Plural Compartment Confinement (e.g., "bag Within A Bag") Patents (Class 280/729)
  • Patent number: 10994691
    Abstract: An airbag having an outer skin enclosing a gas space. The outer skin has a first side wall (11) and a second side wall (12). The first side wall (11) and second side wall (12) are connected to one another at a first end (71), the first side wall (11) extends from the first end (71) to a second end (72), the second side wall (12) extends from the first end (71) to a third end (73), a third side wall (23) extends from the second end (72) of the first side wall (11) to a fourth end (74), and a fourth side (24) wall extends from the fourth end (74) to the third end (73) of the second side wall (12). The third side wall (23) is separate from the first side wall (11) and extends from a fifth end (75) connected to at least a portion of the second end (72) of the first side wall (11) by a first seam (81). The fourth side wall (24) is separate from the second side wall (12) and extends from a sixth end (76) connected to at least a portion of the third end (73) of the second side wall (12) by a second seam (82).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Malgorzata Wasilewska, Maciej Matynski, Magdalena Petecka, Siecla Przemyslaw
  • Patent number: 10988102
    Abstract: A front airbag for vehicle occupants, comprising a front face (16) facing the vehicle occupant in the inflated state, a rear panel (14) facing the vehicle front end and a chamber defining the interior of the inflated airbag (10) is characterized in that, relating to the front face (16), a central sub-chamber starting from the front face (16) is provided which is defined by a central front panel (20) forming part of the front face (16) and a circumferential central side panel (22), wherein the circumferential side panel (22) protrudes into the envelope of the inflated airbag (10), and in that at least one outer chamber (30) laterally adjacent to the central sub-chamber (18) and surrounding the sub-chamber (18) at least partially on the outside is provided which includes an outer front panel (32) forming part of the front face (16) and a side panel (34) which is adjacent to the central side panel (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Stegmeier, Axel Kamrath
  • Patent number: 10967827
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag (10), especially for a side curtain airbag system (20), comprising an airbag interior (30) which in the deployed state of the airbag (10) defines one single chamber (40), wherein the chamber (40) comprises a gas guiding device (50) by which the chamber (40) is divided into at least one primary filling zone (41) and at least one secondary filling zone (42), as well as to a vehicle safety system equipped with such airbag (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA, S.A.
    Inventors: Pedro Jose Santin Navarro, Jose Miguel Fernandes Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10960845
    Abstract: An airbag (10) comprises a plurality of interconnected adjacent inflatable cells, wherein a cell is attached to an adjacent cell by at least two seam lines (31, 32), said lines being spaced from each other to define a cell area, which is comprising a gas passage portion (1c, 2c, 3c, 4c) between said adjacent cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Hendrik Schwarzwald, Hichem Mrad, Christian Schickle
  • Patent number: 10933836
    Abstract: A safety device for a vehicle, which includes a main armrest, an auxiliary armrest that obliquely extends from a front end portion of the main armrest toward the center of a seat, a first airbag chamber that is accommodated in the main armrest and that, when triggered to expand, expands upward along a lateral body of a vehicle occupant and thus laterally holds an arm of the vehicle occupant in place, a second airbag chamber that extends protrusively from an upper end portion of the first airbag chamber toward a neck of the vehicle occupant and thus holds a shoulder of the vehicle occupant in place, and a front-body abdominal chamber that is mounted in the auxiliary armrest and that, when triggered to expand, expands toward an abdomen of the vehicle occupant and thus holds a front body of the vehicle occupant in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joo Seon Yoo, Hyo Shub Shin
  • Patent number: 10906499
