Treads Patents (Class 280/169)
  • Patent number: 10974738
    Abstract: A grating for a support structure includes a piece of metal including a perimeter edge and a surface bound by the perimeter edge. The piece of metal defines an array of uniform surface modifications on the surface of the piece of metal. The uniform surface modifications are arranged in a repeated pattern across the surface. The repeated pattern of uniform surface modifications is consistent across the surface but for at least a pair of spaced apart areas of inconsistency where the uniform surface modifications are not formed in the surface. Each area of inconsistency is surrounded on all sides by the array of uniform surface modifications. The pair of areas of inconsistency provides an indication of where to attach a structure to the grating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Jared A. Schneider, Boyd F. Niesen, Robert W. Hall, Jerid Stevenson
  • Patent number: 10723271
    Abstract: A running board configured for absorbing energy includes an attachment portion extending along a longitudinal axis and a step-assist portion extending from the attachment portion along a latitudinal axis that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The attachment portion defines a plurality of voids therein each disposed along a respective one of a plurality of horizontal axes that are perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The running board further includes a plurality of tubes disposed within a respective one of the plurality of voids. A device including the running board and a method of forming a running board are also set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Venkateshwar R. Aitharaju, Hamid G. Kia
  • Patent number: 10723272
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a step rail system supportable from a structure of a motor vehicle. The system may have an inner step rail element and an outermost step rail element. The inner step rail element may be arranged nestably within the outmost step rail element. The inner and outermost step rail elements may further be arranged at least partially within the same plane. The outermost step rail element may have at least one of a curved leading portion or a curved trailing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald J. Gomes, Michael J. Presley, Brendan J. Hathaway, Darrick A. Swords
  • Patent number: 10577804
    Abstract: A foot traction panel assembly includes a panel body having an exposed top surface, opposing longitudinal sides, and opposing lateral ends. The panel body defines a plurality of narrow slots extending between the opposing sides and opposing ends. A plurality of removable spiked inserts are adapted for being custom arranged adjacent selected slots of the panel body. Each of the spiked inserts has an elongated base and a series of spaced apart rigid spikes attached to the base. The spikes are configured to extend vertically above the top surface of the panel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Waites, George B. Waites, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10472832
    Abstract: An apparatus for trimming step edges includes a nose piece for locating at an edge of a horizontal existing surface, a covering board for covering the horizontal existing surface, and a riser board for locating a top of the riser board at or adjacent the edge with the board in an upright orientation. The nose piece includes at its rear a recess for receiving a projecting tongue of the covering board, which cooperate to retain the covering board positioned against the existing surface. The apparatus additionally features a fastener projecting forwardly at a bottom of the tongue for mechanically coupling with a distinct locking recess in the nose piece. The apparatus also features a receptacle for placing at a rear of the covering board to receive another riser board, which conceals a gap between the rear edge of the covering board and an upright surface upstanding from the existing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Cory Halischuk
  • Patent number: 10415245
    Abstract: The panel includes a water resistant barrier layer secured atop its outward facing surface. The water resistant barrier layer includes a skid resistant surface. The panels are made of lignocellulosic material. The water resistant and skid resistant surface may include indicia for aligning strips of tape or for aligning fasteners. A method for manufacturing the water resistant building panels is also disclosed and includes the steps of feeding paper onto a forming belt, depositing lignocellulosic material and the binding agent onto the forming belt so as to form a lignocellulosic mat, applying heat and pressure so as to impart the skid resistant surface on the paper, and cutting panels to predetermined sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Huber Engineered Woods, LLC
    Inventors: John L. Bennett, Joel F. Barker, Rick D. Jordan, Thomas L. Schuman, Nian Ou, Neil C. Swiacki, Kelly R. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10336259
    Abstract: An accessory component for a vehicle is disclosed which may incorporate an elongated frame element having an elongated channel formed there along. The elongated frame element is adapted to be fixedly secured to a portion of the vehicle. A resilient metallic applique having a contour generally in accordance with at least a portion of the elongated frame element may be incorporated. The applique may have a feature adjacent a first end for engaging with the elongated channel, and a second end of the applique may be shaped to engage with a different portion of the elongated frame element such that the applique is secured to the elongated frame element without adhesives or mechanical fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Michie, Michael F. Wood
