Inflated Confinement Specially Positioned Relative To Occupant Or Conforming To The Body Shape Of Occupant Patents (Class 280/730.1)
  • Patent number: 10788122
    Abstract: A computer in a vehicle includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to shift a transmission of the vehicle from a gear into park upon receiving a first signal from a first active sensor beyond a signal threshold and then, within a time threshold, receiving a second signal from a second active sensor beyond the signal threshold. The signals are correlated with distances from the respective active sensor to a detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, William M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 10759375
    Abstract: Disclosed herein may be a side airbag apparatus and a method of manufacturing the same. The side airbag apparatus may include: an outboard sheet part disposed on a side portion of a vehicle body; an inboard sheet part laminated to an interior side of the outboard sheet part and formed such that a first peripheral part located on an opposite side of a gas injecting part is longer than a second peripheral part located adjacent to the gas injecting part; a push chamber formed such that a folding length of the first peripheral part is longer than that of the second peripheral part; a folding seam part seaming a folded part of the first peripheral part; and a peripheral seam part seaming a peripheral part of the outboard sheet part, a peripheral part of the inboard sheet part, and the first peripheral part of the push chamber all together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Su Suk
  • Patent number: 10737657
    Abstract: A pedestrian protecting device according to one aspect of the present invention includes: a right air bag device including a right air bag configured to be deployed at a right region of the windshield; and a left air bag device including a left air bag configured to be deployed at a left region of the windshield. A wiper device includes a right wiper and a left wiper including a turning fulcrum located closer to a middle portion of a vehicle than a turning fulcrum of the right wiper. The right and left air bags and include respective tip end portions that vertically overlap each other at the middle portion of the vehicle. The right air bag of the air bag device is deployed before the left air bag of the air bag device is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Ryouji Funahashi, Tsutomu Watanabe, Susumu Kuroda, Motoharu Sato, Yuji Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10730470
    Abstract: An inflatable safety restraint system that is downwardly deployable from a roof of a vehicle for protecting an occupant of the vehicle. The inflatable safety restraint system includes at least one inflatable airbag and at least one joint closing the shape of the at least one inflatable airbag to circumscribe an internal cavity. At least one inflator is in fluid communication with the at least one inflatable airbag for inflating the at least one airbag. Upon deployment, the inflatable safety restraint system defines a closed shape for surrounding the occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: Changsoo Choi
  • Patent number: 10730471
    Abstract: An airbag device includes: a gas generator which is extended along an axial line thereof and which includes: a generator body including a gas injection section at one end section; and an installing protrusion protruding from an outer face of the generator body; and an airbag which includes a bag body developed and inflated by an inflation gas supplied from the gas injection section. The gas generator and the airbag are installed on a vehicle by the installing protrusion. The bag body includes an insertion port having a size allowing the gas injection section to pass through and not allowing a portion of the gas generator provided with the installing protrusion to pass through. The gas injection section is disposed inside the bag body, and the installing protrusion is disposed outside the bag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTDA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuya Nakano
  • Patent number: 10717405
    Abstract: An arrangement of two airbags located in a respective seatback for two adjacent seats. The two airbags are configured to deploy in a center area between the two adjacent seats and provide support and protection for an occupant in a vehicle involved in a far-side crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Andrew Marciniak
  • Patent number: 10719728
    Abstract: A method for controlling an infrared fill light and related products are provided, and the method includes the follows. A reference biometric recognition pattern that is used by a mobile terminal to process a target event is obtained. A target fill-light strategy corresponding to the reference biometric recognition pattern is determined according to a pre-stored mapping relationship between biometric recognition patterns and fill-light strategies of the infrared fill light. The infrared fill light is controlled to fill light according to the target fill-light strategy when the reference biometric recognition pattern is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiping Zhang, Yibao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10710539
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a seatback and an airbag. The airbag includes two lateral portions and a central chamber connecting the lateral portions. When the airbag is inflated, each lateral portion includes a plurality of lateral chambers arranged consecutively from the seatback to the central chamber, and the lateral portions and central chamber define a gap positioned directly above and directly in front of space for a head of a 50th-percentile dummy sitting against the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jaeho Cho, Robert William McCoy, Srinivasan Sundararajan, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 10710543
