With Specific Mounting Feature Patents (Class 280/728.2)
  • Patent number: 11560111
    Abstract: An all thermoplastic olefin (TPO) airbag system for an automotive vehicle including a TPO airbag module housing coupled with a TPO airbag cover or chute, the system being particularly suitable as a front airbag system, and method of making the same. The airbag module housing may couple with the chute through a plurality of projections and windows, or through bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: MCPP Innovation LLC
    Inventors: Mark Sherman, Steve Cummings, Tim Mccollum, Steve Gregory
  • Patent number: 11554744
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cover cap (10) for an airbag module (12), especially for a driver airbag module, comprising a front panel (14) including an outer face (16) as well as an opposed inner face (18) which in the assembled state of the airbag module (12) faces a folded airbag (20), and an emblem (22) which is arranged and fastened at the inside of the front panel (14), wherein in the area of the emblem (22) the front panel (14) has an emblem opening (24) through which the emblem (22) is visible from the outer face (16) of the front panel (14), wherein the front panel (14) includes a tear line (26) along which the cover cap (10) tears upon activation of the assembled airbag module (12), and wherein the tear line (26) opens into the emblem opening (24) at an edge point (28) of the emblem opening (24). Furthermore, the invention also includes an airbag module (12) comprising said cover cap (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Andreas Joachim Maria Jonietz, Luis Barandela Iglesias, Victor Jose Gonzalez Horta, Pedro Pereiro Coto
  • Patent number: 11554742
    Abstract: A head portion protection airbag device includes: an airbag, formed into a folded body being folded such that a lower edge side in an unfolded state approaches an upper edge side, wrapped with an unfoldment preventing tape material and attached to the upper edge side of the window, assembled with a twisting restriction member, which is configured to prevent twisting of the folded body, on an upper edge side of the airbag, and attached to the upper edge side of the window as a bag attachment body. A plurality of attachment piece portions, which are attached to a body side of the vehicle, are arranged side by side on the upper edge side of the airbag. The bag attachment body is wrapped with the tape material in a state where the twisting restriction member is assembled to the upper edge side of the airbag in the folded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Ichimura, Hiroki Imaeda, Junpei Hamamoto, Makoto Yamanaka, Hiroshi Kato
  • Patent number: 11548466
    Abstract: In an assembly (20) of an elongate inflator (10) which has an outer housing (14) with outflow openings (18) spread along the circumference (U) and defining an outflow area (16) and an outflow direction, and of a clamp-type diffusor (22) enclosing the outflow area (16), the diffusor (22) includes a central receiving opening (24) into which the outer housing (14) protrudes so that the diffusor (22) circumferentially encloses an axial portion of the outer housing (14) which comprises the outflow area (16). At the inner side of the diffusor (22) delimiting the receiving opening (24) at least one bearing surface (34) and at least one gas guiding surface (30) are provided, wherein the bearing surface (34) bears directly against the outer housing (14) of the inflator (10) and the gas guiding surface (30) is radially spaced apart from the outer housing (14) while forming at least one collecting chamber (30) into which gas flowing out of the outflow area (16) is flowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Robert Disam, Anton Fischer
  • Patent number: 11541838
    Abstract: A flexible wrapping of an airbag (16) of a vehicle occupant restraint system (10) comprises a holding compartment for a folded airbag package (14) formed by a holding bag (104) and an airbag package fixation (124), an inflator fixation (114) formed by projecting retaining tabs (112) as well as at least one fixing portion (130) for fixing an airbag module (12) to a vehicle. For inserting the airbag package (14) into the wrapping (20) an intermediate cover made of a coherent piece of fabric is used into which the airbag package (14) is wrapped along with the inflator (18). The subassembly consisting of the intermediate cover, the airbag package (14) and the inflator (18) is inserted into the wrapping (20). Subsequently, the intermediate cover is removed from between the wrapping (20) and the airbag package (14) again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Navarro Arranz, Ramon Ramos Agustin
  • Patent number: 11524649
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a seat cushion in which a front panel extends between front parts of right and left side frames and a front rod extends between the front parts of the right and left side frames at a position rearward of the front panel in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle; a cushion airbag device mounted in a front part of the seat cushion and configured to inflate and deploy a cushion airbag when a frontal collision of the vehicle occurs; and a bag support fixed to the front rod, the cushion airbag being fixed to the bag support at a position rearward of the front rod in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Hiroyuki Tomita, Satoshi Nonoyama, Takashi Iida, Shigemi Mase, Yusuke Kojima, Masashi Hotta
