Mounted In Vehicle And Positioned Laterally Of Occupant Patents (Class 280/730.2)
  • Patent number: 11958429
    Abstract: A side airbag device is provided with a frame side plate part, an airbag cushion embedded in a side support of a seat in a stowed state, and an inflator inserted into the airbag cushion. The airbag cushion in stowed state includes a cushion rear part assembled to a frame side plate part, a cushion extension part that extends along a seat pad of the side support, a cushion folding part folded rearward from the cushion extension part, and a cushion front part of the cushion folding part arranged rolled or folded toward the outside of the seatback. The cushion extension part expands toward the center of the seatback and presses on the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Yuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11958428
    Abstract: The present invention is an airbag device equipped in a vehicle seat having a seat cushion forming a seat surface and a seatback forming a backrest, containing: an inflator; and an airbag that is stowed in the seatback and deployed by the expansion gas discharged from the inflator. The airbag includes a pair of left and right side chambers that deploy from the side parts of the seatback forward and an upper chamber that is provided continuously with the side chambers and deploys above the head of the occupant. The airbag, from a state of being spread out before stowing, is rolled or folded and compressed in a long rod shape in a direction intersecting a longitudinal direction. The location corresponding to the upper chamber of the long rod-shaped airbag is stowed in a stowing part at the rear surface of the headrest at the upper part of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Takayuki Shimizu, Atsushi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 11958430
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first pillar and a second pillar spaced along a vehicle-longitudinal axis. The first pillar and the second pillar define a door opening therebetween. An airbag is above the door opening in an uninflated position and is inflatable across the door opening to an inflated position. A cable is above the door opening when the airbag is in the uninflated position. The cable extends across the door opening from the first pillar to the second pillar when the airbag is in the inflated position. A pyrotechnic retractor is below the airbag and the cable when the airbag is in the uninflated position. The pyrotechnic retractor is connected to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Saeed D. Barbat
  • Patent number: 11958388
    Abstract: An in-vehicle seat includes a seat back, a seat cushion, and an anchor for fixing a child seat. The seat cushion has a seat cushion base, a seat cushion pad that is removable from the seat cushion, and a supporting panel. The supporting panel is provided between the seat cushion base and the seat cushion pad, and serves as a placement face for the child seat. The anchor is provided at a position at which the anchor is covered and hidden by the seat cushion pad, and at which the anchor is externally exposed when the seat cushion pad is removed from the seat cushion. A guide groove that guides a linking portion protruding from the child seat to the anchor is provided in the supporting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiichi Kondo, Kazuhisa Niimi, Ryo Sato
  • Patent number: 11951929
    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: June 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Jost, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Andrew John Piper, Josh Alexander Jimenez
  • Patent number: 11938885
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle in the event of a far-side collision in which the vehicle is impacted on a side opposite the seat in which the occupant is seated includes a curtain airbag configured to inflate and deploy from a roof of the vehicle in response to a far-side collision. The curtain airbag has an inflated and deployed condition in which the curtain airbag is positioned inboard of the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Fischer, Alexandra Smith, Angelo Adler
  • Patent number: 11938882
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for helping to protect occupants of a vehicle seat in the event of a collision. The vehicle seat includes a base with a bottom cushion, a backrest with a back cushion, and a side rest having a side cushion that extends upward from the bottom cushion and forward from the back cushion. The apparatus comprises a deployable restraint stored in a pre-deployment condition in the side rest. The deployable restraint comprising an airbag and an inflator for inflating and deploying the airbag. When inflated to a deployed condition the restrain cushions the occupant against impacts with the side rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventor: Rico Scott Bertossi
  • Patent number: 11938887
    Abstract: Problem: To more effectively restrict movement of the airbag in an expanded and deployed state in the event of a vehicle collision, and improve the performance of restraining a passenger using an airbag. Resolution Means: A passenger restraining device of the present invention is provided with an airbag and tensile cloth. The tensile cloth is deployed to the outside of a seat by expansion and deployment of the airbag, and pulled from an upper surface of a seat back portion to a seat cushion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Saito, Tetsuya Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11938883
