Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • Patent number: 10611427
    Abstract: A front fork of the present invention has: a cylinder in which a damper of one fork leg is connected to an outer tube on a vehicle body side; a piston rod connected to an inner tube on an axle side; and a piston valve attached to the piston rod and movably inserted into the cylinder. A variable throttle for extension-side damping force adjustment is provided in the piston rod. A stroke sensor has a detected element attached to the cylinder, and a detection unit that is attached to the piston rod and detects a displacement of the detected element. A variable throttle for compression-side damping force adjustment is attached to an outer tube on the vehicle body side of another fork leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: KYB CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichiro Awano
  • Patent number: 10603975
    Abstract: Provided is a stabilizer capable of improving ride quality and adjustment stability. To this end, the automobile according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes: an actuator; a first stabilizer bar which has one end coupled to one end of the actuator; a second stabilizer bar which has one end coupled to the other end of the actuator; and a decoupler which couples at least one of one end of the first stabilizer bar and one end of the second stabilizer bar to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Sung Park, Gyeong Hwi Min
  • Patent number: 10589588
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a transverse link for a wheel suspension of a vehicle that includes at least one wheel-side attachment structure and at least one structure-side attachment structure. The wheel-side and structure-side structures are connected to each other by a connection structure which extends therebetween. The connection structure and/or at least one of the attachment structures is/are produced by a generative production method. At least one of the attachment structures is constructed as a generatively produced bushing which has an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve surrounding the inner sleeve. The sleeves are connected to each other by a fold-like structure. The present disclosure further provides a method for producing such a transverse link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rainer Souschek, Raphael Koch, Daniel Mainz, Theo Kueppers
  • Patent number: 10589590
    Abstract: A stabilizer includes a stabilizer main body, and eyes formed on both ends of the stabilizer main body. Through-holes are formed in fastening surfaces of the eyes, respectively. The stabilizer main body is covered with a main body coating film. The eye is covered with an eye coating film whose thickness is less than a thickness of the main body coating film. An inner surface of the through-hole is covered with an inner surface coating film. An incomplete coating portion is formed at a part of the inner surface of the through-hole in a circumferential direction. The incomplete coating portion is located on an extension of a straight line connecting a center of the through-hole and the center of gravity of the stabilizer main body in a side view of the stabilizer main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuharu Sakurai, Yoshihiro Koshita, Akihiko Nishikawa, Akifumi Otani
  • Patent number: 10589707
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag is configured to be deployed and inflated by the inflation gas at a position forward of a vehicle seat. The airbag includes a main bag member, an auxiliary bag member, and a tether. The main bag member is configured to be attached to a base member located at a position forward of the vehicle seat in the vehicle. The inflation gas is supplied from the inflator to the main bag member. The auxiliary bag member has a smaller volume than the main bag member and projects rearward from the main bag member. The tether extends across a boundary portion between the main bag member and the auxiliary bag member. A communicating portion, which allows communication between the main bag member and the auxiliary bag member, is provided around the tether in the boundary portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ning Zhang, Shiro Ohara, Aviral Shrivatri
  • Patent number: 10589773
    Abstract: A vehicle fitted with a steering device including a steering mechanism protected by a steering casing, the steering casing itself being housed in an engine compartment that is separated from the interior of the vehicle by a dashboard, the steering device also including a steering wheel, located in the interior, and to which the steering mechanism is connected by a steering column that extends out of the steering casing and passes through the dashboard, the vehicle including, in order to provide a seal around the steering column, between the steering casing and the dashboard, an elastomeric coupling gasket including, in a single piece, a central first sealing ring that surrounds and clamps around the steering column and a peripheral second sealing ring that is inserted between the steering casing and the dashboard, at a distance from and around the first sealing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventor: Laurent Rey
  • Patent number: 10589781