  • Patent number: 11524650
    Abstract: A head portion protection airbag device includes: an airbag, formed into a folded body being folded such that a lower edge side in an unfolded state approaches an upper edge side, wrapped with an unfoldment preventing tape material and attached to the upper edge side of the window, assembled with a twisting restriction member, which is configured to prevent twisting of the folded body, on an upper edge side of the airbag, and attached to the upper edge side of the window as a bag attachment body. A plurality of attachment piece portions, which are attached to a body side of the vehicle, are arranged side by side on the upper edge side of the airbag. The bag attachment body is wrapped with the tape material in a state where the twisting restriction member is assembled to the upper edge side of the airbag in the folded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Ichimura, Hiroki Imaeda, Junpei Hamamoto, Makoto Yamanaka, Hiroshi Kato
  • Patent number: 11518334
    Abstract: Various implementations include a steering assembly including a hub assembly and airbag module. The hub assembly includes one or more hub assembly attachment tabs each defining a fastener opening. The airbag module includes one or more airbag module attachment tabs each defining a fastener opening. One of the hub assembly or the airbag module includes one or more temporary fasteners, and each of the temporary fasteners is couplable to a portion of the other of the hub assembly or the airbag module. One of the hub assembly or the airbag module includes one or more alignment portions structured to align each fastener opening in the hub assembly attachment tabs with a respective fastener opening in one of the airbag module attachment tabs when the temporary fasteners of the hub assembly or the airbag module are coupled to the portion of the other of the hub assembly or the airbag module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Justin Mills, Doug Osterfeld
  • Patent number: 11511696
    Abstract: Provided is a driver airbag device for a vehicle deploying to the front of a steering wheel while avoiding an obstacle in the rear of the steering wheel on which the obstacle is positioned at a center portion, the driver airbag device comprising an airbag cushion deploying to the front of the steering wheel by passing between the obstacle and the steering wheel when gas is injected inside; a gas injection device positioned under the airbag cushion to inject gas into the airbag cushion through a gas outlet; and a diffuser positioned inside the airbag cushion and configured to partially or entirely cover the gas outlet from above to deploy by the gas injected through the gas outlet and induce the gas to flow to an opening opened toward the front of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min June Song, Seok Hoon Ko
  • Patent number: 11498481
    Abstract: A steering assembly and a system for actuating a vehicle horn uses a grounding signal transmitted from the steering assembly to an electronic control unit in communication with an electronically actuated horn. The steering assembly includes a base plate connected to a hub in the steering assembly. At least one horn grounding switch is coupled to the base plate and has a ground contact generating an output from the horn grounding switch. The ground contact is movable between a normally closed position connected to the vehicle electrical ground that corresponds to the off status of the vehicle horn and an open position disconnected from the vehicle electrical ground that corresponds to the on status of the vehicle horn. A biasing force directs the ground contact to a normally closed position in electrical communication with the vehicle electrical ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventor: Doug Osterfeld
  • Patent number: 11485311
    Abstract: A side airbag device with a base member for an inflator to be easily fixed thereto, and a method for manufacturing same is provided. The side airbag device includes: an airbag; an inflator configured to supply the airbag with gas; a base member configured to accommodate the airbag and the inflator, and to be fixed to a vehicle body; an outer covering member configured to cover at least a front side of the base member to form a front-facing interior surface; and a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket includes an inflator fixing portion to which the inflator is fixed and a base member fixing portion which is located in a position different from a position of the inflator fixing portion and fixed to the base member. The base member includes, at a left or right side portion thereof, a bracket fixing portion to which the mounting bracket is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamabe, Daisuke Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11465577
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spring element (10) for fastening an airbag module (12) to a vehicle steering wheel (14), having a first spring section (16) which extends from a tool access point (P) via a first bearing point (18) as far as a first free spring end (20), and a second spring section (22) which extends from the tool access point (P) via a second bearing point (24) as far as a second free spring end (26), wherein the tool access point (P) is spaced apart from a connecting section (28) between the two free spring ends (20, 26), wherein the tool access point (P) is spaced apart from a connecting section (28) between the two free spring ends (20, 26) and is displaceable in an actuating direction (x) toward the connecting section (28), and wherein the spring sections (16, 22) are shaped such that the free spring ends (20, 26) move toward each other or away from each other during a displacement of the tool access point (P) in the actuating direction (x) if the first bearing point (18) and the second bearin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Bachmann
