Patents by Inventor Kurt F. Fischer

Kurt F. Fischer 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).

  • Publication number: 20210101559
    Abstract: A restraint system for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle having a roof and a cabin with a seat for the occupant includes an airbag having a stored condition within the roof and being inflatable to a deployed condition extending into the cabin and aligned with the seat. The airbag includes a first portion extending along the roof and a second portion extending away from the roof toward the occupant. The second portion being configured to fold away from the occupant in response to occupant penetration into the airbag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Douglas M. Gould, Tobias Klenk, Gabriela Diaz, Ronald Bielecki, Hylus Ranjit Raj Jayakar
  • Patent number: 10960840
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle comprises an airbag inflatable from a stored condition to a deployed condition in which the airbag is positioned between a reaction surface of the vehicle and the occupant. The airbag comprises an upper portion and a lower portion. Each of the upper and lower portions is at least one of rolled and folded. The upper and lower portions are positioned overlying each other when in the stored condition. A deployment flap comprises a sheet of material having a first end portion and an oppositely disposed second end portion. The first end portion is secured to the vehicle. A portion of the deployment flap is positioned between the upper and lower portions. The deployment flap has a notch with opposite side edges converging in a direction toward the first end portion of the deployment flap and terminating at a vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20210078517
    Abstract: A restraint system for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle having a floor and a cabin with a floor for the occupant includes an airbag. The airbag has a stored condition on the vehicle floor and is inflatable to a deployed condition aligned with the occupant in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle. The airbag is configured to utilize the vehicle floor as a reaction surface for restraining the movement of the airbag in response to occupant penetration into the airbag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Angelo J. Adler, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20200406853
    Abstract: A restraint system (10) for helping to protect an occupant (60) of a vehicle (20) having a roof (32) and a cabin (40) including a seat (50) for the occupant (60) has an airbag (70). The airbag (70) has a stored condition within the roof (32) and is inflatable to a deployed condition extending into the cabin (40) and aligned with the seat (50). The airbag (70) includes a first portion (94) defining a first chamber (100) and a second portion (104) defining a second chamber (110). The first portion (94) is connected to the vehicle (20) and includes a vent (106). The first portion (94), in response to occupant (60) penetration with the second portion (104), vents inflation fluid from the vent (106) and elongates to enable folding of the airbag (70) away from the occupant (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20200406852
    Abstract: A restraint system (10) for helping to protect an occupant (60) of a vehicle (20) having a seat (50) for the occupant (60) includes a primary airbag (70) having a stored condition within a roof (32) and being inflatable to a deployed condition aligned with the seat (50). A support airbag (76) has a stored condition within the roof (32) and is inflatable to a deployed condition engaging the primary airbag (70).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Alexandra E. Schroeder, Werner Freisler, Douglas M. Gould, Tobias Klenk, Hylus Ranjit Raj Jayakar
  • Publication number: 20200391688
    Abstract: A restraint system for helping to protect an occupant (60) of a vehicle (20) includes a first inflator (74) for providing inflation fluid at a first fluid pressure and a second inflator (76) for providing inflation fluid at a second fluid pressure greater than the first fluid pressure. An airbag (70) includes a stored condition within a roof (32) and is inflatable to a deployed condition extending into a cabin (40) and aligned with a seat (50) for the occupant (60). The airbag (70) includes a first portion (98) defining a first chamber (100) fluidly connected to the first inflator (74) and a second portion (102) defining a second chamber (104) fluidly connected to the second inflator (76) and fluidly isolated from the first chamber (100). The first portion (98) moves relative to the second portion (102) in response to occupant (60) penetration into the airbag (70).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Alexandra E. Schroeder, Kurt F. Fischer
  • Publication number: 20200391689
    Abstract: A restraint system for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle having a roof and a cabin with a seat for the occupant includes an airbag mounted to the vehicle roof. The airbag has a stored condition and is inflatable to a deployed condition having a front-facing occupant receiving portion and an opposite rear-facing portion facing away from the occupant. The airbag has one or more connections with the vehicle roof, with the airbag and the connections being configured such that the roof serves as a reaction surface for supporting the airbag against movement in response to a forward moving occupant impacting the occupant receiving portion. The system is non-reliant on the rear-facing portion of the airbag engaging and using vehicle structure as a reaction surface for supporting the airbag against movement in response to the impacting occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Angelo J. Adler, Alexandra E. Schroeder, Hylus Ranjit Raj Jayakar
