With Adjustable Steering Wheel Or Column Patents (Class 280/775)
  • Patent number: 10604172
    Abstract: A motor-driven steering column device for a vehicle, the motor-driven steering column device may include a housing fixed to a vehicle body and having a pipe through one side portion of which a slot is formed; a telescopic pipe inserted into an internal diameter portion of the housing to be movable back and forth and locked and fastened to a steering shaft; a telescopic bracket disposed on an internal diameter portion of the telescopic pipe; and a driving device coupling the telescopic pipe and the telescopic bracket through the slot and providing power of moving back and forth to the telescopic pipe and the telescopic bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Gyu Yoon, Jin Ho Bae, Yong Sun Kim, Beom Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10597062
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a vehicle comprises a motorized length adjustment drive unit, a box rocker having a control surface, a column jacket, and a crash bracket releasably coupled to the column jacket. The assembly includes an energy absorbing member having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is coupled to the crash bracket and the distal end is coupled to the column jacket. A plate is attached to the box rocker such that a channel is formed between the plate and the control surface. At least one anti-rotation member is coupled to the crash bracket and extends through the channel. The at least one anti-rotation member is adapted to inhibit rotation of the crash bracket during a frontal collision of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Justin Yoho, Thomas Geiselberger
  • Patent number: 10597064
    Abstract: Non-circular portions (41) are provided in two positions of an adjusting rod (17a) in an axial direction, and the non-circular portions (41) are disposed inside of telescopic-adjusting long holes (16a) of a displacement bracket (13a). Up-down-direction clearances (44a and 44b) which are present between opposite edges of each of the non-circular portions (41) in an up-down direction and inner surfaces of each of the telescopic-adjusting long holes (16a) in the up-down direction in a state where a position of a steering wheel can be maintained are less than up-down-direction clearances (43a and 43b) which are present between the opposite edges of each of the non-circular portions (41) in the up-down direction and the inner surfaces of each of the telescopic-adjusting long holes (16a) in the up-down direction in a state where the position of the steering wheel can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10577010
    Abstract: A telescoping steering column is constructed to be mounted to a vehicle structure. The telescoping steering column includes a plurality of jackets in telescopic relation to one another along a telescopic axis, an electric motor, at least one leadscrew, first and second thread sets, and first and second nuts. The plurality of jackets include a first jacket and a second jacket. The electric motor is rigidly fixed to one of the plurality of jackets. Then at least one leadscrew is rotationally driven by the electric motor. The first and second thread sets are carried by the at least one leadscrew. The first and second nuts are threaded upon the respective first and second thread sets, and attached to the respective first and second jackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Derocher, Todd M. King, James E. Rouleau, Donald A. Buzzard, Melvin L. Tinnin
  • Patent number: 10577012
    Abstract: A steering wheel assembly includes a steer-by-wire steering wheel and a central axis about which the steering wheel rotates to control the direction of travel of a motor vehicle. The steering wheel assembly also includes (a) a support arm, the steering wheel being coupled to a first end of the support arm so as to permit rotation of the steering wheel about the central axis of the steering wheel and (b) an interior trim portion, wherein the second end of the support arm is slidably coupled to a track of the interior trim portion. The track is configured such that the steering wheel is movable relative to the interior trim portion from a first deployed position in which a first occupant of the vehicle steers the steering wheel to a position away from the first deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jasper Dekker, Markus Quarta
  • Patent number: 10569798
    Abstract: A steering column assembly (10) including a mounting structure (20); a column housing (50) having a wall opening (54) and being fixed in position for upward and downward pivotal motion; a tilt screw (72) having a threaded shank and a gear; a tilt nut (80) and optionally a bushing surrounding the tilt nut positioned at least partially within and contacting a surface defining wall opening (54) and having a threaded bore adapted to receive the tilt screw, the contact between the tilt nut and the wall opening such that the load transmitted from the wall opening to the tilt nut is substantially on axis with the threaded bore; a motor (96) for raising and lowering the column housing by rotating the gear portion and causing the tilt nut to advance toward or away from the gear, causing the column housing to raise or lower, and wherein the longitudinal axis of the threaded shank can pivot fore or aft as the column housing is raised or lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: NSK Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman, Logananth Chinniah