  • Patent number: 11465580
    Abstract: Airbag cushion wrapper and related airbag assemblies, along with related assembly/manufacturing methods. In some embodiments, the airbag cushion assembly may comprise an airbag cushion and an inflator comprising an inflator wire. A wrapper may extend about the airbag cushion, which wrapper may comprise a first section wrapped about the airbag cushion in a first direction and a second section coupled with the first section, the second section being wrapped about the airbag cushion in a second direction opposite the first direction and such that the first section extends at least partially within the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Devin Steve Silverwood, Naoki Morita
  • Patent number: 11447091
    Abstract: A vehicle air bag device can include an air bag retainer that has at least one clip located adjacent an opening at an outer periphery of the air bag retainer. An air bag chute can be located adjacent the air bag retainer and configured to guide the air bag along a deployment axis during deployment from the air bag retainer. The air bag chute can include a wall including a clip aperture opening located therein. The at least one clip can have an upper surface facing an upper surface of the clip aperture opening, and the upper surface of the at least one clip can be at an acute angle with respect to the deployment axis. The acute angle upper surface can extend from an interior of the air bag chute through the clip aperture and to an exterior of the air bag chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jimmie A. Ruffner, II
  • Patent number: 11447090
    Abstract: A knee protection airbag device is provided with an airbag, an inflator, an airbag cover, and an attachment base to be connected to a vehicle body side member. The airbag cover includes a door portion that allows forming of a protrusion-permitting opening when pushed by the airbag that inflates, a door disposition wall portion that covers a lower portion of the airbag in a folded state, and connecting wall portions that extend upward from front and rear edges of the door disposition wall portion and that are connected to the attachment base. The airbag cover defines an accommodating recess capable of accommodating the airbag that is formed by bending a portion of the recessed grooves for bending that are formed by performing press working on a sheet member made of a non-woven fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Ono, Tetsuya Ogata, Naoki Hotta, Yuta Okayama, Yoshihiko Hishiki
  • Patent number: 11440485
    Abstract: It comprises: —a clip holder (4) entirely integral with the trim element (1), comprising: —a proximal portion (5) connected to the trim element (1), and—a distal portion (6) on which is fitted a clip (8) that is shaped so as to secure to a body element (2), the proximal portion (5) and the distal portion (6) being joined by a breakable region (9) that is designed to break in the event of deployment of an airbag (3), and the distal portion (6) being able to move between a rest position in which the breakable region (9) joins the distal portion (6) to the proximal portion (5) and a deployment position in which the distal portion (6) is no longer joined to the proximal portion (5) by virtue of the breakable region (9) breaking, and—a retention element (11) that is designed to retain the distal portion (6) on the trim element (1) when the distal portion (6) is in the deployment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: NOVARES FRANCE
    Inventors: Eric Dubuisson, Sébastien Rebillon
  • Patent number: 11433845
    Abstract: An airbag assembly for a motor vehicle includes an inflatable airbag and a reinforcing wrapper. The inflatable airbag has a longitudinally extending axis and is rolled about a rotation axis in the stowed condition. The reinforcing wrapper is coupled to the inflatable airbag proximate a first longitudinally extending side of the inflatable airbag, rolled about the rotation axis and wrapped entirely around at least a first portion of the inflatable airbag. The inflatable airbag and the reinforcing wrapper cooperative to define a monotonously rolled portion of the airbag assembly. In certain applications, the reinforcing wrapper is secured to a tab used to hang the inflatable airbag in the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: John Erik Terbu, Allen Murry Chambers
  • Patent number: 11414038
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes a steering wheel body and a base. The base carrying an inflator and an airbag package, such that the base, the inflator and the airbag package form a first sub-assembly. The base is connected to the steering wheel body at least indirectly via at least one elastic element, such that the sub-assembly can move relative to the steering wheel body in at least one direction so that the whole sub-assembly serves as a vibration damping mass. The steering wheel also includes a cover element with a roof extending over the airbag package, and at least one horn sensor generating a signal when a pressing force exceeding a predefined value is applied to the roof. The cover element is not rigidly connected to the base, such that the sub-assembly can move relative to the steering wheel body under deformation of the elastic element while the cover element does not move relative to the steering wheel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Knut Schmeier, Tomasz Skoneczny, Dominik Zelmanski, Felix Pollatschek, Klaus Massanetz, Marcus Weber, Holger Zang, Sven Hoffmann, Thomas Reiter, Wolfram Engelhardt, Alexander Feicht, Michael Gruhne