  • Patent number: 9944225
    Abstract: A step assembly for a truck includes a plurality of bases, lamps, upper rods, lower rods, at least one front rod(s), at least one rear rod(s) and two side covers as main components combined together. The step assembly uses a special base which can be hidden to make the light inside the step assembly be revealed from the gaps or hole(s) of the upper rods, lower rods, front rod(s) and rear rod(s). So that the step assembly can show its three-dimensional structure at night or in the dark room, to facilitate the user to identify the position of the step assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Shu-Ling Chen
  • Patent number: 9776570
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a work vehicle with which convenience during boarding/alighting can be improved. Accordingly, provided is a tractor, i.e. a work vehicle, having a step used for boarding/alighting provided in front of a rear wheel thereof. The step is configured from: a receiving part which engages with a foot of an operator; a front support part for supporting a front of the receiving part; and a rear support part for supporting a rear of the receiving part. One end of the front support part is coupled to a cabin frame. Another end of the front support part is coupled to a tractor side end surface of the receiving part. One end of the rear support part is coupled to a front-side end part of a fender of the rear wheel. Another end of the rear support part is coupled to a rear-side end surface of the receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Kawashiri, Kiyoyuki Okuyama
  • Patent number: 9758209
    Abstract: An axle connector adapter assembly, including: a frame element with a first frame member; an axle extending along an axial axis and including an engagement end with a first threadable portion; and an adapter with a second threaded portion for threadable engagement with the first threadable portion. The first frame member includes an open slot with an open entrance portion, a closed terminus region, slot sidewalls extending between the open entrance portion and the closed terminus region, a slot axis, an axially outward facing first outboard face, and an axially inward facing first inboard face. The adapter is assembled to the first frame member to include a rotationally keyed engagement between the adapter and the first frame member to limit rotation of the threaded portion relative to the first frame member about the axial axis. The adapter is preferably axially retained to the first frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Patent number: 9682657
    Abstract: A running board apparatus including a first component with a hollow cross-section having an open end, the first component extending in a longitudinal direction; a second component with a closed cross-section that slides relative to the first component in a lateral direction, the second component extending in the longitudinal direction; and a positioning device with a first end attached to the first component and a second end attached to the second component. The positioning device is configured to move the second component with respect to the first component in the lateral direction and lock the second component and the first component in a plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Baskin, Katsuhiko Takeuchi, Eric Archambeau, Joseph Elghoul
  • Patent number: 9623823
    Abstract: A nerf bar assembly for mounting to the side of a vehicle having a unibody construction includes a tubular member comprising a tubular section and a plurality of mounting brackets fixed to and projecting generally perpendicularly from the tubular section. A support structure is configured for mounting to the body of a vehicle having a unibody construction. The support structure forms a channel and includes a plurality of channel veins and a plurality of support structure brackets disposed within the channel. The support structure brackets are configured so that the plurality of tubular member mounting brackets can be removably mounted to the plurality of support structure brackets. The nerf bar assembly is configured so that when the tubular member impacts an object, the tubular member can collapse and absorb the impact before damage occurs to the support structure or the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: U-Haul International, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Vermeys, Javier Nolasco
  • Patent number: 9409520
    Abstract: An automotive running board includes a base, a cover sheet, and a non-slip bar. The base is adapted to be mounted on a vehicle's lateral side and includes a top provided with at least one groove. The cover sheet is mounted on the top of the base and provided with a plurality of through-holes and a plurality of mounting holes. A plurality of support pillars is designed on a lower surface of the non-slip bar and correspondingly penetrates the through-holes of the cover sheet and resists the top of the base. A plurality of joint pillars is designed on the lower surface of the non-slip bar and correspondingly penetrates the mounting holes of the cover sheet, so that the non-slip bar securely joins the cover sheet. The running board featuring simple structure and reduced costs is easily assembled for better supportability and lowered yield loss rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Hsiang-Ting Wang
  • Patent number: 8991843
