With Specific Mounting Feature Patents (Class 280/728.2)
  • Patent number: 11180192
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vibration absorber ring (10) for fastening a gas generator (12) to a vehicle steering wheel (14), in a manner capable of vibrating, with a ring axis (A), a support portion (18) for fastening the vibration absorber ring (10) to a holding element, and an absorber portion (22) for fastening the gas generator (16) to the vibration absorber ring (10), wherein an elastic damping element (24) is provided, which extends in the axial direction from the absorber portion (22) towards a free end (26) and, between the absorber portion (22) and the free end (26), has a fastening element (28) for the gas generator (12), wherein the support portion (18) and the absorber portion (22) are spaced apart from each other in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Bachmann, Joao Ribeiro, Marco Tumminello, Constantin Von Roden, Johannes Morhart, Christian Keschke, Gregor Eck, Sascha Schneider, Jurgen Burgard
  • Patent number: 11180107
    Abstract: An actuator assembly that includes an actuator device. The actuator device includes a tubular housing with a first end and a second end, the tubular housing defining a storage chamber containing a pyrotechnic material to produce gas. At least one electrical connection is coupled to the first end, the electrical connection in reaction initiating communication with the pyrotechnic material. An actuator housing that partially encompasses the tubular housing, wherein an outer surface of the actuator housing comprises a hexagon shaped portion that extends along a longitudinal direction of the actuator housing. An assembly housing at least partially encompasses the actuator device, wherein an inner surface of the assembly housing comprises an engaging surface portion that extends along a longitudinal direction of the assembly housing that corresponds to and slidably engages with the hexagon shaped portion of the actuator housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Francois Peremarty, Jeff Kida, Brent Alan Parks, Alan Ralph Larsen, Lutz Staack, Sven Hoffmann, Marcus Weber, Thomas Reiter
  • Patent number: 11180105
    Abstract: In a method of folding a curtain-type side airbag (10) into an elongate airbag package (12) defining a longitudinal direction (L), wherein the side airbag (10) at one longitudinal end includes an elongate inflatable extension (14) having a free end (34), in a first folding step the extension (14) is folded over at a first folding line (30) enclosing an angle (?) <90°, especially between 30° and 60°, with the longitudinal direction (L), and in a second subsequent folding step the free end (34) of the extension (14) is folded over at a second folding line (36), the second folding line (36) enclosing an angle (?) of 0 to 45°, especially 0°, with the longitudinal direction (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Jürgen Heigl, Max Sadwornych
  • Patent number: 11173864
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle includes a curtain airbag having a stored condition in which the curtain airbag is deflated, flattened, and rolled and/or folded. The apparatus further includes a wrap that comprises an integral woven portion of the curtain airbag formed from a fabric extension of an upper edge of the curtain airbag. The wrap is configured to be wrapped about a circumference of the rolled and/or folded curtain airbag to package the curtain airbag in the stored condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventor: Dylan Moran
  • Patent number: 11167715
    Abstract: Pillar release mechanisms and related airbag cushion assemblies. Some embodiments may comprise a curtain airbag assembly comprising an inflator and a curtain airbag cushion configured to be inflated with the inflator. The curtain airbag cushion may extend along an elongated axis and the curtain airbag assembly may be configured to be positioned within and deploy from a panel of a vehicle. The assembly may further comprise a release mechanism coupled with the curtain airbag cushion and configured to be coupled with the panel. The release mechanism may be configured to release the panel using an initial deployment force from the curtain airbag cushion, the initial deployment force being in a direction at least substantially parallel to the elongated axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: David Oral Ballam, Brian Laird, Yutaka Hirata, Lindford R. T. Smith
  • Patent number: 11161472
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coupling device (16) for mounting an airbag module (14) to be oscillating on a steering wheel structure (12) of a vehicle steering wheel (10), comprising a mounting member (18) which includes, relative to a steering wheel axis (A), an axial bottom side (20) which in the assembled state of the vehicle steering wheel (10) faces the steering wheel structure (12) as well as an opposite axial top side (22) which in the assembled state of the vehicle steering wheel (10) faces the airbag module (14), a contact face (24) for a damping element (26) provided on the axial bottom side (20) for oscillating coupling of the mounting member (18) to the steering wheel structure (12), and comprising a locking element (28) disposed on the top side (22) of the mounting member (18) for locking with the prefabricated airbag module (14), wherein the locking element (28) is configured so that the airbag module (14) can be coupled to the mounting member (18) by a locking connection substantially in an axial
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Dominik Schütz
  • Patent number: 11155235