  • Patent number: 11414039
    Abstract: In a side airbag device, a base member in which an airbag and an inflator are accommodated is fixed to a vehicle body. An outer covering member covers at least a front side of the base member to form a front-facing interior surface. The base member comprises: an inner portion located laterally farther inward within the vehicle body relative to the airbag; an outer portion located laterally farther outward within the vehicle body relative to the airbag; a rear portion located farther rearward relative to the airbag with respect to a front-rear direction of the seat, the rear portion connecting the inner portion and the outer portion; and a bridging portion made of a metal rod, and located apart from and farther frontward relative to the rear portion, the bridging portion connecting the inner portion and the outer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kuriyama, Atsushi Yamabe, Kei Takahashi, Koji Ikeda, Hiroyuki Ito, Shinsuke Odai
  • Patent number: 11383665
    Abstract: Airbag module coupling interfaces, assemblies, and related methods. Some embodiments may comprise one or more springs each defining a perimeter comprising at least three sides, wherein a first side of which may extend opposite a second side and may be at least partially angled towards the second side at an acute angle. A third side of the spring may connect the first and second sides. A spring mounting structure may be provided and may comprise a guiding interface for coupling the spring to the steering wheel. An opening in the guiding interface may be configured to receive a coupling prong, which may be configured to engage the third side of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Uma Poojar, Shivanand Hallur, Terry Allen Sella, Srirama C. Gollu
  • Patent number: 11377065
    Abstract: Provided are an airbag, an airbag assembly, and a folding method for an airbag. The airbag has a first end, a second end, and a third end, wherein the third end is formed by folding the airbag between the first end and the second end, the second end and the third end are free ends of the airbag, and the first end is used for fixing the airbag to a mounting position. When in a stored state, the airbag has a first rolled portion and a second rolled portion, the second end is located in the first rolled portion, the third end is located in the second rolled portion, the second end is located outside of the second rolled portion, and the third end is located outside of the first rolled portion. The airbag can be stored in a mounting space in a vehicle more efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Shuangyang Wang, Liang Wang, Jin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11370379
    Abstract: A mounting element (1) for vehicle-side assembly of an airbag module (100) is suggested with at least one mounting plate (3) adapted to be mounted on the vehicle side which in its plate plane (E) can be non-rotatably coupled to an airbag (2), wherein the mounting plate (3) includes an extension (4) through which the mounting element (1) can be fixed, perpendicularly to the plate plane (E), non-rotatably to the airbag (2) or to a retaining element (9) maintaining the latter in its folded state. Furthermore, an airbag module (100) is suggested with an airbag (2), an inflator for providing inflating gas for the airbag (2) and at least one mounting element (1) according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Maria del Pilar Abelenda Alcalde, Jose Manuel Arean Bujan, Pedro Jose Santin Navarro, Philippe Shneeweiss
  • Patent number: 11370380
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes an airbag inflator. The assembly includes a curtain airbag including a main lobe and an inflatable flap. The main lobe and the inflatable flap are each inflatable by the airbag inflator to an inflated position. The main lobe includes an inboard panel and an outboard panel. The inflatable flap is at the inboard panel in the inflated position. The inflatable flap, in the inflated position, is at the inboard panel and abutting the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph E. Abramczyk, Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Lavanya Vemuri
  • Patent number: 11370367
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame. The vehicle is an open-frame vehicle. The frame includes an A-pillar, a B-pillar, and a roof siderail. The roof siderail extends between the A-pillar and the B-pillar. An A-pillar trim member is coupled to the A-pillar and includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion defines an aperture that receives the second portion. A B-pillar trim member is coupled to the B-pillar. A roof siderail trim member is coupled to the roof siderail and extends between the A-pillar trim member and the B-pillar trim member. An inflatable member is positioned between the frame and at least two of the A-pillar trim member, the B-pillar trim member, and the roof siderail trim member when the inflatable member is in a deflated state. An inflated state of the inflatable member separates the second portion of the A-pillar trim member from the aperture of the A-pillar trim member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk Robert Goleniak, John Rudolph, Eric Axel Smitterberg, Chuck R. Reese, Srivardhan Tallapragada, Jay Douglas Blackson
