Padded Or Cushioned Member Patents (Class 280/751)
  • Patent number: 10463982
    Abstract: A ride assembly includes a ride vehicle configured to carry one or more passengers and to move in a direction along a ride path, a first passenger seat of the ride vehicle having a seatback, where the first passenger seat is configured to seat a first passenger of the one or more passengers, and where the seatback is configured to rotate with respect to the ride vehicle from a loading position to an active position, a second passenger seat of the ride vehicle positioned behind the first passenger seat with respect to the direction, where the second passenger seat is configured to seat a second passenger of the one or more passengers, and a passenger restraint coupled to the seatback of the first passenger seat, where the passenger restraint is configured to secure the second passenger in the second passenger seat when the seatback is in the active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Tom Masterson, Steven C. Blum, Christopher Oliver, Eric A. Vance, Daniel Freedman, Ted W. Van Winkle
  • Patent number: 10457240
    Abstract: A rail for supporting a glove box assembly and airbag canister includes a substantially planar body having an upper and lower surface, the upper surface defining a plurality of ribs. The rail further includes a wall projecting from at least a portion of an outer periphery of the lower surface, a first plurality of connection points configured to couple an airbag canister to the rail, and a second plurality of connection points configured to couple a glove box assembly to the rail. The rail further includes a first appendage extending from a first end of the body and a second appendage extending from a second end of the body, the first and second appendages configured to couple the rail to a dashboard assembly. The rail is integrally formed as a single component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNESIUM PRODUCTS OF AMERICA
    Inventors: David Richard Greer, Jr., Joshua Lee McConnell
  • Patent number: 10377107
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a structure body, which allows the obtaining of superior impact performance while suppressing increases in thickness and weight of a plastic plate and reducing cost, and a method for manufacturing that structure body. Provided is a structure body (1) provided with a structure (10) made of a metal or a thermosetting resin, a plastic plate (14) attached to a surface (10a) of the structure (10) with double-sided tape (12), and a non-foamed plastic sheet (A) having a glass transition temperature of ?20° C. or lower arranged between the structure (10) and the plastic plate (14). Also provided is a method for manufacturing the structure body (1) that includes arranging the plastic sheet (A) between the structure (10) and the plastic plate (14) when attaching the plastic plate (14) to the surface (10a) of the structure (10) with the double-side tape (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Kumi Kasei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Etsuo Okahara, Koichi Ashima
  • Patent number: 10343725
    Abstract: An automotive structural component includes a lattice structure. The lattice structure defines a plurality of cells. The plurality of cells include a multitude of at least partially filled cells each at least partially filled with a filling, and a multitude of hollow cells distributed amongst the multitude of at least partially filled cells to distribute and direct load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Justin C. Martin, Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Paul J. Wolcott
  • Patent number: 10286821
    Abstract: An armrest core includes a lattice having a plurality of void channel clusters. The void channel clusters have a section geometry characterized by a lateral dimension D1 and a vertical dimension D2 where D1<D2. An armrest assembly includes the armrest core and an outer cover overlying the armrest core. A method of manufacturing the armrest assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10259367
    Abstract: A door armrest assembly for a vehicle, may include a trim panel covering an internal side of a vehicle door and having a pushing member; and a door armrest mounted on the trim panel and having a protrusion disposed adjacent to the pushing member, wherein at least a portion of the door armrest is separable from the trim panel in a side impact as the pushing member of the trim panel pushes the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Je Sun Han
  • Patent number: 10227026
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a frame member (13) of the seat, a cushion material (14) covering the frame member, a soft member (25) that is softer than the cushion material and secured to the frame member, and a weight (24) located in the soft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Gen Takahashi, Daisuke Ito, Hideki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10099625
    Abstract: A vehicular glove box bin has a molded substrate of a first durometer plastic material defining a concave body with bin sides, bottom, and open mouth. The sides include a front wall arranged to receive an impact load in a substantially normal direction, and at least one perforated wall substantially aligned with the normal direction which has at least one stiffness reducing gap. A substitution panel comprising a resilient material having a second durometer less than the first durometer is molded into and closes the gap. The gap and the substitution panel define locking surfaces for retaining the substitution panel. The combined first and second durometers provide a predetermined collapse in response to the impact load. The placement and sizes of gaps together with the selected durometers allow a designer to tailor the stiffness around various portions of the bin to match a desired impact performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Li Lu, Jeffrey Kloberdanz, Yi Yang Tay, Gary D. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10099727
