Patents Examined by Lori L. Lyjak
  • Patent number: 10926613
    Abstract: The automobile door sash structure includes a mall assembly body including a mall and a run channel which are assembled into a single unit. The run channel includes: an inner wall part which forms the inner wall of a rail part in collaboration with a window frame main body; and a bottom part which forms a bottom portion of the rail part in collaboration with the window frame main body. A total dimension of a dimension of the inner wall part in a frame inside-outside direction and a dimension of the bottom part in a vehicle inside-outside direction is set longer than a dimension of the window frame main body in the frame inside-outside direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Suesada, Masatoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 10926668
    Abstract: A track assembly is provided that includes a track operably coupled with a floor pan. A rail cartridge is slidably coupled with the track. The rail cartridge includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion defines a receiving well. A connection cartridge is operably coupled with a seat base. The connection cartridge includes an interface member and defines a slot. The upper portion of the rail cartridge is received within the slot. The interface member is received within the receiving well of the rail cartridge. A latch mechanism includes a release lever and a tab. The release lever is configured to selectively lower the tab to open the receiving well of the rail cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Jimmy Moua, Gregory Hagedorn, Adam Ewel
  • Patent number: 10919578
    Abstract: A vehicle body rear floor structure includes a rear floor panel arranged on a vehicle body rear portion, and a rear crossmember being mounted on the rear floor panel and extending in the vehicle width direction. The rear crossmember is formed as separate parts in advance, including a crossmember-front and a crossmember-rear arranged on a rear side of the crossmember-front, wherein the crossmember-front and the crossmember-rear are separate parts before forming the rear crossmember and are integrally joined to form the rear crossmember.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Maru
  • Patent number: 10919472
    Abstract: A load distribution structure for a vehicle includes: a pair of front side members which are spaced apart from each other in a width direction of the vehicle on a front side of the vehicle; a pair of side sills respectively connected to the front side members; a pair of front pillars respectively connected to front ends of the side sills; a pair of connection members each connecting the front side members and the corresponding side sill along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and a dash crossmember transversely connected to the pair of connection members. In particular, each front side member is overlapped and joined to the corresponding connection member, and end portions of the dash crossmember are overlapped and joined to the connection members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hee Seouk Chung, Byeong Cheon Lee, Hyun Sik Kim, Deok Hwa Hong
  • Patent number: 10913398
    Abstract: A shelving system includes side members that each define a first channel having a slide disposed therein. A cross member extends between and connects the slides. The cross member defines a second channel having a guide member disposed therein. The guide member defines a third channel and a flange. A container includes side walls having a rail. One of the rails is movably disposed in the third channel. The rails include a first locking element and a second locking element. The handle includes a third locking element that engages the first locking element. The handle is movable between a first position in which the second locking element engages the flange and the container is fixed relative to the guide member and a second position in which the second locking element is spaced apart from the flange and the container can translate relative to the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: DEJANA TRUCK AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventor: Charles L. Hanley
  • Patent number: 10913403
    Abstract: A noise insulating support panel is provided for a structural assembly and includes a base substrate component and at least one localized stiffening reinforcement feature. The reinforcement feature generally extends across the base substrate component in a length direction aligned with, i.e., substantially parallel to, or substantially perpendicular to, a direction of airflow exhibiting turbulent pressure onto the base substrate component. The reinforcement feature cooperates with the base substrate component to minimize energy transmission through the base substrate component. If the base substrate component is a body panel, the reinforcement feature may be a stiffening rib member; if laminated glass, the reinforcement feature is located within an interlayer disposed between glass layers. The interlayer may include a first region including polyvinyl butyral having a first stiffness, and a second region including polyvinyl butyral having a second, lower stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. DeJong, Steven R. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 10913500
    Abstract: A body structure reinforcement includes a reinforcement body and a connecting flange integral with the reinforcement body. Body structures incorporating one or more shell structures and the body structure reinforcement are disclosed along with methods for making the body structure reinforcement and the body structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, John Joyce, Michael Joseph Lee, Michael James Freeman
  • Patent number: 10906489
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus, systems and methods relate to a quick release grill guard further comprising at least one latching system configured for the quick release and pivot of the grill guard away from the vehicle grill face. In certain embodiments, the quick release grill guard further comprises a grill guard coupling portion, a vehicle coupling portion, a latching portion a hinge, a quick release bar; and a clasping member. In certain embodiments, the grill guard coupling portion is capable of being freely pivoted relative to the hinge by actuation of the clasping member by way of the quick release bar. In exemplary embodiments, the quick release bar is in operable communication with multiple latching systems so as to release the grill guard in a plurality of locations simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Holt Sales & Service, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Drever
  • Patent number: 10907395
    Abstract: An opening-closing body control device is provided, including a switch unit provided between a power supply device and a drive source, a control unit configured to electrically connect or cut off the connection between the power supply device and the drive source by controlling a conductive state or a cut-off state of the switch unit, a voltage restriction unit configured to restrict a generated voltage of the drive source generated when the drive source is rotated by an external force to a predetermined voltage in a case in which the connection between the power supply device and the drive source is cut off, and a current detection unit configured to detect a generated current output from the drive source when the generated voltage is restricted to the predetermined voltage, wherein the control unit electrically connects the power supply device to the drive source by controlling the switch unit to be in the conductive state in response to the generated current being detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Ryosuke Kishino, Takayuki Ikeda, Masahiro Fueki, Takashi Kimura, Ikuharu Yokozawa
  • Patent number: 10906469
