Inflated Confinement Specially Positioned Relative To Occupant Or Conforming To The Body Shape Of Occupant Patents (Class 280/730.1)
  • Patent number: 11364965
    Abstract: A saddle riding vehicle airbag device can be disposed compactly and the airbag can be deployed vertically upward. In the saddle riding vehicle airbag device provided with a retainer that is provided in front of a seat for a rider, an inflator and an airbag that is housed in the retainer, is inflated by means of a gas discharged from the inflator and is deployed in front of the rider, in which the retainer is provided with an L-shaped airbag passage that causes the airbag to deploy upward in a left-right direction, and, in a deployed state, the airbag is formed bilaterally asymmetrical with respect to a left-right center line of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Aikyo, Takashi Sato, Makoto Fuma
  • Patent number: 11358559
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle may include an expandable curtain and/or an expandable bladder configured to be expanded from a stowed state to a deployed state. In the deployed state, the expandable curtain may include first and second sides configured to extend along respective portions of first and second interior sides of the vehicle. The expandable curtain may also include a transverse portion extending between the first and second sides, and the first and second sides, and the transverse portion of the expandable curtain may form a contiguous barrier. The expandable bladder when deployed may be supported by the expandable curtain during contact by an occupant. The occupant protection system may also include a deployment control system configured to cause the expandable curtain and/or the expandable bladder to expand to the deployed state. The occupant protection system may be used in vehicles having a carriage-style seating arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Jost, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Andrew John Piper, Josh Alexander Jimenez
  • Patent number: 11351945
    Abstract: A knee airbag cover for a vehicle includes a covering body configured to shield an airbag module from a passenger cabin. The covering body has an outer perimeter with an instrument panel facing side and a footwell facing side. The covering body also has an inner surface configured to face away from the passenger cabin and an outer surface configured to face toward the passenger cabin. The knee airbag cover further includes a footwell fastener. The footwell fastener is configured to attach a footwell so as to conceal the footwell fastener and an attachment of the covering body from the passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis Thomas, Harshad Potdar, Chetan Jain
  • Patent number: 11351950
    Abstract: A vehicle seat for supporting an occupant in a sitting position includes a backrest, and an airbag unit. The airbag unit comprises an inflatable airbag provided in an initially rolled and/or folded airbag package, and an inflator actuable to direct inflating gas into the airbag to inflate the airbag into an inflated configuration. The airbag comprises a pair of inflatable chambers which are physically connected to one another via a connecting interface, and are fluidly isolated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Par Sandinge, Mikaela Hagg, Hanna Karlsson, Malin Leijer, Mats Berntsson, Kevin Wikstedt, Fredrik Kjell, Carl-Johan Svensson, Jules Houessou, Ola Henriksson
  • Patent number: 11345300
    Abstract: A restraint system (10) for helping to protect an occupant (60) of a vehicle (20) having a roof (32) and a cabin (40) including a seat (50) for the occupant (60) has an airbag (70). The airbag (70) has a stored condition within the roof (32) and is inflatable to a deployed condition extending into the cabin (40) and aligned with the seat (50). The airbag (70) includes a first portion (94) defining a first chamber (100) and a second portion (104) defining a second chamber (110). The first portion (94) is connected to the vehicle (20) and includes a vent (106). The first portion (94), in response to occupant (60) penetration with the second portion (104), vents inflation fluid from the vent (106) and elongates to enable folding of the airbag (70) away from the occupant (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Alexandra E. Smith
  • Patent number: 11338757
    Abstract: There is proposed a vehicle seat configured to support an occupant (401) in a sitting position, the seat comprising: a squab (27), a backrest (28), and an airbag unit. The airbag unit comprises an inflatable bag (1) and an inflator (34). The airbag comprises an inflatable chamber (8, 9; 208). The airbag further comprises an inflatable guide (2), connected to the inflator and the inflatable chamber. Upon actuation of said inflator, said inflatable guide is at least partially inflated before the inflatable chamber, thereby initially urging the inflatable chamber away from the backrest of the seat. The airbag is configured such that after the inflatable guide is at least partially inflated, the inflatable chamber inflates into a deployed position in which it defines an inflated shroud which extends over said sitting position and provides lateral protection to said occupant of the seat in said sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Mikaela Hagg, Malin Leijer, Mats Berntsson, Kevin Wikstedt, Par Sandinge, Fredrik Kjell, Jules Houessou, Carl-Johan Svensson, Hanna Karlsson, Ola Henriksson
  • Patent number: 11332093
