Attachment Patents (Class 280/727)
  • Patent number: 10307634
    Abstract: A portable fitness device and methods of preparing the portable fitness device for use are described. The portable fitness device provides a stable and safe yet portable platform for performing resistance exercises in a variety of remote outdoor and indoor locations. Some versions of the portable fitness device include a bar clamped to an adjustable vertical attachment, so that a user can perform pull-up exercises from the bar. Some versions of the device include a bar rack for supporting a barbell loaded with weight plates. The portable fitness device may be coupled to a standard hitch receiver or other support and can be readily transported and used in a wide variety or outdoor and indoor settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan James Young
  • Patent number: 9815417
    Abstract: A media system for a vehicle comprises a housing mounted to an overhead portion of the vehicle, and a media unit that is capable of being coupled to the housing, wherein the housing includes a receiving portion that pivots with respect to the housing and receives the media unit in the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: David M. Shalam, Joseph C. Caltabiano, George C. Schedivy, James R. Tranchina
  • Patent number: 9676303
    Abstract: A car seat and base with a locking mechanism are disclosed, in which the locking mechanism is mounted on the base, and a release mechanism is mounted on the car seat. The locking mechanism comprises a hooking element can be rotated to a locked position for retaining the car seat to the base, and to a release position to release the car seat from the base. The release mechanism comprises a release actuator and a plectrum follower. The release actuator is operatively mounted on the car seat, and the plectrum follower is associated with the release actuator for rotating the hooking element from the locked position to the release position, so as to permitting a user to release the car seat from the base by operating of the release actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile (Zhongshan) Product Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Chung Hou, Chin-Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 9457757
    Abstract: A mounting member to be mounted to an obverse side of a cover part arranged at a central portion of a steering wheel includes corner parts 31a, 31b, 31c, and 31d having hook parts 36-3, 36-4, 36-5, and 36-6 protruding from their reverse sides, the hook parts 36-3, 36-4, 36-5, and 36-6 being capable of interlocking with holes formed at the cover part. The hook parts 36-3, 36-4, 36-5, and 36-6 are arranged at narrow parts 37a and 37b between a contour 33 of the mounting member 30 and openings 35a and 35b formed along the contour 33.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Takumi Kawabe, Shuhei Fujiwara, Keisuke Onohara, Kouhei Nagashima
  • Patent number: 9242615
    Abstract: An automated vision inspection system detects whether a cushion of a side curtain airbag assembly system is twisted. The cushion is provided a plurality of markings arrayed along a longitudinal extent of the cushion. Each marking can be defined by a group of four distinct characters or indicia. Each indicium can be defined by polygonal shaped pixels which allow the inspection system to find clear edges of the marking and thereby determine marking orientation. By determining orientation, the inspection system can compare the inspected marking to a master image of the marking to determine if the cushion is in a twisted state or non-twisted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James Wesley Adams, Alec Peter Bacon
  • Patent number: 9132751
    Abstract: An adjustable vehicle seat includes a seat track, a seat base, a backrest, and a remote damping system. The remote damping system includes a housing and a damping element disposed within the housing. A traction cable has a sheath with a first end and a second end, and a wire with a first end and a second end. The first end of the sheath is fixed with respect to the housing and the first end of the cable is coupled to the damping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: LEGGETT & PLATT CANADA CO.
