Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10618557
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle body structure comprising a left suspension and a right suspension each including an arm member provided under a floor portion of a vehicle body; a left attachment portion configured to attach a vehicle body side end portion of the arm member of the left suspension to the floor portion; a right attachment portion configured to attach a vehicle body side end portion of the arm member of the right suspension to the floor portion; and a seat fixing portion configured to fix, to the floor portion, a seat provided on the floor portion, wherein the seat fixing portion is located between the left attachment portion and the right attachment portion in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Takahashi, Masaki Izutsu
  • Patent number: 10611239
    Abstract: The invention relates to an automobile drive shaft bushing, comprising a bushing body, wherein, a connecting cavity is arranged in the bushing body, a first annular flange and a second annular flange are arranged in the middle of the bushing body, multiple fixing holes are arranged on the peripheral surface of the first annular flange and the second annular flange, the fixing holes are communicated with the connecting cavity, the bushing body is sleeved on the drive shaft, multiple connecting holes corresponding to the fixing holes are arranged on the peripheral surface of the drive shaft. Thus, the shaft bushing and the drive shaft are connected firmly; meanwhile, two ends of the bushing body are welded to the junction of the drive shaft with a circular welding method, which ensures the sealing property of the connection between the ends of the bushing body and the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: NINGBO ZHENMING SHAFT CO., LTD
    Inventor: Le Le
  • Patent number: 10611396
    Abstract: A motion control assembly for a steering column assembly includes a rake bracket having a first leg and a second leg. Also included is a clamping mechanism intersecting the upper jacket and positioned on the first leg of the rake bracket, the on-center, single-sided clamping mechanism moveable between a clamped condition and an unclamped condition, the clamped condition securing a lower jacket against telescoping movement relative to an upper jacket. Further included is a mechanical fastener extending through the second leg of the rake bracket and at least partially through the lower jacket and operatively coupled to the lower jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 10611397
    Abstract: A steering device includes a column shaft, a column jacket, a fastening mechanism including a fastening shaft having a first flat portion, a first tooth member, a second tooth member, an energizing member, and a release member including: a cylindrical portion having a second flat portion; and a release portion, wherein: the release member is configured to cause the release portion to be engaged with the second tooth member; and a projecting portion formed on at least one of the first flat portion and the second flat portion is elastically engaged with the other one of the first flat portion and the second flat portion and restrain backlash between the first flat portion and the second flat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomonori Sugiura, Kentaro Kikuiri, Shoji Ishimura, Naohiro Oosono, Yuuji Ishii, Kosuke Ito, Shigeru Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10604100
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a structure for mounting an occupant protection system in a vehicle. The structure includes an electric power steering device (1) and a knee protection air bag assembly (51). The device (1) includes a steering column (18). The assembly (51) includes a bag (53) configured to expand to protect knees (9a) of an occupant (9) seated on a driver's seat (8) of the vehicle. The steering column (18) includes a drive member (26) of the device (1). The assembly (51) is located below the drive member (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10604102
    Abstract: A side air bag device is described which is disposed in a space between a vehicle body and a back seat and for which rigidity of attachment to a vehicle body member is improved. The side air bag device provided between a vehicle body and a back seat includes: a base member including a base storage configured to store an air bag and an inflator and a base attachment portion attached to the vehicle body; and a retainer member configured to hold the base storage from a vehicle back side. The retainer member extends from a portion holding the base storage while being bent along the shape of the vehicle body. The retainer member is attached to the vehicle body together with the base attachment portion while being overlapped with the base attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinichi Tanabe, Kazuhiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10603955
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an adjustment assembly for changing width of a vehicle including at least one pair of wheels, where the adjustment assembly is embedded in the vehicle and is connectable to a pair of front, middle or rear wheels thereof. The adjustment assembly includes, inter alia: a foldable unit connectable to the pair of wheels of the vehicle, configured for changing its overall length over a predefined axis “Y” connecting the centers of the pair of wheels, for adjusting a distance between the pair of wheels it connects to; and a tilting unit operatively associated with the pair of wheels of the vehicle to which the foldable unit connects. The tilting unit is configured for changing angular positioning of the pair of wheels in respect to the “Y” axis, during driving of the vehicle when folded or unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CITY TRANSFORMER LTD.
