Specific Confinement Structure Patents (Class 280/743.1)
  • Patent number: 11407376
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of folding a far-side airbag, which includes forming a first folding part in such a manner that an upper side of an airbag seat is folded inboard, forming a second folding part by folding both widthwise sides of the airbag seat, forming a third folding part by folding the upper side of the airbag seat, forming a roll-folding part by roll-folding the upper side of the airbag seat, forming an overlapping part by folding over an inflator of the airbag seat, and folding the roll-folding part so that the roll-folding part overlaps the overlapping part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Geon Woong Moon
  • Patent number: 11390240
    Abstract: A front head/torso airbag (10) of a vehicle occupant restraint system includes a cover surface (12) and a baffle surface (14) forming a contact face for the vehicle occupant (22) which merges Into the cover surface (12). In the inflated state of the airbag (10) being in the mounted position, the baffle surface (14) includes a central surface portion and laterally adjacent thereto at feast one bulge (20) projecting from the central surface portion for laterally protecting the head (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Daniele Aranzulla, Martin Burkhardtsmaier, Kurt Fischer, Angelo Adler, Alexandra Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11377064
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention pertains to a coated fabric used for an automotive airbag, and more particularly, a coated fabric for an airbag most suitable for a rollover curtain airbag which is produced applying a sealing agent to a coated fabric and sewing the resulting fabric and which can keep the adhesion of the sealing agent to the coat resin even after long-term and high-temperature aging. The present coated fabric for an airbag is obtained by applying an addition-polymerizable solvent-free silicone resin onto at least one surface of a synthetic fiber textile, wherein a coating amount of the silicone resin is 15 to 45 g/m2; and a weft strain/warp strain ratio as observed in stretching the coated fabric is 0.30 to 0.65.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOBO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Akechi, Takahiro Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 11376827
    Abstract: This invention provides a silicone-coated fabric for airbags in which creases can be easily formed by applying heat and pressure, and that can be stored compactly. More specifically, the invention provides a silicone-coated fabric comprising a silicone-based resin coated on one surface of a synthetic fiber woven fabric, and a thermoplastic resin adhering to a non-silicone coated surface, which is not coated with the silicone-based resin, wherein the adhesive strength between the non-silicone coated surfaces is 0.01 to 100 N/cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOBO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Harada
  • Patent number: 11370381
    Abstract: An assembly includes a housing having a sidewall defining a first slot and a second slot, the sidewall having a press plate between the first slot and the second slot, the press plate movable between an initial position and a deployed position. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the housing and inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position, the press plate being moveable from the initial position to the deployed position by inflation of the airbag from the uninflated position to the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Russell Joseph Mihm
  • Patent number: 11358561
    Abstract: An airbag for an airbag device includes an outer bag and an inner bag inflatable inside the outer bag. The outer bag includes a driver-side wall for receiving the driver and a vehicle-side wall that is supported by a ring surface of a ring portion of the steering wheel at airbag deployment, and includes an inlet port of inflation gas and a mounting portion on the steering wheel. The inner bag includes a supply port for supplying the gas to the outer bag. The inner bag completes inflation prior to the outer bag, and the outer bag is inflated with the gas supplied from the supply port. The inner bag as inflated has such a shape that the rear portion protrudes farther rearward than a rear end of the ring surface, and that a height from the ring surface is greater in the rear portion than in the front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ishii, Koji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 11254275
    Abstract: An airbag device for a driver's seat adapted to be mounted on a boss of a steering wheel disposed at a center of a rim is disclosed. The airbag device includes an inflatable airbag folded in the form of an airbag package. The airbag includes a vehicle-side wall that includes a gas inlet port and is configured to be supported by the rim when deployed, and a driver-side wall. The airbag, before folded into the airbag package, has a flat initial folded form in which the driver-side wall lies over the vehicle-side wall. The initial folded form includes a folded-in portion in which a front edge portion of the vehicle-side wall is folded inwardly and rearwardly beneath a front edge portion of the driver-side wall, and a folded-back portion in which the front edge portion of the driver-side wall which adjoins the folded-in portion is folded towards the inlet port on the vehicle-side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ishii, Koji Kawamura, Hitoshi Iida
  • Patent number: 11225219
