Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10384638
    Abstract: A hood hinge for a motor vehicle includes a first part attached to a vehicle body part and a second part attached to a front hood. A lifting mechanism is configured to extend the attachment parts from a starting position into a cushioning position in which the front hood is raised from the starting position. A limiter exerts a limiting force on the attachment parts for limiting an extension movement thereof. A deformation element deforms when the force of the limiter acts on at least one attachment part. A stop may contact a counter stop for limiting the deformation of the deformation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Oeprations LLC
    Inventors: Steffen Karl Leschnik, Wolfgang Rasel, Christian Pietrasch, Bernd Klein
  • Patent number: 10378577
    Abstract: A telescopic steering column assembly comprising an upper shroud portion and a lower shroud portion is supported by the shroud portions through a support bearing assembly that acts between an upper portion of the telescopic steering shaft and a lower portion of the shroud that move relative to one another axially during telescopic adjustment, in which the support bearing assembly comprises: a set of bearings elements, a bearing cage comprising a sleeve that is located between an outer face of the upper shaft and an inner face of the lower shroud portion and is free to move axially relative to one of the upper shaft and the lower shroud, the cage including pockets that extend through the sleeve, each pocket loosely locating a bearing element such that a portion of the bearing element extends through the cage to engage with a first bearing race surface defined by one of the upper shaft and the shroud, an annular bearing race having a tapered second bearing race surface that engages the bearing elements located
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Wilkes
  • Patent number: 10377267
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of support portions that connect a frame portion and a roll-over protection cage to each other; a cross member that extends in a width direction of the vehicle and connects the pair of support portions to each other at positions higher than centers of the pair of support portions in an up-down direction of the vehicle; a first seat portion, a second seat portion, and a third seat portion in a front row; and a seat belt unit corresponding to the second seat portion. The seat belt unit includes a winding device located at a position lower than a shoulder anchor. The cross member is located between an upper end of the shoulder anchor and a lower end of the winding device in a front view of the vehicle, and supports the shoulder anchor and the winding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hayashi, Kazuo Sunahiro, Fumihiro Hidaka
  • Patent number: 10377199
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling a trailing arm may include a carrier having defining an open space on one side thereof, a trailing arm, one end of which includes an extension inclined at a predetermined angle and inserted into the space, and an assist arm, an end of which is inserted into the space and positioned on one side of the extension, in which the extension and the end of the assist arm inserted into the space may be integrally coupled to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Byung Joo Chung
  • Patent number: 10369880
    Abstract: The power transmission device includes an input shaft that rotates about its axis together with a vehicle wheel. A driving gear is arranged coaxially with the input shaft so as to rotate about the axis of the input shaft together with the input shaft. A driven gear meshes with the driving gear, and configured to transmit a rotational force to an output shaft connected to a regenerative energy converter. A wheel bearing for the vehicle wheel supports the input shaft such that the input shaft is rotatable about its axis relative to the driven gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Kurita, Hirokazu Ohba, Taisuke Igi
  • Patent number: 10369881
    Abstract: An evaporative fuel treatment apparatus, which is loaded on a hybrid vehicle equipped with a fuel tank and a battery mounted forward of the fuel tank, has a sealing valve for sealing evaporative fuel in the fuel tank. The sealing valve is disposed between the battery and the fuel tank and is arranged above the battery. The evaporative fuel treatment apparatus can prevent fuel leakage from the sealing valve more reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Kenichi Kunii, Takayuki Sano
  • Patent number: 10363791
    Abstract: The invention relates to an axle assembly for commercial vehicles includes a linkage element, a first axle element and a second axle element, wherein the first axle element substantially extends along a tube axis and can be fastened on a first side of the linkage element, wherein the second axle element is shaped at least in regions rotationally symmetrically around the stub axis and can be fastened on a second side of the linkage element, wherein the tube axis and the stub axis are separated from one another in the region of the linkage element, and wherein a receiving section is provided which can be fastened to at least one of the elements in order to provide a bearing for a spring element such that a first plane of the spring element is cut at least in regions by one of the axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAF-HOLLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Olaf Drewes, Thomas Naber
