Patents by Inventor Richard Andrew Wiik

Richard Andrew Wiik 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: 10131312
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas. The module is mounted on an inboard side of a second vehicle seat located adjacent to the vehicle seat containing the occupant. The cushion is configured to inflate into a position between the seats and includes a forward inflatable chamber that is a larger volume than a rearward inflatable chamber. The forward chamber extends vertically from the bottom of the vehicle seat to a position suitable to receive impact from the head of the occupant in the event of a far-side crash event. The rearward inflatable chamber is configured to deploy into a position inboard of the vehicle seats. The forward and rearward inflatable chambers are separated by a cleft that opens toward the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Richard Andrew Wiik, Russell Joseph Mihm
  • Patent number: 10118581
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat in the event of a vehicle crash in an oblique direction. The module includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the cushion. The cushion is configured to inflate into a position inboard of the vehicle seat and includes a first inflatable chamber fluidly connected to a forward inflatable chamber. The cushion is configured to inflate into a position to absorb energy relating to movement of the occupant in an oblique direction. The first inflatable chamber is in a position to absorb energy resulting from relative movement of the occupant in a direction lateral to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle. The forward inflatable chamber is configured to inflate into a position to absorb energy resulting from relative movement of the occupant in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventor: Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Publication number: 20170305382
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat in the event of a vehicle crash in an oblique direction. The module includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the cushion. The cushion is configured to inflate into a position inboard of the vehicle seat and includes a first inflatable chamber fluidly connected to a forward inflatable chamber. The cushion is configured to inflate into a position to absorb energy relating to movement of the occupant in an oblique direction. The first inflatable chamber is in a position to absorb energy resulting from relative movement of the occupant in a direction lateral to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle. The forward inflatable chamber is configured to inflate into a position to absorb energy resulting from relative movement of the occupant in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: TK HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventor: Richard Andrew WIIK
  • Publication number: 20170232922
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas. The module is mounted on an inboard side of a second vehicle seat located adjacent to the vehicle seat containing the occupant. The cushion is configured to inflate into a position between the seats and includes a forward inflatable chamber that is a larger volume than a rearward inflatable chamber. The forward chamber extends vertically from the bottom of the vehicle seat to a position suitable to receive impact from the head of the occupant in the event of a far-side crash event. The rearward inflatable chamber is configured to deploy into a position inboard of the vehicle seats. The forward and rearward inflatable chambers are separated by a cleft that opens toward the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Andrew WIIK, Russell Joseph MIHM
  • Patent number: 9707918
    Abstract: An airbag assembly including an airbag module mounted to a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket is mounted to an outside surface of a side member of a back frame of a vehicle seat frame and partially covers the outside surface of the side member and extending along a length of the side member. The assembly includes a load transfer device mounted to an inside surface of the side member. The load transfer device distributing a load originating at the airbag module from the mounting bracket to the vehicle seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Joseph Mihm, Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Patent number: 9707922
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat. The module includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the cushion. The cushion includes at least a first inflatable chamber and a second inflatable chamber. The inflatable cushion is configured so that the first inflatable chamber fully inflates prior to the second inflatable chamber becoming fully inflated. The second inflatable chamber is positioned to absorb energy resulting from movement of the head of the occupant, and the loft of the second inflatable chamber is greater than the loft of the first inflatable chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TK HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventor: Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Patent number: 9566882
    Abstract: An airbag module mounted to an interior side of a bottom portion of a seat frame. The module includes an inflatable airbag and an inflator. The airbag is configured to deploy to a position directly inboard of an interior side of the seat bottom. A portion of the airbag extends above the seat bottom when the airbag is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TK HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Russell Joseph Mihm, Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Publication number: 20160332592
    Abstract: An airbag assembly including an airbag module mounted to a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket is mounted to an outside surface of a side member of a back frame of a vehicle seat frame and partially covers the outside surface of the side member and extending along a length of the side member. The assembly includes a load transfer device mounted to an inside surface of the side member. The load transfer device distributing a load originating at the airbag module from the mounting bracket to the vehicle seat frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Joseph MIHM, Richard Andrew WIIK
  • Patent number: 9415739
    Abstract: A mounting device for mounting an airbag module to a seat frame having a bottom frame and a back frame mounted to the bottom frame and having at least one side member extending in a substantially vertical direction. The mounting device includes a mounting bracket, mounted to an outside surface of the side member and connected to the airbag module, and at least one load transfer device, mounted to an inside surface of the side member and engaging a front portion or a rear portion of the side member, having a main body shaped to engage the inside surface and an engagement portion extending from the main body and shaped to engage the front portion or the rear portion. The load transfer device distributes a load, originating at the airbag module as a result of deployment or occupant loading of the airbag, from the mounting bracket to the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Joseph Mihm, Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Publication number: 20160167616
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat. The module includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the cushion. The cushion includes at least a first inflatable chamber and a second inflatable chamber. The inflatable cushion is configured so that the first inflatable chamber fully inflates prior to the second inflatable chamber becoming fully inflated. The second inflatable chamber is positioned to absorb energy resulting from movement of the head of the occupant, and the loft of the second inflatable chamber is greater than the loft of the first inflatable chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Applicant: TK HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventor: Richard Andrew WIIK