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide an airbag device or the like that can suppress the occupant seated in a driver seat from moving toward the passenger seat. [Solving Means] An airbag device includes an airbag cushion inflating and deploying in a vehicle cabin of a vehicle to laterally restrain an occupant seated in a seat, and the airbag cushion includes: a housing portion that stores an inflator for jetting gas for inflation and deployment; a first portion folded in a roll or bellows shape from one horizontal end of the airbag cushion to a vicinity of the housing portion; a second portion that horizontally extends opposite to the first portion when viewed from the housing portion and is folded back toward the folded first portion; and a third portion that further extends from the second portion disposed opposite to the housing portion (411) with respect to the first portion, the third portion being folded in a roll or bellows shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Tsutomu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11214221
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a hard cover for a side airbag. The hard cover includes a housing accommodating a cushion, a cover unit covering an opening of the housing and having a cut part formed to be cut when the cushion is deployed, a hinge connecting the cover unit and a rear of the housing, a first restraint unit provided on a front of the housing, a first hook unit provided on a front of the cover unit to be caught and restrained by the first restraint unit, a second restraint unit provided on each of upper and lower sides of the housing, and a second hook unit provided on each of upper and lower sides of the cover unit to be caught and restrained by the second restraint unit and separated from the second restraint unit when the cushion is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Geon Woong Moon, Ye Ri Hong
  • Patent number: 11192513
    Abstract: An airbag for a front passenger seat is configured to be inflated and expanded between the front passenger seat and an instrument panel. The airbag includes a main bag, a left sub-bag and a right sub-bag. The left sub-bag and the right sub-bag are respectively connected to a left side portion and a right side portion of the main bag. The left sub-bag and the right sub-bag are connected to each other on at least one of an upper portion, a lower portion and a front portion of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventors: Shinichi Takeuchi, Kazuya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11066032
    Abstract: An assembly includes a dash and an airbag supported by the dash. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag in the inflated position has a first end and a second end spaced from each other in a cross-vehicle axis and an inflation chamber between the first end and the second end. The airbag includes a tube extending through the inflation chamber from the first end to the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Anil Kalra
  • Patent number: 11066031
    Abstract: An airbag device for a driver's seat may include: a housing mounted on a steering part; an inflator mounted on the housing; and a cushion accommodated in the housing, deployed by gas supplied from the inflator, and having a cushion front part and a cushion rear part, wherein the cushion front part is configured such that an upper portion thereof is expanded and deployed and deployment of a lower portion thereof is partially restricted when the cushion is deployed, and the cushion rear part is disposed opposite the cushion front part to partially restrict the deployment of the lower portion of the cushion front part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Geun Choi
  • Patent number: 11052863
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle includes an inflatable vehicle occupant protection device having a deflated condition and an inflated condition. The protection device includes a first panel having a centerline and first and second openings. A second panel is secured to the first panel to define an inflatable volume. First and second self-adaptive vents are secured to the first panel over the first and second openings on opposite sides of the centerline for selectively releasing inflation fluid from the inflatable volume in response to penetration of the occupant into the protection device. A first reinforcing stitching extends through the first panel and around a portion of the first self-adaptive vent. A second reinforcing stitching extends through the first panel and around a portion of the second self-adaptive vent. Each of the first and second reinforcing stitchings is spaced entirely from the respective first and second self-adaptive vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Gould, Michael White
  • Patent number: 11052862
    Abstract: Provided is an air bag base cloth constituted by a composite material obtained by coating fabric made of synthetic fibers with a synthetic resin. The average value of the 100% modulus in the warp direction of the fabric texture included in the composite material and the 100% modulus in the weft direction of the fabric texture included in the composite material is 50 N/cm or less. The 100% elongation recovery rate is 95% or more. The 100% elongation load air permeability is 0.1 L/cm2·min or less both before and after thermal treatment at 100° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SEIREN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Houraiya
  • Patent number: 11007970
