Steps Patents (Class 280/163)
  • Patent number: 10737625
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an accessory component for a vehicle. The accessory component has an elongated frame element having a forward edge channel and a rearward edge channel formed parallel to the forward edge channel. A pair of first channels is formed in the upper surface and parallel to the forward and rearward edge channels. Forward and rearward resilient appliques are included which have each have first ends which are shaped to be retained within the forward and rearward edge channels, respectively. Second ends of each applique engage with a respective one of each of the pair of first channels. The forward and rearward resilient appliques are attached with a snapping-like action and retained by friction on the elongated frame element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Michie, Michael F. Wood
  • Patent number: 10703314
    Abstract: Embodiments of a motor vehicle bumper step include a housing connectable to a bottommost end of a rear bumper. The uppermost end of the housing may include a planar plate containing a curved perimeter portion and, above the planar plate, a bracket including mounting holes. A recessed portion of the housing defines an opening at least partly along two different sides of the housing, with a bottom end of the recessed portion containing a planar step surface having a curved outward-facing perimeter. A first and a second facia portion each located on a different side of the housing are spaced apart from one another by the recess. The facia portions extend downward from the uppermost end of the housing and connect to a respective side of the planar step. The housing may match the bumper profile and not extend past the bumper in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Iron Cross Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Bundy, Don Bundy, Eric Long, Cole Stevens
  • Patent number: 10688933
    Abstract: A side step assembly includes a side bar configured to be coupled to a vehicle and a step. The step is configured to interlock with the side bar such that the step can selectively translate along the side bar while remaining coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DEE ZEE, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua Andrew Knichel
  • Patent number: 10682949
    Abstract: A tow bar assembly for towing a load with a vehicle providing a lighted region to warn other motorists on the road that the load is being towed and provide indications of the mode of operation of the towing vehicle. The integrated lights may be connected to the towing vehicle control signals indicating a turn signal, braking, or reverse. The tow lights also clearly display the tow bar that may otherwise be difficult to see at night and that the tow bar is towing a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Roadmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: David Robinson
  • Patent number: 10668860
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a car running board and car, comprising a first running board body, a second running board body and at least one car installation support; the first running board body is telescopically connected with the second running board body; the car installation support is rigidly connected with the first running board body and/or the second running board body on one end and with the car on the other end. Through the above method, the car running board structure of the present invention can change flexibly and contract to reduce volume during the transport, thus saving both the transport cost and storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: WINBO-Dongjian Automotive Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Yang, Weiting He, Tong Dai, CHangling Yu, Yongbo Chen
  • Patent number: 10604076
    Abstract: A modular running board system for attachment to a vehicle comprising a first running board member and a second running board member each having an exterior end and an interior end portion; a member connector, a structural frame bracket, and at least one seam covering step pad, wherein: (a) the interior end portions each accepts and attaches to a portion of the member connector forming a running board structural assembly having a connection seam (b) the at least one seam covering step pad attaches to the running board structural assembly and hides the connection seam from exterior view forming a seamless finished appearance; and (c) the structural frame bracket includes (i) a connection portion for attachment to the running board structural assembly, and (ii) a structural frame portion for attachment to structural frame of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Westin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Lanini, Paul Zavala, Jose Eduardo Lopez Moctezuma
  • Patent number: 10604077
    Abstract: A modular side rail and removable step system for a vehicle is disclosed. In one aspect, the kit includes first, second, and third removable steps that may be mounted to the side rail. In one aspect, the side rail main body has a channel-shape defining a longitudinal opening between an adjacent first side and an adjacent second side. A plurality of step attachment arrangements may be provided on the first side of the side rail main body to allow the first, second, and third steps to be mounted to the side rail main body in various configurations. For example the plurality of step attachment arrangements may be arranged and configured to provide attachment locations for mounting the first and third removable steps in a first step assembly configuration and for mounting the second removable step in a second step assembly configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LUND, INC.