    Abstract: A materials handling vehicle is provided comprising a frame including an operator compartment having at least one entrance and a floorboard. The vehicle further comprises at least one step capable of being positioned across the entrance a spaced distance from the floorboard such that an operator may stand on the step when the step is positioned across the entrance to gain access to an elevated storage location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: James V. Kraimer, Jay G. Pollack, Markus Graf
  • Patent number: 8870208
    Abstract: A side-step device that includes a driving unit, a pinion gear, a driving gear unit, and a step. The driving unit is mounted on a vehicle body, and the pinion gear is connected to the driving unit and is configured to rotate. The driving gear unit is composed of an outer gear surrounding a portion of the pinion gear and engaging with the pinion gear and a rack gear extending from one end of the outer gear to the vehicle body. The step connects to the opposite side of the vehicle body to the driving gear unit, folds in a normal state, unfolds out from the vehicle body when the pinion gear and the outer gear are interlocked, and extends out from the vehicle body from the unfolded state when the pinion gear and the rack gear interlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Bock Cheol Lee, Seung Mok Lee, Phil Jung Jeong, Hyun Gyung Kim, Young Sub Oh
  • Patent number: 8840143
    Abstract: A novelty vehicle side step accessory kit is provided that offers users an interactive and aesthetically pleasing means of customizing their vehicle. The device has one or more pressure plates disposed on a vehicle side rail. Two end portions are disposed on opposing ends of the side rail. These end portions are thematically decorated to resemble an animal, vehicle, plane, or other object. A sound emitter is disposed within the front end portion and a motion generator is disposed within the rear end portion. Both elements are electrically connected to the pressure sensitive plate. When a user steps on the pressure plate the sound emitter and motion generator are activated, creating audible and tactile feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Higgins
  • Patent number: 8596662
    Abstract: A vehicle pedal includes a main plastic pedal, a decoration, at least an adhesive sheet and an anti-slipping rubber plate, and a rack. The main plastic pedal has at least a pedal portion having plural small recesses respectively bored with a through hole. The decoration also has plural small recesses respectively bored with a through hole, and plural projections formed in the bottom to correspond to the small concaves. Plural positioning blocks are fitted in the through holes of the decoration. The adhesive sheet is glued between the pedaling portion of the decoration and the anti-slipping rubber plate, having plural through holes, with two sides coated with a glue layer. The anti-slipping rubber plate has plural positioning bars inserted through the through holes of the adhesive sheet to be restricted by the positioning blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Lun An Pan Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Yueh Huang-Tsai
  • Patent number: 8528925
    Abstract: A running board attachment. The running board attachment forms a barrier to restrict the passage of objects through the area between a vehicle body and a running board mounted distantly from the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Brian McFarlane
  • Publication number: 20130221632
    Abstract: A vehicle step includes a tread, a riser at a rear of the step that extends from the tread, and a side wall that extends from the tread and the riser. A top part may extend from the side wall and slope outward to a front of the tread, and an outer part may extend from the top part and at an outward angle. The step may be stamped from a single sheet of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: FAB FOURS INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Neal HIGGS, Eric Anthony RAFALKO
  • Patent number: 8454043
    Abstract: A construction machine includes a tank with an upper surface and a side surface that is configured to allow a user to get onto and off the upper surface; and a dressing cover that covers part of the side surface, an upper portion of the dressing cover being formed by an inclined surface having an inclination angle set so as not to allow the user who gets onto and off the upper surface to step on the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Ryoji Uto, Ryota Oga, Shintaro Nishiyama, Kouichi Mitsukawa
  • Patent number: 8448967
    Abstract: A step assembly for a vehicle comprising an elongated main body having a substantially straight portion and two end portions; a generally U-shaped step bar having a substantially straight portion parallel to the main body and two bent portions, the bent portions welded to the main body and a step surface having a plurality of apertures that is affixed to the step bar to provide traction to the user. The main body is preferably welded to at least one support bracket. The installation of the step assembly is a two step process that comprises engagably attaching at least one mounting bracket to a vehicle and then engagably attaching the support bracket, which is preferably welded to the main body, to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Xtreme Metal Fab., Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Storer
  • Patent number: 8448968
    Abstract: A vehicle step assembly for mounting on a vehicle adjacent to the body of the vehicle may include an elongated step having opposite ends and a hollow space formed in the step and extending between the ends, and at least one support bracket with a mounting portion configured to mount on the vehicle and a support portion configured to support the elongated step, with the support portion having a support surface on which the elongated step rests. The assembly may also include at least one clamp mounting the step on the at least one support bracket, with the at least one clamp being configured to engage the step at substantially any location along the length of the step between the opposite ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Luverne Truck Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Grote, Berndard Dale Stoltenberg, John Martin Schulzetenberg
