Patents by Inventor Daniel Carl Bejune

Daniel Carl Bejune has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10704300
    Abstract: A locking device is provided for a motor vehicle door. The locking device includes a body having a base, a stake, a lever, a gusset and a rotational axis. A method of locking a motor vehicle door closed in response to a side impact is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Yalla Mussa Abushawashi, Bruce Richard Ghastin, Daniel Carl Bejune
  • Publication number: 20190024416
    Abstract: A latch system for vehicle doors includes a powered latch including a powered actuator that is configured to unlatch the powered latch. An interior unlatch input feature such as an unlatch switch can be actuated by a user to provide an unlatch request. The system may include a controller that is operably connected to the powered actuator of the powered latch. The controller is configured such that it does not unlatch the powered latch if a vehicle speed is greater than a predefined value unless the interior latch feature is actuated at least two times according to predefined criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: H. Paul Tsvi Linden, Daniel Carl Bejune, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Kosta Papanikolaou, Noah Barlow Mass, Lisa Therese Boran, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Jim Michael Weinfurther, Robert Bruce Kleve, John Thomas Ricks
  • Patent number: 10119308
    Abstract: A latch system for vehicle doors includes a powered latch including a powered actuator that is configured to unlatch the powered latch. An interior unlatch input feature such as an unlatch switch can be actuated by a user to provide an unlatch request. The system may include a controller that is operably connected to the powered actuator of the powered latch. The controller is configured such that it does not unlatch the powered latch if a vehicle speed is greater than a predefined value unless the interior latch feature is actuated at least two times according to predefined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: H. Paul Tsvi Linden, Daniel Carl Bejune, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Robert Bruce Kleve, John Thomas Ricks, Kosta Papanikolaou, Noah Barlow Mass, Lisa Therese Boran, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Jim Michael Weinfurther
  • Publication number: 20180291654
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a latch mechanism having a fork-bolt that is configured to engage a striker and prevent opening of the vehicle door when the latch mechanism is in a latched configuration. The latch mechanism includes a lock mechanism that disconnects an exterior door handle from the latch mechanism when the latch mechanism is locked. The lock mechanism includes a lock lever having a center of mass that is spaced apart from an axis of rotation of the lock lever whereby the lock lever rotates and locks the latch mechanism in the event of a side impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10024083
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a latch mechanism having a fork-bolt that is configured to engage a striker and prevent opening of the vehicle door when the latch mechanism is in a latched configuration. The latch mechanism includes a lock mechanism that disconnects an exterior door handle from the latch mechanism when the latch mechanism is locked. The lock mechanism includes a lock lever having a center of mass that is spaced apart from an axis of rotation of the lock lever whereby the lock lever rotates and locks the latch mechanism in the event of a side impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10000948
    Abstract: A locking device is provided for a door of a motor vehicle. That locking device includes a pin having a first end fixed to the door and a second end including an enlarged head. The locking device also includes a receiver on a rocker panel of the motor vehicle. When the door is subjected to a side impact the pin extends into the receiver and is captured to lock the door closed. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Daniel Carl Bejune, Yalla Mussa Abushawashi, Bruce Richard Ghastin, Bakhtyar Baig
  • Patent number: 9920554
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch assembly for maintaining the vehicle door in a closed position including during an angled impact to the door latch of the vehicle. The latch assembly includes a catch, a pawl, and an actuator coupled to a door latch base. The catch is movable to and from a closed position wherein the catch is configured to grasp a portion of a striker coupled to the vehicle to maintain the door closed. The catch is also movable to and from an open position wherein the catch is configured to release the striker to allow the door to open. The pawl is configured to maintain the catch in the closed position until the door handle is actuated. The latch assembly includes a blocking plate including an extension member which is deformable during an impact to align with one of or both a pawl lifter and the pawl member to prevent their rotation and thereby maintain the latch assembly and the vehicle door in a latched position during such an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Publication number: 20180073279
    Abstract: A locking device is provided for a door of a motor vehicle. That locking device includes a pin having a first end fixed to the door and a second end including an enlarged head. The locking device also includes a receiver on a rocker panel of the motor vehicle. When the door is subjected to a side impact the pin extends into the receiver and is captured to lock the door closed. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Daniel Carl Bejune, Yalla Mussa Abushawashi, Bruce Richard Ghastin, Bakhtyar Baig
  • Publication number: 20180044948
    Abstract: A locking device is provided for a motor vehicle door. The locking device includes a body having a base, a stake, a lever, a gusset and a rotational axis. A method of locking a motor vehicle door closed in response to a side impact is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Yalla Mussa Abushawashi, Bruce Richard Ghastin, Daniel Carl Bejune
  • Publication number: 20170298657
    Abstract: A door latch release mechanism for use in a passenger vehicle comprises at least one of a latch mechanism and a handle mechanism. The latch mechanism includes a first bellcrank with a first pivot axis and two mounting points. The handle mechanism includes a second bellcrank with a second pivot axis and two mounting points. The handle mechanism further includes a door handle having a third pivot axis, and a mechanical linkage connecting the door handle lever with the second bellcrank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wanjun Lei, Tahmidur Rahman, Daniel Carl Bejune, Matthew B. Makowski, Musarrat Jehan
  • Publication number: 20170198503
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch assembly for maintaining the vehicle door in a closed position including during an angled impact to the door latch of the vehicle. The latch assembly includes a catch, a pawl, and an actuator coupled to a door latch base. The catch is movable to and from a closed position wherein the catch is configured to grasp a portion of a striker coupled to the vehicle to maintain the door closed. The catch is also movable to and from an open position wherein the catch is configured to release the striker to allow the door to open. The pawl is configured to maintain the catch in the closed position until the door handle is actuated. The latch assembly includes a blocking plate including an extension member which is deformable during an impact to align with one of or both a pawl lifter and the pawl member to prevent their rotation and thereby maintain the latch assembly and the vehicle door in a latched position during such an impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 9631402
