Patents by Inventor Steven Thiele

Steven Thiele 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: 10023036
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a seal assembly including a main door seal that extends around a vehicle door interior surface and that is spaced from a door perimeter. A first seal portion extends from an inward end thereof disposed along the main door seal to an outward end thereof disposed along the vehicle door perimeter. The first seal portion forms a barrier vertically above a latch slot, is capable of intercepting substances disposed above and traveling downward toward the latch slot, and facilitates transport of the intercepted substances to the door perimeter. A second seal portion is disposed between the latch slot and the vehicle door perimeter, and extends downwardly from the outward end of the first seal portion. The second seal portion is configured to impede travel toward the vehicle door interior surface of the intercepted substances that have been transported to the vehicle door perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Steven Thiele, Khang Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20170021708
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a seal assembly including a main door seal that extends around a vehicle door interior surface and that is spaced from a door perimeter. A first seal portion extends from an inward end disposed at the main door seal to an outward end disposed at the vehicle door perimeter. The first seal portion forms a barrier vertically above a latch slot, is capable of intercepting substances disposed above and traveling downward toward the latch slot, and facilitates the transport of the intercepted substances to the door perimeter. A second seal portion is disposed between the latch slot and the vehicle door perimeter, and extends downwardly from the outward end of the first seal portion. The second seal portion is configured to impede travel toward the vehicle door interior surface of the intercepted substances that have been transported to the vehicle door perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Steven THIELE, Khang NGUYEN
  • Patent number: 8469409
    Abstract: A closure assembly is mounted on a vehicle and moveable between a closed position and at least one open position. The closure assembly includes a closure structure mounted to an associated vehicle for movement between the closed position and the at least one open position. A first lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. A second lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. One of the first and second lock assemblies includes a latch that requires overstroking to lock the latch in a latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Plett, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Patent number: 8317343
    Abstract: A mirror assembly may include a middle portion having a first side, a second side, and a perimeter, where the first side comprises a reflective portion. A front portion may be substantially transparent and may be formed by injecting a first thermoplastic material into a mold on the first side of the middle portion. A back portion may be substantially opaque and may be formed by injecting a second thermoplastic material into the mold on the second side of the middle portion. The front portion and the back portion together may substantially encompass the perimeter of the middle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Thiele, Brent Gaertner
  • Patent number: 8079722
    Abstract: A mirror assembly in one embodiment may include a first conductive member that is substantially transparent, a second conductive member that comprises a reflective portion, a third conductive member that is operatively connected to the first conductive member and the second conductive member, a front portion that is substantially transparent and that is formed by injecting a first thermoplastic material into a mold on a first side of the first conductive member, an inner portion that is formed by injecting a second thermoplastic material into the mold on a second side of the second conductive member, and a back portion that is substantially opaque and that is formed by injecting a third thermoplastic material into the mold on the second side of the second conductive member. The front portion and the back portion together may substantially encompass a first perimeter of the first conductive member and a second perimeter of the second conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Thiele
  • Publication number: 20100019544
    Abstract: A sunroof system for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The sunroof system includes a draintube for expelling fluid that enters the sunroof system from an exterior of the motor vehicle. A section of the draintube may have a one-piece configuration that includes a first portion and a second portion with different cross-sectional shapes. In some configurations, the second portion may have a lesser thickness than the first portion, and the second portion may be located within a pillar of the motor vehicle. In further configurations, the second portion may be located within a pillar of the motor vehicle and adjacent to an airbag component of the motor vehicle. In manufacturing the draintube, a portion of the tube may be heated and compressed to convert a circular cross-section to a non-circular cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Thiele
  • Publication number: 20090115081