  • Publication number: 20160144818
    Abstract: An airbag module mounted to an interior side of a bottom portion of a seat frame. The module includes an inflatable airbag and an inflator. The airbag is configured to deploy to a position directly inboard of an interior side of the seat bottom. A portion of the airbag extends above the seat bottom when the airbag is inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Applicant: TK HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Russell Joseph MIHM, Richard Andrew WIIK
  • Patent number: 9205801
    Abstract: An airbag module includes an inflatable cushion, an inflator configured to provide inflation gas for inflating the cushion, and a diffuser for directing the inflation gas from the inflator into the airbag. The diffuser is tubular and includes a first opening at one end for connecting to the inflator. The diffuser includes second and third openings located at the other end of the diffuser so that inflation gas is distributed into the inflatable cushion in two different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Lee Osterfeld, Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Publication number: 20150298639
    Abstract: A mounting device for mounting an airbag module to a seat frame having a bottom frame and a back frame mounted to the bottom frame and having at least one side member extending in a substantially vertical direction. The mounting device includes a mounting bracket, mounted to an outside surface of the side member and connected to the airbag module, and at least one load transfer device, mounted to an inside surface of the side member and engaging a front portion or a rear portion of the side member, having a main body shaped to engage the inside surface and an engagement portion extending from the main body and shaped to engage the front portion or the rear portion. The load transfer device distributes a load, originating at the airbag module as a result of deployment or occupant loading of the airbag, from the mounting bracket to the seat frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Joseph MIHM, Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Publication number: 20150014973
    Abstract: An airbag module includes an inflatable cushion, an inflator configured to provide inflation gas for inflating the cushion, and a diffuser for directing the inflation gas from the inflator into the airbag. The diffuser is tubular and includes a first opening at one end for connecting to the inflator. The diffuser includes second and third openings located at the other end of the diffuser so that inflation gas is distributed into the inflatable cushion in two different directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Douglas Lee OSTERFELD, Richard Andrew WIIK
  • Patent number: 8641088
    Abstract: A side curtain air bag module for a motor vehicle includes an inflatable cushion, an inflator, and a tether. The inflatable cushion includes an inlet and an inflatable portion, the inflatable portion including an inboard layer and an outboard layer. The inflator is in fluidic communication with the inlet and is configured to inflate the inflatable cushion. The tether includes a first end coupled to the inflatable cushion at a first coupling location on an inboard side of the inflatable cushion. During inflation, the tether is configured to be in tension prior to an upper portion of the inboard layer being in tension, the upper portion of the inboard layer extending generally upward from the first coupling location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Andrew Wiik, Andrew Jack Pitonyak, Mark Andrew Steinbach
  • Patent number: 8613466
    Abstract: A side curtain air bag module includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator. The inflatable cushion includes a first panel coupled to a second panel. The inflator is configured to inflate the inflatable cushion. The first panel and the second panel are joined generally continuously at a peripheral edge to form a first inflatable chamber. The first panel and the second panel are joined at a central location to form a second inflatable chamber that is in fluidic communication with the first inflatable chamber. In a stored configuration, the first inflatable chamber is rolled in an outboard direction, and the second inflatable chamber is rolled in an inboard direction generally around the first inflatable chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Andrew Wiik, Andrew Jack Pitonyak
  • Publication number: 20120286500
    Abstract: A side curtain air bag module for a motor vehicle includes an inflatable cushion, an inflator, and a tether. The inflatable cushion includes an inlet and an inflatable portion, the inflatable portion including an inboard layer and an outboard layer. The inflator is in fluidic communication with the inlet and is configured to inflate the inflatable cushion. The tether includes a first end coupled to the inflatable cushion at a first coupling location on an inboard side of the inflatable cushion. During inflation, the tether is configured to be in tension prior to an upper portion of the inboard layer being in tension, the upper portion of the inboard layer extending generally upward from the first coupling location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Andrew Wiik, Andrew Jack Pitonyak, Mark Andrew Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20120286499
    Abstract: A side curtain air bag module includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator. The inflatable cushion includes a first panel coupled to a second panel. The inflator is configured to inflate the inflatable cushion. The first panel and the second panel are joined generally continuously at a peripheral edge to form a first inflatable chamber. The first panel and the second panel are joined at a central location to form a second inflatable chamber that is in fluidic communication with the first inflatable chamber. In a stored configuration, the first inflatable chamber is rolled in an outboard direction, and the second inflatable chamber is rolled in an inboard direction generally around the first inflatable chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Andrew Wiik, Andrew Jack Pitonyak
  • Patent number: 8047564
    Abstract: An occupant side-impact protection apparatus for a motor vehicle comprising an inflatable cushion stored in a folded configuration and an inflator configured to provide gas to inflate the cushion. The cushion is configured to inflate to protect the occupant of a vehicle. The side-impact protection apparatus further includes a tether to provide tension to tailor the deployment trajectory of the cushion. The tether is coupled to the cushion at a first coupling location and a second coupling location and the distance along the tether from the first coupling location to the second coupling location is less than the distance along the cushion from the first coupling location to the second coupling location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Richard Kibat, Patrick James O'Leary, Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Patent number: 7942444
    Abstract: The disclosed airbag device for a vehicle may comprise an airbag and at least one connection member. The airbag may have first and second side surfaces, wherein the first side surface has upper and lower ends. The at least one connection member may connect the lower end of the first side surface to an intermediate position on the first side surface located between the upper and lower ends of the first side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Steinbach, Richard Andrew Wiik