Patents Examined by Timothy Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 11180110
    Abstract: An assembly includes a rod, a tube slidably supported by the rod, a seatbelt buckle supported by the tube, and a lock. The tube and the rod are releasably engageable to each other by the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 11174030
    Abstract: A system for increasing passenger safety within an airplane (10) includes a forward seat (16) having a back surface (17) that faces an occupant seat (14). A tray table holder (22) is secured to or formed integrally with the back of the forward seat (16). A tray table (20) is rotatably connected to the tray table holder via a hinge (40) and is rotatable relative to the tray table holder. The tray table defines a cavity (32) inside the tray table. An airbag (54) is within the cavity. An inlet device (42) is coupled to the airbag and is rotatable about the hinge (40) such that the inflator inlet can rotate as the tray table rotates relative to the tray table holder. An inflator (52) is connected to the inlet device and is configured to deliver gas to the airbag through the inflator inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: KEY SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Young, Pat O'Mara
  • Patent number: 11167713
    Abstract: The present invention is designed to be fitted in the upper part of Roll Bars on small vehicles such as quad bikes, ATV's, ride-on mowers, and small tractors (“small vehicles”) to overcome the issue with striking overhanging objects. If the Roll Bar system including the present invention is struck when the vehicle is in forward motion, the present invention allows the upper portion of the Roll Bar to flex, either allowing it to pass under the object or providing a more gradual reduction in speed as opposed to an instant jolt, then returning to the original upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: David Robertson
  • Patent number: 11155304
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a vehicle body frame, a pair of right and left front wheels disposed at a front end of the vehicle body frame, and a pair of right and left rear wheels disposed at a rear end of the vehicle body frame. The vehicle body frame has, at a bottom thereof, a bottom main frame extending in an anteroposterior direction at a center in a vehicle width direction, and a pair of right and left bottom side frames located width direction extending in the anteroposterior direction between the front wheels and the rear wheels at outer ends in the vehicle, and the bottom side frames are located above the bottom main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazumasa Hisada, Gary Bozych, Nobuyuki Nishiguchi, Takeru Ohshima, Yusuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 11148578
    Abstract: Mounting tabs, kits and methods of using the mounting tabs where none previously existed or for replacing/repairing broken mounting tabs are disclosed. For example, the mounting tabs, kits and methods disclosed herein are well suited for the repair of high value components, including automotive components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Maurice Paperi
  • Patent number: 11148637
    Abstract: An engine starting device includes: a portable unit including a transmitting unit capable of transmitting an ID code inherent to a vehicle; a control unit having a substrate on which a receiving unit receiving the ID code, and a determination unit configured to determine whether the received ID code is a pre-registered legitimate ID are formed; a main body part including an operation knob rotationally operated between an off position and an on position, and fixed between a bar-shaped handle and a speed meter of the vehicle; 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 main body part, the control unit and the regulation unit are integrally formed to configure an integral unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: ASAHI DENSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 11142239
    Abstract: A steering column assembly is provided that is secured to a vehicle body and includes a mounting bracket securable to the vehicle body and a support bracket secured to a steering column shroud. A breakaway capsule assembly with a frangible connector secures the support bracket to the mounting bracket, the frangible connector, in use, breaking to allow relative movement of the support bracket and the mounting bracket, in the event of a crash. The breakaway capsule assembly includes a fixing portion that overlaps and supports a corresponding portion of the support bracket, the fixing portion including an opening which is aligned with a corresponding opening in the support bracket, the frangible connector passing through and engaging the two aligned openings. A spring biases the fixing portion and the support bracket into engagement with each other to oppose any movement between the fixing portion and the support bracket in the axial direction of the frangible connector during use of the steering assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: ZF Steering Systems Poland Sp. Z.o.o.
    Inventors: Artur Wojtalik, Pawel Ponikiewski
  • Patent number: 11131377
    Abstract: A power take off unit includes an input gear, an output gear, and an intermediary gear that cooperate to transfer power from a rotational power source to an operating target. The power take off unit has a control module that biases the intermediary gear relative to the input gear and the output gear to reduce gear rattle vibrations associated with intermeshed tooth looseness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Burrell, John Loeffler, Brian L. Rang
  • Patent number: 11117434
    Abstract: A suspension system for a vehicle. The suspension system has a steering knuckle connected through suspension means with a vehicle chassis portion, guiding means and driving means. The guiding means enable movement of the steering knuckle with respect to the vehicle chassis portion along an arched pathway between a first and a second position. The driving means effect the movement of the steering knuckle between the first and the second position. The guiding means effect a selected angular orientation of the steering knuckle with respect to the vehicle chassis portion during the movement between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TRIGGO S.A.