  • Publication number: 20200391691
    Abstract: A restraint system for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle having a roof and a cabin with a seat for the occupant includes an airbag. The airbag has a stored condition within the vehicle seat and is inflatable to deploy laterally in the cabin to a deployed condition in front of the occupant. The airbag is configured to utilize the vehicle seat as a reaction surface for restraining the movement of the airbag in response to occupant penetration into the airbag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Angelo J. Adler, Alexandra E. Schroeder, Daniel R. Suyherland
  • Publication number: 20200361410
    Abstract: A restraint system (10) for helping to protect an occupant (60) of a vehicle (20) having a roof (32) and a cabin (40) with a seat (50) for the occupant (60) includes an airbag (70) mounted to the vehicle roof (32). The airbag (70) has a stored condition and is inflatable to a deployed condition. The airbag (70), when deployed, extends from an upper end (90) connected to the vehicle roof (32) to a lower end (92) positioned adjacent the occupant (60). The airbag (70) has a U-shaped configuration including a first leg (104) and a second leg (106) pivotable relative to the first leg (104) in response to occupant (60) penetration into the second leg (106). A tether (120) has first and second ends (122, 124) each connected to the airbag (70) for limiting pivotal movement of the second leg (106) relative to the first leg (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Hylus Ranjit Raj Jayakar, Kurt F. Fischer
  • Patent number: 10710543
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant safety system helps protect front seat occupants of a vehicle in the event of a collision that results in oblique forward occupant movement. The safety system includes a frontal air bag inflatable between on instrument panel end the front seat vehicle occupant, and a central air bag inflatable adjacent and inboard of the frontal air bag. The frontal air bag can be configured and positioned to receive and cushion the vehicle occupant moving in an oblique direction in the vehicle as the result of a vehicle collision. The central air bag can be configured and positioned to support an inboard portion of the frontal airbag against flattening out in response to receiving the obliquely moving occupant, and to engage the obliquely moving occupant's head and resist rotation of the vehicle occupant's head resulting from moving obliquely into engagement with the frontal air bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Douglas M. Gould, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20200130631
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle comprises an airbag inflatable from a stored condition to a deployed condition in which the airbag is positioned between a reaction surface of the vehicle and the occupant. The airbag comprises an upper portion and a lower portion. Each of the upper and lower portions is at least one of rolled and folded. The upper and lower portions are positioned overlying each other when in the stored condition. A deployment flap comprises a sheet of material having a first end portion and an oppositely disposed second end portion. The first end portion is secured to the vehicle. A portion of the deployment flap is positioned between the upper and lower portions. The deployment flap has a notch with opposite side edges converging in a direction toward the first end portion of the deployment flap and terminating at a vertex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20200114860
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant (20) of a vehicle (12) having a seat (16 or 22) for receiving the occupant (20) includes an inflatable protection device (14) inflatable from a stored condition in the vehicle (12) adjacent a reaction surface (19, 23, 36) to a deployed condition between the reaction surface and the vehicle occupant (20). The protection device (14) includes a front portion (62) presented toward the seat (22) and an inflatable volume for receiving a penetrating occupant (20?) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition. A rear portion (64) connected to the front portion (62) has an inflatable volume spaced from the front portion (62) by a space (110). The front portion (62) is positioned between the vehicle occupant (20) and the rear portion (64) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Roy Turnbull, Douglas M. Gould, Michael Stegmeier, Christof Werner, Simon Schmid
  • Publication number: 20200094770
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle includes an airbag configured to be mounted to a support structure of the vehicle. The airbag is inflatable to deploy from a stored condition away from the support structure toward a vehicle seat in which the occupant is seated 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: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Alexandra E. Schroeder, Angelo R. Adler
  • Patent number: 10525927
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant (20) of a vehicle (12) having a seat (16 or 22) for receiving the occupant (20) includes an inflatable protection device (14) inflatable from a stored condition in the vehicle (12) adjacent a reaction surface (19, 23, 36) to a deployed condition between the reaction surface and the vehicle occupant (20). The protection device (14) includes a front portion (62) presented toward the seat (22) and an inflatable volume for receiving a penetrating occupant (20?) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition. A rear portion (64) connected to the front portion (62) has an inflatable volume spaced from the front portion (62) by a space (110). The front portion (62) is positioned between the vehicle occupant (20) and the rear portion (64) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Roy Turnbull, Douglas M. Gould, Michael Stegmeier, Christof Werner, Simon Schmid