    Abstract: An assembly includes a steering wheel having a hub rotatable about a rotational axis and a rim spaced radially from the hub. The assembly includes a first airbag supported by the hub and inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The assembly includes a second airbag inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The second airbag extending annularly around the rotational axis. The first airbag and the second airbag being spaced from each other along the rotational axis when the first airbag and the second airbag are in the uninflated position. The rim being between the first airbag and the second airbag when the first airbag and the second airbag are in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 11305717
    Abstract: A knee airbag apparatus includes an airbag that is configured to be accommodated in a holder arranged in an instrument panel of a vehicle. The airbag includes an upper inflation portion and a lower inflation portion. The upper inflation portion is configured to be deployed and inflated from the holder along a rear surface of the instrument panel in a rear upward direction to protect a knee of a lea of the occupant. The lower inflation portion is configured to be deployed and inflated from the holder in a downward direction or a diagonally rear downward direction such that a lower end of the lower inflation portion reaches a position where the lower end contacts an instep of a foot of the leg of the occupant or a position lower than the instep to protect the foot of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Aviral Shrivatri, Shiro Ohara, Eugene Lee
  • Patent number: 11285906
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes a steering wheel having a hub, an airbag supported by the hub and inflatable to an inflated position, and an inflatable device supported by the hub and inflatable to an inflatable position. The inflatable device defines an inflation chamber. The inflatable device is a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 11279311
    Abstract: A restraint system for helping to protect an occupant (60) of a vehicle (20) includes a first inflator (74) for providing inflation fluid at a first fluid pressure and a second inflator (76) for providing inflation fluid at a second fluid pressure greater than the first fluid pressure. An airbag (70) includes a stored condition within a roof (32) and is inflatable to a deployed condition extending into a cabin (40) and aligned with a seat (50) for the occupant (60). The airbag (70) includes a first portion (98) defining a first chamber (100) fluidly connected to the first inflator (74) and a second portion (102) defining a second chamber (104) fluidly connected to the second inflator (76) and fluidly isolated from the first chamber (100). The first portion (98) moves relative to the second portion (102) in response to occupant (60) penetration into the airbag (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Alexandra E. Schroeder, Kurt F. Fischer
  • Patent number: 11279429
    Abstract: To be able to compactly dispose an airbag device for a riding type vehicle provided with an airbag deployable upward. An airbag device for a riding type vehicle that is compactly disposed and can be deployed upward, 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 provided below a meter provided in front of a handle for steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Futoshi Miyakawa
  • Patent number: 11279314
    Abstract: A method for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle having a side structure and a cabin with a seat for the occupant includes providing an airbag in a stored condition offset from a centerline of the seat. The airbag has a first portion and a second portion fluidly connected with one another. The first portion is inflated and deployed to a position lateral of the occupant. The second portion is inflated and deployed from the first portion to a position in front of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Angelo Adler, Kurt F. Fischer, Alexandra Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11273786
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with at least one first seat (10) and at least one second seat (12) is described. The second seat (12) is located rear of the first seat (10) and the first seat has one position of operation in which it faces the second seat (12). An air-bag module with an inflatable airbag device (20) being positioned between the first seat (10) and the second seat (12) when in its fully deployed state is provided. Said inflatable airbag device (20) has a first impact surface (22) pointing towards the first seat (10), a second impact surface (24) pointing towards the sec- and seat (12), a main support surface (26) adjacent to or abutting a structural element of the vehicle, and a connecting surface (28) remote from the support surface (26) and extending between the impact surfaces (22, 24). Especially in order to improve the deployment behaviour, the connecting surface (28) is at least partially concave, such that a recess (R) is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Martin Ostling, Christer Lundgren
  • Patent number: 11273783
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a seat defining a lateral axis and an airbag housing supported by the seat. The airbag housing includes a first arm and a second arm. The first arm is fixed relative to the seat, and the second arm is rotatable relative to the seat about a rotational axis generally parallel to the lateral axis. An airbag extends from the first arm to the second arm. The airbag is fixed to the first arm and the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 11260818