  • Patent number: 10358107
    Abstract: A front passenger seat airbag device includes a module case; a front passenger seat airbag configured such that, in a folded state, a height of a first airbag section positioned at a vehicle outer side is lower than a height of a second airbag section positioned at a vehicle inner side, and widths of the first airbag section and the second airbag section are substantially the same; an inflator disposed at a bottom side of the module case; and a raising member disposed at a bottom portion of the module case, and that raises a height of a first support face supporting the first airbag section to be higher than a height of a second support face supporting the second airbag section, such that a height of an upper face of the first airbag section is substantially aligned with a height of an upper face of the second airbag section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Ikuo Yamada, Mikine Hayashi, Shun Ito, Takahiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 10358158
    Abstract: A trailer having a framework configured for selectively switching between a wheel-based towing mechanism and a ski-based towing mechanism and wherein the trailer framework is lightweight and configured for supporting an enclosed trailer that may be constructed of lightweight composite paneling. The trailer framework can also be used with a pivotable and removable tow-bar where the tow-bar is configured with a plurality of pivotable attachment points for pivotably securing to the framework. The tow-bar is also connectable to any tow-vehicle and can be removed from the tow-vehicle and the trailer framework when not in use, or can be pivoted upwardly about the trailer framework for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLI-CORE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Chas Bjorkman, Jesse Richard Gamble
  • Patent number: 10351184
    Abstract: A working vehicle where a front axle case is supported by two front axle brackets includes a body flame formed by disposing beams at a prescribed interval, by welding reinforced plates to plate faces of the beams which face to each other, and by welding both end parts of one of the front axle brackets to the reinforced plates; and a front hitch formed by welding both end parts of the other front axle bracket to both end parts of a plate member which are bent. The front hitch is attached to the body flame such that the two front axle brackets are opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hanafusa, Taihei Daiyakuji, Terunobu Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10350958
    Abstract: A hydraulic level-adjustment device has a reservoir, a reversible hydraulic unit with a hydraulic pump, and a single-acting hydraulic linear actuator. To lift a vehicle chassis, the working space of the linear actuator can be pressurized by the hydraulic pump operated in its first pumping direction via its first pump connection and a fill line with a fill-check valve arranged therein. To lower the chassis, via its second pump connection, the hydraulic pump, operated in the reverse pumping direction, pumps hydraulic fluid into the reservoir via an outflow line with a throttle unit arranged therein. The pressure present upstream of the throttle unit acts on the control connection of a lockable, drainage-check valve via a control line and opens same, so that, under the weight of the motor vehicle, hydraulic fluid is forced out of the working space of the hydraulic linear actuator into the reservoir via the drainage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Klaus Stolle
  • Patent number: 10344453
    Abstract: Joystick controllers having one or both of a reference bar and a throat plate. The reference bar substantially surrounds the joystick and is mounted to a control panel, and provides a hand rest surface for an operator while operating the joystick. A top curved surface of the reference bar extends substantially parallel to the path of movement of the joystick in the fore and aft direction of travel. The throat plate has a shape oriented with tapered surfaces and vertices at the furthest fore and aft points to limit turning, caused by movement of the joystick in a side-to-side direction, at higher forward and aft speeds. The joystick can be biased such that, in the neutral position, it is oriented aft of center to allow for a full forward stroke, while limiting rearward stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Binstock, Scott J. LaCoe
  • Patent number: 10343479
    Abstract: A compressed air supply installation for the operation of a pneumatic system includes a compressed air feed, a compressed air connection to a pneumatic unit, a venting connection, a main pneumatic line disposed between the compressed air feed and the compressed air connection, and a first venting line disposed between the compressed air connection and the venting connection, the first venting line including a venting valve including a first venting valve connection, a second venting valve connection, and a control connection pneumatically connected to a control valve by a pneumatic control relay line. The venting valve is closed between the first venting valve connection and the second venting valve connection to the venting connection in a first switching state of the venting valve and is opened between the first venting valve connection and the second venting valve connection to the venting connection in a second switching state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Marc-Michel Bodet, Frank Meissner
  • Patent number: 10336281
    Abstract: There is provided a side curtain airbag apparatus. The side curtain airbag apparatus includes a bag that is inflated and unfolded, a piece of fixing hardware that is fixed to an edge portion of the bag and includes a temporary fixing claw capable of being locked to a locking portion of a vehicle body panel, and a protector that includes a lower contact portion in contact with a lower surface of a bent portion of the vehicle body panel and surrounds the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Takahashi, Daiei Tonoka
  • Patent number: 10336178
    Abstract: A final drive for a motor vehicle. A drive assembly having a drive shaft, the drive shaft is coupled via a gear stage to an output shaft of the final drive. The drive shaft is coupled to the gear stage via an intermediate shaft that is arranged offset with respect to it. The intermediate shaft is present on a first side of a conceptual plane that incorporates an axis of rotation of the drive shaft, and a power electronics unit is electrically connected to the drive assembly via connection terminals arranged at its front end on a second side of the plane, which lies opposite to the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Albl, Daniel Laurijssen, Dominik Mohrlock, Sandro Weigelt, Christoph Schmutz, Patrik Frommann, Stefan Hübler, Stefanie Seide, Albert Scharlach, Jürgen Schmitz, Michael Streicher
  • Patent number: 10336260
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle assembly includes, among other things, a sensor device that detects a location of a structure outside a vehicle, a running board moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The deployed position is adjusted relative to the vehicle based on the location of the structure detected by the sensor. An exemplary running board deploying method includes, among other things, detecting a location of a structure outside a vehicle, and transitioning a running board from a stowed position to a deployed position. The deployed position is adjusted relative to the vehicle based on the location of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Terry Lobsinger, Mark Beilman, Aaron Johnson
  • Patent number: 10328990
    Abstract: A go-cart frame and a tricycle frame that can be attached to an engine frame. Both the go-cart frame and tricycle frame have a mounting bracket that attaches to a bracket on the engine frame. The engine frame has an engine mount, a transmission system and two wheels. The go-cart frame has two wheels in the front, a front steering systems, a body with a seat and throttle and brake controls. The tricycle frame has a single front wheel, a steering system, a seat and throttle and brake controls. To convert one device to the other, the user simply unbolts the engine frame from the other frame (supporting it as needed), disconnects the control cables, moves the originally connected piece, moves the other piece into position, and then bolts this new piece to the engine frame and reconnects the controls. Then, the new configuration is ready to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Tracy Michael Martin
  • Patent number: 10328883
    Abstract: A roll over protection system for a vehicle having a first upright portion with a first end and a second end defining a first aperture, a second upright portion having a first end and a second end defining a second aperture, a third upright portion having a first end defining a first borehole and connected to first upright portion and a second end having a second borehole and connected to the second portion, a first pin and a first bushing are positioned in the first aperture and the first borehole, a second pin and a second bushing are positioned in the second aperture and the second borehole, the first and second bushings having first inner diameters that are greater than second inner diameters, the first and second pins having diameters that are greater than the second inner diameters and less than or equal to the first inner diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: David L. Stuber
  • Patent number: 10322750
    Abstract: Example power steering assembly mounts with tapered protrusions apparatus disclosed herein include a power steering assembly. The power steering assembly includes a housing. The housing includes a flexible mount and a rigid mount to attach the power steering assembly to a subframe. The rigid mount includes a tapered protrusion to deform the subframe to reduce movement of the rigid mount relative to the subframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Offerle, John Dalpiaz, Timothy Snider, Donald Mattern, Matthew Brimmer
  • Patent number: 10322736
    Abstract: A wheelbarrow bracket assembly for improving the performance of a wheelbarrow includes a wheelbarrow that has a bucket, a pair of handles, a pair of supports each extending between a respective one of the handles and the bucket, and a wheel that is rotatably coupled between the handles. A bracket is coupled between each of the supports. The bracket inhibits each of the handles from moving laterally away from the wheel. Thus, a nose piece that extends between the handles may be removed from the wheelbarrow. In this way the wheelbarrow may be rolled along the ground without having the nose piece engaging the ground and tipping the wheelbarrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Duffin