    Abstract: Steering wheel assembly intended for being built into a vehicle dashboard and including a steering wheel and a mounting element which is stationary relative to the dashboard and the steering wheel being movable in rotation with respect to the dashboard. The steering wheel includes a plurality of light-emitting sources spaced apart so that at least one of the light sources cannot be concealed by a hand or by a portion of a hand of a driver of the vehicle. The steering wheel assembly includes a first plurality of sensors capable of picking up the light emitted by at least one light-emitting source, the light-emitting sources and the sensors being configured to form a continuous communication channel between the steering wheel and an instrument panel mounted on the dashboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Pascal Clochard
  • Patent number: 10577010
    Abstract: A telescoping steering column is constructed to be mounted to a vehicle structure. The telescoping steering column includes a plurality of jackets in telescopic relation to one another along a telescopic axis, an electric motor, at least one leadscrew, first and second thread sets, and first and second nuts. The plurality of jackets include a first jacket and a second jacket. The electric motor is rigidly fixed to one of the plurality of jackets. Then at least one leadscrew is rotationally driven by the electric motor. The first and second thread sets are carried by the at least one leadscrew. The first and second nuts are threaded upon the respective first and second thread sets, and attached to the respective first and second jackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Derocher, Todd M. King, James E. Rouleau, Donald A. Buzzard, Melvin L. Tinnin
  • Patent number: 10569646
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle includes tanks configured to store a fuel gas to be supplied to the fuel cell, the tanks being respectively disposed in front of and behind the motor drive unit such that a longitudinal direction of each of the tanks corresponds to a width direction of the fuel cell vehicle. The tanks are disposed such that respective end portions of the tanks on a side on which the high-voltage wiring portion is positioned are outside the high-voltage wiring portion in the width direction of the fuel cell vehicle and the respective end portions of tanks overlap a tire-wheel assembly in a front-rear direction of the fuel cell vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhito Mori, Masanori Miyakawa, Keijiro Ohshima, Daiki Nishiumi
  • Patent number: 10569732
    Abstract: An arm rest attachable to a seat for a vehicle occupant to sit on includes a pair of side members, a pair of front members, and an airbag. The side members are at left and right sides of the vehicle occupant, extend in a front-rear direction, and are coupled to the seat. The front members are in front of the vehicle occupant and extend inward in a width direction of the seat from the side members. The airbag deploys toward the vehicle occupant from at least one of the pair of side members or the pair of front members. The airbag includes a lateral abutment unit that abuts on the side members and a front abutment unit that abuts on the front members. The airbag has a substantially-triangular cross section taken in a substantially horizontal direction, the cross section including the lateral abutment unit and the front abutment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10570002
    Abstract: Provided is a forklift capable of recognizing an approximate weight of an object to be conveyed supported by a fork without adding special parts. A control unit includes a storage unit which stores load/time information indicating a relationship between a delay time required for an angle of rear wheels to reach an angle corresponding to an angle of the steering wheel and a weight of the object to be conveyed supported by the fork at that time, a delay time detection unit which detects the delay time required for a steering angle of the rear wheels to reach the angle corresponding to the angle of the steering wheel, and a weight identifying unit which identifies the weight of the object to be conveyed supported by the fork on the basis of the delay time detected by the delay time detection unit and the load/time information stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Goshima
  • Patent number: 10562479
    Abstract: Aspects hereof relate to an operator protection apparatus having at least one over-center linkage. In some aspects, an operator protection apparatus can be raised and lowered by an operator from a seated position, for example, on a terrain working vehicle. Additionally, the at least one over-center linkage may automatically lock in the operator protection apparatus in a raised position. Accordingly, a mechanical force is then required to overcome the lock, and allow the operator protection apparatus to return to a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: EXCEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Harlan John Bartel, Brian L. Nebel, Royce A. Steinert
  • Patent number: 10549715
    Abstract: A pretensioner includes a drive wheel provided with a plurality of engaging teeth for rotating a spool, the spool for winding up a webbing for fastening a passenger; and an elongated resin component that transmits power to the drive wheel during an emergency, wherein the plurality of teeth is positioned such that, when one engaging tooth is caused to contact a tip of the elongated resin component in an approximately planer manner, another engaging tooth adjacent to the one engaging tooth in a direction opposite to a rotation direction can contact a side surface of the elongated resin component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10551185
