Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • Patent number: 10315610
    Abstract: The airbag device includes an airbag including a base fabric and an occupant protection fabric whose outer peripheries are joined together. The occupant protection fabric is positioned on the vehicle rear side of the base fabric and configured to restrain an occupant, and includes: at least one protruding portion that protrudes to the vehicle rear side; a flat portion that is continuously formed from the at least one protruding portion and is designed to come into contact with the occupant; and a tether that is disposed between the base fabric and the at least one protruding portion in the airbag, extending from the flat portion to the joint between the occupant protection fabric and the base fabric. The tether is joined at its end on the joint side with a base edge of the at least one protruding portion and the outer periphery of the base fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Moritani, Kazuyoshi Nakai
  • Patent number: 10315534
    Abstract: Provided is a work vehicle having a rollover protection structure (ROPS) around a driver's seat which is switchable between a front seating posture and a rear seating posture. A locking mechanism locks the driver's seat to the rear seating posture. The locking mechanism includes a hook provided on the driver's seat side, a hook rod disposed between a left strut and a right strut and engageable with the hook when the driver's seat is switched to the rear seating posture, and a rod bracket for supporting the hook rod. The rod bracket is provided separately from the left strut and the right strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Shibata, Shoichiro Nagaishi, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Takeshi Komorida, Takashi Kumashiro, Azusa Furihata, Akihito Mihara, Tatsuki Kago, Yoshihisa Tonoya
  • Patent number: 10315682
    Abstract: A steering column may include a steering spindle mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in an inner casing tube. An outer casing unit in which the inner casing tube is held may be directly or indirectly connectable to a body of a motor vehicle. A clamping device in a fixing position affixes the outer casing unit relative to the inner casing tube. In a release position, the clamping device permits adjustment of the inner casing tube relative to the outer casing unit at least in a longitudinal direction. The clamping device may have at least one locking part for prohibiting or permitting movement between the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit. The inner casing tube and the outer casing unit may be coupled by an energy absorption device that has at least two energy absorption elements that are plastically deformed in the event of displacement between the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Thomas Agbor, Thomas Geiselberger, Johannes Ganahl, Martin Fleischer
  • Patent number: 10308093
    Abstract: A load distribution apparatus of magnetic wheel, includes: a plurality of cylinder parts including one sides respectively connected to a plurality of magnetic wheels and an upper space portion and a lower space portion whose interiors do not communicate to each other; and a passage part which serves as a moving path of fluid and interconnects the plurality of cylinder parts. The passage part is configured to evenly distribute a load applied to the magnetic wheels by moving fluids in the upper space portion and the lower space portion in such a manner that the fluids are not mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TAS GLOBAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 10308202
    Abstract: An assembly for a motor vehicle includes an instrument panel and a restraining device which is configured to limit a relative movement between at least a panel section of the instrument panel and a vehicle component of the motor vehicle to a predefined maximum value in a movement direction towards an interior space of a passenger cell of the motor vehicle, when a force is transmitted between the instrument panel and the vehicle component as a result of an accident that causes deformation of the instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Matthias Wunderlich, Stefan Schiessl, Florian Seger, Peter Sabo, Richard Luijkx
  • Patent number: 10300758
    Abstract: A ride-height adjustment system for a vehicle. The system has a first detector, to detect a preliminary end-of-journey (EOJ) event, such as seat belt unbuckling or ignition switch-off. A controller adjusts the vehicle's suspension system in a first movement in response to detection of the preliminary EOJ event, to change the ride height of the vehicle towards an access ride height of the vehicle. The access ride height is a predetermined ride height that facilitates egress from and entrance to the vehicle. A second detector detects opening of a door of the vehicle. When the ride height of the vehicle remains different from the access ride height after the first movement, the controller adjusts the suspension system in a second movement in response to the door-opening detection. This further changes the ride height of the vehicle towards the access ride height of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Guest, David Waide, Rory Manning, Adam Grzywaczewski, David Grace
  • Patent number: 10293776
