Mounted In Vehicle And Positioned Laterally Of Occupant Patents (Class 280/730.2)
  • Patent number: 11124142
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus for a vehicle includes a first airbag configured to deploy from a front part of the vehicle toward a passenger, a second airbag provided under the first airbag and configured to deploy toward the passenger, and a collision type detector configured to detect a collision or collision possibility of the vehicle and detect a collision type. The collision type detector detects a first type of collision and a second type of collision. The second airbag deploys in a first deployment configuration when the first type of collision is detected, and deploys in a second deployment configuration when the second type of collision is detected. The second airbag deployed in the second deployment configuration contacts an in-vehicle component provided in a vehicle compartment, and the second airbag in contact with the in-vehicle component guides the first airbag in a direction in which the collision load is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Kanegae, Toru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11124146
    Abstract: An airbag system includes a main airbag device provided in front of an occupant and having a first bag body deployed by being inflated by a gas being supplied during input of an impact, a seat airbag device provided in a seat back of a vehicle seat and having a second bag body deployed by being inflated in an area including a front of a torso of the occupant at behind the first bag body by a gas being supplied during input of an impact, and a screen airbag device having a third bag body deployed by being inflated in an area including behind the first bag body and above the second bag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Saso, Hiroyuki Ito, Takayuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11117544
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle includes a curtain airbag inflatable from a stored condition in which the airbag is rolled and/or folded to a deployed condition in which the curtain airbag is positioned between a side structure of the vehicle and the vehicle occupant. The curtain airbag comprises an inflator mouth configured to receive an inflator. The curtain airbag comprises a bracket tab proximate to the inflator mouth and configured to receive an inflator bracket. A tether has first and second end portions. The first end portion of the tether is connected to a portion of the curtain airbag adjacent to the bracket tab. The second end portion of the tether is connected to the bracket tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Dylan P. Moran, Richard C. Patton, Avadhoot R. Paranjpe
  • Patent number: 11110884
    Abstract: A side airbag apparatus includes a side airbag housed in a seat back of a seat of a vehicle. The side airbag includes a lower protection portion configured to protect a portion below a head portion of the occupant, and an upper protection portion configured to protect the head portion. The side airbag is folded in a state in which the upper protection portion is folded toward a lower side so as to be positioned on an outer side in a width direction of the vehicle with respect to the lower protection portion, and a portion, that protrudes toward the front side with respect to the lower protection portion, of the upper protection portion folded toward the lower side, is folded toward a rear side so as to be positioned on an inner side in the width direction with respect to the lower protection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shohei Ota, Koji Shibayama
  • Patent number: 11104287
    Abstract: A side airbag device includes a seat frame that is along a side surface of a seatback of a seat and is built in the seatback, an inflator that is attached to an occupant side of the seat frame, and a cushion that receives a gas from the inflator so as to be expanded and deployed. The cushion includes an inner side expansion part that is stored at the occupant side of the seat frame and is connected to the inflator, and an outer side expansion part that is continuously provided with the inner side expansion part, that is stored at an opposite side of the seat frame with respect to the occupant side, and that receives the gas from the inner side expansion part so as to be expanded and deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Yuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11097680
    Abstract: A restraint system is provided for helping to protect at least one occupant of a vehicle having a floor and a cabin with at least one seat for receiving each occupant. The restraint system includes an airbag extending from a first end mounted in the vehicle floor to a second end. The airbag includes a first airbag portion curved away from the at least one occupant and a second airbag portion extending towards the at least one occupant. The airbag has a stored condition and is inflatable to a deployed condition aligned with the at least one occupant. A tether is connected to the airbag and the floor for limiting relative forward-rearward movement of the airbag in response to occupant penetration into the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Hylus Ranjit Raj Jayakar, Wael Youssef-Agha
  • Patent number: 11091111
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a housing and a side airbag inflatable to an inflated position. The side airbag in the inflated position has an upper lobe and a lower lobe supporting the upper lobe on the housing. The side airbag includes an internal panel between the upper lobe and the lower lobe. A tether has a first end anchored to the housing and a second end anchored to the upper lobe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Alison Callaghan, Deepak Patel, Michelle Carolina Herrera Gutierrez, Joseph Edward Abramczyk