    Abstract: Provided is a side impact airbag which is deployed between two seats in the width direction of a vehicle to thereby prevent passengers seated on the two seats from colliding with each other. The airbag is configured to, when being fully inflated, form recesses on both sides thereof to accommodate the shoulders and arms of the passengers, such that the fully inflated airbag is configured to be maintained in a certain posture by the pressure applied to the shoulders and arms of the passengers accommodated in the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Jong Ki Byun, Wan Dong Yoo, Tae Ik Gwon
  • Patent number: 10899309
    Abstract: An airbag is formed by joining outer edges of an occupant-side wall and a vehicle-side wall each of which is made of a base cloth having flexibility. The occupant-side wall and vehicle-side wall are equal in circumferential length of the outer edge. The occupant-side wall includes a recessed region for receiving a head of a vehicle occupant and an annular raised region that surrounds the recessed region. At least one of the occupant-side wall and the vehicle-side wall includes at least one shortening region that reduces a circumferential length of an outer edge of the base cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Hotta, Koji Kawamura, Tetsuhiro Arima
  • Patent number: 10889260
    Abstract: An airbag cushion assembly (10, 100) has an airbag cushion (12) and an inflator (20, 120). The airbag cushion has a plurality of inflatable chambers including a primary chamber (11, 111) configured to receive inflation gas and one or more additional chambers (14, 16, 114, 115, 116) for receiving inflation gas from the primary chamber (11, 111). The inflator (20, 120) is in communication with, or open to, the gas inlet of the primary chamber (11, 111). One or more of the additional chambers has one or more one-way gas flow check valves (30, 130) for receiving inflation gases into the chamber and preventing the received gases from back flowing to maintain the one or more additional chambers at full inflation when the airbag cushion is inflated and loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Pieruch, Matthias Volkmann
  • Patent number: 10882488
    Abstract: An autonomous robot vehicle includes a front side and an energy absorbing system. The front side includes a front bumper and a front face including a frame defining a cavity. The energy absorbing system includes an energy absorbing member mounted in the cavity of the frame, and an inflatable airbag. The energy absorbing member is configured to reduce impact on an object struck by the autonomous robot vehicle. The inflatable airbag is mounted on the front side of the autonomous robot vehicle such that when the inflatable airbag is deployed, the inflatable airbag is external to the autonomous robot vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nuro, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu, Nick Vines, Russell Smith
  • Patent number: 10882486
    Abstract: The side airbag device includes an inflator and a side airbag that is stored in a folded state in a side portion of a seatback of a vehicle seat and is inflatable and deployable in a space between a vehicle sidewall and a side portion of an occupant. The side airbag includes an outer bag and an inner bag. The inner bag houses the inflator and is disposed at a rear portion of the outer bag along an extending direction of the seatback. The outer bag is provided with a vent hole configured to communicate with an outside. The inner bag is provided with a gas circulating hole configured to communicate with the outer bag. The gas circulating hole is disposed at a position to be blocked by the outer bag when the side airbag in an inflated and deployed state is pressed between the occupant and the vehicle sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: Mazda Motor Corporation, Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Okada, Yuichi Sugimura, Hidetaka Azuma, Takahiko Yamamura, Ichiro Yokomi, Tetsuro Hamada
  • Patent number: 10875484
    Abstract: An airbag device which is capable of efficiently suppressing an injury value of an occupant during an emergency. The airbag device 100 includes: an inflator 112 which is installed in a vehicle and which is capable of supplying gas; a main bag 114 which inflates to the front of a seat of the vehicle due to the gas; and an outer bag 116 which inflates so as to surround the main bag 114 due to the gas. The outer bag 116 includes an opening 118 which opens toward an occupant sitting on the seat and which exposes a portion (a rear region 120) of the main bag 114. The outer bag 116 surrounds and presses against the main bag 114, such that the portion of the main bag 114 protrudes from the opening 118 toward the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakajima, Hiroya Tabushi