    Abstract: A vehicle pillar structure comprising a pillar portion extending in parallel with an outer end portion of a windshield and the pillar portion having a hollow structure, the pillar portion comprising an outer side wall at a vehicle exterior side of the pillar portion; an inner side wall at a vehicle cabin side of the pillar portion; and a pair of side walls linking the outer side wall and the inner side wall. At least a portion of the outer side wall is an outer side transparent portion, at least a portion of the inner side wall is an inner side transparent portion and, as viewed from a driver position, overlaps with the outer side transparent portion, and a tensile strength of the outer side wall is lower than that of the inner side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Terada, Yoshinori Yamada, Chikashi Takeichi
  • Patent number: 10099581
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a support arrangement for a child seat. The support arrangement comprises a support column having an axial direction. The support column is adapted to transfer a collision load in the axial direction. The support column comprises, or is constituted by, at least one inflatable body. The support column is adapted to in an inflated state of the inflatable body extend in the axial direction between the child seat and a support surface. The disclosure further relates to a kit comprising the support arrangement and a child seat. The disclosure also relates to a method to control extension in an axial direction of a support arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Erik Hjerpe
  • Patent number: 10059295
    Abstract: An impact absorbing structure absorbs an impact applied from outside or inside of a vehicle near a seat belt anchor bolt that protrudes from the vehicle body panel toward the inside of the vehicle. The impact absorbing structure includes a cylinder body that accommodates a head part of the seat belt anchor bolt; an impact absorbing box arranged adjacently to the cylinder body, the impact absorbing box including a top plate facing the vehicle body panel; a base that supports the impact absorbing box; an attaching unit that attaches the base to a back face of the vehicle interior component; a stepped portion arranged on a side face of the impact absorbing box as a base point of crush deformation of the impact absorbing box; and a rib arranged between the impact absorbing box and the cylinder body to prevent escape of the impact absorbing box due to tilting thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KASAI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Sudo
  • Patent number: 9809139
    Abstract: The transport vehicle seat allows to avoid the violent collision of a passenger's head located on the seat placed behind and to dampen the violent forward rocking of this passenger, in case of a frontal collision of the transport vehicle. The seat includes a pivotably mounted fold-down element (10), such as a table, placed on the rear face of a seat back. It has blocking part (14) holding the fold-down element (10) in a substantially vertical position, blocking part (14) being able to break off during a collision applied to the fold-down element (10) and to allow the latter to go on rocking towards the back seat to which it is attached. Application to aircraft seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: EXPLISEAT
    Inventors: Benjamin Jacob Saada, Jean-Charles Marcel Samuelian, Vincent Tejedor
  • Patent number: 9776590
    Abstract: A personal protection assembly for protection in a side impact collision includes a first pad that is resilient. The first pad is substantially complementary to a seatbelt pulley and a portion of an adjacent column of a vehicle to which the seatbelt pulley is coupled. The first pad is configured to couple to the adjacent column to cover the seatbelt pulley. The first pad is positioned to couple to the adjacent column to cover the seatbelt pulley and is configured to provide impact protection, in the event of a side impact collision, to a head of a user positioned in a seat fitted with a seatbelt coupled to the seatbelt pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Nathan Foser
  • Patent number: 9766047
    Abstract: An armored cab comprises a top wall, two side walls, a front wall, a back wall, and a bottom wall, the cab having a longitudinal axis. The bottom wall comprises a generally centrally disposed downwardly facing smooth concave wall portion extending substantially an entire length of the cab and generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cab and forming a power train tunnel of the cab, and a pair of opposite laterally disposed wall portions extending substantially the entire length of the cab and generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cab, each of the opposite laterally disposed wall portions extending downwardly and laterally inwardly and terminating in a lowermost portion of the bottom wall on either lateral side of the concave wall portion. The concave wall portion and the opposite laterally disposed wall portions are configured so as to present a substantially reduced surface area of the lowermost portions of the bottom wall in a downwardly facing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle Systems LP
    Inventors: Matthew R. Harmon, Thomas Matthew Berning, Sean Emmett Carey, Suresh Devu, Kevin M. Klatte, Mark R. Lappin, Michael D. Reynolds, Jr., Rabih E. Tannous, Robert J. Wittman
  • Patent number: 9738182