  • Publication number: 20190274224
    Abstract: A method of initiating and controlling electroless nickel plating on copper substrates carried into a plating bath on a continuous stainless steel web where the copper is electrically bussed or in physical contact with the steel is described. A bias current is applied to the plating bath and a feedback loop is established to determine initiation of plating as well as to ramp down the biasing current to prevent electro- or electroless plating of the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas P. Riemer, Kurt F. Fischer
  • Patent number: 10336282
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant (20) of vehicle (12) having a seat (16 or 22) for receiving the occupant (20) includes an inflatable protection device (14) inflatable from a stored condition in the vehicle (12) adjacent a reaction surface (19, 23, 36) to a deployed condition between the reaction surface and the vehicle occupant (20). The protection device (14) includes a front portion (62) presented toward the seat (22) and an inflatable volume for receiving a penetrating occupant (20?) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition. A rear portion (64) connected to the front portion (62) has an inflatable volume spaced from the front portion (62) by a space (110). The front portion (62) is positioned between the vehicle occupant (20) and the rear portion (64) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Roy Turnbull, Douglas M. Gould
  • Patent number: 10131313
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant (28) of a vehicle (12) includes an inflatable vehicle occupant protection device (14) configured to be inflated and deployed between a side structure (16) of the vehicle and the vehicle occupant. A deployment sleeve (50) encircles a portion of the protection device. The deployment sleeve (50) includes a rupturable tear seam (54) that absorbs the initial break-out forces of the protection device (14) during the initial stages of inflation and deployment. The tear seam (54) is adapted to rupture after the deployment sleeve (50) absorbs the break-out forces and release the protection device (14) to inflate and deploy to a fully inflated and deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kim S. Young, Kurt F. Fischer, Rico S. Bertossi
  • Publication number: 20180251096
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant safety system helps protect front seat occupants of a vehicle in the event of a collision that results in oblique forward occupant movement. The safety system includes a frontal air bag inflatable between on instrument panel end the front seat vehicle occupant, and a central air bag inflatable adjacent and inboard of the frontal air bag. The frontal air bag can be configured and positioned to receive and cushion the vehicle occupant moving in an oblique direction in the vehicle as the result of a vehicle collision. The central air bag can be configured and positioned to support an inboard portion of the frontal airbag against flattening out in response to receiving the obliquely moving occupant, and to engage the obliquely moving occupant's head and resist rotation of the vehicle occupant's head resulting from moving obliquely into engagement with the frontal air bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Douglas M. Gould, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20180208143
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system (10) includes an oblique air bag (150) configured to be mounted at a mounting location in the vehicle (12). The oblique air bag (150) is configured to be inflated between an instrument panel (64) of the vehicle and an occupant (14) of a front driver side seat (20) of the vehicle. The oblique air bag (150) includes a support leg (160) that extends away tram the mounting location along the instrument panel (64) and has a portion positioned behind a steering wheel (72) of the vehicle. An occupant cushioning leg (170) is configured to extend rearward in the vehicle from the support leg (160) on an inboard side of the vehicle steering wheel (70). The cushioning leg (170) extends adjacent a steering wheel mounted frontal air bag (100) and extending rearward in the vehicle beyond the rearward extent of the frontal air bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Angelo Adler, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20180043852
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant (20) of a vehicle (12) having a seat (16 or 22) for receiving the occupant (20) includes an inflatable protection device (14) inflatable from a stored condition in the vehicle (12) adjacent a reaction surface (19, 23, 36) to a deployed condition between the reaction surface and the vehicle occupant (20). The protection device (14) includes a front portion (62) presented toward the seat (22) and an inflatable volume for receiving a penetrating occupant (20?) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition. A rear portion (64) connected to the front portion (62) has an inflatable volume spaced from the front portion (62) by a space (110). The front portion (62) is positioned between the vehicle occupant (20) and the rear portion (64) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Roy Turnbull, Douglas M. Gould, Michael Stegmeier, Christof Werner, Simon Schmid