  • Patent number: 10526034
    Abstract: A variety of scooters are disclosed. In some embodiments, a scooter can include a pivot assembly that allows the scooter to move between a folded and unfolded configuration. The pivot assembly can include a knob that frees a pin from a bracket to allow the scooter to fold. Turing the knob increases compressive forces on elements of the pivot assembly to reduce rattling noise and wobbling movement when the scooter is in use. Some embodiments of the scooter can include a center stand that can be deployed from either side of the scooter deck to stabilize the scooter when the scooter is stationary. Certain embodiments have an ergonomic handgrip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: RAZOR USA LLC
    Inventor: Robert Hadley
  • Patent number: 10507861
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lock for an adjustable steering column. The lock has a first member having at least one tooth disposed in a first direction. The lock has a second member having at least one tooth disposed in a second direction. A moveable locking device having a first recess disposed to engage at least one tooth on the first member and a second recess positioned to engage the at least one tooth on the second member. A releasable clamping device is positioned to be moved into and away from an engagement position with the first and second members. The first recess restricting movement in the first direction and the second recess restricting movement in the second direction when the moveable locking device is engaged with the first and second members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH AUTOMOTIVE STEERING LLC
    Inventors: Michael McFarland, Olivier Perichon
  • Patent number: 10501110
    Abstract: A steering system includes an inner column; an outer column including a guide tube part that supports the inner column to be movable in an axial direction and a holding tube part in which a slit extending in the axial direction is formed; and a telescopic adjustment mechanism that switches between a locked state in which an interval of the slit is reduced and movement of the inner column is regulated and an unlocked state in which the interval of the slit is increased and the movement of the inner column is allowed. An inner circumferential surface of the guide tube part has support surfaces that slidably support an outer circumferential surface of the inner column, and flanks located on the same circumference as the support surfaces and are separated from the outer circumferential surface of the inner column in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihito Osawa, Minoru Takakusaki
  • Patent number: 10501109
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a vehicle includes at least one of an electric telescopic mechanism driving a steering wheel provided at a steering shaft and an electric tilt mechanism driving the steering wheel. The one of the electric telescopic mechanism and the electric tilt mechanism includes an electric motor, a threaded shaft connected to an output shaft of the electric motor, and a speed reduction mechanism. The speed reduction mechanism includes a worm gear, a screw gear, an idle gear meshing with the screw gear and the worm gear. The output shaft and the threaded shaft are connected to each other such that at least one of a relationship of parallelism, a relationship of inclination and a relationship of skew is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Kato
  • Patent number: 10494010
    Abstract: A steering device of a two-track vehicle has a retaining element and a steering handle for the driver that is rotatably mounted therein, and has a guide device for the retaining element, along which the retaining element can be moved between an extended use position, toward the driver in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and a retracted rest position, further away from the driver. The guide device extends in the longitudinal and transverse directions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Henri Freiherr von Freyberg, Victor Kuehn, Sebastian Kroes, Nico Daun, Marek Mitula
  • Patent number: 10494020
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power steering for a motor vehicle, having an input shaft which is rotatable about a steering axis, a steering column tube arranged around the input shaft, a sensor housing which is axially adjacent to the steering column tube and has a housing opening for the input shaft, and a shaft expansion element which is connected with the input shaft and has an outside diameter, the input shaft extending through the steering column tube and the housing opening into the interior of the sensor housing, wherein an opening diameter of the housing opening is smaller than the outside diameter of the shaft expansion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Tim Kappelhoff
  • Patent number: 10494011
