Deflated Confinement Located In Or On Instrument Panel Patents (Class 280/732)
  • Patent number: 10350862
    Abstract: A combination vehicle interior trim component and an anti-shatter self-adhesive tape member to prevent fragmentation or shattering of the component during an air-bag deployment in an interior of a vehicle, and methods of making and using the combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ARGENT INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher S Autterson
  • Patent number: 10035486
    Abstract: An airbag equipped with a sub-chamber may include a main chamber expanding by being injected with gas in a collision, and a sub-chamber formed by folding a panel-shaped chamber to be combined with the main chamber and have self-supporting force, the sub-chamber assisting supporting force of the main chamber by expanding with the main chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Chang Jin Oh
  • Patent number: 9975518
    Abstract: An airbag assembly for a vehicle is provided. The airbag assembly comprises an airbag and an inflator to inflate the airbag when deployed. The airbag comprises one or more tethers. The one or more tethers are coupled to an outer wall of the airbag at a first end of the tethers. The tethers are configured to form one or more pleats in the outer wall of the airbag when the airbag is fully inflated. The one or more tethers are coupled to the outer wall at a location such that the one or more pleats at least partially unfold during an impact between an occupant of the vehicle and the airbag and reduce a tension in a portion of the outer wall of the airbag when inflated and during an initial period of an impact between an occupant of the vehicle and the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Mark Marable, Allen Charles Bosio, Robert William Sleath
  • Patent number: 9950686
    Abstract: An occupant protection apparatus is provided with a first airbag device having a window airbag that protects an occupant in a vehicle and a second airbag device having an adjacent airbag that completes inflation to contact the window airbag for which inflation is completed, thereby protecting the occupant. Where the internal pressure of an inflation chamber at the contact site during contact with the adjacent airbag by the window airbag is P1 and the internal pressure of the adjacent airbag is P2, P1<P2 is satisfied. The wrap amount of the inflation chamber with the adjacent airbag is set as a proportion of a calculated value or less of a predetermined numeric expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Hiraiwa, Koji Kawamura, Yuji Sato, Masaaki Okuhara
  • Patent number: 9908500
    Abstract: An airbag device 1 includes a retainer 14, a bag body 12, and an inflator 13. The retainer 14 is installed on the inner side of a deployment wall 15 of an instrument panel 11 that is openable by breaking. The retainer 14 has a bottom wall 14B arranged opposite to the deployment wall 15, and a front side wall 14F continuous with the bottom wall 14B. The bag body 12 is folded in a deployable manner, and is held in the retainer 14 in the folded state. The inflator 13 is installed in the front side wall 14F of the retainer 14, and generates gas to be fed into the bag body 12 when impact is inputted. All folded parts of the bag body 12 are arranged on the side closer to the deployment wall 15 than an end part of the inflator 13 on the side of the bottom wall 14B of the retainer 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Sato, Kanichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 9849858
    Abstract: There is provided an airbag device with a reduced risk of injury to an occupant in the initial inflation and deployment of an airbag. The airbag has a roll folded portion in the rear side of a vehicle thereof, and a flip folded portion in the front side of the vehicle thereof, and is surrounded by a holding member. The holding member permits inflation and deployment of the airbag only from an opening. The flap has a first restricting portion, a second restricting portion and a third restricting portion joined together in a Y shape, and restricts the inflation and deployment of the airbag. The first restricting portion covers a portion of the roll folded portion of the opening side, and is disposed between the roll folded portion and the holding member. A tip of the second restricting portion is secured to the flip folded portion. The third restricting portion is folded into the flip folded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ASHIMORI INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Inazumi, Satoshi Yamashita, Yuta Minami
  • Patent number: 9846425
    Abstract: A method performed by one or more processing devices for ensuring that a vehicle seat top is qualified for use with a seat base for a vehicle seat, the method comprising: receiving information that identifies a type of vehicle seat top for coupling to the seat base; verifying that the vehicle seat top is authorized for use with the seat base; and in response to verifying, retrieving, based on the received information that identifies the type of vehicle seat top, pre-determined values of controller parameters of a closed loop control system for isolating vibrations from the vehicle seat top, wherein the predetermined values of the controller parameters are specifically tuned for the vehicle seat top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Parison
