Carrier Associated With Vehicle Roof Or Trunk Lid Patents (Class 224/309)
  • Patent number: 10556547
    Abstract: In order, in the case of a roof rail, which is to be fastened to a roof structure of a motor vehicle and which has a load-absorbing rail profile which is fastened to the motor vehicle via fastening means acting on a fastening leg, to make it possible, with a simultaneously simple manufacturing capability, to securely and permanently mount a decoration of very high-grade appearance, provision is made to connect a decorative profile to the rail profile via the fastening leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Werner Rahm, Alexander Kammertons
  • Patent number: 10486509
    Abstract: A vehicle attachable shielding device for protecting a vehicle control assembly from moisture damage includes a shell that defines an interior space. A first penetration is positioned in a bottom of the shell and defines a rim. The first penetration is configured to insert a control assembly of the vehicle into the interior space. A coupler is coupled to the rim and is configured to couple to an interior surface of a vehicle. A second penetration is positioned in a top of the shell. A panel, which is coupled to the shell, is positioned to selectively couple to the shell to close the second penetration. The shell and the panel are configured to protect the control assembly from moisture damage. The panel is positioned to selectively decouple from the shell so that the second penetration is configured to insert a hand of a user to manipulate the control assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Angela Stephens
  • Patent number: 10421385
    Abstract: A ladder rack which is removably mounted on the top edge of a pick-up bed for hauling ladders. The ladder rack can be quickly installed or removed from the pick-up bed without damaging the bed finish. Because the ladder rack is modular, the disassembled rack components can be folded into a space saving configuration for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin M. Chambers
  • Patent number: 10358096
    Abstract: A clamping member for a load carrier foot clamping mechanism includes a clamping mechanism and a discontinuous contact portion. The clamping mechanism is configured to couple a load carrier foot to a continuous supporting portion of a vehicle. The discontinuous contact portion has at least two contact sections arranged at an obtuse angle and configured to contact the supporting portion so that the clamping member is usable for supporting portions arranged at different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Bergman
  • Patent number: 10352034
    Abstract: A building technique uses standard shipping containers as buttresses to support a truss system that may extend between the shipping containers to provide a roof. A sliding connector system attaches the trusses to the shipping containers to accommodate variations in separation of the shipping containers presenting a versatile framing system that is insensitive to site-related variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Boyle, Luke Cernak, Jon Fuller, James Krych
  • Patent number: 10322662
    Abstract: A removable rack for holding and/or transporting kayaks with a vehicle such as a pick up, trailer, utility vehicle or flat bed truck. The rack comprises a frame which holds at least one kayaks in a pickup at a selected height and leaving storage room under rack frame. The rack also can be disassembled into a relatively small bundle of parts for easy storage and transport. The rack provides a dolly or hand truck including a frame with wheels and a handle means to maintain the desired spacing between the support surface and the kayak supported by the elevated platform. The hand truck assembly are configured to be easily moved onto an elevated platform, for example, the bed of a truck or an elevated floor such as a raised patio or deck floor. The transport device facilitates transportation of the kayak to a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Brent Lasley, Paul Carter
  • Patent number: 10300865
    Abstract: A fork mount upright bicycle carrier may include an elongate base having a pair of parallel rails and a fork mount device. A rear wheel receiver may be adjustably coupled in sliding engagement with a first slot in each of the rails, and a rear crossbar clamp may be adjustably coupled in a second slot in each of the rails, such that the receiver and the clamp are capable of overlapping adjustment ranges. The fork mount device may include a fixed jaw and a pivoting jaw for clamping onto a transverse member of a bicycle fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gian-Marco D'Angelo, Charles Kraeuter
  • Patent number: 10286853
    Abstract: The invention involves a cargo carrier for vehicles that facilitates loading and unloading of items onto an enclosure; the cargo carrier may be automated and self-loading via actuators and a motorized mechanism that may be remotely controlled. The actuators may be configured to tilt the enclosure and one or more motors may be configured to deploy a deployable tray housed within the enclosure, which minimizes user loading or unloading labor. Typically, on a front end of the enclosure, one or more actuators may couple the enclosure to a front portion of a vehicle support structure. On a rear end of the enclosure, one or more rear fittings may be configured to tiltably couple the enclosure to a rear portion of the vehicle support structure. The deployable tray may include a conveyor mechanism to further facilitate loading or unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Louis Carbone, Dominique Annalise Carbone