    Abstract: A mirror assembly may include a middle portion having a first side, a second side, and a perimeter, where the first side comprises a reflective portion. A front portion may be substantially transparent and may be formed by injecting a first thermoplastic material into a mold on the first side of the middle portion. A back portion may be substantially opaque and may be formed by injecting a second thermoplastic material into the mold on the second side of the middle portion. The front portion and the back portion together may substantially encompass the perimeter of the middle portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Steven Thiele, Brent Gaertner
  • Publication number: 20090116131
    Abstract: A mirror assembly in one embodiment may include a first conductive member that is substantially transparent, a second conductive member that comprises a reflective portion, a third conductive member that is operatively connected to the first conductive member and the second conductive member, a front portion that is substantially transparent and that is formed by injecting a first thermoplastic material into a mold on a first side of the first conductive member, an inner portion that is formed by injecting a second thermoplastic material into the mold on a second side of the second conductive member, and a back portion that is substantially opaque and that is formed by injecting a third thermoplastic material into the mold on the second side of the second conductive member. The front portion and the back portion together may substantially encompass a first perimeter of the first conductive member and a second perimeter of the second conductive member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Steven Thiele
  • Patent number: 7370780
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a roof rack for mounting to a vehicle. The roof rack includes a rail secured between first and second stanchions. The first stanchion includes a cover and a base. The cover is releasably secured to the base by a plurality of fastener assemblies. One of the fastener assemblies is formed by a tongue of the base being disposed in a loop of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Thiele, Narumichi Nishimura, Christopher Salvador
  • Publication number: 20070222230
    Abstract: A closure assembly is mounted on a vehicle and moveable between a closed position and at least one open position. The closure assembly includes a closure structure mounted to an associated vehicle for movement between the closed position and the at least one open position. A first lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. A second lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. One of the first and second lock assemblies includes a latch that requires overstroking to lock the latch in a latched position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew Plett, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Patent number: 7258373
    Abstract: A lock assembly for selectively locking to a striker on a vehicle includes a lock body defining a lock body recess for receiving the striker therein. A latch is rotatably mounted to the lock body for selectively locking the striker in the lock body recess. The latch is moveable between a latched position wherein the striker is locked in the lock body recess and an unlatched position wherein the striker is removable from the lock body recess. A ratchet is rotatably mounted to the lock body adjacent the latch for selectively locking the latch in the latched position. The ratchet is moveable between an engaged position wherein the ratchet locks the latch in the latched position and a disengaged position wherein the latch is moveable between the latched position and the unlatched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Plett, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Patent number: 7243973
    Abstract: A closure assembly is mounted on a vehicle and moveable between a closed position and at least one open position. The closure assembly includes a closure structure mounted to an associated vehicle for movement between the closed position and the at least one open position. A first lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. A second lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. One of the first and second lock assemblies includes a latch that requires overstroking to lock the latch in a latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Plett, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Publication number: 20070080794
    Abstract: A vehicle tire pressure monitoring system and method is provided, the system including a tire pressure transducer affixed to either the tire or wheel of a vehicle. An electromagnet system is in electrical communication with the tire pressure transducer, the electromagnet system configured to generate pulses and transfer a single bit of data to a sensor system on the vehicle body upon each revolution of the tire or wheel. The sensor system in turn transfers the received bits to an electronic control unit wherein the code is converted into a read out for the vehicle operator. One or more bits within the code may be redundant checking bits or bits representing the status of the pressure transducer or electromagnet system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Thiele
  • Patent number: 7201422
    Abstract: A tailgate synchronizer for coordinating mechanical communication between first and second handles mounted to a tailgate and first and second lock assemblies that selectively lock the tailgate to a vehicle body includes a first lock assembly actuator lever rotatably mounted to the tailgate. The first lock assembly actuator lever is selectively movable by the first handle. The first lock assembly actuator lever is connected to the first lock assembly so that the first lock assembly actuator lever unlocks the first lock assembly when sufficiently moved by the first handle. A second lock assembly actuator lever is rotatably mounted to the tailgate and selectively movable by the second handle. The second lock assembly actuator lever is connected to the second lock assembly so that the second lock assembly actuator lever unlocks the second lock assembly when sufficiently moved by the second handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Plett, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Patent number: 7165800
