Inflatable Passenger Restraint Or Confinement (e.g., Air Bag) Or Attachment Patents (Class 280/728.1)
  • Patent number: 10766445
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a housing and an airbag supported by the housing. A sheet includes a first end fixed relative to the housing and a second end. A reinforcement is elongated on the sheet. The sheet is deployable below the airbag with the second end free from the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Huelke, Eric Axel Smitterberg
  • Patent number: 10752199
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle airbags for occupants in rear-facing seats. An example vehicle includes an instrument panel, a rear-facing seat adjacent the instrument panel and including a seatback and a headrest, and an airbag including a lower portion and an upper portion. When undeployed, the airbag is stored in the instrument panel. When the airbag deploys, the lower portion presses onto a back of the seatback and the upper portion presses onto a back of the headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Huipeng Chen, Robert William McCoy, Agnes S. Kim, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 10744968
    Abstract: An airbag device for a driver may include: a plate mounted in a steering wheel; an inflator inserted into the plate; a damper coupled to the plate and the inflator so as to reduce vibration of the inflator; a cage covering the inflator, and mounted on the plate; and a gasket coupled to the cage so as to prevent leakage of the gas provided from the inflator to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do Hyoung Kim, Kyu Sang Lee, Hae Kwon Park, Seok Hoon Ko
  • Patent number: 10699457
    Abstract: An object exterior to a vehicle can be detected, and an augmented image of the detected object can be output to a vehicle display device, wherein at least one of dimensions and a motion of the augmented image is adjusted based on an environmental condition and physical attribute of the detected object including at least one of a speed, an acceleration, a location, and a direction of the detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Shankar Mohan, Steven Joseph Szwabowski, John Ottavio Michelini
  • Patent number: 10618490
    Abstract: Disclosed is an occupant ankle protection apparatus for a vehicle. When an airbag cushion deploys, side portions support the fronts of both ankles of an occupant and a center portion is inserted between the ankles and supports the inner sides of the ankles. Accordingly, the apparatus is capable of preventing injury to the ankles of the occupant and preventing a secondary injury by allowing an occupant to escape from the vehicle after a vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yu Ji Son, Hyock In Kwon, Hyo Shub Shin, Bo Pil Seo
  • Patent number: 10596992
    Abstract: A variable control apparatus for an airbag of a vehicle includes: a plurality of tethers each of which having one side coupled to a front sheath among a plurality of sheaths of an airbag cushion, each of the plurality of tethers formed to have a length shorter than a distance between the front sheath and a rear sheath when the airbag cushion is fully deployed; a release mechanism provided at a rear sheath side of the airbag cushion, connected to the respective other sides of the plurality of tethers, and selectively releasing a tether among the plurality of tethers upon an operation of the release mechanism; and a controller configured to variably control a deployment shape of the airbag cushion by operating the release mechanism based on a collision direction of the vehicle, a seat state of a seat of the vehicle, or a sitting posture of a passenger in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jae Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10583801
    Abstract: An airbag comprises a textile substrate and a coating on at least a portion of the surface of the substrate. An airbag module comprises an airbag, a gas generator connected to the airbag, and a cover at least partially enclosing the airbag and the gas generator. A process for producing an airbag comprises the steps of providing a textile substrate, providing a coating composition, applying the coating composition to the substrate, and heating the textile substrate. A system for producing a filled, cross-linked silicone polymer comprises a first part and a second part. Each part comprises a polysiloxane compound and a plurality of filler particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventor: Ramesh Keshavaraj
  • Patent number: 10583855
    Abstract: A steering device for a vehicle having a steering wheel, a steering wheel hub or steering wheel spokes which are connected in a rotationally fixed manner to the steering wheel for transmission of a steering motion, a central part which is disposed in a stationary position with respect to the steering wheel in a central region defined by the steering wheel and which has a visible surface area in the central region formed predominantly by a screen display and wherein the screen display is an input/output device and is configured for control of at least one functionality of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Byton GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Toddenroth, Felipe Roo-Clefas, Wolfram Luchner