  • Patent number: 10279748
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a low profile, highly aerodynamic swing-in-place style vehicle article carrier system for use on a wide variety of passenger cars and trucks. The system makes use of a pair of side rails that are used to support a pair of cross bars in stowed positions thereon where the cross bars are secured parallel to the side rails, or in operative positions where the cross bars are secured perpendicularly between the side rails. The side rails each incorporate a rotating end support subsystem which automatically elevates one end of its associated cross bar when the cross bar is moved pivotally into its operative position. This enables the cross bars to form a very low profile when in their stowed positions, but to be automatically raised a predetermined distance when moved into their operative positions, to thus provide additional clearance between the cross bars and an outer body surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Michael J. Presley
  • Patent number: 10252679
    Abstract: A truck bed accessory frame is disclosed therein which allows for reconfiguration between an opened position and a closed position. In the open position, objects taller than the frame can loaded onto the truck bed. In the closed position, objects placed in the truck bed can be protected from the environmental elements (e.g. rain and UV rays from the sun).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 10246812
    Abstract: A drying rack designed to easily mount to a vehicle or other similar structure that is portable and collapsible. The drying rack includes a U-shaped bracket, a first support arm, a second support arm, a drying rod, a first locking hinge, and a second locking hinge. The first support arm and the second support make up the frame and are positioned parallel and offset to each other. The first support arm is terminally mounted to a first leg of the U-shaped bracket through the first locking hinge. Similarly, the second support arm is terminally mounted to a second leg of the U-shaped bracket through the second locking hinge. The drying rod is perpendicularly connected in between the first support arm and the second support arm. Additionally, the drying rod and the U-shaped bracket are positioned opposite to each other, across the first support arm and the second support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Phillip Earl Kelly
  • Patent number: 10202083
    Abstract: A crossbar-to-vehicle coupler may include an intra-coupler toe adjustment mechanism. The toe adjustment mechanism may include a pair of structural frames connected at a pivot joint. In some examples, the frames may be secured by a securement mechanism and/or limited in rotation by a mechanical stop. In some examples, an outer housing of the coupler may be fixed to only one of the two frames. A detent mechanism may be provided, including the outer housing and one of the two frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Wendell Scott, Scott A. McFadden, Gian-Marco D'Angelo, John Mark Elliott
  • Patent number: 10189420
    Abstract: A vehicular roof rack mounting bracket configured to be secured onto load carrier bars of different dimensions is presented. The bracket can include a pair of elongate clamps configured to be coupled to a bicycle fork anchor of a bicycle carrier. Each clamp can have a bar engagement portion configured to abut an exterior of an elongate support bar of a vehicular roof rack in a secured configuration in which each clamp is fastened to the support bar, and each of the pair of clamps can have a lengthwise oriented longitudinal axis such that each longitudinal axis is oriented at an oblique angle relative to the other longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Joseph Settelmayer
  • Patent number: 10149523
    Abstract: A magnetic umbrella swivel holder system comprising a swivel umbrella holder, further comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, wherein the upper portion is a first tube with a diameter sized to hold an umbrella pole, the lower portion is a second tube. Preferably, the upper portion is connected to the lower portion with a pivot device. A magnet is preferably removably attached to the lower portion using a fastener that threadably attaches to a receptacle fitted within the lower portion such that the magnet forms a bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Joshua Mitchell Cooley
  • Patent number: 10150432
    Abstract: An assembly includes a sensor module having an external surface configured to receive a seal and defining a perimeter. The assembly includes a plurality of sensors supported by the sensor module. The assembly includes a lock movable between a locked state and an unlocked state and supported by the sensor module within the perimeter. A computer is supported by the sensor module and is programmed to actuate the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10040484
    Abstract: A vehicle roof panel attachment assembly includes a substructure, a fastening device, a roof panel, and a side panel. The fastening device is engaged to the substructure and projects through an opening in the substructure. The roof panel includes a top portion spaced above the substructure, a flange, and a bend feature disposed between the top portion and the flange. The flange projects, at least in-part, downward from the bend feature and is engaged to the fastening device. The side panel includes an outer segment and an inner segment projecting, at least in-part, downward from the outer segment. A seam is carried by and between the bend feature and the inner segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Adam R. Ballard, Robert N. Saje
