Deflated Confinement Located Within Or On Steering Column Patents (Class 280/731)
  • Patent number: 11091116
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a curtain airbag deployed to a vehicle width direction outer side of an occupant seated in a vehicle seat; a front airbag provided at a front side of the vehicle seat, which is deployed to a vehicle front side of the occupant; an airbag housing, provided at the front side of the vehicle seat, in which the front airbag is housed before inflating; and an airbag door that covers the airbag housing from a cabin side and that is displaced toward a cabin side, in a case in which the front airbag inflates such that the cabin side of the airbag housing is opened. The airbag door includes plural door portions and the airbag device is provided with a limiting member that restricts tilting of a door portion that tilts about a hinge portion disposed at a vehicle width direction inner side of the airbag housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Ohara
  • Patent number: 11072302
    Abstract: A knee airbag for vehicles is provided. The knee airbag includes a lower crash pad that has a panel shape to block a steering column to prevent exposure of the steering column to an indoor space of a vehicle, and includes a housing unit having recesses dented toward the steering column such that the housing unit is spaced apart from the steering column by a designated distance. An airbag module of the knee airbag includes an inflator and a cushion and contained in the housing unit of the lower crash pad to deploy the cushion toward a driver's knee outside the lower crash pad when the cushion is deployed by explosion of the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Bang, Ji Yong Yim, Seok Hoon Ko, Do Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 11072301
    Abstract: An airbag module assembly for mounting to a steering wheel assembly has an airbag, a housing and a visual display unit. The housing has a chamber for stowing the airbag. The housing has an attachment for rigidly fixing to a steering wheel and a forward-facing opening of the chamber for receiving the airbag. The cover encloses the housing and stowed airbag. The housing is fixed to the steering wheel offset and positioned removed from a center region of the steering wheel spaced from a rim of the steering wheel. The airbag module is configured upon deployment to have the inflated airbag project outward over the rim toward an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaj Klaenhammer, Kerstin Kahl
  • Patent number: 11066039
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inflator holder (14) for an airbag module (10) comprising a holder bottom part (20) in which an inflator receiving hole (18) is formed and comprising a holder sidewall part (22) which delimits, together with the holder bottom part (20), a receiving compartment (26) for an inflator (12) open on a discharge side (28) opposed to the holder bottom part (20). The inflator holder (14) includes a filter grid (24) for exhausting gas fastened on the inflator holder (14) which filter grid at least partially delimits the receiving compartment (26) on the discharge side (28). In addition, the invention relates to an airbag module (10) comprising an airbag (16), an inflator (12) and said inflator holder (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Issler, Simon Schmid, Martin Burkhardtsmaier
  • Patent number: 11001220
    Abstract: A passenger protection device for a front passenger seat includes: an upper airbag that is installed in a front header of a vehicle, and is configured to inflate and deploy at a time of a frontal collision of the vehicle so as to be supported by a windshield from a front side of the vehicle; and a lower airbag that is provided separately from the upper airbag and installed at a front end of a vehicle cabin below the windshield in a vehicle height direction, the lower airbag being configured to inflate and deploy at the time of the frontal collision so as to be supported by a dashboard including an instrument panel from the front side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Hiroe Sugawara
  • Patent number: 11001219
    Abstract: A restraint system includes an inflator, an airbag inflatable by the inflator and having an exterior surface, and a fabric tunnel attached on the exterior surface of the airbag and elongated from a sealed end to an open end. The tunnel is fluidly isolated from the inflator. The tunnel is oriented relative to the airbag so that the open end is aimed in a direction of motion during inflation of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Joseph E. Abramczyk, Jeffrey C. Paddock
  • Patent number: 10994684
    Abstract: An airbag device for a vehicle may include: a mounting housing having an airbag module mounted therein; one or more holders formed on the mounting housing; a steering wheel engaged to the holders; one or more mounting members slidably inserted into the engagement portion between the mounting housing and the steering wheel; and one or more hook members installed at positions spaced a predetermined distance apart from the center of the steering wheel, in order to fix the mounting member at a plurality of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Hoon Ko, Do Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10960915