    Abstract: A deployment ramp helps to direct a side airbag to deploy along a desired deployment trajectory from a vehicle seatback to a deployed position adjacent a side structure of the vehicle. The deployment ramp includes a mounting wall configured to be connected to a seat frame of the seatback. The deployment ramp also includes a deployment wall configured to deflect outboard of the vehicle seatback in response to airbag deployment and at least partially cover padding and/or a cover of the seatback. The deployment ramp further includes a bottom wall that extends between the mounting wall and the deployment wall, the bottom wall forming a reaction surface for side airbag deployment in the deployment trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Courtney Jaworowicz, Rico Scott Bertossi
  • Patent number: 11938890
    Abstract: A pedestrian airbag includes: an airbag cushion stored in a pedestrian airbag room located between a roof and a headliner of a vehicle in a folded state, and configured to be deployed to cover both a windshield glass and an A-pillar by being expanded during deployment thereof; and an inflator configured to supply gas to the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Min Lee, Seok Hoon Ko, Kyu Sang Lee
  • Patent number: 11938886
    Abstract: A curtain airbag apparatus for a vehicle, the curtain airbag apparatus including a mounting tab folded in an upward/downward direction so that portions of the mounting tab overlap one another, and having a decreased vertical length in an assembled state, a cushion folded in the assembled state and configured to move downward while inflated when deployed, and a tab strap having one end coupled to the mounting tab and the other end fixed to the mounting tab in a state in which the tab strap surrounds the cushions, in which when the cushion is deployed, a folded portion of the mounting tab is unfolded, such that the mounting tab is extended, and a position of the cushion is moved downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji Hyuk Im
  • Patent number: 11926278
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a seat frame that forms a skeleton of a vehicle seat on which an occupant of a vehicle sits; an airbag that is disposed on a backrest portion that supports a back of the occupant in the vehicle seat and that is deployed by supply of gas; and a gas generator that is disposed at a seating surface portion that supports buttocks of the occupant in the vehicle seat and that generates gas to be supplied to the airbag; where a part that is a portion of the seat frame and includes at least a portion of a back frame forming a skeleton of the backrest portion, is formed as a flow tube that connects to the airbag to supply gas generated by the gas generator to the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: DAICEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichiro Ukita, Tomoki Hashizume, Kenji Fukumoto, Masayuki Yamazaki, Nobuyuki Katsuda
  • Patent number: 11919472
    Abstract: A side airbag that is to be inflated and deployed to a side of an occupant, includes: a first chamber that is positioned in an upper portion and is to be inflated to a side of a shoulder part of the occupant; and a second chamber that is on a lower side of the first chamber, and a thickness regulating member for reducing an inflation thickness is provided at an upper portion of a front portion of the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Japan G.K.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Yuki, Masatoshi Yokota
  • Patent number: 11919426
    Abstract: An in-vehicle seat includes a seat back, a seat cushion, and an anchor for fixing a child seat. The seat cushion has a seat cushion base, a seat cushion pad that is removable from the seat cushion, and a supporting panel. The supporting panel is provided between the seat cushion base and the seat cushion pad, and serves as a placement face for the child seat. The anchor is provided at a position at which the anchor is covered and hidden by the seat cushion pad, and at which the anchor is externally exposed when the seat cushion pad is removed from the seat cushion. A guide groove that guides a linking portion protruding from the child seat to the anchor is provided in the supporting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiichi Kondo, Kazuhisa Niimi, Ryo Sato
  • Patent number: 11912229
    Abstract: A system including an airbag assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The airbag assembly includes a housing supporting the airbag, an inflation device (“inflator”) in fluid communication with the airbag for inflating the airbag from an uninflated position to an inflated position, a tether fixed to the airbag that helps control the deployment and inflation of the airbag, and a tether lid configured to open in order to release the tether during deployment. The tether lid is installed in a pillar garnish of the vehicle, and is opened in response to the force of the tether as it is pulled by the deploying airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Carlington G. Demetrius, Benjamin M. Oros, Yuichiro Umeda, Akira Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11912225
    Abstract: A side airbag device capable of restricting an occupant from moving to the inner side in the vehicle width direction while restraining the head of the occupant is inflatable and deployable in a space beside an occupant seated in a vehicle seat. The side airbag device includes an inflator configured to generate a gas and a bag-shaped airbag inflatable and deployable in response to the gas upon activation of the inflator to protect a lateral portion of the occupant. The airbag includes a torso protection portion, and a head protection portion configured to be provided above the torso protection portion and inflatable and deployable between an upper portion of a shoulder of the occupant and a lateral portion of a head of the occupant. The head protection portion is bendable at an acute angle relative to the torso protection portion in an inflated and deployed state of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: ASHIMORI INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetaka Azuma, Yuta Minami, Yoshitaka Okagami, Kazuya Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11912223