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle curtain airbag device including: an inflator; a curtain airbag; a rear seat side impact chamber; a front chamber; and a protective cloth that is configured separately from the curtain airbag, is anchored to at least an upper edge side of the curtain airbag, is disposed ranging from a vehicle width direction inner surface of a front portion of the rear seat side impact chamber to a vehicle width direction inner surface of a rear portion of the front chamber, in the completely deployed state of the curtain airbag, and covers, from a vehicle width direction inner side, a recess portion that has different heights in a bag thickness direction and that is formed between the front portion of the rear seat side impact chamber and the rear portion of the front chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Koji Toida, Takuya Nezaki, Junji Ohashi, Yusuke Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10286742
    Abstract: A leaf spring system includes a main leaf pack having a main leaf spring including a first end, a second and a first surface and a second opposing surfaces extending therebetween. An auxiliary stage leaf pack is arranged at the first. The auxiliary stage leaf pack includes a first surface portion and a second, opposing surface portion. A spacer is arranged between the first surface of the main leaf spring and the second surface portion of the auxiliary stage leaf pack. The spacer includes first axial end, a second axial end. A reinforcement plate is arranged at the first surface portion of the auxiliary stage leaf pack substantially aligned with the spacer. The reinforcement plate includes a first end section, a second end section. At least one of the first end section and the second end section extends beyond a corresponding one of the first and second axial ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jian Chen, Oleg G. Basin
  • Patent number: 10279769
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag stored in a storage part provided in front of an occupant seated on a seat. The airbag has an occupant protecting section configured to protect the occupant on a rear surface at the time of completion of inflation; the occupant protecting section includes: an upper half body restraining surface configured to receive an upper half body of the occupant; and a head receiving section formed in a left region and a right region of a center in a left-right direction of the occupant protecting section to protrude rearward from the upper half body restraining surface, in a region above the upper half body restraining surface. The head receiving section is configured so that a part between a left restraining surface and a right restraining surface upon completion of inflation is continued from the upper half body restraining surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Wataru Miura, Naohiko Ishiguro, Ryotaro Ishida
  • Patent number: 10281024
    Abstract: A drive assembly is disclosed, with a variable speed transmission in a housing. A pair of clutch assemblies are engaged to a transmission output shaft, and engaged to and selectively driving a pair of axle shafts. A power take off includes a power take off output shaft and a clutch/brake mechanism. A first and a second output gears are driven by the transmission output shaft and disposed on a first and second jack shafts, respectively. A first intermediate gear is disposed on a third jack shaft and driven by the first output gear, and a second intermediate gear is disposed on a fourth jack shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael L. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10272866
    Abstract: A side airbag apparatus includes an inflator, an airbag having a main inflation portion and an auxiliary inflation portion, and a restriction portion. The main inflation portion is configured to be inflated by inflation gas supplied from the inflator and deployed forward in a space between a side wail of the vehicle and an occupant seated in a normal posture in a vehicle seat. The auxiliary inflation portion is configured to be inflated in a seat back by the inflation gas from the inflator, thereby pushing the occupant toward an inner side of the vehicle. The restriction portion restricts the auxiliary inflation portion from being inflated toward a gap that is between the rear end section in the outer side portion of the seat back and the rear end section in the middle portion of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Hiraiwa, Takashi Iida
  • Patent number: 10266052
    Abstract: A shift gate assembly includes a detent plate having a shift gate pattern. The shift gate pattern is provided with a first detent, a second detent, and a plurality of intermediate sides that extend between the first detent and the second detent. A side of the first detent that faces towards another side of the second detent is disposed in a non-parallel relationship with another side of the second detent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael C. Vermeersch, Arthur W. Nellett
  • Patent number: 10266144
    Abstract: An airbag system has a curtain airbag, a first airbag and an airbag guiding member. The curtain airbag is installed along an A-pillar or a roof structure within a passenger compartment and deploys covering at least a window section of a door and a portion of the A-pillar. The first airbag is installed to a forward structure within the passenger compartment and deploys to an inflated orientation covering at least a portion of the forward structure. The airbag guiding member is installed to a side area of the forward structure adjacent to the door, a forward area of the door adjacent to the A-pillar or the A-pillar. The airbag guiding member moves to a position in which the airbag guiding member urges the curtain airbag and the first airbag into contact with one another as the curtain airbag and the first airbag move to their respective inflated orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Slaats, Joyce Lam
  • Patent number: 10259485