    Abstract: Airbag inflator system including a housing defining a flow passage leading into an interior of an airbag). A reverse flow valve is arranged at an inlet end region and selectively enables connection of the flow passage to ambient atmosphere dependent on a pressure differential on opposite sides of the reverse flow valve. A gas generator is arranged in connection with the housing. An activation system provides a signal to the gas generator to cause generation of gas. An aspirator is arranged between the reverse flow valve and the outlet end region and includes an inlet portion alongside the reverse flow valve and an aspiration portion partly separated from the inlet portion to define at least one opening in flow communication with the gas generator. The aspirator is preferably configured to generate gas flow in accordance with the Prandtl-Meyer effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S Breed, Gennadii A Voropaiev, Nina F Yurchenko, Yuriy A Paramonov, Andriy I Koshil
  • Patent number: 11155229
    Abstract: A device for removably mounting an airbag module includes at least two hooks connected to one of the airbag module or the steering wheel. The hooks cooperate with insertion elements located on the other of the airbag module or the steering wheel. A resilient ring forms elements for holding the hooks in zones of interaction. The resilient ring includes: first portions that extend in the interaction zones, and a second portion. The mounting device further includes elements for guiding the resilient ring that cause displacement of the first portions out of the zones of interaction, during displacement of the second portion in a direction away from an axis of rotation of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Antoine Ducardonnet, Fabrice Moinard, Frederic Tarte, Rene Fliegner
  • Patent number: 11142159
    Abstract: A cover apparatus of a driver airbag may include: a housing disposed in a mounting plate, and having an airbag installed therein; a cover installed over the housing so as to cover the top of the housing; and a tear line tearably formed on the housing such that the cover is opened when the airbag is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Oh Koang Kwon
  • Patent number: 11142156
    Abstract: A driver airbag mounting verification system comprises a portion of an electrical circuit configured to connect a vehicle horn to a vehicle-mounted power source. The portion of the electrical circuit includes two electrical contacts resiliently biased into contact with one another so as to complete electrically the electrical circuit and thereby to actuate the vehicle horn. The portion of the electrical circuit including both of the electrical contacts is mounted on one of a driver airbag module and a vehicle steering wheel. At least one of the electrical contacts is mounted such that said at least one of the electrical contacts is moved and held out of contact with the other of the electrical contacts when the driver airbag module is securely mounted on the vehicle steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Michael D. Kolosick
  • Patent number: 11130386
    Abstract: A duct system, and more particularly, a rigid endcap of the duct system can be configured to prevent a register from being damaged and from being displaced upon a curtain side airbag deployment. The duct system can include a headliner defining an opening, and a soft duct operatively connected to the headliner. The duct system can include a rigid endcap operatively connected to the headliner and to the soft duct. An airflow channel can be defined by the headliner, the soft duct, and the rigid endcap. Additionally, the rigid endcap can define a terminal end of the airflow channel, and the opening can be located along the airflow channel directly below the rigid endcap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Logan R. Astrike, Toshinao Wada, Skylar C. Watson, Chad Eric Anderson
  • Patent number: 11130464
    Abstract: Tabs for coupling or securing an airbag to a vehicle are provided. A tab may include a first panel and a second panel that meet at a foldable portion. First and second arms may extend away from a central portion of the first panel in substantially opposite directions. First and second recesses may extend inward from first and second lateral edges, respectively, of the second panel. The tab may be configured to be folded to form a bracket receiving member. The bracket receiving member may be configured to be disposed through an aperture of a bracket to secure the tab to the vehicle. Additionally, the first and second panels of the tab may be configured to be secured to an airbag to secure the airbag to the vehicle via the tab and the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Paul Dinsdale, Juan Carlos Garcia Callejas, Tyler Glen Christiansen, John Douglas Kemp
  • Patent number: 11124150
    Abstract: An air bag 2, an inflator 3, and a diffuser 30 are attached to a retainer 10. The diffuser 30 has a main surface portion 31, leg piece portions 32 extending in four radiating directions, and flap portions 34. The main surface portion 31 covers a head side of the inflator 3. The leg piece portion 32 passes through a mounting ring 20 and an inflator opening 12 and passes between the retainer 10 and a flange portion 3b of the inflator 3. A bolt 21 of the mounting ring 20 is inserted through a small hole 33 of the leg piece portion 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventors: Keisuke Onohara, Hiroki Takehara
  • Patent number: 11117609
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes a steering wheel axis, a hub for fastening the steering wheel to a steering shaft rotatable about a steering wheel axis, and a steering wheel rim connected to the hub and at least partially surrounding the hub in the circumferential direction. A mounting projection for fastening an operating unit is formed on the steering wheel rim and includes a coupling element for detachably fastening the operating unit as well as a positioning portion for fixing the operating unit in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA, S.A.
