Plural Compartment Confinement (e.g., "bag Within A Bag") Patents (Class 280/729)
  • Patent number: 11325558
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus may include: an inflator configured to jet gas in case of a collision of a vehicle; a first cushion inflated by the gas jetted by the inflator, and configured to support the head of a passenger in case of a head-on collision of the vehicle; a second cushion connected to the first cushion so as to be supported by the first cushion, and configured to suppress the head of the passenger from moving in a diagonal direction in case of an oblique collision of the vehicle; a connection tube configured to connect the first and second cushions such that the gas of the inflator moves from the first cushion to the second cushion; and a control tether connected to the first cushion and the connection tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rae Ick Jang, Su Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11299122
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus may include an airbag module mounted at a lower end portion of a crash pad; an airbag cushion configured to deploy from the airbag module to deploy in a space between a knee portion and a head portion of a passenger, wherein a tether is connected to the airbag cushion in a deployment direction of the airbag cushion toward at least one of the knee portion, a chest portion, and the head portion of the passenger to form an integrated deployment shape of the airbag cushion; and a release device connected to the tether close to the airbag module, and operated to allow the tether to be released or maintained in a fixed state in a deployment process of the airbag cushion depending on a body shape of the passenger on a seat of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Yeol Choi
  • Patent number: 11285907
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a side curtain airbag including an inboard panel, an outboard panel, and a perimeter at which the inboard panel and the outboard panel are connected to each other. The side curtain airbag includes a main portion formed of part of the inboard panel and part of the outboard panel, and a folded-over portion formed of part of the inboard panel and part of the outboard panel. The main portion and the folded-over portion each include a dead zone spaced from the perimeter at which the inboard panel and the outboard panel are connected to each other. The side curtain airbag is folded so that the inboard panel of the folded-over portion abuts the inboard panel of the main portion. The main portion and the folded-over portion are attached to each other via the respective dead zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Joseph E. Abramczyk, Deepak Patel
  • Patent number: 11285905
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag assembly for a vehicle body includes an airbag having a storage position and an unfolded position, in the unfolded position the airbag features an inboard side facing an interior of the vehicle body, an outboard side facing an exterior of the vehicle body, a top portion fixed to the vehicle body, and a bottom portion located on a side of the airbag opposite the top portion. A fabric layer is adapted to overlay the outboard side of the airbag in the unfolded position, the fabric layer including a top portion and a bottom portion located on a side of the fabric layer opposite the top portion, the top portion of the fabric layer fixed to the top portion of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jimmie A. Ruffner, II
  • Patent number: 11267432
    Abstract: An airbag that includes an inner bag having a facing surface configured to face a passenger of a vehicle in the deployed state, an outer bag that surrounds the outer periphery of the inner bag with the facing surface exposed, and two protrusion parts which are provided in the outer bag and are respectively disposed on the left and right sides in the width direction of the vehicle with respect to the facing surface so as to protrude rearward. The inner bag and the outer bag may be partitioned by a common partition wall, with a ventilation port formed in the partition wall. Moreover, the inner bag and the outer bag may each be independent bag bodies, a ventilation port may be formed in both the inner bag and the outer bag, and the inner bag and the outer bag may be coupled around the ventilation port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Deveopment AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakajima, Takanari Muroya, Ryota Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 11254273
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag system includes an airbag having a cushioning surface configured to be contacted by a user to cushion the user after inflation of the airbag. The airbag also includes at least one cushioning surface positioning vent coupled to the cushioning surface. The at least one cushioning surface positioning vent is actuatable to direct a flow of gas exiting an interior of the airbag so as to produce a reaction force which moves the cushioning surface in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica A. Riffe, Nathaniel P. Jordan
  • Patent number: 11235731