    Inventors: John Matthew Stanesic, William Franklin Bibb, VI, Brian T. Johnson, John A. Wargo
  • Patent number: 10596971
    Abstract: A retractable step for use with a vehicle comprises a stepping member having an upper stepping surface, a first arm, and a second arm. The first arm has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The second arm also has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The first and second arms can be generally planar linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Lund Motion Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Horst Leitner, Anthony Nicholas Smith
  • Patent number: 10518705
    Abstract: A bracket adapted to attach a running board to a rocker of a vehicle includes a body having a plurality of running board deflection-inducing portions. The body may include a torsional buckling-inducing portion comprising a rocker mounting portion defining an included angle to a vehicle y-axis and to a vehicle x-axis when mounted to the rocker. The body may further include a rotational moment-inducing portion comprising a stepped segment interposed between the rocker mounting portion and a running board-carrying portion. The rotational moment-inducing portion may further include a rocker mounting tab disposed adjacent to the stepped segment and a flange disposed at an interface of the stepped segment and the running board-carrying portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Jensen, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Michael Siler, Satish Chandra Patne
  • Patent number: 10518727
    Abstract: An exemplary step assembly for a vehicle includes an energy absorption member including a support portion and a connection portion, the support portion including a support surface and a support structure, the support structure including a plurality of support members, the plurality of support members coupled to upper and lower inner walls of the support structure and a mounting member including a horizontal support member defining a plurality of openings. The energy absorption member is coupled to the mounting member with a mechanical fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gheorghe Barbuta, Shreeganesh Sudhindra, Len V. Peschansky, Jungryoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10457217
    Abstract: Disclosed is a universal easy step apparatus configured for being quickly associated and removed from an existing step system such as the steps of a semi-trailer truck for a plurality of truck brands defining different step system configurations without the need for hardware modification to either the easy step or the truck. The easy step may further define a secure compartment for storing items. An electronic module may be disposed inside the electronic module to monitor various environment parameters and the truck driver and allow remote wireless access to the secure compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Lee Roy Lingerfelt
  • Patent number: 10442450
    Abstract: Example edge support devices for a dolly are described. The edge support devices include a body including first and second body sections angled relative to each other, a first engagement assembly extending from a bottom surface of the first body section, and a second engagement assembly extending from a bottom surface of the second body section. The first and second engagement assemblies each include a central protrusion and pairs of side protrusions configured to be inserted into openings in the supporting surface of the dolly. The pairs of side protrusions of the first and second engagement assemblies engage the respective openings of the dolly to detachably couple the body of the edge support devices to the dolly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Tawfeek Abohammdan, Jeffrey D. Green, Dorita S. Mericle
  • Patent number: 10427614
    Abstract: An article rack includes a base mountable to a top rail of a truck box, a carrier, and a linkage pivotally connected to the base and the carrier. A drive mechanism of the rack has a first wheel fixed to the base, a second wheel fixed to the carrier, and an endless loop trained around the wheels such that pivoting of the linkage about the base pivots the carrier about the linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Dragan Stojkovic, Robert Reiners, Jeffrey Gray
  • Patent number: 10399500
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuatable compact vehicle step with first and second step portions that bifurcate from a single axis when moving from nested to extended positions to provide two or more tiered steps, the second step in a position substantially below the first step when deployed. In various embodiments, step portions travel on curved tracks from the nested position to allow them to be both well-concealed when nested and optimally extended when deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Rock-Slide Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Mark David Hayes
  • Patent number: 10391944
    Abstract: A modular side rail and removable step system for a vehicle is disclosed. In one aspect, the kit includes first, second, and third removable steps that may be mounted to the side rail. In one aspect, the side rail main body has a channel-shape defining a longitudinal opening between an adjacent first side and an adjacent second side. A plurality of step attachment arrangements may be provided on the first side of the side rail main body to allow the first, second, and third steps to be mounted to the side rail main body in various configurations. For example the plurality of step attachment arrangements may be arranged and configured to provide attachment locations for mounting the first and third removable steps in a first step assembly configuration and for mounting the second removable step in a second step assembly configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: LUND, INC.