    Abstract: An adjustment lever deceleration assembly for a steering column includes an adjustment lever moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position. Also included is a clamp bolt operatively coupled to the adjustment lever. Further included is an adjustment lever decelerator operatively coupled to the clamp bolt, the adjustment lever having a base portion and at least one lobe extending from the base portion, the at least one lobe connected to the base portion by a hinge portion. Yet further included is a stationary component engageable with the at least one lobe upon rotation of the clamp bolt toward the unlocked position of the adjustment lever to decelerate the adjustment lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Randy W. Jones, Robert W. Dubay, Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Damian Z. Gosztyla
  • Patent number: 10259345
    Abstract: An integrated safety seat permanently built into a vehicle. The safety seat may be united with other seats or separated from other seats, or other integrated safety seats. The integrated safety seat is configured to accommodate an occupant from newborn to adulthood in a seat bottom, as well as in a back, whereby the seat bottom, back and a cradle in between may incline upward and downward by an internal mechanism, to a plurality of angles, ranging from rear facing to forward facing. The integrated safety seat includes a headrest and footrests support in the forward facing position, which serve as a footrest and headrest support, respectively in the rear facing position. The integrated safety seat includes harnesses and lap-belts with hasps, armrests, and headrests, footrests, inserts, within that elevate. The safety seat further includes integrated safety controls that operate regardless of whether the vehicle is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DALI, LLC
    Inventors: Lizbeth Schonfeld, David Schonfeld
  • Patent number: 10252693
    Abstract: An airbag unit includes a seat, a pair of side airbags, a seat state detector, and an airbag deployment controller. The seat is reversely rotatable in a front-rear direction of a vehicle. The pair of side airbags are expansive and deployable, and incorporated in the seat on respective sides of the seat in a width direction of the vehicle. The seat state detector detects a rearward-oriented state of the seat, i.e., a state in which the seat is rearward-oriented in the front-rear direction. The airbag deployment controller performs a deployment control of the pair of side airbags, on a condition that the seat state detector detects the rearward-oriented state of the seat. The airbag deployment controller performs the deployment control in a reverse sequence from a deployment control in a frontward-oriented state of the seat, i.e., a state in which the seat is frontward-oriented in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Numazawa
  • Patent number: 10246120
    Abstract: Construction is achieved that is able to effectively prevent the displacement in the axial direction of a ball bearing 16 that supports the middle section of a pinion shaft 6 so as to be able to rotate freely, and that is compact and low cost. A fastening groove 28b is formed around the entire circumference of a portion near an opening of the inner circumferential surface of a sub housing section 12c of a casing 10c, and a radially outside portion of a C-shaped retaining ring 29b is fastened in this fastening groove 28b. As a result, a side surface in the axial direction of a radially inside portion of the retaining ring 29b is pressed against a side surface in the axial direction of an outer ring 18 of a ball bearing 16 that is fitted inside and supported by the inner circumferential surface of the sub housing section 12c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Masato Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 10246045
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body. A front seat and a rear seat are each supported by the body. A seat belt buckle is supported by the rear seat. A harness bar is supported by the body and disposed between the front seat and the rear seat. A webbing is attached to the harness bar. A tongue is attached to the webbing. The tongue is engageable with the seat belt buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: David Clyde
  • Patent number: 10239374
    Abstract: An axle unit comprising a first suspension arm element and a second suspension arm element, wherein the first suspension arm element and the second suspension arm element can be mounted on a vehicle frame so as to be pivotable about a common pivot axis, wherein the first suspension arm element has a first joining region configured as a recess, and the second suspension arm element has a second joining region configured as a recess, wherein the first joining region and the second joining region are arranged on two opposing sides of an axle tube extending substantially along a tube axis, and wherein the axle tube can be secured by substance bonding in the first and second joining regions to the first and second suspension arm elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAF-HOLLAND GmbH
    Inventors: Roger Jansen, Gregory Galazin
  • Patent number: 10227089
    Abstract: A front axle of a vehicle, configured for reducing vibration, which is connected to a knuckle having a front wheel disposed thereon through a king pin, in which a gap may be formed between the knuckle and the king pin passing through the front axle and the knuckle, and filled with lubricant oil, and at least one of the king pin and the knuckle may include a plurality of rollers disposed therein, the rollers having an axis parallel to an axial direction of the king pin while circumferences of the rollers are partially buried in at least one of the king pin and the knuckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Dong-Wook Lee