    Inventor: Rafal Budweil
  • Patent number: 11117537
    Abstract: A vehicle seat for supporting an occupant in a vehicle. The vehicle seat includes a backrest and a headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery T. Bonk
  • Patent number: 11110746
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a pair of left and right pivotal connecting units provided on a front frame, a caster wheel, a caster axle and a caster bracket connected to the pivotal connecting unit. The caster bracket includes side walls supporting the caster axle, a top wall extending rearwards from the upper side of the caster wheel and interconnecting the left side wall and the right side wall, and left and right cover portions for covering gaps between the side walls and the caster wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Robert Walden
  • Patent number: 11104389
    Abstract: A clamping system for mating an I-Beam frame to an undercarriage is disclosed. The clamping system utilizes clamping brackets to secure the undercarriage to the trailer frame. The undercarriage has adapter sides oriented perpendicular to the undercarriage adapter bottom. The clamping brackets have two portions oriented perpendicular to each other. Holes are located in the clamping brackets to receive bolts or screws. The trailer frame is aligned onto the undercarriage and positioned such that proper tongue weight is applied. The clamping brackets are rigidly installed on the clamping bracket sides. Clamping screws are installed into the clamping brackets and torqued to a value such that a compressive force is applied between the bottom of the I-Beam and the undercarriage adapter bottom. The compressive force applied prevents unwanted relative motion between the I-Beam frame and the undercarriage during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Jeffrey William Ash
  • Patent number: 11084445
    Abstract: An assembly includes a front console having a panel. The assembly includes a torsion bar fixed relative to the front console. The assembly includes a gear fixed to the torsion bar. The assembly includes a rack including teeth meshed with the gear, the rack extending toward the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 11084350
    Abstract: An actuator system for a vehicle suspension system including: 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, a first hydraulic circuit operable to connect the first port to the first chamber, the first hydraulic circuit including 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 a first gallery of the first hydraulic circuit between the first port and the first valve; a second hydraulic accumulator connected to a second port of the pump via a second gallery; and a second valve, the second valve being a variable pressure relief valve operable to variably restrict flow of hydraulic fluid from the first gallery to the second gallery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Luke Birch, Sam Brown, Robert Neilson, James Robertson
  • Patent number: 11072270
    Abstract: Provided is a truck with a lowerable bed for reducing the height difference between the ground and a payload area to provide easy loading and unloading. A traction system for a truck with a lowerable bed is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: An-Tao Anthony Yang
  • Patent number: 11072215
    Abstract: A motor vehicle wheel suspension having a wheel carrier connected to the vehicle body or frame. The suspension having a lower transverse link. The wheel carrier connected to the lower transverse carrier at two connection locations. A first connection location on a first side wall of the wheel carrier and second connection location on a second side wall of the wheel carrier. The first connection location including a connector connected to both the lower transverse and the wheel carrier. The second connection location including a connection between the wheel carrier and the lower transverse link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Drotar, Ralf Hintzen, Daniel Mainz, Paul Zandbergen, Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 11059442
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle includes an airbag configured to be mounted to a seat back of a vehicle seat. The airbag is inflatable between the seat back and an adjacent side structure of the vehicle to one of a first deployed condition in which the airbag is configured for a non-reclined condition of the vehicle seat, and a second deployed condition in which the airbag is configured for a reclined condition of the vehicle seat. The airbag is configured to deploy to the first deployed condition in response to determining a non-reclined condition of the vehicle seat and to the second deployed condition in response to determining a reclined condition of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Angelo J. Adler
  • Patent number: 11059337
    Abstract: An alignment assembly for a motor vehicle includes a first bushing with a slot, the first bushing being configured to be positioned and secured to an end of a first link of a wishbone suspension assembly, and an insert that fits within the slot, the insert having a locating hole that positions a bolt within the slot for nominal caster and camber angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric B. Hoyer, Jack Marchel
  • Patent number: 11059342
    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: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Luke Birch, Sam Brown, Robert Neilson, James Robertson
  • Patent number: 11059450
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint device includes a three-point seatbelt device, a shoulder belt anchor, and a mover device. The three-point seatbelt device includes a shoulder belt extending from an upper portion on one seat width direction end side of a seatback configuring a vehicle seat on which an occupant sits, toward a buckle at a lower portion on another seat width direction end side. The shoulder belt anchor is provided for the shoulder belt to pass through at a shoulder opening on the one seat width direction end side of an upper section of the seatback. The mover device moves the shoulder belt anchor toward a top-to-bottom direction lower side of the seatback when the seatback, which is configured to tilt rearward from an upright state, has been tilted rearward by at least a predetermined angle or greater with respect to a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Ohno