  • Patent number: 11077817
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seatback and a seat bottom. The seat bottom has a seat bottom frame. The seat bottom frame has a front side spaced from the seatback, a first side extending between the seatback and the front side, and a second side spaced from the first side and extending between the seatback and the front side. An airbag is supported by the front side and inflatable to an inflated position. An external tether extends from the airbag to the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Anil Kalra
  • Patent number: 11077815
    Abstract: A vehicle seat equipped with a side airbag device includes: an inflator disposed on an outer side in a vehicle width direction relative to a side frame; an inner chamber housed inside the side part, and is configured to inflate and deploy toward a part of an occupant on the outer side in the vehicle width direction upon receiving supply of a gas from the inflator; an outer chamber housed inside the side part, and is configured to inflate and deploy toward the outer side in the vehicle width direction and a vehicle front side relative to the inner chamber upon receiving supply of the gas; and a diffuser housed inside the side part and configured to supply the gas into the inner chamber from a first supply port formed in a peripheral wall of the diffuser when the inflator is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Takamichi Komura, Takeharu Sugishima, Takayuki Shimizu, Mitsuo Nogami, Yuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11072304
    Abstract: A vehicle seat for a portion of a vehicle seat is provided. The vehicle seat includes a central base cover, a removable trim cover extending over at least a portion of the central base cover, and a side base cover secured to the central base cover. A fastener assembly has a first fastener interface secured to the removable trim cover and a second fastener interface secured to the side base cover and connected to the first fastener interface. An airbag assembly includes an inflatable airbag and an inflator disposed within an airbag chute. The airbag chute has a first end region and a second end region. The first end region is secured to the central base cover, the second fastener interface, the side base cover, and the second end region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yong Yang
  • Patent number: 11059445
    Abstract: An assembly includes an interior component. The assembly includes a deployable panel having an upper panel and a lower panel supported by the interior component, the deployable panel being movable relative to the interior component from a retracted position to an extended position. The assembly includes a hinge between the upper panel and the lower panel. The assembly includes an airbag inflatable to an inflated position in which the airbag is positioned to abut the upper panel in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivas Reddy Malapati, Mangesh Kadam, Yuqin Zhao, Leonard Anthony Shaner, Zhibing Deng
  • Patent number: 11046280
    Abstract: Lateral airbag cushions for preventing or inhibiting inboard occupant excursion. Some embodiments may comprise an inflatable cushion configured to deploy adjacent to a vehicle seat laterally of a vehicle occupant and a tether coupled with the inflatable cushion. The tether may be configured to be coupled to the vehicle seat at opposite ends and may be configured to, upon deployment, form the inflatable cushion into a pocket or other lateral engagement structure adjacent to the vehicle occupant to engage a shoulder and/or arm region of the vehicle occupant to prevent or at least inhibit inboard/lateral excursion during an impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Don Larry Parker, Terry Alan Wheelwright, Charles Paul Dinsdale, Christine Elizabeth Devey, Derek John Wiscombe, Andrew Lawrence Holliday
  • Patent number: 10994690
    Abstract: A vehicle side airbag device including an airbag accommodated within a seatback of a vehicle seat, and inflates and expands between a seated vehicle occupant and a side door, the airbag includes: a main body portion configured to restrain at least from a shoulder portion to a chest region of the seated vehicle occupant; and an extension portion configured to extend toward a vehicle front side or a vehicle rear side at a portion of a height region of the main body portion, and wherein, as seen in a vehicle side view, at a vehicle occupant shoulder portion height region, the extension portion overlaps a vehicle side portion member that structures a portion of a vehicle cabin side wall and that projects-out further toward a vehicle inner side than a side door glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiji Hioda
  • Patent number: 10994686
    Abstract: A seat includes an airbag module fixed to a seat frame, a trim cover including a breaking part which breaks according to an inflation and a deployment of an airbag of the airbag module, a first stay cloth and a second stay cloth which guide the inflating and deploying airbag to the breaking part, a first fixing member which is attached to the backside frame and stretches and supports the first stay cloth, and a second fixing member which stretches and supports the second stay cloth, in which the backside frame is provided with a pair of first attachment holes into which both end portions of the first fixing member are inserted and a pair of second attachment holes into which both end portions of the second fixing member are inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Inoue, Akinori Taniguchi, Takayuki Ohmori, Keita Myochin