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag, a connecting member extending from the airbag, and an actuator mounted on an airbag housing for controlling an inflation manner of the airbag. The actuator includes an actuator body that includes an operating pin which penetrates the connecting member, a mounting plate that holds the actuator body and is secured to the airbag housing, and a supporting plate that is disposed in a vicinity of a leading end portion of the operating pin. The supporting plate includes a supporting hole for receiving the operating pin, and a flange that is formed in a part of a periphery of the supporting hole toward which the connecting member is released. The flange extends along an axial direction of the operating pin towards the leading end of the operating pin for supporting the leading end portion of the operating pin with its surface facing the operating pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Hiraiwa, Shinichi Ishida, Keita Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11007969
    Abstract: The invention relates to a one-piece woven airbag, in particular for vehicle restraint systems, with an upper fabric and a lower fabric which are joined together in a single-ply seam area forming the border of the airbag, with tether threads which are woven partially into the upper fabric and partially into the lower fabric and float there between over a defined length, which is characterized by upper limiting threads which are woven into the upper fabric and/or lower limiting threads which are woven into the lower fabric, the limiting threads between upper fabric and lower fabric floating over a defined number of floating tether threads and being attached to attachment points of their fabric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: GLOBAL SAFETY TEXTILES GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Albiez, Michael Becker
  • Patent number: 10953840
    Abstract: A knee airbag arrangement for a vehicle. The knee airbag arrangement includes an inflatable airbag and an external tether. The airbag is adapted to be inflated to a position between an instrument panel of the vehicle and a knee/shin region of a vehicle occupant. The knee airbag is adapted to form a first deployment mode or a second deployment mode when in a deployed state. The external tether controls deployment of the airbag to the second deployment mode. The depth (D2) of the airbag in the second deployment mode is greater than a depth (D1) of the knee airbag in the first deployment mode. A depth of the airbag in a deployed state is a greatest extent of the airbag perpendicular to the instrument panel in the knee/shin region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian Rutgersson, Johan Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10940824
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus for a vehicle includes: an inflator configured to generate gas upon receiving a predetermined actuating signal; and an airbag body folded and stored in an unactuated condition, and configured to deploy by supplying the gas from the inflator to the airbag body. The airbag body includes a predetermined area on which adhesive is applied. After deployment of the airbag body, the predetermined area adheres to an adherend to hold a passenger, and the airbag body is torn off by a predetermined motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10933838
    Abstract: A method for folding a knee airbag may include: folding both sides of an airbag cushion a plurality of times, and fixing the folded portion of the airbag cushion; forming a roll folding part by rolling one side of the airbag cushion of which both sides are folded a plurality of times; and folding the other side of the airbag cushion toward the roll folding part, with the roll folding part formed at the one side of the airbag cushion, and fixing the other side of the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: I Seul Kang
  • Patent number: 10870405
    Abstract: An airbag for a vehicle is provided. The airbag includes an airbag cushion that has a plurality of chambers and the plurality of chambers are connected to be interlocked with each other by an operation tether. Accordingly, when an occupant presses against a specific chamber due to a vehicle collision, the other chamber is deformed to wrap the occupant, thereby restraining the occupant in a seat and minimizing the occurrence of injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyock In Kwon
  • Patent number: 10864883
    Abstract: An airbag device includes: an airbag which inflates from a state of a folded body by receiving an inflation gas; and a wrapping material wraps the folded body. The folded body has a three-dimensional shape including a bottom surface portion, a ceiling portion, and a side surface portion. The wrapping material includes: a cover member having flexibility and a sheet shape which includes a ceiling cover portion covering the ceiling portion of the folded body, a side surface cover portion covering the side surface portion, and a bottom surface cover portion which covers the bottom surface portion and has a locking hole to be locked to a fastener, and an elongation regulating member which is provided on at least a part of the cover member so as to suppress elongation of the cover member in opposition to an acting direction of the restoring force of the folded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihito Yanagisawa, Takanori Komatsu, Koji Kawamura, Hideo Higashi
  • Patent number: 10857965