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steering wheel armature cover (10) for mounting to a steering wheel armature (12) of a vehicle steering wheel (14), comprising a cover portion (16) for closing a profile of the steering wheel armature (12) open in cross-section as well as at least one securing element (18, 20, 22) for fixing the steering wheel armature cover (10) to the steering wheel armature (12). Furthermore, the invention also relates to a method of manufacturing a steering wheel armature cover (10) as well as to a vehicle steering wheel (14) comprising such steering wheel armature cover (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Ramon Baña Castro, Jorge Ollero Ollero, Marcelino Moure Fernández, Pedro Pereiro Coto, Fabián Conde Bouza
  • Patent number: 10926736
    Abstract: A positional-dependent airbag deployment system is provided. A plurality of tether cutters are configured to cut at least one of a plurality of tethers affixed to an airbag. An image sensor is configured to monitor the position of an occupant's head within a vehicle. In response to detecting a collision event, an airbag controller determines a trajectory of the occupant's head based on the image sensor data and other data and determines a cutting sequence of the tethers such the airbag will be deployed in a trajectory to intercept the occupant's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Winston Robertson, William Patrick Garrett, George Evans
  • Patent number: 10919483
    Abstract: An airbag for steering wheel is configured to inflate so as to cover an upper surface side of a ring part of a steering wheel. Outer peripheral edges of a vehicle body-side wall part and a driver-side wall part are joined such that the airbag is formed to have a bag shape, and an inlet opening is arranged at a vicinity of a center of the vehicle body-side wall part. The vehicle body-side wall part is formed with a concave part to be concave upward toward the driver-side wall part upon completion of the inflation so that a rear part-side region of the ring part can be entered into the concave part, and the concave part is arranged at the vehicle body-side wall part so that the ring part is entered into the concave part when a driver is received by the airbag upon completion of the inflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Hotta, Koji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10899378
    Abstract: A steering column apparatus may include a moveable unit assembled with the steering wheel at a front end portion thereof to be driven back and forth; a guide unit mounted to a rear end portion of the moveable unit to guide back and forth movement of the moveable unit; a drive unit provided in the guide unit to drive the moveable unit; and an actuator unit configured to fix the drive unit to the guide unit, and provided with an inflator triggered in cooperation with an operation signal of the airbag, to be operated to generate a propulsive force in a forward direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jung Woo Park
  • Patent number: 10899301
    Abstract: An assembly of a driver airbag module and a steering wheel comprises connecting elements for connection of the airbag module with the steering wheel, the elements comprising a hinge or other connection means that allow the airbag module to swivel or rotate with respect to the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Shreyas R Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10875564
    Abstract: A steering wheel structure includes: a guide member (30) that is formed into a tubular shape, and attached to a mounting hole (12a) formed in a mounting plate (12) of an airbag module (10); a hook member (2) that is formed in a steering wheel (1), and is inserted into the guide member (30); a damper rubber (20) that is interposed between an edge portion of the mounting hole (12a) in the mounting plate (12), and the guide member (30); and a lock spring (40) that is attached to the guide member (30). The lock spring (40) is engaged with the hook member (2) inserted into the guide member (30) so as to prevent the hook member (2) from coming-off from the guide member (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignees: ASHIMORI INDUSTRY CO., LTD., MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuta Minami, Hidenori Higo, Kenichi Yukumatsu, Hideharu Kaeriyama
  • Patent number: 10875490
    Abstract: A hybrid airbag inflator (100, 200) has a disk-shaped pressure vessel having a central axis with a domed upper housing portion (20) with a sealed exhaust port (22) for releasing inflation gases and a domed lower body portion (10) welded to the domed upper housing portion (20). The domed lower body portion (10) has one or more protrusions (12) extending from an outer or exterior surface positioned offset from the center axis. At least one of the protrusions (12) houses an igniter assembly (60) with accessible electrical connections (61, 63). The disk-shaped pressure vessel inflator (100, 200) contains gas generant pellets (2) and a quantity of pressurized inert gas (1) for inflating an airbag. The combination of the protrusions (12) and domed lower body portion (10) has a unique profile of a petaloid shape. Optionally, the domed upper housing portion (20) can also have the petaloid shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Norman, III, William F. McLeod
  • Patent number: 10822015
    Abstract: A steering switch device includes a housing disposed in a spoke portion of a steering wheel of a vehicle, the housing including an operation unit configured to operate an electronic device that is electrically connected, and an illumination unit provided in a side surface of the housing protruding from the spoke portion, the illumination unit being configured to illuminate a grip portion of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Shinobu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10793098
