Patents Examined by Ross Weaver
  • Patent number: 4715468
    Abstract: A device for actuating a safety device, in particular a roll bar in a motor vehicle. The device includes a first sensor which is actuated when a vehicle acceleration exceeding a predetermined limiting value occurs and which generates a switch signal for a release device to activate the roll bar. The device also includes second and third sensors which control switches when both at least one wheel suspension is fully extended and the vehicle is tilted about either a longitudinal or transverse axis, so as to actuate the safety device during even relatively slow overturns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Gerald Schick, Lothar Kassing, Alban Bossenmaier, Luigi Brambilla
  • Patent number: 4715617
    Abstract: A passenger compartment mounted sensor possesses a low bias and is responsive to velocity change which requires the acceleration to be sustained above the bias level for an extended prior of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Breed Corporation
    Inventor: David Breed
  • Patent number: 4714271
    Abstract: A suspension controller for providing improved ride comfort and stable drivability with the suspension characteristic altered responsive to the condition of a road surface and a running vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuuichi Buma, Toshio Onuma, Kaoru Ohashi, Masami Itou
  • Patent number: 4714262
    Abstract: A variable length tie rod assembly includes a tie rod and a ball and socket assembly. The ball and socket assembly has a socket housing with a ball stud disposed in the socket housing. A tie rod extends into the socket housing. The variable length tie rod assembly includes adjustment means for effecting relative movement between the ball and socket assembly and the tie rod. The adjustment means includes a pinion rotatably mounted in the socket housing. The pinion has teeth disposed in meshing engagement with teeth formed in one end portion of the tie rod. The pinion is rotatable relative to the socket housing to effect axial movement of the tie rod relative to the socket housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Ruey E. Wood
  • Patent number: 4714270
    Abstract: An independent wheel suspension for a vehicle is suitable for use with either driven or non-driven wheels and includes a lower control arm and toe correcting link which urges the control arm and its associated wheel carrier in the direction of toe in during wheel recession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Manfred Rumpel
  • Patent number: 4712639
    Abstract: An automobile anti-theft device is provided with a first cover which fits over a steering column-mounted ignition lock, a second cover which fits over the turn signal housing on the steering column, opposite the lock, and a flexible element that extends from one end of the first cover, wraps around the steering column over the second cover, and locks in the other end of the first cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Wolo Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph E. Solow
  • Patent number: 4711463
    Abstract: An upper mount assembly for a suspension strut which incorporates an elastomer bushing operatively connecting the piston rod to support structure that works in shear over initial travel but has compression load buildup at the limit of mount travel. The mount assembly is a unitized multi-element construction having a jounce bumper to provide a load path for suspension spring assist and a load deflection curve to improve suspension characteristics. In this invention, load buildup is achieved in jounce and rebound with the use of a rate washer which is moved upwardly by the strut in jounce movement. Initial travel works the bushing in shear but the elastomer becomes compressed between the washer and an outside metal wall to provide increasing spring rate. When the rod moves vertically downwardly in rebound, the washer controls the load buildup and compresses the upper portion of the jounce bumper for soft entry into rebound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph J. Knable, Donald C. Ferdelman, Gerald M. Bojanowski
  • Patent number: 4711468
    Abstract: A guide rail for a seat belt device comprising a slider slidably movably provided in a slot of the guide rail installed on a roof side and a webbing mounted at the end thereof on the slider for restricting an occupant, and the guide rail is so installed on the roof side that the slot of said guide rail is inclined toward the outside of a compartment from the extending direction of the roof side. Thus, the guide rail can reduce the possibility of the webbing to contact an occupant's face even when the slider passes the guide rail of a roof side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noritada Yoshitsugu
  • Patent number: 4711462
    Abstract: An injection ski comprises a pair of spaced composite elements and an expanded plastic interposed between the composite elements. The upper composite element is provided with convex portions formed thereon to prevent the composite element from sagging due to its own weight during moulding operation of the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Keijiro Hayashi, Toshimi Awano
  • Patent number: 4709777
    Abstract: An interlocking circuit for inhibiting a vehicle power door locks from locking when an ignition key is left in the ignition key cylinder. The power door locks are precluded from locking if the ignition key is left in the OFF, ACCESSORY or IGN-RUN positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Chrysler Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Marcus C. Metz
  • Patent number: 4706993
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjusting the position of a seatbelt webbing fastened to the body of an occupant at which it is retained by the body of a vehicle has a base member secured to the vehicle body, a main shaft rotatably supported by the base member and having an external thread formed on the outer periphery thereof, and a subsidiary shaft secured to the base member and extending parallel to the main shaft. A movable member is thread-engaged with the external thread of the main shaft and slidably fitted on the subsidiary shaft, whereby, as the main shaft rotates, the movable member is prevented from rotating by the connection with the subsidiary shaft but moves along the main and subsidiary shafts through the thread engagement with the main shaft. A guide member which retains the webbing is secured to the movable member. Thus, the position of the webbing at which it is retained by the vehicle body is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-rika-denki-seisakusho
    Inventor: Keiichi Tamura
  • Patent number: 4705295
    Abstract: Apparatus for stabilizing a material handling vehicle during implement manipulation is provided. Dual hydraulic cylinders are provided on each side of the vehicle intermediate the vehicle's frame and a spring-biased solid axle. A lockout valve having a pneumatically actuated check valve in fluid communication with one-way check valves and flow restriction valves corresponding to each of the upper and lower ports of the respective hydraulic cylinders is mounted on the vehicle's frame and is in fluid communication with a reservoir of hydraulic fluid. When the vehicle is not caused to travel, the pneumatically actuated check valve is closed allowing no hydraulic fluid flow between the ports of the hydraulic cylinders and thereby locking the then-present fluid in each of the chambers of the hydraulic cylinders which prevents the movement of the pistons thereof and, hence, any displacement of the front axle relative to the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: The Gradall Company