  • Patent number: 8403348
    Abstract: A vehicle running board includes a treadle body having a bottom formed with an open slot. A guide plate is received in the open slot and positioned under positioning stop plates inside the open slot. Two sets of fixing members are respectively assembled at the lower side of the treadle body, and each fixing member is composed of a first clamping plate with two bolts, a second clamping plate bored with two insert holes, and two nuts, with the first and the second clamping plates clamping the guide plate. At least two connecting bases are respectively provided for assembling the treadle body at one side of a vehicle body, and each connecting base and each fixing member correspond with each other in setting position. Two protective covers are respectively mounted at two ends of the treadle body, and an anti-skid pad is stuck to the topside of the treadle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Hsiang Ting Wang
  • Patent number: 8231134
    Abstract: A vehicle pedal includes a main pedal and a cover. The main pedal has a supporting surface, a groove formed in the supporting surface, plural positioning bases located in the groove, and a through hole bored in each of the positioning bases. The cover has a grooved rail for being assembled in the groove. Plural screws have their heads confined in the grooved rail and their shanks extended out of the grooved rail into the through holes of the main pedal. A washer and a nut are mounted around each of the shanks. So with the heads of the screws restrained in the grooved rail and with the shanks of the screws inserted in the through holes, not only can the cover be quickly fixed on the main pedal, but also the screws can be hidden in the cover to achieve an aesthetic integral appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Li-Yueh Huang-Tsai
  • Patent number: 8152187
    Abstract: A roll formed step rail for a vehicle comprises an elongated rail body having two opposing edges which define a longitudinal channel. The channel receives a pinch clamp which is wider than the channel and has a fastening hole and an alignment means. The rail body is lowered onto the mounting surface of a mounting bracket adapted for rigid connection to a vehicle. The mounting surface defines another fastening hole and another portion of the alignment means. A fastener draws the pinch clamp and the mounting surface toward opposite sides of the opposing edges of the rail body. Because the pinch clamp spans the width of the channel and is aligned properly relative to the mounting surface, the rail body is secured between the clamp and the mounting surface by the tightened fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Iron Cross Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Crandall
  • Publication number: 20110309595
    Abstract: A vehicle pedal includes a main plastic pedal, a decoration, at least an adhesive sheet and an anti-slipping rubber plate, and a rack. The main plastic pedal has at least a pedal portion having plural small recesses respectively bored with a through hole. The decoration also has plural small recesses respectively bored with a through hole, and plural projections formed in the bottom to correspond to the small concaves. Plural positioning blocks are fitted in the through holes of the decoration. The adhesive sheet is glued between the pedaling portion of the decoration and the anti-slipping rubber plate, having plural through holes, with two sides coated with a glue layer. The anti-slipping rubber plate has plural positioning bars inserted through the through holes of the adhesive sheet to be restricted by the positioning blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Li-Yueh HUANG-TSAI
  • Publication number: 20110266766
    Abstract: A vehicle pedal includes a main pedal and a cover. The main pedal has a supporting surface, a groove formed in the supporting surface, plural positioning bases located in the groove, and a through hole bored in each of the positioning bases. The cover has a grooved rail for being assembled in the groove. Plural screws have their heads confined in the grooved rail and their shanks extended out of the grooved rail into the through holes of the main pedal. A washer and a nut are mounted around each of the shanks. So with the heads of the screws restrained in the grooved rail and with the shanks of the screws inserted in the through holes, not only can the cover be quickly fixed on the main pedal, but also the screws can be hidden in the cover to achieve an aesthetic integral appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Li-Yueh HUANG-TSAI
  • Patent number: 8016309
    Abstract: A running board assembly for mounting to a vehicle such as a truck includes an extruded running board body and a cover member. Advantageously the extruded running board body is made from an extrudable plastic and the cover member is advantageously made of a material having the desired exterior finish. The cover member may be metallic and have the appearance of a chrome or polished finish. The cover extends over the upper and outboard surface of the running board body to provide the desired appearance characteristics. The running board assembly is affixed to the vehicle by a plurality of mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Salflex Polymers Ltd.