  • Patent number: 11370377
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle steering wheel (10) having a steering wheel axis (A) about which the vehicle steering wheel (10) can be rotated in the installed state, a steering wheel carcass (12) which has a hub section (14) in the region of the steering wheel axis (A), and a separate latching peg (18) for latching with an airbag module (20), which extends in the axial direction (22) and can be mounted on the steering wheel carcass (12), wherein the hub section (14) of the steering wheel carcass (12) has a rigid carcass hook (24) for latching with the airbag module (20), which extends in the axial direction (22), wherein the latching peg (18) adjoins the carcass hook (24) and partially surrounds same in the circumferential direction. The invention also relates to a steering wheel assembly having a vehicle steering wheel (10) of this kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Dominik Schütz, Stefan Bachmann
  • Patent number: 11364829
    Abstract: A seatback assembly includes a front carrier module having a mounting portion with an inverted U-shaped outer perimeter edge. A plurality of doors includes individual doors that are hingedly coupled to the outer perimeter edge of the front carrier module. Each door of the plurality of doors is operable between open and closed positions. An airbag carrier module includes an inverted U-shaped raceway with an open front portion. The airbag carrier module is operably coupled to the front carrier module, such that the doors of the front carrier module selectively open and close the open front portion of the raceway of the airbag carrier module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Akbar Berry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 11351952
    Abstract: The invention relates to a releasable retaining device (10) for a tether (16) of an airbag, comprising a retainer (12), a slit (14) for receiving the tether (16), a blocking member (18) made from metal which is displaceable between a blocking position in which it maintains the tether (16) blocked in the slit (14) and a release position in which the tether (16) is released, and comprising a pyrotechnical igniter (20) coupled to the blocking member (18) such that, upon activation of the igniter (20), the blocking member is displaced from the blocking position to the release position. Moreover, a housing (32) including a retaining device (10) for an airbag is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignees: ZF AUTOMOTIVE GERMANY, ZF AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS POLAND SP.ZO.O
    Inventors: Jens Debler, Maciej Sadowski
  • Patent number: 11345302
    Abstract: In one aspect, 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. A wrap includes an integral woven portion of the curtain airbag formed from a fabric extension of an upper edge of the curtain airbag. The wrap has a first end portion where the wrap merges with the upper edge of the curtain airbag, and an opposite, free second end portion. The wrap is configured to wrap about a circumference of the rolled and/or folded curtain airbag. The second end portion is configured to connect to the first end portion of the wrap to secure the wrap on the curtain airbag and package the curtain airbag in the stored condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventor: Dylan Moran
  • Patent number: 11325552
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes an airbag device, an attachment bracket with which the airbag device is fixed to the side frame member of a seat back, a cushion pad covering a front side and a lateral side of the back frame, and a side panel attached to the side frame member. The attachment bracket includes an airbag fixing portion that protrudes laterally from the side frame member. The airbag device is disposed on a front side of the airbag fixing portion and is fixed to the airbag fixing portion with bolts that penetrate the airbag fixing portion from the front side of the airbag fixing portion to a rear side of the airbag fixing portion. The side panel covers a lateral side and the rear side of the airbag fixing portion and constructs an external shape of the side surface of the seatback together with the cushion pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoyuki Saitou, Takayuki Yoshika
  • Patent number: 11313399
    Abstract: An improved slot fastener is provided, which may be toollessly installed, adjusted or repositioned, and uninstalled. The slot fastener includes a body having a surface, a head extending from the surface of the body, and a pair of clips, each clip being disposed at opposing lateral sides of the head. Each clip includes a flange that project laterally outward from the opposing lateral sides of the head, and a handle that projects outwardly from opposing lateral sides of the body. The clips are adapted to pivot laterally relative to the head in response to movement of the handle to alternate the slot fastener between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration. Methods of installing the slot into a channel of a component and adjusting the slot fastener along the channel, and an assembly including the slot fastener installed within the channel of the component, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventor: Lara Rubio Pérez