    Inventors: Erez Abramov, Asaf Formoza, Gideon Goldwine
  • Patent number: 10596990
    Abstract: A head-protecting airbag device includes: an airbag loaded in a vehicle as a completely folded body folded to be storable in the storage portion; and a regulation member, to be arranged near a bent portion in the completely folded body at a time of conveyance. The regulation member is formed of a belt-shaped body having flexibility, and capable of regulating a twist of the completely folded body at the bent portion when the completely folded body is assembled into the vehicle. In a state where a protrusion part is engaged with a periphery of an assembly hole, both front and rear sides of the protrusion part are wrapped together with the completely folded body by a wrapping material. A length dimension of a portion between the assembly holes is set to be a length dimension which disenables one turn of twist in a circumferential direction of the completely folded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Sato, Osamu Hirose, Ryosuke Jinnai
  • Patent number: 10590626
    Abstract: To improve the precision of position of a fastener hole and a seating face for mounting a counterweight, a counterweight supporting member is comprised of a support plate erected and fixed at the rear end of a revolving frame and a supporting member attached to the support plate. A cylindrical bolt fastening boss is provided on the supporting member in a manner of rotational position adjustable to the supporting plate and in which a fastener hole is formed at an eccentric position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Takahiro Iwamoto, Kentaro Nakayama, Takeshi Tsuneyoshi
  • Patent number: 10589705
    Abstract: A restraint system includes an instrument panel having an exterior panel directed downward, an airbag having an uninflated position behind the exterior panel and having a left chamber and a right chamber, a left inflator coupled to the left chamber, a right inflator coupled to the right chamber, and a controller programmed to selectively activate each inflator to one of a high output and a low output based on an impact angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee
  • Patent number: 10584945
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a metallic case of a pyrotechnical igniter having a wall with at least one weak zone and an inner surface in the case with at least one part facing this at least one weak zone includes positioning the case on a matrix having a plane zone. The method further includes striking the wall with at least one punch so as to, in a single movement of striking, deform at least the part of the inner surface facing this at least one weak zone and having at least one initially curved-in zone in order to bring it on the plane zone and to form in this manner a plane inner surface, and to form the at least one weak zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Patrice Boutin, Jose Reinoso
  • Patent number: 10583740
    Abstract: A multipurpose dashboard for use in a vehicle includes an instrument panel disposed within the vehicle. The multipurpose dashboard also includes driving controls mounted to the instrument panel. The driving controls are configurable into a driving position for a user driving mode and configurable into a non-driving position for a non-driving mode. The non-driving position is disposed away from the driving position. The multipurpose dashboard also includes a workstation mounted to the instrument panel. The workstation is configurable into an accessible position during the non-driving mode and configurable into a stowed position during the user driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Fabien Ory
  • Patent number: 10583860
    Abstract: A steering arm assembly includes a steering arm body, a first rotary connecting part and a second rotary connecting part. A first end and a second end of the steering arm body are fixedly connected with a first rocker arm and a second rocker arm, respectively. The first rotary connecting part and the second rotary connecting part are respectively connected with the first end and the second end of the steering arm body, and the steering arm body is configured to rotate relative to the first rotary connecting part and the second rotary connecting part. The steering arm body is able to be detachably located on a mounting bracket through the first rotary connecting part and the second rotary connecting part; and the first rotary connecting part and the second rotary connecting part respectively include a first shaft housing and a second shaft housing, which are engaged with a first mounting plate and a second mounting plate respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Xuzhou Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zenghai Shan, Honggang Ding, Yafu Zhu, Zhifang Wang, Yunwang Ma, Li Li
  • Patent number: 10583802