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly is adapted to be mounted along an open edge of a vehicle's load-carrying bed for alternatively pivoting about (1) a first axis generally parallel with the open edge of the tailgate for movement between a closed position and a fold-open position and (2) a second axis generally normal relative to the first axis for movement between the closed position and a swing-open position. The tailgate assembly includes a tailgate, a dual-mode hinge assembly, a first hinge/lock assembly and a second hinge/lock assembly. The first hinge/lock assembly is selectively latched to an associated first hinge/lock striker and cooperates with the dual-mode hinge assembly to pivotally support the tailgate about a first pivot axis. The second hinge/lock assembly is selectively latched to an associated second hinge/lock striker and cooperates with the dual-mode hinge assembly to pivotally support the tailgate about a second pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Thiele, Danny Cheung, Matthew Plett, Kenichi Kitayama, Kurt Johansen, Joel Romig
  • Patent number: 7147257
    Abstract: A striker assembly is provided for use with a lock assembly in latching a first body and a second body together and allowing at least one of the first and second bodies to pivotally move relative to the other of the first and second bodies. The lock assembly is mounted to the first body. The striker assembly includes a striker rotatably mounted to the second body and configured so that an associated latch of the lock assembly is selectively lockable to the striker to latch the first body to the second body. A lever extends from the striker and is engageable with the lock body so that the striker rotates when said at least one of the first and second bodies is pivotally moved relative to the other of the first and second bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kurt Johansen, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Patent number: 7118153
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly adapted to be mounted along an open edge of a vehicle's load-carrying bed includes a stamped sheet metal frame having a reinforced cross-sectional shape with an inner side facing an associated vehicle's load-carrying bed and an outer side opposite the inner side. The tailgate assembly further includes a skin attached to the outer side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kitayama, Christopher Walker, Steven Thiele, Edward Moran, Marc Lamarre
  • Publication number: 20060006676
    Abstract: A closure assembly is mounted on a vehicle and moveable between a closed position and at least one open position. The closure assembly includes a closure structure mounted to an associated vehicle for movement between the closed position and the at least one open position. A first lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. A second lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. One of the first and second lock assemblies includes a latch that requires overstroking to lock the latch in a latched position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Inventors: Matthew Plett, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Publication number: 20060006680
    Abstract: A striker assembly is provided for use with a lock assembly in latching a first body and a second body together and allowing at least one of the first and second bodies to pivotally move relative to the other of the first and second bodies. The lock assembly is mounted to the first body. The striker assembly includes a striker rotatably mounted to the second body and configured so that an associated latch of the lock assembly is selectively lockable to the striker to latch the first body to the second body. A lever extends from the striker and is engageable with the lock body so that the striker rotates when said at least one of the first and second bodies is pivotally moved relative to the other of the first and second bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Inventors: Kurt Johansen, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Publication number: 20060001288
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly is adapted to be mounted along an open edge of a vehicle's load-carrying bed for alternatively pivoting about (1) a first axis generally parallel with the open edge of the tailgate for movement between a closed position and a fold-open position and (2) a second axis generally normal relative to the first axis for movement between the closed position and a swing-open position. The tailgate assembly includes a tailgate, a dual-mode hinge assembly, a first hinge/lock assembly and a second hinge/lock assembly. The first hinge/lock assembly is selectively latched to an associated first hinge/lock striker and cooperates with the dual-mode hinge assembly to pivotally support the tailgate about a first pivot axis. The second hinge/lock assembly is selectively latched to an associated second hinge/lock striker and cooperates with the dual-mode hinge assembly to pivotally support the tailgate about a second pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Publication date: January 5, 2006
    Inventors: Steven Thiele, Danny Cheung, Matthew Plett, Kenichi Kitayama, Kurt Johansen, Joel Romig