    Abstract: A child seat for a motor vehicle having a carry shell with a carrying grip and a seat unit arranged within the carry shell having a back portion, a seat portion, and a leg portion. An upper backrest is fitted on the back portion of the seat unit for movement in a direction to and from the seat portion. The child seat also has a device for altering the position of the upper backrest relative to the back portion, and a harness with two shoulder straps, each shoulder strap being passed through a corresponding slot in the back portion and in the upper backrest, with pivotally mounted strap guides each being assigned to the belt slots in the back portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CYBEX GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Pos
  • Patent number: 9701226
    Abstract: A panel holder made of at least one wire which features at least one element for fastening the panel holder to a fixed structure adjacent to the panel holder, and at least one element for fastening the panel holder to a panel. The wire forms a support bracket which in the assembled state of the panel holder and the panel is arranged in a critical region of the panel in which in the event of a crash, a strong crash force acts on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sitech Sitztechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Maciej, Jens Bratge
  • Patent number: 9604589
    Abstract: The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a polymeric bracket for instrument panel side passenger knee protection, the polymeric bracket including first and second legs spaced apart from each other and to support an instrument panel at an assembly position, and a waist connecting the first and second legs and to support a cross car beam at the assembly position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tien Vo, Ming Loo
  • Patent number: 9561620
    Abstract: A method for providing localized stiffening of a vehicle trim panel using a plurality of discrete stiffening elements. The method includes selectively placing one or more of the discrete stiffening elements on the panel and then bonding the stiffening elements to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nilesh D. Mankame, Mark O. Vann, Julien P. Mourou, Steven C. Lang
  • Patent number: 9533645
    Abstract: A rollover protection system for a motor vehicle has a deformation crossbar (2) with a profiled strut (3) extending along a vertical axis (6) of the vehicle, and a deformation element (4) is held at a first end (9) of the profiled strut (3). The first end (9) faces away from a floor of the motor vehicle. The deformation element (4) has a first outer surface (11) that faces away from the profiled strut (3) to define an impact surface, and the deformation element (4) is designed as a strut profile extending in the direction of a longitudinal axis (8) of the motor vehicle. The profiled strut (3) has a contact surface (10) that faces the deformation element (4) and on which the deformation element (4) is held. The deformation element (4) is designed to at least partially match an inner contour of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9527459
    Abstract: A front pillar garnish to be mounted to a front pillar in an interior of a vehicle includes a garnish body. The garnish body includes a first garnish component and a second garnish component. The first garnish component includes a first design surface. The second garnish component includes a second design surface. At least one of the first garnish component and the second garnish component includes a garnish component body and a shock absorbing portion that extends from the garnish component body over a back surface of the other one of the first garnish component and the second garnish component. The shock absorbing portion is integrally formed with the garnish component body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Inagawa, Masayuki Kito, Tadashi Nagae, Yoshifumi Tatsuta
  • Patent number: 9511722
    Abstract: A resin-made interior panel molded into a thin-plate shape using a cavity die and a core die in which portions which corresponds to undercut portions with respect to the die-cutting direction of the molding die includes on the front surface side of a panel a flat bottom portion having a shape which cancels an entire undercut space on the side of the core-die and a rib structure having a plurality of ribs projecting in the shape of plugging back the undercut space and having a plurality of grooves extending from the bottom portion in the die-cut direction. According to the invention as described above, means which maintain the design shape of the interior panel on the front surface side having the undercut portions is provided without necessity of a slide die in the core die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA SHATAI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masanobu Kitajima, Junya Usami, Takao Murase
  • Patent number: 9462843
    Abstract: A liner system and method of thermoforming. A helmet has an energy absorbing inner system positioned inside the shell. The liner has thermoformed interconnected energy absorbing modules. At least some of the modules in the layer have a basal portion with upper and lower sections when viewed in relation to the wearer's head. The upper section has one or more energy absorbing units. At least some of the units are provided with a wall with a domed cap that faces the outer shell. The units at least partially cushion the blow by absorbing energy imparted by an object that impacts the outer shell. The lower comfort section has a tiered arrangement of layers. The layers are relatively compliant and thus provide a comfortable yet firm fit of the helmet upon the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: VICONIC DEFENSE INC.