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a housing and an airbag. The airbag is supported by the housing and includes a vent. The airbag assembly includes a tether supported by the housing and fixed to the vent. The airbag assembly includes a tether release operatively coupled to the tether. The airbag assembly includes a tether retractor supported by the housing and fixed to the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivas Reddy Malapati, Huberto Archundia, Kevin Siasoco, Matt Alan Niesluchowski, James Robert Chascsa, II
  • Patent number: 10737648
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes an airbag and an airbag controller. The airbag is disposed in a movable member and configured to be able to deploy in different sizes in a front-to-back direction of an automobile. The movable member can move in the front-to-back direction in front of a passenger in the automobile. The airbag controller is configured to control a size of the airbag to be deployed, according to a position to which the movable member is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10612677
    Abstract: A valve assembly is provided and includes a valve housing, an actuator housing coupled to the valve housing and configured when actuated to open a normally-closed valve element in the valve housing whereby pressurized fluid is permitted to flow through the valve housing and a solenoid valve. The solenoid valve includes an armature-valve element balanced to remain in a closed position and an electromagnet. The electromagnet generates magnetic flux that moves the armature-valve element into an open position such that at least a portion of the pressurized fluid flows into the actuator housing to actuate the actuator housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Poly Puthur John, Jeevanandham Masilamani
  • Patent number: 10612723
    Abstract: A method of operating an inflation system is provided. The method includes recognizing that the inflation system is activated or actuated by a user, supplying current to an electromagnet of a solenoid valve of the inflation system such that an armature-valve element of the solenoid valve is moved to an open position, wherein movement of the armature valve element to the open position actuates an actuator housing that in turn causes a normally-closed valve element of a valve housing of the inflation system to open, and ceasing current supply to the electromagnet once the actuator housing is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Poly Puthur John, Ashish Kumar Agarwal, Jeevanandham Masilamani
  • Patent number: 10576886
    Abstract: A horn actuating device of a motor vehicle is provided to enhance operating feeling of a horn actuating cover installed on a steering wheel. The horn actuating device prevents shaking of a horn actuating cover and prevents deterioration of operating feeling of the horn actuating cover by adopting a structural elastic member configured such that after the horn actuating cover for actuating a horn is actuated, the elastic member for returning the horn actuating cover back to an original position restrains shaking of the horn actuating cover and then installing the elastic member between the horn actuating cover and a horn mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jung Woo Park, Jun Yong Min, Han Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 10539941
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include methods, computer program products, and systems. Given by way of example only and not of limitation, in various embodiments a method includes: determining an event; actuating a cushioning element in response to the determining the event, the cushioning element including one or more tension-bearing members; and dissipating at least some of an energy associated with a collision based on deforming at least one of the tension-bearing members during the collision, the deforming including substantially inelastically stretching the at least one of the tension-bearing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Deep Science, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Cameron A. Myhrvold, Conor L. Myhrvold, Nathan P. Myhrvold, John D. Rinaldo, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10479357
    Abstract: A lane keeping system includes an absolute pressure sensor located in a door on each of opposing sides of a vehicle. Each sensor generates a signal indicative of a door cavity pressure on that side of the vehicle. A safety restraint system (SRS) controller is in communication with the pressure sensor. The SRS controller is configured to determine a collision event in response to the signal (e.g., increased pressure in the door as it is crushed) and activate a safety restraint component in response to the determined collision event. A lane keeping system (LKS) controller is in communication with the pressure sensors. The LKS controller determines a lateral wind force on the vehicle in response to the signal from each pressure sensor. The LKS controller determines a correction in response to the determined lateral wind force to maintain the vehicle along a desired path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hawes, Ehsan Samiei, Michael I. Chia
  • Patent number: 10476501
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor and switch assembly is provided. The assembly includes a first electrode forming a decorative conductive component on a vehicle, and a second electrode dielectrically isolated from the first electrode and electrically coupled therewith to generate an activation field. The assembly also includes a dielectric layer disposed between the first and second electrodes, and a controller for processing a signal generated from the activation field and sensing an object, wherein the controller determines activation of a switch based on the signal generated from the activation field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, Wei Xu, Satyanarayana Raju Vemulapati
  • Patent number: 10471917
    Abstract: A knee air bag apparatus having a housing disposed in or adjoining a lower region of an instrument panel extending from front to rear having an outlet opening. An inflator and a knee air bag are mounted in the housing in the initial state, and in an expanded state deploys in front of the instrument panel. The air bag outer skin has a protective section and a fill and support section. The protective section when expanded state is positioned, in front of the instrument panel. To improve deployment behavior, the fill and support section features a vehicle-front section such that with the knee air bag fully expanded, the front section extends beyond the vehicle front end of the housing in the direction of the vehicle front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Harald Schuler, Oliver Adolph
  • Patent number: 10464480
    Abstract: A vehicular display device includes a surrounding information obtaining unit configured to obtain surrounding information indicating a surrounding situation of a host vehicle, and a display ECU configured to inform a driver of the presence of a warning object that needs to be recognized by the driver through displaying of an in-vehicle display unit when the warning object is detected based on the surrounding information. The in-vehicle display unit has a display screen in a region surrounded by a grip of a steering wheel in a planar positional relationship when the driver views the steering wheel. The display ECU is configured to display a host vehicle mark in a central position of the steering wheel in a right-left width direction and display a warning object mark indicating the warning object in a position corresponding to a direction of the warning object relative to the host vehicle on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Yamada, Yasutomo Kato, Satoshi Yamamichi, Masaki Ito
  • Patent number: 10457244
    Abstract: An airbag includes on the rear plane a passenger protection portion for protecting a front seat passenger. The passenger protection portion includes a front-collision arresting plane for protecting a head of the passenger as he moves forward in the event of a frontal collision of the vehicle and an oblique-collision arresting plane that is disposed at least either on the left or on the right of the front-collision arresting plane in such a manner as to protrude rearward out of the front-collision arresting plane for protecting the head of the passenger as he moves diagonally forward in the event of an oblique or offset collision of the vehicle. The passenger protection portion further includes an arresting recess that is disposed between the front-collision arresting plane and oblique-collision arresting plane in such a manner as to be sunken forward for receiving and arresting the head of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ikuo Yamada, Takanori Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10442441
    Abstract: An embodiment of a control system includes a sensing element configured to detect a gesture from at least one user in a vehicle including a handwheel, and a gesture control module configured to receive gesture information from the sensing element and control at least one of the handwheel and the vehicle based on the gesture information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy W. Kaufmann, Frank P. Lubischer, Patrik M. Ryne
  • Patent number: 10427638
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies are disclosed that can reduce rotational velocity of an occupant's head during a collision event and thereby mitigate traumatic brain injury/head injury to an occupant. An airbag includes a pair of lobes or protrusions to deploy and extend from the rear face of the airbag on either side of the occupant's head to limit rotation of the head. A pair of vertical tethers within an interior of the airbag configure the lobes and contour the rear face to form one or more low fabric tension zones or bubbles. The lobes maintain high fabric tension, similar to a pressurization of a main inflatable chamber of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Changsoo Choi
  • Patent number: 10414370
    Abstract: An airbag includes a first panel and a second panel. A first wing is formed with one of the first panel and the second panel, the first wing being coupled to the other of the first panel and the second panel. At least a second wing is formed with one of the first panel and the second panel, the second wing being coupled to the other of the first panel and the second panel. The airbag includes a first depth that extends from the first panel to the second panel proximate the first wing and the second wing when the airbag is in the deployed position and at least a second depth extending from the first panel to the second panel proximate the first base, wherein the second depth is less than the first depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: David Schneider, Christina Morris, James Jacobson
  • Patent number: 10369955
    Abstract: Provided is an airbag device in which an inflator can be fixedly mounted easily. The airbag device includes an inflator which generates a gas; an airbag which is inflated by the gas generated by the inflator; a retainer which is provided with an insertion port into which the inflator is inserted; a bag ring which mounts the airbag in the retainer; and a spring which fixes the inflator inserted into the insertion port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Kumagai, Kazuhiro Abe, Masahiro Hasebe
  • Patent number: 10358108
    Abstract: An adaptive deployable restraint element (10) for a vehicle safety system comprising at least two leg elements (11, 12) at least in portions arranged in V-shape relative to each other between which at least one cross brace (13, 14, 15) connecting the leg elements (11, 12) is arranged, wherein the leg elements and/or the cross brace (13, 14, 15) are/is inflatable. The invention further relates to an airbag module and an occupant safety system comprising such restraint element as well as to the use of the fin ray effect in an adaptive restraint element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Jung, Thomas Kapfelsperger
  • Patent number: 10328890
    Abstract: A completely folded body of an airbag includes: a front-side folded portion; and a rear-side folded portion, wherein: the front-side folded portion has such a folded shape that a tip separated longitudinally from the mounting portion of the front overlapped portion is stored in a dent portion, in which a front side is open and a rear side is dented, between a mounting-portion-side folded portion near the mounting portion and a central folded portion between the tip and the mounting-portion-side folded portion; the tip of the front overlapped portion includes a leading edge separate longitudinally the farthest from the mounting portion, and a tip root-side portion connected to the leading edge; and the leading edge is provided on an upper side of the tip root-side portion in the front-side folded portion to be inverted rearward to a central side of the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hayato Abo, Hitoshi Iida, Ryotaro Ishida, Yoshiteru Banno
  • Patent number: 10150370
    Abstract: A vehicle implementing vehicle operation assistance information management for autonomous vehicle control transfer may identify a vehicle operation assistance information item indicating a location of an expected vehicle operation control transfer, and, in response to a determination that an immanency for the vehicle operation assistance information item is within a maximum relevant immanence, present a representation of the vehicle operation assistance information item, which may include, in response to a determination that an urgency for the vehicle operation assistance information item indicates a warning urgency or an advisory urgency, controlling the primary graphical display portion and the secondary graphical display portion to present a graphical representation of the vehicle operation assistance information item, such that the primary graphical display portion presents a first portion of the graphical representation and the secondary graphical display portion presents a second portion of the graphica
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Roy Goudy, Andrew Christensen
  • Patent number: 10144382
    Abstract: A steering column system of a vehicle includes: a rotatable, hollow steering shaft that has a proximal end attached to a steering wheel and is configured to transfer rotational input at the steering wheel to a steering rack of the vehicle; a stationary driver-side airbag (DAB) shaft that is surrounded by the steering shaft and extends along the steering shaft; and a DAB module that contains an airbag and is fixedly mounted to a proximal end of the DAB shaft within a region of the steering wheel. The airbag contained in the DAB module is formed to have a substantially circular center chamber and a pair of side extension chambers, one of the side extension chambers disposed on a right side of the center chamber, and the other of the side extension chambers disposed on a left side of the center chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt Shanks, Barry Phillips, David Gotwals
  • Patent number: 10137853
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag device comprises an airbag that receives gas supplied from an inflator and that is adapted to be inflated and deployed in front of an upper body and above thighs of an occupant seated in a vehicle seat. The airbag includes, in the event that the gas has been supplied inside the airbag and the airbag inflates and deploys, an inflation section having an endless annular shape as viewed along a vehicle width direction, and a hollow section formed in a central portion of the inflation section. The hollow section is in communication with an exterior of the airbag, and air at the exterior flows into the hollow section during inflation and deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI
    Inventors: Jiro Ohachi, Kai Maenishi
  • Patent number: 10106122
    Abstract: A folding preparation body includes a pre-folded portion folded in a folded shape of being gathered to an upper side of the inflow opening and mounted in the steering wheel, the pre-folded portion includes a portion in which the front edge of the initial preparation body is folded to approach the inflow opening in the vehicle body side wall, the vehicle body side wall of the folding preparation body includes a non-folded portion from the inflow opening to a crease of the pre-folded portion and a folded portion which is folded from the crease to be overlapped on the lower surface of the non-folded portion, and the pre-folded portion includes the folded portion of the vehicle body side wall and a lower surface side portion, which covers an outer surface of the folded portion, in the cover portion of the driver side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Komatsu, Toshihito Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 10086699
    Abstract: A vehicle implementing vehicle operation assistance information management for autonomous vehicle control operation may identify a vehicle operation assistance information item, the vehicle operation assistance information item indicating a location of a candidate vehicle control operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Roy Goudy, Andrew Christensen
  • Patent number: 10029642
    Abstract: A steering column system includes: a rotatable steering shaft that has a proximal end attached to a steering wheel and is configured to transfer rotational input at the steering wheel to a steering rack of the vehicle; a stationary driver-side airbag (DAB) shaft that is mounted in the vehicle and extends along the steering shaft; and a DAB module that contains an airbag and is fixedly mounted to a proximal end of the DAB shaft within a region of the steering wheel. The steering wheel and the steering shaft are configured to rotate independently of the DAB module and the DAB shaft, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: David Gotwals, Kurt Shanks, Barry Phillips
  • Patent number: 10017145
    Abstract: A side airbag apparatus includes an inflator, an airbag body that is configured to be deployed and inflated by inflation gas supplied from the inflator, and an inflated-dimension limiter arranged inside the airbag body. The inflated-dimension limiter is joined to the airbag body by a front joint portion provided at the front end of the inflated-dimension limiter. The inflated-dimension limiter is also joined, by a rear joint portion provided at the rear end of the inflated-dimension limiter, to a portion of the airbag body that is behind a section of the airbag body to which the inflated-dimension limiter is joined by the front joint portion. The dimension between the uppermost end and the lowermost end of the front joint portion is set to be different from the dimension between the uppermost end and the lowermost end of the rear joint portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masami Shibata, Koji Shibayama, Yuki Noiri
  • Patent number: 9963100
    Abstract: A controller for a vehicle includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor of the controller is programmed to receive a side-impact signal representing a collision to a side of the vehicle, receive an occupancy signal indicating that a first rear seat of the vehicle is occupied, and send an output control signal to deploy an airbag between a front seat adjacent the side of the vehicle and a second rear seat adjacent the side of the vehicle in response to the side-impact signal and the occupancy signal only when the second rear seat is unoccupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Jialiang Le, Robert William McCoy, Hubert Szawarski
  • Patent number: 9937795
    Abstract: A vehicle implementing vehicle operation assistance information management for autonomous vehicle control transfer may identify a vehicle operation assistance information item indicating a location of an expected vehicle operation control transfer, and may, on a condition that an immanency for the vehicle operation assistance information item is within a maximum relevant immanence, determine an urgency based on the immanency, and present a representation of the vehicle operation assistance information item, which may include controlling a primary graphical display portion of the vehicle to present a graphical representation of the vehicle operation assistance information item, controlling a secondary graphical display portion of the vehicle to present the graphical representation, or a combination thereof. The vehicle may, control an auditory presentation device of the vehicle to present an auditory representation of the vehicle operation assistance information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Roy Goudy, Andrew Christensen
  • Patent number: 9925948
    Abstract: An airbag is inflatable in such a manner as to separate a vehicle-side wall which is deployable towards a vehicle body structure and an occupant-side wall which is deployable towards an occupant for catching the occupant. The airbag is configured to be supported by the vehicle body structure on the vehicle-side wall when catching the occupant with the occupant-side wall. The airbag includes a recessed section on left and right sides of and in a vicinity of the center of the occupant-side wall and a tether that connects the bottom of the recessed section to the vehicle-side wall in order to form the recessed section. Opposing walls of the recessed section press each other in a separable fashion when the airbag is inflated. The tether allows gas communication between a central region of the airbag and a peripheral region of the airbag which surrounds the central region, inside the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Hotta, Takashi Iida, Yuji Sato, Ikuo Yamada, Mikine Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9902360
