Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • Patent number: 10829082
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a first section and a second section. The first section is defined by a first material having a first heat dissipating characteristic. The second section is defined by a second material having a second heat dissipating characteristic. The second section dissipates heat at a higher rate than the first section when the airbag device is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Campbell, Brian Downey
  • Patent number: 10821828
    Abstract: A power takeoff mechanism utilizes intermeshing gears as a PTO power transfer mechanism to transfer rotational power from a power takeoff input shaft to an offset power takeoff output shaft. The PTO power transfer mechanism is supported in a fluid-tight housing mounted on the rearward side of the transfer case of a four wheel drive vehicle. A braking apparatus is operably connected to the drive gear and includes a piston, a biasing spring coupled with the piston and a pressure apparatus that keeps the spring from moving the piston until the drive has been disengaged from the power takeoff input shaft. The speed of operation of the PTO output shaft can be selectively varied by changing the ratio of the respective diameters of the drive gear and driven gear within the PTO power transfer mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: DirectDrive Plus, LLC
    Inventor: Duane Martin
  • Patent number: 10814828
    Abstract: Provided is a gas generator including in a housing having a top plate, a bottom plate and a circumferential wall provided with a gas discharge port; a first combustion chamber arranged on the side of the top plate; a second combustion chamber arranged on the side of the bottom plate; a plenum chamber facing the gas discharge port and arranged between the first combustion chamber and the second combustion chamber; a first igniter for igniting and burning a first gas generating agent in the first combustion chamber; and a second igniter for igniting and burning a second gas generating agent in the second combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: DAICEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Fukui, Tomoharu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10814822
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus for a vehicle includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag is provided to be able to deploy around a passenger in a vehicle, and the inflator is configured to supply gas to deploy the airbag. The airbag includes a main bag configured to support a head and an upper body of the passenger bending down, and a sub bag projecting from the main bag toward a passenger side. After expanding in a direction different from the passenger side, the sub bag turns to the passenger side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Kanegae, Kazuya Yamane
  • Patent number: 10807551
    Abstract: A seat includes a seat bottom and a seatback. A seatbelt buckle is supported by the seat bottom. A restraint is deployable from the seatback to a deployed position and in the deployed position includes a first edge extending along the seatback, a second edge extending along the seat bottom, and a third edge extending from the first edge to the second edge. The restraint is disposed outboard of the seatbelt buckle relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Joseph E. Abramczyk, Deepak Patel, Yun Cai
  • Patent number: 10807434
    Abstract: A selectively switchable dual rate vehicle suspension system comprising a pushrod actuated inboard spring configuration, conventionally oriented between the unsprung mass and the sprung mass of one corner of the vehicle, comprising a torsion bar spring of a first predetermined rate, K1, and a coil spring of a second predetermined rate, K2, arranged in series so as to provide a total combined spring rate KT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Multimatic Inc.
    Inventors: Laurence J Holt, Damian O'Flynn
  • Patent number: 10807631
    Abstract: An adjustable steering column for a motor vehicle, having a console unit which is vehicle-fixed or articulated to the vehicle, a steering shaft bearing unit which is arranged in the console unit and is axially displaceable relative to the console unit, and a mechanism mounted to the console unit and provided for adjusting and fixing in place the axial length of the steering column. This mechanism, when in an open condition, enables an axial relative displacement between the console unit and the steering shaft bearing unit, and, when in a locked condition, it axially fixes the steering shaft bearing unit in place at the console unit. The steering column further has an energy absorbing unit which, in the locked condition of the mechanism for adjusting the axial length of the steering column, allows an axial displacement of the steering shaft bearing unit relative to the console unit, accompanied by an absorption of energy, the energy absorbing unit being mounted to the console unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: ZF Automotive Germany GmbH, ZF Automotive UK Limited
    Inventors: Markus Lingemann, Guido Liesenfeld, Petr Masinsky
  • Patent number: 10802496
    Abstract: A remote tractor control system with a hand held remote control unit having an enable button that when actuated sends signals from a plurality of command buttons on the hand held remote control unit to a three point hitch controller, a transmission controller and an engine controller on a tractor. When not actuated, a rear switch module may be used to raise and lower the three point hitch or creep in forward or reverse, while the hand held remote control unit may display information about tractor condition from the engine controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Clint W. Lampley, Harry K. Voelp, IV, Christopher T. McCord, Chris S. McCormick
  • Patent number: 10793193
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes: a pair of left and right suspensions provided below a vehicle body floor; suspension mounting portions for mounting the suspensions to the vehicle body floor; a power supply device that supplies power to drive a vehicle; a frame that supports the power supply device; and frame mounting portions for mounting the frame to the vehicle body floor, wherein the frame mounting portions are disposed at positions overlapping in a vertical direction with the suspension mounting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kato, Ken Yasui, Koichi Takahashi, Satoru Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10794462
    Abstract: A variable speed transmission disposed in a housing includes a transmission input shaft and a transmission output shaft. A power take off is disposed in the housing and includes a power take off output shaft and a clutch/brake mechanism having a clutch input hub engaged to and driven by the transmission input shaft, a cage engaged to the clutch input hub, a brake stator and a brake rotor and carrier being selectively engageable with the cage and alternately selectively engageable with the brake stator. An output hub is rotatably driven by the brake rotor; and a biasing member is disposed between the cage and the brake rotor to bias the brake rotor to engagement with the brake stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael L. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10793102
