Patents Examined by Nicole T Verley
  • Patent number: 11447088
    Abstract: An airbag module for a roof opening of a vehicle having an expandable safety device configured to be deployed after a dynamic vehicle event, such as a vehicle rollover. The airbag module includes a mechanism and an inflator in order to deploy the expandable safety device across the roof opening of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey Young, Kurt Kastelic
  • Patent number: 11440498
    Abstract: The invention relates to a covering assembly over the chute channel of an airbag comprising having an airbag through-opening, which is closed by an 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 the inner-side end of the flap support wall is bent outwards with a V-shaped or U-shaped cross-section, and with these hook-shaped bent region, same is inserted in the plastic material of the chute channel wall or engages under the lower end of the chute channel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Rembert Schulze-Wehninck, Albert Roring
  • Patent number: 11440496
    Abstract: A description is given of a bearing unit of a vehicle subassembly, wherein the vehicle subassembly has a vehicle-mounted support, in particular a vehicle steering wheel (10), and a component which is to be fastened on the support, in particular an airbag module. The baring unit comprises at least one adjustable spacer element (14a, 14b, 14c) for orienting the position of the component on the support. Also provided are a bearing unit having a plurality of spacer elements (14a) which can be adjusted independently of one another and a steering wheel subassembly having a vehicle steering wheel (10) and an airbag module, wherein the vehicle steering wheel (10) and the airbag module are connected to each other by the bearing unit. The invention additionally relates to a method for producing a vehicle subassembly having a vehicle-mounted support, a component which is to be fastened on the support and at least one bearing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Dominik Sch├╝tz
  • Patent number: 11433848
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes a center console. The assembly includes a first airbag supported by the center console. The first airbag is inflatable away from the center console to an inflated position. The assembly includes a second airbag supported by the center console adjacent the first airbag. The second airbag is inflatable away from the center console to an inflated position. The assembly includes a non-inflatable panel extending from the first airbag to the second airbag when the first airbag and the second airbag are in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 11427145
    Abstract: A roof airbag for vehicles and a control method to deploy the roof airbag are proposed. The roof airbag, which protects occupants by minimizing reduction of internal pressure of the airbag in an accident event in which a vehicle rolls over several times in sequence, includes: a main inflator and sub-inflator which generate gas; and a controller configured to ignite the main inflator to deploy an airbag cushion when a rollover accident of a vehicle occurs, and configured to ignite the sub-inflator to increase internal pressure of the airbag cushion when a secondary accident occurs following the primary rollover accident of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Oh Lee
  • Patent number: 11414034
    Abstract: An occupant protection system has a component in question reduced in size and cost. The occupant protection system includes: a rollover airbag device provided in a vehicle interior; a battery configured to supply power to the rollover airbag device; a controller configured to determine a rollover of a vehicle and, if a rollover of the vehicle is determined, activate the rollover airbag device using power supplied from the battery; and a backup power source configured to charge power to be used if the battery fails. The controller determines a collision of the vehicle and examines the battery for any failure and, if a collision of the vehicle is determined and the battery is examined to have a failure, activates the rollover airbag device using the power charged in the backup power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Hido, Yoshihisa Sugamata, Shigeo Tobaru, Takashi Yanagihara
  • Patent number: 11414037
    Abstract: The invention describes an airbag (10) for a vehicle occupant restraint system, wherein the airbag (10) in the inflated state includes a front side (24) forming an occupant impact surface and an opposite rear side (22). The front side (24) and the rear side (22) are formed by shell portions (14, 16) of the airbag (10) being connected to each other at their outer edges (34, 36). The front side (24) is longer along a centerline (M) extending in the longitudinal direction of the airbag (10) than the rear side (22) so that, in the inflated state, the airbag (10) takes a curved shape. The front side (24) has at least one shaping line (42) extending substantially curved and transversely to the centerline (M) at which shaping line two shell portions (34, 36) are connected to each other. The respective outer edges (34, 36) of the front side (24) and the respective outer edges (34, 36) of the rear side (22) are of the same overall length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Daniel Elija