    Inventors: Eugene John Ficyk, Derek Scott Hrabovsky
  • Patent number: 8998293
    Abstract: An airflow control device is mounted to the front end of an automotive vehicle and includes an upper air scoop section having a scoop channel disposed rearward of a bumper assembly and oriented to direct airflow entering a bumper intake opening toward an air-receiving powertrain component. A lower air dam section extends downwardly from the upper section to be positioned below a lower extent of the bumper assembly to deflect airflow away from an underside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Brian Glickman
  • Publication number: 20150028569
    Abstract: Protective covering bags for handlebars for vehicles such as motorcycle as the like, which allows the vehicle to be operated while the bags are in place over the handlebars. Specifically, a covering apparatus for protecting the handlebars and handlebar controls of a handlebar-controlled vehicle, comprising: a left-handed covering comprising a left handlebar opening thereof, sized to fit over and enclose a left handlebar of the vehicle and any controls on the left handlebar; and a right-handed covering comprising a right-handlebar opening thereof, sized to fit over and enclose a right handlebar of the vehicle and any controls on the right handlebar; wherein: the left and right handlebar coverings are similar but are not identical, possessing opposite handedness from one another; and the left and right handlebar coverings comprise a weatherproof or weather-resistant material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Sharp
  • Publication number: 20150021883
    Abstract: A number of variations include a wheel stabilizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Roselli, Mark J. Mcguire, Vincent R. Gonzales, Daniel K. Davis, Edward D. Moss
  • Publication number: 20150001833
    Abstract: A transition means for adapting a wheelchair is disclosed wherein a user or an occupant of the wheelchair is enabled to repeatably alternate the wheelchair between an original mode and an adapted mode by engaging and disengaging a unilaterally-connected adaptive implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen C. Golden, JR.
  • Patent number: 8915517
    Abstract: An apparatus that mounts in a horizontal disposition on the frame member(s) of a knee scooter for the transportation of goods between locations. The apparatus is a generally rectangular main body member having recesses in the top surface thereof of various shapes for the lodging of articles in the recesses for the retention thereof during the operation of the knee scooter. Straps are provided for the retention of articles that are not disposed in the recesses, but instead will rest on the top surface of the apparatus, such as books or a newspaper for carrying same from place #1 to place #2. The apparatus is removably mounted to the frame member(s) of the scooter by medium size spring type grip clips or a clamp formed form a bar held by machine screws. Anti-torque attachments mountable facing forward are also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Mark C. Jacobs, Gino Romeo Tofanelli
  • Patent number: 8794660
    Abstract: An assist handle for assisting an operator with climbing on to, or off of, a ground maintenance vehicle such as a mower, and a ground maintenance vehicle incorporating the same. The assist handle includes, in one embodiment, a grip portion movable between a deployed position, wherein the grip portion is positioned at a deployed elevation configured to assist the operator with ingress to, or egress from, a platform such as a seat; and a stowed position, wherein the grip portion is positioned at a stowed elevation lower than the deployed elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Dale A. Stover, Todd A. Porter
  • Publication number: 20140210195
    Abstract: A vehicle has a frame, at least three wheels, a motor, a cockpit area, and a seat. The seat has a seat base and a backrest and is movable along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle between first and second positions. The first position is closer to a front of the vehicle than the second position. A lateral restraining member is fixed to the seat on one side of the seat. At least a portion of the lateral restraining member is disposed higher than the seat base and forward of the backrest. The lateral restraining member is movable with the seat between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Daniel NADEAU, Dany ST-PIERRE, Didier DUBOIS
  • Patent number: 8706361
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selectively activating a gravity down mode of a hydraulic system during operation of a lift gate. An electronic control circuit is added to hydraulic control circuitry and is configured to selectively interrupt the power down mode or gravity down mode of operation of the hydraulic system based on either a manual input (override) or a sensed condition and switch to the other mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: RS Drawings, LLC
    Inventor: Karapet Ablabutyan
  • Publication number: 20140084569