    Inventor: Gerald E. Fought
  • Patent number: 4703818
    Abstract: There is disclosed a ground wheel takeoff drive system for fertilizer spreaders or the like including a gearbox being adapted to reside at least partly inside one of the speader's pneumatic tire and wheel cavities and having a hollow shaft journalled therein through which passes the axle on which the tire and wheel is mounted. The hollow shaft is secured to rotate with the ground wheel and a restraining element causes the gearbox to be restrained from rotation. The gearbox has a sprocket which is geared to be driven from the rotating hollow shaft, a remote control cable arrangement is connected to a gear lever on the gearbox which slides a driven gear in and out of engagement with a gear secured to the hollow shaft so that the gearbox sprocket motion may be disabled or enabled from a remote position; a sprocket chain is provided with suitable idlers for driving a sprocket wheel connected in a conventional manner to the gear drive mechanism for the fertilizer spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: Industrial Iron Works, Incorporated
    Inventor: William W. Adams
  • Patent number: 4702843
    Abstract: An adverse terrain vehicle is provided which includes a system for controlling a number of vehicular functions. The vehicle includes at least two variable displacement hydraulic motors, each for driving at least one wheel member on one side of the vehicle independently of the wheel members on the opposing side thereof. At least two variable displacement hydraulic pumps are mounted on the vehicle for supplying pressurized hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic motor on one side of the vehicle independently of the hydraulic motor on the opposing side thereof. The hydraulic pumps are driven by an engine. A sensor detects a decrease in the power output of the vehicle below that selected by the vehicle operator. Overload protection circuitry is responsive to the overload sensor and adjusts the displacement of the hydraulic motors and pumps to increase the power output capacity of the vehicle. Braking control circuitry coordinates with braking of the vehicle steering to effect turning of the vehicle while braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: Standard Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Norman D. Oswald, Harry S. Mankey, Carl M. Franklin, James M. Wilhelm, Ronnie M. Osborn
  • Patent number: 4700969
    Abstract: The corrector comprises a hydraulic distributor having a slide member (23) rotatively mounted in a body (39), the slide member (23) extending through a sleeve (41), a hydraulic circuit maintaining the ground clearance of the chassis of the vehicle being formed in the sleeve (41) and in the body (39), the hydraulic circuit maintaining the ground clearance at a pre-set value by the angular position of the sleeve (41) in the body (39), the slide member (23) being provided with means (34) for controlling the rotation of the slide member and associated with the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: S.A.M.M - Societe d'Applications des Machines Motrices
    Inventor: Philippe Joseph
  • Patent number: 4700968
    Abstract: A load control (24) for a vehicle (10) having a frame (14), a load-bearing body (12) mounted on the frame (14) and rear wheel-bearing axles. The rear wheel-bearing axles support the frame (14) through suspension systems. The load control (24) selectively renders one of the rear axles non-load-bearing or load-bearing and includes a sensor for sensing a load between the load-bearing body (12) and frame (14) and an actuator for rendering one of the rear axles load-bearing when the load sensed by the sensor is above a predetermined level and for rendering the rear axle non-load-bearing when the load sensed by the sensor is below a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Lear Siegler, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert J. Cherry
  • Patent number: 4699238
    Abstract: An externally-applied steering wheel locking device for vehicles is disclosed, which comprises a hook-like member configured to cap the central, hub portion of the wheel. A padlock body is placed on and affixed to the member in a position conveniently accessible by the driver. An elongated rod is adapted to be locked by the padlock after its lower end is coupled to one or more of the vehicle foot pedals. The padlock may be of the double-bore, yoke-type, and the rod, at least at its upper end, is comprised of a pair of parallel rod sections fitting into the yoke bores of the padlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Inventor: Mosheh Tamir
  • Patent number: 4697666
    Abstract: A sobriety interlock for a machine such as a vehicle operates in either an interlock mode or a BYPASS mode. In the INTERLOCK mode, a breath sobriety test must be passed before the machine can be started, while in the BYPASS mode, a breath test is not required to start the machine. When the system is powered up, it operates in the INTERLOCK mode for a predetermined period, preferably about 12 hours before automatically beginning operation in the BYPASS mode. From the BYPASS mode, INTERLOCK mode operation can be selected at any time by actuating a switch which locks in INTERLOCK mode operation for at least the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: Guardian Interlock Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. Collier, Kip L. Fuller
  • Patent number: 4697826
    Abstract: A locking device for a band in a safety belt of a passive vehicle safety belt system comprises at least one fastening means (10) for the band (11) and a lock casing (15) into which the fastening means can be inserted and retained. The fastening means is adapted to be moved along a guide rail (13) by a traction means (16), controlled by an electric motor, and is adapted to be released from the traction means, when it engages with the lock casing, so that the traction means and the motor are not exposed to shock loads, when the fastening means engages with the lock casing. The traction means can continue its movement, when the power supply to the motor has been interrupted, so that the kinetic energy accumulated in the motor and the traction means can decay gradually. A slider (19) is attached to the traction means (16), and the fastening means (10) is releasably attached to the slider and is retained to the slider by means of pins (25.31) and a pawl (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: Autoliv Development Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Bengt O. J. S. Morner
  • Patent number: 4697663
    Abstract: A vehicle with three wheels includes a single rear driven wheel and two front steerable wheels. The front wheels are supported by cross members in a parallelogram mechanism carried by the frame of the vehicle. A platform is connected to the frame and extends rearwardly of the cross members on both sides of the lower cross member. A U-shaped center stand is pivotally connected to the platform an axis extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle. The center stand in its deployed supporting position also engages the vehicle frame for keeping the vehicle upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: Wolfgang Trautwein