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant safety system helps protect front seat occupants of a vehicle in the event of a collision that results in oblique forward occupant movement. The safety system includes a frontal air bag inflatable between on instrument panel end the front seat vehicle occupant, and a central air bag inflatable adjacent and inboard of the frontal air bag. The frontal air bag can be configured and positioned to receive and cushion the vehicle occupant moving in an oblique direction in the vehicle as the result of a vehicle collision. The central air bag can be configured and positioned to support an inboard portion of the frontal airbag against flattening out in response to receiving the obliquely moving occupant, and to engage the obliquely moving occupant's head and resist rotation of the vehicle occupant's head resulting from moving obliquely into engagement with the frontal air bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Douglas M. Gould, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10703320
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roof and a first member supported by the roof. The first member is inflatable to an inflated position. The vehicle includes a second member supported by and in fluid communication with the first member and inflatable to an inflated position elongated along a vehicle-lateral axis and spaced from the roof. The vehicle includes an uninflatable panel extending from the roof and fixed to the second member in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10703319
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback, a headrest and an airbag unit. The seatback has a front side and a rear side. The headrest is connected to the seatback by at least one post and is adjustable relative to the seatback in a vertical direction. The airbag unit is carried by the seatback and includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag is rearwardly deployable from the rear side of the seatback from a stored position proximate an upper end of the seatback. The at least one post is oriented relative to the airbag unit in a position selected from a group consisting of a first position in which the at least one post includes a lower end vertically above the airbag unit with a line along an elongated axis of the at least one post intersecting the airbag unit and a second position on which the at least one post is laterally spaced from the airbag unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10703323
    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: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Jost, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Josh Alexander Jimenez, Andrew John Piper
  • Patent number: 10688952
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dashboard protection arrangement, which is adapted to protect an accessory or a piece of equipment located at a central region of a dashboard of a vehicle from a deploying frontal protection airbag. The dashboard protection arrangement comprises a dashboard airbag adapted to deploy along a surface of the dashboard in order to at least partly cover the central region of the dashboard when deployed. The disclosure further relates to a vehicle comprising the dashboard protection arrangement and to a method of deploying a dashboard airbag of a dashboard protection arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Fredrik Heurlin, Jonas Gothlin
  • Patent number: 10688955
    Abstract: A center curtain airbag for a vehicle may include an upper cushion device configured to be deployed from a roof device of the vehicle into a space between a front seat and a rear seat when an inflator operates; a lower cushion device connecting and communicating with the upper cushion device and configured to extend downwardly from the upper cushion device; and a guide tether including a first end portion coupled to the upper cushion device or the roof device, and a second end portion coupled to a lower end portion of the lower cushion device, the guide tether being configured to provide, when the lower cushion device along with the upper cushion device is deployed, a pulling force to the lower cushion device so that the lower cushion device may be deformed to protrude toward the front and rear seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Pyoung Sik Shin, Jae Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10682973
    Abstract: A vehicle knee airbag device includes a protruding profile section configuring an instrument panel, a position of the protruding profile section being configured to be further toward a vehicle upper side than knees of a seated occupant; an upright wall section provided adjacent to a vehicle lower side of a lower wall of the protruding profile section; and a knee airbag module including a knee airbag. The knee airbag includes an occupant-side base cloth portion disposed on an occupant-facing side and a non-occupant-side base cloth portion disposed on a non-occupant-facing side of the knee airbag in an inflated and deployed state, the non-occupant-side base cloth portion being disposed adjacent to the upright wall section in the inflated and deployed state of the knee airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10682977
    Abstract: An airbag device capable of avoiding interference between a cushion and a structure at an upper part of a vehicle interior. An airbag device (100) provided in a vehicle having a prescribed structure (152) such as a rearview mirror suspended from an upper part of a vehicle interior includes a cushion (108) inflated and deployed into a bag shape to restrain an occupant of a seat from a front side, and an avoidance-shaped part (154) provided at an upper part of the cushion (108) to avoid contact between the inflated and deployed cushion (108) and the structure (152), and the avoidance-shaped part (154) is recessed downward over a range between positions at prescribed distances from the structure (152) in vehicle forward and backward directions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Kai Maenishi, Yutaka Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10640076
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first member inflatable to an inflated position in which the first member has a first and a second distal edge spaced from each other along a vehicle-longitudinal axis. The vehicle includes a second member inflatable to an inflated position, the second member in the inflated position being on a cross-vehicle axis that extends through the first distal edge. The vehicle includes a one-way vent permitting fluid flow from the first member to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juyoung Lee, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Jonathan Clarke, Eric A. Smitterberg
  • Patent number: 10632958
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided herein. The vehicle includes a seat-base. A seatback is coupled to the seat-base. An airbag assembly is coupled to the seatback and configured to deploy therefrom. A tether is coupled to the airbag assembly and at least one of the seatback and the seat-base. The tether is configured to bias the airbag assembly seating-assembly-downward when the airbag assembly is in a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma, S. M. Akbar Berry, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10632956
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seatback and an airbag unit. The seatback has a front side and a rear side. The airbag unit includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag unit is carried by the seatback and includes a first portion and a second portion. In an inflated state free of outside forces, the airbag rearwardly extends from the rear side of the seatback such that the first portion includes a first impact surface defining a first impact plane and the second portion includes a second impact surface defining a second impact plane. The first impact plane is oriented generally vertical and the second impact plane oriented generally horizontal. At least one shape defining member may be provided for maintaining the generally horizontal orientation of the second impact plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10625700
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first seat and a second seat occupying a vehicle body, a battery pack disposed between the first seat and the second seat, a first inboard airbag, and a second inboard airbag, and optionally a first outboard airbag and a second outboard airbag. The airbags are deployable from a packed position to or between an inflated position. The first inboard airbag is configured to deploy and occupy a space between the first seat and the battery pack, the first outboard airbag is configured to deploy and occupy a space between the first seat and the first side of the vehicle body, the second inboard airbag is configured to deploy and occupy a space between the second seat and the battery pack, and the second outboard airbag is configured to deploy and occupy a space between the second seat and the second side of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mahesh Mummigatti, Tejas R. Bhavsar, Sriram Seshadri
  • Patent number: 10625703
    Abstract: A vehicle side airbag device including a shoulder protection part and a chest protection part that lifts an occupant's arm in a collision state while protecting the occupant's shoulder. A side airbag (1) is provided at a seat (2) and spread out in a non-inflated state, the contour on the front side in the vehicle body front-back direction has an inflection position C with a curvature change midway between the shoulder protection part X and the chest protection part Y, an upper edge line U upward and a lower edge line L downward from the inflection position. The inflection position is ahead of the shoulder protection part and above a center line F that extends lengthwise of an occupant upper arm A and divides the upper arm into upper and lower portions, and the lower edge line crosses the center line from an upper side to a lower side and positioned under the center line in a lower end position Au of the occupant upper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Yutaka Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10604101
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes an inflator, which generates inflation gas, and an airbag, which is supplied with the inflation gas from the inflator. The airbag is arranged in the seat back of a front seat. The airbag includes a lower inflation portion and an upper inflation portion. The lower inflation portion is inflated by the inflation gas only inside the lower part of the seat back. The upper inflation portion is arranged inside the seat back and above the lower inflation portion. The upper inflation portion is inflated above the lower inflation portion by the inflation gas, breaks the covering, which constitutes the outer shell of the seat back, and is inflated outside the seat back through the broken part of the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ning Zhang, Shiro Ohara, Aviral Shrivatri, Atsushi Kashio, Michael Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10596991
    Abstract: A knee protection airbag device includes: a case including a circumferential wall part surrounding a protrusion opening and extending in a front side; and an airbag cover, made by rigidity resin, covering the protrusion opening and being connected to the case. The airbag cover includes: a connection wall part which extends forward from a front side of the decorative panel, and is arranged to cover an upper side of an upper wall part on an upper side in the circumferential wall part of the case. The connection wall part includes an engaging hole. The upper wall part includes a metal engaging hook protruding upward to be inserted into the engaging hole. The airbag cover includes a shield part configured to hide the engaging hook from a visual line. The shield part is integrally formed during molding of the airbag cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10589707
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag is configured to be deployed and inflated by the inflation gas at a position forward of a vehicle seat. The airbag includes a main bag member, an auxiliary bag member, and a tether. The main bag member is configured to be attached to a base member located at a position forward of the vehicle seat in the vehicle. The inflation gas is supplied from the inflator to the main bag member. The auxiliary bag member has a smaller volume than the main bag member and projects rearward from the main bag member. The tether extends across a boundary portion between the main bag member and the auxiliary bag member. A communicating portion, which allows communication between the main bag member and the auxiliary bag member, is provided around the tether in the boundary portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ning Zhang, Shiro Ohara, Aviral Shrivatri
  • Patent number: 10589708
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seat. The assembly includes a housing. The assembly includes an airbag inflatable to an inflated position having a first inflatable leg and a second inflatable leg extending from the housing, and an inflatable member extending from the first inflatable leg to the second inflatable leg. The assembly includes a tether having a first end fixed to the first inflatable leg and a second end spaced from the first end and the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jaeho Cho, Robert W. McCoy, Mangala Ambalangodage Jayasuriya
  • Patent number: 10583799
    Abstract: An overhead mountable inflatable airbag assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. Inflatable airbag assemblies may provide protection for an occupant in a vehicle collision event. The disclosed airbag assembly may form a sideways V shape to be supported at the roof by an inflator, housing, or other mounting method, and at or near a lower (distal) end against a portion of an instrument panel or a rear portion of a forward occupant seat. The supported sideways V shape may support the occupant during ride down to provide protection of the occupant. The supported sideways V shape may also reduce the volume of inflation gas required to properly inflate the airbag assembly, and may reduce the overall packaged volume of the airbag assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Schneider, Frank J. Herzenstiel
  • Patent number: 10576925
    Abstract: Gas is properly fed into a head facing portion while upsizing of an inflator is prevented. Throttle portions are provided for coupling between a frontal side and a backside of an airbag between a neck portion and a head facing portion. Seams are formed as contours of the throttle portions positioned outermost the airbag in a width direction. The seams are parallel to side edge portions, of the airbag positioned outside the seams in the width direction. Seams are formed as contours opposed to the throttle portions arranged adjacent to each other. The seams are approximately parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Sato, Futoshi Miyakawa, Kyosuke Korenaga, Kohei Oshima, Yuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10562482
    Abstract: An assembly includes an airbag inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag in the inflated position has a first portion, a second portion extending transversely from the first portion, and a corner therebetween. The airbag includes a stay fixed to and rigid relative to the airbag, the stay having a bendable portion at the corner and extending from the bendable portion along the first portion and the second portion when the airbag is in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yuqin Zhao, Mangesh Kadam, Leonard Anthony Shaner, Srinivas Reddy Malapati, Matt Alan Niesluchowski
  • Patent number: 10556562
    Abstract: An occupant protection device for a vehicle includes a seat, a three-point seatbelt device, and a belt airbag device. An occupant to board the vehicle is to sit on the seat. The three-point seatbelt device includes a seatbelt extendable across a front of an upper body of the occupant sitting on the seat. The belt airbag device includes a belt airbag that is provided at a shoulder belt section, which is extendable from a shoulder to a waist of the occupant, of the seatbelt, and that is configured to be deployed when a collision occurs. The belt airbag includes a belt-direction deployment section extendable and deployable along the shoulder belt section, and an intersecting-direction deployment section extendable and deployable in a direction intersecting the shoulder belt section. The sections are configured to form a single bag by being coupled to each other below a head of the occupant sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takao Kondo, Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10532716
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle curtain airbag device including: a rear seat chamber configured to inflate and deploy between the head of a rear seat occupant and a vehicle cabin side section, the rear seat chamber including a restraint face that opposes the head in a vehicle width direction and is angled or curved toward a vehicle width direction outer side, on progression toward a vehicle front side, in a fully inflated and deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Hioda, Koji Ohara
  • Patent number: 10512420
    Abstract: Systems are described for monitoring extremities for injury or damage following a physical impact. A device embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a deformable substrate; a sensor assembly coupled to the deformable substrate, the sensor assembly configured to generate one or more sense signals based on detection of a physical impact to a body portion and based on detection of a physiological parameter; circuitry operably coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to receive the one or more sense signals based on detection of the physical impact and to determine whether the physical impact exceeds a threshold impact value, the circuitry configured to instruct the sensor assembly to detect one or more physiological parameters of the body portion when the physical impact exceeds the threshold impact value; and a reporting device operably coupled to the circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Mark A. Malamud, Tony S. Pan, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10507783
    Abstract: In a vehicle having a display mounted forward of a passenger seat on a dashboard and angled toward a driver seat adjacent the passenger seat, the display is moveable from the angled position to a position flush with the dashboard, and an airbag system is configured to deploy an airbag cushion that displaces the display from the angled position to the position flush with the dashboard to ensure that the airbag cushion has an adequate backup or support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Rupp
  • Patent number: 10501040
    Abstract: An occupant protection device for a vehicle includes: a three-point seatbelt device having a seatbelt extendable across a front of an upper body of an occupant sitting on a seat; and a belt airbag device including a belt airbag that is provided at a shoulder belt section, which is extendable from a shoulder to a waist of the occupant, of the seatbelt the belt airbag being configured to be deployed when a collision occurs. The belt airbag includes a belt-direction deployment section extendable and deployable along the shoulder belt section, and an intersecting-direction deployment section extendable and deployable in a direction intersecting the shoulder belt section. The belt-direction deployment section and the intersecting-direction deployment section are configured to form a single bag by being coupled to each other below a head of the occupant sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takao Kondo, Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10501041
    Abstract: An airbag system includes a seat back having a first location and a second location spaced from the first location. The airbag system includes a housing pivotally supported by the seat back at the first location. The airbag system includes a linear actuator including a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is fixed to the seat back at the second location. The second end is fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi, Mark A. Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 10493940
    Abstract: There is provided a side airbag device including: a first side airbag being provided inside a side section at a seat width direction outer side of a seatback and inflated and deployed at a side of an occupant seated in a seat; a second side airbag being arranged at a seat width direction inner side of the first side airbag so as to inflate and deploy between the first side airbag and the occupant; a communication section that places the first side airbag and the second side airbag in communication with each other; and a gas generation device, the gas generation device being provided at the communication section, and including a first gas emission section to supply gas into the first side airbag, and a second gas emission section that is separate from the first gas emission section to supply gas into the second side airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeharu Sugishima, Osamu Fukawatase, Takamichi Komura, Takayuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10486639
    Abstract: An occupant protection device includes a vertical air bag. The vertical air bag is deployable downward at least from above a shoulder of an occupant seated in a seat of a vehicle. During deployment, the vertical air bag is bent in such a manner that a deployed direction distal end portion is, at a portion in front of an upper body of the occupant seated in the seat, oriented towards a waist of the occupant. During the development, in a state in which the vertical air bag is bent, the deployed direction distal end portion comes in contact with a frontal portion of the occupant seated in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10479228
    Abstract: The invention relates to a position-determining device for determining a position of a vehicle seat inside a vehicle, wherein the position of the vehicle seat in the vehicle can be adjusted along an adjustment direction between a first and at least one second location, comprising a vehicle component and a vehicle seat component, wherein the vehicle component can be arranged in the vehicle as part of a vehicle electronics system, and the vehicle seat component can be arranged in the vehicle seat as part of a vehicle seat electronics system, said vehicle seat component having at least one vehicle seat transmitting/receiving device and said vehicle component having at least two vehicle transmitting/receiving devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Daniel Esslinger, Jörg Winkler, Simon Bork
  • Patent number: 10471920
    Abstract: A seat includes a seat bottom and a seatback coupled to the seat bottom. The seatback includes a headrest and a front face facing the seat bottom. The seat includes an airbag inflatable from an undeployed position to a deployed position. The airbag in the undeployed position is supported by the front face above the headrest. The seat includes a tether extending from the seatback to the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Jonathan Andrew Line, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 10471923
    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: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Alexander Jimenez, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Andrew John Piper
  • Patent number: 10471919
    Abstract: An airbag system includes a first seat including a seat bottom. The airbag system includes an instrument panel. The airbag system includes a first airbag supported by the seat bottom and inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag system includes a pair of front airbags supported by the instrument panel and inflatable to inflated positions. The first airbag in the inflated position extends from the first seat to between the pair of front airbags in the inflated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10457243
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies are disclosed that include inflatable knee airbags. The knee airbags can include panel(s) forming a main chamber that provides a primary cushioning protection zone to a lower leg of a vehicle occupant. The knee airbags can further include an external chamber panel coupled to a rearward surface of an occupant-facing panel, external to the main inflatable chamber, to form an external chamber facing the occupant. Vent(s) through the occupant-facing panel can communicate inflation gas from the main chamber to the external chamber to fill a space between the vehicle and the lower leg of the occupant, and to control timing of inflation of the external chamber to cause it to inflate on lateral sides of the lower leg of the occupant to thereby limit lateral movement of the lower leg relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: Autoliv ASP, Inc., Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Lee Munsee, Travis Brent Hess, Gavin Francom Anae, Eric M. Heitkamp
  • Patent number: 10434972
    Abstract: An air bag device for a driver's seat may include a main-cushion unit provided on a steering wheel and having a front chamber that comes into contact with the steering wheel and a rear chamber that faces a driver, a sub-cushion unit communicating with the main-cushion unit and protruding outwards from the main-cushion unit, and a guide chamber located in the main-cushion unit to define a passage for guiding gas produced in an inflator to the sub-cushion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do Hyoung Kim, Hae Kwon Park, Seokhoon Ko
  • Patent number: 10434906
    Abstract: A method and a system are provided to control an actuator for exerting forces upon a loading area, particularly a vehicle seat, in an adjusting direction, especially a longitudinal vehicle direction extending from a front end of the vehicle to a tail end of the vehicle. The loading area is mounted on a body of a motor vehicle, particularly a passenger car, such that it can be adjusted in the adjusting direction. An imminent collision of the motor vehicle is detected, and an actuator is driven in order to accelerate the loading area in the adjusting direction prior to the imminent collision in the event an imminent collision is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Markus Frommann, Oleg Mazur
  • Patent number: 10421426
    Abstract: Provided is an occupant protection device which is disposed side by side with an under-cover of an instrument panel and has a harness connected to an inflator disposed on a front side of the under-cover in a vehicle traveling direction to protect a knee portion of an occupant, including a case having a side wall on which the harness is disposed, and a protrusion configured to extend from the side wall of the case toward a front of the under-cover in forward and backward direction of a vehicle, to come in contact with the under-cover, and to restrict movement of the under-cover to the front side in the forward and backward direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Odai, Kento Maeda
  • Patent number: 10414372
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back frame, an elastic installation supporting member installed in the seat back frame, and an airbag within a seat back, the vehicle seat causing the airbag to inflate and develop within the seat back. An inflator is attached to the seat back frame. An inflation and a development of the airbag in the seat back due to an operation of the inflator allows the airbag to elastically support an upper body of a seated person and to elastically receive an impact force which is applied to a rear of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Yoshihiro Kamata
  • Patent number: 10407015
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a seat and a seat airbag supported by the seat and inflatable to an inflated position. The restraint system includes an instrument panel and a forward airbag supported by the instrument panel and inflatable to an inflated position. When the seat airbag is in the inflated position and the forward airbag is in the inflated position, the seat airbag extends from the seat to the forward airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jamel E. Belwafa, Mohammad Omar Faruque, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 10399531
    Abstract: A motor vehicle (1) has a supporting structure (3) that includes an A-pillar (5), and has a protective apparatus (8) that includes an inflatable airbag that can be inflated from a rest state into a deployed state by way of activation. The inflatable airbag is accommodated exclusively in the A-pillar (5) in the rest state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Mueller
  • Patent number: 10377324
    Abstract: A trim module is disclosed for a pillar of a motor vehicle, in particular for an A-pillar of a motor car. The trim module includes a trim body, a basic body configured to connect to the pillar, a latch and a jointed connection. The trim body includes a pivot portion pivotable about the jointed connection and facing the interior of the motor vehicle. The basic body includes a connecting portion, a bearing portion and a support portion. The support portion is formed in the direction of the pivot portion. The pivot portion, the bearing portion and the support portion form a first receiving region for an inflatable airbag. The pivot portion and the bearing portion are detachably connected to one another by the latch and the jointed connection is formed on the side of the support portion facing away from the first receiving region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Ralf Gaudig
  • Patent number: 10369951
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus which is capable of restraining an occupant in a stable position even during an oblique collision, and which is capable of suppressing an injury value of the occupant. An airbag apparatus 100 restrains an occupant 132 of a vehicle. The airbag apparatus 100 is provided with: a main bag 112 which is bag-shaped and inflates and deploys in front of a front passenger seat 104 of the vehicle; and a center bag 114 which is bag-shaped and inflates and deploys on an inner side of the main bag 112 in a vehicle width direction. The center bag 114 has a rear region 160 which extends further towards a rear of the vehicle than the main bag 112, and a curved surface 164, which projects towards a main bag 112 side in the vehicle width direction, is formed on the rear region 160.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Hiroya Tabushi, Yutaka Nakajima, Tomohiro Sumiya, Kai Maenishi
  • Patent number: 10363895
    Abstract: An airbag is disclosed, including a main bag section deployable in front of a passenger seat, a center bag section which is deployable in such a manner as to protrude towards an inboard side in a vehicle width direction out of the main bag section to an area beneath the rearview mirror. The center bag section includes, on the upper portion as deployed, a region that faces the rearview mirror in an up and down direction. The center bag section internally includes a regulating tether that is disposed generally along an up and down direction and connects the region of the upper portion of the center bag section facing the rearview mirror at airbag deployment and a region of a lower portion of the center bag section deployed beneath the region facing the rearview mirror in order to prevent contact between the center bag section and the rearview mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ikuo Yamada