    Abstract: [Object]. An object is to suitably control the deployment shape of an airbag, thereby improving the occupant restraining performance. Another object is to reduce damage to an occupant located close to a steering wheel or an instrument panel. [Solving Means]. An airbag device according to the present invention includes: a gas generator that generates expansion gas; an airbag that expands and deploys due to the expansion gas to restrain an occupant; and a diffuser disposed inside the airbag to control a flow of the expansion gas. Given that a direction toward the occupant is a first direction, the diffuser includes a receiving surface disposed between the gas generator and the airbag in the first direction to receive the expansion gas discharged from the gas generator; and a plurality of band-like connecting members having one end connected to an edge of the receiving surface and the other end directly or indirectly connected to the gas generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Kazuki Morita, Keisuke Honma, Ryunosuke Tachiwana
  • Patent number: 11198409
    Abstract: A passenger seat airbag device includes an airbag including a front collision restraining surface, and an oblique collision restraining portion including a protruding portion in which a surface is set as an oblique collision restraining surface, and a restraining recess portion whose facing surfaces are able to restrain the head of the occupant. The rear wall main portion has the front collision restraining surface. The rear wall end edge portion has the oblique collision restraining surface. The upper edge of the rear wall end edge portion is coupled to a rear edge of the upper wall portion. The lower edge of the rear wall end edge portion is coupled to a rear edge of the lower wall portion. An entire edge of the separation edge of the rear wall end edge portion is coupled to a rear edge of the rear edge side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Hiraiwa, Shinichi Ishida, Koji Hosoe, Masashi Baba, Ryo Kumazaki, Hiromi Kondo
  • Patent number: 11186250
    Abstract: Provided is an airbag configured so that, in the inflated state thereof, a recess is formed in a chest restraint area in the passenger facing surface of the airbag, and the portion of the airbag other than the recess has a large inflation thickness. A driver-side airbag 1 is formed by sewing a front panel 2 and a rear panel 3 together. The rear panel 3 is provided with a left tuck portion 12 which extends from the upper left to the lower left, and a right tuck portion 11 which extends from the upper right to the lower right. The tuck portions 11 and 12 increase the inflation thickness of the driver-side airbag 1. A recess 6 is formed in a passenger chest restraint area in the driver-side airbag 1 by a tether 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventors: Kimihiro Koshikawa, Shinichi Takeuchi, Ryo Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 11173978
    Abstract: To be able to compactly dispose an airbag device for a saddle-type vehicle provided with an airbag deployable upward. An airbag device for a saddle-type vehicle includes: an inflator; an airbag adapted to be expanded by gas discharged from the inflator; and a retainer accommodating the airbag. The airbag is deployed upward from an opening of the retainer. The retainer is disposed in front of a head pipe adapted to support a handle for steering. A wind screen is disposed above the retainer. The wind screen openably and closably covers the opening of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kuroki, Futoshi Miyakawa, Yuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11167717
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus with a cushion that expands and deploys from in front of a seat is provided. The cushion includes a front restraining part that restrains a head of a passenger from the front of a vehicle. The cushion further includes protrusion parts that are provided beside the front restraining part in the width direction of the vehicle and protrude and expand further towards the rear of the vehicle than the front restraining part. Inner tethers inside the cushion are connected to the front restraining part and to which tension is applied to pull the front restraining part towards the front of the vehicle. Outer tethers are connected to the protrusion parts and to which tension is applied to pull the protrusion parts towards the front of the vehicle. When tension is applied to the inner tethers, force towards the inner tethers is applied to the outer tethers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakajima, Takanari Muroya, Ryota Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 11110882
    Abstract: An airbag for a steering wheel is configured to cover an upper surface of the steering wheel generally all over when inflated. The airbag includes a driver-protection portion that is configured to be deployed towards a driver's seat and restrain a driver, a central protruding portion that is disposed in a vicinity of a center of the driver-protection portion and protrudes towards the driver's seat, a circumferential protruding portion that is disposed in a vicinity of an outer circumferential edge of the driver-protection portion and protrudes towards the driver's seat, and a small protruding portion that is disposed between the central protruding portion and circumferential protruding portion and protrudes towards the driver's seat. The small protruding portion is smaller in protruding amount than the central protruding portion and the circumferential protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Nonoyama, Takanori Komatsu, Masashi Hotta
  • Patent number: 11104288