    Inventors: Joel M. Cormier, Donald S. Smith, Richard F. Audi
  • Patent number: 9446736
    Abstract: A pillar garnish includes a body, a sliding plate, a mounting base, and a bridging portion. The body includes a decorative surface facing an inner side of a compartment of a vehicle and a back surface opposite from the decorative surface. The body extends in an extending direction of a pillar of the vehicle and mounted to the pillar with space between the back surface thereof and the pillar. The sliding plate is slidable along the back surface. The mounting base on the back surface is for mounting the body to the pillar. The bridging portion on the body is for retaining space in which the sliding plate is inserted between the back surface and the mounting base and for holding the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ando
  • Patent number: 9441921
    Abstract: A protected firing platform protection system protects personnel from contact with the protected firing platform. In an embodiment, the protected firing platform protection system is adapted for use with a protected firing platform of a military vehicle. The protected firing platform protection system includes a protective padding attached to the protected firing platform. The protective padding includes an energy mitigation padding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle L. Greenwood, Joshua Price, James Buckner
  • Patent number: 9333935
    Abstract: An airbag deployment assistance member capable of suppressing a variation in rotation amount during airbag deployment and increasing stability of an airbag deployment direction. The airbag deployment assistance member includes an attachment portion attached to a body of a vehicle (V), a holding portion that holds a curtain airbag in a folded state on the inner side, and a hinge portion that connects one end of the attachment portion and a first portion of the holding portion. During deployment of the curtain airbag, the entire holding portion rotates about the hinge portion by the deployment force of the curtain airbag until an outer portion of the first portion makes contact with portions of the attachment portion close to an interior garnish. After the contact, a second portion of the holding portion is allowed to be deformed so as to be open in relation to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Minhun Kim
  • Patent number: 9327656
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a vehicle interior material that is integrally formed, the vehicle interior material comprising an impact absorbing rib that is extended from a counter surface facing a vehicle body panel, an insertion portion that is inserted into a hole formed on the vehicle body panel; and a base portion that has a thick portion that is thicker than the impact absorbing rib, is extended from the counter surface, and is integrated with the insertion portion at a tip portion of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: HAYASHI TELEMPU Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Sugie
  • Patent number: 9266489
    Abstract: An energy absorption (EA) pad mountable on a vehicle door interior trim panel provides controlled collapse under side impact collision forces to minimize contact between the door and a vehicle passenger. The EA pad is in the form of a hollow body having an endwall, a sidewall, and an open end. A flange extends laterally from the open end. One or more slots and one or more ribs can be formed in the sidewall or the endwall of varying height, numbers, spacing, thickness, and shapes to provide the controlled collapse of the EA pad. A restraining rib structure is formed on the door trim panel adjacent to a least one side of the EA pad. In another aspect, a door trim panel includes the EA pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah E. Smith, Jay Zocher, Phouvadol P. Khouphongsy
  • Patent number: 9211819
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat which has a simple structure, prevents the lower back region of an occupant from sinking into the seat back, induces backward rotation of the entire upper body when a rear-end collision occurs, and reduces the degree to which the neck region of the occupant independently tilts backward, and is therefore able to effectively reduce the load on the neck region and so on of the occupant. A vehicle seat is provided with a neck-burden reduction element that, during a rear-end collision, causes a greater amount of backward movement of a connection point between the neck region and a torso region of the occupant than the amount of backward movement of a lower torso region of the occupant, and causes an upper torso region of the occupant to sink into the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Nitsuma, Masaya Furuta
  • Patent number: 9156423
    Abstract: An active bolster mounts at an interior trim surface of a passenger compartment in an automotive vehicle. A plastic-molded front wall deploys in a deployment direction toward a passenger in the passenger compartment. A plastic-molded back wall is joined around a substantially sealed perimeter with the front wall to form an inflatable bladder. The back wall includes at least one substantially circumferential pleated baffle and a plurality of attachment towers projecting from a central region disposed within the baffle to join with a reaction surface. An inflator couples an inflation gas into the inflatable bladder in response to a crash event of the vehicle. At least one of the attachment towers includes an elongated notch sunk partially into a surface of the attachment tower to provide a thinned wall section configured to tear open at a predetermined pressure during inflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon M. Aselage, Sean B. West, Stacey H. Raines