  • Patent number: 11407377
    Abstract: A gas generator including an outer vessel including a housing provided with a gas discharge port, the outer vessel accommodating therein an igniter and a gas generating agent, wherein any of surfaces of the outer vessel includes an annular fragile portion, and the annular fragile portion is a groove formed in a continuous annular shape or a groove formed in a discontinuous annular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Gen Kinoshita, Nobuyuki Katsuda, Daiei Tonooka
  • Patent number: 11407373
    Abstract: An occupant protection device for a vehicle includes a collision predictor, a main airbag, and a deployment controller. The collision predictor is configured to predict a collision of the vehicle. The main airbag is configured to deploy toward an occupant from a front of the vehicle when a collision of the vehicle is predicted by the collision predictor. The main airbag includes a first deployment part, an arm-push-away deployment part, and a second deployment part. The controller is configured to cause the main airbag to deploy toward the occupant when a collision of the vehicle is predicted by the collision predictor. The controller is configured to, when a collision of the vehicle is predicted by the collision predictor, cause the first deployment part to deploy, subsequently cause the arm-push-away deployment part to deploy to push an arm of the occupant away, and thereafter, cause the second deployment part to deploy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Shota Kanegae, Toru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11406072
    Abstract: A stabilizing apparatus for stabilizing a mobile irrigation tower of a pivot irrigation system includes a pair of outrigger arms which extend from opposite sides of the irrigation tower. The outrigger arms are able to move between an extended position and a retracted position. The distal ends of the out rigger arms present ground engaging elements adapted for low friction passage across a farm ground surface. When the outrigger arms are in the extended position, the ground engaging element of each arm is in contact with or at least in close proximity to the farm ground surface at a location which is spaced transversely away from the irrigation tower. If the outrigger arms are in the extended position and if the irrigation system is subjected to a high velocity wind, the ground engaging elements will engage the farm ground surface and resist overturning movement of the irrigation tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Wesley Allen Bainter
  • Patent number: 11390240
    Abstract: A front head/torso airbag (10) of a vehicle occupant restraint system includes a cover surface (12) and a baffle surface (14) forming a contact face for the vehicle occupant (22) which merges Into the cover surface (12). In the inflated state of the airbag (10) being in the mounted position, the baffle surface (14) includes a central surface portion and laterally adjacent thereto at feast one bulge (20) projecting from the central surface portion for laterally protecting the head (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Daniele Aranzulla, Martin Burkhardtsmaier, Kurt Fischer, Angelo Adler, Alexandra Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11390234
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back frame, an elastic installation supporting member installed in the seat back frame, and an airbag within a seat back, the vehicle seat causing the airbag to inflate and develop within the seat back. An inflator is attached to the seat back frame. The seat back frame has a substantially frame shape along a seat back shape. The airbag is provided in the seat back frame in the substantially frame shape. The inflator is attached to at least one of an upper portion and a lower portion of the seat back frame in the substantially frame shape. An inflation and a development of the airbag in the seat back due to an operation of the inflator allows the airbag to elastically support an upper body of a seated person and to elastically receive an impact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Yoshihiro Kamata
  • Patent number: 11383673
    Abstract: A deflecting device for a safety belt in a motor vehicle includes a belt deflection element, which is designed to deflect a safety belt brought from a first direction in a second direction. The belt deflection element is formed on a molded part, and a belt guiding element is provided on the molded part and directs the safety belt brought onto the molded part towards the belt deflection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Loecherer
  • Patent number: 11383665
    Abstract: Airbag module coupling interfaces, assemblies, and related methods. Some embodiments may comprise one or more springs each defining a perimeter comprising at least three sides, wherein a first side of which may extend opposite a second side and may be at least partially angled towards the second side at an acute angle. A third side of the spring may connect the first and second sides. A spring mounting structure may be provided and may comprise a guiding interface for coupling the spring to the steering wheel. An opening in the guiding interface may be configured to receive a coupling prong, which may be configured to engage the third side of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Uma Poojar, Shivanand Hallur, Terry Allen Sella, Srirama C. Gollu