  • Patent number: 9815428
    Abstract: An airbag includes at least one panel defining an interior of the airbag, a divider positioned in the interior so as to divide the interior into an upper chamber and a lower chamber, and at least one tethering mechanism positioned within the lower chamber. The at least one tether mechanism is structured and attached to the at least one panel so as to restrict movement of a portion of the at least one panel during airbag inflation such that a first recess is formed along an exterior surface of the airbag when the airbag is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9623827
    Abstract: An interior part, such as an instrument panel, for vehicles, for example motor vehicles is disclosed. The interior part includes an injection-molded rigid carrier with a front side and rear side, at least one groove on the rear side of the carrier, along which the carrier can rupture in order to form an airbag flap. The groove base of the groove lies at a distance from the front side of the carrier. The groove is formed in the mold. The front and rear sides of the carrier have the shape of a closed outer skin. The carrier includes a foamed core at least in the region of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Fischer, Bernhard Huber, Joachim Maierthaler
  • Patent number: 9428133
    Abstract: An airbag housing can be detachably fixed to at least one abutting wall area via at least one fixing device. The airbag housing has a plurality of tongues protruding laterally outwards on at least two opposing sides. The tongues arranged next to one another on one side are each spaced from the next by the width of at least one tongue. For the tongues of the airbag housing, a fixing frame on the dashboard has corresponding undercuts, and therefore the fixed airbag module is connected to the tongues in a form-locking manner in the undercuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Martin Eigenmann, Christian Maurer, Robert Janssen, Dienhung Huynh, Reinhold Schreff
  • Patent number: 9421935
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag device included: an airbag that is disposed at an inner side of an instrument panel, that receives a supply of gas from an inflator and inflates and deploys to an outer side of the instrument panel, and that comprises a first bag that inflates and deploys at a vehicle front side of an occupant, and a second bag that inflates and deploys at a vehicle width direction center side of the first bag; and a recess that is formed at a lower face of the second bag when inflated and deployed, that is open toward a vehicle lower side, and that covers an interior component installed at a vehicle width direction central portion of the instrument panel from a vehicle upper side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Shinichi Ishida
  • Patent number: 9219355
    Abstract: A breakable protector plate is provided for preventing damage to wires or cables which are behind the protector plate. The plate comprises a weakened break line. To prevent nails or screws from penetrating the reduced material thickness at the break line, the surface of the break line is raised with respect to the plate in order to redirect nails or screws into a greater thickness area of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lalancette
  • Patent number: 9205795
    Abstract: A passenger protection device includes a panel trim that is fittable to a vehicle instrument panel and a flexible sheet attached to each of at least a portion of the panel trim and at least a portion of an edge of the instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James Chih Cheng, Parakrama V. Weerappuli, Raed Essa El-Jawahri, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 9162646
    Abstract: A knee protection airbag apparatus includes an airbag and a front panel. The front panel includes a lower panel portion and an upper panel portion. When the airbag inflates, the airbag causes the upper panel portion to move to the front, and deploys in a space on a rear surface-side of the moving upper panel portion. The upper panel portion includes a general portion of an upper portion and a ceiling wall portion of a lower portion. The lower panel portion is separate from the upper panel portion, and covers a rear side of the folded airbag. The upper panel portion includes a pressure receiving portion facing the folded airbag. The upper panel portion has the vicinity of the fixation portion of the general portion as a bending deformation portion that bends when the upper panel portion moves to the front along with the inflation of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ando, Takanori Komatsu, Tetsuya Ogata, Hiroki Murase
  • Patent number: 9156424
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for packing or deploying airbag cushions, such as driver side airbag cushions, to improve unfolding kinematics and/or otherwise improve performance. In some implementations of methods for packing an airbag cushion, a first portion of an airbag cushion may be compressed and then secured in a compressed configuration using a first wrap. A second portion of the airbag cushion may then be compressed and secured in a second compressed configuration using a second wrap. The resulting airbag cushion assembly may be configured to separate the wraps sequentially, rather than simultaneously, during inflation of the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: ChangSoo Choi, Brian Joseph Borton
  • Patent number: 9156428
    Abstract: A safety device positioned between an interior trim element of a vehicle and an airbag, comprising:—a chute channel designed to accommodate the airbag, the chute channel delimiting an opening for deployment of the airbag;—a flap at least partially covering the opening when the airbag is in the uninflated state;—a hinge connection connecting the flap to the chute channel; and—a deflector connected to the chute channel and intended to be positioned facing the hinge connection, the chute channel, the flap, the hinge connection and the deflector are formed as one piece with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Franck Edeline
  • Patent number: 9150180
    Abstract: An apparatus includes first and second cover segments adjacent one another and collectively defining a surface of an instrument panel for a vehicle in an installed position of the first cover segment and a support member spaced away from the first cover segment opposite the surface. The apparatus further includes a sidewall body extending between the first cover segment and the support member and enclosing a first volume therein and an inflator fluidly coupled to the first volume. When the inflator expands the first volume, the sidewall body extends away from the support member and respectively displaces the first cover segment to a deployed position away from the second cover segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Omar Faruque, James Chih Cheng, Robert William McCoy, Jamel E. Belwafa, Jaeho Cho
  • Patent number: 9085282
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinge device for the articulated attachment of a hood to a vehicle chassis, the device comprising a lower bar and an upper bar attached to one another in an articulated manner; a retaining mechanism which, in a retaining position (R), maintains the angle ? formed by the lower and upper bars and fastens the assembly formed by said bars to a support body such that the device adopts a compact shape; and an actuator capable of moving the retaining mechanism to a release position (L), disabling the function of the mentioned retaining mechanism, the device being prepared for adopting at least two different collapsed shapes (A and B) without the actuator moving the retaining mechanism to its release position (L) depending on the location of the resultant of a vertical downward force (F) transmitted to the upper bar of the device, caused by hitting a pedestrian, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FLEXNGATE AUTOMOTIVE IBERICA, S.L.U.
    Inventors: Aitor Agell Merino, Assia Petrova Borislavova, Alberto Cano Sainz, Miguel Angel Sells Hidalgo
  • Patent number: 9067566
    Abstract: A vehicle instrument panel has a pedestrian protection zone along a forward side. The instrument panel generally has a low stiffness that avoids impact forces in the pedestrian protection zone greater than a predetermined force. An accessory component mounted on the instrument panel within the protection zone has a stiffness that could generate an impact force above the predetermined force. A cover providing a trim surface of the instrument panel has an annular wall region between inner and outer tear seams which encompass the accessory component. An annular bladder wall joined to the annular wall region forms a substantially toroidal expandable chamber. An inflator is arranged to supply an inflation gas into the expandable chamber during an impact of a pedestrian to tear the tear seams and expand the expandable chamber above the instrument panel body to intercept the pedestrian prior to impacting the accessory component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stacey H. Raines, Sean B. West
  • Patent number: 9045089
    Abstract: A glove compartment for a vehicle includes a carrier that is unitarily formed of a polymeric material. The carrier includes a distinct upper compartment, a distinct lower compartment, and a distinct intermediate compartment that is between the upper compartment and the lower compartment. A first door is mounted on the carrier and is moveable between open and closed positions with respect to the lower and intermediate compartments. A second door is mounted on the carrier and is movable between open and closed positions with respect to the upper compartment. The second door can include first and second hinge arms that extend outwards from a door panel. The hinge arms are received through first and second openings in the upper compartment and are pivotally supported on first and second hinge mounts that are situated outside of the upper compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: NYX, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Michael Bisson
  • Publication number: 20150145235
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed. A wall includes a first portion disposed adjacent to a first end, a second portion disposed adjacent to a second end and a middle portion disposed between the first and second portions. A panel includes a first panel portion disposed along the first portion, a second panel portion disposed along the second portion and a middle panel portion disposed along the middle portion. The panel extends outwardly away from the wall a distal surface to define a cavity. An airbag device is attached to the second portion and disposed inside the cavity. A beam is coupled to one of the first portion and the middle portion inside the cavity. The beam extends into the cavity from the first end of the wall along an axis such that the beam is spaced from the second panel portion and the second portion along the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David J. Gorman, Richard J. Lannen
  • Publication number: 20150137492
    Abstract: A steering wheel is locatable between an operational position at a driver seat of a vehicle and a stowed position in the vehicle. A first airbag is coupled to the steering wheel, and a multi-stage airbag laterally overlaps the driver seat and a passenger seat of the vehicle next to the driver seat. A controller includes instructions for detecting a frontal collision, locating the steering wheel, deploying the first airbag at the driver seat and the multi-stage airbag at the passenger seat when the steering wheel is in the operational position, and deploying the multi-stage airbag at the driver and passenger seats when the steering wheel is in the stowed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Jialiang Le
  • Patent number: 9033362
    Abstract: In a front passenger seat air bag apparatus, an inflator for supplying gas to an air bag is formed in a cylindrical shape and arranged with a vehicle width direction being an axial direction. Also, the inflator is attached to a bottom wall portion formed on a case, with an axial portion of the inflator being offset farther toward a vehicle front side than a center portion, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, of the bottom wall portion. Meanwhile, an actuator for opening and closing a vent hole provided in the air bag is attached to the bottom wall portion farther toward a vehicle rear side than the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Fukawatase
  • Patent number: 9033367
    Abstract: A vehicle collision damage mitigation system includes: a vehicle having a crashable zone on a front side of a dash panel in a vehicle longitudinal direction; a body airbag device that inflates a body airbag that is provided on a front surface of the dash panel by a pressure of gas generated by a gas generating device; a detector that detects whether a mode of a frontal collision of the vehicle is a full-overlap collision or another collision; and a control unit that operates the gas generating device when detecting a collision other than the full-overlap collision on the basis of a detection result of the detector and that does not operate the gas generating device when detecting the full-overlap collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Fukawatase
  • Patent number: 9022416
    Abstract: An airbag housing is carried on a formed part extending from a lower section of an instrument panel for a motor vehicle. The formed part forms at least a front section of an upper wall of a footwell assigned to the vehicle occupants. A knee airbag is disposed in the airbag housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Nico Wallat, Marcus Wagner
  • Patent number: 9016716
    Abstract: An airbag deployment system is provided that includes a support structure, and a fabric material configured to form a show surface of a vehicle interior panel. A first portion of the fabric material is coupled to the support structure by a rigid connection, a second portion of the fabric material is coupled to the support structure by a detachable connection, and the detachable connection is configured to release the second portion of the fabric material from the support structure upon contact between an airbag and the fabric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Glenn A. Cowelchuk, Nels Smith, Heather R. Springer, Mark S. Jurek, Ronald A. Bozio, Sandra L. Smith, Jeffrey A. Deyoung, Tony M. Pokorzynski, David John McCarthy
  • Patent number: 8998249
    Abstract: An airbag device for a vehicle including at least one airbag housing interface chamber that attaches to an airbag housing; at least one airbag cushion chamber downstream of the at least one interface chamber; an elbow that fluidly connects the housing interface chamber with the cushion chamber and configured so that it controllably regulates gas flow into the at least one airbag cushion chamber; the elbow having an internal configuration, which includes at least one opening that permits back and forth gas flow between the elbow and the least one airbag cushion chamber, and which controls the directional deployment of the airbag cushion chamber so that upon deployment the downstream end of the cushion chamber exits an airbag housing outwardly in a first direction and then in at least one second direction, so that the direction of deployment of the cushion chamber changes in direction to thereby wrap at least partially around a structure of a vehicle of the vehicle and at least temporarily interpose the cushion
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Tanaka, Jonathon David Ruddy, Dennis Ames Burton, Kimberly Cole
  • Patent number: 8967659
    Abstract: A panel having a deployable cover for an airbag module is provided. The panel having: an outer layer having a show surface and an inner surface opposite the show surface; a tear seam formed in the outer layer, the tear seam defined by a plurality of holes formed in the outer layer extending from the inner surface towards the show surface, wherein a residual wall thickness of the outer layer is located between each of the plurality of holes and the show surface, wherein the outer layer includes at least one filler material, that exhibits an absorbance of a wavenumber of a laser used to form the plurality of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Inteva Products, LLC
    Inventors: John F. O'Gara, Srimannarayana Kakarala, Donna Hawes
  • Patent number: 8955877
    Abstract: The invention relates to a knee airbag module having a housing, an airbag accommodated in the housing and a substantially cylindrical gas generator (50) accommodated in the housing for filling the airbag, wherein the housing has an upper wall (12) and a peripheral side wall having a front section, a rear section (24) and two side sections. In this connection, at least one side section has, adjacent to the front (22) section, an opening (30) through which one end (54) of the gas generator (50) passes at least in part through the side wall. From each of the two side sections a respective fastening flange (40) extends with a respective fastening section (40a) having a fastening surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Marco Broussard, Konrad Gottschalk, Holger Zang
  • Patent number: 8955879
    Abstract: An airbag, especially a passenger airbag, comprises a rear injection orifice, a front wall (14) for the impact of the occupant as well as two opposed sidewalls (16, 18) and an upper wall and a lower wall. Each of the upper and lower walls is split and consists of side portions (50, 52) which are juxtaposed and are connected to each other along opposite margins (40, 42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Daniele Aranzulla, Martin Burkhardtsmaier, Nico Werner, Tomasz Pys
  • Patent number: 8944460
    Abstract: An automobile air bag module is provided that includes a housing chute at least partially surrounding an air bag, wherein the housing chute comprises a front wall, a rear wall, at least one sidewall, and a female pocket located adjacent a housing chute sidewall. Also included is a topper cover having a reinforcement protrusion that comprises a male locking tab that matably engages the female pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Andrew Mazzocchi
  • Patent number: 8944462
    Abstract: An inflatable vehicle occupant protection device (14) for being inflated between an instrument panel (36) and a seat (22) of the vehicle (12) is provided. The protection device (14) includes a front portion (70) that has a panel (72) presented towards the vehicle seat (22), a rear portion (76) adjacent the instrument panel (36), and top and bottom portions (90, 92) interconnecting the front portion (70) and the rear portion (76) to define an inflatable volume (54). A pocket (100) defines an uninflated volume (102) outside of the inflatable volume (54). The pocket (100) is defined by a single panel (160) of the protection device (14). The panel (100) extends along a centerline (162) and includes an extension (180) of material on each side of the centerline (162). The extensions (180) overly one another and are interconnected along a seam (106) to form the pocket (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Daniele Aranzulla, Martin Burkhardtsmaier
  • Patent number: 8931800
    Abstract: An airbag device for a front passenger's seat includes an airbag module and an instrument panel. The airbag module is provided in front of a front passenger's seat of a vehicle, and inflates and expands an airbag with gas jetted out by an inflator. The instrument panel includes an upper wall portion that covers the airbag module from the upper side. An aperture is formed in the upper wall portion by opening of an airbag door by inflation pressure of the airbag, and the airbag inflates toward an upward side and a vehicle rearward side from the aperture. A forward support surface is provided at the upper wall portion. The forward support surface supports the airbag inflating from the aperture from the vehicle forward side thereof, and is inclined such that a normal line of the forward support surface turns to the downward side further toward the vehicle rearward side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Makoto Ozeki
  • Publication number: 20150001836
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus for a front passenger seat includes an airbag inflatable into a generally square conical contour whose top is deployable at the front end. The airbag is mounted on a case together with an inflator by the periphery of a gas inlet port which is located proximate the front end of the airbag. The airbag includes in a passenger side wall a recessed area that is sunken forward and extends vertically generally at airbag inflation. A seam that joints peripheral edges of a base material of the circumferential wall together extends forward from the recessed area. The seam is slanted off a front and rear direction such that the front end of the seam is directed toward either left or right when the airbag at full inflation is viewed from an up and down direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Ikuo YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20140375036
    Abstract: A vehicle collision damage mitigation system includes: a vehicle having a crashable zone on a front side of a dash panel in a vehicle longitudinal direction; a body airbag device that inflates a body airbag that is provided on a front surface of the dash panel by a pressure of gas generated by a gas generating device; a detector that detects whether a mode of a frontal collision of the vehicle is a full-overlap collision or another collision; and a control unit that operates the gas generating device when detecting a collision other than the full-overlap collision on the basis of a detection result of the detector and that does not operate the gas generating device when detecting the full-overlap collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Osamu Fukawatase
  • Patent number: 8910972
    Abstract: Provided is an airbag door in which a front rib and a rear rib are formed integrally with a door plate, and a hook, which forms a catching region with a crash pad, is formed on the front rib, the airbag door including: a catching amount increasing portion which is formed to protrude at an inner side of the front rib which is directed toward an airbag deployment space, and leads a deployment direction of the airbag toward the rear rib so that the catching region is increased, and the airbag door provides an advantageous effect that prevents the hook from being separated from the crash pad when the airbag is deployed, thereby preventing the airbag from being abnormally deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hong Jong Kim
  • Patent number: 8905432
    Abstract: A curtain airbag capable of preventing a partial decrease in internal pressure to improve ejection prevention performance. The airbag includes: a main chamber, which inflates first; a delay chamber that is inflated with gas from the main chamber; a linear seam portion where front and back base fabrics are joined to partition the main chamber from the delay chamber; a planar seam portion formed at a lower end of the linear seam portion to define a non-inflation region in a range of the front and back base fabrics; and a gas inflow channel provided between the planar seam portion and the lower edge of the airbag to allow gas to flow from the main chamber into the delay chamber. The front and back base fabrics of the gas inflow channel sag upon completion of inflation and deployment to form a wrinkled portion that blocks or narrows the gas inflow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Atsushi Nakashima, Tsukasa Yoshihara, Hikaru Takahashi, Akifumi Hanawa
  • Patent number: 8894092
    Abstract: An airbag device capable of preventing a fish-mouth phenomenon and reducing the weight of a retainer is provided. The inner case has a plurality of holding holes for holding the retainer. The retainer has a bottom surface portion for supporting an airbag and an inflator, a side wall portion that is disposed at the outer periphery of the bottom surface portion and that has a height set to H so that the side wall portion hardly receives a pressure of the airbag when the airbag is inflated and developed, and engagement members that are disposed on the side wall portion and that are engageable with the holding holes. The substantially entirety of the retainer is housed in the inner case when the engagement members are engaged with the holding holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Hayashi, Yutaka Kitaike
  • Publication number: 20140339798
    Abstract: An airbag and an airbag device are provided in which a posture of inflation and deployment of the airbag can be held easily and simply even if the airbag is mounted on an instrument panel having a convex portion in the space of inflation and deployment of the airbag. An airbag device includes an airbag that is folded and housed in an opening portion of an instrument panel during a normal state and is inflated and deployed on a surface of the instrument panel by gas supplied in an emergency; an inflator that supplies gas to the airbag; a retainer that holds the airbag and the inflator; and an airbag cover that covers the airbag and configures a part of the instrument panel, in which the airbag has a concave portion formed in both lower side portions when the airbag is inflated and deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: TAKATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro MOTOMOCHI, Kei TSUJIMOTO
  • Patent number: 8876156
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant (20) of a vehicle (12) includes an inflatable vehicle occupant protection device (14) having a deflated condition and an inflated condition. The protection device (14) includes a front portion (70) that has a panel (72) presented toward the occupant (20) when the protection device (14) is in the inflated condition and a rear portion (80) spaced from the front portion (70) when the protection device (14) is in the inflated condition. A lower connecting portion (90) connects the front portion (70) to the rear portion (80) and defines the lower extent of the protection device (14). A space (100) is positioned outside the inflatable volume (60) of the protection device (14) and is defined between the front portion (70), the connecting portion (90), and the rear portion (80). The space (100) extends from an upper extent of the protection device (14) down to below a midline of the protection device (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Vehical Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Roy C. Turnbull, Swagat Goswami
  • Patent number: 8870219
    Abstract: Interior panels having integrated airbag doors for motor vehicles are provided. In one example, an interior panel comprises a substrate having an opening. A skin covering and foam cover the substrate. An airbag chute-door assembly is mounted to the substrate and has a front side that faces towards the skin covering and the foam. The airbag chute-door assembly comprises a chute wall that extends from a side opposite the front side. A door flap portion is pivotally connected to the chute wall via a hinge section and at least partially covers the opening. A perimeter flange extends from the chute wall and overlies the substrate. The airbag chute-door assembly has a groove formed in the front side between the door flap portion and the perimeter flange defining a frangible tear seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes Roy, James Steele, Raymond E. Kalisz, Scott Beam, Adrien Bender
  • Patent number: 8864170
    Abstract: A bag body of an airbag includes a recessed area that is sunken forward and extends vertically generally at the center in a left and right direction of the passenger side wall. The airbag internally includes a vertical tether that pulls the front end of the recessed area forward at airbag deployment. The airbag further includes two horizontal tethers; an upper horizontal tether and a lower horizontal tether, which connect the left side wall and right side wall of the bag body, respectively, and are deployable generally in a left and right direction in order to limit the clearance between the left side wall and right side wall. The upper horizontal tether is located in an area above the vertical tether and the lower horizontal tether is located in an area below the vertical tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ikuo Yamada, Shinichi Ishida, Masashi Hashiba
  • Publication number: 20140300090
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interior trim panel (1) and to an interior equipment system (8) with an interior trim panel (1) for the interior (2) of a motor vehicle and with an airbag module which is fastened to said interior trim panel, wherein the interior equipment system comprises: the interior trim panel (1) which, when installed according to the specifications in a motor vehicle, has a first surface (11) facing an interior (2) of the motor vehicle and a second surface (12) placed opposite said first surface, and furthermore comprises: an interior trim panel basic body (4) with a recess (34) and with a fastening device (36) for the fastening of a display-covering device (300) of a display device (301), an airbag module holder (64) for the fastening of an airbag module (60), the airbag module (60) with an airbag module base part (61) and an airbag (62) which can be filled with gas, wherein the airbag module base part (61) is attached to the airbag module holder (64) on the second surface (12) of the interi
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Faurecia Innenraum System GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolas Pechnyk, Julien Seiller
  • Patent number: 8851513
    Abstract: An airbag and an airbag device allowing the airbag to stably stand by itself are provided. The airbag is usually folded and embedded in an instrument panel, and in an emergency, a gas is supplied to inflate and expand the airbag between a windshield and a passenger. Also, the airbag includes a front inflation portion inflating toward a windshield side, and a back inflation portion inflating toward a passenger side. The front inflation portion includes a bottom portion pressed against a surface of the instrument panel at a time of an inflation and expansion; and a front face portion which projects to the windshield side in a projecting shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Kei Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 8844969
    Abstract: An airbag having a base end, a front panel and at least one panel opposing the front panel, the airbag having a cutout in the front panel, an inner perimeter of the cutout having first and second sides, a first panel having first and second edges, the first edge of the first panel is attached to the first side of the cutout, a second panel having third and fourth edges, the third edge is attached to the second edge of the first panel and the fourth edge is attached to the second side of the cutout, wherein the first and second panels define a slit in cutout of the front panel, and a tether attached along a backside of the slit and attached to an inner surface of the at least one panel opposing the front panel of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Abramoski, Sean West, Pardeep Kumar Jindal, Djamal Eddine Midoun
  • Patent number: 8840141
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle that has an instrument panel and a windshield includes an air bag (14) packaged in an air bag module (30). The air bag (14) is inflatable to a deployed position between the instrument panel and a vehicle occupant. A deployment restrictor (100) is secured to the air bag module (30). The deployment restrictor (100) includes a deflector panel (102) secured to the air bag module (30) and having a portion that is positioned between the packaged air bag (14) and the windshield. The deflector panel (102) at least partially covers the packaged air bag (14) so that the deflector panel moves with the deploying air bag toward the windshield. The connection of the deflector panel (102) to the air bag module (30) limits movement of the deflector panel toward the windshield and thereby redirects the air bag to deploy away from where it would otherwise impact the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Douglas M. Gould, Robert W. Balsis
  • Patent number: 8827307
    Abstract: This invention is in the field of safety devices to lessen injuries arising from impact in vehicles, particularly automobiles. A bolster which may be employed to reduce impact severity to passengers from either frontal or side impacts is activated by impact sensing devices. The housing of the bolster has a lateral length L. Upon activation, the bolster is inflated with an activating fluid and extends the lateral length L of bolster upon activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Salflex Polymers Ltd.
    Inventors: Raj S. Roychoudhury, Michael James Best, Timothy W. Chapman, Rimas Ciplijauskas, Changize Sadr, Ali Totonchian
  • Patent number: 8820778
    Abstract: At an airbag device for a front passenger's seat, due to an inflator being fixed to a front side bottom wall portion that is formed at a vehicle front side and upper side of a rear side bottom wall portion, the inflator is offset toward the vehicle front side with respect to a central axis of a case. Further, the front side bottom wall portion is inclined with respect to the rear side bottom wall portion such that a central axis of the inflator intersects a normal line of the rear side bottom wall portion further toward a vehicle upper side than airbag doors, and due thereto, the inflator is tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Fukawatase
  • Patent number: 8814205
    Abstract: The volume of a passenger airbag device is reduced, and the behavior thereof when inflated and deployed is stabilized. A passenger airbag device (1) installed in a top surface of an instrument panel (20) has, on an instrument panel side (back surface side) of an inflated and deployed cushion (10), a projecting portion (10b) that serves as support means when an occupant moves forward therein, and recesses (10c and 10d) provided adjacent to the projecting portion (10b). The volume of the cushion (10) is reduced by providing the recesses (10c and 10d), and the behavior of the airbag device in an inflated and deployed state is stabilized by the projecting portion (10b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadaaki Sekino
  • Patent number: 8814200
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag, an inflator, a retainer and an airbag cover. The airbag is usually folded, and expands and develops in an emergency. The inflator supplies gas to the airbag. The retainer secures the airbag and the inflator. The airbag cover houses the airbag. The airbag cover has a plate-like part and an inner case. The plate-like part constitutes the interior surface of a vehicle. The inner case is disposed on the rear surface of the plate-like part and constitutes an expansion and development path for the airbag. The inner case has a plurality of retaining holes for retaining the retainer. The retainer has a roughly planar-shaped support body capable of being stored within the inner case and an annular belt-like body inserted into the retaining holes and attached to the support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Hayashi, Yutaka Kitaike