    Inventors: John Matthew Stanesic, William Franklin Bibb, VI, Brian T. Johnson, John A. Wargo
  • Patent number: 10343610
    Abstract: A compact deployable/retractable running board assembly for a motor vehicle including a running board, linkage coupled to the running board, and a motor assembly coupled to an actuator, the running board moveable between at least one stowed position and at least one deployed position. The linkage includes a drive arm connected to a pivot shaft within a housing at a location on the pivot shaft between two bushings that are coupled to the pivot shaft within the housing. The linkage also includes an idler arm connected to a pivot shaft within an idler housing. The actuator is operably coupled to the linkage to cause rotation of the linkage to move the running board between the at least one stowed position generally under the motor vehicle and at least one deployed position to provide a step surface for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Yuguang Long, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 10336246
    Abstract: A tow bar assembly for towing a load with a vehicle providing a lighted region to warn other motorists on the road that the load is being towed and provide indications of the mode of operation of the towing vehicle. The integrated lights may be connected to the towing vehicle control signals indicating a turn signal, braking, or reverse. The tow lights also clearly display the tow bar that may otherwise be difficult to see at night and that the tow bar is towing a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Roadmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: David Robinson
  • Patent number: 10322677
    Abstract: A retractable step for use with a vehicle comprises a stepping member having an upper stepping surface, a first arm, and a second arm. The first arm has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The second arm also has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The first and second arms can be generally planar linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: LUND MOTION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Horst Leitner, Anthony Nicholas Smith
  • Patent number: 10307946
    Abstract: A method of making a side step of a vehicle includes a bracket that is mounted to a vehicle body and an insert main body that bears weight of passengers. The bracket and the insert main body are integrally provided by using a CFT material through insert-molding, and an injection molding resin is coupled to all over the insert main body where the bracket is coupled through insert-molding so as to form a main frame of the side step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, LG Hausys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Mok Lee, Kwang Jae Choi, Nam Cheol Kim, Seung Ryong Jeong, Sung Jun Hong, Woo Jin Jung, Chun Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10293533
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a doorstep or a door scuff is provided. The method includes an ABS material injection step of injecting an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) material to have a doorstep (or a door scuff) shape; a plastic plating step of plating an ABS material with plastic; and a PP injection step of fixing the ABS material plated with plastic in a mold, and injecting PP to the ABS material fixed in the mold so that the ABS material and a polypropylene (PP) material have a one-piece structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Sik Seo, Choon Soo Lee, Woo Chul Jung, Do Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10266121
    Abstract: A system includes a structure having a wall, a doorway and a door that is repositionable between a first position wherein the door is clear of the doorway and a second position wherein the door occludes the doorway. The system also includes a stair carrier attached to the structure. A stair may be connected to the stair carrier. The stair carrier is repositionable between a first position wherein the entirety of the stair carrier is disposed on a first side of the wall and a second position wherein a portion of the stair carrier extends through the doorway to a second side of the wall. The door is fully operable between the first position and the second position both when the stair carrier is in the first position and in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael W. Nebel, Nathaniel Fuller, Shawn Gray, Jeremiah Bradley, Jeffrey Albrecht, Dominick Bilancio
  • Patent number: 10202080
    Abstract: A detachable footstep for stake pockets on a trailer allows passengers to board and dismount the trailer. The detachable footstep includes a frame, a footstep, a slip-guard, and a connector-locking mechanism. The footstep and the connector-locking mechanism are mounted on opposite ends of the frame. The connector-locking mechanism is a mechanical lock that attaches the frame to the stake pocket. The footstep is a sturdy rigid member capable supporting the passenger's weight as the passenger boards the trailer. The slip-guard is made of high-grip materials to help the passenger gain a secure foothold on the footstep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Dwaine Burleson
  • Patent number: 10183624
    Abstract: A retractable step for use with a vehicle comprises a stepping member having an upper stepping surface, a first arm, and a second arm. The first arm has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The second arm also has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The first and second arms can be generally planar linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LUND MOTION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Horst Leitner, Anthony Nicholas Smith
  • Patent number: 10150418
    Abstract: A cargo box for a vehicle includes a base member having a first edge portion, a second edge portion, a first side edge portion and an opposing second side edge portion. A first cross sill extends across the base member. A second cross sill extends across the base member. A side panel member is coupled to the base member along one of the first and second side edge portions. The side panel member includes an opening. A step assembly includes a first step support coupled to the first cross sill, a second step support coupled to the second cross sill and at least one step member coupled to and extending between the first step support and second step support. The step member is arranged at the opening in the side panel member. The step member is decoupled from the side panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Justin C. Martin, David K. Rock, Michael T. Chaney
