Patents Examined by Matthew D Lee
  • 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
  • Patent number: 11135885
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle control arm, like a wishbone, having an integral main body configured in a materially integral manner. A first bearing receptacle is connected to the main body. The main body has a first end portion having a second bearing receptacle, and a second end portion having a third bearing receptacle. The main body comprises a central portion. Said central portion connects the first and the second end portion. The central portion is configured as a cavity profile. The second and the third bearing receptacle are configured integrally and in a materially integral manner from the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Stephan Meyer, Frode Paulsen
  • Patent number: 11124040
    Abstract: A torsion spring assembly for a wheel suspension of a motor vehicle, including two torsion bars arranged coaxially one inside another and also a spring element, which is arranged axially-parallel to the two coaxial torsion bars, and can be mounted on the motor vehicle body via a bearing position, wherein the radial outer hollow-cylindrical torsion bar can be mounted on the motor vehicle body side and is connected in a rotationally-fixed manner to an output lever fastenable on a wheel guiding element and the radial inner torsion bar is connected in a rotationally-fixed manner to the outer torsion bar and is connected in a rotationally-fixed manner via a coupling to the spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Schindler, Mike Engel
  • Patent number: 11097776
    Abstract: An energy absorption strap assembly for a steering column is provided. The assembly includes an upper jacket. The assembly also includes a first energy absorption strap extending from a first end to a second end, the first energy absorption strap operatively coupled to the upper jacket proximate the second end of the first energy absorption strap. The assembly further includes a second energy absorption strap surrounding a portion of the first energy absorptions strap, the second energy absorption strap not directly coupled to the upper jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy Jones, Jorge Flores
  • Patent number: 11097585
    Abstract: A torsion spring arrangement for a wheel suspension of a motor vehicle, including two torsion bars arranged coaxially one inside another and also a spring element, which is arranged axially-parallel to the two coaxial torsion bars and can be mounted on the motor vehicle body via a bearing position, wherein the radial outer hollow-cylindrical torsion bar can be mounted on the motor vehicle body side and is connected in a rotationally-fixed manner to an output lever fastenable on a wheel guiding element and the radial inner torsion bar is connected in a rotationally-fixed manner to the outer torsion bar and is connected in a rotationally-fixed manner via a coupling to the spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Schindler, Mike Engel
  • Patent number: 11097584
    Abstract: A four-point link for a vehicle includes a core element and a main laminate comprising a fiber reinforced plastics composite material, which wraps around the core element. The core element comprises four load-introducing elements and a foam core, and the four load-introducing elements (4) are connected by positive engagement to the foam core (5). The four-point link has four additional windings, wherein a respective additional winding wraps around a first, second, third and fourth load-introducing element and operatively connects a respective one of the latter to the main laminate. Compressive forces can be introduced into the main laminate (3) by means of every additional winding (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Ingolf Müller, Manfred Bürgmann, Andre Stieglitz, Philipp Bauer
  • Patent number: 11077884
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a main frame, and a bottom plate disposed below the main frame and attached to the main frame. A slide member is attached to a lower surface of the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Nakamura, Yasuhisa Okabe
  • Patent number: 11077821
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a pop-up hood unit disposed on a front end portion of an enginehood of a vehicle body and configured to move upward above the enginehood by using a lift-up mechanism. The pop-up hood unit is deformable due to an input of an impact upon a collision with a target for protection. The pop-up hood unit is shaped as a plate that extends in a left-right direction of the vehicle body and has a plate surface having an inclination angle that is variable relative to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Kanno, Takashi Aoki, Masato Sasaki, Kenyu Okamura, Hidetoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11072219
    Abstract: A vehicle height adjusting apparatus includes: a cylindrical body internally partitioned into a plurality of oil chambers by a partition wall provided along an axis, the oil chambers filled with oil, and respectively provided with cylindrical body oil holes to be connected to an outside; one operating portion rotatably provided on the cylindrical body, and rotated to be moved along the axis; pistons moved along the axis by the operating portion, and received in the oil chambers respectively; and a plurality of damper devices respectively provided with damper oil holes into which the oil flowing out of the cylindrical body oil holes when the pistons move flows, the damper devices that can adjust a vehicle height by amounts of the oil filled into the damper devices through the damper oil holes, and that can absorb impact energy inputted on a wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hitachi Astemo, Ltd., Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventors: Yukihiro Hoshino, Takafumi Ito, Hidenori Shirabe, Toshitaka Aoki
  • Patent number: 11072381
    Abstract: A car having: a frame; four wheels, which are mounted on the frame in a rotary manner; a body, which covers the frame; at least one compressed air tank; and at least one gas pusher, which is connected to the compressed air tank, is integral to the frame and has a plurality of nozzles, which face outwards, can be activated in order to generate respective air jets, are arranged parallel to and beside one another, have the same orientation and are sized so as to generate different pneumatic thrusts given the same pressure of the compressed air flowing in; a pressure sensor, which determines a pressure inside the compressed air tank; and a control unit, which activates the plurality of nozzles in a coordinated manner so as to generate, as a whole, a desired pneumatic thrust based on the pressure inside the compressed air tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Favaretto
  • Patent number: 11046350
    Abstract: An installation device is used to install a steering wheel onto a steering column having a plurality of column splines, wherein the steering wheel includes a plate with a central opening and a plurality of wheel splines configured to engage the plurality of column splines. The installation device includes a frame including a base and a cover removably coupled to the base. The installation device also includes a first magnification lens coupled to the frame, and a first pair of posts coupled to the base. The first pair of posts are configured for insertion into a pair of corresponding openings on the steering wheel such that the first pair of posts position the first magnification lens a first predetermined distance from the steering wheel to focus the first magnification lens on the plurality of wheel splines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michael J. Maure, Benjamin B. MacArthur, Thien Phung, Matthew Gowthorpe, Tyler John Edward Thomas Zettler, Matthew Peter Gleeson
  • Patent number: 11027585
    Abstract: A link for a link system for the attachment of a wheel carrier to a body of a vehicle, having a main body with a joint portion with a joint bearing receptacle for the articulated fastening to the body of the vehicle, a wheel carrier portion with a wheel carrier joint receptacle for the articulated fastening to a wheel carrier of the vehicle, and a connecting portion between the wheel carrier portion and the joint portion. In the joint portion, centers of area of the main body form a center of gravity line which is oriented centrally with respect to the longitudinal axis of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Micha Kunert
  • Patent number: 11027692
    Abstract: An air bag device has an inflator and a bag unit configured to be deployed on a front part of a vehicle body with a gas supplied from the inflator. The bag unit includes a first bag, a second bag, and a connector, which are annularly connected to one another, and when the bag unit is deployed, the first bag and the second bag are erected on the vehicle body into a mountain-like shape in such a way that the bag unit forms a substantially triangular shape as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Aoki, Osamu Kanno, Kenyu Okamura, Masato Sasaki, Hidetoshi Nakamura, Masahiro Motoyoshi, Atsushi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11014525
    Abstract: An airbag system includes a bag unit which deploys on an enginehood of a vehicle body by a gas from an inflator. The bag unit is divided into bags back and forth and right and left. The bags include adjacent bags communicating with each other through communication paths. The bags include at least one upright bag to be upright on at least one fender of left and right fenders of the vehicle body. A gas flows from a front bag of the bags located at a front side of the vehicle body through communication paths to a rear bag of the bags behind the front bag and the at least one upright bag on the side of the front bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Kanno, Kenyu Okamura, Masato Sasaki, Takashi Aoki, Hidetoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11001290
    Abstract: A steering column may include a steering spindle that is surrounded by a casing tube and is connected to a steering wheel, a guide clamp in which the casing tube is guided displaceably along a longitudinal axis of the steering spindle. The guide clamp may be mounted pivotably about a pivot axis in a holding part that is connectable to a chassis of the motor vehicle. The position of the casing tube may be adjustable relative to the holding part, and a blocking device may be arranged between the casing tube and the holding part. The blocking device may comprise a threaded rod engaged with a spindle nut. The spindle nut may be mounted in a rolling bearing. Rolling bodies of the rolling bearing may be at least partially surrounded by a magnetorheological fluid, and the blocking device may comprise an electromagnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Alexander Weselý, Daniel Kreutz, Hansjoerg Sulser
  • Patent number: 10981601
    Abstract: In an impact-absorbing member which extends in a vehicle length direction of an automobile and whose both end portions in the vehicle length direction have a collision-side end portion and a non-collision-side end portion whose positions become mutually different when seen from the vehicle length direction, an outer member and an inner member of the impact-absorbing member are formed so that a position of a gravity center at the collision-side end portion and a position of a gravity center at the non-collision-side end portion become mutually different according to a positional relationship between the collision-side end portion and the non-collision-side end portion in order to suppress a tensile stress generated at the collision-side end portion and suppress a compressive stress generated at the non-collision-side end portion in a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Mikazuki, Eiji Isogai, Seiya Ishii
  • Patent number: 10974775
    Abstract: An aerodynamic cover of a suspension device of a vehicle includes an upper horizontal portion that is located on an upper side of the arm member and extends in a horizontal direction, a lower horizontal portion that is located under the arm member and extends in the horizontal direction, an engaging portion that is provided on one of the upper and lower horizontal portions and engaged with the arm member, and a bolt receiving portion that is provided on the other horizontal portion and bolted to the arm member. The engaging portion includes an arm portion extending in the horizontal direction, and a claw portion provided on a distal side of the arm portion and engaged with the arm member. A rib provided on the arm portion extends in a direction of extension of the arm portion, and protrudes in a vertical direction with respect to the arm portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Kitashiba, Yasuyuki Yokozawa, Takashi Tomita, Seiichiro Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 10974690
    Abstract: A connection device for connecting a child car seat to an automobile seat wherein the connection device includes a ratchet assembly for manual tightening of a webbing attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Evenflo Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Woellert, Scott Miller
  • Patent number: 10953921
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes: a front subframe; left and right suspension lower arms swingably supported by the front subframe; and a steering gearbox supported by the front subframe. The front subframe includes left and right longitudinal members extending in a fore-and-aft direction, a cross member extending laterally and joined to the longitudinal members, and front and rear lower arm supports provided on each longitudinal member to be spaced from each other in the fore-and-aft direction and swingably supporting the corresponding lower arm. The steering gearbox includes a laterally extending rack shaft and a pair of joints provided at either end of the rack shaft and joined to ends of respective tie rods. The longitudinal members extend obliquely to approach each other toward rear, and the rear lower arm supports are positioned more laterally inward than the respective joints when the rack shaft is in a neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Sakai, Kosuke Matsushita, Hiroshi Imanishi