  • Patent number: 10875486
    Abstract: An airbag device for a vehicle may include: a housing fixed to a seat on which a passenger is seated; an inflator fixed to the housing, and generating operation gas; and a cushion mounted in the housing, expanded by the operation gas received from the inflator, and deployed in a shape to cover the body of the passenger seated on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10836342
    Abstract: An airbag includes a bag body and an inlet port section of inflation gas. As a gas receivable region, the bag body includes a front main inflatable region, a rear main inflatable region, a feed path that feeds the inflation gas from the inlet port section to the front and rear main inflatable regions, and a sub inflatable region that absorbs the gas from the front main inflatable region when a pressure of the front main inflatable region soars. A front partitioning region partitions the front main inflatable region from the sub inflatable region. The front partitioning region is disposed in front of a front end of an upper partitioning region in an island-like fashion remote from other uninflatable region so as to provide, at the rear of and there beneath, one each communication passage that provides gas communication between the front main inflatable region and the sub inflatable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Hayashi, Masaaki Okuhara, Takashi Iida, Ryosuke Jinnai, Kunihiro Aikawa, Sho Ikenohata, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 10836343
    Abstract: An airbag device 100 includes: an inflator 112 that is provided in a vehicle and capable of supplying gas; and an outer bag 114 that inflates, by using the gas, in a prescribed shape in front of an occupant 134 sitting in a seat 102 of the vehicle. The outer bag 114 includes an outside base fabric 122 forming an outer surface thereof, an opening part 126 provided in a prescribed area of the outside base fabric 122, and an inside base fabric 124 forming an inner peripheral surface thereof recessed in a concave shape from the opening part 126 and inflating so as to protrude partially from the opening part 126 to a side of the seat. In the airbag device 100, the inside base fabric 124 has lower tension than the outside base fabric 122 and restrains the occupant 134.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakajima, Ryota Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 10829080
    Abstract: A side airbag apparatus which allows a reduced amount of base fabric and, enables gas to flow efficiently inside the cushion. An inflator (110) supplies gas, a cushion (104) in which base fabrics are formed into a bag shape and inflates and deploys to protect an occupant (118) during a vehicle emergency, a base fabric joint portion (120) which is provided to join main panels 108a and 108b of the cushion (104) in a linear manner and partitions the cushion (104) into a rear chamber (114), a front chamber (116), and an opening (123) provided midway along the base fabric joint portion (120). The base fabric joint portion (120) includes vent forming portions 125a and 125b arranged in two rows which extend from both ends of the opening (123) towards the front chamber (116) or rear chamber (114) and form a projecting vent (124). The projecting vent (124) permits flow of gas between the rear chamber (114) and the front chamber (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Taguchi, Yutaka Nakajima, Hideho Fukuda, Mitsuo Nogami, Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma
  • Patent number: 10814825
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag (12) for an automotive vehicle (10) comprising an airbag fabric (24) forming at least one airbag wall (26, 28) and an elongate flexible tether (20) for positioning the airbag (12) in its deployed state which extends from a first tether end (30) associated with the airbag fabric (24) to an opposite second tether end (32), wherein at the first tether end (30) the tether (20) is tightly sewn to the airbag fabric (24) by a fastening seam (36) and wherein the airbag fabric (24) includes a fabric reinforcing seam (38) which encloses at least part of the fastening seam (36). The invention further relates to a method of mounting a tether (20) on the airbag fabric (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA, S.A.