    Abstract: A seat cushion airbag apparatus includes a support portion, an airbag, and a fastening portion. The support portion is arranged below the cushion portion of a conveyance seat. The airbag is arranged between the cushion portion and the support portion and at the center portion in the width direction of the conveyance seat. The fastening portion fastens the airbag to the support portion and is disposed in the lower portion of the airbag in the inflated state at a position rearward of the center in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Iida, Shigemi Mase, Shigeyuki Suzuki, Hitoshi Ida, Yasushi Masuda, Tadashi Yamada, Yusuke Kojima, Shuji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11260819
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus equipped in a vehicle seat having a seat cushion that forms a seating surface and a seat back that forms a backrest includes: an inflator that generates inflation gas; and an airbag housed within at least the seat back and deployed by inflation gas released from the inflator. The airbag includes a pair of left and right side chambers that deploy towards the front from a side portion of the seat back and an upper chamber that deploys above the head of a passenger. The airbag is rolled in a direction that intersects the longitudinal direction from a flat unfolded state prior to being housed or folded to be compressed into a long bar shape. A folded portion is formed by folding at least a location corresponding to the upper chamber of the long bar shaped airbag to house the folded portion above the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Takayuki Shimizu, Atsushi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 11254272
    Abstract: A vehicle with a pod separable from a chassis therein, and when a collision detection system detects a collision or an imminent collision, the system will issue a signal to cause an electro-mechanical locking system to detach the pod, and further, to inflate airbags surrounding the pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Ho Keung Tse
  • Patent number: 11247629
    Abstract: A seat includes a seatback. The seat includes a seat bottom extending away from the seatback in a seat-forward direction to a front of the seat bottom distal to the seatback. The seat bottom has a top surface defining an occupant-leg area. The seat includes an airbag supported by the seat bottom at the front of the seat bottom and inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The airbag in the inflated position extends away from the seat bottom in the seat-forward direction and includes an uppermost surface positioned below the occupant-leg area of the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raed Essa El-Jawahri, Agnes S. Kim, Cortney Stancato, Ming Shen
  • Patent number: 11220226
    Abstract: A headliner system includes a plurality of segments connected together and outlining a central opening and a central section received in the central opening. The central section is selected from a group of central sections consisting of a multisection panel incorporating an overhead airbag grid system, a panel incorporating a fold down display panel and a panel incorporating a pull down divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Alan Forgette, Amy M. Boardman, John Andrew Stakoe, Anna Miller Hill, Robert Ralph Armitage, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11214217
    Abstract: A module for an airbag for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle having a roof and an interior with a seat for the occupant includes a housing positioned in the roof. The housing includes a wall with openings extending therethrough. The wall defines an interior space for receiving the airbag. A door includes projections extending into the openings for securing the door to the housing and closing the interior space. The door includes a weakened portion that ruptures in response to inflation of the airbag for allowing the airbag to deploy into the cabin. A door closes the interior space and includes a weakened portion that ruptures in response to inflation of the airbag for allowing the airbag to deploy into the cabin. Fasteners are connected to the door and extend into the openings for securing the door to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Gould, Gabriela Diaz
  • Patent number: 11203321
    Abstract: An occupant protection device for protecting an occupant sitting in a front seat of a vehicle. The occupant protection device includes a front airbag device that is adapted to be mounted in front of the front seat and a roof airbag device that is adapted to be mounted on a roof of the vehicle. The front airbag device includes a front airbag that is inflatable and deployable for protecting an upper body of the occupant when an impact is applied to the vehicle from forward. The roof airbag includes a roof airbag that is inflatable and deployable downwardly between the front airbag and the front seat for protecting a head of the occupant when an impact is applied to the vehicle from forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Tanaka, Masashi Hotta, Koji Kawamura, Yuji Sato, Hajime Kitte, Kenichi Fukurono
  • Patent number: 11199166
    Abstract: An ECU is covered by a fuel tank and an upper cover which are vehicle body trim parts along with the upper surface of an air cleaner box. A frame holding duct is connected to the air cleaner box, the frame holding duct extends vehicle forward from the air cleaner box, is connected to a body frame, and is arranged inside an upper cowl, the upper cowl covering the front portion of the body frame, a branching portion of the intake air is arranged in the frame holding duct, and a branching passage extending from the branching portion is disposed between the upper surface of the air cleaner box and the fuel tank and the upper cover and is positioned in front of the ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sosuke Miki, Yukinori Kurakawa