    Abstract: A safety apparatus (10) includes a frame unit (12) placed on a surface (102). A cable (62) is mounted around a pulley (60) rotatably mounted to the frame unit (12) about a rotation axis (58). A slide (90) is slideably mounted to the frame unit (12) along a slide axis (92) at a non-parallel angle to the rotation axis (58) and movable between upper and lower positions. The cable (62) is attached between the slide (90) and a worker (100) on the surface (102). A biasing member (110) is mounted between the slide (90) and the frame unit (12) and biases the slide (90) from the lower position to the upper position. An engaging member (120) is mounted to the slide (90) to move therewith. The engaging member (120) is above the surface (102) when the slide (90) is in the upper position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Garlock Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Stoffels, James G. Sidla
  • Patent number: 8678426
    Abstract: An inlet, positioned to access the flow of air passing around and under a moving vehicle, draws in air which is conveyed through a duct and discharged to cool a brake on a vehicle. The inlet has a closure so that access of cooling air may be denied when the brake temperature is less than a predetermined temperature and opened only when the brake temperature exceeds that predetermined temperature. The closure is operated by a temperature-operated actuator. In embodiments the actuator may be suitably positioned to sense a temperature representative of the brake temperature and to incorporate a thermally activated phase change, active or smart material preselected to operate the inlet closure when the sensed brake temperature exceeds the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan L. Browne, Tadge J. Juechter, Nancy L. Johnson, Paul W. Alexander, Xiujie Gao, Richard J. Skurkis, Kirk D. Bennion
  • Patent number: 8662405
    Abstract: A transportation trailer having a moving floor including a plurality of reciprocating slats for loading/unloading materials into the trailer. The trailer includes a system for warming the moving floor when the materials transported in the trailer freeze on the slats in cold weather. Using the pre-existing hollow structure of the slats, a stream of hot fluid or a hot fluid pipe is run inside the slats for thawing the frozen materials for unloading the trailer. The hot fluid may be provided from a hot fluid source on board of the trailer, for thawing the frozen materials while the trailer is on its way to the unloading site, or may be provided separately at the unloading site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Titan Trailers, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kloepfer
  • Patent number: 8636299
    Abstract: A ballast system provided herein includes: a ballast including: a first recessed bottom portion; a second recessed bottom portion; a sump portion between the first and second portion, the sump portion configured to extend downward past the first and second recessed bottom portions; and a machine comprising a ballast holding area, the ballast holding area including: a channel configured to receive a ballast; a first cantilevered lip; and a second cantilevered lip spaced apart from the first cantilevered lip, the first and second cantilevered lips configured to hold the ballast in place there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Tim J. Lindholm
  • Patent number: 8567812
    Abstract: A configuration is provided for fastening a liquid container in an engine compartment of a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to a liquid container and a fastening holder, using which the liquid container is fastened on the vehicle body of the motor vehicle, the liquid container being situated so it is displaceable on the fastening holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Gevriye Uenver
  • Patent number: 8557375
    Abstract: A thermoplastic film for airbag covers contains a cover layer and a foam layer. The cover layer is made of at least two layers, having an outer layer and an inner layer, and an elongation at tear of the inner layer of the cover layer and of the foamed layer is considerably less than the elongation at tear of the outer layer of the cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Benecke-Kaliko AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Bühring, Katja Fischer, Völker Hülsewede, Jürgen Marquardt, Hartmut Harnisch
  • Patent number: 8550417
    Abstract: A retaining system for an articulating support hook held in snap-in relation to a support surface underlying a vehicle headliner. The support hook assembly includes a hook member which is adapted to pivot between open and closed positions as desired. The hook assembly is stable in both the open and the closed positions and is not reliant upon internal springs for operation. The retaining system for the support hook assembly is not dependent upon screws or other attachment elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Joel R. Lee, Robert L. Charlton, Dion Harris
  • Patent number: 8528915
    Abstract: A self-propelled vehicle comprises a frame and a platform pivotally mountable to a rear portion of the vehicle frame. The platform is pivotally movable between a first position in which the platform extends generally horizontally from the rear portion of the frame to support a rider during operation of the vehicle, and a second position in which the platform is removably secured in a generally upright position adjacent the rear portion of the frame to enable walk-behind operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce E. Kallevig