    Inventors: Rui Maximino, Elsa Moreira, Fatima Sepulveda, Philippe Schneeweiss, Pilar Abelenda, Pedro Jose Santin Navarro
  • Patent number: 10800368
    Abstract: A pair of first airbags and a pair of second airbags are stowed in opposing regions of side wall portions of a vehicle seat. The first airbags are positioned at a seat front side relative to a shoulder area of a seat occupant in a seat side view. The second airbags are positioned at the seat front side relative to a waist area of the seat occupant in the seat side view. The pair of first airbags and the pair of second airbags are supplied with gas, inflate and expand towards the seat width direction inner sides thereof, and are structured such that each pair of airbags, in the inflated and expanded states thereof, push against one another at a seat width direction middle side of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10773677
    Abstract: Vehicular airbag system includes a holder, airbag assemblies each having at least one inflatable airbag, and support brackets arranged on the holder. Each support bracket retains an airbag assembly. The support brackets have different heights relative to a plane defined by or through the holder and are positioned relative to one another such that the airbags inflate at different heights relative to the plane and an airbag inflating at a greatest height from the plane overlies at least one other airbag closer to the plane. The holder may form a housing with a cover that is broken or displaced during airbag deployment, with the support brackets and airbag assemblies being situated in a chamber defined in the housing between the holder and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Cyclazoom LLC
    Inventor: Michael Kipnis
  • Patent number: 10766450
    Abstract: A side airbag device including an airbag (2); an inflator (3); and an inner tube (4) formed of a fabric and covering discharge holes (3a) of the inflator (3). The inner tube (4) protrudes toward a center of the airbag (2) in a deployed state and a first end (4b) is closed in the direction of gas discharge, and second ends (4c) that are in a vehicle height direction of the airbag (2) in the deployed state are open. The inner tube (4) is folded back at a folded-back portion (4d) inside the airbag (2) when the airbag (2) is folded in a case where the side airbag device is installed in a vehicle seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Naoki Hatakeyama, Atsushi Murai
  • Patent number: 10759371
    Abstract: A pair of first airbags and a pair of second airbags are stowed in opposing regions of side wall portions of a vehicle seat. The first airbags are positioned at a seat front side relative to a shoulder area of a seat occupant in a seat side view. The second airbags are positioned at the seat front side relative to a waist area of the seat occupant in the seat side view. The pair of first airbags and the pair of second airbags are supplied with gas, inflate and expand towards the seat width direction inner sides thereof, and are structured such that each pair of airbags, in the inflated and expanded states thereof, push against one another at a seat width direction middle side of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10752200
    Abstract: An airbag has a main bag portion that is provided with an occupant protective surface which is disposed to face the occupant and an auxiliary bag portion that can be disposed on the left side of the storage part, between the main bag portion and a vehicle body-side member, when the inflation is completed. The auxiliary bag portion is configured to enable an inflating gas to flow into an inside thereof through the main bag portion, is configured to be inflated under control of a control mechanism in association with a collision mode of a vehicle, and is configured to be interposed between the main bag portion and the vehicle body-side member and to be capable of pushing a region of the occupant protective surface on a side of the auxiliary bag portion, which is inflated, toward a side of the occupant, when the inflation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiko Ishiguro, Ryotaro Ishida, Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Wataru Miuta
  • Patent number: 10723300
    Abstract: An airbag system includes a center airbag, a first side-wing airbag, a second side-wing airbag, and a tether. The center airbag is disposed in a steering wheel of a vehicle. The first side-wing airbag is disposed on a first side of a support housing disposed between the steering wheel and an instrument panel of the vehicle. The second side-wing airbag is disposed on a second side of the support housing. The tether connects the side-wing airbags and is disposed above the support housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Robert William McCoy
  • Patent number: 10723302
    Abstract: A pair of first airbags and a pair of second airbags are stowed in opposing regions of side wall portions of a vehicle seat. The first airbags are positioned at a seat front side relative to a shoulder area of a seat occupant in a seat side view. The second airbags are positioned at the seat front side relative to a waist area of the seat occupant in the seat side view. The pair of first airbags and the pair of second airbags are supplied with gas, inflate and expand towards the seat width direction inner sides thereof, and are structured such that each pair of airbags, in the inflated and expanded states thereof, push against one another at a seat width direction middle side of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10710542