    Inventors: David Flajnik, Timothy W. Chapman, Rimas Ciplijauskas, Changize Sadr
  • Patent number: 8011681
    Abstract: A vehicle side panel step structure includes a step, a mounting structure and a sub-side body panel. The mounting structure movably couples the step to the structural support for movement of the step between a retracted step position and an extended step position relative to a structural support of the vehicle. In the extended step position the step is approximately horizontally oriented relative to a main side body panel of the vehicle. A sub-side body panel is coupled to the mounting structure to move between a fascia mating position when the step is in the retracted step position and a non-fascia mating position when the step is in the extended step position. The sub-side body panel includes a contoured edge configured such that in the retracted step position the contoured edge of the sub-side body panel and a contoured edge of the main side body panel at least partially define the wheel well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Plavetich
  • Patent number: 8002299
    Abstract: A side foot board for a vehicle includes a plastic foot board formed thereon with a holding surface provided with at least one stepping member with plural grooves, and the plastic foot board has its underside disposed with a recessed surface. A decorative board mounted on the holding surface of the plastic foot board is provided with a stepping member at a location matching with the stepping member of the plastic foot board, the stepping member has plural grooves, and the decorative board further has its underside formed with projections at locations corresponding with the grooves of the stepping member of its own and fitting with the grooves of the stepping member of the plastic foot board. A rubber anti-skid board is fixed on the stepping member of the decorative board, and a support frame is secured on the recessed surface at the underside of the plastic foot board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Li-Yue Huang-Tsai
  • Patent number: 8002298
    Abstract: A vehicle with an elevated cab is provided with a power driven access step that is capable of being moved between an operating lower position and a raised stowage position. The step is carried by at least one telescopically collapsible tubular strut and an actuator is housed within the strut for raising and lowering the step by extending and contracting the strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Peter Casbolt, Vince Ellis, Jim Callan
  • Publication number: 20110181012
    Abstract: A step assembly for a vehicle comprising an elongated main body having a substantially straight portion and two end portions; a generally U-shaped step bar having a substantially straight portion parallel to the main body and two bent portions, the bent portions welded to the main body and a step surface having a plurality of apertures that is affixed to the step bar to provide traction to the user. The main body is preferably welded to at least one support bracket. The installation of the step assembly is a two step process that comprises engageably attaching at least one mounting bracket to a vehicle and then engageably attaching the support bracket, which is preferably welded to the main body, to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Ron Storer
  • Patent number: 7946604
    Abstract: A roll formed step rail for a vehicle comprises an elongated rail body including a continuous rail wall of substantially uniform thickness. The rail wall describes a continuous cross-sectional profile between two elongated free edges, the cross-sectional profile of the rail being substantially uniform along the length of the rail body. The cross-sectional profile of the rail body includes a relatively flat top portion disposed between a substantially semi-circular front curved portion and a substantially quarter-circular rear curved portion. A rear mounting lip extends forward from the rear curved portion to one of the elongated free edges. A front mounting lip extends upward and then rearwards from the front curved portion to another of the elongated free edges. The elongated free edges are generally in line with one another, but spaced apart to define a longitudinal channel therebetween having a predetermined width. The rail body is formed from a sheet of material by a process of roll forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Iron Cross Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Crandall
  • Patent number: 7909344
    Abstract: An adjustable vehicle step that attaches to the vehicle's frame or body via a downward facing c-channel that extends longitudinally along the lower edge of the side of the vehicle. One or more step assemblies can be attached to the c-channel so that the step assemblies extend outward and downward from under the vehicle. The step assemblies are attachable along the length of the c-channel, making the step assemblies adjustable longitudinally relative to the vehicle so that they can be positioned below the doors of the vehicle. The supporting c-channel is hidden from view by a decorative side bar that attaches to the exposed side of the c-channel making the step assemblies appear to be supported by the decorative side bar. The step assemblies used with the step can be made of various lengths and heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Iron Cross Automotive, Inc
    Inventor: Troy Don Bundy
  • Patent number: 7896374