  • Patent number: 10023037
    Abstract: A vacuum blocker for a movable roof panel is provided and moves between an open position and a closed position and between a seated position and a lifted position when in the closed position relative to an opening formed in a fixed roof panel of a vehicle. A seal member is supported by the fixed roof panel and forms a first seal at a junction of the fixed roof panel and the movable roof panel when the movable roof panel is in the seated position. A flap extends between the seal member and the movable roof panel and forms a second seal at a junction of the seal member and the movable roof panel when the movable roof panel is in the closed position and is moved from the seated position to the lifted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Richard Kleinhoffer, Cliff R Reitzloff
  • Patent number: 9981700
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a cargo area at least partially defined by the body. A tailgate assembly is adjustably connected to the body and movable relative to the body between a first position and at least one second position. The tailgate assembly includes a structure having a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge. A cargo system is operatively connected to the tailgate assembly. The cargo system includes an extension member having a housing, a first arm extending from a first side of the housing securable to the first lateral edge of the tailgate structure and a second arm extending from a second side of the housing securable to the second lateral edge of the tailgate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Garrison, Derek L. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9956857
    Abstract: A truck bed accessory frame is disclosed therein which allows for reconfiguration between an opened position and a closed position. In the open position, objects taller than the frame can loaded onto the truck bed. In the closed position, objects placed in the truck bed can be protected from the environmental elements (e.g. rain and UV rays from the sun).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 9919658
    Abstract: A collapsible container assembly includes a box that may be positioned in a bed of a vehicle. The box stores objects. A plurality of tabs is provided and each of the tabs is coupled to the box. Each of the tabs is tied to the vehicle thereby facilitating the box to be retained in the bed of the vehicle. A frame is positioned within the box. The frame is foldable such that the frame is selectively positioned between a deployed position and a folded position. The frame retains the box in a cubic shape when the frame is in the deployed position. The box is collapsed when the frame is positioned in the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Melvin Walther
  • Patent number: 9796428
    Abstract: A material supporting system for a pick-up truck includes a platform with side members oriented parallel to one another; and cross-members interposed between the slide members. The system also includes support legs, first tracks, second tracks and roller assemblies. One of the roller assemblies is attached to a first end of one of the slide members. One of the support legs is attached to a second end, opposite the first end, of said slide member; and one of the roller assemblies is attached to said support leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Dorina Tamaddon-Dallal, Artin Tamaddon-Dallal, Saied Tamaddon-Dallal
  • Patent number: 9703861
    Abstract: System and method for providing answers to questions based on any corpus of data implements a method that generates a number of candidate passages from the corpus that answer an input query, and finds the correct resulting answer by collecting supporting evidence from the multiple passages. By analyzing all retrieved passages and that passage's metadata in parallel, an output plurality of data structures is generated including candidate answers based upon the analyzing. Then, supporting passage retrieval operations are performed upon the set of candidate answers, and for each candidate answer, the data corpus is traversed to find those passages having candidate answer in addition to query terms. All candidate answers are automatically scored by a plurality of scoring modules, each producing a module score. The modules scores are processed to determine one or more query answers; and, a query response is generated based on the one or more query answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric W. Brown, David Ferrucci, Adam Lally, Wlodek W. Zadrozny
  • Patent number: 9630548
    Abstract: An interface system is provided for a truck box. An interface plate is attached to a recess formed in a sidewall of the truck box. A cleat is attached to an inverted T-shaped opening formed in the interface plate. A T-shaped base is inserted in the inverted T-shaped opening to hold the cleat to the sidewall of the truck box. A reinforcement plate is attached to an inside surface of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Eric MacDonald, Alana Anne Strager
  • Patent number: 9629508