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a telescoping steering column includes an energy absorption strap having a plurality of teeth disposed therealong. Also included is a clamp bolt rotatably driven by an adjustment lever. Further included is an actuator body coupled to the clamp bolt and rotated therewith. Yet further included is a first lock cam coupled to the actuator body and engageable with the teeth of the energy absorption strap to lock the telescoping steering column in a first direction. Also included is a second lock cam coupled to the actuator body and engageable with the teeth of the energy absorption strap to lock the telescoping steering column in a second direction different than the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Anspaugh, Donald A. Buzzard, Michael W. Clark, Melvin L. Tinnin
  • Patent number: 10494012
    Abstract: A travel control system for a cam assembly includes a cam having a plurality of lobes on a first face of the cam. Also included is a cam follower engageable with the first face of the cam to follow the lobe profile defined by the plurality of lobes. Further included is a pair of cam prongs extending outwardly from an outer perimeter of the cam. Yet further included is a lock indicator cam follower tab in contact with a first cam prong of the pair of cam prongs in a locked position of the cam assembly and in contact with a second cam prong of the pair of cam prongs in an unlocked position of the cam assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler M. Reno, Randy Jones, Justin D. Mills, Floyd E. Eschenbacher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10486732
    Abstract: A steering column may include a sleeve unit in which a steering spindle rotatably mounted about a longitudinal axis, which sleeve unit is accommodated in a supporting unit so as to be displaceable in a longitudinal direction. An energy absorption device may be fitted between the supporting unit and the sleeve unit. The energy absorption device may include first and second bending elements that each comprise an elongate input limb positioned parallel to the longitudinal direction and connected at a free end to the supporting unit or the sleeve unit, and merges at another end into a bend to which a fixed limb is connected. The fixed limb may be connected to the other of the supporting unit or the sleeve unit. The second bending element may be formed in a mirror-inverted manner relative to the first bending element and may be positioned mirror-symmetrically adjacent to the first bending element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: André Schädlich
  • Patent number: 10449993
    Abstract: The present embodiments provides a tilt fixing device of a vehicular steering column, including: a tilt bracket having a tilt hole formed in a tilt support foiuied on an outer side of a distance bracket, a first threaded portion being formed on a first side surface of the tilt hole, a stepped portion being formed to protrude from a second side surface of the tilt hole, which faces the first side surface, so as to have a level difference with regard to the tilt support, and a second threaded portion being formed on the stepped portion; a lever bolt coupled to an adjustment lever so as to rotate while interworking with the adjustment lever, the lever bolt being installed to penetrate the distance bracket and the tilt hole; and a movable gear having an insertion hole formed to be penetrated by the lever bolt and having a movable threaded portion formed on an outer peripheral surface so as to be inserted into the tilt hole such that the movable threaded portion meshes with the first threaded portion and the secon
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 10449991
    Abstract: A steering column mechanism (10) comprises a lower body (14), an upper tube (16) that is movable depthwise relative to the lower body (14) along an extension and retraction path, in a direction of retraction and in a direction of extension opposite the direction of retraction, and a locking mechanism (34) for locking the upper tube (16) relative to the lower body (14), movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. A retractable stop (58) is movable relative to the lower body (14) and relative to the locking mechanism (34) between an active position and a retracted position. In the active position, the retractable stop (58) limits the travel of the upper tube (16) in the direction of retraction to an adjustment stop position, whereas in the retracted position, it does not interfere with the upper tube (16). The retractable stop (58) is linked to the locking mechanism via an interlock (65) in such a way as to be in the active position when the locking mechanism (34) is in the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Vendôme
    Inventors: William Charvet, Jacques Bernier, Mickaël Sauquet
  • Patent number: 10442457
    Abstract: A steering column may comprise a casing tube and a steering spindle that is mounted in the casing tube so as to be rotatable about a longitudinal axis. The steering column may further comprise fastening elements for fastening the steering column on the vehicle body. The steering column may include a pivot bearing for height adjustment of the steering column. The pivot bearing may be provided on a region of the steering column that is remote from the steering wheel. Further, the pivot bearing may be disposed or formed in a supporting element that is fastened non-releasably on the casing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Eric Gstöhl, Sven Hausknecht, Stefan-Hermann Loos, Frank Pasch, Christian Geissler
