Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • Patent number: 10710543
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant safety system helps protect front seat occupants of a vehicle in the event of a collision that results in oblique forward occupant movement. The safety system includes a frontal air bag inflatable between on instrument panel end the front seat vehicle occupant, and a central air bag inflatable adjacent and inboard of the frontal air bag. The frontal air bag can be configured and positioned to receive and cushion the vehicle occupant moving in an oblique direction in the vehicle as the result of a vehicle collision. The central air bag can be configured and positioned to support an inboard portion of the frontal airbag against flattening out in response to receiving the obliquely moving occupant, and to engage the obliquely moving occupant's head and resist rotation of the vehicle occupant's head resulting from moving obliquely into engagement with the frontal air bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Douglas M. Gould, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10710549
    Abstract: A seat belt pull through device for a car seat used in a vehicle. It allows an occupant, a child, to remain comfortably in a semi-erect or upright position while placed in a toddler or infant car safety seat. The device facilitates fast and easy installation of the car seat and connection of the car seat to the existing seat and shoulder belts already with the vehicle. It greatly simplifies the insertion of the vehicle belts through the car seat and removes the cumbersome and tiresome fishing of a limp belt through the tight, small openings in the car seat structure. The device includes an extended sheath with a hook and protector flaps to enable the vehicle belt to be inserted into a seat belt slot of the car seat, pushed through and removably connected to the seat belt system of the entire vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Angela Finney
  • Patent number: 10696266
    Abstract: An inflatable airbag assembly, such as a knee airbag assembly, including a support strap, wherein the support strap may be secured to an inflatable airbag cushion. The support strap may be configured to direct the deployment trajectory of the airbag cushion such that the airbag cushion is deployed rearwardly and upwardly within a vehicle. The inflatable airbag assembly may be configured to prevent injury to an occupant's hip, femur, knee, and/or lower leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Enders, Quin Soderquist
  • Patent number: 10696122
    Abstract: An annular reference surface is formed around a through-hole of an eye portion. A distal-end-side curved portion is formed at a first corner portion, on an outer side of the annular reference surface. The thickness of the distal-end-side curved portion is reduced in a range of a length from the first flat surface toward the distal end surface. A hole-side curved portion whose thickness is reduced toward an inner surface of the through-hole is formed at a second corner portion, on an inner side of the annular reference surface. The length of the hole-side curved portion is less than the length of the distal-end-side curved portion. The hole-side curved portion is curved with a greater curvature than that of the distal-end-side curved portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuharu Sakurai, Yoshihiro Koshita, Akihiko Nishikawa, Akifumi Otani
  • Patent number: 10682978
    Abstract: An airbag device for pedestrian protection to mount on a vicinity of the rear end of a vehicle hood. The airbag includes a transverse inflatable portion that covers a cowl of the vehicle generally entirely in the vehicle width direction when deployed, and an inlet port in a front end region of the transverse inflatable portion to couple with an inflator. The airbag is stored folded-up in a housing. The airbag is folded up through a front-rear contracting step that provides a front-rear contracted bag, i.e. the airbag which has gone through the front-rear contracting step, and a transversely contracting step which folds the front-rear contracted bag with a crease at a vicinity of an outer end in a left and right direction of the inlet port. A transversely-contracted fold portion formed in the transversely contracting step and the inlet port are arranged in a stratified fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Ozeki, Takashi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10683046
    Abstract: Provided is a tandem lift auxiliary axle suspension assembly for vehicles which can be selectively raised and lowered to adjust the overall vehicle weight to axle ratio. A tandem wheel mount is connected with a pair of torsion rods to a hanger depending from the vehicle frame. An air spring mounted between the beam and the frame dampen axle movement during use. A lift spring is mounted between the hanger and the torsion rods, or other components of the assembly to selectively raise and lower the tandem axles for ground engagement as needed to decrease the weight to axle ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: RIDEWELL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce Barton, Matthew Koontz
  • Patent number: 10676133
