Patents Examined by Matthew D Lee
  • Patent number: 11273787
    Abstract: An inflator for generating inflation gases for a safety device includes a filter having a main body portion constructed of metal and an opening passing through the main body portion in an axial direction. The opening has a first end with a first diameter at a first axial side of the main body portion and a second end with a greater, second diameter at a second axial side of the main body portion. A plate disposed in the housing axially separates a filter chamber containing the filter and a combustion chamber containing at least one gas generant material. The plate includes a weakened zone which opens in response to an increase in pressure within the combustion chamber with a plurality of petals axially extending into the filter chamber. A first axially extending portion of the filter is adjacent the plate and opposes radial movement of the plurality of petals upon opening of the weakened zone into the filter chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Cox, Romain Danielou, Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 11273788
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gas generator (10), particularly a pyrotechnical tube gas generator, with an axial longitudinal direction (L), comprising an ignition unit (20), a combustion chamber (30) axially mounted downstream from the ignition unit (20) and comprising a combustion chamber bottom (35) forming a combustion chamber outlet (36), and a filter chamber (70) that is axially mounted downstream of the combustion chamber (30). According to the invention, at least one guiding sleeve (50) and a front-side baffle plate (80) are formed in the filter chamber, a first end (51) of the guiding sleeve (50), on the side of the combustion chamber, being axially mounted downstream from the combustion chamber bottom (35), and a second end (53) of the guiding sleeve (50) being associated with the baffle plate (80), a first deflection section being formed on the baffle plate (80) and the guiding sleeve (50) which allows a gas flow to an outer side of the guiding sleeve (50) into an annular first discharge chamber (75).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Elmar Bendel, Anja Esau, Detlef Last, Christian Jung, Ning Wei
  • Patent number: 11267500
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a vehicle includes a base configured for attachment to a vehicle; an elongate steering column, a movable steering column support, a first guide means, a displaceable carriage, a second guide means as well as first and second displacement means. The steering column may be movably mounted on the base. The first guide means may constrain the steering column support into displacement in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the steering column. The displaceable carriage may be located between the movable steering column support and base. The second guide means may constrain the carriage into displacement in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the steering column. The first displacement means may displace the steering column support with respect to the carriage. The second displacement means may simultaneously displace the carriage with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Wilkes, Niclas Davies
  • Patent number: 11254278
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag assembly comprising an airbag through-opening arranged over the chute channel of the airbag, which opening is closed by at least one airbag flap and an, in particular sprayed-on, covering made of plastic and secured over the airbag flap, wherein the covering has at least one target break line at the edge of the airbag flap in order to enable the unfolding of the airbag cushion, and wherein the airbag flap is connected via a joining point to a flap support wall in a moulded manner, which is in contact with the inner side of the chute channel wall in a secured manner, wherein am additional flat element is inserted (as a cover) in the chute channel between the airbag cushion and the airbag flap, which flat element at least partially overs the airbag flap and the inner side of the chute channel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: K.L. KASCHIER—UND LAMINIER GMBH
    Inventors: Rembert Schulze-Wehnink, Albert Roring
  • Patent number: 11247734
    Abstract: A system for controlling tilting of a cab for a commercial vehicle includes: a tilt switch receiving a user's tilt-up or down request; a drive unit tilting up or down the cab of the commercial vehicle; a front detection sensor installed on the cab of the commercial vehicle detecting an obstacle in front of the vehicle; and a control unit identifying whether the user's request is a tilt-up or down based on a lapse of time during the tilt switch is pressed, controlling the drive unit to tilt up or down the cab in accordance with the identification of the tilt-up or down, and stopping a tilt-up operation of the drive unit when an obstacle is detected by the front detection sensor within a predetermined distance during the operation of the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyun Dong Wang
  • Patent number: 11247713
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for use in steering a vehicle includes: a movable body to which an input device is attached, the movable body configured to move back and forth in an extend-retract direction between a first position closer to the front of the vehicle and a second position closer to the driver; an intermediate guide that guides the movable body in the extend-retract direction, and moves back and forth in the extend-retract direction; a base guide that is attached to the vehicle and guides the intermediate guide in the extend-retract direction; a first extend-retract mechanism including an extend-retract drive source that causes the intermediate guide to move back and forth relative to the base guide; and a second extend-retract mechanism that causes the movable body to move back and forth relative to the intermediate guide by using driving force of the extend-retract drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Nozawa, Takeshi Watanabe, Norihiro Ochi, Ryoichi Tokioka, Kei Kitahara, Yousuke Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11246263