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch assembly for maintaining the vehicle door in a closed position including during an angled impact to the door latch of the vehicle. The latch assembly includes a catch, a pawl, and an actuator coupled to a door latch base. The catch is movable to and from a closed position wherein the catch is configured to grasp a portion of a striker coupled to the vehicle to maintain the door closed. The catch is also movable to and from an open position wherein the catch is configured to release the striker to allow the door to open. The pawl is configured to maintain the catch in the closed position until the door handle is actuated. The latch assembly includes a blocking plate including an extension member which is deformable during an impact to align with one of or both a pawl lifter and the pawl member to prevent their rotation and thereby maintain the latch assembly and the vehicle door in a latched position during such an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Publication number: 20160160540
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a latch mechanism having a fork-bolt that is configured to engage a striker and prevent opening of the vehicle door when the latch mechanism is in a latched configuration. The latch mechanism includes a lock mechanism that disconnects an exterior door handle from the latch mechanism when the latch mechanism is locked. The lock mechanism includes a lock lever having a center of mass that is spaced apart from an axis of rotation of the lock lever whereby the lock lever rotates and locks the latch mechanism in the event of a side impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Publication number: 20150330114
    Abstract: A latch system for vehicle doors includes a powered latch including a powered actuator that is configured to unlatch the powered latch. An interior unlatch input feature such as an unlatch switch can be actuated by a user to provide an unlatch request. The system may include a controller that is operably connected to the powered actuator of the powered latch. The controller is configured such that it does not unlatch the powered latch if a vehicle speed is greater than a predefined value unless the interior latch feature is actuated at least two times according to predefined criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: H. Paul Tsvi Linden, Daniel Carl Bejune, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Robert Bruce Kleve, John Thomas Ricks, Kosta Papanikolaou, Noah Barlow Mass, Lisa Therese Boran, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Jim Michael Weinfurther
  • Patent number: 8727402
    Abstract: An exterior handle assembly for a vehicle door includes a movable handle member and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a predefined fracture line or line of weakening, whereby the reinforcing structure fractures along the line of weakening in the event a large external force is applied to the reinforcing structure. The handle assembly also includes a push surface that pushes against an inertia lock lever after fracture of the reinforcing structure to thereby push the inertia lock lever into a locked position to prevent unlatching of a vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Charles Gregory Bambanek
  • Publication number: 20140084603
    Abstract: An exterior handle assembly for a vehicle door includes a movable handle member and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a predefined fracture line or line of weakening, whereby the reinforcing structure fractures along the line of weakening in the event a large external force is applied to the reinforcing structure. The handle assembly also includes a push surface that pushes against an inertia lock lever after fracture of the reinforcing structure to thereby push the inertia lock lever into a locked position to prevent unlatching of a vehicle door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Charles Gregory Bambenek
  • Patent number: 8376424
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for an automotive vehicle including a handle chassis and a handle strap having a lever actuator. A rotatable lever in contact with the lever actuator is mounted upon a release pivot attached to the handle chassis. A cable assembly includes a sheath having a first end which is held stationary, and a flexible core attached to the rotatable lever and to a door latch. A dimension control link maintains a predetermined distance between the first end of the cable sheath and the release pivot, so as to avoid unintentional operation of the door latch which could result from a crushing load imposed upon an outer portion of a vehicle door including the door handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventor: Daniel Carl Bejune
  • Publication number: 20120137820
    Abstract: A cable assembly having an elongate cable and a cable fitting having an elongate body with a first end, a second end, and a tubular duct extending therethrough adapted to receive the elongate cable. First and second annular rings extend substantially circumferentially around a portion of the elongate body and define an annular groove therebetween. A circumferential support has a first section that extends from the first annular ring to the first end and a second section that extends from the second annular ring to the second end, and has ribs extending radially outwardly therefrom. An outer circumference of the annular groove is less than an outer circumference of the circumferential support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Rajesh K. Patel, Daniel Carl Bejune
  • Publication number: 20120074716
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for an automotive vehicle including a handle chassis and a handle strap having a lever actuator. A rotatable lever in contact with the lever actuator is mounted upon a release pivot attached to the handle chassis. A cable assembly includes a sheath having a first end which is held stationary, and a flexible core attached to the rotatable lever and to a door latch. A dimension control link maintains a predetermined distance between the first end of the cable sheath and the release pivot, so as to avoid unintentional operation of the door latch which could result from a crushing load imposed upon an outer portion of a vehicle door including the door handle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Carl Bejune
  • Publication number: 20100095802
    Abstract: A cable assembly having an elongate cable and a cable fitting having an elongate body with a first end, a second end, and a tubular duct extending therethrough adapted to receive the elongate cable. First and second annular rings extend substantially circumferentially around a portion of the elongate body and define an annular groove therebetween. A circumferential support has a first section that extends from the first annular ring to the first end and a second section that extends from the second annular ring to the second end. An outer circumference of the annular groove is less than an outer circumference of the circumferential support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Rajesh K. Patel, Daniel Carl Bejune