Deflated Confinement Located Within Or On Steering Column Patents (Class 280/731)
  • Patent number: 11560113
    Abstract: A retainer secures an airbag inflator to a base plate of an apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle. The retainer includes a base wall and a sidewall that extends from the base wall and is configured to encircle a discharge portion of the inflator from which the inflation fluid is discharged. The retainer also includes a filter liner secured to the retainer sidewall, wherein the sidewall and filter liner are configured so that inflation fluid discharged from the discharge portion is directed into the filter liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventor: Joseph Popek
  • Patent number: 11498514
    Abstract: The invention relates to an overigniting protection device (40) for a multi-stage gas generator (10), comprising a combustion chamber limiting element (34) for limiting a combustion chamber (30) of a second ignition stage (14) of the gas generator (10) as well as an overigniting protection element (38) which is arranged on a side of the combustion chamber limiting element (34) remote from the combustion chamber (30), wherein the overigniting protection element (38) covers the side of the combustion chamber limiting element (34) remote from the combustion chamber (30), wherein the overigniting protection element (38) is tightly connected to the combustion chamber limiting element (34) via a mounting portion (42) and wherein the overigniting protection element (38) is substantially plate-shaped or completely covers the side of the combustion chamber limiting element (34) remote from the combustion chamber (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Johannes Ebner, Hans-Peter Neumayer
  • Patent number: 11458921
    Abstract: An instrument panel mounted on a vehicle and covering an airbag may include: a panel body including a first slit at a position opposing the airbag; a decorative sheet constituted of at least one of cloth and leather, the decorative sheet covering an area of the panel body including the first slit, and the decorative sheet including at least one second slit arranged along the first slit; and a fastener fastening the decorative sheet on the panel body. The fastener may include: a cover plate covering the at least one second slit; and at least one anchor extending from a back surface of the cover plate and passing through the first slit and the at least one second slit, the at least one anchor being fixed to the panel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Subaru Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Yagishita, Masayuki Tado, Ken Tanaka, Satoshi Inuzuka
  • Patent number: 11453359
    Abstract: An inflatable vehicle occupant protection device (14b) includes a front panel (102b) and a rear panel (122b) that are interconnected to at least partially define an inflatable volume (54b) of the protection device. The rear panel (122b) has a conical configuration resulting from portions of the rear panel being interconnected with each other. The rear panel (122b) comprises portions interconnected along a seam (214), the seam being configured to deviate laterally from a deployment direction so that portions of the air bag that engage and move along the seam shift laterally during deployment to reduce damage due to friction with the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Jorge Valles, Rigo Solis, Oscar Garcia
  • Patent number: 11453358
    Abstract: A driver airbag apparatus for vehicle with an illumination emblem, capable of preventing the deployment pressure of an airbag cushion 10 from being directly transmitted to a cover hinge part 43 of an airbag cover 40, thereby preventing the cover hinge part 43 from being broken due to the deployment pressure of the airbag cushion 10 and the departure of the illumination emblem 50 from a driver airbag module, by using a guide support 60 installed to cover the cover hinge part 43 of the airbag cover 40 at an inner position of the illumination emblem 50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hae Kwon Park, Seok Hoon Ko, Do Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 11427147
    Abstract: Disclosed is a driver airbag apparatus for a vehicle configured to be deployed from the region behind a steering wheel, having at the center portion thereof an obstacle, toward the region in front of the steering wheel while avoiding the obstacle. The driver airbag apparatus includes an airbag housing disposed behind the steering wheel, an airbag cushion accommodated in the airbag housing and configured to be deployed by gas injected thereinto toward the region in front of the steering wheel through a space between the obstacle and the steering wheel, and a housing cover coupled to the airbag housing so as to cover an opening in the airbag housing and configured to be ruptured by the deployment pressure of the airbag cushion so as to open the airbag housing to a limited angle toward the region in front of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min June Song, Seok Hoon Ko, Do Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 11427148
    Abstract: A side airbag may include: a bracket coupled to a side portion of a seat; a housing to which the bracket is coupled along the edge thereof through insert molding, and which has an internal housing space communicating with the outside through an opening formed on one side thereof; a cover formed as one body with the housing so as to close the opening, and having a tear line formed along the edge thereof; and a cushion housed in the housing space, and deployed to the outside through the opening by an inflation force while tearing the tear line, when gas is supplied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Geon Woong Moon
  • Patent number: 11383664
    Abstract: An airbag device of the disclosure includes an airbag module that is installed in a central region of a steering wheel of a vehicle, and that accommodates an airbag that can deploy behind the steering wheel when a driver is seated in the driver's seat. The airbag module has an airbag inflation control unit that controls an inflation direction of the airbag in such a manner as to allow the airbag to inflate above the airbag module, after the airbag has inflated in such a direction as to abut on the driver's chest at the time of deployment of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 11383751
    Abstract: A collar member formed as a hollow cylinder having an opening at one end into which a mounting pin member of the damper unit is inserted, and which is secured to a cored bar member, a seat part provided at the other end of the collar member in which the insertion side tip of the pin is seated, a positioning groove part formed on the collar member between the seat part and the opening, a locking groove part formed on the pin that is positioned in the positioning groove part when the insertion side tip is seated in the seat part, and a spring member provided on the cored bar member inserted through the positioning groove part that is elastically locked by the locking groove part when the insertion side tip is seated in the seat part and retains the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Jinkeun Kim, Toshiaki Ebana, Takashi Seki
  • Patent number: 11377184
    Abstract: A system for contactless power transmission in an azimuth thruster, the system comprising a first body (76) comprising at least one first inductor to provide a magnetic field, a second body (78) comprising at least one second inductor to generate an electrical current from the magnetic field, the bodies being configured to be relatively rotatable, the at least one first inductor and the at least one second inductor being configured to generate an electrical current from the magnetic field at all relative rotational positions, wherein the or each of the first inductors are tuned to resonate within a predetermined frequency band and the or each of the second inductors are tuned to resonate within a predetermined frequency band, the frequency band of the or each of the second inductors at least partially overlapping with the frequency band of the or each of the first inductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: KONGSBERG MARITIME FINLAND OY
    Inventors: Werner Schiffers, Lars Saarinen
  • Patent number: 11295147
    Abstract: A method, a system and a computer program product for detecting and managing obfuscation of a road sign may be provided herein. The method may include receiving, a plurality of images from a plurality of vehicles over a time period, determining an extent of obfuscation of road sign in each of set of images. A current extent of obfuscation of the road sign is the extent of obfuscation of the road sign in most recent of the set of images. The method further includes performing a time-series analysis of extent of obfuscation of the road sign in each of set of images to determine rate at which the extent of obfuscation of road sign is increasing and determining an impending risk of failing to spot road sign, from an appropriate distance by vehicle. The method further includes providing a recommendation based on impending risk of failing to spot road sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: HCL Technologies Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Milanese, Francesco Lupini, Alberto Lima, Valeria Mazza
  • Patent number: 11273787
    Abstract: An inflator for generating inflation gases for a safety device includes a filter having a main body portion constructed of metal and an opening passing through the main body portion in an axial direction. The opening has a first end with a first diameter at a first axial side of the main body portion and a second end with a greater, second diameter at a second axial side of the main body portion. A plate disposed in the housing axially separates a filter chamber containing the filter and a combustion chamber containing at least one gas generant material. The plate includes a weakened zone which opens in response to an increase in pressure within the combustion chamber with a plurality of petals axially extending into the filter chamber. A first axially extending portion of the filter is adjacent the plate and opposes radial movement of the plurality of petals upon opening of the weakened zone into the filter chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Cox, Romain Danielou, Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 11273782
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus of a vehicle may include an airbag cushion mounted in a rim which is necessarily provided even if the shape of a steering wheel is diversified, so that the airbag cushion is applied to steering wheels having various designs, whereby a driver is protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jae Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 11273780
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a vehicle occupant protection device of a steer-by-wire steering system. The system includes a steering wheel and an adjustable steering column connected to the steering wheel which can be adjusted between a retracted position and a deployed position via an adjustment mechanism. The steer-by-wire steering system has a feedback actuator to which a driver's request for a steering angle can be applied by a driver via the steering wheel, and which outputs a feedback signal to the steering wheel in response to the driver's request and a driving state of the motor vehicle. The method includes detecting an accident, detecting a hands-off situation or a hands-on situation, and when a hands-off situation has been detected, moving the steering column into an accident position by means of the adjustment mechanism, and triggering a steering wheel airbag during or after the adjustment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Gergely Horvath
  • Patent number: 11260817
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a steering wheel a rim portion of which has a longer length in a left and right direction than in a front and back direction, and an airbag mounted on a boss section of the steering wheel. An outer shell of the airbag includes a vehicle-side wall that is configured to be supported by an upper surface of the rim portion when deployed, and a driver-side wall a central region of which is configured to deploy generally vertically for receiving the driver. The airbag as deployed includes, in a rear portion of the vehicle-side wall, a locking inflatable portion that protrudes downward from a vicinity of the upper surface of the rim portion of the steering wheel to be locked by a rear surface of the rim portion and prevent a front portion of the airbag from slipping forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitomi Takahashi, Koji Kawamura, Masashi Hotta, Tsutomu Ishii, Wataru Miura
  • Patent number: 11239835
    Abstract: An active power blocking circuit in series with a squib. The active power blocking circuit may include a logic circuit, a first switch, a second switch, and an amplifier. The first switch may have a first side connected to a positive connection and a second side connected to a negative connection. The second switch may have a first side connected to the positive connection and a second side connected to the negative connection through a diode. The amplifier may be connected the second side of the second switch and the output of the amplifier may be connected to the logic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: David Eiswerth, Vincent Colarossi, Marco Liedtke, Wolfram Budde
  • Patent number: 11220230
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes an instrument panel. The assembly includes a steering wheel having a hub and a rim spaced from and supported by the hub, and an airbag supported by the hub and inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag in the inflated position has a rear panel extending from the hub to the instrument panel. The rear panel has a bowl shape that extends endlessly around the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 11208069
    Abstract: A cover device for an airbag includes a cover unit having a stiffness rib formed on the inner surface thereof and a mounting plate unit positioned within the cover unit and having a stiffness groove part formed in the outer surface thereof and configured to guide the stiffness rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong Seok Kang
  • Patent number: 11192512
    Abstract: Airbag configurations and systems are provided to protect a vehicle occupant in an oblique crash event. In one embodiment an airbag includes first and second side panels and a main panel coupled to the first side panel along a first seam and coupled to the second side panel along a second seam. The main panel can include a curved configuration to match expansion of the second side panel. The airbag configuration is provided for protection for an oblique crash event to absorb energy from occupant movement in the oblique direction and to retain and reduce head rotation of an occupant. In one embodiment, a method for controlling an airbag system is provided that includes detecting a crash event and activation of an airbag and a side curtain airbag (SCAB). The SCAB may be activated to contact the airbag and to control volume/loading of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventors: Jialou Hu, Andrey Kossev, Nachiket Pendse
  • Patent number: 11180108
    Abstract: A preparatory folded form is a form of an airbag in an initial stage in a folding process which has not yet been reduced in size for storage in a steering wheel. The airbag includes a driver-side wall, and a vehicle-side wall which includes an inlet port in a vicinity of the center, and a plurality of taken-in portions towards the outer edge for reducing a length of the outer edge of the vehicle-side wall. The preparatory folded form includes an upper-surface portion composed of a central portion of the driver-side wall, a lower-surface portion composed of a peripheral portion of the inlet port in the vehicle-side wall, and at least one invaginated portion that is composed of a portion of the airbag located between the upper- and lower-surface portions including the taken-in portions, and is invaginated in between the upper- and lower-surface portions towards the inlet port. The upper-surface portion, invaginated portion and lower-surface portion lie over one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Nonoyama, Takanori Komatsu, Masashi Hotta
  • Patent number: 11130462
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag module for arranging on a steering wheel, a locking element and a contact element being arranged on the airbag module. The locking element can be moved and can adopt an unlocked state, a locked state and an intermediate state between the two, in relation to a catch element. In the intermediate state, in which there is mechanical contact between the locking element and the catch element, there is no electrical contact between the contact element and the locking element. In the locked state, in which the locking element is mechanically coupled to the catch element, there is electrical contact between the contact element and the locking element. In the locked state, when the catch element and the locking element are locked together, the contact element, the locking element and the catch element are electrically interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Dominik Schütz
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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