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an assembly, including a structural member and an appearance feature formed therealong, is provided utilizing first and second molds. The method includes the steps of: injecting magnesium into the first mold to form the structural member; removing the structural member from the first mold; placing the structural member in the second mold; and injecting thermoplastic material into the second mold to overmold the appearance feature along a portion of the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Kuntze, Timothy O'Brien, Steven Giles
  • Patent number: 7731212
    Abstract: A step assembly for a vehicle comprising an elongated main body having a substantially straight portion and two end portions; a generally U-shaped step bar having a substantially straight portion parallel to the main body and two bent portions, the bent portions welded to the main body and a step surface having a plurality of apertures that is affixed to the step bar to provide traction to the user. The main body is preferably welded to at least one support bracket. The installation of the step assembly is a two step process that comprises engagably attaching at least one mounting bracket to a vehicle and then engagably attaching the support bracket, which is preferably welded to the main body, to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Xtreme Metal Fab., Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Storer
  • Patent number: 7722067
    Abstract: A vehicle running step formed of an elongate tube, the tube having an opening therethrough with a plurality of spaced apart tread plates mounted within the opening. The spaced apart tread plates form a non-slip self-cleaning step area along the tube. Dirt, debris, snow and ice can pass between the spaced apart tread plates to increase overall safety of the device. Furthermore, the spaced apart tread plates are aesthetically pleasing and relatively simple to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jesse W. Stoops
  • Patent number: 7717444
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting entry into high road clearance vehicles having a generally cylindrical side bar adapted for attachment to a vehicle chassis, one or more U-shaped cylindrical bars attached to and suspended from said bar comprised of two end portions and a center bar. The U-shaped bars may be of tubular construction and have a flat surface and are preferably angled from the side bar at an angle of approximately 45 degrees and each U-shaped bar has end portions that meet the center bar at an angle of approximately 0 to 45 degrees. The side bar may be attached to any of a variety of chassis designs and may have a plurality of steps at the doors and at or near the back of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Fichter
  • Patent number: 7677583
    Abstract: A bracket assembly including a plurality of components attached along a hem line, a plurality of attachment points along the hem line, a first bracket, and a second bracket. The first bracket connects to the plurality of components at at least one of the plurality of attachment points, and supports a longitudinal load applied to at least one of the plurality of components. The second bracket connects to the plurality of components, and supports a lateral load applied to at least one of the plurality of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Magna International, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford D. Armstrong, Rudolph A. Schrempf
  • Patent number: 7637518
    Abstract: A utility ramp having a latching feature to attach the utility ramp to steps mounted on the side of a vehicle. The latching feature provides a means for securing the utility ramp to the steps and allows the utility ramp to be used as a vehicle running board. Further, the utility ramp may include one or more jointed segments to allow the utility ramp to approximate a curved ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: John T. Adair
  • Publication number: 20090295117
    Abstract: In an anti-slip device for heavy construction equipment equipped with a plurality of ventilation holes and installed in one side of an equipment body, an anti-slip device for heavy construction equipment comprises a slip prevention plate which includes a support groove curved with a certain interval and disposed closer to the ventilation holes, and a fixing hole which passes through the support groove; and an anti-vibration stopper which includes a head part mounted on an upper side of the fixing hole, and a support part which supports a lower side of the fixing hole, and contacts with the upper surface of the equipment body and the support part, respectively. The anti-slip device for heavy construction equipment can reliably maintain an interval between a slip prevention plate and an equipment body with the help of an anti-vibration stopper for thereby effectively absorbing the weights and vibrations applied to a slip prevention plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Taek Woo LEE
  • Patent number: 7607674
    Abstract: A manually retractable side step assembly for a vehicle includes a rotatable step having a latch mechanism and a spring system that work in concert to rotate the step from a stowed position to a deployed position. In a stowed position, the step is in line with the running board of the vehicle. However, depressing a release button automatically rotates the step 180°, thus exposing an enlarged step area for providing ease of access to a roof rack on a minivan, SUV, or sport wagon, or if used with a pick-up truck, ease of access to a toolbox that is located in the rear of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Magna International
    Inventor: Brad E. Watson
  • Patent number: 7537227