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seat belt webbing guide including a slot having an upper surface and a lower surface. A rod is supported by the seat belt webbing guide. A roller is supported by the rod. A spring is between the seat belt webbing guide and the rod. The spring the rod toward the lower surface of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10787143
    Abstract: An assembly includes a base. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the base. The assembly includes an airbag guide supported by the base. The assembly includes a linchpin securing the airbag guide to the base. The linchpin includes a first marking and one of the base or the airbag guide includes a second marking, the first marking and the second marking align to collectively be a readable indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Tien Vo, Brian Robert Spahn, Timothy Owen Hamlin
  • Patent number: 10787147
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes: a cover that covers a vent hole which is formed on an airbag bag body from an inner part of the airbag bag body; a fixation part that supports the cover movably; and a strap that is connected to the cover, wherein a width of the strap is smaller than a diameter of the vent hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujimaki, Shigeo Ito
  • Patent number: 10780758
    Abstract: A device for damping vibrations may comprise a hollow damper tube, a piston rod with a piston fastened thereto, at least one spring plate, and at least one securing element. The piston may be disposed within the damper tube, and the spring plate may be disposed outside the damper tube. To achieve a reliable connection between the spring plate and the damper tube in a cost-effective manner, the spring plate may be connected to the damper tube in both a force-fitting manner and a form-fitting manner. The present disclosure further concerns motor vehicles that employ such devices, as well as methods for fastening spring plates to damper tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP BILSTEIN GMBH, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Thilo Reimann, Michael Hönig
  • Patent number: 10773565
    Abstract: A machine includes a chassis, a plurality of ground engaging elements supporting the chassis above a ground surface, a motor for driving at least one of the ground engaging elements and a plurality of assemblies supporting the chassis on the ground engaging elements. Each of the assemblies is configured to selectively raise and lower the chassis relative to the ground surface and includes a first attachment component for attaching the assembly to one of the ground engaging elements, a second attachment component for attaching the assembly to the chassis, an adjustment component for shifting the first attachment component between a plurality of operating positions relative to the second attachment component. A control system allows an operator to remotely control the adjustment components of each of the assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: James Slawson
  • Patent number: 10759244
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle frame and a suspension arm. A bushing is connected to the suspension arm. A lever extends through the bushing. A fastener is fastened to the lever and the vehicle frame. When the lever is impacted by a rigid barrier of a small-offset rigid-barrier (SORB) frontal impact test, the lever breaks the fastener and allows the lever, the bushing, and the suspension arm to release from the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Michael White, Christopher Melgar, Peter Lazarevski, Kevin Stanton Giaier
  • Patent number: 10744872
    Abstract: A two-track multi-axle motor vehicle including at least two fuel tanks in which a fuel for producing driving energy for a vehicle drive unit can be stored under high pressure of the order of magnitude of 300 bar and more is provide. Each tank includes a safety valve device having a temperature-sensitive element monitoring only a partial region of the tank surface. The safety valve device allows at least a partial quantity of the stored fuel to escape from the respective tank at a higher temperature, which can occur, for example, in the case of a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Pelger, Klaus Szoucsek
  • Patent number: 10737714
    Abstract: A steering device is configured such that an EA stopper and a telescopic lock tooth are engaged with each other such that an inner column and a fixation member move forward with respect to a hanger bracket in a case where a load in a forward direction that acts on the inner column is equal to or greater than a predetermined value. Regarding a telescopic stopper, the fixation member comes into contact with the telescopic stopper in accordance with movement of the inner column and the fixation member with respect to the hanger bracket such that the telescopic stopper rotates in a withdrawal direction in which the telescopic stopper is withdrawn from the fixation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Shiroishi
  • Patent number: 10737572
    Abstract: A power distribution assembly integrated into the lower engine housing of an internal combustion engine, the assembly having a drive train with a T-box output configuration and power take off driven by the crankshaft of the engine. The drive train may power the input shafts of a pair of independent, variable drive transmissions. In one embodiment, a single actuator engages a manual clutch/brake mechanism that controls the output shaft of the power take off. In other embodiments, an electric clutch generates magnetic actuation to control of the power take off mechanism. In further embodiments, a hydraulic clutch/brake assembly allows control of the power take off, and an additional hydraulic clutch assembly may be used to control the outputs of the T-box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Nathan W. Bonny, Raymond Hauser
  • Patent number: 10710541
    Abstract: An airbag includes a body, an insert opening and a flap member which covers the insert opening from inside of the airbag. A retainer is inside the airbag, and an inflator is inserted into a holding section of the retainer via the insert opening such that the root end protrudes from the insert opening. The flap member entirely covers the insert opening of the airbag body as unfolded and is joined to the airbag body, with a continuous seam, by the circumferential edge except the leading edge disposed towards the leading end of the inflator. The flap member thus covers the holding section. The retainer includes an open region which exposes an outer periphery of the inflator towards the flap member, and the leading edge of the flap member is positioned to be pressed against the outer periphery of the inflator via the open region at airbag deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Shigemura