  • Patent number: 10549712
    Abstract: A method of folding a driver airbag that has a front airbag layer connected at least in portions to a rear airbag layer includes flatly spreading the airbag onto a support surface so that the front airbag layer comes to rest on the rear airbag layer. Each of an upper airbag portion and a lower airbag portion are zigzag folded multiple times in the direction of a transverse axis of the airbag. Each of a left-hand lateral airbag portion and a right-hand lateral airbag portion are furled in the direction of a longitudinal axis of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Angel Collazo Gomez, Ramon Bana Castro
  • Patent number: 10543803
    Abstract: An airbag base fabric satisfying characteristics A to D: (A) the cross-sectional deformation (WR), calculated by formula (1), of multifilament warp threads constituting a textile is 4.0 to 6.0, WR=(Major axis of warp thread cross section in textile)/(Minor axis of warp thread cross section in textile)??(1) (B) the cross-sectional deformation (FR), calculated by formula (2), of multifilament weft threads constituting the textile is 2.4 to 4.0, FR=(Major axis of weft thread cross section in textile)/(Minor axis of weft thread cross section in textile)??(2) (C) the single fiber cross-sectional shape of the multifilament threads constituting the textile is substantially circular, and (D) the multifilament threads constituting the textile have total fineness of 145 to 720 dtex, single fiber fineness of 2 to 7 dtex, and tensile strength of 6.5 to 8.5 cN/dtex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daisuke Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10532717
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag includes at least one chamber configured to be inflated when the airbag is triggered and at least one gas generator fluidically connected to the at least one chamber for filling the at least one chamber with a gas. At least one respective interior tensioning bag is arranged in the at least one chamber at each opposing chamber end. The two tensioning bags are configured in such a way that during the filling of the at least one chamber, they synchronously tension and deploy the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Christian Burczyk, Till Heinrich, Bengt Larsson
  • Patent number: 10507782
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes a gas generator and an airbag. The gas generator includes a gas generator main body and at least one mounting protrusion. The airbag includes a first fabric portion, a second fabric portion, and a storage chamber located between the first fabric portion and the second fabric portion. Part of the storage chamber is constituted by the first fabric portion. The storage chamber includes as insertion port, which allows the gas generator to be inserted, and one or more mounting holes, which allow the at least one mounting protrusion to be passed. The rearmost one in the insertion direction of the one or more mounting holes is a rearmost mounting hole. The storage chamber further includes an opening promoting portion, which is located between the insertion port and the rearmost mounting hole and causes the insertion port to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matsuo Nagata, Akihisa Tange
  • Patent number: 10493946
    Abstract: A method of folding an airbag for a driver airbag module having a front airbag layer connected at least in portions to a rear airbag layer includes flatly spreading the airbag onto a support surface so that the front airbag layer comes to rest on the rear airbag layer. Each of a left-hand lateral airbag portion and a right-hand lateral airbag portion is zigzag folded multiple times in the direction of a longitudinal axis of the airbag. Each of an upper airbag portion and a lower airbag portion is furled in the direction of a transverse axis of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Angel Collazo Gomez, Ramon Bana Castro
  • Patent number: 10479315
    Abstract: An airbag (1) including two opposing side walls (3) a lower wall (4) and an upper wall (5) forming an inflation opening (2) and a front wall (6). The airbag (1) is formed by sections of a one-part cut fabric (7). The upper wall (5) or the lower wall (4) is formed by two sections (8) of the cut fabric (7) along a connection (9), wherein the cut fabric (7) is folded and only the upper wall (5) or only the lower wall (4) is formed from two sections (8) and from the inflation opening (2) one connection (9) of the one-part cut fabric (7) extends toward the front wall (6). The one-part cut-fabric (7) forms a fitting section (10) for a gas generator. In a flatly extended state the fitting section (1) is adjacent to the two sections (8) forming lower wall (4) or the upper wall (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Ralf Zauritz
  • Patent number: 10471921
    Abstract: An airbag unit for a motor vehicle safety device includes an inflatable airbag formed of flexible material and provided in a rolled and/or folded package. The inflatable airbag is held under compression by a cover extending around at least part of the package. The cover is formed of a molded pulp material and is configured to impart a predetermined stable shape to the unit. A method of packaging an airbag in such a manner is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Karin Ydrén, Dan Persson, Nathalie Ducrocq