    Abstract: A side step for a vehicle has a forward projection that extends into the front fender well of a vehicle and a rearward projection that extends into the rear fender well of the vehicle. Quick release bolt type connectors retain the forward projection in the front fender well and retain the rear projection in the rear fender well such that the side step can be removed from the vehicle for off road driving by unthreading the retaining bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: John G. Polka
  • Publication number: 20090127816
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tractor which can easily perform maintenance of a pedal interlocking mechanism. In a tractor which includes a driver portion, a stepped portion mounted on the driver portion in an extending manner, and a pedal interlocking mechanism arranged below the stepped portion, a maintenance-use opening portion is formed in the stepped portion, and the maintenance-use opening portion is closed by an open/close lid body in an openable manner. Due to such a constitution, In maintaining the pedal link mechanism, the lid is opened to expose the opening so that the pedal link mechanism can be easily maintained through the maintenance-use opening from above the stepped portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Yozo Oka, Nobuaki Takahashi, Katsuzo Kato
  • Patent number: 7513518
    Abstract: A rocker molding-step (14) for a vehicle body side assembly (12) includes one or more support brackets (30), an elongated molding-step (28), a series of fasteners (74), and an appliqué (76). The fasteners (74) attach molding-step (28) and support brackets (30) to an outboard surface (18) of vehicle body side assembly (12), with the support brackets (30) sandwiched between the molding-step (28) and the body side assembly (12). The molding-step (28) has a stepped surface (72) receiving the fasteners (74). The appliqué (76) is attached to molding-step (28) and covers the fasteners (74). The molding-step (28) is a single-piece blow-molded construction, which covers the vehicle body side assembly (12) and provides a foothold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mayville, David Boucard, Michael Freeman
  • Patent number: 7513519
    Abstract: An adjustable footwear cleaning apparatus includes a rectangular base, a plurality of spikes protruding from a surface of the base, a carpet that is sized to fit on the base and is perforated to allow the free ends of the spikes to protrude when the carpet is installed, and a mechanism for attaching the apparatus to a running board. The mechanism may include a plurality of straps or horizontally or vertically adjustable clamps adapted to adjustably secure the base to a vehicle step or running board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: David L. Sharpe
  • Patent number: 7469915
    Abstract: An access assembly to approach a first storage tank and an adjacent second storage tank of a planting implement is provided. The first and second storage tanks are mounted on a wheeled frame assembly for movement in a direction of travel. The access assembly includes a ramp having a first end opposite a second end aligned in a fore-and-aft direction relative to the direction of travel of the implement. The first end of the ramp is pivotally attached about a first horizontal axis relative to the wheeled frame assembly. The access assembly further includes a ladder pivotally coupled about a second horizontal axis at the second end of the ramp. The ladder and the ramp pivot together about the first horizontal axis at the first end of the ramp between a raised and a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: CNH America, LLC
    Inventors: Rodney S. Horn, Sajid Nanlawala
  • Patent number: 7461852
    Abstract: The invention includes a step device for assisting entry into and/or exit from a vehicle such as, for example, high road clearance truck. The step device comprises a generally “W” shaped bar which is separable into said two generally “U” shaped elements for easier packaging, shipping and manipulation of the device. Each of the “U” shaped elements include a cross-bar fixedly attached between, and spanning across, an interior of the generally “U” shaped element. The cross-bars are configured for separately mounting to the vehicle such that the generally “U” shaped elements are independently supported and the generally “U” shaped elements may be adjustable to multiple angles with respect to said vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Performance Automotive Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Richardson, Kevin Baker
  • Patent number: 7416202
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting entry into high road clearance vehicles having a generally cylindrical side bar adapted for attachment to a vehicle chassis, one or more U-shaped cylindrical bars attached to and suspended from said bar comprised of two end portions and a center bar. The U-shaped bars may be of tubular construction and have a flat surface and are preferably angled from the side bar at an angle of approximately 45 degrees and each U-shaped bar has end portions that meet the center bar at an angle of approximately 0 to 45 degrees. The side bar may be attached to any of a variety of chassis designs and may have a plurality of steps at the doors and at or near the back of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas Fichter
  • Patent number: 7380806
    Abstract: A vehicle step tube comprising a one-piece elongated extrusion having a plurality of vertical ribs extending from the upper surface. The ribs are relatively short in a step portion of the extrusion to form a step platform. The ribs are relatively tall in the non-step portions flanking the step portion. The ribs define transverse recesses in the step portion to enhance traction and aesthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Steffens Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig C. Mulder