Patents Examined by Nicole T Verley
  • Patent number: 11124150
    Abstract: An air bag 2, an inflator 3, and a diffuser 30 are attached to a retainer 10. The diffuser 30 has a main surface portion 31, leg piece portions 32 extending in four radiating directions, and flap portions 34. The main surface portion 31 covers a head side of the inflator 3. The leg piece portion 32 passes through a mounting ring 20 and an inflator opening 12 and passes between the retainer 10 and a flange portion 3b of the inflator 3. A bolt 21 of the mounting ring 20 is inserted through a small hole 33 of the leg piece portion 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Keisuke Onohara, Hiroki Takehara
  • Patent number: 11097767
    Abstract: A steering system includes a steering column, a column bracket, a distance bracket, a rod, and an elastic member. The steering column supports an input shaft coupled to the steering wheel. The column bracket has a long hole therethrough and supports the steering column. The distance bracket includes: two vertical plates provided on an outer circumferential surface of the steering column and extending along the column bracket; and a horizontal plate coupling together the two vertical plates. The rod penetrates the long hole and the vertical plates. The elastic member is positioned between the horizontal plate and the rod and presses the rod toward the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Youhei Nakazato
  • Patent number: 11091113
    Abstract: An airbag for a vehicle, such as a side airbag, may be mounted to or proximate to a seat assembly on which a passenger may sit. The side airbag may include a chamber and an inflator configured to cause the chamber to expand toward the passenger to slow an acceleration of the passenger upon impact of the vehicle with another object or surface. Upon deployment of the chamber, the side airbag may cause a portion of the seat assembly (a seat tub, seat pan, and/or cushion coupled thereto) to deform toward the passenger seated thereon while remaining occluded from the passenger by the assembly. In some examples, the chamber may be stored in an unfolded position to allow for a more rapid deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Markus Jost
  • Patent number: 11091000
    Abstract: An actuator system for a vehicle suspension system includes: an actuator having a piston and a first fluid chamber separated from a second fluid chamber by the piston; a hydraulic pump having a first port connected by a first hydraulic circuit to the first chamber via a first valve, the first valve being a damper valve operable to variably restrict flow of hydraulic fluid out of the first chamber; a first hydraulic accumulator connected to the first hydraulic circuit between the first port and the first valve; and a second hydraulic accumulator connected to the first port by a second valve, the second valve being a variable pressure relief valve operable to variably restrict flow of hydraulic fluid from the first port to the second hydraulic accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Luke Birch, Robert Neilson, James Robertson, Sam Brown
  • Patent number: 11091187
    Abstract: One steering column assembly includes a jacket, a bearing, and a steering spindle rotatably supported by the bearing and at least partially extending inside the jacket. The spindle includes a hollow outer tube and a hollow inner tube. The outer tube has lengthening and attachment sections, and the attachment section has transition and connection portions. The lengthening section adjoins the attachment section at an end of the transition portion, and the transition portion is between the lengthening section and the connection portion. The lengthening section has first and second portions, with the second portion being between the first and transition portions, and the outer tube terminates at an end of the connection portion. The inner tube is press-fit into the outer tube, and an end of the inner tube is adjacent the transition portion end. The inner tube does not extend into either the attachment section or the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Justin Yoho, Thomas Geiselberger, Christian Pichonnat
  • Patent number: 11084371
    Abstract: A motor drive device includes: a trailing arm that extends in a vehicle front-rear direction and includes a vehicle body-side attachment portion and wheel-side support portion, the vehicle body-side attachment portion formed on a forward portion side of the trailing arm and coupled to a vehicle body via a rubber bush, the wheel-side support portion formed on a rear side of the trailing arm and supporting a rear wheel; and a motor that is supported by the trailing arm and drives the rear wheel. The motor and the rubber bush are disposed in such a way that motor and the rubber bush are seen as being substantially aligned in a vehicle up-down direction when viewed in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Kenji Fukasawa, Kenji Kato, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Yutaka Hozumi, Sumitaka Ito, Junichi Midorikawa, Masayuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11072302