  • Patent number: 10988100
    Abstract: A side airbag assembly includes a seatback and a side airbag supported by the seatback. The side airbag has a first panel and a second panel. The first panel and the second panel have an expandable region including an inflation chamber. The first panel and the second panel are connected to each other defining a substantially non-expandable region. The first panel and the second panel are connected to each other around an opening. The opening extends through the first panel and the second panel and the opening is between and adjacent to the substantially non-expandable region and the expandable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Deepak Patel
  • Patent number: 10974682
    Abstract: An airbag device has an airbag that is wound in a rolled state, mounted in a vehicle longitudinal direction of a vehicle and deployable in a curtain-like manner in a vehicle compartment by a gas generated by an inflator in case of emergency. A cover cloth is provided so as to be wound to cover at least part of an outer circumference of the airbag extending in a longitudinal direction. The cover cloth has a first folded-back part that is formed by folding back one end of the cover cloth in a circumferential direction of the outer circumference of a cross section, which is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the folded airbag. An edge of the outer circumference of the airbag is held between the first folded-back part and the other end of the cover cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Tetsuya Iwata, Hiroki Ishihara, Akihiro Kawada
  • Patent number: 10974681
    Abstract: It is provided a vehicle occupant restraint system comprising an airbag module and a backrest of a vehicle seat, wherein the airbag module is arranged on the backrest. The airbag module comprises an inflatable gas bag main chamber and an inflatable gas bag secondary chamber, wherein in the inflated condition the gas bag main chamber has a larger volume than the gas bag secondary chamber and wherein the gas bag main chamber and the gas bag secondary chamber are fluidically connected to each other via an overflow opening. The airbag module is arranged at the backrest of the vehicle seat such that in the inflated condition the gas bag secondary chamber is supported at the backrest of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Germany GMBH
    Inventor: Volker Rathgeb
  • Patent number: 10967826
    Abstract: An air bag device for a vehicle seat has a first air bag portion to be attached to at or close to a first lateral side of a backrest and a second air bag portion to be attached to a second lateral side of a backrest. The first air bag portion and second air bag portion are connected with each other by a third air bag portion designed to be located along a part of the upper portion of a backrest. The air bag device is designed to, when mounted to a vehicle seat, limit the lateral movement of the torso of an occupant and protect an occupant. The third portion will contribute with an increased stability of the air bag device when deployed. The air bag device may be adapted to protect the head of an occupant from injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Ola Henriksson, Stephane Pretot, Mikaela Hägg, Malin Leijer, Fredrik Kjell, Guillaume Alenspach, Jack Kroll, Jules Houessou
  • Patent number: 10960842
    Abstract: A curtain airbag device with which the position of a tether that pulls an end chamber during inflation and deployment thereof can be stabilized, thereby stabilizing the deployment behavior of the end chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Takayuki Shimizu, Mitsuo Nogami, Kazuya Tamura
  • Patent number: 10960841
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seatback and an airbag. The airbag includes an upper panel and a lower panel spaced from each other and an intermediate panel disposed therebetween. The upper panel and the lower panel are each uninflatable and each supported by the seatback. The intermediate panel is supported by the seatback and inflatable to an inflated position. The intermediate panel in the inflated position includes a valley elongated in a direction from the lower panel towards the upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Tzu-Chen Weng
  • Patent number: 10940823
    Abstract: An occupant protection device for a motor vehicle, having an airbag deploying as a result of propellant gas pressurization and extending along a lateral roof rail connecting vehicle pillars of the vehicle body, and having a roof liner mounted on the vehicle body, wherein a storage space for the folded airbag is formed between the roof rail and the roof liner. Advantageously, the airbag and the roof liner extend at least into the region of a vehicle rear-side and/or a vehicle front-side vehicle pillar, wherein the roof liner is adjustably mounted on the vehicle body toward the vehicle interior at least in the region of the relevant vehicle pillar in such a way that in the region of this vehicle pillar, the roof liner opens up both a first exit region from the storage space toward the bottom of the vehicle and a second exit region from the storage space toward the top of the vehicle for the airbag deploying as a result of propellant gas pressurization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ralf Menger, Viktor Gruenwald, Frank Heuer
  • Patent number: 10926735
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a seat, a center console spaced from the seat in a cross-vehicle direction, and an airbag inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag in the inflated position includes a first leg elongated in the cross-vehicle direction and spaced from the center console. The airbag in the inflated position includes a second leg supported by the seat and elongated from the first leg towards the center console in a direction transverse to the cross-vehicle direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Joseph Edward Abramczyk, Deepak Patel
  • Patent number: 10919481
    Abstract: A knee airbag arrangement for a vehicle. The knee airbag arrangement includes an inflatable airbag. The airbag is adapted to be inflated to a position between an instrument panel of the vehicle and a knee/shin region of a vehicle occupant. A depth (D1, D2) of the airbag in a deployed state is a greatest extent of the airbag perpendicular to the instrument panel in the knee/shin region. The airbag is adapted to form a first deployment mode or a second deployment mode when in a deployed state. The depth of the airbag in the second deployment mode is greater than a depth of the airbag in the first deployment mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian Rutgersson, Johan Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10919482
    Abstract: Occupant safety systems suitable for use in both traditional and opposed seating systems include various combinations of passive safety components: sensors that provide an output signal indicative of an imminent collision, inflatable restraints that deploy from opposing interior surfaces of a passenger compartment of a vehicle based on the output signal, and inflators disposed within door cavities that selectively inflate an airbag or vent the inflator to an exterior of a vehicle based on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander M. Zoellner, Jorge C. Fialho, Nathaniel J. Dennis, Rikard Fredriksson
  • Patent number: 10913005
    Abstract: A system may include a housing that may hold a body of water, an inflatable assembly disposed within the body of water, and a processor. The processor may receive an indication related to a speed of a flow of the body of water and send a signal to at least one valve coupled between the inflatable assembly and a fluid source in response to the indication. The signal may cause the at least one valve to fluidly couple the inflatable assembly to the fluid source to cause the inflatable assembly to expand to an inflated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Robert Cortelyou, Ross Osterman, Justin Schwartz, Darrin Hughes, Anisha Vyas
  • Patent number: 10899303
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus for a vehicle includes an armrest, a movable member, and a controller. The armrest is provided on a side of a seat in a vehicle on which an arm of a passenger sitting on the seat can be placed. The movable member is provided in the armrest, and configured to move from the armrest toward a side of an upper body of the passenger sitting on the seat and retract into the armrest. The controller is configured to move and retract the movable member in accordance with a behavior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10899305
    Abstract: Provided is a side airbag for side collision which is deployed between two seats in a width direction of a vehicle to prevent occupants siting on the two seats from colliding with each other. The airbag includes a chest protective area to protect a chest of an occupant; a head protective area extending upward from the chest protective area to protect a head of the occupant; and a support area extending rearward from the head protective area and making contact with a head rest, which is provided on an upper portion of a back of the seat, so as to be supported by the head rest, wherein, the support area of the airbag is supported by the head rest when the vehicle collision occurs to prevent a head of an occupant who sits near a crashed side from moving rearward of the head protective area, thereby preventing the head of the occupant sitting near the crashed side from colliding with a head of a counterparty occupant who faces the occupant sitting near the crashed side in the width direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Tae Ik Gwon, Mats Berntsson, Par Sandinge, Jong-Ki Byun
  • Patent number: 10889243
    Abstract: A rear alarm sensor assembly includes: a sensing part that generates waves and a sensing signal, based on contents obtained by detecting an approaching object by the generated waves; a controller that generates a transmission signal including the sensing signal and an identifier for identification and transmits the generated transmission signal to a body control module, the controller including a plurality of identification terminals for changing the identifier according to a connection relation and a ground terminal that is grounded; and a determination device that is electrically connected to the ground terminal and moves so as not to be connected to the plurality of identification terminals or so as to be connected to one of the plurality of identification terminals. In particular, the determination device electrically connects the connected identification terminal and the ground terminal to change the connection relation of the plurality of identification terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, YURA CORPORATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Hoon Kim, Bo Lim Seo, Seong Cheol Park, Cheol Gi Kim
  • Patent number: 10884127
    Abstract: Provided is a disclosure for detection of objects using projected light of one or more frequencies, where the light may be structured or non-structured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gerard Dirk Smits
  • Patent number: 10870408
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus for a motor vehicle, which can be arranged on and attached to a seat frame, and which is designed to protect the head and thorax of a passenger in the event of a side impact or vehicle rollover includes a gas generator and an airbag cushion. The gas generator and the airbag cushion are connected to each other. The airbag apparatus can be arranged on and attached to a first side of the seat frame. The airbag apparatus has a first traction element attached by a first end thereof to a central region of the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Sebastien Garnier, Guillaume Alenspach, Fabrice Delaunay, Jules Houessou
  • Patent number: 10843654
    Abstract: A side inflatable airbag assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. Inflatable airbag assemblies may provide protection for an occupant in a vehicle collision event. In a side collision event, or other event producing lateral movement of the occupant relative to the vehicle, the disclosed inflatable airbag assembly may receive and support the occupant during ride down so as to prevent or minimize injury resulting from impact with a vehicle door, sidewall, center console, or other vehicle structure disposed lateral to the vehicle seating position. The disclosed airbag may differentially support the occupant by providing varied degrees of support for the shoulder, pelvis, and torso, which may be particularly beneficial to an elderly occupant whose bones may be more susceptible to some injury types and modes as a result of age-incident health issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek John Wiscombe, Charles Paul Dinsdale, Don Larry Parker, Andy Lawrence Holliday, Terry Alan Wheelwright
  • Patent number: 10843652
    Abstract: A far-side airbag device of a vehicle includes an airbag which is unfolded upon inflation between at least two backrests arranged in the width direction of the vehicle and includes an inner panel facing a passenger and an outer panel facing the central axis of the vehicle at the time of inflation. The far-side airbag device includes a rotation preventing bracket for pressing the rear end of the airbag to prevent the airbag from rotating about the rear end of the airbag by an impact from the passenger at the time of collision of the vehicle, so that it is possible to increase a restraining force for preventing the passenger from moving toward the inside of the vehicle by preventing the airbag from rotating about a fastening portion on the rear end by the impact applied from the passenger due to the collision of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Jong Ki Byun, Par Sandinge, Mats Berntsson
  • Patent number: 10836341
    Abstract: A head-protecting airbag device includes: an airbag body; and a connecting piece which is formed of a sheet material with flexibility, wherein: the airbag body and the connecting piece constitute an airbag having a bag shape inflatable to cover an inboard side of a window of a vehicle; the airbag body includes an inboard side wall disposed on the inboard side at the time of inflation completion, an outboard side wall disposed on an outboard side, and a coupling target portion coupling the connecting piece; the coupling target portion is configured to be divided into an inboard side portion and an outboard side portion; and the root end of the connecting piece is nipped between the inboard side portion and the outboard side portion, and is coupled with the inboard side portion and the outboard side portion so as to be connected with the airbag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTDA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nonoyama, Yoshinari Takei
  • Patent number: 10836287
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a frame member including an outer wall and an inner wall, the outer wall and the inner wall defining a cavity therebetween and a side airbag supported by the frame member in the cavity, wherein the outer wall extends along an outboard angle relative to a seat-forward direction and the side airbag is inflatable to an inflated position extending along the outboard angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Jesus Alfonso Alarcon Hernandez, Eric D. Veggian
  • Patent number: 10829076
    Abstract: A rear seat side airbag device that includes: an inflator that generates gas in the event of a vehicle collision; and a side airbag that is supplied with gas from the inflator from a position in a vehicle cabin side portion that corresponds to a rear seat, and that is inflated and deployed towards a portion on an outer side in a vehicle width direction of a vehicle occupant in a case in which the vehicle occupant is sitting in the rear seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10822842
    Abstract: The invention controls a power cinching function of a motor vehicle door latch in order to improve door seal performance under conditions wherein vibrations could otherwise reduce seal effectiveness. With the door latched closed in a flush condition, the vehicle speed is compared to a slow-speed threshold. When the vehicle speed is greater than the slow-speed threshold, then a vehicle vibration parameter is compared to a vibration threshold. When the vibration parameter is greater than the vibration threshold, then the power cinching function is activated to move the door to to a subflush condition which increases a compression of the seal between the door and a vehicle door frame. When the door is in the subflush condition, the vehicle speed continues to be compared to the slow-speed threshold, and when the vehicle speed is less than the slow-speed threshold then the door is released back to the flush condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Ronald J. Collins, Aaron M. Halonen, David Brian Glickman, Paul K. Dellock
  • Patent number: 10814824
    Abstract: A side airbag device may include: an inflator mounted to a seat frame; a cushion unit covering the inflator and configured to be deployed by gas discharged from the inflator to protect a side portion of an occupant; and a tether unit mounted to the inflator and configured to enclose the cushion unit. The cushion unit may include: a cushion deployment part mounted to the inflator and configured to be deployed by gas discharged from the inflator; a cushion passing part formed in the cushion deployment part so that the tether unit passes through the cushion passing part; and a cushion penetration part formed in an upper end of the cushion deployment part so that the tether unit penetrates the cushion penetration part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiwoon Song, Sang Won Hwangbo, Hae Kwon Park
  • Patent number: 10807554
    Abstract: A side curtain airbag module comprises an airbag having a plurality of fastening flaps that are configured to be fastened to the body of a vehicle; a ramp to guide deployment of the airbag, the ramp has at least one fastener configured to be fastened to a vehicle body; means for securing the ramp to the airbag by relative movement of airbag and ramp, whereby in a mounting condition of the airbag module the ramp fasteners are at least in part housed by the airbag flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Floersheimer
  • Patent number: 10807555
    Abstract: A curtain airbag includes an upper airbag configured to deploy in a position opposite to an upper half of a side part of a vehicle in which a window is formed, and a lower airbag configured to deploy in a position opposite to a lower half of the side part and coupled to the upper airbag in an up-and-down direction. The upper airbag includes a first expansion section configured to extend in the up-and-down direction and expand to increase in volume in a front part more than in a back part of the first expansion section in a width direction of the vehicle, and the lower airbag includes a second expansion section configured to extend in the up-and-down direction and expand to increase in volume in a front part more than in a back part of the second expansion section in the width direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mototsugu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10807558
    Abstract: A side curtain air bag module includes an inflatable cushion, an inflator, and a flexible ramp. The inflatable cushion includes a first panel coupled to a second panel. The ramp is configured to prevent interference from the pillar trim with deployment of the cushion. The ramp includes at least a first slot, a second slot, and the inflatable cushion includes first and second flexible tabs that couple the ramp to the inflatable cushion. The first slot may have a horizontal orientation, while the second slot may have a vertical orientation to allow alignment with the C-pillar during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventor: Eric Naranjo
  • Patent number: 10787145
    Abstract: An airbag device for a motor vehicle, the airbag device can be provided on and secured to a seat frame and is designed to protect the head and rib cage of an occupant in the event of side impact or vehicle rollover. The airbag device has a gas generator, an airbag cushion and a first securing system, the first securing system, the gas generator and the airbag cushion being connected to one another to secure the airbag device to the seat frame. A second securing system is provided in the side region of the airbag cushion above the connecting region with the first securing system The second securing system is designed to secure the airbag cushion, with an additional securing point in the side region, to the seat frame above the first securing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Mats Berntsson, Pär Sandinge, Hanna Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10787146
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus may include: a first chamber connected to an inflator, and supporting the head of a passenger in case of a head-on collision of a vehicle; a second chamber connected to one side of the first chamber so as to be supported by the first chamber, and suppressing the head of the passenger from moving in a diagonal direction in case of an oblique collision of the vehicle; a communication part formed in the first chamber so as to introduce gas of the first chamber into the second chamber; and a valve tether installed along the circumference of the communication part, connected to the first chamber, and closing the communication part when the first chamber is completely deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rae Ick Jang, Seok Min Lee, Jae Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10773678
    Abstract: An airbag module mounted on a near-side vehicle seat is provided for protecting a far-side occupant seated in a far-side vehicle seat. The airbag module includes an airbag cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the airbag cushion. The airbag cushion in a deployed state has a rear lobe portion and an extension portion. The rear lobe portion bulges laterally toward the far-side vehicle seat. The extension portion projects forward of the rear lobe portion in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle. In a near-side impact crash event the airbag cushion deploys upwards in a vehicle height direction and forward in the vehicle longitudinal direction with a deployment angle of the entire airbag cushion obliquely oriented to direct the airbag cushion away from the near-side vehicle seat and toward the far-side vehicle seat to provide restraint of the far-side occupant against lateral movement within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Craig Markusic
  • Patent number: 10766448
    Abstract: A side inflatable airbag assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. Inflatable airbag assemblies may provide protection for an occupant in a vehicle collision event. In a side collision event, or other event producing lateral movement of the occupant relative to the vehicle, the disclosed inflatable airbag assembly may receive and support the occupant during ride down so as to prevent or minimize injury resulting from impact with a vehicle door, sidewall, center console, or other vehicle structure disposed lateral to the vehicle seating position. The disclosed airbag may differentially support the occupant buy providing varied degrees of support for the shoulder and pelvis, and the torso, which may be particularly beneficial to an elderly occupant whose bones may be more susceptible to some injury types and modes as a result of age-incident health issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Autoliv ASP, Inc., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Derek John Wiscombe, Don Larry Parker, Terry Alan Wheelwright, Andrew Lawrence Holliday, Charles Paul Dinsdale, Bryant S. Whitcomb, Craig Allen Markusic
  • Patent number: 10759374
    Abstract: an airbag for a vehicle is provided. In particular, a deployment position of an airbag cushion is changed to correspond to the occupant's seating position or the occupant's lying position in response to the vehicle collision. Accordingly, the occupant is more safely protected regardless of seating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Joo Seon Yoo, Hyock In Kwon
  • Patent number: 10759376
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seat having a seat bottom and defining a seat-forward direction. The vehicle includes an interior component. The vehicle includes an airbag supported by the interior component and inflatable to an inflated position having a main body elongated along a vehicle-longitudinal axis and an extension extending from the main body transverse to the vehicle-longitudinal axis in front of the seat bottom relative to the seat-forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Pardeep Kumar Jindal, Rahul Makwana, Dinkar Sadashiv Karanth
  • Patent number: 10752198
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seatback. The assembly includes a side airbag supported by the seatback and inflatable to an inflated position including a top panel having a pair of opposing side edges and a front edge extending between the side edges. The side airbag includes a main panel fixed to the top panel at a seam extending along the side edges and the front edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Yun Cai, Joseph E. Abramczyk
  • Patent number: 10723303
    Abstract: A vehicle curtain airbag device includes: a main body stored between a front pillar and a front pillar garnish as well as between a roof side rail and a roof head lining; a notch portion formed at the main body, and dividing an upper portion of the main body into front and rear sides; a connecting component connecting a front inflating portion at a front side of the notch portion to a vehicle main body, and supporting the front inflating portion so as to inflate at a vehicle width direction outer side of the front pillar garnish; and a holding component holding the front pillar garnish such that the front pillar garnish is movable in the vehicle width direction between an initial position in a pre-inflated state of the main body, and an inflation position, the inflation position being at a vehicle width direction inner side relative to the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiji Hioda
  • Patent number: 10717403
    Abstract: A curtain airbag device that allows easy recognition and correction of twisting of an airbag during attaching. The curtain airbag device can be stored in a compact manner during transportation. The curtain airbag device including an airbag that is disposed along a roof side rail of a vehicle interior, and that can deploy so as to cover a window portion on a side face of the vehicle interior, the curtain airbag device further including a cover that covers the airbag, at least, in a part of the folded or rolled airbag in the longitudinal direction. The cover is formed of a pliable fabric material of polymer fibers, and maintains the shape of the rolled-up airbag through mutual fusion of at least a part of the polymer fibers. A high stiffness portion harder than other portions and formed during the fusion of the cover is provided in the cover extending in the longitudinal direction of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Takayuki Shimizu, Yuto Kobayashi, Mitsuo Nogami, Hiroyoshi Shimono
  • Patent number: 10703325
    Abstract: Multi-chambered side airbag assemblies are provided. The airbag assemblies can include a housing, an inflator, and a side inflatable cushion. The side inflatable cushion can include multiple chambers, for example, a first inflatable chamber coupled to the housing, a second inflatable chamber coupled to the first inflatable chamber, and a third inflatable chamber coupled to the second inflatable chamber. The side inflatable cushion can also include a connector coupling at least two of the inflatable chambers to each other. In a deployed state, at least a portion of the side airbag may protrude transverse to a longitudinal axis of a vehicle such that a portion of the side airbag is configured to receive a vehicle occupant moving from a vehicle occupant position during a vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Schneider