  • Patent number: 10421476
    Abstract: An extendable steering column assembly includes a steering shaft, an energy absorption device, and a self-locking telescope actuator. The steering shaft is configured to rotate about an axis, and includes a forward shaft portion mounted for rotation to a fixed support structure, and a rearward shaft portion mounted for rotation to a jacket. The rearward shaft portion is configured to axially translate with the jacket. The energy absorption device is engaged to the jacket. The telescope actuator includes a rod extending along a centerline, a nut threaded to the rod, and a casing in operable contact with the nut. Rotational motion along with axial translational motion is induced between the rod and the nut when at least in at least a power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Rouleau
  • Patent number: 10415646
    Abstract: A roller I-shaft includes an inner shaft, a hollow outer member, and a plurality of bearings. The inner shaft extends along an axis, and includes an outward face defining a plurality of first and second grooves that both extend axially and are alternately spaced circumferentially from one-another. The outer member is disposed radially outward from the inner shaft and includes an inward surface defining a plurality of first channels substantially aligned with the plurality of first grooves, and a plurality of second channels substantially aligned with the plurality of second grooves. The first grooves and the first channels form a plurality of first bearing races, and the second grooves and the second channels form a plurality of second bearing races. The plurality of bearings are disposed in a selected plurality of bearing races comprising one of the plurality of first bearing races and the plurality of second bearing races.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn A. Haring, Gregory D. Brezinski, Chase A. Szostak, Carl R. Castanier
  • Patent number: 10370021
    Abstract: A steering wheel comprising a steering wheel rim (1) provided with an extended extremity (11), an operating part (2) provided on the radial inner side of the steering wheel rim (1), and an actuating rod (4) fixedly connected to the extended extremity (11). A central shaft (3) is extended from the bottom end of the operating part (2). The central shaft (3) runs through the extended extremity (11) and is inserted into a cavity provided by the actuating rod (4). A bearing component (5) is provided between the inner wall of the extended extremity (11) and the outer wall of the central shaft (3). By fitting the central shaft (3) with the bearing component (5), and by fitting the bearing component (5) with the extended extremity (11), separation of the operating part (2) and the steering wheel rim (1) is implemented, and the steering wheel rim (1) is allowed to be rotated around the central shaft (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG HUA'CHAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM CO., LTD
    Inventor: Shugang Gong
  • Patent number: 10351159
    Abstract: A driver interface for a vehicle includes a steering column assembly and a structural facial. The steering column assembly includes a column constructed and arranged to move between a retracted state and an extended state, and an attachment projecting outward from the column. The structural facial defines an alcove for receipt of the attachment when the steering column is in the retracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd M. King, Joen C. Bodtker, Melvin Lee Tinnin
  • Patent number: 10343707
    Abstract: A steering column may include an adjustment unit with a steering spindle that is mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in a casing tube, a supporting unit that supports the adjustment unit, and a clamping device that controls movement between the adjustment unit and the supporting unit in a longitudinal direction. The clamping device may comprise an actuating element that interacts with a clamping mechanism for clamping the supporting unit to the adjustment unit. The clamping device may further comprise a locking part. In the securing position a form-fitting element of the locking part engages non-displaceably in the longitudinal direction with a form-fitting element of an engagement part connected to the adjustment unit. In the release position the form-fitting element of the locking part may be spaced apart from the form-fitting element of the engagement part to release the adjustment unit. The actuating element may be connected to a lifting mechanism separate from the clamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte, Hieronymus Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 10336362
    Abstract: An energy absorption strap assembly includes an energy absorption strap coupled to an upper jacket and positioned along an inner surface of a lower jacket of the steering column assembly, the energy absorption strap having a base extending along a longitudinal direction of the energy absorption strap. Also included is a rocker plate having a pivot region seated on the base of the energy absorption strap and tiltable thereon. Further included is a clamp assembly for fixing a telescoping position of the steering column assembly, the clamp assembly having a clamp jaw, wherein movement of the clamp jaw provides a meshed engagement between teeth of the clamp jaw and teeth of the rocker plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDNG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy W. Jones, Tyler Reno, Cory A. Harris