    Abstract: A vehicle console assembly includes a console box and an insert. The console box is for a vehicle center console. The insert is removably disposed in a storage compartment of the console box and has a bottommost panel that is supported on a bottommost panel of the console box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David Smolik, Michael McDuffie
  • Patent number: 10906432
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat for a vehicle, comprising a seat part that has a seat part frame, and comprising a backrest part, the seat part and/or the backrest part being designed so as to be adjustable with respect to a degree of inclination, and comprising at least one switching console element which comprises at least one control element for actuating at least one function of at least one actuator element of the vehicle, the switching console element being mounted on the seat part frame to the side of the seat part, a first portion of the switching console element being designed so as to be displaceable at least in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Thomas Haller
  • Patent number: 10899208
    Abstract: A motorized sunshade to optionally cover at least a portion of a windshield of an automobile, the motorized sunshade including a roller rod removably disposed on a top edge of an exterior surface of the windshield, a rolling shade disposed within an interior portion of the roller rod to cover the windshield in response to a movement of the rolling shade from a first position to a second position and to expose the windshield in response to a movement of the rolling shade from the second position to the first position, and a plurality of tracks disposed at side edges of the windshield and removably connected to the roller rod, such that the rolling shade slides between and at least partially within each of the plurality of tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Villarreal
  • Patent number: 10899388
    Abstract: An arm cover comprises a main part and a front part. These parts are configured such that when the rear suspension takes a standard vehicle-weight position, these parts are respectively inclined rearwardly and downwardly, wherein an angle of inclination of the inclined front part is smaller than that of the inclined main part. When the rear suspension takes the standard vehicle-weight position, a front edge of the front part is located at a higher level than a bottom face portion of a under cover, and when the rear suspension takes a rebound position, the front edge of the front part is located at a position which is higher than a level of the bottom face portion of the under cover and close to a rear end portion of the under cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Nishida, Yoshiatsu Kuga, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Yosuke Fukamachi, Satoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10899209
    Abstract: A vehicle cab protective top cover system including a platform assembly having a top-surface, a bottom-surface, and a magnet fastener system. The platform assembly is defined by the top-surface and the bottom-surface forming a thickness. The magnet fastener system is embedded within the platform assembly and may removably fasten the platform assembly to a metal surface of a top portion of a cab of a vehicle. The platform assembly forms a barrier and provides a protective top cover for the top portion of the cab of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Robert L. Mobley
  • Patent number: 10899289
    Abstract: A vehicle interior assembly includes a motor vehicle dashboard, a motor vehicle center console spaced apart from the dashboard, and a reinforcing trim panel formed separately from the dashboard and the center console. The reinforcing trim panel is attached to both the dashboard and the center console so as to anchor the center console to the dashboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Blaharski
  • Patent number: 10899206
    Abstract: A vehicle soft top with a removable panels having interconnecting strips that can be aligned with one another and snap fitted to attach to each other. In one embodiment, a assembly to attach components of a vehicle soft top having a top panel, a side panel and a rear panel may have a first strip connected along a portion of an edge of the top panel, the first strip having a plurality of spaced tabs raised from the first strip by a stem; a second strip connected along a portion of a top edge of at least the side panel, the second strip having a plurality of spaced openings, which are aligned and spaced to securely and removably receive and retain a portion of an edge of the tabs of the first strip and a portion of an edge of the stem of the tabs of the first strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventor: Michael T. Willard
  • Patent number: 10899394
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes a structural member having an inner surface defining an elongated cavity. The structural member includes an outer panel member joined to an inner panel member. A reinforcement member is positioned in the cavity wherein a gap is provided between the reinforcement member and the inner surface of the structural member. The reinforcement member includes an outer section, an inner section and a tension web interposed between and contacting the outer section and inner section. The outer section faces the outer panel member and the inner section faces the inner panel member. The tension web is secured to the outer panel member and inner panel member. An adhesive secured to the reinforcement member is activatable to expand toward the inner surface of the structural member to define a joint between the reinforcement member and the structural member and to at least partially fill the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric J. Boettcher, Derik Thomas Voigt
  • Patent number: 10894494
    Abstract: A gap blocker assembly for a vehicle is provided. The gap blocker assembly includes a passage extending through an outer wall of a vehicle center console. A gap blocker resides in the passage and is configured to be positionable in an extended position in which the gap blocker extends from the passage past the outer wall to an exterior of the console. The gap blocker is also configured to be positionable in a retracted position in which the gap blocker does not extend past the outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10896792
    Abstract: An instrument panel that reduces dust entering the inside of a switch and improves aesthetics of the instrument panel. An instrument panel includes: an outlet portion configured to blow out conditioned air to an interior of a vehicle; a switch attachment portion at which a switch member is disposed; a cover member configured to cover a part of the outlet portion and the switch attachment portion and distribute air from the outlet portion to the interior of the vehicle; and an exhaust hole covered with the cover member and provided at a portion of the switch attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Sakai, Yuichi Nobusawa
  • Patent number: 10894488
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base. A floor track assembly includes a floor track having a roller track and a rack. At least one pinion gear is configured to rotate along the rack. At least one floor track motor is disposed adjacent to the floor track assembly. The at least one floor track motor rotates the at least one pinion gear along the rack to laterally translate the seat base fore and aft. An elevated track assembly is operably coupled to the floor track assembly. The seat base is coupled to the elevated track assembly. The elevated track assembly is laterally translatable relative to the floor track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Maloney, John Wayne Jaranson, Christian J. Hosbach, Johnathan Andrew Line, Vishal Vinayak Nageshkar