  • Patent number: 9156431
    Abstract: A structural body pillar is provided for a motor vehicle having a structural component. The structural component is designed as closed hollow profile and extends in a longitudinal direction of the structural body pillar. Furthermore, the structural body pillar comprises a facing. The facing comprises an elastic material and is arranged in the direction of an outer side of the motor vehicle above the structural component. The structural component is designed unitarily and on a first side provides a support surface for a window of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Klaus Labbe, Juergen Hulbert
  • Patent number: 9085221
    Abstract: A vehicle door provides for the decoupling of the load path by a cut-out area formed in the door inner sheet-metal. In an impact event the front or lower portion of the door inner sheet-metal is pushed inboard while the cut-out area prevents the dragging of the rear or upper portion of the door inner sheet-metal. The cut-out area of the inner door sheet-metal is preferably elongated or can be another shape. It may be a close- or open-ended slot. A stiffening bead may be formed in the inner door sheet-metal adjacent the cut-out area. To provide a seal against water or debris, an adhesive material such as water-proof tape is positioned over the cut-out area. A door beam may be provided. A door spacer block may be positioned between the door beam and the door inner sheet-metal. Door trim padding may be provided over the inner door sheet-metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shakeeb Rehman, Nitesh Chandrakant Jadhav, James Joseph Franko, Maggie Walker
  • Publication number: 20150115585
    Abstract: An energy absorption (EA) pad mountable on a vehicle door interior trim panel provides controlled collapse under side impact collision forces to minimize contact between the door and a vehicle passenger. The EA pad is in the form of a hollow body having an endwall, a sidewall, and an open end. A flange extends laterally from the open end. One or more slots and one or more ribs can be formed in the sidewall or the endwall of varying height, numbers, spacing, thickness, and shapes to provide the controlled collapse of the EA pad. A restraining rib structure is formed on the door trim panel adjacent to a least one side of the EA pad. In another aspect, a door trim panel includes the EA pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah E. Smith, Jay Zocher, Phouvadol P. Khouphongsy
  • Patent number: 8979119
    Abstract: A door inner panel includes a front operation opening and a rear operation opening that communicate with the inside of a door main body. A seal portion is formed at an edge of each of the openings. The seal portion allows a hole seal that covers the openings to be attached thereto. In the door inner panel, a first extension portion, a second extension portion, and a third extension portion extend, toward the rear opening, from the lower rear portion of the seal portion formed at the edge of the rear opening. The top ends of the first extension portion, the second extension portion, and the third extension portion are connected together to form a connection portion. A displacement preventing portion is located in the connection portion and prevents displacement of a door trim urged by a side airbag toward the door inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ryo Suesada, Kazutaka Imamura
  • Patent number: 8973942
    Abstract: An active bolster mounts at an interior trim surface of a passenger compartment in an automotive vehicle. A plastic-molded, expandable front wall deploys toward a passenger in the passenger compartment. A plastic-molded back wall is joined around a substantially sealed perimeter with the front wall to form an inflatable bladder. The back wall includes an inflator receptacle defined by a raised recess wall having an inflator aperture. An inflator with a gas outlet end and an electrical connector end is received in the inflator aperture with the gas outlet end inside the inflatable bladder. The recess wall has a predetermined thickness for substantially retaining shape during inflation of the bladder. The inflator receptacle includes a flexible seal disposed around an inner edge of the inflator aperture comprised of a flashing edge bearing against the inflator and having a thickness less than the predetermined thickness of the recess wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stacey H. Raines, Sean B. West
  • Patent number: 8967698
    Abstract: The invention relates to a crash structure (10a, 10b, 10c, 10d, 10e, 10f) for a motor vehicle, having a crash element (12a, 12b, 12c, 12d, 12e, 12f), which is made at least partially of a fiber composite material, and a support unit (16a, 16b, 16c, 16d, 16e, 16f) having at least one support element (14a, 14.1b, 14.2b, 14c, 14d, 14e, 14f) and being connectable to a load-bearing structure (18) of the motor vehicle. According to the invention, the crash element (12a, 12b, 12c, 12d, 12e, 12f) is made of an undulated component with waves (22) in the vehicle longitudinal direction (20) and an end region (24) which is supported on the load-bearing structure (18) of the motor vehicle at least via the at least one support element (14a, 14.1b, 14.2b, 14c, 14d, 14e, 14f) of the support unit (16a, 16b, 16c, 16d, 16e, 16f) in the vehicle transverse direction (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Daniel Werum, Jan Lohmann, Nico Feindler