  • Patent number: 11186251
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a curtain airbag that is inflated by gas supplied to an inside of the curtain airbag, and that is configured to be deployed to a vehicle width direction outer side of an occupant seated in a vehicle seat, a main airbag that is inflated by gas supplied to an inside of the main airbag, and that is configured to be deployed from an instrument panel side to a front side of the occupant seated in the vehicle seat, and an auxiliary airbag that is inflated by gas supplied to an inside of the auxiliary airbag, and that is configured to be deployed between a vehicle width direction inner portion of the main airbag and an instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Ohara
  • Patent number: 11173867
    Abstract: An airbag for a passenger seat adapted to be stored in a storage which is disposed in an instrument panel in front of a passenger seat is disclosed. The airbag includes a passenger-side wall which is disposed in a rear portion of the airbag as deployed for arresting a passenger, and a vehicle-side wall that extends from an outer circumferential edge of the passenger-side wall towards a front end of the airbag as deployed in a narrowing fashion for mounting on the storage by the front end. The vehicle-side wall includes a recessed area for circumventing an adjoining object disposed in the vehicle when deployed. The recessed area is composed of a tuck formed in a base member of the vehicle-side wall. The tuck is formed by jointing one or more pair of tuck jointing portions that are distant from one another in the base member as laid flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Hosoe
  • Patent number: 11167714
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint system includes an occupant seat, three-point seatbelt device, and an airbag module mounted to the seat. The three-point seatbelt device has a webbing that is configured to, when the occupant is seated on the seat, extend from an upper side in a vicinity of the occupant's outboard shoulder to a lower side in a vicinity of an inboard side of the occupant's waist and obliquely across the occupant's upper body so as to restrain the upper body. The airbag module has an airbag cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the airbag cushion. In a crash event the airbag cushion inflates and deploys from the seat in a vicinity of the occupant's inboard shoulder obliquely across the occupant's upper body, and in a fully deployed state the airbag cushion directly connects to the webbing extended across the occupant's upper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Craig A. Markusic, Skye Malcolm
  • Patent number: 11155316
    Abstract: This saddle-type vehicle includes an occupant protection device (21), a plurality of acceleration sensors (S1 and S2) which detect translational acceleration in a forward and backward direction acting on a vehicle, and a control device (25) which controls an operation of the occupant protection device (21) on the basis of detection values of the acceleration sensors (S1 and S2). The plurality of acceleration sensors (S1 and S2) include a first acceleration sensor (S1) and a second acceleration sensor (S2). The first acceleration sensor (S1) is disposed above a center of gravity (G) of the vehicle. The second acceleration sensor (S2) is disposed below the center of gravity (G). The control device (25) averages a detection value (de1) detected by the first acceleration sensor (S1) and a detection value (de2) detected by the second acceleration sensor (S2) and controls an operation of the occupant protection device (21) on the basis of the averaged value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Aikyo, Masanori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11155231
    Abstract: A restraint performance improvement portion of a curtain airbag device for a vehicle is provided at a location of a lower end portion of a curtain airbag which location corresponds with a vehicle seat when the vehicle seat is in a comfortable state. The restraint performance improvement portion inhibits a head area of a vehicle occupant from slipping past the curtain airbag to a vehicle width direction outer side thereof when the vehicle occupant is being restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Masaaki Okuhara
  • Patent number: 11148629
    Abstract: An occupant protecting device for a vehicle has a knee airbag that is disposed at a seat front side of a vehicle seat, and that, at a time of a front collision of a vehicle, deploys, and restrains leg portions of a vehicle occupant seated in the vehicle seat. A foot airbag is disposed at the seat front side of the vehicle seat. At a time of a front collision of the vehicle, when a seat front-rear direction position of the vehicle seat is disposed further toward a rear side than a predetermined position, the foot airbag deploys between the knee airbag and the leg portions of the vehicle occupant seated in the vehicle seat, and restrains the leg portions of the vehicle occupant seated in the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Sekizuka
  • Patent number: 11135992
    Abstract: An assembly includes a roof rail, a linkage supported by the roof rail, and an airbag supported by the linkage. The linkage includes a plurality of links that are rotatable relative to the roof rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 11130466