    Abstract: An air bag has a large occupant-receiving area when expanded. The air bag has: a top chamber, which expands along a ceiling part; a first chamber, which expands downwards and rearwards from the rear part to the top chamber; a second chamber continuous from the lower part of the first chamber, the second chamber expanding downwards; and a third chamber continuous from the lower part of the second chamber, the third chamber expanding forwards. The expanded first chamber restrains the head of an occupant, and the second chamber restrains the chest to the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Abe, Hiromi Koshiki
  • Patent number: 10829079
    Abstract: It is provided a gas bag for an airbag module of a motor vehicle, comprising at least two gas bag parts, which via at least one seam are connected to each other to form a gas bag to be filled with gas, so that the resulting gas bag has an inner wall facing the interior of the gas bag and an outer wall facing away therefrom, and comprising a flame protection layer that is arranged within the gas bag and is connected to the gas bag such that the flame protection layer sectionally covers the gas bag for protection against gases. In the flame protection layer at least one incision is formed, by which a foldable partial section is produced in the flame protection layer, which can be folded over a seam by means of which the gas bag parts are connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Ralf Glaab
  • Patent number: 10829082
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a first section and a second section. The first section is defined by a first material having a first heat dissipating characteristic. The second section is defined by a second material having a second heat dissipating characteristic. The second section dissipates heat at a higher rate than the first section when the airbag device is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Campbell, Brian Downey
  • Patent number: 10814821
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus including: a first chamber connected to an inflator; a second chamber supported by the first chamber, and connected to the rear of the first chamber so as to support the head of a passenger in case of an oblique collision of a vehicle; a third chamber supported by the first chamber, connected to the rear of the first chamber, and disposed at one side of the second chamber so as to support the head of the passenger in case of a head-on collision of the vehicle; and a connection tether connecting the second and third chambers such that the second and third chambers are suppressed from separating from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hae Kwon Park, Ga Ram Jeong, Rae Ick Jang
  • Patent number: 10793101
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag and an inflator stored inside the airbag. The inflator includes an inflator body and a mounting member that protrudes from the circumference of the inflator body generally orthogonally to an axial direction of the inflator body. The airbag includes an insertion region via which the inflator is inserted into the airbag. The insertion region has a double wall structure of an outer panel and an inner panel, and includes one or more through holes that are formed through the outer panel and inner panel for receiving the mounting member of the inflator. The outer panel includes an outer slit via which the inflator is inserted into the airbag, and the inner panel includes an inner slit via which the inflator is inserted into the airbag. The outer slit and inner slit are so arranged as not to overlap or intersect each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Ozeki, Takashi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10760210
    Abstract: This invention provides a silicone-coated fabric for airbags in which creases can be easily formed by applying heat and pressure, that can be stored compactly, and that exhibits minimal damage on the coated layer when deployed. More specifically, the invention provides a silicone-coated fabric comprising a silicone-based resin coated on one surface of a synthetic fiber woven fabric, and a thermoplastic resin adhering to the silicone-based resin-coated surface, wherein the adhesive strength between the silicone-based resin-coated surfaces is 0.01 to 10 N/cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOBO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Harada
  • Patent number: 10759373
    Abstract: An airbag device includes: a gas generator including: an inflator having one end portion to which a connected part is provided; and a cylindrical retainer configured to cover the inflator; and an airbag including a bag main body having an insertion opening. A part of an outer end part of the retainer inserted in the insertion opening is arranged outside the bag main body together with the connected part, and a remaining part of the retainer is arranged inside the bag main body. The outer end part of the retainer is formed with an extension part extending in a direction of being separated away from the gas blowout part. The bag main body has a clearance filling part configured to fill a part of a clearance between the inflator and the retainer, and the clearance filling part is sandwiched by the inflator and the extension part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuhta Okayama, Nobuya Nakano
  • Patent number: 10712230
    Abstract: A structural health monitoring system comprises: a flexible substrate configured for attachment to a structure, the flexible substrate having a plurality of sensors affixed thereon. The flexible substrate comprises a first portion configured for attachment to the structure, a second portion extending in continuous manner from the first portion, and a third portion extending in continuous manner from the second portion and being configured for attachment to the structure. The second portion includes a first section extending in continuous manner from the first portion, a second section connected between the first section and the third portion and having an edge extending in a direction different from an edge of the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Acellent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Li, Fu-Kuo Chang, Irene J. Li