  • Patent number: 8521370
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selectively activating a gravity down mode of a hydraulic system during operation of a lift gate. An electronic control circuit is added to hydraulic control circuitry and is configured to selectively interrupt the power down mode or gravity down mode of operation of the hydraulic system based on either a manual input (override) or a sensed condition and switch to the other mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: RS Drawings, LLC
    Inventor: Karapet Ablabutyan
  • Patent number: 8474561
    Abstract: A quad-bike vehicle (10) having a chassis (12), four wheels (14) rotatably mounted on the chassis (12), an engine (16) for driving at least two of the wheels (14), a seat (18) for a user, a handlebar (20) for steering at least two of the wheels (14), a tow-hitch (22), and a carrier device (24) for mounting on the tow-hitch (22). The carrier device (24) has a foldable platform (26), a back (28), and a tow-hitch attachment element (32) for releasable attachment to the tow-hitch (22). The platform (26) is foldable towards the back (28) to adopt a storage condition, and is foldable down to adopt an in use condition. Preferably, the platform (26) and the back (28) are both planar or substantially planar so that, when folded together, the platform (26) and the back (28) lie in parallel or substantially parallel with each other. With the platform folded down, the carrier device is spaced from the ground. A carrier device (24) which is specifically adapted for a quad-bike vehicle (10) is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: William Allingham
  • Publication number: 20130161928
    Abstract: A ballast system provided herein includes: a ballast including: a first recessed bottom portion; a second recessed bottom portion; a sump portion between the first and second portion, the sump portion configured to extend downward past the first and second recessed bottom portions; and a machine comprising a ballast holding area, the ballast holding area including: a channel configured to receive a ballast; a first cantilevered lip; and a second cantilevered lip spaced apart from the first cantilevered lip, the first and second cantilevered lips configured to hold the ballast in place there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Tim J. Lindholm
  • Patent number: 8424628
    Abstract: A SEGWAY adapted with a mechanism to manually override the rider detection mechanical sensors to allow a golfer to choose to ride or not ride the SEGWAY while playing golf. A handle attachment extends outwardly enabling the golfer to manually steer and thus control the speed and direction of the SEGWAY while not riding the SEGWAY. The golfer can ride, walk, or run as desired in unison with the improved SEGWAY. A wireless controller and steering mechanism allow the golfer to remotely operate and control the speed and direction of the SEGWAY.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher W. Schade
  • Patent number: 8414013
    Abstract: A housing structure for an in-vehicle electronic device is provided. A case body includes a top panel and a side wall continuously and integrally formed at a side edge of the top panel. The case body is configured to accommodate a control board therein. A plurality of brackets outwardly projects and extends from the side wall of the case body. The brackets are fixed to an attachment portion of a vehicle body. A plurality of reinforcement ribs are integrally formed between the brackets and the side wall of the case body at a position lower than the control board in a state where the case body is mounted on the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Takeshi Koyama
  • Patent number: 8382060
    Abstract: A component to be mounted on a vehicle includes a housing, a pair of component mounting passages, defined in the housing, aligning with a pair of respective vehicle mounting passages when the component is any of a plurality of orientations with respect to the vehicle, and a component orientation element, on the housing. The component orientation element cooperates with a vehicle orientation element only when the component is in one of the plurality of orientations with respect to the vehicle. A hub on the component orientation element acts to tune the component orientation element for attenuating vibration received by the component orientation element from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Craig S. Haehn, Christopher J. Polmear, Timothy J. Frashure, Daniel P. Zula
  • Publication number: 20130020786
    Abstract: An accessory for attachment to a wheeled vehicle such as a bicycle includes a body portion and a mounting portion. The mounting portion has a V-shaped groove for receiving a wide range of shapes and sizes of frame tubing, wheel hubs, and the like. The groove has first and second portions separated by a notch to engage curved tubing with at least two contacts. A pair of cable ties secures the accessory to the tubing or the hub. A plurality of interchangeable mounting portions can be provided for mounting the accessory to the bicycle in different orientations. When a light is secured to a wheel, the accessory can be a battery holder secured to the hub on an opposite side of the hub from the light to offset weight of the light. The wheel can be balanced with proper radial positioning of the light and the battery holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Dan Goldwater