  • Publication number: 20140367949
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to protective padding for golf carts, and more specifically, the invention relates to a protective padded sleeve that comprises a sleeve, a fastener and padding, which is placed over and around the hard plastic hip restraint of a golf cart to prevent a rider from being injured. When a rider sits on the bench-style seat of a golf cart, the rider's hip and leg are in contact with this hip restraint. The invention operates by both absorbing the shock with padding placed between a rider and the hard plastic hip restraint of a golf cart, as well as, completely enclosing the hip restraint to prevent obstacles from protruding through the large opening in the hip restraint and causing injury to the rider. This invention further incorporates an auxiliary power source for wireless devices, a wireless speaker and accessory holders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Innovative Accessories, LLC
    Inventor: Dwight David Baron
  • Publication number: 20140367947
    Abstract: A vehicle side door structure has: a door outer panel; a door inner panel having a service hole; a door trim mounted to a vehicle transverse direction inner side of the inner panel; an inner pad provided, between the inner panel and the trim, spanning, in a vehicle longitudinal direction, over an outer peripheral edge of the hole as seen in a vehicle side view; and an outer pad between the outer and inner panels overlapping a vehicle transverse direction outer side of the inner pad as seen in a vehicle side view, and having a first region that, at a side collision, is pushed by the outer panel and passes through the hole and pushes the inner pad toward the trim side, and a second region that, at a side collision, separates from the first region and pushes the inner pad toward the trim side via the inner panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Torii
  • Publication number: 20140346759
    Abstract: An active bolster for a vehicle is provided, wherein the bolster comprises an expansible hollow interior that is inflatable and is self-supporting in both an inflated and in an uninflated position. The bolster has an inflator module for inflating the expansible hollow interior. The bolster has an inner wall for projecting inwardly into the vehicle and away from the side of the vehicle on inflation of the expansible hollow interior. The bolster may have a relatively non-expansible component located between a first expansible chamber and a second expansible chamber. The bolster may comprise an outer wall having an attachment portion for attaching the outer wall to a portion of the side of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Changize Sadr, Ali Totonchian, Michael Best, Rimas Ciplijauskas, Raj Roychoudhury
  • Patent number: 8888129
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag comprising foam bulk at least partially surrounded by a flexible membrane, the airbag compressible from a second volume to a first volume; a locking mechanism for maintaining the airbag compressed to the first volume; a one-way valve openable to deliver air to the airbag when the locking mechanism is released; and wherein when the locking mechanism is released, the airbag expands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Simon Fraser University
    Inventors: Siamak Arzanpour, Hossein Dehghani
  • Patent number: 8882144
    Abstract: A knee collision protection structure for a vehicle includes a glove box provided at a lower portion of an instrument panel and including a storage part and a panel part provided to stand on a cabin side of the storage part and configuring part of the instrument panel, and a shaft member provided on the vehicle front side than the panel part of the glove box and on the upper side than the storage part and extending in a vehicle widthwise direction. The glove box is provided so as to rotate around the shaft member when a knee of an occupant seated on a seat opposed to the glove box collides with a lower portion of the panel part than the shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Takai
  • Patent number: 8857850
    Abstract: A cushioned barrier for a pet in a vehicle comprising a central body, where the central body includes a first vertical surface and a second vertical surface, and where the central body is covered in a textured cover; a first protrusion on the first vertical surface; and a second protrusion on the second vertical surface, where the first protrusion and the second protrusion wedge the cushioned barrier between a front seat and a seat cushion of a backseat. The first protrusion may be an angled support and the second protrusion may be a square support where each are attached with Velcro® to the central body to enable adjustments of the protrusions along the central body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Harry Avanian
  • Patent number: 8857895
    Abstract: A tibia force reduction wedge has a core, a coating upon the core, and fasteners upon the coating. The core has three surfaces forming a triangularly shaped cross section and two opposite spaced apart ends. The core has single or dual density closed cell energy absorbing expanded polyethylene. Following skiving upon the surfaces, the coating adheres to the exterior of the core. The invention has an anti fungal, non slip, polyurethane coating. Hook and loop fasteners mutually engage fasteners upon an existing surface of a vehicle deck for adjustment to the leg lengths of vehicle occupants. The wedge sees usage beneath seats inside a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: David J. Millar