    Inventors: Ramon Baña Castro, Pedro Pereiro Coto, Miguel Segovia Romero, Alberto Santorio Cancelas, Rafael Carballido, Laurent Bauvineau, Clément Lemele, Nathalie Richeux Guilloux
  • Patent number: 11097684
    Abstract: The invention relates to a housing of a gas generator module for an airbag system of a motor vehicle, wherein the housing is of substantially tubular design and has a tube portion in which a plurality of stamped formations pointing into the interior of the housing are introduced over an external circumference of the housing, wherein the stamped formations in the interior of the tube portion have a stop for an internal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: BENTELER STEEL/TUBE GMBH
    Inventors: Marcel Wellpott, Daniel Luecke, Dirk Tegethoff
  • Patent number: 11084405
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a frame provided in at least one of a seat cushion and a seat back; an internal support member for supporting an occupant, the internal support member including a main body in plate or sheet form positioned within the frame and extending substantially in parallel with the frame, and a pair of inclined portions extending laterally outward from at least a part of either lateral side of the main body with a slant away from the frame; a pad placed on a front side of the frame and the internal support member; a skin member covering the pad; and a clip securing another member to one of the inclined portions. The one inclined portion is formed with a tubular portion projecting from a back side thereof orthogonally to the main body, the tubular portion internally defining a mounting hole receiving the clip therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: TS TECH CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Onuma, Soichiro Kamei, Masaki Shimazu, Akira Nakajima, Hiromitsu Nagatomo, Yuki Fukuda, Toshimitsu Mizukoshi, Taiji Misono, Kota Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11084448
    Abstract: An assembly for attaching a trim element (2) to a structural element (3) of a vehicle, between which a safety airbag (27) is inserted that is able to take a folded stand-by position, a deployed protection position and a deflated post-deployment position, the attachment assembly comprising primary attachment means that allows the trim element (2) to be held against the structural element (3) when the airbag (27) is in stand-by position, and secondary attachment means allowing the trim element (2) to be held when the airbag (27) is in protection position comprises, in addition, means for bringing the trim element (2) back toward the structural element (3) when the airbag (27) is in post-deployment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: NOVARES FRANCE
    Inventor: François Bacelos
  • Patent number: 11072303
    Abstract: In an upper interior structure of a vehicle of the present invention, a deployment guide portion for guiding a curtain airbag toward a cabin side when the curtain airbag is deployed. The deployment guide portion comprises a first guide part and a second guide part. The first guide part is arranged above a top ceiling and on an outward side, in a vehicle width direction, of the curtain airbag, facing an upper end portion of a pillar trim, so as to restrain the curtain airbag from being deployed outwardly in the vehicle width direction. The second guide part is arranged between the first guide part and the top ceiling, extending in a vertical direction, so as to restrain the curtain airbag from being deployed into a gap between the first guide part and the upper end portion of the pillar trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Ono, Shoji Okano, Hiroshi Nagai, Katsunori Monden
  • Patent number: 11066040
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an airbag device that includes an airbag cushion inflated as a working gas is introduced thereinto, a partition installed inside the airbag cushion to partition the airbag cushion into a first chamber facing an occupant's head and a second chamber adjacent to the first chamber, and a deployment adjustment section configured to pass through the partition, to interconnect the first chamber and the second chamber, and to guide deployment of the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok Hoon Ko, Ga Ram Jeong, Hae Kwon Park, Do Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 11066034
    Abstract: A head protection airbag module comprising a tubular inflator, a holder for the inflator and an airbag which is in fluid communication with the inflator and is folded to form a package, characterized by a guide element for the airbag which is arranged on the holder and includes a guide tongue extending into the airbag package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Jürgen Heigl, Hans-Joachim Tietze, Robert Disam, Steffen Seidel, Michael Rieger
  • Patent number: 11046281
    Abstract: A curtain airbag for a vehicle may include: a main chamber installed between a headliner and a vehicle body and provided to be downwardly unfolded to the interior of the vehicle; a diffuser being provided at an inlet portion of the main chamber connected with an inflator, formed with a first outlet and a second outlet which receive and discharge gas from the inflator; and an additional chamber connected with the second outlet of the diffuser and communicated with the second outlet to receive gas from the diffuser and inflated between the headliner and the vehicle body to separate the headliner from the vehicle body. In particular, the diffuser includes a joined portion to close partially or fully the first outlet, and the diffuser increases the gas supply to the main chamber when the joined portion is opened by an internal pressure of the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jae Haeng Yoo