  • Patent number: 10315682
    Abstract: A steering column may include a steering spindle mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in an inner casing tube. An outer casing unit in which the inner casing tube is held may be directly or indirectly connectable to a body of a motor vehicle. A clamping device in a fixing position affixes the outer casing unit relative to the inner casing tube. In a release position, the clamping device permits adjustment of the inner casing tube relative to the outer casing unit at least in a longitudinal direction. The clamping device may have at least one locking part for prohibiting or permitting movement between the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit. The inner casing tube and the outer casing unit may be coupled by an energy absorption device that has at least two energy absorption elements that are plastically deformed in the event of displacement between the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Thomas Agbor, Thomas Geiselberger, Johannes Ganahl, Martin Fleischer
  • Patent number: 10315691
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to correct clear vision errors in a vehicle steering system are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first sensor and a second sensor to measure a current position of a steering column and a current position of a steering wheel in a vehicle steering system. The example apparatus further includes a non-uniformity manager to map the current position to an offset, and an active steering system to apply the offset to adjust the current position of the steering wheel to a nominal position of the steering wheel to compensate for a clear vision error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lodewijk Wijffels, David Michael Russell, Jeremy Alan Rawlings, Attila Benak, Timothy Cannon, Joseph Park
  • Patent number: 10308275
    Abstract: A steering column may include a casing unit with a steering spindle that is rotatable about a longitudinal axis and a bracket unit that is fixable on the motor vehicle. The casing unit may be secured to the bracket unit such that the casing unit is adjustable in at least one direction. The casing unit may be fixable in different positions by a fixing mechanism. The fixing mechanism may have a fixing element that is rotatable about a pivot axis. The casing unit may be fixed in position in or on the bracket unit in a locked position of the fixing element, and adjusted relative to the bracket unit in a released position of the fixing element. A movably mounted stop body may interact with the fixing element and, in the released position of the fixing element, is disposed in a first position where it limits adjustability of the casing unit relative to the bracket unit. In the locked position of the fixing element, the stop body may be disposed in a second position where it disengages with the casing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Huber, Mergim Murtezi
  • Patent number: 10300938
    Abstract: A collapsible steering column assembly comprising a steering shaft that is supported within a steering column shroud, the shroud comprising an upper shroud portion and a lower shroud portion, in which the upper shroud portion is located towards the end of the steering shaft that is nearest the steering wheel and the lower portion is located towards the end of the shaft furthest from the steering wheel, the upper portion being at least partially received within the lower portion so that the upper portion can telescopically collapse into the lower portion during a crash, a support bracket that in use is secured to a fixed part of the vehicle and includes two support bracket arms that depend from a base portion to embrace the shroud, a clamp rail that is releasably secured to the upper shroud portion, the clamp rail including a slot that extends generally horizontally, and a clamp pin that extends through an opening in each of the arms of the bracket and through the generally horizontal slot in the rail, the cla
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventor: Michael Appleyard
  • Patent number: 10293845
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for securing a steering column shroud, comprising: a clamp pin which passes through an opening in the shroud and having a stopper towards one end, a toothed block carried by the clamp pin having a set of rake teeth, the teeth of the block being urged into engagement with a rack of teeth fixed to a support bracket by the stopper when the clamp assembly is in the clamped condition, thereby securing the relative positions of the fixed and moving portions of the steering assembly; and a biasing means that provides a biasing force that acts in an unclamped condition to bias the stopper of the clamp pin away from the moving part to permit the rack of teeth on the block to move clear of the rack of the support bracket, in which a substantial part of the biasing force provided by the biasing means acts upon the clamp pin without passing through the toothed block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventors: Niclas Davies, Tomasz Karp, Stephen Butler, Govindarajan Bangaru, James O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10286945