  • Publication number: 20130001928
    Abstract: A method for use in an automobile includes the steps of: providing an inflatable device having a shell formed of an airtight, flexible and insulated material that is specifically sized and configured to fill a volume of space within a lower rear interior compartment of the automobile behind the front seats and below the level of a plane extending between the top of the front seats and a bottom edge of the rear window of the automobile; installing the inflatable device within the rear compartment of the automobile; inflating the device and causing the device to completely fill the lower rear interior compartment; reducing the interior air space within the automobile and preventing circulated air of the automobile's climate control system from circulating into the lower rear interior compartment, thereby improving the efficiency of the climate control system and fuel efficiency of the automobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Miles R. Panaro
  • Patent number: 8286976
    Abstract: A self-propelled vehicle comprises a frame and a platform pivotally mountable to a rear portion of the vehicle frame. The platform is pivotally movable between a first position in which the platform extends generally horizontally from the rear portion of the frame to support a rider during operation of the vehicle, and a second position in which the platform is removably secured in a generally upright position adjacent the rear portion of the frame to enable walk-behind operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Bruce E. Kallevig
  • Patent number: 8276920
    Abstract: A Carpet slider for baby strollers has a flexible mat on top of which a stroller is placed. A pair of straps curl up the front and the back of the mat. The straps are configured so that, depending upon the way a particular stroller is built, they are joined, from back to front, either on the outside or the inside of the frame holding the wheels so that they are securedly held in place and cannot slide off. A pair of rigid member for anchoring the straps and give structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis Clapp
  • Patent number: 8235849
    Abstract: A combined chain guide and chain ring protector for a bicycle for off-road use having a lower bracket sleeve, a chain ring around which a drive chain extends and a chain ring outer radius. The protector includes a mounting bracket secured at the lower bracket sleeve and a guard mounted thereto. An outer edge of the guard extends beyond the outer radius of the chain ring, thereby protecting a portion of the chain ring from inadvertent impacts. The chain guide extends from the mounting bracket along a path of the drive chain, and preferably includes an upper guide having an inner barrier positioned inboard of the bicycle chain an outer barrier positioned outboard of the inner barrier and an upper barrier positioned above the bicycle chain for preventing the chain from derailing from the chain ring in an upward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Eko Sport, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan K. Cranston, James K. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20120049012
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for managing operations on a peripheral surface of a building. The system includes one or more cables wrapped around the peripheral surface of the building. Further, the system includes one or more wheeled devices capable of moving on the peripheral surface of the building. The one or more wheeled devices are operatively connected to the one or more cables. The one or more wheeled devices and the one or more cables are capable of moving on the peripheral surface of the building as an assembly. In addition, one or more instances of the assembly are operatively connected to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: KING ABDUL AZIZ CITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mazan A. Ba-abbad, Fahad Hassan Saeed Almalki
  • Publication number: 20120049487
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for breaking rear window (1) of a vehicle, said device being comprising an actuation system (3), normally housed in a sleeping or rest position within a space which is inner with respect to said vehicle rear window (1), and that can be actuated, following a collision or accident involving said vehicle, a closure element (4) for said space housing said actuation system (3), provided between the latter and the rear window (1), said closure element (4) having a pin (5) for breaking the rear window (1), said actuation system (3), after its activation, striking said closure element (4), making it moving, along with said at least one pin (5), toward said rear window (1), said actuation system (3) and said closure element (4) travelling with the same speed until the end of the stroke of the actuation system (3), said stroke ending before the actuation system contacts the rear window (1), said closure element (4), along with said at least one pin (5), further prosecuting its stroke u
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: MASERATI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Federico Landini, Pierluigi Paciarelli