  • Patent number: 10464518
    Abstract: A seat includes a seatback having an exterior panel. The seat includes a first member and a second member each being inflatable to an inflated position and defining an inflation chamber, the inflation chambers spaced from each other. The exterior panel extends between and is secured to the first member and the second member external to the inflation chambers in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Zhibing Deng, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 10442388
    Abstract: A method for folding a knee airbag apparatus may include: folding an upper portion of an airbag cushion part a plurality of times; stacking a main folding part and a pair of side folding parts by folding both side portions of the airbag cushion part folded the plurality of times toward the center; and stacking a cover folding part over the pair of side folding parts by folding a lower portion of the airbag cushion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: I Seul Kang
  • Patent number: 10421425
    Abstract: An occupant protection device for a vehicle, including an airbag system which, for protecting an occupant, includes at least one first airbag whose expansion movement in the vehicle longitudinal direction extends toward the occupant and in the vehicle vertical direction extends from bottom to top, and a second airbag whose expansion movement in the vehicle longitudinal direction extends toward the occupant and in the vehicle vertical direction extends from top to bottom, at least one sensor system that detects collision-relevant and/or occupant-relevant information, and an evaluation and control unit that evaluates the collision-relevant and/or occupant-relevant information and controls the airbag system as a function of the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Patent number: 10392115
    Abstract: Tubular bodies for use in frames for seats of vehicles such as aircraft are described. A tube can include a sidewall that has a variable thickness along the length of the tube. The variable thickness of the sidewalls can result in the tube having a variable inner diameter along the length of the tube. The tube may also include a variable outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Tien Le, Aram Aris Krikorian
  • Patent number: 10384634
    Abstract: Side airbag cushions, side airbag assemblies and related methods for stowing a side airbag cushion in a cover to provide, upon deployment, improved timing of pelvis coverage for an associated vehicle passenger are provided. The side airbag cushion desirably includes a first rolled portion and a second accordion folded portion and, wherein, upon deployment, the accordion folded portion provides improved timing allowing for better pelvis coverage for the associated vehicle passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Derek John Wiscombe, Charles Paul Dinsdale, Don Larry Parker, Terry Alan Wheelwright, Andrew Lawrence Holiday, Christine Elizabeth Devey
  • Patent number: 10377338
    Abstract: A device at least for moving a mass includes a hollow cylindrical airbag fluidically coupled to a gas generator. The airbag is arranged fixedly with one end on an object and a traction element is fixed in the region of an opposite end. The mass to be moved is arranged on the traction element. When the airbag unfolds traction is exerted on the traction element in such a way that the mass is able to be moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventor: Till Heinrich
  • Patent number: 10369957
    Abstract: A side airbag for enhancing protection of a shoulder area of a vehicle occupant having an airbag (10) which deploys beside an occupant toward the vehicle front, and an inflator (20). Before deploying, the airbag (10) is in a state having: an overlapping part (12) formed by overlapping a portion near an end part by accordion-folding or rolling; a folded-back part (14) on an inner side of the overlapping part (12) in a vehicle width direction and extended toward the front of the vehicle and folded back toward the rear of the vehicle; and a bent part (16) formed by bending a portion of the folded-back part (14), protruding from the overlapping part (12) toward the front of the vehicle toward an outer side in the vehicle width direction and covering at least part of the overlapping part (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Naoki Hatakeyama, Keita Eguchi, Yuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10351090
    Abstract: An airbag has an occupant protection portion at a rear face when inflation is completed. The occupant protection portion includes a frontal collision restriction face and an oblique collision restriction face which protrudes rearward from the frontal collision restriction face on the left or right sides of the frontal collision restriction face. A restriction recessed portion for allowing a head of an occupant to enter and to be restricted is formed between the frontal collision restriction face and the oblique collision restriction face. A slip portion having excellent sliding properties compared to those of other regions of the frontal collision restriction face is disposed in a region from a surface side of the frontal collision restriction face to a surface side of an inner wall portion in the restriction recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ikuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 10336281
