closure is plastically deformed downward, and thus, the seal cap is held in an upper end opening portion in a state where the seal is pressed against the inner peripheral surface of the upper shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11155231
    Abstract: A restraint performance improvement portion of a curtain airbag device for a vehicle is provided at a location of a lower end portion of a curtain airbag which location corresponds with a vehicle seat when the vehicle seat is in a comfortable state. The restraint performance improvement portion inhibits a head area of a vehicle occupant from slipping past the curtain airbag to a vehicle width direction outer side thereof when the vehicle occupant is being restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Masaaki Okuhara
  • Patent number: 11148633
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag device including a curtain airbag inflated and deployed from a vehicle width direction outer side end portion of a ceiling toward a vehicle lower side by gas being supplied into the curtain airbag from an inflator actuated in a vehicle collision to generate the gas; and a front passenger seat airbag inflated and deployed in front of a front passenger seat by gas being supplied into the front passenger seat airbag from an inflator actuated in a vehicle collision to generate the gas, including a first side-wall and a vent hole. The first side-wall configures a vehicle width direction outer side location of the front passenger seat airbag, includes an abutting portion that abuts the curtain airbag when inflated and deployed, and is spaced apart from a front pillar garnish. The vent hole is provided in the first side-wall on the front pillar garnish side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiji Hioda
  • Patent number: 11148493
    Abstract: A wheel suspension includes an axle limb which supports a wheel. The axle limb includes a first steering axle which provides a first steering angle in a specified range for the wheel, and components for connecting the axle limb to a support structure. At least one of the components includes a second steering axle which provides a second steering angle which is different than the first steering angle provided by the first steering axle. The second steering axle is selectively releasable. The components for connecting the axle limb to the support structure form a double transverse link axle which includes an upper traverse link and a lower traverse link. A support tube is arranged at a chassis-side end portion of each of the upper traverse link and the lower traverse link of the double transverse link axle. The support tube is pivotable about the second steering axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: EMM! SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Max Riedel
  • Patent number: 11142247
    Abstract: In a vehicle subframe, a left coupling member is connected to a left front portion, a left connecting portion, and a lateral portion of the cross member in a left front coupling portion while covering the left connecting portion of the cross member in the width direction, and a right coupling member is connected to a right front portion, a right connecting portion, and the lateral portion of the cross member in the right front coupling portion while covering the right connecting portion of the cross member in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: F-TECH INC.
    Inventor: Toru Kawai
  • Patent number: 11142249
    Abstract: A vehicle subframe includes: a front member that is arranged on a front side in a front-rear direction in a vehicle body, allows a driving source that generates a driving force for driving a vehicle to be mounted thereon, and has a front attachment portion to be attached at both ends in a width direction of the vehicle body on the front side; and a first side member and a second side member that extend in the front-rear direction, are arranged to be opposed to each other in the width direction of the vehicle body, are each connected to the front member, and each have a rear attachment portion to be attached to a portion on a rear side in the vehicle body in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: F-TECH INC., H-ONE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Kawai, Hisaharu Kato
  • Patent number: 11135994
    Abstract: A pyrotechnical gas generator includes at least one pyrotechnical charge, at least one ignitor, and a cylindrical casing enclosing the at least one charge and the at least one ignitor, the cylindrical casing having an axial direction and a radial direction and including an annular wall extending along the axial direction of the casing, and gas ejection holes arranged on the annular wall. Each gas ejection hole extends in a output plane forming a non-zero angle with a tangential plane which is tangent to the annular wall at the gas ejection hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ARIANEGROUP SAS
    Inventors: Frédéric Marlin, Clément Benillan
  • Patent number: 11130468
    Abstract: An active vent mechanism for an airbag apparatus that includes a first vent hole formed in an airbag and a patch capable of releasing and closing the first vent hole. A portion of the patch is coupled to the outer surface of the airbag. The airbag apparatus includes a coupling member having one end coupled to the patch and the other end entering the airbag and coupled to the airbag. A portion of the patch or a portion of the coupling member penetrates through an opening in the vicinity of the first vent hole. The airbag apparatus includes a substantially cylindrical regulating member into which the coupling member is inserted inside the airbag. The regulating member has a first end coupled to the inner surface of the airbag so as to surround the opening inside the airbag and a second end coupled to the coupling member in a sealed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Baba, Kazuki Morita
  • Patent number: 11124148
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint device (10) comprises a pre-assembled head side airbag module (12) installed in a backrest (14) of a vehicle seat (16) and including an airbag (28) which deploys between two places adjacent transversely to the longitudinal vehicle direction and reduces lateral oscillation of a vehicle occupant toward an adjacent vehicle seat and/or an adjacent vehicle occupant. The head side airbag module (12) comprises a module housing (32) surrounding the airbag (28) at least partially in the installed condition which includes a guiding portion (34) extending on the side of the airbag (28) and exerting a force (F) upon the deploying airbag (28) so that during deployment the latter is pressed in the direction of the vehicle occupant to be restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Gerd Zischka, Dominique Acker, Jürgen Scherr, Marco Wahl
  • Patent number: 11124142
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus for a vehicle includes a first airbag configured to deploy from a front part of the vehicle toward a passenger, a second airbag provided under the first airbag and configured to deploy toward the passenger, and a collision type detector configured to detect a collision or collision possibility of the vehicle and detect a collision type. The collision type detector detects a first type of collision and a second type of collision. The second airbag deploys in a first deployment configuration when the first type of collision is detected, and deploys in a second deployment configuration when the second type of collision is detected. The second airbag deployed in the second deployment configuration contacts an in-vehicle component provided in a vehicle compartment, and the second airbag in contact with the in-vehicle component guides the first airbag in a direction in which the collision load is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Kanegae, Toru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11124149
    Abstract: An airbag having an exhaust hole and an opening/closing control device configured to control opening and closing of the exhaust hole are provided. The airbag includes a bag body, and a discharge portion having the exhaust hole, the discharge portion is configured to maintain a blocked state of the exhaust hole by being drawn into the bag body at the time of inflation of the bag body in a state where connection between a connection member and the opening/closing control device is maintained, and to be inflated by protruding from the bag body at the time of inflation of the bag body in a state where the connection between the connection member and the opening/closing control device is released to open the exhaust hole. A dummy inflation portion inflated to partially protrude from the bag body is formed at a position approximately symmetrical to the discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Hiraiwa, Shinichi Ishida, Keita Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11117470
    Abstract: A multifunction device for a motor vehicle with a combustion engine or an electric drive includes at least one display device and at least one functional element, where the functional element is arranged in such a way in front of the display device at least area by area with respect to a display direction of the display device in that the functional element at least in a first area of the display device covers the display device along a normal direction of at least area by area the display device, as well as a dashboard with such a multifunctional device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Motherson Innovations Company Limited
    Inventors: Matthias Koller, Romeo Wieczorek
  • Patent number: 11117539
    Abstract: A seat device for a vehicle includes a seat for supporting a lower body of a vehicle occupant, and a backrest for supporting an upper body of the occupant. The seat device further includes an arresting portion that is stored in a storage position disposed in the seat. The arresting portion is configured to be deployed from the storage position and restrain a part of the lower body of the occupant from moving forward in the event of a collision of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Masuda, Shigeyuki Suzuki, Shigemi Mase, Hiroaki Yamada, Tadashi Yamada, Yuji Sato, Kenichi Fukurono, Keisaku Yokoi, Takafumi Nakanishi, Takenori Ozaki