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inflatable airbag (1) for protecting a person (5), comprising a flexible cover (10) which includes at least two finger-type extensions (11), wherein the flexible cover (10) delimits a closed gas expansion compartment (12) by the finger-type extensions (11). The invention excels by the fact that the finger-type extensions (11) are arranged relative to each other such that in an inflated state the airbag (1) takes a three-dimensional shape and in the inflated state the finger-type extensions (11) at least in portions delimit a clearance (13), wherein the cover (10) is deferrable for absorbing impact energy while deforming, especially reducing, the clearance (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Daniele Aranzulla, Martin Burkhardtsmaier, Achim Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10703322
    Abstract: A vehicle side airbag device including: a side airbag that is accommodated in a folded-up state within a side portion, which is at a vehicle transverse direction outer side at a seatback of a vehicle seat, and, at a time of a side collision, the side airbag inflating and expanding between an upper body of a vehicle occupant and a vehicle side portion, and a vehicle transverse direction inner side surface of the side airbag, which faces the vehicle occupant, sinking in toward a vehicle transverse direction outer side; and a cloth body that is disposed at a vehicle occupant side with respect to the inflated and expanded side airbag, and that spans between front and rear both end portions of the side airbag and is stretched between the front and rear both end portions, a gap being formed between the side airbag and the cloth body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10682976
    Abstract: It is provided a vehicle occupant restraint system comprising an airbag module and a vehicle seat, wherein the airbag module comprises an inflatable gas bag and the vehicle seat comprises a backrest with a front side, a rear side, a left side, a right side and an upper side. The gas bag is arranged at the backrest of the vehicle seat in such a way that in the inflated state the gas bag extends over a portion of the rear side of the backrest, over a portion of the left or the right side of the backrest and over a portion of the upper side of the backrest and is supported on the portion of the rear side of the backrest, on the portion of the left or the right side of the backrest and on the portion of the upper side of the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Rathgeb, Karl-Heinz B├╝hrlen
  • Patent number: 10654438
    Abstract: A curtain airbag apparatus (100) is provided with an inflator (106), and a cushion (102) stored, in an elongated storage form, on an inner side of a headliner above a front side window (110), and receives the gas to inflate. The cushion (102) in the storage form has a bent-over portion (142) which is formed by bending over a rear end (136) of the cushion (102) towards a center side thereof from a state in which the cushion (102) is rolled upwards. The state of the cushion (102) when the bending over is performed i.e. the rolled state of the cushion (102), is achieved by rolling the cushion (102) from a state in which a prescribed area at the rear end (136) of the cushion (102) in a deployed state is folded over towards the center side in the vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Tetsuya Iwata, Kazumasa Arakawa, Kazuyuki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10632959
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus including: a first chamber connected to an inflator; a second chamber connected to the rear of the first chamber and supported by the first chamber, supporting the head of a passenger in case of an oblique collision of a vehicle, and having a first passage through which gas of the first chamber is introduced; a third chamber connected to the rear of the first chamber and supported by the first chamber, disposed at one side of the second chamber, and supporting the head of the passenger in a head-on collision of the vehicle; a connection tether connecting the second and third chambers to limit separation between the second and third chambers; and a shut-off valve closing the first passage to block gas of the second chamber from being discharged to the first chamber through the first passage, when the first chamber is completely deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ga Ram Jeong, Hae Kwon Park, Rae Ick Jang
  • Patent number: 10632957
    Abstract: A frontal airbag for vehicle occupants, especially a passenger airbag, includes a contact panel (26) facing the vehicle occupant (12). Inside the airbag plural tethers (38) and/or partitions (38) are arranged which in portions withhold the contact panel (26) in the inflated state of the airbag (10) and form at least one lateral bead (34) and plural central beads (36) which in cross-section are smaller than the lateral beads (34). Furthermore, an airbag module is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Bausch, Lothar Zink, Jochen Weiss
  • Patent number: 10632955