    Abstract: A tension rod supporting part (14) is provided at a sub-frame front structure (10) of a front part of a front sub-frame (5); the side member (6) is disposed upward in one side and extended rearward from the tension rod supporting part (14); a rack arrangement step (A) opened downward for arranging a steering rack (55) is formed behind the tension rod supporting portion (14) and under the side member (6); and a stabilizer support part (62) is provided in the rack arrangement step (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Komiya, Masaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10668950
    Abstract: A wheel bearing device includes a wheel bearing supported by a knuckle; a hub ring having a boss portion; a second constant-velocity joint; and a first constant-velocity joint. The second constant-velocity joint includes an outer ring rotatably supported by the wheel bearing, and an inner ring coupled to the boss portion of the hub ring. The first constant-velocity joint includes an outer ring coupled to the outer race of the second constant-velocity joint, and an inner ring coupled to a drive shaft. The knuckle supports a pair of camber angle-adjusting linear motion actuators, and a pair of toe angle-adjusting linear motion actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masao Kurita, Hirokazu Ohba
  • Patent number: 10668886
    Abstract: Coupling spots are properly protected upon reception of gas pressure. A seam is possessed as a partition that partitions the interior of an airbag, and the seam is a coupling spot along which a frontal-side base fabric and a backside base fabric are coupled to each other. First and second reinforcing fabrics are provided on inner sides of the frontal-side base fabric and the backside base fabric, and the first and second reinforcing fabrics have remaining margins that are oriented toward the gas supply side in the downward direction rather than toward the seam, and each of the remaining margins functions as a shield wall against a flow of gas toward the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Sato
  • Patent number: 10661628
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting a stabilizer bar to a vehicle includes a support for attaching to the vehicle. The support defines a space for receiving a bushing through which the stabilizer bar can extend. The support includes tabs to which a heat shield can be attached. The heat shield is spaced apart from the bushing to define a gap between the heat shield and the bushing to protect the bushing from heat emitted from the vehicle exhaust system or engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dustin L. Hinders, Scott R. Harvey
  • Patent number: 10661626
    Abstract: An attaching structure for a stabilizer of a utility vehicle includes: a pair of right and left independent suspension devices; the stabilizer which connects the pair of right and left independent suspension devices to each other; and a support member which is raised from a main frame and is configured to support a load from above. A through hole is defined in the support member such that the through hole penetrates the support member in a vehicle width direction, and the stabilizer passes through the through hole and is supported on the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Hisamura, Yusuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10654525
    Abstract: A front subframe structure includes front and rear cross members, a pair of left and right side members, and a vehicle body mounting portion disposed on front ends of the side members. The side member has a lateral widening portion at a front end thereof, wherein the lateral widening portion bulges outward in a vehicle width direction. The front cross member has a front widening portion at an end portion thereof in the vehicle width direction, wherein the front widening portion bulges forward of the vehicle. A portion of the front cross member excluding the front widening portion is disposed on the rear side with respect to the vehicle body mounting portion, and on the front side with respect to a rear end of the lateral widening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Komiya, Yasushi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10647364
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed which includes a frame with a viscous isolator, a first pin receptor, a retainer, a cab, and a pin. The first pin receptor includes a base portion mounted to the viscous isolator and a top portion movable within a limited range relative to the frame. The retainer is detachably mounted to the frame such that the top portion of the first pin receptor protruding through an aperture in the retainer, and the base portion of the first pin receptor is below the aperture. A pin is received by the top portion of the first pin receptor and a second pin receptor included in a cab, rendering the cab tiltable relative to the frame about the pin. The aperture of the retainer and the base portion of the first pin receptor are each configured such that the base portion cannot pass through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph F. Tilp, Trisha L. Oyen, Leonard K. Mast, Stephen Lovas
  • Patent number: 10647287
    Abstract: An airbag includes an internal pressure adjusting mechanism, including: a tether arranged in a bag part; a long side part; and a short side part; and adjusting an exhaust of the inflation gas: to be in an exhaust mode in which the exhaust is facilitated when the tether is loosened; and to be in an exhaust suppression mode in which the exhaust is suppressed when the tether is stretched. In a state where the tether is loosened during the exhaust mode, facing edge parts of the long side part and the short side part are separable. In a state where the tether is stretched during the exhaust suppression mode, the facing edge part of the long side part and a root side part are inflated around the short side part and a leading edge side part contacts a back surface side of the short side part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Komatsu, Wataru Miura, Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Koji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10647356