    Abstract: A window net door attachment is provided for coupling with a vehicle door to provide protection to occupants within the vehicle during travel over rough terrain or during rolling over of the vehicle. Framed portions of the window net door attachment surround an open area between a top of the vehicle door, a roof, and a windshield area of the vehicle. A window net within a boundary support is attached to the frame portions and to the top of the vehicle door, such that the window net is disposed throughout the open area. Attachments along the boundary support retain the window net in an extended disposition within the open area. Vertical supports may be interwoven with the window net so as to impart relatively greater strength to the window net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Robby Gordon
  • Patent number: 11912228
    Abstract: An occupant crash protection includes: a seat-side airbag device configured to deploy a seat-side gas cushion portion between an aisle and an occupant sitting on a seat, the seat-side airbag device being placed around the seat on which the occupant sits; and a wall-side airbag device configured to deploy a wall-side gas cushion portion toward the seat-side gas cushion portion to be deployed from the seat side to the aisle, the wall-side airbag device being placed inside a vehicle cabin wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumito Akiyama
  • Patent number: 11904792
    Abstract: Seat centric airbag restraint systems having pelvis restraint features, along with related methods. In some implementations, a first seat-mounted airbag cushion may be deployed along a first side of a vehicle occupant and a second seat-mounted airbag cushion may be deployed along a second side of the vehicle occupant. At least one wrap-around belt engaging at least one of the first and second seat-mounted airbag cushions may be released, either partially or fully, to inhibit forward translation of the vehicle occupant within a vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Schneider, Christina Renee Morris
  • Patent number: 11904793
    Abstract: An airbag module (10) comprises an airbag (12) including two outer wall layers (18) which are interconnected at a circumferential joint (22) along a circumferential edge (20) of the airbag (12) and which delimit an interior of the airbag (12) fillable with gas, wherein an opening (26) which is in fluid communication with the fillable interior of the airbag (12) is provided in the circumferential joint (22), and a plug (14) which is permanently inserted in the opening (26). The plug (14) includes a passage (16), and an outer circumferential surface (32) of the plug (14) is sealed against an inner edge (28) of the opening (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Anton Fischer
  • Patent number: 11904791
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented herein for an airbag shell. The airbag shell comprises a u-shaped channel formed of moldable fabric. The moldable fabric is configured to become malleable when exposed to temperatures exceeding a melting point of the moldable fabric. An external surface of the u-shaped channel is configured to interface with a roof rail. An inner surface of the u-shaped channel is configured to receive an airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Jamison Pexton
  • Patent number: 11891008
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle pillar. The vehicle includes a vehicle roof supported by the vehicle pillar. The vehicle includes an airbag supported by the vehicle roof. The airbag has a first side portion, a second side portion spaced cross-vehicle from the first side portion, and a front portion extending from the first side portion to the second side portion. The vehicle includes a pyrotechnic device supported by the vehicle pillar. The pyrotechnic device is coupled to one of the first side portion or the second side portion of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 11884229
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a dash. A first seat and a second seat are spaced from the dash. A console is adjacent to the dash with the console being movable from a stowed position disposed in the dash to a deployed position extending from the dash between the first seat and the second seat. An airbag is supported by the console with the airbag being inflatable to an inflated position when the console is in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 11884231
    Abstract: A deflector for a diffusor of a gas generator of an airbag module is disclosed. The deflector comprises a substantially tubular deflector base body and a gas discharge device connected thereto, wherein the gas discharge device has a substantially rectangular base and two outflow regions on opposite sidewalls so that gas can flow substantially in opposite directions along the longitudinal axes of the tubular deflector base body out of the interior of the gas discharge device to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: ZF Airbag Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Weber
  • Patent number: 11878648
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a vehicle occupant restraint system for a motor vehicle, comprising a central airbag installed in the area of a vehicle roof liner between two vehicle seats. At least one holding arrangement is fastened by a first end to the airbag and by a second end to a vehicle structure such that the holding arrangement retains the airbag in an inflated state in a holding position in which the airbag can laterally support a vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Dalphi Metal Espana, S.A.