    Abstract: A knee airbag for vehicles is provided. The knee airbag includes a lower crash pad that has a panel shape to block a steering column to prevent exposure of the steering column to an indoor space of a vehicle, and includes a housing unit having recesses dented toward the steering column such that the housing unit is spaced apart from the steering column by a designated distance. An airbag module of the knee airbag includes an inflator and a cushion and contained in the housing unit of the lower crash pad to deploy the cushion toward a driver's knee outside the lower crash pad when the cushion is deployed by explosion of the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Bang, Ji Yong Yim, Seok Hoon Ko, Do Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 11052760
    Abstract: A vehicle control device incorporating a plurality of vehicle control elements, at least one control apparatus to alter a functionality of the vehicle control elements, each of the vehicle control elements adapted in use to control a valve in a hydraulic line, in which each vehicle control element incorporates a vehicle control display element, the vehicle control display element indicating whether the functionality of the vehicle control element may be altered. This allows a driver when looking at the vehicle control element easily to see from the vehicle control display element whether the functionality of the vehicle control element may be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Vonroth, Jan Weigand, Markus Ehrl
  • Patent number: 11046279
    Abstract: In a vehicle having a display mounted forward of a passenger seat on a dashboard and angled toward a driver seat adjacent the passenger seat, the display is moveable from the angled position to a position flush with the dashboard, and an airbag system is configured to deploy an airbag cushion that displaces the display from the angled position to the position flush with the dashboard to ensure that the airbag cushion has an adequate backup or support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Rupp
  • Patent number: 11040689
    Abstract: An inflatable blanket for a vehicle includes a first blanket layer, a second blanket layer coupled to the first blanket layer, and an airbag disposed between the first blanket layer and the second blanket layer. The airbag has a deflated configuration and an inflated configuration to protect a vehicle occupant when the vehicle is subjected to an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chin-Hsu Lin, Louis D. Thole, Mark O. Neal, David Acosta
  • Patent number: 11041521
    Abstract: The nut according to the present invention includes: a cylindrical portion having a female screw portion provided with spiral shaped thread grooves on an inner circumferential surface thereof; and a slit provided at one location in a circumferential direction of the cylindrical portion and opening to an outer circumferential surface and an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical portion. The slit extends in an extending direction orthogonal to a direction of a lead angle in a portion of the thread grooves crossed by the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: NSK, LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Saito
  • Patent number: 11040691
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seat back having a top end. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the seat back and inflatable to an inflated position including an inner panel and an outer panel defining an inflation chamber therebetween. The assembly includes a plurality of support tubes inflatable to inflated positions extending from the seat back along the outer panel, at least one of the support tubes in the inflated position extending from the top end of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 11027687
    Abstract: A steering wheel having a steering wheel body (10) having a first force transmitting component, and a horn actuation element. The horn actuation element having a horn actuation surface (23) and having a second force transmitting component. A load cell (30) is provided having a sensitive element that changes at least one of its electrical properties in response to a compression force. The sensitive element placed between the first and second force transmitting components. At least one elastically deformable element is provided between the steering wheel body (10) and the horn actuation element. When a pushing force is applied to the horn actuation surface (23) the force applied to the sensitive element changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Jean Bernard Tessier, Gilles Garret, Laurent Groleau, Sylvain Leforestier, Paul Lebarbier
  • Patent number: 11027693
    Abstract: Device cooperating with a vehicle safety belt, designed for passenger transport, especially children consists of a tensioning belt (1) fixed releasably between the shoulder part (2) and the lap part (3) of the fastened safety belt. Tensioning belt is equipped with the length and tension controller (R) and has tunnels (9) on both ends formed by the rolled up and fixed ends of the belt. In the tunnels (9) there are arms of the snap fasteners (4) fixed to the fastened safety belt. Controller (R) includes a staple (7) fixing the length of the tensioning, belt (1) and a staple (8) blocking its position, and the tensioning belt (1) is composed of a fragment (1?) connected permanently with the fixing staple and a fragment (1?) connected slidingly with the fixing staple (7) and the staple (8) blocking the position of the belt (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Maciej Łuczak, Norbert Gałuszewski
