Patents by Inventor Sean Bayle West

Sean Bayle West 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: 20210155137
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat, a seatback, and a lower leg support. The seat includes a forward end and a rearward end. The seatback is pivotably coupled to the seat. The lower leg support includes an interior surface and an exterior surface. The lower leg support is rotatably coupled to the forward end of the seat and is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The stowed position of the lower leg support places the lower leg support in an area below the seat. The stowed position of the lower leg support forms an acute angle with the seat. A linkage assembly is coupled to an underside of the seat and the interior of the lower leg support. The linkage assembly is responsible for transitioning the lower leg support between the stowed position and the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Carol Diane Casey, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Brian Boland, Sean Bayle West, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Keith Allen Godin
  • Publication number: 20210146800
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided that includes a seat base, a seat back pivotally coupled to the seat base and having a front portion and a rear portion, and an actuator operable to change a position of the seating assembly. The assembly also includes a capacitive proximity sensor located on the seat back and configured to detect a user touch command and a user pressure command, and a controller for receiving the user touch command and pressure command and controlling the actuator to change a position of the seating assembly based on a user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Jerry R. Brown, Sean Bayle West, Pietro Buttolo, James Robert Chascsa, II
  • Patent number: 10974626
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seatback having an interior portion and a seat portion having an interior portion. A belt member includes first and second ends and a deployable portion disposed therebetween. The deployable portion is operable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The deployable portion of the belt member is disposed within the interior portion of the seatback and the interior portion of the seat portion when the deployable portion is in the stowed position. The deployable portion of the belt member is disposed outside of the interior portion of the seatback and outside of the interior portion of the seat portion when the deployable portion is in the deployed position. One or more retractor mechanisms are operably coupled to the belt member and operative to retract a portion of the deployable portion of the belt member after or during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Yilma, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Sean Bayle West, Edward Joseph DeSmet, William Jerome Olsen, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Publication number: 20210078468
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seatback having an interior portion and a seat portion having an interior portion. A belt member includes first and second ends and a deployable portion disposed therebetween. The deployable portion is operable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The deployable portion of the belt member is disposed within the interior portion of the seatback and the interior portion of the seat portion when the deployable portion is in the stowed position. The deployable portion of the belt member is disposed outside of the interior portion of the seatback and outside of the interior portion of the seat portion when the deployable portion is in the deployed position. One or more retractor mechanisms are operably coupled to the belt member and operative to retract a portion of the deployable portion of the belt member after or during deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Yilma, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Sean Bayle West, Edward Joseph DeSmet, William Jerome Olsen, S.M. Akbar Berry
  • Publication number: 20210078521
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seatback having a back support portion centrally disposed thereon. A retractor mechanism is operably coupled to the seatback. A belt member is coupled to the retractor mechanism. The belt member further includes a body portion disposed between first and second ends of the belt member. The body portion of the belt member is operable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The belt member is disposed in front of the back support portion of the seatback in the deployed position. The belt member is disposed in an interior portion of the seatback in the stowed position. The seat assembly further includes an airbag assembly to which the belt member is attached. The belt member is deployed when the airbag assembly is deployed as coupled thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Sean Bayle West, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Benjamin Yilma, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Spencer Robert Hoernke, S.M. Akbar Berry, Derek Board, Raed Essa EL-Jawahri
  • Publication number: 20180257457
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a heating system to selectively heat a vehicle device structured for contact by a vehicle occupant or for the occupant to view surroundings outside the vehicle from inside it. In one form, the vehicle device is a steering wheel, and the heating system encompasses a vehicle power supply electrically coupled to a rechargeable energy source to energize a heating element that together increase device temperature more rapidly than with just one of them alone. The heating system detects depletion of the rechargeable energy source and recharges it with the vehicle power supply, while increasing the temperature more slowly because the heating element is only being energized by the vehicle power supply. If the temperature is greater than or equal to a target level, energization of the heating element includes some form of time-varying modulation to approximately maintain the temperature target level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew William Michael Olson, Sean Bayle West, James Robert Chascsa, II, Karl Derek Kiefer, Kenneth Michael Landis
  • Patent number: 9446731
