Patents by Inventor Makoto Fuma

Makoto Fuma 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: 10981533
    Abstract: A side airbag device includes: an inflator; a cushion main body that is disposed at a side of a seat of a vehicle and that is expandable from the side toward a front of the vehicle by a gas; a cushion protrusion that is disposed at a vehicle front side with respect to the cushion main body and that is expandable to project further toward the front of the vehicle by receiving the gas from the cushion main body; a tether that is string-shaped, the tether bridging from the cushion protrusion over a predetermined position of the side of the seat, the tether maintaining the cushion protrusion in a state in which the cushion protrusion is folded back toward a rear of the vehicle; a sensor that receives information from the vehicle; and a tether cutter that cuts the tether according to the information obtained by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma, Hideho Fukuda, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Takanari Muroya
  • Publication number: 20210031717
    Abstract: To effectively retain a deployed airbag without increasing installation man hours, in addition to suppressing rotation of this airbag in a direction away from a seat. For example, a side airbag apparatus 1 installed inside a backrest SB of the seat S includes: an airbag 2; an inflator 3 provided inside the airbag 2; a tether 4; and a bracket 5. The airbag 2 is deployed in a first direction in which a base end side 2a thereof is attached to a seat back frame SBF and the tip side thereof is distant from the backrest SB. The tether 4 includes: one end 4a attached to the seat back frame SBF; and the other end which extends in the first direction on the outer surface of the airbag 2 in the deployed state so as to be attached to the part on the tip side 2b of the airbag 2. A bracket 5 is attached to the seat back frame SBF and provided in the direction in which the tether 4 extends. The tether 4 is supported by the front end of the bracket 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Makoto FUMA, Yoshihiro YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20210024030
    Abstract: Problem: To provide a side airbag device that can improve restraint performance by efficiently suppressing oscillation of an airbag cushion. Resolution Means: A side airbag device 100 is provided with: a vertically long rear chamber 116, a front chamber 118 that is inflated and deployed forward and upward from the rear chamber 116, an inflator 108 contained within a rear part of the rear chamber 116, and a cloth-like first tether 112 that is provided outside of the rear chamber 116, has a front end 122 connected to a front edge portion 124 of the rear chamber 116, and has a rear end 126 connected to the rear part of the rear chamber 116, and which is tensioned when the rear chamber 116 is inflated and deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Makoto FUMA, Yuto KOBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 10829080
    Abstract: A side airbag apparatus which allows a reduced amount of base fabric and, enables gas to flow efficiently inside the cushion. An inflator (110) supplies gas, a cushion (104) in which base fabrics are formed into a bag shape and inflates and deploys to protect an occupant (118) during a vehicle emergency, a base fabric joint portion (120) which is provided to join main panels 108a and 108b of the cushion (104) in a linear manner and partitions the cushion (104) into a rear chamber (114), a front chamber (116), and an opening (123) provided midway along the base fabric joint portion (120). The base fabric joint portion (120) includes vent forming portions 125a and 125b arranged in two rows which extend from both ends of the opening (123) towards the front chamber (116) or rear chamber (114) and form a projecting vent (124). The projecting vent (124) permits flow of gas between the rear chamber (114) and the front chamber (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Taguchi, Yutaka Nakajima, Hideho Fukuda, Mitsuo Nogami, Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma
  • Publication number: 20200283083
    Abstract: A saddle riding vehicle airbag device can be disposed compactly and the airbag can be deployed vertically upward. In the saddle riding vehicle airbag device provided with a retainer that is provided in front of a seat for a rider, an inflator and an airbag that is housed in the retainer, is inflated by means of a gas discharged from the inflator and is deployed in front of the rider, in which the retainer is provided with an L-shaped airbag passage that causes the airbag to deploy upward in a left-right direction, and, in a deployed state, the airbag is formed bilaterally asymmetrical with respect to a left-right center line of the airbag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Yutaka Aikyo, Takashi Sato, Makoto Fuma
  • Publication number: 20200180540