  • Patent number: 8122925
    Abstract: An injury protection device for attachment over foot rest brackets on the front legs of a wheelchair includes a generally rectangular main body having an outer case constructed of a durable soft fabric material and defining a top side and a bottom side. An interior pocket formed between the top side and bottom side of the outer case is filled with a central core of premium densified batting sandwiched between upper and lower layers of polyester batting. An arrangement of tacking stitches made from the top side to the bottom side of the outer case increase flexibility of the main body and provide bend points to promote contoured wrapping of the main body around the front leg and foot rest brackets on a wheelchair, while also stabilizing the batting material fillers. A pair of straps extend from a side of the main body and include a component of a hook and loop fastener on one side for relaseable attachment with a mating component of a hook and loop fastener on the exterior top side of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventors: Pamela A. Lane, Donald Pease
  • Patent number: 8113535
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety system for motor vehicles having sensor devices for detecting an accident and an apparatus for reinforcing a carrying construction (1) of a motor-vehicle roof (6), in particular the A, B or C column of the motor vehicle, which protrudes beyond a lower edge of a window opening (4), in which an inflatable reinforcing element (2) is deployed which is fastened to the carrying construction (1) and can be filled with gas via a gas generator (3) if corresponding sensor data are present. The invention also relates to a carrying construction (1) per se.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Bengt Pipkorn
  • Patent number: 8096581
    Abstract: A convertible motor vehicle with at least two vehicle seating rows and with at least two side doors is provided. A respectively associated door column is arranged in between the doors, and an active rollover protection system is provided in the region thereof. The door columns end upwards in the region of an associated waistline of the motor vehicle, and the rollover protection system is at least substantially arranged below the waistline of the motor vehicle in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jan Gaertner, Thomas Meier, Juergen Schrader, Andreas Zygan
  • Patent number: 8079605
    Abstract: A self-propelled vehicle comprises a frame and a platform pivotally mountable to a rear portion of the vehicle frame. The platform is pivotally movable between a first position in which the platform extends generally horizontally from the rear portion of the frame to support a rider during operation of the vehicle, and a second position in which the platform is removably secured in a generally upright position adjacent the rear portion of the frame to enable walk-behind operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Bruce E. Kallevig
  • Patent number: 8071184
    Abstract: A hood ornament includes a circular base plate having a bolt extending from the lower surface that is inserted through a hole formed in the vehicle hood; a locking nut is attached to the bolt to tightly anchor the base plate to the hood. An ornament member includes a sight mounted on a foundation having a key latch depending therefrom that releasably seats within a keyed receptacle formed in the base plate. The foundation includes an oblique lower surface to assure that the sight extends at a discrete angle relative to the base plate when the ornament is secured thereto. Accordingly, if the base plate is mounted on a downwardly-sloped surface, the sight will be substantially vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: James W. Dodt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8043683
    Abstract: A thermoplastic film for the interior paneling of motor vehicles has a top layer with a structured surface layer and a foamed layer on the underside and with indentations or material weak points introduced on the reverse side. The top layer has a residual thickness of at least 35% in the region of the indentations and the foamed layer has a thickness between 15 and 50% of the density of the compact top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Benecke-Kaliko AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Bühring, Jürgen Marquardt
  • Publication number: 20110210531
    Abstract: A detachable tray accessory for a stroller secured by a left and right side member or lock housing member each containing a detachable attaching means that attaches to and releases from a corresponding lock receiver on the stroller assembly or stroller seat. The detachable tray accessory of the present invention preferably includes a support bar for supporting the shape and weight of a flat surface tray removably attachable to the support bar. Alternatively, the detachable tray accessory is utilized with a removable carry handle of the stroller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: TRAY VOUS LLC
    Inventor: Lauren A. Moore
  • Patent number: 7958961