    Abstract: There is provided a side curtain airbag apparatus. The side curtain airbag apparatus includes a bag that is inflated and unfolded, a piece of fixing hardware that is fixed to an edge portion of the bag and includes a temporary fixing claw capable of being locked to a locking portion of a vehicle body panel, and a protector that includes a lower contact portion in contact with a lower surface of a bent portion of the vehicle body panel and surrounds the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Takahashi, Daiei Tonoka
  • Patent number: 10315731
    Abstract: A signal buoy (1) for retrieval of submerged objects, the signal buoy line's cross section has an aspect ratio greater than two and two tenths to one and preferably greater than four to one. In some aspect the signal buoy line includes conductors so as to permit communicating with submerged objects. In other aspects, the present disclosure teaches a combination of a signal buoy and a buoyant fiber mooring rope storage structure for storing submerged in a body of water and above a seabed or other bottom of the body of water a fiber mooring rope for future retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hampidjan, hf
    Inventor: Hjortur Erlendsson
  • Patent number: 10308210
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of folding an airbag (10), especially a driver airbag module, comprising a front airbag layer (11) which is connected at feast in portions to a rear airbag layer (12), the method comprising the following steps of: a) flatly spreading the airbag (10) onto a support surface (15) so that the front airbag layer (11) comes to rest on the rear airbag layer (12), b) folding, especially zigzag folding, at least in portions each of an upper airbag portion (20) and a lower airbag portion (21) in the direction of a transverse axis (Q) of the airbag (10), c) furling each of a left-hand lateral airbag portion (30) and a right-hand lateral airbag portion (31) in the direction of a longitudinal axis (L) of the airbag (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: DELPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Angel Collazo Gomez, Ramon Bana Castro
  • Patent number: 10293779
    Abstract: An airbag has an inflatable airbag cushion having panels of material joined to create the inflatable airbag cushion including a neck portion for receiving inflation gas at an inflation inlet and a generally opposed front face portion. An externally attached guide panel of material is externally affixed to the airbag cushion at a first end at least halfway toward the opposed front face portion relative to the neck portion or affixed at the front face portion and a second end is connected at the neck portion of the airbag cushion or in close proximity to the airbag cushion near the inflation inlet. The externally attached guide panel is only attached at the first and second ends and upon inflation of the airbag cushion the externally attached guide panel tightens between the first and second ends directing the airbag deployment towards a seat-belted occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Mallinger, William Siewert, Mouaying Vang, Daniel Clyne
  • Patent number: 10298823
    Abstract: A camera assembly for a vehicle vision system includes a housing having a first housing portion and a second housing portion, with a circuit element disposed within the first housing portion. The second housing portion has a connector portion configured for connecting to a vehicle wiring when the camera assembly is installed at a vehicle. A coaxial connector is disposed at the connector portion of the second housing portion. The coaxial connector includes a plurality of electrical coaxial connector elements. Each of the electrical coaxial connector elements has (i) a first end that is configured for electrically connecting to circuitry of the circuit element within the first housing portion and (ii) a second end that is configured for electrically connecting to the vehicle wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Sauer, Jens Steigerwald, Nazar F. Bally, Marc Sigle, Achim Newiger
  • Patent number: 10259419
    Abstract: A gas bag arrangement with a gas bag and a filling mechanism arranged in an opening of the gas bag for filling the gas bag with gas is provided. It is provided that the filling mechanism is elastically held in the opening by a holding mechanism arranged in the region of the opening, wherein the holding mechanism has elastic properties due to which it exerts holding forces on the filling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Weyrich, Mirko Korth
  • Patent number: 10259390