  • Patent number: 11040690
    Abstract: A side curtain airbag assembly includes an airbag cushion having a length and a height; a wrapper sheet having a length extending along the airbag cushion and a width perpendicular to the length; and a plurality of mounting strips distributed along the length. Each mounting strip includes a mounting bracket; a wrapping strip; and a connector strap. The wrapper sheet extends across at least two of the mounting strips and is affixed to the airbag cushion by at least one seam composed of stitches. The stitches divide the length of the wrapper sheet into a first partial width and a second partial width of the wrapper sheet. The first partial width of the wrapper sheet has a plurality of cutout openings distributed along an outer edge extending along the length of the wrapper sheet and aligned with the mounting strips. The second partial width can be free of cutout openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11040687
    Abstract: A restraint system is provided for helping to protect first and second occupants of a vehicle having a roof and a cabin with first and second seats for receiving the first and second occupants. The restraint system includes first and second airbags mounted to the vehicle roof. Each of the first and second airbags has a stored condition and is inflatable to a deployed condition aligned with the respective first and second occupants. The deployed first and second airbags are spaced from one another in an inboard-outboard direction. A tether is connected to the first and second airbags for limiting relative inboard-outboard movement between the airbags in response to occupant penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Hylus Ranjit Raj Jayakar, Wael Youssef-Agha
  • Patent number: 11034321
    Abstract: An elongate airbag module (10) of a vehicle occupant restraint system includes a folded airbag (12) which is received in an envelope (14), wherein the envelope (14) includes a weakened zone through which the airbag (12) can deploy out of the envelope (14) upon activation of the airbag module (10), and wherein the envelope (14) comprises at least one elongate flexible fixing tab (16) having at least one opening (24b) by means of which the airbag module (10) can be fastened to a vehicle via a fastening clip (18) which in portions extends through the opening (24b). Portions of the fastening clip (18) are wrapped in the fixing tab (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Tatjana Schmid
  • Patent number: 11034319
    Abstract: An assembly includes a housing (12) and a cover (20) that define a cavity (15). An air bag (22) is positioned in the cavity (15), and the cover (20) has hooks (46) that engage with the housing (12) to secure the cover (20) to the housing (12). The air bag (22) expands to absorb kinetic energy of a driver. The hooks (46) are energized into engagement with the housing (12) directly or indirectly by the air bag (22) as it expands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Byron Spencer
  • Patent number: 11027687
    Abstract: A steering wheel having a steering wheel body (10) having a first force transmitting component, and a horn actuation element. The horn actuation element having a horn actuation surface (23) and having a second force transmitting component. A load cell (30) is provided having a sensitive element that changes at least one of its electrical properties in response to a compression force. The sensitive element placed between the first and second force transmitting components. At least one elastically deformable element is provided between the steering wheel body (10) and the horn actuation element. When a pushing force is applied to the horn actuation surface (23) the force applied to the sensitive element changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Jean Bernard Tessier, Gilles Garret, Laurent Groleau, Sylvain Leforestier, Paul Lebarbier
  • Patent number: 11007966
    Abstract: An airbag includes an annular attachment portion having an opening portion through which a bracket can be inserted and which is open in a substantially square shape. A case includes a protective ring portion having an opening through which the bracket can be inserted and which protects the annular attachment portion. The protective ring portion includes a corner cover portion that covers areas of front and rear corner portions on an upper edge side of an inner peripheral edge of the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kakimoto
  • Patent number: 11001224
    Abstract: A gas generator includes a housing constructed by combining and joining a plurality of shell members. One of the plurality of shell members includes a cylindrical portion and a flange portion. The cylindrical portion is provided with a plurality of gas discharge openings including gas discharge openings different in opening area from one another. The flange portion is shaped such that a distance from an axial line of the cylindrical portion to an outer edge of the flange portion is non-uniform. When a perpendicular line is drawn to the axial line from a maximum outer geometry position in the outer edge of the flange portion most distant from the axial line, a gas discharge opening arranged closest to the perpendicular line is a gas discharge opening other than a gas discharge opening largest in opening area among the plurality of gas discharge openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON KAYAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Ueda, Satoshi Ohsugi, Hiroaki Koyama, Haruki Takizawa
  • Patent number: 11001223