    Abstract: Improvements on a portable pressurized solar shower which is mounted on the roof of a vehicle using roof rack mounting hardware. The vessel is an elongated elliptical shape (20), which is capped on both ends (32) with an endplate. It can be filled by removing a radiator cap (34) on top. Water can be sprayed out using an attached hose (60) and nozzle (70). The vessel is made from black painted or coated conductive metal which absorbs the sunlight and transfers the heat to the water on the inside. The vessel can be pressurized by an air pump via a valve stem (39) installed on the vessel. A mounting bolt slides within a T-slot which is integrated as part of the shower vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Joel Brian Cotton
  • Patent number: 9616819
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier is disclosed for use on a vehicle having a roof, where the roof has a pair of parallel extending ditch rails forming elongated recesses in the roof. The vehicle article carrier may incorporate a pair of tracks configured to rest within the ditch rails and to be fixedly secured within the ditch rails. A pair of cross bars may be removably securable to the tracks. Each cross bar may further be configured with a cross sectional shape to rest at least partially within an associated one of the ditch rails when placed in a stowed configuration. Each cross bar may further be securable to the tracks so as to extend perpendicularly between the tracks and above the roof when placed in an operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard J. Kmita
  • Patent number: 9604566
    Abstract: A lamp structure is provided in which a roof rack fixed on top of a car has an engaging slot for locking with a detent portion formed on the bottom of a positioning unit. A connecting portion extending on the detent portion has a fitting indentation with a positioning member penetrating therethrough, one end of the positioning member having a snap-fit portion provided on one end and a positioning pulling lever pivotally provided on the other end. A warning lamp having a snap-fit groove for engaging with the snap-fit portion is combined with the connecting portion. Therefore, the warning lamp has higher assembly position so that light emitted from the warning light is clearly visible by rear drivers from a longer distance and hence has better eye-catching and warning effect, and better driving safety can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Big Time Auto Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yao-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 9580004
    Abstract: A rail system for use with a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, may include a plurality of side rails and stanchions securing the side rails to the vehicle. At least one hoop may be provided for connection to either the stanchions or the side rails. Each hoop may include a plurality of legs, with a clamp connected to each leg to connect each hoop to either a stanchion or side rail, as well as an elbow connected to each leg opposite the clamp, with a lateral cross bar connected between the elbows. The legs may be pivotable with respect to the elbows. The elbows may further include a rod pivotable between a stored and deployed position. In the deployed position, the rod may facilitate attachment of elevated rails. Additionally, bed dividers and storage lockers or boxes are provided for use with the rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jerome Puchkoff
  • Patent number: 9566914
    Abstract: A modular rack system, for adjustably attaching equipment to a vehicle, includes a base mountable on a side wall of the vehicle. The rack system has a first wall that is disposed on and upwardly emanating from the top surface of the base that defines a lower seat. One end of a vertical member resides in the lower seat and is secured thereto. The other end of the vertical member resides in an upper seat defining by a downwardly depending wall from a saddle and is secured thereto. The first and second walls laterally stabilize the vertical member relative to the base and saddle to permit the base to be mounted to a side wall of a vehicle and a top rail to be secured to the saddle without the use of gussets or cross-braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Thule Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin L. Marr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9481315
    Abstract: A device for movably mounting a storage container in relation to the storage bed of a pickup truck. The device includes a container support frame with a mounting member configured to be fixedly secured in relation to the pickup truck storage bed, and a lift arm having a first end coupled to the container support frame for pivotal movement about a first pivot axis and a second end configured to be coupled to the storage container for pivotal movement about a second pivot axis. The second end of the lift arm is movable along an arcuate path about the first pivot axis between a stowed position in which the storage container is disposed between the side rails and an extended position in which the storage container is disposed above a side rail. The storage container is pivotable about the second pivot axis to maintain an upright orientation in the stowed and extended positions, providing a variety of convenient access and storage options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Joel Gordon
  • Patent number: 9440592