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system is mounted on a far-side vehicle seat for protecting a far-side occupant in a near-side impact crash event. The vehicle safety system includes an occupant restraint mounted on an inboard side of a seat back of the far-side vehicle seat. The restraint includes a support frame rotatable from a stowed condition where the support frame is aligned with the seat back and a deployed condition where the support frame is forward of the seat back. The support frame includes a rear arm and a forward arm each rotatably connected to the seat back at separate mounting points with the mounting point of the rear arm located above the mounting point of the forward arm. In a near-side impact crash event the restraint is rotated into the deployed condition inboard of the far-side vehicle seat to restrain the far-side occupant against lateral movement within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Craig Markusic
  • Patent number: 10618493
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a curtain bag body and a tag. The curtain bag body extends from a front pillar of a vehicle so as to run along a roof side rail of the vehicle. The curtain bag body is secured with the tag to the front pillar and the roof side rail. The curtain bag body includes a first region having a first inflatable member disposed below the roof side rail and a second region having a second inflatable member that is in communication with the first inflatable member and that is disposed closer to the front pillar than the first inflatable member. The second region is folded back in such a manner that part of the second inflatable member overlaps the first inflatable member in the vehicle-width direction of the vehicle and is secured to the front pillar with the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mototsugu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10583800
    Abstract: An occupant protection device includes a knee air bag. The knee air bag is configured to be deployed rearwardly from a front of right and left knees of an occupant seated in a seat of a vehicle towards the knees to press the knees from the front. The knee air bag includes at least either one of a right side inclined surface and a left side inclined surface. The right side inclined surface is configured to come in contact, from a right side, with the right knee of the occupant seated in the seat and the left side inclined surface is configured to come in contact with the left knee of the occupant from a left side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10576924
    Abstract: An airbag is installed in a storage section of an instrument panel. The airbag includes a bag body, a part of which is constituted by a peripheral wall panel section. The peripheral wall panel section includes a pair of panels arranged in the vehicle width direction. At least one of the panels includes an assembled panel, in which adjacent fabric pieces are joined by a peripheral edge joint section. The assembled panel includes a support inflation section, which, when the bag body is deployed and inflated, projects outward of the bag body further than the other sections of the assembled panel so as to be in contact with the instrument panel. The support inflation section is constituted by a part of the peripheral edge joint section and a part of each of the two fabric pieces that are joined by the peripheral edge joint section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Ruddy, Brandon Streeter, Akira Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10549709
    Abstract: A curtain airbag apparatus includes a series of main chambers formed to flatways cover an inner side structure of the vehicle upon inflation; and a head receiving region formed at a front portion of the curtain airbag concavely upwardly in a length direction of the vehicle to receive a head of an occupant when the head of the occupant comes into contact with a driver seat airbag and slide in front and lateral directions of the vehicle in an inflated state of the driver seat airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Yong Hyun Jung
  • Patent number: 10549713
    Abstract: Control for airbag deployment and/or the like is facilitated in a simple configuration. An airbag includes upper vent holes and lower vent holes. The upper vent holes are placed upward of the head facing portion and are open to an occupant side. The lower vent holes are placed downward of the upper vent holes and are open to the opposite side from an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Sato, Futoshi Miyakawa, Kyosuke Korenaga, Kohei Oshima, Yuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10543802
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a center console and an airbag inflatable upwardly from the center console. The airbag includes an internal panel defining two chambers. The internal panel includes a plurality of tubes, and each tube includes an opening at which that tube terminates. The openings are proximate a top of the airbag and open to the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew B. Makowski, Deepak Patel, Tahmidur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10518731
    Abstract: A center airbag apparatus may include: an inflator mounted in an instrument panel and configured to inject gas; a first cushion part deployed by the gas injected from the inflator, and configured to support a driver airbag; and a second cushion part connected to the first cushion part, and configured to be deployed between the driver airbag and a passenger airbag to protrude toward the rear of a vehicle based on the driver airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ga Ram Jeong, Hae Kwon Park, Jiwoon Song, Seokhoon Ko, Seok Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10518734