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a folded airbag comprising the steps of: providing an airbag cushion; heating the airbag material, folding the heated airbag material; compressing the folded airbag material obtained in step c) and optionally cooling the compressed airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Roos, Holger Maul
  • Patent number: 10994685
    Abstract: A knee airbag module of a vehicle occupant restraint system comprises an outer housing (12) having a front side (14) including a deployment aperture (18) as well as an opposite rear side (16), an airbag (20) and an inflator (32) which provides filling gas for the deployment of the airbag (20). The airbag (20) is folded and in the folded state is retained by a flexible airbag wrapping (34) while forming an airbag package (24), wherein the airbag package (24) constitutes a pre-assembled unit and the flexible airbag wrapping (34) closes off the knee airbag module (10) at least in portions to the outside. There is provided a rigid outer housing part (42) which includes a first bearing zone (54) positioned in the area of the airbag package (24) against which the airbag (20) bears during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Elija, Werner Freisler
  • Patent number: 10988099
    Abstract: A cover body of an air-bag device for covering an air bag includes a cover body part and an emblem attached to the front side of the cover body part. The emblem includes a planar light source, a light-transmissive panel covering the planar light source and a decoration component fixed to the cover body part to retain an outer circumferential part of the panel. The panel includes a panel part and an engagement part which is provided on the outer circumferential part of the panel part and engaged with the decoration component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Ohki, Yohei Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 10981533
    Abstract: A side airbag device includes: an inflator; a cushion main body that is disposed at a side of a seat of a vehicle and that is expandable from the side toward a front of the vehicle by a gas; a cushion protrusion that is disposed at a vehicle front side with respect to the cushion main body and that is expandable to project further toward the front of the vehicle by receiving the gas from the cushion main body; a tether that is string-shaped, the tether bridging from the cushion protrusion over a predetermined position of the side of the seat, the tether maintaining the cushion protrusion in a state in which the cushion protrusion is folded back toward a rear of the vehicle; a sensor that receives information from the vehicle; and a tether cutter that cuts the tether according to the information obtained by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma, Hideho Fukuda, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Takanari Muroya
  • Patent number: 10967829
    Abstract: A driver's side airbag module for a vehicle. The airbag module includes an upper panel, a lower panel, and an extension panel. The extension panel has a varying width. A lateral tether restrains the extension panel in the lateral direction when the airbag module is deployed. The extension panel and the lateral tether create an oblong shaped airbag cushion. The airbag module also includes a lower tether that connects the lower panel and the bottom of the upper panel so that the upper panel is held on the bottom portion during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Justin Mills, Pratik Rane, Roland Furtado
  • Patent number: 10955610
    Abstract: An emblem device includes an air bag cover, a substrate mounted inside the air bag cover, a light source mounted on the substrate and configured to emit light, a light guide plate mounted outside the air bag cover and configured to diffuse the light emitted from the light source, and an emblem located in front of the light guide plate and configured to cover a part of the light guide plate. The light emitted from the light guide plate is emitted in front of the emblem through a space formed between the air bag cover and the emblem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Oh Koang Kwon
  • Patent number: 10933832
    Abstract: A head protection airbag device includes: an airbag configured to cover a window of a vehicle; and a synthetic resin case configured to store a folding completed body of the airbag. The case includes a case body, and a pressing piece formed to partially protrude downward from an upper edge side of the case body and formed to cover a vehicle inner side of the folding completed body. The pressing piece has a band-like outer shape having a width direction substantially along a front and rear direction, and is configured to be able to press the folding completed body toward the case body so that the pressing piece can be bent with respect to the case body and the pressing piece can maintain a folded shape of the folding completed body, the pressing piece formed substantially along a vehicle interior surface of the folding completed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kakimoto
  • Patent number: 10919480
    Abstract: The present invention provides a retainer for retaining, from outside, a housing of a gas generator including a circumferential wall provided with no flange, the retainer including a combination of a first retainer and a second retainer, the first retainer having a first annular circumferential wall, a first flange, a first inward protruding portion and a first folded portion, the second retainer having a second annular circumferential wall and a second flange, and the first retainer being fitted from the side of the top plate or the side of the bottom plate of the housing of the gas generator such that the first annular circumferential wall abuts against a part of the circumferential wall of the housing of the gas generator, the second retainer being fitted from the side of the bottom plate or the side of the top plate of the housing of the gas generator such that the second annular circumferential wall abuts against a remaining part of the circumferential wall of the housing of the gas generator, and the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DAICEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Hirooka, Koji Yamamoto, Masayuki Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10906498