    Abstract: A method for mounting a bicycle to a bicycle rack on an exposed roll can include: providing the bicycle rack comprising: a crossbar having an elongate longitudinal length section with laterally curved end sections extending from each side of the longitudinal length, the crossbar having a top side that includes one or more bicycle receivers and having a length sufficient to extend across the roll cage; and a mounting bracket on an end of each laterally curved end section, the mounting brackets each being planar and having an aperture extending through the bracket from a top surface to an opposite bottom surface, the mounting brackets each having bottom surface received on the roll cage with fastener extending through each aperture and a vertical hole in the longitudinal bars such that the crossbar is elevated off the longitudinal bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: GIRAK LLC
    Inventor: Nate Peck
  • Patent number: 9434320
    Abstract: A safari bicycle rack, method for making the safari bicycle rack, and method for mounting a bicycle to the safari bicycle rack on an exposed roll can include: providing the bicycle rack comprising: a crossbar having an elongate longitudinal length section with laterally curved end sections extending from each side of the longitudinal length, the crossbar having a top side that includes one or more bicycle receivers and having a length sufficient to extend across the roll cage; and a mounting bracket on an end of each laterally curved end section, the mounting brackets each being planar and having an aperture extending through the bracket from a top surface to an opposite bottom surface, the mounting brackets each having bottom surface received on the roll cage with fastener extending through each aperture and a vertical hole in the longitudinal bars such that the crossbar is elevated off the longitudinal bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GIRAK LLC
    Inventor: Nate Peck
  • Patent number: 9352696
    Abstract: A roof rail for mounting to a vehicle. The rail has an elongated base of plastic and a metal stay member. The stay member has a first surface oriented for mating with a vehicle roof and a second surface oriented for receiving a cross bar. The stay member is encapsulated by the plastic forming the elongated base. The first surface includes at least two openings configured for receiving a fastener. The second surface includes at least two passages configured for receiving a fastener. An elongated plastic cap element is also provided. The cap element has a first edge engaging the elongated base adjacent the first surface of the stay member and a second edge engaging the base adjacent the second surface of the stay member, but does not cover the second surface of the stay member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Colin P. Gorey, David John Pietenpol, Lin Z. Lee, Christopher Salvador, Hirofumi Takemoto, John H. Manning
  • Patent number: 9340108
    Abstract: A canopy for a refuse collection vehicle wherein the canopy can be placed on the vehicle without adding additional height to the vehicle. The canopy has a frame attachable to the vehicle which holds at least one container of fuel. The fuel is typically a compressed natural gas and depending on the model of vehicle a plurality of containers can be housed to extend the service area of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Goedken
  • Patent number: 9321405
    Abstract: A roof rail includes a support member configured to be assembled on a roof of a vehicle, a first cover made from synthetic resin material, the first cover including a lengthwise-direction first end portion which is fixed to the support member and a lengthwise-direction second end portion which is supported by the support member to be expandable and contractible in a vehicle front/rear direction, and a second cover made from synthetic resin material, the second cover being supported by the support member to be expandable and contractible in the vehicle front/rear direction, the second cover including a lengthwise-direction end portion which is assembled to the lengthwise-direction second end portion of the first cover, wherein an outer surface of the lengthwise-direction second end portion of the first cover and an outer surface of the lengthwise-direction end portion of the second cover are coplanar with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukihide Shibutani, Shinichi Haneda, Yoshiteru Taniguchi, Yasushiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9187045
    Abstract: A vehicle roof rail system includes a roof rail, a vehicle roof structure and a vehicle body structure. A tolerance compensator is disposed between the roof structure and the body structure. The tolerance compensator has an internal, oversized entry. The tolerance compensator includes an anchor fixing the tolerance compensator to the vehicle roof structure. A fastener passes through the oversized internal entry of the tolerance compensator linking the roof structure and body structure. An angle compensator is attached to the tolerance compensator. The angle compensator adjusts a contact angle of the tolerance compensator with the vehicle body structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Dura Operating, LLC
    Inventor: Norfried Achim Bittner
  • Patent number: 9133870
    Abstract: An adjustable tower stud assembly is disclosed for securing an object, such as a roof rack, to an external panel such as the roof of a vehicle. The object requires more support than can be provided by the external panel and it is also connected to a sub-surface support. Upper and lower collared studs are connected by a threaded connection that allows the length of the tower stud assembly to be adjusted. Stops on a lower collar ground the tower stud assembly to the sub-surface support after the tower stud assembly is adjusted to the proper length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David James Spolyar
