Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 11110953
    Abstract: A locking device is presented for an adjustable steering column assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising an actuating element and a damping device. The damping device has a first damping element and a second damping element, wherein the first damping element is attached to the actuating element and the second damping element is attached to a frame part, wherein the first and/or second damping element relative to the other damping element are rotatably mounted. The first and the second damping element each have a coupling section, wherein the coupling sections are engaged at least over a partial section of a movement of the actuating element, and wherein a relative rotation between the two damping elements is damped by deformation of the first and/or second damping element and/or by friction, at least over a partial section of a movement of the actuating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ZF Automotive Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Lingemann, Marcus Zimpel
  • Patent number: 11104293
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag main body formed in a bag shape, and a case body in which the airbag main body folded is stored. The airbag main body includes a first folded part including an opening for gas introduction provided in a base end portion of the first folded part, and multiple second folded parts connected to a distal end portion of the first folded part. The airbag main body folded is stored in the case body such that a connecting part among the first folded part and the second folded parts faces a door part of the case body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Itakura, Kei Sano
  • Patent number: 11097683
    Abstract: An airbag includes a mounting portion, a top wall deployable towards a vehicle occupant, and a circumferential wall disposed between the mounting portion and top wall. An airbag base member for forming the airbag includes a top-forming panel for forming the top wall, and at least three circumferential panels that extend generally radially from the top-forming panel and form the circumferential wall by being joined together by adjoining edges thereof. Each of the circumferential panels is formed into a generally band-like contour which has a first and a second curving edges that make the circumferential panel enlarge in width from the leading end towards an intermediate portion and then narrow towards the top-forming panel. When the airbag base member is laid flat, adjoining edges of any two adjoining circumferential panels are generally symmetrical to each other in curving shape with respect to a line disposed there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ishii, Masashi Hotta, Koji Kawamura, Yuji Sato
  • Patent number: 11084450
    Abstract: When a curtain airbag inflates and expands, an independent portion inside a slit portion inflates and expands toward a vehicle lower side toward a gap between a seat back and a center pillar garnish. If the independent portion interferes with the seat back, the independent portion inflects in the vehicle width direction. Meanwhile, regions of the curtain airbag other than the independent portion inflate and expand toward the vehicle lower side without being affected by the position of the independent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Masaaki Okuhara
  • Patent number: 11084519
    Abstract: A steering device includes a column unit, a front bracket, a rear bracket, and a lock mechanism. A tilt guide part through which a lock bolt is inserted and which guides vertical movement of the lock bolt in accordance with rotation of the column unit is formed on the rear bracket. The tilt guide part includes an intermediate guide part, and an upper guide part continuous with an upper side of the intermediate guide part and having a smaller width than that of the intermediate guide part. The upper guide part is configured so that the lock bolt is slidable in accordance with the rotation of the column unit and is configured to be elastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Shiroishi
  • Patent number: 11077822
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a supplemental restraint harness for cooperating with a seat belt of a vehicle, the supplemental restraint harness comprising, an upper portion which is configured to be worn on the torso of a wearer, wherein the upper portion comprises a first strap which, when the harness is worn, extends along a front of the wearer's torso, over a first shoulder of the wearer, and along a back of the wearer's torso, and a second strap which, when the harness is worn, extends along a front of the wearer's torso, over a second shoulder of the wearer, and along a back of the wearer's torso; and a lower portion, comprising a third strap which can be arranged to form a first loop which can receive a first leg of the wearer, and a fourth strap which can be arranged to form a second loop which can receive a second leg of the wearer; and wherein the upper position and lower portion are connected to one another; and wherein the harness further comprises at least one connector whi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Smartridr AG
    Inventors: Andreas Macaluso, Daniel Schläepfer
  • Patent number: 11052716
    Abstract: An axle for a vehicle, wherein the axle includes a transverse axle portion having a longitudinal end. The axle including a first axle portion connecting the transverse portion to a chassis of the vehicle and a second axle portion connecting the transverse portion to a wheel carrier for supporting a vehicle wheel. A vibration damper is arranged in a receiver in one of the axle portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ralf Andreas Schellhaas, Jens Glorer
  • Patent number: 11046282
    Abstract: An airbag for a vehicle includes a main chamber that deploys and inflates toward a passenger and has an empty space formed therein. A delay chamber is disposed in the empty space of the main chamber and is connected with the main chamber through a connecting portion. The delay chamber inflates in the empty space of the main chamber by receiving gas from the main chamber through the connecting portion when the main chamber is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Hwan Lee
  • Patent number: 11046283
    Abstract: A propellant cage (10) for a tubular inflator (100), especially for a tubular inflator (100) of an airbag module, for forming a propellant chamber (14) and a flow passage (15) of the tubular inflator (100). The propellant cage (10) is in the form of a propellant cage spiral spring (11) having a gas inlet-side end (12) and a gas outlet-side end (13), the gas inlet-side end (12) having a smaller cross-section than the gas outlet-side end (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Manfred Ramp, Georg Tautschnig
  • Patent number: 11040690
    Abstract: A side curtain airbag assembly includes an airbag cushion having a length and a height; a wrapper sheet having a length extending along the airbag cushion and a width perpendicular to the length; and a plurality of mounting strips distributed along the length. Each mounting strip includes a mounting bracket; a wrapping strip; and a connector strap. The wrapper sheet extends across at least two of the mounting strips and is affixed to the airbag cushion by at least one seam composed of stitches. The stitches divide the length of the wrapper sheet into a first partial width and a second partial width of the wrapper sheet. The first partial width of the wrapper sheet has a plurality of cutout openings distributed along an outer edge extending along the length of the wrapper sheet and aligned with the mounting strips. The second partial width can be free of cutout openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Montgomery