  • Patent number: 10099621
    Abstract: A bracket adapted to attach a running board to a rocker of a vehicle includes a body having a plurality of running board deflection-inducing portions. The body may include a torsional buckling-inducing portion comprising a rocker mounting portion defining an included angle to a vehicle y-axis and to a vehicle x-axis when mounted to the rocker. The body may further include a rotational moment-inducing portion comprising a stepped segment interposed between the rocker mounting portion and a running board-carrying portion. The rotational moment-inducing portion may further include a rocker mounting tab disposed adjacent to the stepped segment and a flange disposed at an interface of the stepped segment and the running board-carrying portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Globel Technologies LLC
    Inventors: John W. Jensen, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Michael Siler, Satish Chandra Patne
  • Patent number: 10081302
    Abstract: An adjustable vehicle running board includes a step moveable between a step position, a retracted position and an aero position. A first support bracket has a first end coupled to the step and an opposite second end connected to a mounting bracket. A slide link has a first end slideably connected to the first support bracket and an opposite second end pivotally connected to the step. The first end of the slide link is moveable along a length of the first support bracket and positionable at a first slide link distance from the second end of the first support bracket when the step is arranged in the step position and a second slide link distance from the second end of the first support bracket when the step is arranged in the aero position. The first slide link distance being greater than the second slide link distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Frederick, Scott P. Robison, Adam D. Holmstrom
  • Patent number: 10053017
    Abstract: A retractable step for use with a vehicle comprises a stepping member having an upper stepping surface, a first arm, and a second arm. The first arm has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The second arm also has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The first and second arms can be generally planar linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LUND MOTION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Horst Leitner, Anthony Nicholas Smith
  • Patent number: 10016936
    Abstract: A mechanical coupling assembly that includes a primary substrate having at least one aperture formed therein. A secondary substrate includes at least one mechanical interlock monolithically formed with the secondary substrate. The at least one mechanical interlock extends through the aperture. The mechanical interlock includes a main body and a head portion with a transition portion connecting the main body and head portions. The main body includes a bore formed longitudinally therein about a centerline of the aperture. The mechanical interlock joins the primary substrate and secondary substrate mechanically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Tavakoli-Targhi, Suhant Prajwal Reddy Ranga
  • Patent number: 10011231
    Abstract: A motor vehicle side step has a running board with a slot in its back side through which bolts extend to clamp an insert and a base of a vehicle mounting bracket to the running board. A tubular top frame extends around the outer side of top step plate and has opposing ends fastened to the running board with the top step plate fastened to the running board and top frame member to form a top step. A second step support frame has two connector plates that bolt to a bottom side of the running board through slots in that bottom side. The second step support frame extends outward and downward from the connector plates to provide a lower support to which a lower step plate is fastened to form a lower step. A top step support extends upward from the second step support frame and connects to the bottom of the top step plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: IDDEA CALIFORNIA, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Wymore
  • Patent number: 10011232
    Abstract: An integrated running board and side skirt system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a combined running board and side skirt and a control module. The control module includes a controller configured to displace the combined running board and side skirt between a stowed position, a running board position and an aero-skirt position depending up on a number of data inputs. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Nathanael Burton
  • Patent number: 9963060
    Abstract: A vehicle running board assembly for use as a ramp for quickly detaching the running board for use as a ramp and then quickly re-attaching the running board to the vehicle to be used as a running board. The vehicle running board assembly for use as a ramp includes a running board adapted to be removably mounted to a side of a vehicle; and a support assembly adapted to be secured to a frame of the vehicle and upon which the running board is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: David A. Vick
  • Patent number: 9950671
    Abstract: A vehicle running board includes opposing vertical walls extending along a length of a tubular structure and including a carbon-fiber component. Opposing horizontal walls extend between the opposing vertical walls and include a glass component. The opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls form the tubular structure having a generally rectilinear cross section. A polymer outer covering extends over the opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Michael Musleh, Talat Karmo, David Brian Glickman, Harry Lobo, Joseph Myszka
  • Patent number: 9944230