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a vehicle body, a pair of left and right driving wheels that movably support the vehicle body, a pair of motors capable of rotatably driving the left and right driving wheels respectively, a pair of maneuvering levers pivotally supported to the vehicle body to be pivotable about a horizontal axis extending in a vehicle body transverse direction and capable of adjusting rotational speeds respectively of the left and right driving wheels and a pair of dynamic vibration absorbing portions supported to respective free end portions of the maneuvering levers and capable of suppressing vibrations of the maneuvering levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuto Fujii, Justin McCallister, Hideki Aoki
  • Patent number: 11230327
    Abstract: A steering device exhibiting improved layout properties around a steering shaft. A steering device installed in a vehicle, the vehicle compartment of which is capable of tilting, has: a first steering shaft, one end of which is connected to a steering wheel; a second steering shaft positioned below the first steering shaft and in a manner such that the one end thereof connected to the other end of the first steering shaft is located above the floor section of the vehicle compartment; and a coaxial motor which applies a rotational force to the first steering shaft and is provided in a manner such that the output shaft thereof is coaxial with the first steering shaft. Furthermore, the second steering shaft is capable of telescoping, because a shaft and a cylindrical member are connected so as to be capable of sliding relative to one another in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Junpei Okutani, Haruyuki Hosoya, Kousuke Kawakami
  • Patent number: 11230154
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection system for connecting a damper unit of a vehicle inside a wheel suspension of the vehicle, the connection system having: an upper attachment region for attaching the damping unit, at least part of said region surrounding a receiving area for the damping unit and the receiving area extending around a first axis acting as the damping axis of the damping unit; a lower attachment region for coupling to the wheel-side portion of the wheel suspension, said lower attachment region having, in particular, two mutually spaced lower sections with an attachment area therebetween and an intermediate region which connects the upper attachment region to the lower attachment region. The main extension of the intermediate region corresponds to the direction of the first axis and the intermediate region allows the passage of a drive shaft of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: RAUFOSS TECHNOLOGY AS
    Inventors: Thorbjørn Høiland, Renata Bosca, Roald Egil Helland Pedersen, Håkon Johan Seiness, Ali Khajehgani
  • Patent number: 11225292
    Abstract: A cabin (12) of a mobile work machine (10) is adaptable to a frame of the work machine by means of an arrangement (1) which comprises longitudinal levelling means (2) for levelling the cabin in the direction of longitudinal tilting (A) of the work machine, and transverse levelling means (20) for levelling the cabin in the direction of sideward tilting (H),transverse in relation to the longitudinal direction (B) of the work machine, with respect to transverse pivoting axle (J). The transverse pivoting axle extends in a substantially orthogonal horizontal direction in relation to the longitudinal pivoting axle (C), and is adapted at a lower height than the longitudinal pivoting axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: PONSSE OYJ
    Inventor: Pentti Hukkanen
  • Patent number: 11225282
    Abstract: A steering device of a vehicle includes: a shaft mounted with a steering wheel; an inner tube rotatably covering the shaft; an outer tube fitting around the inner tube; a first housing reciprocably housing the outer tube along an axis direction of the shaft; an input unit provided on the outer tube; a screw member being provided in the first housing, and making the input unit reciprocable along the axis direction; and a worm gear rotating the screw member, and a motor driving the worm gear, being housed in a second housing mounted to the first housing. A vulnerable part is provided in the second housing in such a way that, when impact applies to the vehicle and another object collides with the second housing, the second housing breaks while maintaining a mounting state of the worm gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Toyoda, Ryota Sugiura, Kenji Imamura
  • Patent number: 11207932
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system includes a frame, a damper and a rocker arm. The frame is connected with the rocker arm through the damper, the swing part of swing arm limits the swing arm's rotation angle by matching the limit structure on the frame; the bottom of damper is provided with the universal structure, the damper is connected with the rocker arm through the universal structure, and the universal structure controls the damper in free deflection. A deviation motion of vehicle wheels on both ends by coordinating the swing arm, vibration damper, etc. to avoid the slipping and rollover due to great sides way upon vehicle steering and the lateral wheels disengagement from ground and to enhance the safety of cornering driving of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG TAOTAO VEHICLES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guidong Lou, Weihao Liu, Yali Ying, Yi Ni, Xiaoliang Shi
  • Patent number: 11192416