    Abstract: A side airbag device including a cushion (104), an inflator (110), and a structure such as a rotating shaft (140) built in a seat (102). The inflator (110) has a gas ejection hole inside the cushion (104), a connector (136) on the other end side, and a stud bolt (112). The cushion (104) has a bag-shaped chamber (114), an extension portion (124) into which the inflator (110) is inserted, and a predetermined tab (118) held in the vicinity of the other end side of the inflator (110). The rotating shaft (140) is disposed to pass through a space portion (E1) surrounded by the chamber (114), the extension portion (124), the inflator (110), and the tab (118), and the cushion (104) is attached to the seat (102) by the stud bolt (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Mitsuo Nogami
  • Patent number: 10507784
    Abstract: An airbag includes: an outer member configured to form an outer peripheral wall upon completing inflation, which includes a driver side portion configured to receive a driver, and a steering-wheel side portion supported by a steering wheel; and an inner member provided to expand inside the outer member. The inner member has a supply port for supplying inflation gas to the outer member and covers the inflow opening of the outer member to be arranged on an upstream side of flow of the inflation gas flowing from the inflow opening into the airbag such that a higher pressure can be maintained in the inner member than the outer member. The inner member includes a front support inflating portion configured to support a portion of the driver side portion of the outer member at least at a front side upon completing inflation of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Naohiko Ishiguro, Ryotaro Ishida, Wataru Miura
  • Patent number: 10507785
    Abstract: An airbag includes: a bag body forming the outer peripheral wall; and a regulating member disposed on an outer peripheral side of the bag body at a time of inflation completion of the bag body. The regulating member is configured so as to be able to regulate the bag body so that an area ranging from the vicinity of a joint portion for mutually joining the outer peripheral edge of the vehicle body side panel and the outer peripheral edge of the occupant side panel to a side of the gas inflow port at the time of inflation completion of the airbag is made smaller in external dimensions and reduced in size than an area at a time of free inflation state of the bag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiko Ishiguro, Wataru Miura, Ryotaro Ishida, Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Masami Shibata
  • Patent number: 10501045
    Abstract: An airbag includes a main inflatable section which includes a front-collision arresting face at the rear plane as deployed, a protruding inflatable section which includes an oblique-collision arresting face, and an arresting recess formed between the front-collision arresting face and oblique-collision arresting face. An outer tether is disposed on the outside of the airbag for preventing the protruding inflatable section from moving away from the main inflatable section at airbag deployment. The outer tether includes a side edge disposed towards the protruding inflatable section and a front edge disposed towards the main inflatable section. The side edge is jointed to an upper edge of the oblique-collision arresting face by a side joint which is formed over a generally entire area in a front and rear direction of the protruding inflatable section. The front edge is jointed to an upper edge of the front-collision arresting face by a front joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ikuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 10493947
    Abstract: A knee airbag for a vehicle occupant restraint device can adopt a deployed position of use between a fixed vehicle component and the legs of a vehicle occupant. The airbag includes an airbag sheath, at least one exhaust orifice formed therein and control features for selectively releasing the exhaust orifice. The control features are disposed inside the knee airbag and arranged so as to release or block the exhaust orifice depending on the expansion of the knee airbag in a particular direction of expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Timo Abele, Werner Frelsler, Sven Oliver Tamme
  • Patent number: 10493943
    Abstract: A curtain airbag is folded and stored in an upper portion of a vehicle body under normal circumstances, and is inflated and expanded along a side window in emergency situations. The curtain airbag includes a front chamber to be inflated and expanded along the side window of a front seat of the vehicle body; a first gas supply port to supply gas to the front chamber, the first gas supply port being disposed at an upper portion of the front chamber; a sub-chamber smaller than the front chamber and disposed above the front chamber; and a second gas supply port disposed rearward of the sub-chamber, and communicated with and narrower than the first gas supply port. The sub-chamber is stored in a state of being folded on a front surface of the front chamber on a vehicle interior side at a portion of the second gas supply port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K. K.