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle includes a curtain airbag inflatable from a stored condition to a deployed condition in which the curtain airbag is positioned between a side structure of the vehicle and the vehicle occupant. The curtain airbag comprises a mounting tab for mounting the curtain airbag to a support structure of the vehicle. A tether has first and second tether end portions. The first tether end portion is connected to an inboard side of the curtain airbag at and/or adjacent to the mounting tab. The second tether end portion is connected to an outboard side of the curtain airbag. In the deployed condition of the curtain airbag, the tether is tensioned and holds a portion of the curtain airbag proximate to the second tether end portion folded in an inboard direction away from the side structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Courtney L. McKeon
  • Patent number: 11117543
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle may include an expandable curtain and/or an expandable bladder configured to be expanded from a stowed state to a deployed state. The system may also include a transverse ceiling trim panel and one or more side ceiling trim panels configured to be coupled to a ceiling of the vehicle, with the transverse ceiling trim panel extending substantially transversely with respect to the one or more side ceiling trim panels. Portions of the ceiling trim panels may be configured to deflect and allow expansion of the expandable curtain and/or the expandable bladder to the deployed state. The system may also include a deployment controller and one or more inflators configured to cause deployment of the expandable curtain at a first time and deployment of the expandable bladder at a second time after the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Alexander Jimenez, Markus Jost, Andrew John Piper, Andrew Frank Raczkowski
  • Patent number: 11110879
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seatbelt latch having a first slot and a seatbelt webbing extending through the first slot. The assembly includes an airbag mounted to the latch. The airbag extends in a continuous loop defining a second slot, the seatbelt webbing extending through the second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 11110881
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a seat defining a lateral axis and an airbag housing supported by the seat. The airbag housing includes a first arm and a second arm. The first arm is rotatable relative to the seat about a rotational axis generally parallel to the lateral axis, and the second arm is fixed relative to the seat. An airbag is disposed between the first arm and the second arm. The airbag is attached to one of the first arm or the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Joseph E. Abramczyk
  • Patent number: 11104291
    Abstract: Occupant safety systems suitable for use in both traditional and opposed seating systems include various combinations of passive safety components: sensors that provides an output signal indicative of an imminent collision, seats selectively moveable relative to seat support structures in response to the output signal, inflatable restraints deployable from lap portions of a tensioned restraint based on the output signal, airbags deployable from a roof of a vehicle based on the output signal, cabin dividers deployable from a side of a cabin of the vehicle or the roof of the vehicle based on the output signal, and curtain airbags deployable between an occupant and the side of the cabin of the vehicle based on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel J. Dennis, Arturo Llamazares Domper, Rikard Fredriksson, Alexander M. Zoellner, Lukas Satas, Jorge C. Fialho, John J. Baker, Jesse T. Buehler, Ronald A. Bowers
  • Patent number: 11104289
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide an airbag device capable of controlling flow of gas discharged from an inflator. [Resolution Means] The airbag device is an airbag device that expands and deploys in a vehicle passenger compartment of a vehicle and restrains a passenger sitting in a first seat from a side, including: a cushion 41 provided with a horizontal portion 41d that deploys in a horizontal direction of the vehicle in an expanded and deployed state and a protruding portion 41e that deploys in an upward direction of the vehicle from a center portion of the horizontal portion 41d; a diffuser that is secured inside the cushion 41, that is open in the horizontal direction of the vehicle, closed in a downward direction of the vehicle, and partially or entirely closed in a direction toward the protruding portion; and an inflator 42 that is secured to the first seat, provided inside the diffuser, and that discharges gas for expansion and deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Tsutomu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11091110
    Abstract: An occupant protection device is provided with: a table disposed at a position facing a seatback; and an airbag disposed in the table. The airbag deploys between the table and the upper body of an occupant sitting on the front surface of the seatback. Due to this configuration, in a vehicle provided with the table, the upper body of the occupant can be favorably protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naotoshi Takemura, Yoshihisa Sugamata, Kazuo Imura, Yusuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11091114
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a main bag configured to be inflated when gas is supplied into the main bag, the main bag configured to be deployed between first and second vehicle seats disposed adjacent to each other in a vehicle width direction in vehicle front view and toward a lateral side of an occupant seated in the first vehicle seat. The airbag device further includes a sub-bag configured to be inflated when gas is supplied into the sub-bag, the sub-bag configured to be disposed between a portion of the main bag in an upper part of the main bag and the second vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takamichi Komura
  • Patent number: 11084452
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus includes an inflator and an airbag body. The inflator is configured to generate gas upon receiving a predetermined actuating signal. The airbag body is folded and configured to deploy by supplying the gas from the inflator to the airbag body. The airbag body includes an predetermined area on which adhesive is applied. The predetermined area adheres to an adherend when the airbag body is deployed. When the airbag body is not deployed, the airbag body is stored in a deflated and bound state, and a surface facing the predetermined area when the airbag body is stored is a peel-off surface on which an adhesive force of the adhesive is lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 11066038
    Abstract: An occupant protection system includes a seat disposed such that a rear surface of a seatback in a seat front-rear direction faces a wall portion of a vehicle cabin; an airbag provided in the wall portion or the seatback and configured to support the seatback by inflating and deploying between the wall portion and the seatback; and an inflator configured to generate gas to be supplied to the airbag in a case where a collision that causes an occupant seated in the seat to inertially move rearward in the seat front-rear direction is detected or predicted. The airbag has a vent hole through which the gas inside the airbag is discharged outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Sekizuka
  • Patent number: 11066033
    Abstract: A restraint system for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle having a roof and a cabin with a seat for the occupant includes an airbag having a stored condition within a base of the vehicle seat and being inflatable to deploy upwards in the cabin and between legs of the occupant to a deployed condition in front of the occupant. The airbag including a lower end having a pair of projections spaced apart in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle. The airbag being configured to utilize the vehicle seat as a reaction surface for restraining the movement of the airbag in response to occupant penetration into the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventor: Swagat Goswami
  • Patent number: 11066036
    Abstract: A far side airbag apparatus for a vehicle for installation at a side of a frame of a backrest of a seat directed toward an inner center portion of the vehicle such that the far side airbag is expanded and deployed between at least two backrests arranged widthwise along the vehicle. The far side airbag includes an inner part directed toward an occupant seated in a direction opposite to a collision side of the vehicle upon vehicle collision and an outer part directed toward the inner center portion of the vehicle upon vehicle collision. When a vehicle collision occurs, for example, when a side inclination collision of the vehicle occurs, the occupant seated in opposition to the collision side of the vehicle may be prevented from abruptly moving toward the front portion and the inner center portion of the vehicle out of the protection range of the far side airbag. Thus, collision between occupants seated on a driver seat and an occupant seat can be effectively prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Tae Ik Gwon, Par Sandinge, Mats Berntsson, Jong Ki Byun
  • Patent number: 11066037
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inflator holder (14) for an airbag module (10) comprising a holder bottom part (20) in which an inflator receiving hole (18) is formed and comprising a holder sidewall part (22) which delimits, together with the holder bottom part (20), a receiving compartment (26) for an inflator (12) open on a discharge side (28) opposed to the holder bottom part (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Jochen Weiss, Sergey Hauer, Hans-Peter Bausch
  • Patent number: 11059521
    Abstract: A cowl cross bar is provided for a vehicle capable of easily ensuring a space in which a heads-up display device is disposed and a passage through which an air duct extends, and which exhibits improved self-supporting stiffness and sufficient stiffness to support a steering column. The cowl cross bar includes a main bar disposed in a lateral direction from a vehicle body, a pair of first brackets for supporting hardware, which is coupled to the main bar and extends forward therefrom, a second bracket for supporting a steering column, which is coupled to the main bar and extends forward therefrom, the second bracket being disposed between lower ends of the pair of first brackets for supporting hardware, and a third bracket for reinforcement, which is disposed between the pair of first brackets for supporting hardware and the second bracket for supporting the steering column and is connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sung Sik Choi, Byung Seok Kong
  • Patent number: 11059446