  • Patent number: 8840142
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant knee protection apparatus is provided in which the front end of an upper bracket is fixed to an instrument panel reinforcement, and a lower bracket and a knee panel are supported by the instrument panel reinforcement via the upper bracket. Thus, the vehicle occupant knee protection apparatus may be attached to the instrument panel reinforcement by, for example, preparing a subassembly by fixing the lower bracket and the knee panel to the upper bracket, and then fixing only the front end of the upper bracket to the instrument panel reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20140252751
    Abstract: A cushioned barrier for a pet in a vehicle comprising a central body, where the central body includes a first vertical surface and a second vertical surface, and where the central body is covered in a textured cover; a first protrusion on the first vertical surface; and a second protrusion on the second vertical surface, where the first protrusion and the second protrusion wedge the cushioned barrier between a front seat and a seat cushion of a backseat. The first protrusion may be an angled support and the second protrusion may be a square support where each are attached with Velcro® to the central body to enable adjustments of the protrusions along the central body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: HARRY AVANIAN
  • 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: 8820787
    Abstract: A knee bolster comprises a curved arm projecting rearward from its one end portion and extending downward in a side view, the other end portion of which is configured as a free end, an inside arm provided inside the curved arm and interconnecting an upper portion and a lower portion of the curved arm, and an impact absorbing member arranged at the other end portion of the curved arm so as to be deformable when the curved arm is deformed by receiving an impact load so that the impact absorbing member is caught between the curved arm deformed and a vehicle-body-side member attached to a vehicle-body member. Accordingly, a load from a knee of a passenger moving forward in a vehicle collision can be received surely and the collision impact can be absorbed properly, thereby protecting the passenger's knee effectively, avoiding improper interference with any surrounding components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Tanaka, Yasushi Fujikura, Tomoshi Mitsunari, Ryusuke Asahi
  • Publication number: 20140225356
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of front wheels, a pair of rear wheels, a frame portion, a seat unit including a first seat portion and a second seat portion arranged side by side in a width direction of the vehicle and supported by the frame portion, a steering wheel in front of the first seat portion, a roll-over protection cage supported by the frame portion to cover an area above the seat unit and the steering wheel, and a shoulder bolster portion. The first seat portion includes a seat bottom portion that supports a human body from below, and a back support portion that supports the human body from behind. In the width direction of the vehicle, at least a portion of the shoulder bolster portion is on an outer side of the seat unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahide SHINBORI, Masayuki KUBO
  • Patent number: 8794669
    Abstract: A dash assembly for the occupant area of a vehicle including a stationary section, a moveable section, first interface and a second interface is provided. The moveable section includes at least one contact zone configured to be engaged by a driver's knee in the event of an accident to absorb forces from the driver's knee. The first interface is between the stationary section and the moveable section and secures the moveable section to the stationary section at a first location. The second interface is between the stationary section and the moveable section and secures the moveable section to the stationary section at a second location spaced away from the first location. The second interface is configured to release prior to the first interface upon sufficient forces being applied to the at least one contact zone during an accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Spartan Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. LaVere, Bruce A. Crume, Steven R. Siler
  • Publication number: 20140159357
    Abstract: A molding apparatus and method for manufacturing a crash pad of a vehicle. The molding apparatus includes a foam skin forming upper mold, a lower mold, and a slide mold. A bubble solution is injected into the lower mold and combined with the foam skin forming upper mold. The slide mold is configured to be slidable toward the lower mold at an end portion of the foam skin forming upper mold. In addition, the slide mold includes a protrusion part that protrudes towards the lower mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Byung Seok Kong
  • Patent number: 8585087
    Abstract: A knee bolster assembly having a vehicle frame structure, a bracket structure having a base portion and two contoured side wall portions that extend from the base portion to ends that attach to the frame structure, a trigger point occurs in each side wall portion at a first maximum width and a first minimum width between side wall portions, and a knee bolster plate cooperating with the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Stephen Hongbin Kang, Leonard Anthony Shaner, Sarah Certeza, Barbara Ann McKeehan