Patents by Inventor John N. Hatfield

John N. Hatfield 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: 4721329
    Abstract: In an automobile, a knee bolster is provided, with either an airbag or shoulder belt, for capturing and absorbing the translational kinetic energy of the occupant's lower torso, for prevention of submarining, and for controlled rebound. The bolster includes a member for capturing and dissipating a portion of the kinetic energy of an occupant during a collision, and a member for storing another portion of said kinetic energy. A collision between the lower portion of the body of the occupant and the bolster tends to restore the body in such a way that the rebound impact against the seat is applied to the occupant's back rather than his head or neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Breed Corporation
    Inventors: Russel Brantman, John N. Hatfield