    Abstract: An airbag includes a bag body that includes a first panel and a second panel which are opposed to each other, a partitioning tether that is disposed in such a manner as to partition an interior of the bag body, a communication hole that is formed in the tether for providing gas communication in the interior of the bag body, and first and second joints that respectively join first and second edges of the tether to the first and second panels of the bag body. The communication hole has a generally rectangular contour which has two corners in a vicinity of each of the first and second edges of the tether. In both of the first and second edges of the tether, the corners of the communication hole are disposed closer to the first or second edge of the partitioning tether than a corresponding one of the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Kimura, Norihisa Taya, Yoshiki Kaneko, Takashi Shigemura
  • Patent number: 11059449
    Abstract: A restraint system (10) for helping to protect an occupant (60) of a vehicle (20) having a roof (32) and a cabin (40) with a seat (50) for the occupant (60) includes an airbag (70) mounted to the vehicle roof (32). The airbag (70) has a stored condition and is inflatable to a deployed condition. The airbag (70), when deployed, extends from an upper end (90) connected to the vehicle roof (32) to a lower end (92) positioned adjacent the occupant (60). The airbag (70) has a U-shaped configuration including a first leg (104) and a second leg (106) pivotable relative to the first leg (104) in response to occupant (60) penetration into the second leg (106). A tether (120) has first and second ends (122, 124) each connected to the airbag (70) for limiting pivotal movement of the second leg (106) relative to the first leg (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Hylus Ranjit Raj Jayakar, Kurt F. Fischer
  • Patent number: 11040688
    Abstract: A side airbag assembly includes a housing and an airbag in the housing. The housing has a top surface and a panel. The panel has a top end and a hinge connecting the top end to the top surface. The panel has a bottom end and two side ends extending from the top end to the bottom end. The panel has weakened joints at the bottom end and the side ends. The panel is rotatable relative to the top surface from an undeployed position to a generally upright position and the panel abuts the top surface in the generally upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Joseph E. Abramczyk, Deepak Patel
  • Patent number: 11021130
    Abstract: A curtain airbag of a vehicle is provided adjacent to the roof of the vehicle in a folded state, is configured to have a shape that unfolds downward between an inner side surface of the vehicle and an occupant when the vehicle crashes, and includes an outer panel that proceeds toward the side surface of the vehicle and an inner panel that proceeds toward the occupant upon expansion. The curtain airbag further includes a head support part configured to have a shape in which an expansion thickness, which is defined by the outer panel and the inner panel in a portion that the head of the occupant contacts due to the car crash, gradually increases toward the front of the vehicle, so as to prevent the head of the occupant from rotating while moving toward the front of the vehicle. The curtain airbag may effectively stop the head of the occupant from rotating while moving toward the front of the vehicle during a vehicle crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Tae Ik Gwon, Kyu Soung Jang, Wan Dong Yoo, Yong Hyun Jung, Hugh Finn, Gary Wootton, Dae Chang Jung
  • Patent number: 11021127
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle comprises: a seatback; an airbag having a stowed position and an inflated position, the airbag being configured to inflate from the stowed position to the inflated position in response to the vehicle impacting an object; a head restraint coupled to the seatback, the head restraint including a forward position, a rearward position, and a locking mechanism preventing the head restraint from moving from the forward position to the rearward position after taking the forward position; and as the airbag inflates from the stowed position to the inflated position, the airbag forces the head restraint from the rearward position to the forward position. As the airbag inflates from the stowed position to the inflated position and forces the head restraint to the forward position, the airbag does not contact the one or more support bars and does not force the seatback to change position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Fredriksson, Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Benjamin Yilma, Michael Steven Medoro
  • Patent number: 11014522
    Abstract: A restraint system includes an A pillar, a dash extending in a cross-vehicle direction from the A pillar, a door extending in a vehicle-rearward direction from the A pillar, and an airbag mounted to the A pillar and inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes a side chamber and a front chamber. The side chamber is elongated along the door when the airbag is in the inflated position, and the front chamber is elongated along the dash when the airbag is in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 11001217
    Abstract: An assembly includes a front console having an outer surface and a pair of outboard ends spaced along an axis and defining a center therebetween. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the front console at one of the outboard ends and inflatable from an uninflated position elongated transverse to the axis to an inflated position extending along the outer surface toward the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ming Shen, Raed Essa El-Jawahri