    Abstract: Objective: To provide a side airbag apparatus that can protect a head portion and chest portion by an appropriate restraining force, while favorably inflating and expanding even a cushion that protects a head portion and chest portion with a small inflator, and that can ensure high OOP performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Makoto Fuma, Yuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11084450
    Abstract: When a curtain airbag inflates and expands, an independent portion inside a slit portion inflates and expands toward a vehicle lower side toward a gap between a seat back and a center pillar garnish. If the independent portion interferes with the seat back, the independent portion inflects in the vehicle width direction. Meanwhile, regions of the curtain airbag other than the independent portion inflate and expand toward the vehicle lower side without being affected by the position of the independent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Masaaki Okuhara
  • Patent number: 11046282
    Abstract: An airbag for a vehicle includes a main chamber that deploys and inflates toward a passenger and has an empty space formed therein. A delay chamber is disposed in the empty space of the main chamber and is connected with the main chamber through a connecting portion. The delay chamber inflates in the empty space of the main chamber by receiving gas from the main chamber through the connecting portion when the main chamber is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Hwan Lee
  • Patent number: 11040684
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint device comprises a control unit and a group of at least two matched airbags (20, 24; 22, 26) for the protection of a vehicle occupant (10; 16) on a particular vehicle seat (12; 16). The control unit is arranged and the airbags (20, 24; 22, 26) are disposed and designed so that, in a collision case, the control unit differentiates between a first situation in which the vehicle occupant (10; 16) is located in a standard distance area relative to a first airbag (20; 22) and a second situation in which the vehicle occupant (10; 16) is located in a rear area which is further distant from the first airbag (20; 22) than the standard distance area. When the first situation is given, the control unit activates the first airbag (20; 22) only. In contrast, when the second situation is given, the control unit activates the first airbag (20; 22) and additionally at least a second airbag (24; 26) of the group, with the first airbag (20; 22) backing the second airbag (24; 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Seyffert, Simon Kramer, Marco Wahl, Silke Leger
  • Patent number: 11027691
    Abstract: An airbag includes a body and a redirecting cloth that is composed of a sheet material having flexibility and disposed inside the body. The redirecting cloth includes an inlet port for taking in an inflation gas; one or more outlet ports that release the inflation gas as flown from the inlet port towards predetermined regions of the body; and a sew region that sews first and second terminal edges of the sheet material together. Each of the first and second terminal edges of the sheet material includes a turned-and-sewn region that has been turned inward and sewn. At least a part of the sew region is formed by sewing terminals of the turned-and-sewn regions together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nonoyama, Hiroki Imaeda, Tomoya Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11014521
    Abstract: It is provided a gas bag for a vehicle occupant restraint system of a motor vehicle, comprising at least one first inflatable chamber configured for the protection of the head of a vehicle occupant; at least one second inflatable chamber configured for the protection of a shoulder and/or thorax region of the vehicle occupant, wherein the gas bag is to be arranged in or on a side of a vehicle seat facing the vehicle interior space. The first and the second chamber are rotatable relative to each other in the inflated condition of the gas bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Torsten Steiner, Karl-Heinz Bürlen, Christian Weyrich, Hans-Peter Sendelbach
  • Patent number: 11007967
    Abstract: A front airbag (10) for a vehicle occupant (12), especially a passenger airbag, comprises a contact panel (22) facing the vehicle occupant (12) in the inflated state, wherein in the interior of the airbag at the contact panel (22) first tensile means (32) are arranged which in portions retain the contact panel (22) in the inflated state of the airbag (10) and are disposed so that the contact panel (22) forms a side bulge on at least one of its two lateral edges and forms plural central bulges between the lateral edges which central bulges are smaller in cross-section than the at least one side bulge. At least a second tensile means (38) is disposed so that the contact panel (22) forms an upper bulge (36) which substantially extends in the transverse vehicle direction (y) and, with respect to a vertical vehicle axis (z), is disposed above the central bulges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Lothar Zink, Bernd Issler
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Bührlen
  • 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: 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: 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: 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