  • Patent number: 10696264
    Abstract: Provided is an airbag which can be easily manufactured though it is provided with a tether inside, and has a reduced fear of gas leakage from a joint region. The airbag includes a joint region of outer circumferential edges of a pair of walls. The joint region includes, between the outer circumferential edges of the pair of walls, a sealing member which has elasticity, and has adhesiveness in an unsolidified state. The joint region is formed by such a sewing that runs a sewing thread through an application area of the sealing member. A tether connects the pair of walls. The joint region includes a region in which the sealing member has a solidified, thus non-adhesive surface, and is pressed against at least one of the walls by the non-adhesive surface, and penetrated by the sewing thread in that state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., SEIREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taizo Suemitsu, Takayuki Umeyama, Mikifusa Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10688954
    Abstract: An airbag assembly for mounting above an occupant in a vehicle includes an airbag housing and an airbag cushion. The airbag cushion is connected to the housing and is deployable from an uninflated state to an inflated state. The airbag cushion includes a forward portion and a rearward portion. The forward portion is positioned closer to the occupant than the rearward portion when the airbag cushion is in the inflated state. The forward portion is also separated from the rearward portion by a void. The void configured to cause a head of the occupant to rotate forward relative to a torso of the occupant when the occupant contacts the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Thomas, Brennon L. White
  • Patent number: 10668889
    Abstract: A method for folding a driver airbag may include: forming a tuck-in folding part by pushing an upper end portion of an airbag cushion part into the airbag cushion part; folding the tuck-in folding part toward the opposite side with respect to a driver seat; temporarily attaching the tuck-in folding part to the airbag cushion part; injecting gas into the airbag cushion part, and compressing the airbag cushion part such that the airbag cushion part maintains a plate shape; and folding the airbag cushion part while moving a folding jig disposed in a radial shape around the circumference of the airbag cushion part toward an inflator connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: June Young Song
  • Patent number: 10668887
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a side airbag device includes: a gas generating device attached to an inner side of an outer side frame in a vehicle-width direction, which is disposed in a side portion on an outside of a seat back in the vehicle-width direction; a side airbag which inflates and deploys to expand over the outer side frame from a vehicle front side of the outer side frame in the vehicle-width direction by receiving gas from the gas generating device accommodated in the side airbag; and an inflation width expansion portion which is provided in the side airbag and causes an inflation width of the side airbag in the vehicle-width direction to be greater outside a side surface provided on an outside of the outer side frame in the vehicle-width direction than inside the side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Takamichi Komura, Masato Kunisada, Hiroyuki Nagura, Takuma Kawai, Takayuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10654439
    Abstract: An airbag device for a passenger seat having an inflator and an airbag, wherein: the airbag includes a first structural portion that structures a left-right direction intermediate portion of the airbag and at which is formed a first surface, and second structural portions that are formed in continuation with both left and right sides of the first structural portion and at which are formed a pair of respective second surfaces that is to bulge further toward the front passenger seat side than the first surface and move apart from one another, and a connecting cloth, which connects regions that become bulging end portion sides of the pair of second surfaces in an inflated and deployed state of the airbag, and which is deployed to cover a range that is reached by the head portion and the chest portion of the passenger in the front passenger seat, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10647284
    Abstract: A driver airbag 1 is formed by sewing a front panel 2 and a rear panel 3 together. The rear panel 3 has a horizontal first tuck portion 21, a second tuck portion 22 extending from a right upper side toward a left lower side, and a third tuck portion 23 extending from a left upper side toward a right lower side. The tuck portion 22 and the tuck portion 23 intersect in an upper part of the rear panel 3. Since most of the second and third tuck portions 22, 23 are located in an upper half section of the rear panel 3, the upper part of the driver airbag 1 has a larger thickness than that of a lower part when the driver airbag 1 is inflated completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventors: Kimihiro Koshikawa, Teruhiko Hiruta, Hiromichi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10618262