    Abstract: A rear subframe structure is provided with a rear subframe configured such that a front cross member, a rear cross member, a pair of left and right upper side members, and a pair of left and right lower side members are connected; and a vehicle-body mounting portion formed on each of both ends of the front cross member, and on each of rear ends of the upper side members. The rear subframe further includes a pillar portion formed between the upper side member and the lower side member; a first-arm support portion formed on the pillar portion to support a first arm; a second-arm support portion formed on the pillar portion to support a second arm; and an arm support bracket to support the second-arm support portion from a rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Tanaka, Katsuyuki Komiya
  • Patent number: 10639952
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension may include a crank bar and first and second lateral links. The crank bar is mounted to an axle assembly and is rotatable relative to the axle assembly about a first axis. The first lateral link may include a first end rotatably coupled to a first bracket fixed to a chassis of the vehicle and a second end coupled to the crank bar for rotation about a second rotational axis. The second lateral link may include a third end rotatably coupled to a second bracket fixed to the chassis and a fourth end coupled to the crank bar for rotation about a third rotational axis. A straight line having an infinite length may intersect the first rotational axis and one of the second and third rotational axes does not intersect the other of the second and third rotational axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Mahindra N.A. Tech Center
    Inventors: Matthew T. Brown, Gurdeep S. Pahwa
  • Patent number: 10640076
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first member inflatable to an inflated position in which the first member has a first and a second distal edge spaced from each other along a vehicle-longitudinal axis. The vehicle includes a second member inflatable to an inflated position, the second member in the inflated position being on a cross-vehicle axis that extends through the first distal edge. The vehicle includes a one-way vent permitting fluid flow from the first member to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juyoung Lee, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Jonathan Clarke, Eric A. Smitterberg
  • Patent number: 10639953
    Abstract: An automatic tilting vehicle is provided that includes left and right front wheels supported by knuckles, a steerable rear wheel, a vehicle tilting device, and a control unit. The vehicle tilting device includes a swing member, a tilt actuator for swing the swing member, and a pair of tie rods pivotally attached to the swing member and the knuckles. The control unit calculates a target lateral acceleration of the vehicle, estimates a lateral acceleration of the vehicle caused by the gyro moments of the wheels and calculates a target tilt angle of the vehicle based on a sum of the target lateral acceleration and the lateral acceleration caused by the gyro moments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukihide Kimura, Toshihide Yano, Junrou Yamamoto, Taku Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10632956
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback and an airbag unit. The seatback has a front side and a rear side. The airbag unit includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag unit is carried by the seatback and includes a first portion and a second portion. In an inflated state free of outside forces, the airbag rearwardly extends from the rear side of the seatback such that the first portion includes a first impact surface defining a first impact plane and the second portion includes a second impact surface defining a second impact plane. The first impact plane is oriented generally vertical and the second impact plane oriented generally horizontal. At least one shape defining member may be provided for maintaining the generally horizontal orientation of the second impact plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10632953
    Abstract: A retainer and an inflator are disposed inside the airbag. The retainer includes a mounting base section, a holding section which extends from the mounting base section and receives and holds an inflator therein, and a second mounting means which protrudes from the mounting base perpendicularly. The inflator includes a cylindrical body provided with a gas release section and, a first mounting means protruding from a region of the body disposed outside the airbag. The retainer further includes a storing dent section which receives the first mounting means of the inflator so as to conform an orientation of the first means to that of the second mounting means and, a pressing section disposed proximate the storing dent section. The pressing section is brought into close contact with a circumferential area of the body of the inflator when the first mounting means of the inflator is secured to a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Shigemura