    Abstract: The invention makes it easy to link wheel alignment inspections to improving stability when traveling and to suppressing uneven tire wear. The straight running state of a vehicle is verified (S1), and the vehicle is placed on a tester in the straight running state (S2). The wheel alignment of the vehicle in the straight running state is measured using the tester (S3). The individual toe of each front wheel and each rear wheel is adjusted to eliminate differences between the left and right wheels (S4). The wheel alignment, such as the included angle, is measured again, and the causes of any wheel alignment failures are narrowed down on the basis of the measurement results (S5 to S7). Wheel alignment failures impacting steering pull or uneven tire wear are evaluated on the basis of the results of the measurements in S3 (S8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMADA JIDOSHA INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshifumi Shimada
  • Patent number: 10543807
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a housing defining a cavity tapering to an end and a plug disposed in the cavity. The plug is larger than the end of the housing. A seatbelt buckle is fixed relative to one of the housing and the plug and is moveable from a first position to a second position relative to the other of the housing and the plug. The plug is moveable relative to the housing toward the end during movement from the first position to the second position. One of the housing and the plug is plastically deformable by the other of the housing and the plug during movement from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10543806
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly that includes a tongue assembly having a weblock mounted to a tongue selectively securable to a buckle; a webbing extends through the weblock between a torso portion and a lap portion; and with the weblock allowing for the webbing to slide between the torso and lap portions when in an unlocked position and pivoting relative to the tongue when in a locked position to reorient the torso portion extending from the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Edward Ruthinowski
  • Patent number: 10538217
    Abstract: A completely folded body of an airbag includes: a folded body and a retainer, which is assembled to the folded body, including: an annular bottom wall portion; a plurality of fixing units; and a reinforcing rib, wherein: the folded body of the airbag is configured in such a folded shape that the airbag is folded to be gathered to an upper side of the retainer; the folded body is arranged with a bottom wall cover portion and a bottom wall separated portion which extends from the bottom wall cover portion; and the bottom wall separated portion includes a stepped surface having a vertical surface bent upward from the bottom wall cover portion, and a horizontal surface which is disposed above the bottom wall cover portion from an upper end of the vertical surface and extends toward an outer circumferential edge of the bottom wall separated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Komatsu, Hideo Higashi
  • Patent number: 10532621
    Abstract: A suspension arm A-shaped in a plan view includes legs receiving therebetween front and rear surfaces of a vertical member arranged in a travel direction of a working vehicle. The legs of the suspension arm and the surfaces of the vertical member each have a hole. An attaching structure includes: a cantilevered pin inserted into the hole of each of the legs and the corresponding hole of the vertical member to hold the leg of the suspension arm such that the suspension arm is pivotable; and a retaining mechanism provided to a frame to prevent the pin from coming off the vertical member. The pin includes a projection extending radially outward at a base end in an insertion direction. The retaining mechanism includes: a holding portion holding the projection in a rotation direction of the pin; and a cover portion covering the projection in the insertion direction of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Taiga Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10525783
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein comprises a vehicle having improved suspension systems for wheels, motorized wheels and the seat of the user. The wheel suspension system includes a sleeve housing a non-round core snugly surrounded by an elastomeric shock-absorption material. Since both ends of the sleeve have downstanding arms forming the “forks” supporting a caster axle, irregularities in the terrain encountered by the caster exert torsion upon the core; embedding the core in elastomeric material dampens the shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Robert N. Foster, Adam E. Branscum
  • Patent number: 10525782
    Abstract: A composite part for an air spring component of a motor vehicle includes a first element made of a first material and a second element made of a second material. The second element at least partially surrounds the first element. In the air spring component, the composite part can be bonded to at least one second component in an adhesive-bonded manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: VIBRACOUSTIC GMBH
    Inventors: Sergej Derr, Joerg Hechenblaikner