    Inventors: Pedro José Santín Navarro, Maria Crespo Vizán, Óscar Ugarte Alba
  • Patent number: 11878734
    Abstract: A roof assembly for a work vehicle includes a grab rail and a grab rail support coupled to the grab rail. The grab rail support is configured to couple to a roof structure of the roof assembly, the grab rail support is configured to support the grab rail on the roof structure, the grab rail support has a hollow passage configured to facilitate passage of a wire, and the grab rail support has an inlet to the hollow passage configured to be positioned at an interior of the roof structure to enable the wire to extend from the interior of the roof structure into the hollow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: David Sheldon Booth, John Torin Piper, Michael J. Braun, Thomas Michael Curley, Aaron Francis Onken, David Larry Tveito, Abhishek Shende
  • Patent number: 11878637
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes a vehicle body, a side curtain airbag mounted by the vehicle body, and a roof lining mounted to the vehicle body via an attachment structure. The attachment structure includes a bracket fastened to the vehicle body and the roof lining includes a mating hole aligned with the bracket. A cap at least partially received within the mating hole from an exterior surface of the roof lining is directly fastened to the bracket. A cover for covering the mating hole from the exterior surface of the roof lining is connected to the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John F. Howard, Jr., Akira Miyazaki, Carlington G. Demetrius
  • Patent number: 11872948
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes a roof and a headliner. The vehicle includes a seat having an occupant seating area. The vehicle includes a curtain airbag. The curtain airbag includes an extension. The curtain airbag is inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The curtain airbag is between the roof and the headliner in the uninflated position. The curtain airbag is inflatable downwardly from the headliner to the inflated position. In the inflated position, the curtain airbag has a main chamber and the extension extending cross-vehicle from the main chamber and vehicle-forward of the occupant seating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 11865996
    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. The airbag has a stored condition within the vehicle seat and is inflatable to deploy laterally in the cabin to a deployed condition in front of the occupant. The airbag is 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: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Angelo J. Adler, Alexandra E. Smith, Daniel R. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 11865989
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle and having: a frame; a bearing structure, which is mounted on the frame, is elastically deformable and is divided into a seat, a backrest and a headrest; an upholstery, which covers the bearing structure; a covering shell, which is mounted on a rear wall of the frame and has a rear wall and two side walls, which come into contact with the bearing structure; a side airbag, which is directly fixed to the frame and is arranged in a containing space laterally delimited by an outer side wall of the covering shell and is delimited at the front by an outer portion of the bearing structure; and a deflector plate, which is rigid, is directly mounted on the frame and is arranged behind the side airbag so as to be located between the side airbag and the covering shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: FERRARI S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabio Toni
  • Patent number: 11858448
    Abstract: An airbag device equipped in a vehicle seat. The vehicle seat has a structure in which a seat frame is arranged with left and right sides inside the seat back. The airbag device according to the present invention includes: an inflator that is secured to the side of the seat frame of the vehicle seat and an airbag that is stowed inside the seat back in an elongated and compressed state and is expanded and deployed by the expansion gas discharged from the inflator. The airbag in the stowed state is arranged along the seat frame, and includes a lower portion area lower than the inflator and an upper portion area above the inflator. The lower portion area is arranged inside the seat frame, and the upper portion area is arranged outside the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Takayuki Shimizu, Atsushi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 11858453
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seat back having a top end and a bottom end. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the seat back at the top end. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position that extends forward and upward from the top end of the seat back. The airbag in the inflated position has an inboard panel and outboard panel that define an inflation chamber therebetween. The assembly includes a tether in the inflation chamber, the tether fixed to the inboard panel and the outboard panel between a front edge of the tether and a rear edge of the tether. The front edge of the tether defines a first width and the rear edge of the tether defines a second width that is less than the first width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Joseph E. Abramczyk, Lavanya Vemuri, Selvakumar Inbaraj Daniel
  • Patent number: 11858449
    Abstract: A curtain airbag capable of improving deployability of an airbag cushion without including a ramp component. The curtain airbag includes a main cushion, provided at an upper side of a pillar of a vehicle along a forward-and-rearward direction of the vehicle and configured to be deployed with inflation thereof, and a guide cushion, connected to a front area of an upper end portion of the main cushion and configured to extend toward a rear of the vehicle, the guide cushion pushing the main cushion toward an inside of the vehicle while being inflated together with the main cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Ho Kang
  • Patent number: 11851020
    Abstract: An assembly including a vehicle seat. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the vehicle seat and inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes a main chamber elongated along an axis and an extension supported by the main chamber. The extension extends from the main chamber transverse to the axis in the inflated position. The main chamber includes a lower segment and an upper segment selectively extendable away from the lower segment along the axis from an unreleased position to a released position. The extension is supported by the upper segment of the main chamber and the extension is translatable along the axis with the main chamber from the unreleased position to the released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Joseph E. Abramczyk, Deepak Patel
  • Patent number: 11840190
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an expandable curtain disposed in a roof of the vehicle and is configured to selectively deploy from a stowed configuration to a deployed configuration. An expandable bladder is configured to inflate at least partially during deployment of the expandable curtain. The expandable bladder includes a neck portion mechanically coupled to the expandable curtain and a head portion extending from the neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Michal Jan Swiniarski, Markus Jost, Andrew Frank Raczkowski
  • Patent number: 11840192
    Abstract: A panoramic window safety system applied to a vehicle moves a piston in a piston movement space of a piston carriage by a gas pressure of an inflator located on the bottom portion of a panoramic window space, and switches a wire that forms a side bending arrangement in the panoramic window space into an intermediate linear arrangement by a forward movement of the piston to be stood perpendicular to the panoramic window space to support an airbag covering the panoramic window space, preventing the risk of a passenger leaving when a panoramic window having the size at which the upper body of a passenger is exposed is damaged to meet the North American regulations that prescribe preventing the passenger from leaving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Seung-Kyu Kang
  • Patent number: 11833990
    Abstract: This invention relates to a side airbag device stored inside a vehicle seat and fixed to a side frame. The device includes an airbag that expands and deploys to restrict an occupant; an inflator that supplies expansion gas to the airbag; and a bracket connected to the side frame that holds the airbag and the inflator. The airbag includes a prepush chamber having an inflator stored therein and mainly deploys inside of the side frame; and a main chamber connected to the prepush chamber and mainly deploys forward of the side frame. The bracket includes a first surface oriented in the forward direction of the vehicle; and a second surface oriented to the inside of the seat in the width direction of the vehicle. When the airbag is stored by being folded and/or rolled, at least the main chamber is disposed on the first surface of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Shima, Tsutomu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11833992
    Abstract: An embodiment occupant restraining apparatus includes a base to be fastened to a body of a vehicle, a support having a first end hinge-connected to the base and a second end configured to support a deployed airbag, and a bellows configured to be expanded by gas to pivot the support. During deployment of the airbag, the bellows is configured to receive the gas in concert with the deployment of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Seung-Kyu Kang
  • Patent number: 11827171
    Abstract: The seat for a vehicle includes a side airbag having a head chamber. The head chamber is housed along the upper frame of the seat back. The head chamber is inflated and deployed between the shoulder belt and the head upon side impact, receiving a delivery of gases from the inflator. Here, the head chamber is configured to be housed in an inner roll folded state in which the front end of the roll folding from the front end portion in the sheet longitudinal direction is wound in a roll shape so as to be wound around the sheet outside, and the front end of the roll folding from the intermediate portion is wound in a roll shape so as to be wound around the sheet inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kawamura, Yuto Ota, Yuta Arai
  • Patent number: 11827173
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag module (12) comprising a restraint airbag (30) which is inflated in a situation of restraint and, in an inflated state, has a restraining effect on an occupant (16), and at least one backup member (36, 36a, 36b) which, in a restraining state, is at least in portions in contact with the inflated restraint airbag (30) and is configured so that it backs the restraint airbag (30) and in particular absorbs a force (F) applied to the restraint airbag (30) by contacting a vehicle occupant (16), wherein, in the inflated state, the restraint airbag (30) is interposed between the backup member (36, 36a, 36b) and the vehicle occupant (16), wherein the backup member (36, 36a, 36b) is arranged, in an initial state, on or in the airbag module. The invention also relates to a vehicle seat and a vehicle comprising an airbag module according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Freisler, Theresa Betz, Frederic Myers
  • Patent number: 11820314
    Abstract: A seat airbag includes a cushion part mounted to a seatback of a seat, at least two chambers connected to each other in a vertical direction of the seatback, and an inflator provided to supply inflating gas to the cushion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiwoon Song, Jong Seob Lee, Dong Gil Lee, Byung Ho Min, Sang Won Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 11820313