  • Patent number: 11305719
    Abstract: A curtain airbag device may include: an inflator configured to generate operating gas; a bracket part installed in a shape to abut on a side surface of the inflator, and having one side installed so as to be inclined in a direction away from the inflator; a cushion part inserted into a mounting space formed between the inflator and the bracket part, and inflated by the operating gas generated through the inflator; and a clamping part installed in a shape to surround outsides of the cushion part and the bracket part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kwang Soo Cho
  • Patent number: 11305716
    Abstract: [Problem] To enable an airbag module to be assuredly assembled to a cored bar. [Resolution Means] The present invention is applied to a steering wheel including: a cored bar member; and an airbag module which houses an airbag cushion and an inflator and is coupled to the cored bar member via a coupling pin, wherein the steering wheel employs a configuration in which the coupling pin extends from the airbag module side to the cored bar member side. The steering wheel according to the present invention includes: a coil spring arranged outside the coupling pin; and a support member supporting the upper end of the coil spring at a peripheral part of the coupling pin. Moreover, the support member includes a hook which includes: a support surface protruding in the direction vertical to the shaft of the coupling pin in order to support the upper end part of the coil spring; and a side extending from this support surface towards the lower side of the coupling pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Hirota, Sumit Kumar, Kazuhiro Abe
  • Patent number: 11299118
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag module (16) for an occupant restraint system, comprising a module cap (28) which in the mounted condition of the airbag module (16) faces an occupant and comprising a module bottom (30) which includes a latch means for securing the airbag module (16) to a vehicle component, wherein the module cap (28) and the module bottom (30) are movable toward each other along a mounting axis (A) until they reach at first an axial pre-mounting position and then an axial final mounting position, the module cap (28) and the module bottom (30) including interacting pre-fixing elements which captively secure the module cap (28) and the module bottom (30) to each other in the pre-mounting position, the module cap (28) and the module bottom (30) including interacting resistance contours which during an axial relative movement of the module cap (28) and the module bottom (30) from the pre-mounting position to the final mounting position have a predetermined mounting resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: André Funk, Marc Friess, Markus Haas
  • Patent number: 11292420
    Abstract: Inflatable airbag assemblies and methods are disclosed for a vehicle seating position having a utility component or occupant accessory that at least partially extends over a seat of the vehicle seating position. The utility component/occupant accessory may be stowable, and may be adjustable upward-downward, fore-aft, rotationally, etc. The utility component/occupant accessory may house an inflatable airbag cushion of the inflatable airbag assembly, which may deploy in a collision event so as to be disposed between the utility component/occupant accessory and the vehicle seating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Changsoo Choi, Harry Park, Vinay Genthikatti
  • Patent number: 11292414
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for protecting an occupant of a vehicle includes an airbag having a stored condition in which the airbag is deflated, flattened, and rolled and/or folded. A packaging wrap is formed from a fabric sheet. The packaging wrap includes a cover and an elongated tail that extends from the cover. The cover is configured to be wrapped or folded about the rolled and/or folded airbag to envelope and package the airbag in the stored condition. The tail is configured to be wrapped around the cover and the airbag packaged therein to secure the airbag packaged in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Schaefer, Rico Scott Bertossi
  • Patent number: 11292422
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a reaction surface and an airbag supported by the reaction surface. The airbag is inflatable along an axis away from the reaction surface to an inflated position. The airbag includes an inner portion and an outer portion concentric with the inner portion about the axis. The inner portion and the outer portion define a gap therebetween in the inflated position. The airbag includes a panel extending radially across the gap from the inner portion to the outer portion. The panel is uninflatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Zhenyan Gao, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 11285900