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for a towing vehicle towing a trailer having at least one imaging device. A method includes: receiving, from a first imaging device coupled to the trailer, a first image stream having a plurality of first images; receiving, from a second imaging device coupled to the vehicle, a second image stream having a plurality of second images; determining, at least one common feature between a first image of the first images and a second image of the second images; determining a first distance from the first imaging device to the at least one common feature and a second distance from the second imaging device to the at least one common feature; and determining, a position of the first imaging device relative to the vehicle based on the first distance, the second distance and a known position and pose of the second imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Wende Zhang, Jinsong Wang, Esther Anderson
  • Patent number: 10252691
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product comprising an airbag cushion protector constructed and arranged to be place in an airbag chute and so that a first portion of the airbag cushion protector covers the edges of an airbag door during deployment of an airbag cushion and so that the first portion of the protector is interposed between the edges of the airbag door and the airbag cushion throughout deployment of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: William J. Barnes
  • Patent number: 10253172
    Abstract: There is provided a thermoplastic elastomer composition for an air bag cover obtained by dynamically heat-treating, in the presence of a cross-linking agent, and the following components (A1), (B) and (C), wherein component (A1): a propylene-based resin, component (B): an ethylene-?-olefin-nonconjugated diene copolymer rubber, and component (C): a mineral oil-based softener, which is excellent in appearance and mechanical strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Kousuke Ohtani
  • Patent number: 10239620
    Abstract: An airplane seat device includes at least one airplane seat, and at least one console arranged, viewed in a flight direction, in front of the airplane seat, and at least one airbag element which is configured to protect in a crash event a passenger sitting in the airplane seat from crashing onto the console. At least one airbag element features, in a fully deployed state, at least in a head-impact zone, a thickness which is smaller than a thickness in at least one shoulder-impact zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Florian Strobl, Simon Weisenberger, Mohammed Daher, Juergen Kammerer
  • Patent number: 10239420
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a seat arrangement in a vehicle includes moving the seat arrangement forward by a first amount when a certain criteria are met. The criteria may include at least one criterion related to occupancy of a seat directly behind the seat arrangement and at least one criterion related to a likelihood of an impact into the vehicle from behind the seat arrangement. The method may also include not moving the seat arrangement forward by the first amount when at least one of the criteria is not met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun Yetukuri, Mladen Humer, Karl Henn, Jasmine Pizana, Curtis Hudson
  • Patent number: 10239482
    Abstract: A method for folding an airbag includes folding the airbag into an elongate state at least partially by roll-folding. The method also includes inserting a gas generator and/or an airbag-retaining metal sheet into the airbag. The gas generator and/or the airbag-retaining metal sheet is/are located in the central third of the airbag folded in elongate shape so that two end portions of the airbag project from the gas generator and/or from the airbag-retaining metal sheet. The method also includes guiding the airbag end portions around the outer circumference of the gas generator and/or of the airbag-retaining metal sheet in opposite directions toward each other up to a folding zone in which the end portions of the airbag at least almost contact each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Hepp, Steffen Rothmeier
  • Patent number: 10189430
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back, and an airbag that deploys in the seat back. The airbag deploys in the seat back in such a way that, after having deployed, the airbag elastically supports an upper body of an occupant and elastically receives an impact force applied to a back surface of the seat back. After having deployed, the airbag has such a shape that a deployment amount, in a front-back direction, of the airbag near a side of the seat back is greater than that near a center of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10173628
    Abstract: Provided is an airbag and an airbag apparatus that are easy to manufacture and in which the amount of gas to be released from the inside of the airbag when a passenger in proximity is restrained can be increased. An airbag includes a first panel member provided on an instrument-panel side, and a second panel member provided on a passenger side. The first panel member includes a deploying part that is deployable into a tapered cylindrical shape whose diameter increases toward the distal side thereof. The second panel member has on the proximal side thereof a fitting port whose diameter is smaller than the maximum diameter of the deploying part. In a state where the airbag has been inflated, the fitting port is anchored to the deploying part. If a passenger in proximity is restrained, gas is releasable from a clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K. K.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Abe, Yasuhito Miyata, Shinji Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10173630