    Abstract: An adjustment device (1) for a chassis of a motor vehicle. The adjustment device has an actuator (2) with a housing (5) and a spindle drive, which has an axially displaceable spindle (10), with a fixed mounting (7) on the vehicle side and a connecting element (4) on the chassis side. The spindle (10) is extended in a direction of its longitudinal axis by an extension piece (11), and the connecting element (4) is attached to the outer end (11b) of the extension piece (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Jochen Spiegelberg, Marc Maroncelli, Sören Bökelheide, Carina Nieberding, Mark Rotary
  • Patent number: 11192521
    Abstract: A vehicular seat belt device includes a first pretensioner provided in a retractor and configured to apply tensile force to a shoulder belt portion of a webbing, a second pretensioner provided in a belt anchor part and configured to apply tensile force to a lap belt portion of the webbing, a third pretensioner provided in a side portion of the vehicle seat opposite to the belt anchor part and configured to apply tensile force to the lap belt portion via a buckle, and a controller. The controller is configured to activate the first pretensioner at a time of predicting vehicle collision, and activate the second pretensioner and the third pretensioner after detection of collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seigo Kuzumaki, Osamu Fukawatase
  • Patent number: 11180182
    Abstract: Disclosed is a steering apparatus of a vehicle in which a rack housing of a gear box may be accurately mounted on a vehicle body part without coming off, and when an angle difference of the vehicle body part is present, the angle difference may be compensated for when the rack housing is mounted. The steering apparatus has a mounting structure configured to fixedly mount the rack housing on the vehicle body part. The mounting structure includes a coupling part formed on the rack housing and having a coupling hole, a mounting part provided on the vehicle body part and having a mounting hole, a nut pipe installed at the mounting part and provided with an insertion part, a washer coupled to an outer circumference of the insertion part, and a bolt inserted into the coupling hole, the washer and the mounting hole and threadedly engaged with the nut pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dae Suk Jung
  • Patent number: 11180192
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vibration absorber ring (10) for fastening a gas generator (12) to a vehicle steering wheel (14), in a manner capable of vibrating, with a ring axis (A), a support portion (18) for fastening the vibration absorber ring (10) to a holding element, and an absorber portion (22) for fastening the gas generator (16) to the vibration absorber ring (10), wherein an elastic damping element (24) is provided, which extends in the axial direction from the absorber portion (22) towards a free end (26) and, between the absorber portion (22) and the free end (26), has a fastening element (28) for the gas generator (12), wherein the support portion (18) and the absorber portion (22) are spaced apart from each other in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Bachmann, Joao Ribeiro, Marco Tumminello, Constantin Von Roden, Johannes Morhart, Christian Keschke, Gregor Eck, Sascha Schneider, Jurgen Burgard
  • Patent number: 11173764
    Abstract: An air suspension strut for a motor vehicle, comprising an air spring having a shock, wherein the air spring comprises an air spring cover and a rolling piston, wherein a rolling bellows of elastomer material is clamped in an airtight manner between the air spring cover and the rolling piston, wherein the rolling bellows, together with the air spring cover and the rolling piston, delimit a working chamber filled with compressed air, wherein the shock damper is supported via a damper bearing arranged on a piston rod in a pot-shaped bearing holder of the air spring cover. The closure cap seal comprises an inner sleeve and a closure part radially enclosing the inner sleeve, wherein the inner sleeve is pushed onto an end section of the piston rod, and the closure part is pushed sealingly into the bearing holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventor: Ralf Pielock
  • Patent number: 11173978
    Abstract: To be able to compactly dispose an airbag device for a saddle-type vehicle provided with an airbag deployable upward. An airbag device for a saddle-type vehicle includes: an inflator; an airbag adapted to be expanded by gas discharged from the inflator; and a retainer accommodating the airbag. The airbag is deployed upward from an opening of the retainer. The retainer is disposed in front of a head pipe adapted to support a handle for steering. A wind screen is disposed above the retainer. The wind screen openably and closably covers the opening of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kuroki, Futoshi Miyakawa, Yuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11148500
    Abstract: A shock absorber for a vehicle may include a flow path provided in a rod valve to allow an oil film to be formed between a cylinder and the rod valve during relative movements of a strut rod and the cylinder, and the oil film is used to prevent friction from occurring between the cylinder and the rod valve during steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyung Shik Shim
  • Patent number: 11148629
    Abstract: An occupant protecting device for a vehicle has a knee airbag that is disposed at a seat front side of a vehicle seat, and that, at a time of a front collision of a vehicle, deploys, and restrains leg portions of a vehicle occupant seated in the vehicle seat. A foot airbag is disposed at the seat front side of the vehicle seat. At a time of a front collision of the vehicle, when a seat front-rear direction position of the vehicle seat is disposed further toward a rear side than a predetermined position, the foot airbag deploys between the knee airbag and the leg portions of the vehicle occupant seated in the vehicle seat, and restrains the leg portions of the vehicle occupant seated in the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Sekizuka