    Inventor: Sakae Sugimori
  • Patent number: 10479314
    Abstract: A curtain airbag and device capable of stabilizing a position of a main panel in a vehicle length direction (longitudinal direction) and in a vehicle width direction (lateral direction) at the time of inflation and development. A curtain airbag is provided with a main panel forming an inflatable portion, a guide panel arranged on a rear surface arranged on a side window side of the main panel, and a connecting member which connects the main panel to a vehicle body, the main panel including a folded portion obtained by folding a lower end in a flat development view toward the rear surface side, the guide panel including an upper end connected to the main panel and a lower end connected to the folded portion, and the connecting member including a first end connected to the vehicle body and a second end connected to the folded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventor: Sakae Sugimori
  • Patent number: 10471927
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to airbag systems for vehicles. The airbag systems may prevent the airbags from splitting apart during impact with a pedestrian or object. The airbag system may include a first airbag attached to a first connector and a second airbag attached to a second connector. The airbag system may also include a tether attached to the first connector and the second connector, and wherein the tether is configured to be pulled taut upon the first or second airbag being deployed in an environment of a vehicle in order to reduce the likelihood of an object colliding directly with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: WAYMO LLC
    Inventors: Atul Gupta, Peter Craig Lombrozo, Daniel Lynn Larner
  • Patent number: 10471922
    Abstract: A curtain airbag apparatus for a car includes: a cushion part installed in a car body, and configured to be deployed between the car body and a passenger by a gas supplied through an inflator; a tether part formed between the cushion part and the car body, and formed to have both sides connected to the cushion part so as to guide a deployment shape of the cushion part; and a bending guide part configured to form a groove at a side surface of the cushion part such that gas is not supplied to the groove, and configured to guide the cushion part to have a concave shape toward the car body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: SangWon Hwangbo, Hae Kwon Park, JiWoon Song
  • Patent number: 10464591
    Abstract: One steering column assembly for use with a vehicle includes a jacket, a steering shaft rotatably supported by the jacket, and a retractor for moving the steering shaft from an extended position to a stowed position. The retractor does not interfere with rotation of the steering shaft when the steering shaft is at the extended position, and the retractor includes explosive material and a detonation device. The detonation device is in communication with the explosive material for detonating the explosive material when an impact event is sensed or predicted, and detonation of the explosive material results in the steering shaft moving from the extended position to the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Christian Pichonnat
  • Patent number: 10464519
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle includes a main airbag inflatable to cover a portion of a vehicle and to help provide protection from impacts with the covered portion of the vehicle, and an auxiliary airbag connected to the main airbag, the auxiliary airbag being inflatable to cover portions of the vehicle left uncovered by the main airbag. The auxiliary airbag includes a deployment portion and a restriction panel. The deployment portion is inflatable to extend from the main portion and having a first length. The restriction panel has a second length that is shorter than the first length. The restriction panel overlies the deployment portion and has opposite ends connected to opposite ends of the deployment panel. The deployment portion, when inflated, is configured to tension the restraining panel between the opposite ends of the deployment portion and position the restraining panel for receiving and absorbing impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Young S. Kim
  • Patent number: 10449924
    Abstract: An airbag includes, in a rear portion thereof, a passenger protection region for protecting a passenger. The passenger protection region includes a front-collision arresting plane, an oblique-collision arresting plane that is disposed on a left side and/or right side of the front-collision arresting plane, and an arresting recess that is disposed between the front-collision arresting plane and the oblique-collision arresting plane. Further, the airbag internally includes a tether that joints a front end portion of the airbag and the bottom of the arresting recess, and an auxiliary tether that joints the front end portion of the airbag and a side edge region of the front-collision arresting plane apart from the arresting recess. The tether and the auxiliary tether are designed to be deployed generally symmetrically with respect to a line that runs in a front and rear direction through a mounting center of the airbag to a case of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ikuo Yamada, Motoyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10442386
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular curtain air bag device including a curtain air bag, the curtain air bag including: a rear seat chamber that inflates and deploys between a head of a rear seat occupant and a vehicle interior side section from an upper end section of the vehicle interior side section; and a headrest chamber extending from a rear end section of the rear seat chamber, the headrest chamber inflating and deploying between a headrest of a rear seat and the vehicle interior side section in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Hioda, Kouji Ohara