    Abstract: Objective: To provide a side airbag apparatus that can protect a head portion and chest portion by an appropriate restraining force, while favorably inflating and expanding even a cushion that protects a head portion and chest portion with a small inflator, and that can ensure high OOP performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Makoto FUMA, Yuto KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20200130629
    Abstract: Problem: To effectively suppress movement toward a collision site of an occupant even when the occupant is seated only in the driver's seat. Resolution Means: a side airbag device 1 provided on a side surface portion on the center side in the width direction of the backrest SB of the seat s of one of the driver's seat Sd and the passenger seat Sn, and is provided with a cushion 2 that constrains movement of the occupant p toward a site where an impact is applied during a collision event. A portion of the inflator 3 is inserted into the cushion 2. The cushion 2 comprises a main chamber 2 a and a sub-chamber 2 b disposed on the base panel 4 b opposite the occupant side base panel 4 a of the main chamber 2 a that is seated by the occupant p seated in the driver seat Sd.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Makoto FUMA, Yuto KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190375365
    Abstract: Problem: To provide a side airbag apparatus which can prevent the deterioration of the neck damage value of a passenger during a side collision or sufficiently protect the waist of the passenger. Resolution Means: A side airbag apparatus 100 installed in a vehicle, including: a bag shaped cushion 114 which is housed in a seat back 104 of a vehicle seat 102 and expanded and deployed on the side of the vehicle seat utilizing gas supplied from an inflator 116; and a holding part 128 for retaining the shape in the housed state of the cushion, wherein the cushion is wound or folded in a long shape in the vertical direction of the vehicle and housed in the seat back in the shape with the upper part 126 thereof further folded back to the anterior of the vehicle, and wherein the holding part retains the upper part or lower part of the cushion which is folded back to the anterior of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Yuto KOBAYASHI, Makoto FUMA, Naoki HATAKEYAMA, Shotetsu SEN
  • Patent number: 10351092
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus capable of protecting an occupant by restraining movement of the occupant in an obliquely forward direction and towards a far side during a collision. A far side airbag apparatus (102), which is an airbag apparatus, deploys between a driver seat (106) and a front passenger seat (108) arranged side by side in a vehicle width direction of a vehicle cabin (100). The apparatus (102) includes a cushion (120) which is embedded in a floor of the vehicle cabin (100) and reaches a height at least equal to that of a pelvis region (160) of an occupant (156) seated in either one of the driver seat (106) and the front passenger seat (108) during inflation and deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Taguchi, Yutaka Nakajima, Hideho Fukuda, Mitsuo Nogami, Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma
  • Publication number: 20190111884
    Abstract: A side airbag device includes: an inflator; a cushion main body that is disposed at a side of a seat of a vehicle and that is expandable from the side toward a front of the vehicle by a gas; a cushion protrusion that is disposed at a vehicle front side with respect to the cushion main body and that is expandable to project further toward the front of the vehicle by receiving the gas from the cushion main body; a tether that is string-shaped, the tether bridging from the cushion protrusion over a predetermined position of the side of the seat, the tether maintaining the cushion protrusion in a state in which the cushion protrusion is folded back toward a rear of the vehicle; a sensor that receives information from the vehicle; and a tether cutter that cuts the tether according to the information obtained by the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yuto KOBAYASHI, Makoto FUMA, Hideho FUKUDA, Hiroyuki TAGUCHI, Takanari MUROYA
  • Patent number: 10246041
    Abstract: A side airbag device 1 having a tensioned tether 5 is attached to an outer surface of the airbag 2 on a side facing an occupant. The tether 5 has a shape with a front edge 5a vertical length a longer than a rear edge 5b vertical length. The front edge 5a continuously extends in a vertical direction along a front end 2c of the airbag 2 between upper and lower parts when deployed. The rear edge continuously extends in the vertical near a rear end 2d of the airbag 2 between the upper and lower parts. The front edge 5a joins in the vertical direction to the airbag 2 front end 2c, and the tether 5 moves in an oblique direction having a vertical and horizontal direction components in a state of being pulled in an oblique direction inclined to the vertical direction when deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma
  • Publication number: 20180065591
    Abstract: A side airbag apparatus which allows a reduced amount of base fabric and, enables gas to flow efficiently inside the cushion. An inflator (110) supplies gas, a cushion (104) in which base fabrics are formed into a bag shape and inflates and deploys to protect an occupant (118) during a vehicle emergency, a base fabric joint portion (120) which is provided to join main panels 108a and 108b of the cushion (104) in a linear manner and partitions the cushion (104) into a rear chamber (114), a front chamber (116), and an opening (123) provided midway along the base fabric joint portion (120). The base fabric joint portion (120) includes vent forming portions 125a and 125b arranged in two rows which extend from both ends of the opening (123) towards the front chamber (116) or rear chamber (114) and form a projecting vent (124). The projecting vent (124) permits flow of gas between the rear chamber (114) and the front chamber (116).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: HIROYUKI TAGUCHI, YUTAKA NAKAJIMA, HIDEHO FUKUDA, MITSUO NOGAMI, YUTO KOBAYASHI, MAKOTO FUMA
  • Publication number: 20180043853
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus capable of protecting an occupant by restraining movement of the occupant in an obliquely forward direction and towards a far side during a collision. A far side airbag apparatus (102), which is an airbag apparatus, deploys between a driver seat (106) and a front passenger seat (108) arranged side by side in a vehicle width direction of a vehicle cabin (100). The apparatus (102) includes a cushion (120) which is embedded in a floor of the vehicle cabin (100) and reaches a height at least equal to that of a pelvis region (160) of an occupant (156) seated in either one of the driver seat (106) and the front passenger seat (108) during inflation and deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: HIROYUKI TAGUCHI, YUTAKA NAKAJIMA, HIDEHO FUKUDA, MITSUO NOGAMI, YUTO KOBAYASHI, MAKOTO FUMA
  • Patent number: 9783149
    Abstract: A side airbag device having a plurality of chambers. The side airbag 100 includes: an inflator 110; a rear chamber 114 which deploys at a side part 108 of a seat back 106 and a middle restraining part 122 that protrudes toward the front of a vehicle and a main part 120 at a rear side. A sectioning wall 124 which constitutes a front edge and an upper edge of the rear chamber 114. A front chamber 116 inflates into areas toward the front of the vehicle and the upper part of the vehicle from the sectioning wall 124. An upper opening 126 is formed on the sectioning wall 124 in a rear part of the upper edge of the rear chamber 114. A lower opening 128 is formed on the sectioning wall 124 in a lower part of the front edge of the rear chamber 114.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Taguchi, Yutaka Nakajima, Hideho Fukuda, Mitsuo Nogami, Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma
  • Publication number: 20170197579
    Abstract: A side airbag device having a plurality of chambers. The side airbag 100 includes: an inflator 110; a rear chamber 114 which deploys at a side part 108 of a seat back 106 and a middle restraining part 122 that protrudes toward the front of a vehicle and a main part 120 at a rear side. A sectioning wall 124 which constitutes a front edge and an upper edge of the rear chamber 114. A front chamber 116 inflates into areas toward the front of the vehicle and the upper part of the vehicle from the sectioning wall 124. An upper opening 126 is formed on the sectioning wall 124 in a rear part of the upper edge of the rear chamber 114. A lower opening 128 is formed on the sectioning wall 124 in a lower part of the front edge of the rear chamber 114.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Taguchi, Yutaka Nakajima, Hideho Fukuda, Mitsuo Nogami, Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma
  • Publication number: 20170129446
    Abstract: A side airbag device 1 having a tensioned tether 5 is attached to an outer surface of the airbag 2 on a side facing an occupant. The tether 5 has a shape with a front edge 5a vertical length a longer than a rear edge 5b vertical length. The front edge 5a continuously extends in a vertical direction along a front end 2c of the airbag 2 between upper and lower parts when deployed. The rear edge continuously extends in the vertical near a rear end 2d of the airbag 2 between the upper and lower parts. The front edge 5a joins in the vertical direction to the airbag 2 front end 2c, and the tether 5 moves in an oblique direction having a vertical and horizontal direction components in a state of being pulled in an oblique direction inclined to the vertical direction when deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma