Mounted In Vehicle And Positioned Laterally Of Occupant Patents (Class 280/730.2)
  • Patent number: 10407018
    Abstract: A system includes a roof and an airbag supported by the roof. The airbag is inflatable away from the roof to an inflated position. The airbag includes an apex adjacent to the roof. The airbag includes a first leg inflatable away from the apex to an end, and a second leg inflatable away from the apex to an end spaced from the end of the first leg. The airbag includes a bottom portion spaced from the apex and inflatable to the inflated position. The bottom portion extends from the end of the first leg to the end of the second leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivasan Sundararajan, Fubang Wu, Robert William McCoy
  • Patent number: 10407017
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an airbag assembly for protecting a vehicle occupant having a torso and a pelvis disposed in a vehicle seat. The airbag assembly can include a first inflatable chamber disposed in the vehicle seat and configured to expand outward from the vehicle seat to indirectly support the torso of the occupant. The airbag assembly can also include a second inflatable chamber disposed in the vehicle seat below the first inflatable chamber and configured to expand outward from the vehicle seat below the first inflatable chamber. The airbag assembly can further include a sheet connecting the first inflatable chamber to the second inflatable chamber, the sheet being configured to engage the torso of the occupant when the occupant is disposed in the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Craig Markusic, Murthy Ayyagari
  • Patent number: 10377337
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraining system includes plural occupant restraining devices that are disposed in a side support portion of a seat back of a vehicle seat and is configured to, when activated, restrain an occupant; and a control device that is configured to staggers the activation timings of the plural occupant restraining devices so that a load that acts on the occupant simultaneously from the plural occupant restraining devices is made to be equal to or less than a maximum value of a load that acts on the occupant individually from the plural occupant restraining devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Kunisada, Hiroyuki Nagura, Takuma Kawai, Takayuki Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 10369952
    Abstract: A backrest for a vehicle seat having a backrest side rail for supporting a side of a body of an occupant sitting on the vehicle seat, having an airbag and having a gas generator for protecting the occupant, having a hard cover housing for arrangement on the backrest side rail, wherein the hard cover housing in a lateral plan view is designed as a half shell arranged along a longitudinal extent of the backrest side rail with two longitudinal edges spaced from one another, wherein the airbag and the gas generator can be pushed in and/or are pushed in between the two longitudinal edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Jenny, Juergen Maier
  • Patent number: 10358109
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes an outer side frame, an inflator, and a side airbag including a front chamber and a rear chamber. The inflator is configured such that the rear chamber inflates and deploys faster at a higher pressure than a front chamber, and the side airbag is stored in a side portion in a state in which the side airbag straddles the outer side frame from a vehicle front side in a vehicle-width direction and a portion of the side airbag including the front chamber is folded outward of the outer side frame in the vehicle-width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takamichi Komura, Osamu Fukawatase, Masato Kunisada, Hiroe Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10358107
    Abstract: A front passenger seat airbag device includes a module case; a front passenger seat airbag configured such that, in a folded state, a height of a first airbag section positioned at a vehicle outer side is lower than a height of a second airbag section positioned at a vehicle inner side, and widths of the first airbag section and the second airbag section are substantially the same; an inflator disposed at a bottom side of the module case; and a raising member disposed at a bottom portion of the module case, and that raises a height of a first support face supporting the first airbag section to be higher than a height of a second support face supporting the second airbag section, such that a height of an upper face of the first airbag section is substantially aligned with a height of an upper face of the second airbag section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Ikuo Yamada, Mikine Hayashi, Shun Ito, Takahiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 10343625
    Abstract: A vehicle door (1) has a door frame (2) and a door trim panel (3) connected to the door frame (2). The door trim panel (3) accommodates flexible spacers (4) that make contact with planar portions of the door frame (2). Each spacer (4) has a ribbed structure (11) in the region of contact with the door frame (2). The vehicle door (1) ensures satisfactory contact between the attached door trim panel (3) and the door frame (2), even when there are frame tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Daniel Grunert
  • Patent number: 10336275
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a floor having a front portion, a rear portion, and a middle portion between the front and rear portions. A partition is supported on the floor between the front and middle portions, extending in a cross-vehicle direction. An airbag housing supported by the partition has an airbag inflatable from the housing to an inflated position. In the inflated position, the airbag extends from the housing in a vehicle-rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivasan Sundararajan, Saeed David Barbat
  • Patent number: 10336278
    Abstract: Inflatable harness airbag assemblies are disclosed. The airbag assemblies can include a housing, an inflator assembly, and an inflatable cushion. The inflatable cushion can include a first lateral chamber that is configured to deploy at a first lateral side of a vehicle occupant, and a second lateral chamber that is configured to deploy at a second lateral side of the vehicle occupant. The first and second lateral chambers can be configured to receive at least a portion of a head and a torso of the vehicle occupant during a vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10336284
    Abstract: An airbag system includes an airbag. The airbag system includes a base defining a track extending from a first end to a second end. The airbag system includes a carrier releasably fixed to the base and removable from the base at the second end. The airbag system includes a tether extending from the carrier and secured to the airbag. The airbag system includes a spring disposed at the first end. The spring is disposed between the carrier and the base. Upon application of a force to the carrier, e.g., via the tether when the airbag is inflated, the carrier is released from the base and compresses the spring. Upon removal of the force, the spring urges the carrier toward the second end where the carrier is ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Brian Robert Spahn, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss
  • Patent number: 10328885
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle seat with a side airbag, which includes an airbag module with an airbag cushion accommodated therein; a seat back frame with the airbag module mounted thereto; and a seat back pad provided with bolsters protruding forward at opposite sides thereof, with an accommodation space being formed in an outboard one of the bolsters by coupling the outboard bolster to the seat back frame, thereby allowing the airbag module to be accommodated therein, wherein the seat back pad includes a body part, and a guide part formed in an inboard portion of an inner surface of the outboard bolster to guide deployment of the airbag cushion, and the body part and the guide part are made of materials having different rigidity from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jin Ho Seo, Soo Keun Jang, Young Min Hyun, Byoung Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10322693
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag includes a main panel to form a main chamber deployed toward an inner part of a vehicle, and a protrusion panel provided outside the main panel to form at least one protrusion chamber that communicates with the main chamber and protrudes toward the inner part of the vehicle based on the main chamber. The protrusion panel is folded to have a wrinkle part when the vehicle airbag is not inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Wan-Dong Yoo, Yong Hyun Jung, Tae Ik Gwon, Dong Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10315606
    Abstract: An occupant protection device includes a multidirectional airbag that inflates and deploys from a state housed in a headrest on receipt of supplied gas. The multidirectional airbag is configured as an integral bag body to surround a head of a seated occupant with a front deployment section and a pair of left and right lateral deployment sections. The front deployment section includes a front inflating portion that deploys to a seat forward direction of the head of the seated occupant and of at least one of a shoulder or chest of the seated occupant. Each of the pair of left and right lateral deployment sections includes a lateral inflating portion that is connected to the front deployment section and inflates and deploys alongside the head of the seated occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Katsuya Shimazu, Hiroaki Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10300816
    Abstract: A seat backrest includes right and left side frame segments, a pressure receiving member disposed between the side frame segments movably in a front-back direction, and a cushion pad covering the front of the side frame segments and pressure receiving member. The pressure receiving member includes a main body part, and extending parts extending laterally from both sides of the main body part. The cushion pad includes a back receiving part covering the front of the main body part, and bank parts disposed on both sides of the back receiving part, protruding forward from both sides, and covering the front of the extending parts and side frame segments. A recess is formed at an area, facing a corresponding extending part of the extending parts, of a rear surface of each bank part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuichi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10293721
    Abstract: An airbag module-equipped seat in which the periphery of an attachment portion of a guide member that guides a deployment direction of an airbag has a compact size and the guide member can be attached easily while maintaining satisfactory deployment performance of the airbag. This seat includes an airbag module attached to a side frame, a guide member that guides a deployment direction of the airbag module, and an attachment member for attaching the guide member to the side frame. The side frame has an attachment hole for the attachment member at a position different from a shaft portion for attaching the airbag module. The attachment member has a holding space in which an end of the guide member is held in a detachable manner, and is inserted into the attachment hole in a state in which the end of the guide member is held in the holding space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinichi Tanabe, Hiroshi Baba, Makoto Takeuchi, Hiroshi Izawa
  • Patent number: 10279768
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a guide structure for use with a deployable airbag assembly of a vehicle seat, the vehicle seat having a frame extending therein. The guide structure can include an elongated plate configured to be connected to at least one of the frame and the airbag assembly such that the plate extends along an exterior thereof, the plate including: a first end configured to be connected to the at least one of the frame and the airbag assembly by a fastener; and a second end configured to be inserted through a slot in the at least one of the frame and the airbag assembly so as to be disposed within an interior thereof. The guide structure can also include a sheet connected to the plate, the sheet configured to thereby guide deployment of the airbag assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Christopher Mampe
  • Patent number: 10272868
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a base member and an airbag supported by the base member and being inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes a panel and a plurality of sheets attached to the panel. The panel includes a first portion extending in a first direction from the base member to a distal end and a second portion extending in a second direction transverse to the first direction from the base member to a distal end. Each sheet is elongated in the first direction along the first portion of the panel and elongated in the second direction along the second portion of the panel. During a vehicle impact, the momentum of the occupant may move the occupant towards the airbag. The airbag may absorb energy from the head and knees of the occupant, which may assist in reducing injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10266144
    Abstract: An airbag system has a curtain airbag, a first airbag and an airbag guiding member. The curtain airbag is installed along an A-pillar or a roof structure within a passenger compartment and deploys covering at least a window section of a door and a portion of the A-pillar. The first airbag is installed to a forward structure within the passenger compartment and deploys to an inflated orientation covering at least a portion of the forward structure. The airbag guiding member is installed to a side area of the forward structure adjacent to the door, a forward area of the door adjacent to the A-pillar or the A-pillar. The airbag guiding member moves to a position in which the airbag guiding member urges the curtain airbag and the first airbag into contact with one another as the curtain airbag and the first airbag move to their respective inflated orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Slaats, Joyce Lam
  • Patent number: 10252690
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle seat with a side airbag, which includes an airbag module with an airbag cushion accommodated therein, a seat back frame with the airbag module mounted thereto, a seat back pad provided with a bolster protruding forward at each of opposite sides thereof and an accommodation space allowing the airbag module to be accommodated therein; a bolster wire inserted into the bolster to support a side load of an occupant; and a side airbag guide configured such that a first side thereof is locked to the seat back frame and a second side thereof is coupled to the bolster wire, to guide a deployment direction of the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jin Ho Seo, Soo Keun Jang, Young Min Hyun, Byoung Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10246041
    Abstract: A side airbag device 1 having a tensioned tether 5 is attached to an outer surface of the airbag 2 on a side facing an occupant. The tether 5 has a shape with a front edge 5a vertical length a longer than a rear edge 5b vertical length. The front edge 5a continuously extends in a vertical direction along a front end 2c of the airbag 2 between upper and lower parts when deployed. The rear edge continuously extends in the vertical near a rear end 2d of the airbag 2 between the upper and lower parts. The front edge 5a joins in the vertical direction to the airbag 2 front end 2c, and the tether 5 moves in an oblique direction having a vertical and horizontal direction components in a state of being pulled in an oblique direction inclined to the vertical direction when deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma
  • Patent number: 10232816
    Abstract: A vehicle seat provided with a side airbag device including: a side airbag that is stored within a side portion of a seat back, and that receives gas supplied from an inflator so as to inflate and deploy at a side of a seated vehicle occupant; seat back upholstery that forms upholstery for the seat back, and in which a burst line portion, which is a seam portion, ruptures when it receives inflation pressure from the side airbag, and in which a three-way junction is formed in a seam portion as a result of a seam portion that branches off from the burst line portion being provided; and reinforcement fabric that is joined to both a portion of the burst line portion that bridges an intersection point of the three-way junction and a seat back frame, and that stretches when it receives inflation pressure from the side airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10220808
    Abstract: A button bridge system can include a curtain side airbag and a button bridge attached to the curtain side airbag. The button bridge can be attached to the curtain side airbag at various portions of the curtain side airbag such that a lower portion of curtain side airbag can be folded to a predetermined fold length. The lower portion of curtain side airbag and a corresponding portion of the button bridge can be stored in a storage position such that the button bridge is pulled taut when the curtain side airbag is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua L. Moberg, John J. Lavoie-Mayer, John A. Scheick
  • Patent number: 10214172
    Abstract: A vehicle side airbag device includes a side airbag, an inner tether that extends in the seat forward direction at the seat width direction inner side of the side airbag in the inflated and deployed state and has a distal end portion anchored to the side airbag, and an outer tether that extends outward in the seat width direction from the seat rear side of the side airbag in the inflated and deployed state and has a distal end portion anchored to the side airbag. An upper end portion of the distal end portion of the outer tether is positioned further toward an upper end side of the side airbag than an upper end portion of the distal end portion of the inner tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10207670
    Abstract: In a method for folding a side airbag a first material layer and a second material layer are connected along a first edge portion by a first seam and connected along second edge portions by a second seam perpendicular to the first seam to bound a chamber. The two material layers are placed flat upon one another and a region of the second seam is slipped in a first direction inwards while forming a tip. A tip-distal end of the first and second material layers is folded several times in the first direction and the tip is folded, with the folded-over portion being slipped in the first direction inwardly. A gas generator is inserted in the first direction into the two material layers; and roll folding is carried out from an end in opposition to the gas generator in a second direction in transverse relation to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Michael Attenberger
  • Patent number: 10207669
    Abstract: A case includes an opening at least at the lower region for receiving an airbag, and an engaging region engageable with a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket includes a mounting section which protrudes out of the case and a joint plate which is formed generally into a plate extending generally along an up and down direction and is disposed at a root region of the mounting section for engagement with the case. The engaging region of the case includes an insert slot which allows the joint plate to slide therein generally in an up and down direction, a retaining pawl which protrudes generally in an inboard-outboard direction and is inserted into a retaining hole of the joint plate and retains the joint plate, and an inboard side pressing surface and an outboard side pressing surface which press the joint plate retained by the retaining pawl on the inboard and outboard sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotake Konaka, Ryosuke Jinnai
  • Patent number: 10189433
    Abstract: An air curtain delivery assembly includes an arcuate extruded unitary channel and an inflatable air curtain. The channel includes a longitudinal length defining an arc substantially matching a fore-aft curvature of a vehicle roof panel and having an open mouth defining a ramp for directing deployment of the inflatable air curtain from an interior of the channel and inboard of a vehicle side structure. The channel may further be configured and dimensioned for attaching to a portion of the vehicle roof panel and beneath a trim piece overlying the vehicle side structure. The channel may further include a vehicle-forward portion substantially matching a downward angle of a vehicle A pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: David Huelke, Eric Axel Smitterberg
  • Patent number: 10189432
    Abstract: An occupant restraining device capable of coping with a plurality of collision directions without additional airbags is provided. An occupant restraining device (100) is adapted to restrain an occupant P sitting in a vehicle seat (110), and the device includes a seatbelt (120) fixed to left and right sides of a seat cushion (116) of the seat to restrain the occupant's hips (P2), airbags (130a) and (130b) stored inside a seat back of the seat on the left and right sides thereof and inflated and deployed on the left and right sides of the occupant. Tensile fabric (140) is connected to each of the airbags and the seat cushion and applied with tension, when the airbags are inflated and deployed, so as to be extended between the airbags inflated and deployed and both side surfaces of the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Tetsuya Matsushita, Gaku Morita
  • Patent number: 10173632
    Abstract: An airbag unit comprising an airbag which is fillable with a gas in order to protect a vehicle occupant is provided. The airbag comprises two material layers which are connected to each other at their circumferential edge by means of a connection, wherein the connection is interrupted at least in one portion, in order to form an outflow opening, via which gas can escape from the airbag during the filling and/or after the filling, at least one covering device for covering the outflow opening, wherein the covering device comprises at least one closure element which is arranged moveably in relation to the outflow opening in order to vary the size of the outflow opening, and a control unit which is designed to move the at least one closure element in relation to the outflow opening in such a manner that the outflow opening is opened up, covered or partially covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Mirko Korth
  • Patent number: 10173562
    Abstract: An airbag module-equipped seat in which the periphery of an attachment portion of a guide member that guides a deployment direction of an airbag has a compact size and the guide member can be attached easily while maintaining satisfactory deployment performance of the airbag. This seat includes an airbag module attached to a side frame, a guide member that guides a deployment direction of the airbag module, and an attachment member for attaching the guide member to the side frame. The side frame has an attachment hole for the attachment member at a position different from a shaft portion for attaching the airbag module. The attachment member has a holding space in which an end of the guide member is held in a detachable manner, and is inserted into the attachment hole in a state in which the end of the guide member is held in the holding space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jinichi Tanabe, Hiroshi Baba, Makoto Takeuchi, Hiroshi Izawa
  • Patent number: 10173631
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thorax occupant protection device (10) comprising a side airbag (12), especially for being mounted in a door or the seat of an automotive vehicle, which in the inflated and mounted state of the side airbag (12) at its upper end includes at least one occupant-side inflatable inner wing (22) for shifting the occupant's adjacent arm forward and at least one door-side inflatable outer wing (24) for protecting the thorax, wherein the inner and outer wings (22, 24) in the inflated state are juxtaposed at least in portions and are separated from each other by an indentation (26) of the airbag wall (13) extending from the upper end in the downward direction. The present invention further relates to a method of protecting the thorax of a vehicle occupant in the event of a side impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dalphi Metal Espana S.A.
    Inventors: Azucena Perez Garcia, Maria Crespo Vizan, Oscar Ugarte Alba, Luis Jose Duarte De Arez
  • Patent number: 10150443
    Abstract: Airbag module arrangement for a car is disclosed having an airbag module including an inflatable airbag to protect of at least one occupant of the car, a body section of the vehicle having a fixing point to attach the airbag module. The airbag module arrangement includes a fastening element attached in the fixing point on the body section. An airbag ramp in the direction of steering of the anti-inflatable airbags with an airbag ramp connection attached to the body section which is screwless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Kyriakos Kallidis, Carsten Glaser, Michael Polster, Thomas Roemer, Thorsten Best
  • Patent number: 10144387
    Abstract: A seat includes a frame, a pyrotechnic actuator, a webbing guide, and a member. The pyrotechnic actuator includes a housing attached to the frame and a rod linearly movable relative to the housing from a retracted position to an extended position. The rod includes a slot. The webbing guide is attached to the rod. The member is supported by the frame and movable into the slot when the rod is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 10144385
    Abstract: An airbag includes a panel and a strip. The panel defines an inflation chamber inflatable to an inflated position. The panel includes a top and a bottom spaced from the top along an axis in the inflated position. The strip is connected to the panel and disposed external to the inflation chamber. The strip is elongated in a direction from the top to the bottom of the panel. During a vehicle impact, the momentum of the occupant may move the occupant towards the strip. The strip may absorb energy from the occupant to reduce or prevent the head of the occupant from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jesus A. Alfonso Alarcon Hernandez, Zhibing Deng, Oscar Olguin
  • Patent number: 10144317
    Abstract: A seat back pad 70 has a groove 73 for tucking a skin material therein, formed at borders between a central portion 71 and side portions 72. A hole (slot hole 74) is formed in a bottom of the groove 73 along the groove 73. A tuck-in wire 76 for tucking the skin material in includes a plurality of tuck-in portions 76A provided along the groove 73, and a connecting portion (detour portion 76B) detouring around the hole and connecting the tuck-in portions 76A. With this configuration, when an upper body of an occupant P subsides into a seat back S2 in a rear-end collision of a vehicle, the central portion 71, defined by the groove 73 as a border, is easily and sufficiently moved rearward relative to the left and right side portions 72. Furthermore, the tuck-in wire 76 is not exposed through the hole, and thus adhesion between the seat back pad 70 and the tuck-in wire 76 can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamasa Adachi, Tsutomu Matsuzaki, Masayuki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10131313
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant (28) of a vehicle (12) includes an inflatable vehicle occupant protection device (14) configured to be inflated and deployed between a side structure (16) of the vehicle and the vehicle occupant. A deployment sleeve (50) encircles a portion of the protection device. The deployment sleeve (50) includes a rupturable tear seam (54) that absorbs the initial break-out forces of the protection device (14) during the initial stages of inflation and deployment. The tear seam (54) is adapted to rupture after the deployment sleeve (50) absorbs the break-out forces and release the protection device (14) to inflate and deploy to a fully inflated and deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kim S. Young, Kurt F. Fischer, Rico S. Bertossi
  • Patent number: 10112553
    Abstract: A garnish for a vehicle includes a vehicle exterior garnish section facing the outside of a vehicle body and a vehicle interior garnish section facing the inside of a passenger compartment, wherein the vehicle interior garnish section has a panel opposing surface (14) opposite to an opening edge of a vehicle external side of an opening section (6) of a vehicle body panel (5) and an interior surface (13) facing the inside of the passenger compartment through the opening section (6), and the vehicle exterior garnish section is installed at the vehicle external side of the vehicle interior garnish section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Fumihiko Aizawa, Hiroyuki Hatori
  • Patent number: 10106119
    Abstract: A curtain airbag for a vehicle may include a curtain airbag cushion including a rear panel disposed at a door window side of the vehicle and a front panel disposed inside the vehicle, a protrusion formed by bending the curtain airbag cushion to protrude toward the inside of the vehicle, and connections for attaching upper and lower ends of a protruding part of the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventor: Chang Jin Oh
  • Patent number: 10077020
    Abstract: An occupant restraint system of a vehicle includes a roof rail airbag that is located at a roof rail of the vehicle and above a door of the vehicle and that is configured to deploy in an outboard direction. A deployment device, when triggered, deploys the roof rail airbag. An actuator, when triggered, actuates a deployable reaction surface (i) from a first state where the deployable reaction surface is stowed behind interior door trim and does not block any part of a window opening of the door when viewed from inboard of the deployable reaction surface (ii) to a second state where the deployable reaction surface blocks at least a portion of the window opening of the door when viewed from inboard of the deployable reaction surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sadanand N. Raikar, Mukesh Amin, Jeffrey J. Schultz, Stephen J. Cassatta, Louis Shaun Campbell, Sandy Dean Mabery
  • Patent number: 10071703
    Abstract: A head-protecting airbag device includes: an airbag including: an airbag body; a mounting portion which fixes the airbag body to a body; and a tension cloth, wherein: the airbag body includes a general inflatable portion, and an end-side inflatable portion, which is partitioned from the general inflatable portion by an end-side partition portion as a closed portion; the tension cloth is disposed on the outboard side of the end-side inflatable portion in the airbag body, and the root end of the tension cloth is coupled to an area of the general inflatable portion which is closer to a central side in the front and rear direction than the end-side partition portion; and in the mounting portion, an end-side mounting portion is disposed from a position of the root end including a position of the root end of the tension cloth to an area of the general inflatable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sho Ikenohata, Koji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10059298
    Abstract: The invention relates to a head airbag system for a vehicle, with a gas bag (10) unfoldable from a stowed position to a restraining position, said gas bag having two facing end sections (12, 14) connected to each other by means of a connecting element (16) fastened to said end sections, wherein the end sections (12, 14) are arranged opposite each other with respect to a main deployment direction (Z) of the gas bag (10); the connecting element (16) is formed and fastened to the end sections (12, 14) in such a way that in an unfolded restraining position of the gas bag (10) the distance between the end sections (12, 14) with respect to the vertical direction (Z) of the unfolded gas bag (10) is less than the length of a gas bag section running between the end sections. The invention further relates to a vehicle with a head airbag system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventor: Norman Meissner
  • Patent number: 10046726
    Abstract: An airbag safety system is provided with two or more safety airbags which can be adjoined to protect the rider when a crash occurs. A stabilizing mechanism is used to cause the inflated airbags to adjoin each other so as to form a stable protection space between the vehicle and the adjoined airbags. The adjoined airbags are shaped to meet a rider's ergonomics, making sure the rider can be caped for head protection and can be protected within the space surrounded by the airbags from being thrown away off the vehicle and subject to serious injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ALLIED TREASURE INC, LIMITED
    Inventor: Chi-Hsueh Richard
  • Patent number: 10035487
    Abstract: An airbag includes a panel including a first lobe and a second lobe connected at a spine. The first lobe and the second lobe are affixed to each other along a seam. An inflation chamber is defined between the first lobe and the second lobe. The first lobe has a tab extending from and transverse to a perimeter of the first lobe. The tab is connected to the second lobe, and a vent is on the tab and in communication with the inflation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Shekar Prabhakar Erasala, Alberto Molina Bernal
  • Patent number: 10035488
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes a gas generator main body and an airbag. The gas generator main body includes a gas outlet portion, which includes gas discharging holes, and a non-outlet portion. The airbag includes an inflation portion, which is inflated by inflation gas, and a storage chamber, which is arranged outside the inflation portion and stores the gas generator main body. The storage chamber includes an insertion port for inserting the gas generator main body and a partition wall. The partition wall includes a pass-through portion through which the non-outlet portion is passed. The partition wall separates the storage chamber and the inflation portion from each other and restricts leakage of inflation gas in the inflation portion to the storage chamber through the gap between inner wall surface of the pass-through portion and the non-outlet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matsuo Nagata, Kazuaki Bito, Akira Suzuki, Koji Shibayama, Akihisa Tange
  • Patent number: 10017146
    Abstract: A curtain airbag and a curtain airbag device that reduce the energy transferred to an occupant even though an internal inflation pressure in a curtain airbag body is low are provided. A tie panel 3 is disposed on a curtain airbag body 2 on a side opposite a vehicle interior. An upper portion and a lower portion of the tie panel 3 are connected to the curtain airbag body 2 by sewing. In an area overlapped with the tie panel 3, the panels 5 and 6 of the curtain airbag body 2 are connected to each other by sewing with linearly connected portions 32 to 35, which extend radially in four directions, so as to form four inflation chambers 8 to 11. The curtain airbag body 2 and the tie panel 3 define a space S therebetween when the curtain airbag body 2 is inflated. The space S is in a pyramidal shape in which a portion around an intersection M of the connected portions 32 to 35 protrudes the most.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventor: Sakae Sugimori
  • Patent number: 10017147
    Abstract: A safety device for use in a vehicle includes an air-bag inflatable by a gas source. At least part of the air-bag is woven and includes a plurality of generally parallel woven yarns. An elongate tether is attached to the air-bag by an attachment arrangement including a first portion in which part of the tether passes between two adjacent yarns of the air-bag from one side to another side of the air-bag and partly around at least two adjacent yarns on one side of the air-bag. The arrangement incorporates a second portion in which the tether is interwoven with a pre-determined number of single adjacent yarns of the air-bag. The arrangement incorporates a third portion in which the tether passes between two adjacent yarns of the air-bag from one side to another side of the air-bag and partly around at least two adjacent yarns on one side of the air-bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Gary Wootton, Hugh Finn
  • Patent number: 10000178
    Abstract: A vehicle curtain airbag device that includes: front and rear main chambers that receive gas supplied from an inflator, and that inflate and deploy between respective positions of heads of a front seat occupant and a rear seat occupant, and a side section of a vehicle body; and a delay chamber that is provided spanning between the front and rear main chambers, and that is only supplied with gas through a gas supply opening formed at a boundary between the delay chamber and the main chamber on a front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Atsushi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10000174
    Abstract: In a head protection airbag device equipped with an airbag, a boundary closing portion is disposed between a main inflation portion and an end-side inflation portion of the airbag at the time of completion of inflation so as to partition the main inflation portion and the end-side inflation portion; the boundary closing portion is provided with a distribution port that is configured to allow the inflating gas from the main inflation portion to flow to the end-side inflation portion, between the upper edge and the lower edge of the peripheral portion; and the boundary closing portion is equipped with a vertical closing portion disposed along a substantially vertical direction on the lower side, and an inclined closing portion that extends in an obliquely upward direction of the main inflation portion from the vicinity of the upper end of the vertical closing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Okuhara, Koji Kawamura, Yuji Sato, Takuya Hiraiwa
  • Patent number: 10000176
    Abstract: A vehicle seat part has a cover with a tear seam and an airbag module with an airbag and a force concentrator. The force concentrator partially surrounds the airbag. The concentrator has two end regions connected to the cover adjacent to and on opposing sides of the tear seam. One of the end regions is connected to the cover at a plurality of connecting portions spaced apart from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Buelow, Eugen Riesen, Michael Goesch, Felix Haenel, Martina Boeddeker, Chris Curtis
  • Patent number: 10000177
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle. The module includes an airbag and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the airbag. A diffuser is positioned in the airbag and configured to direct the flow of inflation gas into the airbag. The diffuser includes a main panel and a deflector panel connected together. The diffuser is configured to provide for first and second flow paths for inflation gas to exit diffuser and flow into the cushion. The main panel is folded along a fold line to create two folded portions and the deflector panel is located within the connected folded portions. The deflector panel is located in the first flow path and extends beyond the folded portions of the main panel. The extending portion of the deflector panel forces the inflation gas to change direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventor: Russell Joseph Mihm
  • Patent number: 9994186
    Abstract: An automobile occupant protection device is provided including: a driver's seat airbag; and a curtain airbag that is configured including a main chamber, an auxiliary chamber that is provided at a vehicle front side of the main chamber and that is disposed at a position bent toward the vehicle width direction inner side with respect to the main chamber as viewed along a vehicle up-down direction from inside the vehicle cabin, a non-inflating portion that is disposed between the main chamber and the auxiliary chamber, and a first gas supply path that is capable of supplying gas from the main chamber to the auxiliary chamber. The non-inflating portion is disposed at a position facing, in the vehicle width direction, a maximum external diameter portion of the driver's seat airbag where an external diameter of the driver's seat airbag is largest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Atsushi Nakashima