  • Publication number: 20150129625
    Abstract: A roof rail for mounting to a vehicle. The rail has an elongated base of plastic and a metal stay member. The stay member has a first surface oriented for mating with a vehicle roof and a second surface oriented for receiving a cross bar. The stay member is encapsulated by the plastic forming the elongated base. The first surface includes at least two openings configured for receiving a fastener. The second surface includes at least two passages configured for receiving a fastener. An elongated plastic cap element is also provided. The cap element has a first edge engaging the elongated base adjacent the first surface of the stay member and a second edge engaging the base adjacent the second surface of the stay member, but does not cover the second surface of the stay member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Colin P. Gorey, David John Pietenpol, Lin Z. Lee, Christopher Salvador, Hirofumi Takemoto, John H. Manning
  • Publication number: 20150122857
    Abstract: A load carrier foot and vehicle load carrier for a vehicle, such as a roof rack, having the load carrier foot. The load carrier foot includes a body having a load carrying bar receiving surface for receiving a load carrying bar, a vehicle support surface for resting against a surface of the vehicle. The load carrier foot further includes a fastening member adapted to be operated by a user to attach the load carrier foot to the vehicle. The fastening member is adapted to be automatically retracted to a position in which the fastening member is protected from interaction with a surface of the vehicle. The load carrier foot prevents a user form accidentally damage the vehicle, such as the lacquer of the roof of the vehicle when positioning and tightening the load carrier foot to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Magnus FERMAN, Mikael SANDBERG
  • Patent number: 9010550
    Abstract: A tool bar for securing under a hood of a car during repair and maintenance is disclosed. A rigid member spanning a substantial portion of the hood is flexibly secured to hooks. The hooks engage edges of the hood and may include a compliant covering. The hooks may secure to the rigid member by means of straps and the straps may be tensioned by means of tensioners secured to one of the hooks and the rigid member. A stabilizer secures to the rigid member and has an end that may be clipped or otherwise fastened to a portion of the hood to resist rotation of the rigid member. One or more tool retaining members secured to the rigid member, such as a socket rack, magnetic bar, hook groove, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Manuel Antonio Figueroa
  • Publication number: 20150102076
    Abstract: A method for mounting a bicycle to a bicycle rack on an exposed roll can include: providing the bicycle rack comprising: a crossbar having an elongate longitudinal length section with laterally curved end sections extending from each side of the longitudinal length, the crossbar having a top side that includes one or more bicycle receivers and having a length sufficient to extend across the roll cage; and a mounting bracket on an end of each laterally curved end section, the mounting brackets each being planar and having an aperture extending through the bracket from a top surface to an opposite bottom surface, the mounting brackets each having bottom surface received on the roll cage with fastener extending through each aperture and a vertical hole in the longitudinal bars such that the crossbar is elevated off the longitudinal bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Nate Peck
  • Patent number: 8998046
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roof rack (10) for a vehicle (11). The roof rack ( ) comprises a load carrier bar (13), a first and a second load carrier foot (14), wherein at least the first load carrier foot (14) is displaceable with respect to the load carrier bar (13) to enable the roof rack (10) to be attachable to vehicles (12) of different sizes. The roof rack also comprises a readable indication device (30) enabling the determination of different appropriate positions of the load carrying foot (14). The indication device (30) is displaceable between different positions with respect to the load carrier bar (13) and adapted to be read with respect to a reference point on the roof rack (10), enabling repeatable readings at different positions. The present invention also relates to a method for assembling a roof rack. The roof rack is simple in construction yet easy to use for an end user and does not tend to produce air turbulence around the load carrier bar to any significant degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Mattias Moeller, Micael Svensson
  • Patent number: 8985414
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system for use on an outer body surface of a vehicle, where the system may make use of a light emitting diode (LED) and a pair of support rails assemblies secured parallel to one another along a major longitudinal axis of the vehicle. At least one of the support rail assemblies may have a light pipe in optical communication with the LED. The light pipe may operate to radiate light generated by the LED outwardly from the support rail assembly along the length of the light pipe to thus illuminate a portion of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Aftanas
  • Patent number: 8922655