    Abstract: Provided is an airbag device that is to be mounted in a vehicle, and includes: an inflator configured to generate a gas; an airbag configured to be inflated with the gas generated by the inflator; a holding member housing the airbag in a folded state and being provided with an opening which allows inflation and deployment of the airbag therethrough; and a flap configured to restrict inflation and deployment of the airbag through the opening, the airbag including a roll folded portion being roll-folded and disposed on an occupant side, and two flip folded portions each being accordion-folded or tucked inside and disposed on a vehicle front side, the flap including a first restricting portion covering the roll folded portion and being held between the roll folded portion and the holding member, and a second restricting portion being secured to the airbag between the two flip folded portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ASHIMORI INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuta Minami, Daijiro Katayama, Satoshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10150442
    Abstract: In accordance with a first aspect of the present disclosure, a motor vehicle airbag occupant restraint system fastener includes a metal clip, a first thermoplastic connector, a second thermoplastic connector, and a thermoplastic tether. The thermoplastic tether extends between the first and second thermoplastic connectors. Opposing ends of the thermoplastic tether are seamlessly integrated into the first and second thermoplastic connectors, respectively. The first and second thermoplastic connectors are formed of a first material and the thermoplastic tether is formed of a second material that is different from the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Steven Michael Benedetti, Grant Gerbasi Garrett
  • Patent number: 10144459
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a sightseeing-touring vehicle with theater that has open plan architecture with wide openings (windows) that surround the sightseeing-touring occupants. The open-space architecture provides optimal views of surrounding sights, including a view of a large video display while maintaining all the creature comforts of a conventional vehicle for patrons inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Kamrouz Farhadi
  • Patent number: 10099647
    Abstract: An instrument-panel assembly in a vehicle includes an instrument panel extending along a longitudinal axis and an airbag supported by the instrument panel. The airbag is inflatable from an undeployed position to a deployed position. In two embodiments, the airbag includes a side extending in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis and a tether attached to the side, and the side has a fold when the airbag is in the deployed position. Alternatively, in a third embodiment, the airbag in the deployed position has a tapered shape from a vertical perspective relative to the instrument panel at the instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee
  • Patent number: 10071704
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method for folding a driver airbag which are capable of folding an airbag so that the airbag has a shape corresponding to a shape of an accommodating space in an airbag housing. To this end, an upper plate of the apparatus for folding the driver airbag according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a plurality of stair sections that is spaced apart from a lower plate at different vertical distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Oh Koang Kwon, Jung Geun Choi
  • Patent number: 10017143
    Abstract: A side panel arrangement for a vehicle having a cladding arrangement including a first cladding element covering at least one pillar section made from a flexible and/or bendable material, and an airbag module with an inflatable airbag. The airbag module is arranged so as to be concealed behind the first cladding element. A first end side of the first cladding element is configured to border a door opening and to be fastened to the vehicle pillar. The first end side is releasable from the vehicle pillar 4 to create an outlet for the inflating airbag when the airbag module activated, or wherein the outlet for the inflating airbag is created in a base material of the first cladding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Jenny, Lars Willke
  • Patent number: 10000155
    Abstract: A method and a device are for detecting and reproducing a lateral and/or rear surrounding area of a vehicle with a trailer, so that the driver can monitor the surrounding area. The surrounding area is detected by at least one image capturing device which produces image data of the surrounding area. The image data is reproduced by at least one image reproducing device arranged in a field of vision of the vehicle driver. A characteristic of the reproduced image section is adapted dependent on an alignment of the trailer relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Application Solutions (Electronics and Vision) Ltd.