    Abstract: An airbag includes a main inflation portion to be deployed and inflated at an outer side of the upper body of an occupant, and an auxiliary inflation portion disposed at a position adjacent to an inner side of the main inflation portion and to be deployed and inflated at an obliquely front outer side of a head portion. In the airbag whose deployment and inflation are completed, a maximum dimension in a facing direction in which an outer main body portion and an inner main body portion of the auxiliary inflation portion face each other is smaller than a dimension in a direction orthogonal to the facing direction. The auxiliary inflation portion has the outer main body portion as a joining area, and is joined to the main inflation portion in the joining area, in a state of being in communication with the main inflation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuji Yamamoto, Koji Kawamura, Takenori Ozaki
  • Patent number: 11820311
    Abstract: A seat airbag device for a vehicle is proposed. The seat airbag device for a vehicle includes: a main chamber located in a vehicle seat at a side portion of an occupant and configured to be deployed toward a front portion of the vehicle when gas is injected thereinto; a sub-chamber connected to a front end of the main chamber and configured to be deployed in a direction intersecting a deployment direction of the main chamber when the gas is injected thereinto; and an expansion portion expanded from the front end of the main chamber and connected to an upper portion or a lower portion of the sub-chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Won Hwangbo, Choong Ryung Lee
  • Patent number: 11820312
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly with a vehicles seat and a side airbag assembly is described. The vehicle seat has a seat-ing and a backrest comprising a frame. The side airbag assembly is attached to a side portion of the frame and comprises a side airbag being at least partially rolled to an airbag package in the not deployed state and extending from a rear end to front end in the deployed state. The airbag assembly further comprises at least one wrapper extending at least partially around at least a section of the airbag package. The airbag package has a length and a maximum thickness. The at least one wrapper ex-tends from a first end being attached to the side airbag at the rear end of the side airbag to a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Par Sandinge, Jonas Bjorkqvist, Charlotte Lundqvist, Thomas Dillinger
  • Patent number: 11814003
    Abstract: A head protecting airbag device includes an airbag that is folded and stored on an upper edge side of a window on an interior vehicle side; an inflator that supplies inflation gas to the airbag; and an attachment bracket that attaches the inflator to a body side on the upper edge side of the window. The inflator has a substantially cylindrical outer shape of which an axial direction is disposed substantially along a front-rear direction. The attachment bracket includes a holding portion that is formed by being curved in a substantially arc-shaped cross section, is disposed so as to partially cover an outer peripheral surface of the inflator, and is configured to be capable of holding the inflator using connecting means, and an attachment piece portion that is formed so as to extend from an end edge of the holding portion on an exterior vehicle side and that is attached to the body side by using attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 11814004
    Abstract: A side airbag for a vehicle including an inflator part that discharges an inflation gas; and a cushion part that covers the inflator part, is deployed by the gas discharged from the inflator part. The cushion part includes a main chamber part deployed between a passenger and a vehicle body, and a protruding chamber part extended from the main chamber part and deployed in front of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Won Hwangbo, Choong Ryung Lee
  • Patent number: 11807185
    Abstract: An airbag includes a chamber that expands due to gas being introduced at a time of deployment and a non-expanding area that does not expand at the time of deployment, in which the airbag deploys by gas being introduced into the chamber. A first portion inside the chamber that is located around the non-expanding area includes a tip end portion that is closed, and at the time of deployment, the tip end portion applies a load to and becomes in contact with a second portion of the chamber that is located around the non-expanding area and that faces the tip end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuya Motoji, Kennosuke Kariya, Takafumi Ogasawara, Masahiro Urago, Makoto Omura
  • Patent number: 11801802
    Abstract: Provided is a rear side airbag device that can be mounted with ease. A rear side airbag device is located between a vehicle body and a rear seat, and includes an airbag, an inflator configured to supply gas into the airbag, and a mounting bracket to which the inflator is fixed. The mounting bracket includes an inflator mount portion to which the inflator is fixed, and a first anchor portion and a second anchor portion that are to be fixed to other members, whereas the first anchor portion and the second anchor portion are located on a laterally inner side with respect to the inflator mount portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Yamabe
  • Patent number: 11801803
    Abstract: In a method of folding a curtain-type side airbag to form an elongate airbag package which defines a longitudinal direction, in one folding step at least portions of the side airbag are rolled around a first winding axis. In another folding step, at least portions of the side airbag are rolled around a second winding axis which is at an angle between 0° and 180° with the first winding axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Dalphi Metal Espana, S.A.
    Inventor: Pedro José Santín Navarro
  • Patent number: 11794683
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a roof-mounted airbag apparatus in a vehicle. The vehicle includes a roof, an instrument panel, and two passenger seats in a front row. The airbag apparatus includes an inflator and an airbag that is fluidly coupled to the inflator. The airbag is inflatable and deployable from the roof in an interior of the vehicle between the passenger seats and the instrument panel, and includes a cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, AutoLiv Asp, Inc.
    Inventors: Mangala Jayasuriya, David W. Schneider, Frank J. Herzenstiel