  • Patent number: 11027691
    Abstract: An airbag includes a body and a redirecting cloth that is composed of a sheet material having flexibility and disposed inside the body. The redirecting cloth includes an inlet port for taking in an inflation gas; one or more outlet ports that release the inflation gas as flown from the inlet port towards predetermined regions of the body; and a sew region that sews first and second terminal edges of the sheet material together. Each of the first and second terminal edges of the sheet material includes a turned-and-sewn region that has been turned inward and sewn. At least a part of the sew region is formed by sewing terminals of the turned-and-sewn regions together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nonoyama, Hiroki Imaeda, Tomoya Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11007966
    Abstract: An airbag includes an annular attachment portion having an opening portion through which a bracket can be inserted and which is open in a substantially square shape. A case includes a protective ring portion having an opening through which the bracket can be inserted and which protects the annular attachment portion. The protective ring portion includes a corner cover portion that covers areas of front and rear corner portions on an upper edge side of an inner peripheral edge of the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kakimoto
  • Patent number: 11007960
    Abstract: Passenger restraint systems are provided. The restraint systems can include: a passenger seat supported by a frame; a restraint bar pivotably attached to the frame; and at least one piston operably engaged between the restraint bar and the frame. Restraint system pistons are provided. The pistons can include: a central chamber housing a piston head and rod; a fluid reservoir in fluid communication with the central chamber; and at least one electromechanical valve operable between an open and a closed position. Methods for restraining a passenger within a seat are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Concepts in Manufacturing LLC
    Inventors: Mike Syrcle, Eric Wellington
  • Patent number: 11007840
    Abstract: A bearing element for receiving a stabilizer on a vehicle may include a first elastomer body and a second elastomer body that are of half-shell-shaped design and that are arranged on one another so as to form a receiving passage. The receiving passage may receive a stabilizer rod of the stabilizer. The first and second elastomer bodies can be pressed onto and cohesively attached to the stabilizer rod of the stabilizer such that the stabilizer rod extends through the receiving passage. Further, the inner contour of the receiving passage may be configured so as to deviate from a circular contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Federo und Stabilisatoren GmbH, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Dieter Lechner, Sebastian Bernard
  • Patent number: 11001292
    Abstract: A telescoping steering column is adapted to be supported by a vehicle structure. The telescoping steering column includes a jacket assembly and a jacket. The jacket is telescopically coupled to the jacket assembly along an axis. The jacket assembly and the jacket are adapted to collapse axially from a normal state to a collapsed state upon exertion of an axial force in a forward direction. The energy absorbing assembly includes a pin and a rupture member disposed axially adjacent to the pin. The pin is fixed to the jacket assembly and extends radially with respect to the axis and through a first opening defined by the jacket. The rupture member is part of the jacket, defines at least in-part first and second openings in the jacket. The rupture member is adapted to break as the jacket assembly and the jacket move from the normal state to the collapsed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Derocher, Leslie E. Edmundson
  • Patent number: 11001315
    Abstract: An operator station is provided. The operator station may include a platform. The platform may at least partially extend along a plane. The operator station may include a first linkage member attached to a first portion of the platform and a second linkage member attached to a second portion of the platform. The first linkage member may be pivotal with respect to a first pivot axis, and the second linkage member may be pivotal with respect to a second pivot axis. The operator station may include an actuating member attached to the first linkage member. The actuating member may actuate the first linkage member for pivoting the first linkage member in a first direction and pivoting the second linkage member in the first direction. The platform may linearly translate in the plane during pivoting of the first linkage member and the second linkage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Johnson, Ryan Hutar