    Abstract: A cushion for a driver airbag apparatus may include: a cushion body deployed between a steering wheel and a driver, and including a front chamber contacted with the steering wheel and a rear chamber coming in contact with the driver; a middle panel installed in the cushion body so as to divide the front chamber and the rear chamber, and having an inner vent hole through which gas is introduced from the front chamber to the rear chamber; and an internal tether arranged in the front chamber, and restricting the backward movement of the middle panel such that the middle panel forms a concave shape in the forward direction when the cushion is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hae Kwon Park, Ga Ram Jeong, Ji Woon Song
  • Patent number: 9855909
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes a connection clip disposed between a steering wheel and a mounting plate of an airbag; an airbag fastening part formed on the mounting plate, and having the connection clip mounted thereon; and a steering wheel fastening part formed on the steering wheel, and snap-fit fastened to the connection clip mounted on the airbag fastening part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Hoon Ko, Do Hyoung Kim, Hae Kwon Park
  • Patent number: 9831300
    Abstract: A display module includes abase substrate including an upper surface and a lower surface opposite the upper surface; a pixel layer facing the base substrate such that the upper surface of the base substrate is between the lower surface and the pixel layer, the pixel layer including a plurality of pixels; and a window member facing the base substrate such that the pixel layer is between the window member and the base substrate, the window member in an upper surface exposed to an outside thereof and a lower surface opposite the upper surface, and the upper surface of the window member and the lower surface of the base substrate include intaglio patterns, the intaglio patterns are overlapping with a dotted area when viewed in a plan view, and the display module is configured to be torn along the dotted area when a force is applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jongsung Bae, Mugyeom Kim, Minsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9738244
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus in which an airbag is deployed while maintaining appropriate deployment pressure. A tether is tightened by deployment force of a sub-cushion, and pulls a hidden cushion disposed in a main cushion so that the hidden cushion is deployed, such that a volume in the main cushion is reduced by the hidden cushion, thereby maintaining deployment pressure of the main cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyo Bae Lee
  • Patent number: 9688229
    Abstract: An airbag of an airbag device for a driver seat has a front panel and a back panel. In the airbag having undergone spontaneous inflation, when a size between a securing position of the airbag to a retainer member and the most protruding portion of the airbag with respect to the securing position is set as 1, the most protruding portion by the back panel is located at a position spaced from the securing position by 0.5 or greater, a diameter of the inflated airbag of an opposing portion to an inner surface of the wheel is 0.6 to 1.2 times as large as an inner diameter of the wheel, and a diameter of the inflated airbag of a joint portion of the front panel and the back panel is greater than the diameter of the inflated airbag of the opposing portion to the inner surface of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadaaki Sekino, Naoki Yamaji, Takahiko Yamamura, Keita Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9682679
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for retaining an airbag inflator within a vehicle airbag system, such as within an airbag module housing of a vehicle airbag system. In some embodiments, an inflator comprising an inflator base positioned at a first end of the inflator and a diffuser positioned at a second end of the inflator opposite from the first end may be inserted, or configured for insertion into, an opening in a housing. An inflator retainer comprising a retainer opening configured to receive the diffuser therethrough may be coupled with the inflator at the second end of the inflator and used to secure the inflator to the housing with the inflator base positioned through the housing opening and the diffuser positioned through the retainer opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Hatfield, Bradley Scott Maxfield, Derrick Staheli
  • Patent number: 9669794
    Abstract: Airbag cushion assemblies comprising internal stabilizers and related methods. Some embodiments may comprise an airbag cushion comprising a first side and a second side opposite from the first side and a hub comprising a hub opening configured to be coupled with an inflator so as to receive inflation gases during deployment of the airbag cushion through the hub opening. A stabilizer, such as, in some embodiments, a diffuser or another inflatable structure, may be positioned within the airbag cushion and may be non-releasably coupled with the airbag cushion along at least a portion of the first side, along at least a portion of the second side, and adjacent to the hub opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Lachat, Frank Herzenstiel, Changsoo Choi
  • Patent number: 9650011
    Abstract: A restraint system includes an instrument panel and an airbag inflatable from the instrument panel to an inflated position. The airbag includes a main portion and an extension selectively extendable from the main portion in the inflated position. The main portion has a front panel spaced from the instrument panel in the inflated position. The extension is fixed to the front panel and has an inflation chamber defined by at least the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jamel E. Belwafa