    Abstract: A method of weaving fabric for use in the manufacture of a vehicle air-bag includes: providing a weaving reed having a plurality of adjacent cells; introducing regular warp yarns into at least some of the cells; introducing an additional warp yarn into one of the cells that already includes a regular warp yarn; and carrying out a weaving process. In the weaving process, weft yarns are interwoven with the regular warp yarns and the additional warp yarn. The regular warp yarns each remain within one cell throughout the weaving process. The additional warp yarn is moved from a first cell to a second cell during the weaving process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Brita Hirsch, Ralf Koehnen
  • Patent number: 10576924
    Abstract: An airbag is installed in a storage section of an instrument panel. The airbag includes a bag body, a part of which is constituted by a peripheral wall panel section. The peripheral wall panel section includes a pair of panels arranged in the vehicle width direction. At least one of the panels includes an assembled panel, in which adjacent fabric pieces are joined by a peripheral edge joint section. The assembled panel includes a support inflation section, which, when the bag body is deployed and inflated, projects outward of the bag body further than the other sections of the assembled panel so as to be in contact with the instrument panel. The support inflation section is constituted by a part of the peripheral edge joint section and a part of each of the two fabric pieces that are joined by the peripheral edge joint section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Ruddy, Brandon Streeter, Akira Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10576928
    Abstract: An engine starting device includes: a portable unit including a transmitting unit capable of transmitting an ID code; a control unit including a receiving unit receiving the ID code, and a determination unit determining whether the received ID code is a pre-registered legitimate ID; a main body part including an operation knob rotationally operated between an off position and an on position; and a regulation unit configured to regulate a rotational operation of the operation knob, and to release a rotation-regulated state of the operation knob on condition that the received ID code is determined as a legitimate ID. The regulation unit is attached to a left side part of the main body part and the control unit is attached to a right side part of the main body part, as seen from a driver seat-side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ASAHI DENSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10576864
    Abstract: A cart is disclosed for carrying a gas bottle. The cart includes a wheeled frame and a bottle support platform. The support platform is configured to pivot between a loading position in which a gas bottle may be loaded and/or unloaded from the bottle support platform and a cradle position in which the gas bottle and the bottle support platform are elevated. A bottle rest may support the bottle when the bottle support platform is in the cradle position. A bottle support spine may also, or alternatively, support the bottle during transportation and act as a lever for pivoting the bottle support platform between the loading position and the cradle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: David Paul Marcusen, Nicholas James Dessart, Daniel James Helein
  • Patent number: 10561483
    Abstract: The invention generally encompasses an animal cart system for safely carrying, transporting and offloading an animal from an examination or surgery area to a recovery area, the cart system comprising a floor cart, the floor cart comprising an upper platform having rails, a lower platform, an actuator secured to the upper platform and the lower platform, and a pivoting connection coupled to the upper platform and the lower platform that tilts the upper platform in response to the actuator, and an examination cart slidably and releaseably coupled to the upper platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Inguran, LLC
    Inventor: Ted L. Funk
  • Patent number: 10562365
    Abstract: A vibration damper of a vehicle wheel is supported on a vehicle body by a damper mount having an elastic body. The vibration damper includes a fluid-filled cylinder, a piston guided in the cylinder, and a piston rod. A wherein a damper chamber is formed in the cylinder on each side of the piston. The damper mount includes a hydraulic pressure chamber connected via a fluid-conducting connection to the damper chambers, whose volumes are respectively reduced when the vehicle wheel is deflected in relation to the vehicle body. In addition, a throttle valve is provided in the fluid-conducting connection, wherein the throttle value comprises a valve body that is displaceable in relation to a valve seat counter to a spring force, and a throttle bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Roland Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10562486
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle body and a seatbelt assembly attached to the vehicle body. The seatbelt assembly includes a webbing and a tongue slidably engaged with the webbing. A pocket is fixed to the webbing. The pocket and the webbing define a cavity therebetween. A magnet is disposed in the cavity and is engageable with the tongue. The magnet is fixed to the webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq