Specific Confinement Structure Patents (Class 280/743.1)
  • Patent number: 10336280
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a plurality of pipes each having a distal end. The pipes are inflatable to an inflated position in which the distal ends are positioned in a circular configuration. The airbag assembly includes a plurality of interconnecting panels in alternating arrangement with the plurality of pipes. Each interconnecting panel is fixed to adjacent ones of the plurality of pipes. The airbag assembly includes an uninflatable panel fixed to the distal ends of the plurality of pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10279771
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is the preparation of woven fabrics suitable for use in manufacturing vehicle airbags. Such fabrics are woven from a plurality of polymeric, e.g., polyamide, warp and weft tapes which have preferably been slitted, preferably in the machine direction, from a thermoplastic polymer film, and preferably from such a film which has been drawn at least in the machine direction. The resulting fabrics exhibit both the relatively low basis weight, stiffness and small packing volume typical of nylon films, and the relatively high tear strength and high damage tolerance of yarn-based woven airbag fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INVISTA North America S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Scott Westoby
  • Patent number: 10266145
    Abstract: Inflatable frontal restraint air cushions, or frontal curtain airbags, are disclosed herein. An occupant impact zone is formed by an opening at an inner area of the frontal restraint air cushion extending from a rearward surface to a forward surface, the opening defining a free end of the occupant impact zone and a fixed end of the occupant impact zone such that the free end is pivotable relative to the fixed end. The occupant impact zone is to deflect forward with impact of the head of the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donald James Paxton, Frank Herzenstiel, Mangala Ambalangodage Jayasuriya
  • Patent number: 10252689
    Abstract: A knee airbag includes a front panel, a rear panel and first and second tethers. The first tether is between the panels and defines an outboard chamber. The second tether is between the panels and defines an inboard chamber. The tethers cooperatively define a center chamber. The chambers, in an inflated position, are substantially vertical and parallel. The inboard chamber is thinner than the other chambers. In the inflated position, the tethers respectively define first and second knee-receiving pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Kris Allyn Warmann, Edward Joseph Abramoski, Zhibing Deng, Morteza Tanbakuchi
  • Patent number: 10214171
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus allows a bag body of an airbag unit to inflate and expand in a stable manner when an impact is input. The passenger protection apparatus includes an airbag unit that is arranged below an article storage box and that causes a bag body to inflate and expand in a direction of a front seat when an impact is input. The passenger protection apparatus further includes a guide member that covers a gap between a lower end of the article storage box and an adjacent member adjacent to the lower end when bag body inflates and expands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kento Maeda, Shinsuke Odai
  • Patent number: 10166943
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus for a vehicle my include an airbag housing accommodating an airbag cushion, an inflator supplying gas into the airbag cushion, a hard retainer fixing the inflator to the airbag housing, and a soft retainer having a first side coupled to the hard retainer and controlling a flow of the gas supplied from the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jun Yeol Choi
  • Patent number: 10166946
    Abstract: A vehicular airbag device capable of improving reduction of an occupant obstruction value during a diagonal collision. A vehicular airbag device opens an airbag door on an instrument panel. The outer shape of the airbag when fully deployed and expanded is line-symmetrical with respect to a center line (a line X-X) of the opening in a vehicle left-right width direction, and a width dimension WB in the vehicle width direction at a position of a rear edge 2b of the instrument panel in the vehicle longitudinal direction is greater than a width dimension WC in the vehicle width direction at a position of a center Z1 of the opening in the vehicle longitudinal direction which is more forward in the vehicle longitudinal direction than the rear edge position of the instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sumiya, Kai Maenishi
  • Patent number: 10160416
    Abstract: An airbag having a front side (10) and a rear side (20) connected thereto, which airbag is made of an airbag material, which encloses a volume that is filled with a deployment gas when a gas generator or a pressurized gas source is activated, and having at least one limiting strap (30), which is connected to the front side (10) at a first fastening point (31), and to the rear side (20) at a second fastening point (32. At least one of the fastening points (31, 32) has a fastening seam (51, 51?, 52, 52?) having mutually opposing sections for fastening the limiting strap (30) to the airbag material, and wherein at least one load relief slot (60) at the fastening point (31, 32) between the sections of the fastening seam (51, 51?, 52, 52?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Bernhard Jahme, Magdalena Kocjan, Piotr Burak
  • Patent number: 10087574
    Abstract: Markings visible by automatic optically guided cutting equipment are provided in a fabric such as a double layer fabric for one-piece-woven air bags by groups of black marker weft yarns which contrast with the other (white) weft yarns and warp yarns. The marker weft yarns emerge onto the upper face of the fabric only in predetermined marker areas spaced apart in the warp direction by other white weft yarns to afford optically identifiable markings spaced apart along said weft yarns and spaced apart along the direction of the warp yarns. The arrangement avoids the need for black warp yarns and thus avoids the inconveniences and loom down-time associated with required alterations to the locations of such optically detectable marker areas in the fabric web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Altay Kismir, Willhelm Heinrichs, Brian Parry, Keri Kennedy, Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 10065591
    Abstract: The invention relates to an occupant restraint system (10) for a vehicle comprising a roof cross member (12) which extends transversely to a longitudinal vehicle axis (A) and is part of a body of the vehicle, an airbag module (14) which includes an airbag (16) and in a non-actuated initial state is accommodated inside the roof cross member (12), wherein the roof cross member (12) has a front side (18) facing a front end of the vehicle and an opposite rear side (20) facing a rear end of the vehicle, and wherein the front side (18) or the rear side (20) of the roof cross member (12) includes a mounting opening (22) for receiving the airbag module (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Debler, Maciej Sadowski
  • Patent number: 10065586
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame, a wheel supported by the frame; and a device fixed to the frame. The device includes an inflator and an inflatable member in fluid communication with the inflator. The inflatable member is inflatable away from the frame and into contact with the wheel to push the wheel away from the frame during sensed impact of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed David Barbat, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10053042
    Abstract: The invention relates a method of wrapping an inflatable airbag (31) for the protection of a person, comprising the steps of: folding an airbag (31), fastening the folded airbag (31) to a module carrier, positioning the folded airbag (31) fastened to the module carrier relative to a wrapping (20) including plural surface portions (21) such that the respective outer ends (23) of the surface portions (21) project from the airbag (31), folding each of the outer ends (23) of the surface portions (21) toward the middle (M) of the wrapping (20) so that the folded airbag (31) is wrapped at least in portions, and connecting, especially welding, the outer ends (23) of the surface portions (21) in portions to the airbag (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventor: Fernando Garcia Eireos
  • Patent number: 10023148
    Abstract: A curtain airbag for a vehicle may include a curtain airbag cushion, a first folding portion formed from an indoor side to a window side of the curtain airbag cushion, at a predetermined distance rearward from a front end of the curtain airbag cushion, a second folding portion formed from the indoor side to the window side of the cushion airbag at a predetermined distance rearward from the first folding portion, a panel tether connecting the first folding portion and the second folding portion to each other on the window side of the curtain airbag cushion, the panel tether being shorter than a length of the window side of the curtain airbag cushion between the first folding portion and the second folding portion, and a protruding portion protruding inward between the first folding portion and the second folding portion of the curtain airbag cushion by tension of the panel tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jae Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 9925949
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle. The module includes an airbag formed by connected first and second panels, wherein the airbag includes first and second inflatable chambers. The module also includes an inflator for providing inflation gas for the airbag. The first and second inflatable chambers are fluidly connected by a gas flow passage. The first and second panels are connected together along a volume controlling seam located in the second chamber. The seam is configured to give way during inflation of the airbag to thereby allow the second chamber to completely inflate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Joseph Mihm
  • Patent number: 9896057
    Abstract: A method of folding an airbag (10) includes the following steps: the airbag (10) is flatly spread, a first section (16) adjacent to a first border (14) is folded at least once, the folded first section (16) is folded in U-shape, and a second section (18) adjacent to the first section (16) is rolled around the folded first section (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Anton Fischer
  • Patent number: 9878684
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a cloth which, when used as an air bag main body cloth, does not undergo the damage caused by a high-temperature gas generated from an inflater, and therefore has high heat resistance and is suitable for an air bag. The means for solving the problem is a coated cloth for an air bag, which is produced by applying an elastomer resin layer on at least one surface of a three-dimensional woven fabric in an amount of 50 to 500 g/m2 per one surface, said coated cloth being characterized by having void spaces formed therein, wherein the void content in the coated cloth is 15 to 60%. Preferably, the coated cloth is used in applications in which the coated cloth is attached onto the periphery of an inflater connection opening in an air bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Tanaka, Hiroshi Tsuchikura, Satoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9863069
    Abstract: A junction band with high tensile strength in order to suppress rupture of a ground fabric from the junction band. Provided is a hollow-weave base fabric that includes a hollow-weave section (111) with a dual layer structure containing a first fabric layer and a second fabric layer, and a junction band (112) formed continuously from threads which form the hollow-weave section. The junction band comprises a first junction structure section (121), in which a structure of two layers is formed by the alternating positional relationship of a first continuation thread that extends from the first fabric layer of the hollow-weave section to the first junction structure section and a second continuation thread that extends from the second fabric layer of the hollow-weave section to the first junction structure section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SUMISHO AIRBAG SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teppei Harabayashi
  • Patent number: 9862348
    Abstract: An inflatable cushion for a side of a vehicle is provided, the inflatable cushion having a first sheet of material; a second sheet of material, the first sheet of material being secured to the second sheet of material at a seam to define the inflatable cushion; and wherein the seam consists only of: a first plurality of stitches; a peripheral edge portion of the first sheet of material; and a peripheral edge portion of the second sheet of material; and wherein no adhesives or sealants are applied to the first sheet and the second sheet when the seam is formed by applying the first plurality of stitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: NXGEN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael F. Fink
  • Patent number: 9783148
    Abstract: An air bag module includes an inflatable air bag, an inflator for inflating the air bag, a housing for supporting the air bag and inflator, and a cover for enclosing the air bag in the housing. The cover includes a fabric panel and a steering panel. The fabric panel has a main portion that at least partially envelops the air bag in a deflated and stowed condition and includes a tear seam that is rupturable upon inflation of the air bag to permit the air to deploy from the housing. The steering panel is for directing the air bag to deploy from the housing along a predetermined trajectory. The steering panel includes a panel of reinforcing material that overlies a portion of the fabric panel and is connected to the fabric panel. In a closed condition of the cover, the steering panel is fastened to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Diane M. Schwark
  • Patent number: 9713998
    Abstract: An airbag system includes an airbag. The airbag includes a face portion configured such that when the airbag is inflated; the face portion forms a corrugated section. The corrugated section has a plurality of corrugations. The plurality of corrugations is configured to impede movement of an occupant's head from a center of the airbag toward a side of the airbag during impact. The plurality of corrugations is formed using a plurality of tethers attached to the face portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 9682680
    Abstract: An airbag unit and method for folding up a driver's airbag, which has an insertion opening for a gas generator and, after activation of the gas generator, is unfolded away therefrom in the direction of a user. The airbag is folded around an imaginary center in alternating directions along first folding lines running around the imaginary center and is compressed in the direction of the center. At least one partial region of the airbag is rolled up or folded over onto the side towards the insertion opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Marc Schock, Jürgen Mackensen, Raimund Nebel, Andreas Guggenberger, Daniel Schwerdtfeger
  • Patent number: 9682678
    Abstract: Airbag cushion assemblies comprising cushion protective structures and related methods of assembly. Some embodiments may comprise an airbag cushion and a protector or protective structure, such as a protective wrapper, comprising a first portion and a second portion. The first portion may be wrapped around the airbag cushion, and the second portion may be positioned adjacent to a deployment side of the airbag cushion such that the protective wrapper is configured to expand upon deployment of the airbag cushion so as to define a pocket for protecting the airbag cushion during deployment. In some embodiments, the pocket may be configured to enclose the airbag cushion about an entire perimeter of the airbag cushion during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Larry D. Rose, Randy K. Stuart
  • Patent number: 9604591
    Abstract: An inflatable cushion for a side of a vehicle is provided, the inflatable cushion having a first sheet of material; a second sheet of material, the first sheet of material being secured to the second sheet of material at a seam to define the inflatable cushion; and wherein the seam consists only of: a first plurality of stitches; a peripheral edge portion of the first sheet of material; and a peripheral edge portion of the second sheet of material; and wherein no adhesives or sealants are applied to the first sheet and the second sheet when the seam is formed by applying the first plurality of stitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: NXGEN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael F. Fink
  • Patent number: 9566935
    Abstract: An airbag assembly may include an inflatable curtain airbag with a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration. The inflatable curtain may have a first protection zone and a second protection zone that inflates forward or rearward of the first protection zone to provide enhanced protection. The second protection zone may be double-folded against the first protection zone so that, during deployment, the second protection zone pivots to unfold relative to the first protection zone. Attachment features such as tack stitching may be used to secure the folded portions together. The tack stitching may be designed to break during deployment of the airbag such that the first protection zone inflates first, followed by a proximal portion of the second protection zone, and then by a distal portion of the second protection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hicken, Daisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9566937
    Abstract: An airbag includes an inflation side and a vehicle occupant contact side opposite the inflation side, and a divider. The divider has a first portion attached to the inflation side and to the vehicle occupant contact side and a second portion attached to the inflation side and to the vehicle occupant contact side, such that the first and second portions tend to converge from the inflation side toward the occupant contact side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9555764
    Abstract: An airbag includes an airbag body formed by joining front and rear panels, an inlet of pressurized fluid, a vent hole communicating inside and outside of the airbag body, a regulation portion regulating discharge of the pressurized fluid from the vent hole and a coupling portion temporarily joining the front and rear panels. The inlet and the vent hole are formed on the rear panel. The regulation portion includes a connecting member, a vent hole cover and a link member. The connecting member regulates a thickness of the airbag body in the inflated state. The vent hole cover covers the vent hole and has one end portion supported by the rear panel and the other end portion joined to the coupling portion. The link member has one end portion joined to the vent hole cover and the other end portion joined to the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: TAKATA CORPORATION, HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruhiko Hiruta, Mitsuo Maruoka, Hiromichi Yoshikawa, Makoto Nagai, Yoshiyuki Tosa
  • Patent number: 9533650
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gas bag for vehicles, having a flat, two-dimensional shape when being in an uninflated, vented condition and a three-dimensional shape in an inflated condition, the gas bag having a main piece with opposite end portions, each of the end portions having an end contour, and two minor pieces which each have a connecting portion with a contour with corresponds to the end contour of the main piece, and which each have a filling portion, the two filling portions having similar shapes and similar dimensions. The invention also relates to a method of sewing this gas bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Yohann Le Norcy, Jean-Christophe Peyre, Ramon Ramos
  • Patent number: 9487176
    Abstract: An airbag (2) of an airbag module for a vehicle comprising an airbag shell (6) including an inserting orifice (8) for an inflator (4) has at least one reinforcing layer (14) which completely covers the inserting orifice (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Loos, Dominique Acker, Stojan Bogdanovic
  • Patent number: 9440611
    Abstract: A gas hag arrangement for a vehicle occupant restraint system comprises an inflatable gas hag, wherein the gas bag includes at least one vent device for venting gas from the gas bag, wherein the vent device in a first condition has a first outflow cross-section and in a second condition a second outflow cross-section; as well as a release mechanism which initially fixes the vent device and which releases the same after activation. The release mechanism includes an element to be filled with gas, with which the vent device is connected such that before filling of the tillable element it is fixed at the same and during filling of the fillable element is detached from the same, wherein the vent device is directly or indirectly connected with the tillable element via a releasable connection which will tear during filling of the fillable element and release the vent device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TAKATA AG
    Inventor: Philipp Sennert
  • Patent number: 9434345
    Abstract: An airbag comprises an airbag main body formed into a bag by a front panel and a rear panel, a vent hole formed on the rear panel, a vent cover that is attached to an outer surface of the rear panel and opens and closes the vent hole, a tether provided on the vent cover, a vent patch attached to an inner surface of the rear panel, and a tether cover attached to the inner surface of the rear panel, overlapping the vent patch, wherein: the tether is pulled from a slit formed near the vent hole of the rear panel into the interior of the airbag main body and then inserted through an area between the vent patch and the tether cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TAKATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teruhiko Hiruta, Kimihiro Koshikawa
  • Patent number: 9393928
    Abstract: A diffuser pocket for an airbag according to the present invention includes: an insertion portion into which a tip portion of an inflator is inserted; and a gas discharging portion which guides and discharges high-pressure gas injected from the inflator to an airbag cushion, in which the insertion portion has front and rear insertion portions in which lower portions are folded and upper portions are sewn, and the gas discharging portion has front and rear gas discharging surfaces in which a left line is folded, and upper portions and left portions are sewed, thereby preventing damage due to high-temperature and high-pressure gas injected from the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Seob Lee
  • Patent number: 9352718
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a base fabric for airbags with excellent deployment speed, internal pressure retention and workability, and an airbag using the same. The inventive base fabric for airbags has resin arranged in at least one surface of the cloth which comprises synthetic fibers, and is characterized in that the amount of resin adhered is from 10 to 50 g/m2 and, further, the weaving thread's filaments is exposed on the resin surface, and the weaving thread's filaments exposure rate is from 1 to 25%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI FIBERS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Enoki, Fumiaki Ise
  • Patent number: 9296359
    Abstract: An airbag includes a bag body and a buffering pad. The bag body includes a cushioning surface and an opposite back surface, which together define an air chamber between them. The cushioning surface and the back surface are partially sawed and clinched in certain pattern. The air chamber of the bag body is provided with an air inlet. The buffering pad is partially connected to the periphery of the cushioning surface side of the bag body. The size of the buffering pad is smaller than that of the cushioning surface. While the airbag is inflated, the bag body is deployed at a limited thickness due to the clinched sawing and also pulled by the smaller sized buffering pad into an arch formed air shield. At the same time a buffering space is formed between the buffering pad and the cushioning surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: James Yu-Ming Pan
  • Patent number: 9266493
    Abstract: An airbag includes at least one panel defining an interior of the airbag, and a divider positioned in the interior so as to divide the interior into a first chamber and a second chamber. The divider includes at least one divider opening enabling fluid communication between the first and second chambers. A valve mechanism is operatively coupled to the divider and has a first cover structured to restrict gas flow from the second chamber into the divider opening. The first cover has an opening. A second cover is attached to the first cover and is structured to restrict gas flow through the first cover opening in a direction from the first chamber toward the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Anderson, James P. Karlow
  • Patent number: 9238446
    Abstract: A side airbag device (1) protects the passenger (90) in the lateral space (92). The airbag (10) has an attaching portion (11) attached to a side section (85) of a seat (80), and is folded so as to be able to deploy from the side section (85) toward the lateral space (92). The inflator (2) generates gas and thereby deploys the airbag (10) to a leading end portion (12) in the deployment direction (F). The airbag (10) has a bellows-like folded section in which a part (30) between the leading end portion (12) and the attaching portion (11) is folded in a bellows-like shape. The bellows-like folded section is disposed in front of the attaching portion (11) in the deployment direction (F), and is folded double toward the back of the deployment direction (F) so that a portion (32) close to the attaching portion (11) is positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ASHIMORI INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetaka Azuma, Katsunori Imai, Kou Sasaki, Yoshitaka Okagami, Miwa Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9228383
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hinge comprising a textile which connects a first part (2) and a second part (4) to one another, where the textile (3) has a gauze made of loops between the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: F. A. Kuempers GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Petr Svatos, Rudolf Bonse, Joan-Dirk Kuempers
  • Patent number: 9187055
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag includes an airbag main body and an auxiliary airbag portion. A tether is located in the airbag main body. The rear end of the tether is connected to the boundary area between the airbag main body and the auxiliary airbag portion or to a part in the vicinity of the boundary area. The front end of the tether is connected either to a side wall portion closer to the auxiliary airbag portion or to the front wall portion of the airbag main body. The part of the front end of the tether that is connected to the front wall portion is farther from a side wall portion farther from the auxiliary airbag portion than the area in the front wall portion of the airbag main body onto which the part connected to the rear end of the tether is projected forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Vinay V. Genthikatti, Linhuo Shi
  • Patent number: 9180833
    Abstract: An airbag for a vehicle of the present invention includes: an inflator; and an airbag cushion, in which first and second slits are formed in the airbag cushion so as to be spaced apart at a predetermined distance, and one end of the inflator is inserted into the airbag cushion through the first slit, and then protrudes to the outside of the airbag cushion through the second slit, and as a result, the inflator is securely and conveniently coupled to the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kum Ho Jo
  • Patent number: 9132797
    Abstract: An exemplary knee airbag assembly may include an airbag cushion that has a first end and a second end. The airbag cushion may be inflatable from a stowed position to a deployed position in which it has a length and a thickness. The exemplary knee airbag assembly may also include an enlarged portion at at least one of the ends of the airbag cushion when the knee airbag assembly is in at least the deployed state. The enlarged portion increases the thickness of the airbag cushion along at least a portion of the length of the airbag cushion at the at least one of the ends of the airbag cushion such that the knee airbag assembly may be non-symmetrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. Abramoski, Matthew B. Makowski, Jovica J. Jakovski, Djamal E. Midoun
  • Patent number: 9132583
    Abstract: A method for producing a valve device is provided. The airbag has at least one substantially air-permeable textile, fabric layer and with a film. The textile layer and the film are arranged in a deep-drawing tool with at least area-wise reciprocal overlapping. The film is deep-drawn in deep-drawing regions by the deep-drawing tool to form a plurality of depressions of the film. The textile layer is connected to the film in regions of the film differing from the deep-drawing regions by the deep-drawing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Ralf Bogenrieder, Christian Burczyk, Andreas Hirth, Lutz Quarg, Friedrich Reiter
  • Patent number: 9126566
    Abstract: An airbag module for a vehicle according to the present invention includes: an inflator; and an airbag cushion which is deployed by high pressure gas discharged from the inflator, in which a dead zone, which allows the high pressure gas discharged from the inflator to branch off and flow through at least two branch flow paths, is formed in the airbag cushion, and a variable tether, which guides the high pressure gas passing through the at least two branch flow paths to the upper side of the airbag cushion and has a plurality of vent holes that is opened so that upper and lower portions of the airbag cushion communicate with each other when internal pressure of the airbag cushion exceeds a preset value, is installed in the airbag cushion, such that the high pressure gas is quickly and uniformly distributed and supplied into the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hun Hee Jeong
  • Patent number: 9120455
    Abstract: Provided are an airbag and an airbag device that are capable of reducing impact on an occupant at an out of position while providing restraining ability with respect to the occupant in a normally seated state. An airbag device includes an airbag 2 that is normally folded and accommodated in a seat 11 of a vehicle and that is inflated and deployed in an emergency, and an inflator 3 that supplies gas to the airbag 2. The airbag 2 includes a bag member 21 that is formed of a base cloth 2a, and a plurality of pleats 22 that are formed at the bag member 21. The pleats 22 have a crease portion 23 in a front-back direction of the vehicle to allow the gas to escape to the crease portion 23 upon loading from the front-back direction of the vehicle when the bag member 21 is inflated and deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: TAKATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9090222
    Abstract: The invention relates to a covering for an airbag having at least one airbag that is articulated on the stationary covering region surrounding the airbag cover by a textile hinge, wherein the airbag cover and the covering region surrounding the airbag cover are formed from a sheet material made of plastic, the rear face of which supports a textile surface element having sacrificial threads (2) that extend substantially at right angles to the hinge axis (3) and tear in the region (A) of the hinge when the airbag is activated, and wherein the textile surface element also has stop threads that, when the airbag is activated, allow the airbag cover to pivot about the hinge axis (3) without tearing in the region of the hinge in order to hold the airbag cover securely after activation of the airbag, wherein the non-tearing stop threads are arranged such that said threads are compressed in the form of corrugations and/or loops only in region (A) of the hinge and therefore have a greater length there than in the regio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: K.L.KASCHIER—und LAMINIER GmbH