    Abstract: It is provided a gas generator support for attaching a gas generator of a vehicle occupant restraint system to a vehicle structure, comprising a receiving region for the gas generator as well as a first and a second fastening region, via which the gas generator support can be attached to the vehicle structure. The gas generator support is twisted about a longitudinal axis such that after attaching the first fastening region to the vehicle structure the second fastening region is pretensioned against the vehicle structure and with at least one abutment portion clampingly rests against the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Germany GMBH
    Inventors: Baki Özyürek, Alexander Aulbach, Wolfgang Siegel, Thomas Reichenbecher
  • Patent number: 10899302
    Abstract: An airbag device for a steering wheel includes: an inflator for supplying an inflation gas to a folded airbag, the inflator including: a main body having a gas discharge portion on an upper portion side; and a flange portion provided on an outer peripheral surface of the main body which is the outer peripheral surface located further on a lower side than the gas discharge port; an attachment base holding the inflator by making the flange portion be attached to the attachment base; fastening members arranged at a plurality positions in a lower surface side around the inflator and mounted on the steering wheel main body by the fastening members. Each of the fastening members is disposed such that at least a part of the fastening member is disposed so as to vertically overlap the flange portion in a lower side of the flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ishii, Tadashi Yamada, Yuji Sato, Koji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10896792
    Abstract: An instrument panel that reduces dust entering the inside of a switch and improves aesthetics of the instrument panel. An instrument panel includes: an outlet portion configured to blow out conditioned air to an interior of a vehicle; a switch attachment portion at which a switch member is disposed; a cover member configured to cover a part of the outlet portion and the switch attachment portion and distribute air from the outlet portion to the interior of the vehicle; and an exhaust hole covered with the cover member and provided at a portion of the switch attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Sakai, Yuichi Nobusawa
  • Patent number: 10864879
    Abstract: Ahead protection airbag device includes an airbag. The airbag includes: a hag main body; and an attachment member configured to attach the bag main body to a predetermined attachment part. The attachment member includes: an attachment substrate; a neck part protruding from the attachment substrate; and an engaging head part arranged with being bulged at a tip end of the neck part. The bag main body has an insertion hole in which the neck part is inserted so as to enable the engaging head part to protrude from an outer surface-side of a folded body of the bag main body. The attachment substrate is arranged at a backside of a peripheral edge of the insertion hole so that the attachment member is attached to the bag main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Jinnai, Makoto Yamanaka, Kunihiro Aikawa, Hiroki Imaeda
  • Patent number: 10864880
    Abstract: A housing for a knee airbag module includes an enclosure structured to receive a knee airbag module therein, and a door rotatably coupled to the enclosure. A first securement element mounting hole is formed in the door at a location in the door structured to reside adjacent an outboard edge and a rearmost edge of the door when the door is in an open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Ross, Jonathan Quijano
  • Patent number: 10850700
    Abstract: It is provided a method for manufacturing a gas bag module of a vehicle occupant restraint system. The method comprising the steps: providing a gas bag; prefolding the gas bag; pressing at least a portion of the prefolded gas bag under the influence of heat; and folding the pressed gas bag to a final dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Reichenbecher, Axel Grüner, Karl-Heinz Bührlen
  • Patent number: 10851768
    Abstract: Is disclosed an electrical grounding assembly arrangement for reciprocating compressor capable of optimizing the assembly of the electrical grounding connection and allows a quick visual inspection of the same, while providing a saving of electrical conductors, which are nonexistent in light of the invention in question. For this purpose, the casing (of the frequency inverter, which is fixed to the external region of the compressor housing) includes an electrical grounding bus capable of receiving, on its external portion, a fixing metal element specially adapted to electrically connect the outer portion of the electrical grounding bus and the electrical grounding connection of the housing and, at the same time, mechanically fixing the casing to the reciprocating compressor housing by physically locking the external portion of the electrical grounding bus and the electrical grounding connection of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Embraco Industria De Compressores E Solucoes Em Refrigeracao Ltda.