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a composite material, the method comprises the steps of a) providing a first layer of a fibre reinforced polymer, preferably a thermoset FRP, b) providing an array of thermoplastic islands across at least a proportion of a major surface of the first layer, c) providing a second layer of a fibre reinforced polymer, preferably a thermoset FRP, d) laying the second layer over at least some of the islands, and e) securing the first and second layers together. There is also disclosed a composite which comprises a first layer of a fibre reinforced polymer and a second layer of a fibre reinforced polymer, between which is an intervening layer comprising an array of thermoplastic islands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Alma Hodzic, Patrick James Smith
  • Patent number: 10549710
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes an airbag and a tether. The tether includes a first end portion extending from the airbag, a second end portion spaced from the airbag, and an intermediate portion having a first strap and a second strap extending between and meeting each other at the first end portion and the second end portion. The first end portion, the second end portion, and the intermediate portion are monolithic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Lou Albert Giedeman, III
  • Patent number: 10507786
    Abstract: A gas pressure container for an airbag system of a motor vehicle is disclosed having a tube element with a high bursting resistance when internal pressure is being applied. The tube element includes a steel alloy and a first longitudinal portion of the tube element has a tensile strength Rm,11 higher than (>) 800 MPa, a transition temperature Tu,11 of at least ?40° C., and an outer circumference U1. The tube element also includes at least one second longitudinal portion and/or additional longitudinal portions, which extend axially from the first longitudinal portion. The second longitudinal portion or the additional longitudinal portions and the first longitudinal portion are formed from a seamless or welded single-piece tube made of a uniform material, and more specifically from a hot-rolled or cold-drawn tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: BENTELER STEEL/TUBE GMBH
    Inventors: Dirk Tegethoff, Leonhard Rose, Darius Wrobel, Jozef Balun
  • Patent number: 10493945
    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: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventor: Christopher L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10486635
    Abstract: A rear vehicle seat airbag module configured to be mounted to a portion of a seat back of a front vehicle seat comprising an inflator and an inflatable cushion comprising a lower portion, an upper portion and an external tether connecting the lower portion and the upper portion. The inflator provides inflation gas to the inflatable cushion and the inflatable cushion is configured to deploy forward of an occupant seated in a rear seat of a vehicle by curving away from the occupant. The external tether is configured to control a trajectory of the deployment of the inflatable cushion by pulling the upper portion toward the lower portion to curve the inflatable cushion such that the upper portion is located above the lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: James P. Karlow, Nachiket Pendse, Joseph Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 10486634
    Abstract: The invention describes an airbag module (10) for attaching to an instrument panel, comprising an inflator (12), a fastening portion (36) which is arranged so that the airbag module (10) can be attached to the instrument panel via the fastening portion (36), a receiving portion (46) for an airbag as well as a holding portion (57) which serves for holding the inflator (12). The airbag module (10) has a support structure (16) including the fastening portion (36) and a housing (14) made from fabric material. The holding portion (57) is partially configured in a holding area (58) of the housing (14) which is opposed to the fastening portion (36) so that the inflator (12) is fastened from outside and extends at least partially into the receiving portion (46). The support structure (16) comprises at least one supporting portion (18) U-shaped in cross-section which at least partially encompasses the housing (14). In addition, the support structure (16) includes a peripheral frame (66).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Juergen Schmid
  • Patent number: 10486633
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag device includes: an airbag; a gas generator which supplies an inflation gas to the airbag; and a wrapping material, which covers a periphery of an airbag assembly including the airbag and the gas generator. The wrapping material includes: a combining part which is formed of a sheet material and combines both edges, which are overlapped with each other in a length direction; an engagement part which is formed in parallel with the combining part in a width direction of the sheet material and is engaged in the gas generator; and a notch portion formed between the combining part of both edges and the engagement part, wherein a position of a deepest part of the notch portion in the length direction of the sheet material is less than or equal to a depth of the combining part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Kino, Norihisa Taya
  • 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: 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: 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: 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