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a housing having a base, a first wall, a second wall, and a pair of end walls defining a cavity. The first wall and the second wall are spaced from each other, each of the first wall and the second wall extending from the base to a distal edge. The pair of end walls are spaced from each other and extending from the first wall to the second wall. The distal edge of the first wall extends from the end walls toward the second wall. The airbag assembly includes an airbag disposed in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bhavani Thota, Chuck R. Reese, Angela Zaetta, Eric Axel Smitterberg, Linh Ngoc Doan, Murali Maddali
  • Patent number: 11285901
    Abstract: An airbag device is moved toward mounting portions and pins are inserted into insertion holes. Slopes at the distal end of each pin come into contact with a locking bar, so that the locking bar rotates and enters a longitudinal groove. When the locking bar approaches a back surface of the longitudinal groove, the locking member is rotated by an urging force of the coil spring and enters lateral grooves. Thus, the airbag device is mounted on a steering wheel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventors: Shinji Hayakawa, Masaru Iwazato
  • Patent number: 11279316
    Abstract: An airbag cushion, which expands and deploys between adjacent seats in a passenger compartment, comprising a top panel and bottom panel that are separated and face each other vertically when deployed, side panels connecting the edges of the top panel and the bottom panel, a protruding part that protrudes upward from the top panel, a cylindrical inflator attached along the inner surface of the side panel on the side of the protruding part is stowed in a folded state by overlaying the top panel and the side panel provided with the attachment part of the inflator, and lining up a first roll part which is the protruding part rolled up, a fold-back part which is the first side part folded back to cover the attachment part of the inflator, and a second roll part on top of the top panel with the second roll part in the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Shimono, Yuto Kobayashi, Tsutomu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11279317
    Abstract: A gas generator including a diffuser for diffusing inflation gases generated by an inflator of the gas generator. The gas generator includes at least a first mounting stud. The diffuser has a cylindrical sidewall axially extending between first and second axial ends and circumferentially extending between first and second axially extending sides. A gap is defined between the first and second axially extending sides. The cylindrical sidewall includes a plurality of holes radially extend therethrough and includes a slot having a closed end and an open end. The diffuser circumferentially surrounds a portion of the cylindrical housing of the inflator with the first mounting stud disposed in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis A. Mueller, Nathaniel Lee Gerlach
  • Patent number: 11279310
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting a curtain airbag to a vehicle includes a fabric mounting portion formed from or connected to the curtain airbag. The fabric mounting portion has a fastener retainer for retaining a fastener in the mounting portion during installation of the curtain airbag in the vehicle. The fastener retainer is formed from the mounting portion fabric and defined by one or more slots that extend through the mounting portion fabric, leaving the fastener retainer connected to the remainder of the mounting portion by one or more tabs. The mounting portion also has a retainer opening extending through the fastener retainer and sized to form an interference fit with the fastener so that the fastener retainer holds the fastener. The one or more tabs in combination with the one or more slots permits the fastener retainer to move relative to the remainder of the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC., DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Ernesto Uribe, Miguel Sobradelo Sineiro, Pedro Lorenzo Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11273784
    Abstract: A side support block for a vehicle seat configured to be disposed adjacent to a lateral side of a seat back of the vehicle seat includes an airbag module, a cushion pad having a recessed portion accommodating the airbag module on a rear surface of the seat back, a frame embedded in the cushion pad, and a bracket with which the airbag module is fixed to the frame. The bracket includes a fixing portion to be fixed to a vehicle body, and the fixing portion is disposed behind the airbag module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuhei Hashimoto, Kenji Sato
  • Patent number: 11267430
    Abstract: A knee protection airbag device includes: an airbag that is folded and stored; an inflator configured to supply inflation gas to the airbag; a case that stores the airbag and the inflator; and an airbag cover covering the folded airbag. The airbag cover includes a door portion that covers a protruding opening and can be opened when the airbag is deployed and inflated, and is attached to a peripheral wall portion of the case around the door portion. A recessed groove through which a harness main body can be inserted is formed at a portion of a peripheral edge of the protruding opening in the case so as to recess an end edge of the peripheral wall portion. A bead for reinforcement at a peripheral edge portion of the recessed groove is formed on the peripheral wall portion so as to surround a periphery of the recessed groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhito Kobayashi, Minoru Ono, Naoki Hotta, Tetsuya Ogata
  • Patent number: 11267422