    Inventor: Albert Roring
  • Patent number: 9090223
    Abstract: An airbag module including an inflator and an inflatable airbag is provided. The inflatable airbag may include a first portion comprising at least one fold configured to form at least one vertical pleat, a second portion comprising at least one fold configured to form at least one horizontal pleat and a third portion configured to form a roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignees: TK HOLDINGS INC., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric Joseph Baumbach, Nathaniel Robert Saunders, Tatsuya Yuki, Mark Andrew Steinbach, Andrew Jack Pitonyak
  • Patent number: 9085276
    Abstract: An airbag for a motor vehicle includes a support structure with a plurality of support elements. The support structure is moveable from a storage position to a support position and by which a support volume of the airbag is covered at least partially in the support position. At least one of the support elements is curved at least in one section in the support position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Ralf Bogenrieder, Christian Burczyk, Andreas Hirth, Friedrich Reiter
  • Patent number: 9079558
    Abstract: A coated airbag is provided. In another aspect, a method of extrusion coating an air impermeable material onto a one-piece woven airbag fabric is employed. Another aspect preheats a fabric such that the fabric remains hot during a coating application thereon. Furthermore, a machine for making and coating an airbag fabric is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: GLOBAL SAFETY TEXTILES, LLC
    Inventor: Earl Crouch
  • Patent number: 9079557
    Abstract: An airbag includes: a gas introduction portion; and a folded bag-shaped airbag main body capable of being inflated and deployed in a first direction toward an object to be protected, by gas introduced from the gas introduction portion. The folded airbag main body includes: a deployment portion disposed to face a cover; a flow-in portion through which the gas flows from the gas introduction portion into the deployment portion; and a reduction portion disposed to face the gas introduction portion and configured to make the flow-in portion narrower toward a center portion of a main tear line of the cover and guide the gas introduced from the gas introduction portion to the center portion of the main tear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Osamu Sano
  • Patent number: 9067557
    Abstract: An active bolster for an interior trim surface of a vehicle has a trim panel with a closed-loop bonding section on an inside surface. A first stud extending from an inside trim panel surface at the closed-loop bonding section, and a second stud extends from the panel inside surface radially outward of the bonding section. A thermoplastic expandable bladder member has a welding flange along an peripheral edge which is hot-welded with the bonding section. The welding flange has a stud aperture receiving the first stud. A stepped bracket comprises a first plate overlying the welding flange and a second plate overlying the trim panel. The first plate has a first aperture receiving the first stud. The second plate has a second aperture receiving the second stud. The studs have respective re-melted heads clamping the bracket in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon M. Aselage, Sean B. West, Stacey H. Raines
  • Patent number: 9033364
    Abstract: A seat cushion airbag apparatus is applied to a vehicle seat including a seat unit having a seat cushion supported, from a lower side thereof, by a supporting portion of a seat frame, and an air blowing duct having a blow-out port below the seat cushion, wherein a conditioning air flowing through the air blowing duct is blown out upward from the blow-out port. An inflator is disposed at a location, which is spaced from the blow-out port in a front and rear direction of a vehicle, and an airbag is inflated between the supporting portion and the seat cushion by an inflation gas supplied from the inflator so that a seat face of the seat unit is raised to prevent a subject to be restrained on the seat unit from being moved forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Nukaya, Takanori Kanto, Yoshikazu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9027956
    Abstract: An object is to prevent an airbag from bursting out toward an occupant and to inflate and deploy the airbag in a stable manner. An inner bag (30A) inflates with gas supplied from an inflator (3). An outer bag (20) inflates with the gas supplied through a flow port (31) in the inner bag (30A). A connecting member (7) is disposed in the inner bag (30A) and connects an inner surface of the inner bag (30A) and a front surface of the outer bag (20). As the outer bag (20) inflates, the connecting member (7) is drawn out of the inflated inner bag (30A), moving the front surface of the outer bag (20) in the occupant direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Yamaji