    Inventor: Joerg Schrepfer
  • Patent number: 9981628
    Abstract: A method for folding an airbag (10) provides that the airbag (10) is first folded in a zigzag manner, that a gas generator (14) and/or an airbag-retaining metal sheet is/are placed in the airbag (10), whereupon end portions of the airbag extend around the outer circumference of the gas generator (14) and/or of the airbag-retaining metal sheet toward each other in opposite directions up to a folding zone (26) from where the end portions are folded over outwards and are laid down in the opposite direction. Also disclosed is a corresponding airbag module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Safety Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Hepp
  • Patent number: 9970133
    Abstract: Provided are a woven fabric having excellent lightweightness and water resistance and a garment using the woven fabric. The woven fabric has an areal weight of 100 g/m2 or less and a cover factor of 1,800 or more. One of the warp and weft of the woven fabric contains a false-twist crimped yarn, and the other contains a non-crimped yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: TEIJIN FRONTIER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akio Ukuma, Kenji Iwashita
  • Patent number: 9911050
    Abstract: A driver active safety control system for a vehicle includes a plurality of image capture sensors, a video display screen, a central driver active safety control module and at least one non-imaging sensor. The control module at least includes an image processor, a vision core and a fusion core. The image processor processes image data captured by and received from at least a forward viewing image capture sensor for at least one of (i) automatic headlamp control, (ii) lane departure warning and (iii) traffic sign recognition. The vision core is operable to manipulate image data captured by and received at least from rearward and sideward viewing image capture sensors to form video images for displaying on the video display screen. The fusion core is operable to process inputs received to enhance control by the control module of a driver assistance system of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Magna Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Niall R. Lynam, Axel Nix
  • Patent number: 9902110
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose a trim part comprising an airbag system for the interior of a motor vehicle. The trim part comprises a carrier, on which an airbag module is disposed. A joint is formed at least in sections between the carrier and the airbag module. A primary connecting element, which includes an adhesive, is disposed within the joint so that the primary connecting element is non-detachably connected both to the carrier and the airbag module. The trim part further comprises at least one secondary connecting element for temporarily fixing the airbag module to the carrier before the non-detachable connection between the carrier and the airbag module is created by the primary connecting element. Embodiments further disclose a method for the production of the trim part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Magunia, Nina Pogadl, Marcus Lanzinger, Josef Seebauer
  • Patent number: 9845564
    Abstract: Various embodiments of apparatuses and methods relating to appliances are provided. In one embodiment, an appliance having a housing, one or more moveable components inside the housing, a drive assembly, and a dampening portion is provided. The housing includes, for example, at least one side wall and the dampening member is disposed at least partially between the drive assembly and the at least one side wall. The dampening portion includes, for example, a resilient material having at least one surface extending at least partially along the side wall and the drive assembly. The dampening member is configured to limit movement of the drive assembly during shipping and handling to prevent damage to the appliance. The dampening member stays with the appliance after shipping and handling to enhance performance of the appliance, protect the moveable component, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Jason K. Maderic, Weigang Qi, Anthony L. Rockwell, Andrew J. Siwicki
  • Patent number: 9821749
    Abstract: A lateral partition of a side airbag apparatus extends in a front-rear direction to divide the interior of an airbag into an upper inflation chamber and a lower inflation chamber. A vertical partition extends vertically and includes a communication portion. The vertical partition divides the upper inflation chamber into an upper-rear inflation chamber, to which inflation gas from a gas generator is supplied, and an upper-front inflation chamber, to which the inflation gas is supplied via the communication portion. An inner tube regulates the flow of the inflation gas to direct to the upper-rear inflation chamber and the lower inflation chamber. The rear ends of two first fabric portions of the vertical partition are joined to the upper parts of the front ends of two second fabric portions of the inner tube by a first vertical joint portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Hotta, Takashi Ilda, Yuji Sato, Norio Mizuno, Yuta Okayama