    Abstract: A composite running board for use with an automotive vehicle. The running board includes a step portion formed by a top deck and an aerodynamic bottom cover. A mounting portion is formed integrally with the step portion and includes a vertical mounting plate and a horizontal mounting plate for attaching the running board to the vehicle. A plurality of support ribs are sandwiched between the top deck and the bottom cover and connected to the mounting portion to provide structural rigidity to the running board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Tiercon Corp
    Inventors: Christopher Campbell, Mihai Cioranic, Bradley Newberry, Michael Weber
  • Patent number: 9937865
    Abstract: An upper component has a top and an inner side with a lower free end and has an outer side with a lower free end. A lower component has a bottom and an inner side with an upper free end and has an outer side with an upper free end. The lower free ends are coupled to the upper free ends respectively forming a cylindrical configuration with a chamber there within. A support beam within the chamber extends vertically with an upper end adjacent to the top and a lower end adjacent to the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Douglas Oakey
  • Patent number: 9931987
    Abstract: A receiver hitch mountable platform that may be configured to a variety of uses, such as a step, carrier, ramp, or other purposes. The platform provides an attachment plate that may receive a plurality of accessories attached thereto via fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Hugo Baeza
  • Patent number: 9896033
    Abstract: A semi-automatic foot-pedal device is provided, which includes a panel and a pedal-connecting component connected with the panel. The pedal-connecting component includes an upper bracket, a left bracket, a lower bracket, a right bracket and an elastic unit; when the pedal-connecting component is in a closed state, the panel moves away from the upper bracket to transform the pedal-connecting component into an elastically spread state under a force on the panel in a downward direction and the elastic unit generates pushing force toward its two opposite directions; when the pedal-connecting component is in a spread state, the panel moves towards the upper bracket to transform the pedal-connecting component into an elastically closed state under a force on the panel in an obliquely-upward direction and the elastic unit generates pushing force toward its two opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: WINBO-DONGJIAN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongbo Chen, Jie Yang, Wei Huang, Ming Zhong, Wei Hu, Yufang Xu
  • Patent number: 9855877
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system readily configurable for use as either a step rail along a side of a motor vehicle, or also as a loading ramp for use in loading and unloading cargo to and from a cargo bed of the motor vehicle. The system makes use of a ramp assembly and a plurality of hangers. The hangers each have a first end which is affixed to a portion of the vehicle, and a second end on which the ramp assembly may releasably be supported from and secured to, and thus used as a step rail. The ramp assembly has at least one latching mechanism that can be secured to a striker post on one of the hangers, and a release element. The release element allows the ramp assembly to be detached from the striker post and used as a loading ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Gerard J. Kmita
  • Patent number: 9821718
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sliding step for a public transit vehicle, which sliding step comprises a tread plate that can be horizontally extended or retracted by means of a drive, with two lateral arms and a tread surface arranged between the lateral arms, whereby the tread plate is provided with at least two rollers associated with the lateral arms, which rollers run on a track attached to the vehicle. At least one of the lateral arms in the area of the rollers is provided with an offset section arranged between the two rollers and comprising a strain gauge element for detecting deformations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Gebr. Bode GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Uwe Knothe
  • Patent number: 9821717
    Abstract: A step assembly of a vehicle is provided herein. The step assembly includes a box step having a release button that luminesces in response to excitation light and continues to luminesce for a period of time after the excitation light cease to be provided. A drive mechanism is configured to move the step pad from a stowed position to a deployed position when the release button is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Talat Karmo, Michael A. Musleh
  • Patent number: 9707898
    Abstract: A vehicle running board includes opposing vertical walls extending along a length of a tubular structure and including a carbon-fiber component. Opposing horizontal walls extend between the opposing vertical walls and include a glass component. The opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls form the tubular structure having a generally rectilinear cross section. A polymer outer covering extends over the opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Michael Musleh, Talat Karmo, David Brian Glickman, Harry Lobo, Joseph Myszka
  • Patent number: 9682658
    Abstract: A step device may include a step housing having a box shape, guide rails mounted on both sides of the step housing, step rails coupled to the guide rails to move along the guide rails, and a scaffold coupled to the step rails and moving along the guide rails through the step rails to be received in the step housing or drawn to an outside of the step housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Kyunghyun Nam
  • Patent number: 9651077
    Abstract: A fastener includes a shank having a first end and a second end. The fastener includes a first thread region adjacent to the first end having a first helical thread and a second helical thread interposed with the first helical thread in the first thread region. A second thread region is provided adjacent to the first thread region, the second thread region including only the second helical thread with the second helical thread having a diameter greater than a diameter of the first helical thread. A third thread region having a third helical thread is provided extending from the second thread region toward the second end. A head is provided on the second end and includes a disk and an octagonal boss between the disk and the third thread region, the boss including four major sides extending perpendicular to the disk and four chamfered sides, the chamfered sides being flush with a side edge of the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SIMPSON STRONG-TIE COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Jeremy Scott Park