    Abstract: A vehicle console includes a frame and an impact absorbing device supported on the frame. The impact absorbing device includes a bladder connected to the frame and a panel connected to the bladder. The bladder and the panel define an inflation chamber between the bladder and the panel. The panel is rigid relative to the bladder. An inflator is in communication with the inflation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Bayle West, Stacey H. Raines, Benjamin Yilma, Nicholas Andrew Mazzocchi, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 9352716
    Abstract: An automobile air bag mounting structure includes a chute defining an opening with a first wall extending from the opening, a cover fully sealing the opening, and a hinge member extending integrally between the first wall and a portion of the cover. The hinge member extends from the first housing wall and to the cover in a direction toward the opening with at least one segment therebetween extending away from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Qiukui Liu, Thomas Junior Luckett, Kenneth J. Kwasnik, Sean Bayle West
  • Patent number: 9321419
    Abstract: An air bag housing includes a chute defining an upper perimeter with a first wall extending from the upper perimeter and a cover extending over the chute integrally from the upper edge. The cover defines a tear seam extending between opposite portions of the upper perimeter remote from the first wall and a hinge area extending between the opposite portions of the upper perimeter and disposed between the first wall and the tear seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Kwasnik, Lisandro Trevino, Sean Bayle West
  • Patent number: 9302414
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes inner and outer panels that are coupled to define a cavity therebetween, an inflatable member disposed within the cavity and at least one reinforcing band disposed within at least the inner panel. The reinforcing band includes a plurality of glass fibers, and each of the plurality of glass fibers includes a coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Brandon Aselage, Sean Bayle West, Stacey H. Raines
  • Patent number: 9302645
    Abstract: A seat belt guide assembly for a vehicle includes a webbing guide defining a slot for slidably receiving a seat belt web, a pivot mounted to the webbing guide, and a track configured to slidably receive the pivot and provide a path of travel for the webbing guide. A resilient member may be disposed within the track for biasing the pivot. The webbing guide includes a bottom and a cover together defining the slot, the cover being hingedly connected to the bottom at a first end and having a releasable closure disposed at an opposed end. The pivot may be defined by a stem attached to the webbing guide and a head attached to the stem. Configurations of the head provide a rotational and/or a pivoting movement of the webbing guide. A safety harness assembly incorporating the described webbing guide is provided also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Shenaq, Sean Bayle West
  • Publication number: 20160075301
    Abstract: An air bag housing includes a chute defining an upper perimeter with a first wall extending from the upper perimeter and a cover extending over the chute integrally from the upper edge. The cover defines a tear seam extending between opposite portions of the upper perimeter remote from the first wall and a hinge area extending between the opposite portions of the upper perimeter and disposed between the first wall and the tear seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Kwasnik, Lisandro Trevino, Sean Bayle West
  • Publication number: 20160016527
    Abstract: An inflatable heel blocker is provided for protecting an operator of a motor vehicle in the event of an accident. The heel blocker includes an inflatable bladder having a first portion secured to the floor plan pan adjacent the toe pan and underneath the vehicle control pedals. Significantly, when deployed, the rearmost and lowermost portion of the bladder is secured to the floor pan thereby maximizing the effectiveness of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Brandon Aselage, Sean Bayle West, Stacey H. Raines, Kirk David Arthurs
  • Patent number: 9221418
    Abstract: A frontal passenger airbag module is provided in association with the forward part of the instrument panel adjacent the windshield. The module includes a passageway through which the airbag may be deployed. The module is movable between an operational position in which the airbag may be deployed through the a breakaway opening in the instrument panel and a stowed position in which the module is moved vehicle-rearward such that the passageway is no longer adjacent the breakaway opening and the module no longer encroaches on the crush space provided for pedestrian protection. The vehicle includes an impact sensor for determining if an impact event involves a pedestrian. If it is determined by the sensor that a pedestrian has been involved, the module is moved to its stowed position. If it is determined by the sensor that no pedestrian has been involved, then the module remains in its operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Bayle Pline, Brian Robert Spahn, Sean Bayle West
  • Publication number: 20150367808
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes inner and outer panels that are coupled to define a cavity therebetween, an inflatable member disposed within the cavity and at least one reinforcing band disposed within at least the inner panel. The reinforcing band includes a plurality of glass fibers, and each of the plurality of glass fibers includes a coating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Brandon Aselage, Sean Bayle West, Stacey H. Raines
  • Publication number: 20150258957
    Abstract: An automobile air bag mounting structure includes a chute defining an opening with a first wall extending from the opening, a cover fully sealing the opening, and a hinge member extending integrally between the first wall and a portion of the cover. The hinge member extends from the first housing wall and to the cover in a direction toward the opening with at least one segment therebetween extending away from the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Qiukui Liu, Thomas Junior Luckett, Kenneth J. Kwasnik, Sean Bayle West