  • Patent number: 11383753
    Abstract: A traveling vehicle includes a steering shaft to which a steering handle is attached, the steering shaft being adjustable in tilt angle and length, a tilt lock to lock the steering shaft at an adjusted tilt angle, a telescopic lock to lock the steering shaft at an adjusted length, and an operator including an operation area to allow locking of both of the tilt lock and the telescopic lock to be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Yusuke Kita
  • Patent number: 11370378
    Abstract: A steering wheel airbag, arranged to cover a steering wheel when inflation is completed, includes: a front-collision receiving surface which is arranged on a side of a driver when inflation is completed, so as to receive the driver moving forward during a head-on collision of a vehicle, the front-collision receiving surface being arranged substantially along a vertical direction to be tilted with respect to a ring surface of the steering wheel when inflation is completed; and arm restraining parts which are arranged near arms of the driver steering a ring part of the steering wheel on both right and left sides of the front-collision receiving surface when inflation is completed, the arm restraining parts coming into contact with the arms during an oblique collision or an offset collision of the vehicle, so as to prevent a movement of the driver to an obliquely front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Hotta, Koji Kawamura, Yuji Sato
  • Patent number: 11370367
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame. The vehicle is an open-frame vehicle. The frame includes an A-pillar, a B-pillar, and a roof siderail. The roof siderail extends between the A-pillar and the B-pillar. An A-pillar trim member is coupled to the A-pillar and includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion defines an aperture that receives the second portion. A B-pillar trim member is coupled to the B-pillar. A roof siderail trim member is coupled to the roof siderail and extends between the A-pillar trim member and the B-pillar trim member. An inflatable member is positioned between the frame and at least two of the A-pillar trim member, the B-pillar trim member, and the roof siderail trim member when the inflatable member is in a deflated state. An inflated state of the inflatable member separates the second portion of the A-pillar trim member from the aperture of the A-pillar trim member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk Robert Goleniak, John Rudolph, Eric Axel Smitterberg, Chuck R. Reese, Srivardhan Tallapragada, Jay Douglas Blackson
  • Patent number: 11364869
    Abstract: A vehicle safety seat system comprises: i) a vehicle seat configured to move to a substantially reclining position, the vehicle seat comprising a seat back and a seat bottom; and ii) a first support arm associated with the seat back, the first support arm including a first airbag on a lower surface of the first support arm, the first support arm holding the first airbag in a position above the thorax of a passenger reclining in the vehicle seat. The first airbag inflates in the event of a collision and provides protection between the first support arm and the thorax of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Chin-Hsu Lin, Louis D. Thole, David Acosta, Yi-pen Cheng, Paul E. Krajewski, Gary L. Jones
  • Patent number: 11364965
    Abstract: A saddle riding vehicle airbag device can be disposed compactly and the airbag can be deployed vertically upward. In the saddle riding vehicle airbag device provided with a retainer that is provided in front of a seat for a rider, an inflator and an airbag that is housed in the retainer, is inflated by means of a gas discharged from the inflator and is deployed in front of the rider, in which the retainer is provided with an L-shaped airbag passage that causes the airbag to deploy upward in a left-right direction, and, in a deployed state, the airbag is formed bilaterally asymmetrical with respect to a left-right center line of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Aikyo, Takashi Sato, Makoto Fuma
  • Patent number: 11358552
    Abstract: To reduce an amount of rear protrusion of a vehicle seat equipped with an airbag module configured to deploy rearward, in a vehicle seat (1) provided with a seat cushion (3) and a seat back (4), the seat back includes: a seat back frame (7) including a pair of left and right side frames (11) extending in a vertical direction and an upper frame (12) connecting upper ends of the side frames to each other; an airbag module (43) supported by an upper half of the seat back frame via a bracket (31); and a skin member (9) covering the seat back frame, the bracket, and the airbag module from a rear side thereof, wherein a part of the skin member corresponding to the airbag module is provided with a frangible portion (80) configured to open upon inflation of an airbag (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hideki Usami