    Inventors: Vagner Roberto Malon, Marcelo Alessandro Santos, Rafael Burg Rech
  • Patent number: 10850698
    Abstract: A side door for a motor vehicle is formed from a flexible material such as a fabric and has a chamber formed therein which houses an occupant protection side airbag or curtain airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Markus Koelsch
  • Patent number: 10843655
    Abstract: It is provided an airbag arrangement for a vehicle-occupant-restraining system, comprising an airbag, wherein at least one airbag layer delimits an inflatable volume of the airbag; and at least one fastening tab, which is connected to the airbag layer and is intended for fastening the airbag on a vehicle component. The entire fastening tab is formed from a different material to that of the airbag layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Jens Feller, Axel Gruner
  • Patent number: 10829074
    Abstract: An inflatable knee airbag having a flexible housing is disclosed. An inflatable knee airbag may provide protection for the lower anatomy of an occupant in a vehicle collision event. The disclosed inflatable knee airbag may include components, such as the inflatable airbag cushion, inflator, etc., within a flexible housing supported by a rigid or semi-rigid mounting plate. The flexible housing may conform to the shape of enclosed components, and may support and protect the enclosed components. The flexible housing may be lighter and more cost-effective than conventional housing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: James Ernie Jacobson
  • Patent number: 10829077
    Abstract: A system includes a seat frame member, an airbag disposed outboard of the seat frame member, an inflator disposed inboard of the seat frame member, and a bracket extending through the seat frame member. The bracket includes an upper portion and a lower portion spaced from each other and disposed inboard of the seat frame member, and an intermediate portion extending from the upper portion to the lower portion and disposed outboard of the seat frame member. The bracket supports the inflator and the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric D. Veggian, Jeffrey Charles Paddock
  • Patent number: 10814822
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus for a vehicle includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag is provided to be able to deploy around a passenger in a vehicle, and the inflator is configured to supply gas to deploy the airbag. The airbag includes a main bag configured to support a head and an upper body of the passenger bending down, and a sub bag projecting from the main bag toward a passenger side. After expanding in a direction different from the passenger side, the sub bag turns to the passenger side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Kanegae, Kazuya Yamane
  • Patent number: 10814820
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag, an airbag case that is made from metal and includes a base wall and a tubular wall, and an airbag cover that is made from synthetic resin and includes a covering wall and a joint wall. The case and cover are coupled together by insertion of hooks of the tubular wall of the case into joint holes of the joint wall of the cover. An approximation-limiting region suppresses the cover as coupled with the case from moving further towards the base wall of the case, and a separation-limiting region suppresses the cover as coupled with the case from moving further away from the base wall of the case. The approximation-limiting region includes an abutment region and a receiving region engageable with the abutment region. The separation-limiting region includes a retaining hole and a projection engageable with an inner surface of the retaining hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Ono, Tetsuya Ogata
  • Patent number: 10814755
    Abstract: A vehicle seat that can suitably protect a seated occupant against an impact from a seat width direction is described, while enlargement of the seat in the seat width direction is restrained. A support member provided to the vehicle seat supports the seated occupant from a side of the seated occupant, and includes an inner plate attached to a seat width direction inner side of a side frame, an outer plate attached to a seat width direction outer side of the side frame, and a connection plate for connecting the inner plate and the outer plate on a seat front side. The outer plate is attached to the seat width direction outer side of the side frame at a position that does not overlap in the seat width direction with attachment positions of the inner plate and the side frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinichi Tanabe, Akimitsu Kurihara