Patents by Inventor Sophia French

Sophia French 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: 5765867
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant safety device using: an air bag module (22) including: a housing (24) having a plurality of walls (26a,b) defining a cavity (32) and an open end (30); an air bag (50) received within the cavity, and within the open end in a folded configuration and when inflated by inflation gas expands through the open end to an inflated configuration sufficient to protect the occupant; an inflator (40) operatively received with the housing (24) for providing inflation gas to inflate the air bag; and an external tether (70) enveloping the air bag, including at least one open sided breakable band for initially retarding the forward motion of the inflating air bag toward the occupant and for permitting the inflating air bag to inflate laterally or sideways while its forward motion is retarded and thereafter after the band is fully opened, to permit the air bag to inflate forwardly without retardation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventor: Sophia French