    Abstract: A vehicle front grille assembly includes a vehicle grille, an emblem, a camera support and a camera. The vehicle grille includes an emblem mounting portion having a first mounting structure. The emblem includes an outer surface and an inner surface that is opposite the outer surface. The inner surface has a second mounting structure that directly mates with the first mounting structure of the emblem mounting portion. The camera support has an attachment portion and an extension portion. The attachment portion is sandwiched between the emblem mounting portion of the vehicle grille and the inner surface of the emblem. The attachment portion includes at least one opening and one of the first and second mounting structures extends through the at least one opening of the attachment portion. The camera is fixedly mounted to the extension portion of the camera support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Brittany Forgue
  • Publication number: 20140353350
    Abstract: A roof rail (1) for a motor vehicle, having at least one rack bar (3) and having at least one support element (24) which is fixed to the rack bar (3) for bridging a spacing which is formed between the rack bar (3) and the roof of the motor vehicle and for fixing the roof rail (1) to the roof of the motor vehicle, and having at least one cover (11) for the support element (24), wherein the rack bar (3), support element (24) and cover (11) are formed as separate components. There is provision for at least one end region (6) of the rack bar (3) to be in the form of a bent portion (7) whose front end (8) forms a roof application end (9), for the support element (24) to be in the form of an extrusion component (56) and for the support element (24) and cover (11) to be located at least partially in the region of the bent portion (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Stefan Sirrenberg, Hans Binder, Ottmar Binder
  • Patent number: 8839997
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a load carrier foot (1) for mounting at least a part of a load carrier to a first surface (2) of a vehicle. The load carrier foot (1) comprising a support member (3), arranged to abut the first surface (2), a gripping member (5) having a first part (16) arranged to abut the vehicle at a distance from the support member (3), an intermediate member (9) between the support member (3) and a second part (17) of the gripping member (5), and an adjustment member (7) acting on the intermediate member (9) to adjust a clamping force between the support member (3) and the first part (16) of the gripping member (5). The intermediate member (9) cooperates with the second part (17) of the gripping member (5) at a first working point (10) and the intermediate member cooperates with the support member (3) at a second working point (11) located at a distance (D) from the first working point (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Anders Lundgren
  • Patent number: 8814014
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system for clamping a roof rail to a roof of a vehicle. The system enables a variation in the spacing between an outer layer of the roof and an underlying roof structure to be taken up when clamping a roof rail to the vehicle roof without causing deformation of the outer layer of the vehicle roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Böcker, Jörg Schmitz, Reinhold Rothstein, Rainer Steffens, Klaus Kolodziej
  • Patent number: 8789732
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system incorporating a pair of stamped support rails that are adapted to be fixedly secured within respective roof ditches of a roof of a vehicle. At least one cross bar may be secured to portions of the support rails. Bottom wall and side wall portions of the support rails are shaped to rest nestably within their respective roof ditches. The support rails add significant structural strength and rigidity to the roof structure of a vehicle once fixedly secured within the roof ditches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Donald L. Munoz
  • Publication number: 20140183236
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof rack (2) for a vehicle (K) comprising a front crossmember (3) and a rear crossmember (4), the crossmembers (3, 4) comprising fastening feet (5) at the end, by which they are supported on the lateral roof rails (DR), and in which at least the fastening feet (5) of the front crossmember (3) comprise fastening means (8), by means of which the fastening feet (5) are able to be secured to the respectively associated roof rail (DR) of the vehicle (K). For improved securing of the roof rack (2) to the vehicle (K) it is proposed that at least one crossmember (3, 4) is connected to the rear roof rail (HR) via at least one connection element (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Henrik Huhn, John Leslie Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140183235
    Abstract: A leg is described to attach a roof rack crossbar to a vehicle rail. The leg is particularly suited to fitting a roof rack to a flush rail on a vehicle although may be used on other rail types. Also described in a kit and roof rack utilizing the leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Hubco Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Peter Douglas Hubbard
  • Patent number: 8757457
    Abstract: The invention provides improvements for an enclosed carrier configured for mounting on top of a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph J. Settelmayer, Scott R. Allen, Timothy C. Smith