    Abstract: An elongate airbag module (10) of a vehicle occupant restraint system includes a folded airbag (12) and an envelope (14) receiving the folded airbag (12) and at least one elongate flexible fixing tab (16) via which the airbag module (10) can be fastened to a vehicle. The fixing tab (16) has at least one opening (24b) for receiving a fastening clip (18) through which an engaging portion (20) of the fastening clip (18) serving for locking to the vehicle extends. Portions of the fastening clip (18) are wrapped in the fixing tab (16), with the fixing tab (16) extending toward a free end (34) of the fixing tab (16), relating to the not yet folded state, substantially in parallel to a longitudinal direction (L) of the airbag module (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Tatjana Schmid
  • Patent number: 11267435
    Abstract: An airbag arrangement for a motor vehicle includes an airbag, which can be unfolded by filling with a gas, and a sheathing, in which the airbag is arranged before and after filling. The airbag is provided and is to be arranged on the motor vehicle in such a way that, before filling, it is located in the region of a first end of the sheathing and/or a vehicle pillar of the motor vehicle and can be unfolded by filling inside the sheathing and along at least one section of the vehicle pillar up to a second end of the sheathing and/or the vehicle pillar. The invention further relates to a motor vehicle having such an airbag arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Yves Clauss, Till Heinrich, Ingo Kalliske, Marco Porstmann, Norman Steinke
  • Patent number: 11260822
    Abstract: A side airbag device includes: a side airbag in a folded state; a gas generator that includes an attachment portion to be attached to a vehicle, and that is configured to generate inflation gas to be supplied to the side airbag; a wrapping sheet that covers peripheries of the side airbag and the gas generator, and that is breakable when the side airbag is deployed and inflated; and a wire harness that includes a connection end portion electrically connected to the gas generator, and that is led out to an outer portion of the wrapping sheet. The wire harness is provided with a first locking portion, and the wrapping sheet is provided with a second locking portion that is locked to the first locking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matsuo Nagata, Tatsuya Hashido
  • Patent number: 11260782
    Abstract: A vehicle bracket assembly includes first and second platforms each including a body and connectors that extend from each of the bodies. A central base is disposed between the first and second platforms and are coupled to the first and second platforms via the connectors. First and second connecting legs are coupled to the body of each of the first and second platforms, respectively. A first attachment base is coupled to the first platform via the first connecting legs. A second attachment base includes a locating tab. The second attachment base is coupled to the second platform via the second connecting legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Liliana Alonso Vazquez, Alfredo Ivan Trujillo Rolon, Raul Ezequiel Alvarez Ruiz, Andrew John Abramouski, Carlos Ernesto Saenz Camacho
  • Patent number: 11235724
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a side airbag apparatus capable of quickly and properly restraining a passenger in the initial stage of deploying an airbag, along with a passenger protection apparatus including this. [Resolution means] A side airbag apparatus according to the present invention includes: an airbag for restraining a passenger when expanded and deployed; and an inflator for supplying expansion gas to the airbag. The airbag includes: a first chamber which houses the inflator and is deployed outside in the vehicle width direction of the frame side wall part; and a second chamber which is deployed inside in the vehicle width direction of the frame side wall part. In addition, the first chamber is deployed such that at least a portion thereof, as seen from the vehicle side, overlaps the frame side wall part. At this time, the rear end part of an expanding region of the second chamber, as seen from the vehicle side, is formed in front of the rear end part of the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Yuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11235730
    Abstract: An extruded side curtain airbag ramp including a tear-resistant material forming at least one attachment feature and method for manufacturing said extruded side curtain airbag ramp. The airbag ramp according to the present invention incorporates a plurality of extruded materials and provides an easier manufactured product and attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Vintech Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Schoonover, Robert Rutoski
  • Patent number: 11235727
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus (10) for fastening a gas generator (11) in an oscillatory manner as a vibration damping mass inside an airbag module. A fastening ring (12) provided for fastening the gas generator (11) has at least one elastic section (14) and at least one reinforcement insert (15) for reinforcing the fastening ring (12) and securing the fastening ring (12) to the gas generator. A surface of the reinforcement insert (15) is made at least in part of plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Constantin Von Roden, Gregor Eck, Holger Oechel