  • Patent number: 9637178
    Abstract: A hollow tubular shape is extruded from aluminum and used as a basic building block for one or more different truck accessories, such as a side step, grill guard and headache rack. The outside of the hollow tubular shape provides flat surfaces and angled edges over most of its periphery, including a major wall and several side walls. An attachment wall opposite the major wall includes attachment slides that enable the extrusion to be attached in numerous configurations, including to attachment brackets. The interior of the extruded hollow tubular shape includes openings to receive end caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Curt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Joel D. Diller, Robert G. Fehr, Wolfe C. Parzyck
  • Patent number: 9586655
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for providing a swinging system and platform assembly that deploys a swim platform from the front of a pontoon boat which is mounted underneath the deck between the pontoons in a raised position adjacent to the underside of the pontoon deck. The platform assembly, when deployed, provides a safe method for users of pontoon boat vessels to access the front deck area from land or from a body of water. The platform deploys from two pivoting frames affixed to the bottom of the deck, which is powered by an actuator with the push of a button on the control panel. For deployment, the platform is both lowered and extended out from the pontoon boat. A powered actuator positions the platform in the deployed position for use and then retracts the platform for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Butler
  • Patent number: 9580020
    Abstract: A step-up side rail system is designed to be attached to at least one (1) side frame of a pickup truck, or other similar large vehicle. The device provides a measure of protection from incidental contact while acting as step by which access to the cab, or other nearby portions of the vehicle, may be gained. The device is configured to accommodate a variety of vehicles and step widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Mark E. Rees
  • Patent number: 9561751
    Abstract: A retractable step for use with a vehicle comprises a stepping member having an upper stepping surface, a first arm, and a second arm. The first arm has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The second arm also has a first end pivotally attached to the vehicle, and a second end pivotally attached to the stepping member. The first and second arms can be generally planar linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lund Motion Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Horst Leitner, Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 9540066
    Abstract: A foot peg assembly for a saddle-type vehicle for supporting a rider's foot while seated or standing on the vehicle comprises a mounting bracket for affixation to a frame portion of the vehicle, and a foot peg supported pivotably on the mounting bracket. The foot peg has a base and a step integral with the base extending outwardly therefrom. The base is attached pivotably to the mounting bracket for pivoting movement of the step relative to the mounting bracket. The base and the mounting bracket have mutually complementary configurations which maintain a close spacing therebetween through the range of pivoting movement of the step to substantially close the mounting bracket from entry of debris when the vehicle travels over unpaved ground surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: CRG Racing, LLC
    Inventor: Spencer J. Bloomer
  • Patent number: 9346405
    Abstract: A retractable vehicle step is attachable to a vehicle or truck. The vehicle step facilitates access to a cargo hold, interior, or roof of the vehicle. Advantageously, the vehicle step may provide clearance space relative to a tailgate of the vehicle by displacing a stepping member of the vehicle step in a generally lateral direction. The vehicle step desirably has a covered and protected biasing mechanism for transitioning between retracted and extended positions of the stepping member. Advantageously, the vehicle step may be pulled out from under the vehicle by the foot of a user. Another advantage is that the vehicle step is readily attachable to the vehicle using already existing connection members, thereby generally eliminating or mitigating the need for customized retrofitting and avoiding undesirable installation cost and time. Finally, the vehicle step may be configured into at least two different arrangements for attachment to a vehicle utilizing the same components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Lund Motion Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Horst Leitner, Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 9346404
    Abstract: A side bar made according to this invention includes a rail that forms a channel which receives mounting means such as a clip for securing the rail to a desired mounting point. The clip is moveable along the channel to any vehicle or step mounting point desired. Once in its desired location, the clip helps to secure the rail to the mounting bracket. When the rail is secured to a vehicle frame, the rail hides the vehicle mounting brackets from view and, when fully assembled with a step, hides any step mounting bracket from view. Because the mounting brackets are not visible, and because the step is complementary in shape to the rail, the rail gives the appearance of supporting the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Iron Cross Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Troy D. Bundy
  • Patent number: 9332678
    Abstract: A system is provided for containing cold air in a corridor created on the side of a computer cabinet, comprising a base mountable on the computer cabinet, and a panel fastened to the base and moveable with respect to the base, the panel being suitable for separating the cold air in the corridor below the panel from the hot air above the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Rodriguez