    Abstract: A SEGWAY adapted with a mechanism to manually override the rider detection mechanical sensors to allow a golfer to choose to ride or not ride the SEGWAY while playing golf. A handle attachment extends outwardly enabling the golfer to manually steer and thus control the speed and direction of the SEGWAY while not riding the SEGWAY. The golfer can ride, walk, or run as desired in unison with the improved SEGWAY. A rider detection override mechanism is positioned under each existing step pad. A counterweight is placed at the rear of the SEGWAY to balance the SEGWAY when there is no rider present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher W. Schade
  • Patent number: 7954838
    Abstract: A user propelled golf cart includes a frame having front and rear ends. A seat, pedal, and front wheel are operatively coupled to the frame. A plurality of rear wheels are rotatably coupled to the frame rear end to rotate about a common imaginary axis. The pedals operatively rotate at least one wheel about an imaginary axis. A tub is configured to receive a golf bag. A storage rack includes a first section configured to be removably coupled to the frame rear end, a second section configured to be removably coupled to the frame between the front and rear ends, and a support leg. The front wheel is raised above the rear wheels when the first section is coupled to the frame rear end, the second section is coupled to the frame, and the support leg contacts a ground surface or a receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: John C. Long
  • Publication number: 20110049820
    Abstract: A Carpet slider for baby strollers has a flexible mat on top of which a stroller is placed. A pair of straps curl up the front and the back of the mat. The straps are configured so that, depending upon the way a particular stroller is built, they are joined, from back to front, either on the outside or the inside of the frame holding the wheels so that they are securedly held in place and cannot slide off. A pair of rigid member for anchoring the straps and give structural integrity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis Clapp
  • Patent number: 7887092
    Abstract: A harpoon breaching tool that allows security officers, SWAT teams, police, firemen, soldiers, or others to forcibly breach metal doors or walls very quickly (in a few seconds), without explosives. The harpoon breaching tool can be mounted to a vehicle's standard receiver hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Pacheco, Steven E. Highland
  • Publication number: 20110011222
    Abstract: The mobile CNC cutting machine is a mobile automated CNC cutting machine for rapid set-up on a remote job site. The machine is particularly well suited to cut metal materials, and is built on a mobile structure for easy transporting to the job site ready for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Garrie Brian Bales
  • Publication number: 20100322373
    Abstract: A mobile scanner is disclosed and may include a frame. A front axle and a rear axle may be attached to the frame. The front axle may include a first tire/wheel assembly mounted thereon and a second tire/wheel assembly mounted thereon. Further, the rear axle may include a first tire/wheel assembly mounted thereon and a second tire/wheel assembly mounted thereon. Moreover, a cab may be mounted on the frame and a body may be mounted on the frame adjacent to the cab. A volumetric document scanner may be disposed within the body. The volumetric document scanner may be configured to use x-ray computed tomography in order to scan documents and create a three-dimensional data set representing the documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: John Eric Churilla
  • Publication number: 20100307240
    Abstract: It is an object, in a wheel attachment unit holding a rotary encoder externally attached to a wheel, to certainly acquire an encoder output signal obtained from a rotating shaft of a tire, by reducing an occurrence of a bending deformation or breakage of a unit component (e.g., shaft) occurred during a vehicle run and making the encoder function normally. A shaft, through which there is passed a cable for outputting a measurement result of the encoder whose rotating shaft is connected to the wheel, is arranged offset from the axle center by a predetermined amount and is held by a bracket attached to the vehicle, to be movable in the up and down direction. Alternatively, a holder for holding a stator of the encoder is attached to the body of the vehicle, by a rotary linkage mechanism to hold rotatably with five degrees of rotational freedom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naotoshi Tezuka, Kouichi Kiyotaki
  • Publication number: 20100294846
    Abstract: A transportation trailer having a moving floor including a plurality of reciprocating slats for loading/unloading materials into the trailer. The trailer includes a system for warming the moving floor when the materials transported in the trailer freeze on the slats in cold weather. Using the pre-existing hollow structure of the slats, a stream of hot fluid or a hot fluid pipe is run inside the slats for thawing the frozen materials for unloading the trailer. The hot fluid may be provided from a hot fluid source on board of the trailer, for thawing the frozen materials while the trailer is on its way to the unloading site, or may be provided separately at the unloading site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Kloepfer