    Abstract: One steering column assembly for use with a vehicle includes a steering shaft; a bracket having a base and an arm; a jacket supporting the steering shaft and having a locking assembly; and a stop. The arm has an adjustment slot and upper and lower brakes separated from one another by empty space. The jacket has an axle passage, and the locking assembly has a shaft passing through the axle passage and the adjustment slot. The stop is located along the jacket adjacent the arm in the empty space, such that the stop contacts the upper and lower brakes before the shaft reaches upper and lower ends of the adjustment slot. The stop has a main body with passenger-facing and forward-facing ends, an upper leaf spring extending above the main body, and a lower leaf spring extending below the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp AG, THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG
    Inventor: Sascha Fricke
  • Patent number: 10286944
    Abstract: On the outer peripheral surface of a part of a tilt operation shaft between sidewalls of a steering column, a pair of left and right protrusions are disposed opposite to each other which protrude outward in the radial direction. The pair of protrusions include mutually facing side surfaces formed as slanted parts defining a truncated V shape in a plan view such that the slanted parts get closer to each other as extending in the circumferential direction of the tilt operation shaft. When the tilt operation shaft is rotated, parts of a spring come into contact with the slanted parts of the protrusions and become elastically deformed, thereby pulling hold end parts of the spring out of tilt holes in wall surface parts of a tilt bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI KIKO Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Fujimura
  • Patent number: 10246118
    Abstract: A clamping device for a longitudinally adjustable and/or height-adjustable steering column of a vehicle, having a device part and an actuating part which is movable relative to the device part between a release position, in which the steering column is longitudinally adjustable and/or height-adjustable, and a fixing position, in which the steering column is neither longitudinally adjustable nor height-adjustable, a damping unit being provided for damping a relative movement between the device part and the actuating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Baumeister, Kai Grebe, Magnus Loyen
  • Patent number: 10239480
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for repositioning a steering wheel and/or airbag cushion prior to and/or during deployment of the airbag cushion resulting from an impact event. Some embodiments may comprise a steering wheel configured to be positioned between a first, operational configuration and a second, deployed configuration at least in part by a translational movement of the steering wheel. An airbag cushion may be deployable from the steering wheel and may be configured to move from the first configuration to the second configuration before or during deployment of the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald James Paxton, Dino Anthony Forton, Chandrakanth Siddharthan, David Keyser, Dion Karl-Axel Kruse
  • Patent number: 10220872
    Abstract: A steering system includes a fastening mechanism that makes an upper jacket fastened to be held by a lower jacket. In a fastened state of the fastening mechanism, a first tooth member on the upper jacket side is meshed with a second tooth member on the lower jacket side. The second tooth member is connected to the lower jacket via a guide shaft (connecting member) that is fracturable during a secondary collision. During the secondary collision in an unfastened state of the fastening mechanism, a second engagement portion (driving member) that moves in a column axial direction integrally with the upper jacket abuts on the second tooth member in an unmeshed state to fracture the guide shaft, and deforms an impact absorbing member via the second tooth member to absorb an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihito Yoshihara, Yu Myohoji, Atsumune Nagatani, Masayuki Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 10202139
    Abstract: A steering system includes a movable member and a tooth member. The movable member includes first tooth arrangements. The movable member is movable together with a column jacket in a tilt direction. The movable member is movable in a right-left direction. The tooth member is supported by a lateral plate of an upper bracket so that the tooth member is located between the movable member and the lateral plate in the right-left direction. The tooth member includes: second tooth arrangements engageable with the first tooth arrangements; and curved elastic portions supporting the second tooth arrangements, with the second tooth arrangements inclined toward the upper bracket such that the second tooth arrangements are away from the first tooth arrangements. When the elastic portions are sandwiched between the movable member and the lateral plate and elastically deformed, the second tooth arrangements come into engagement with the first tooth arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenobu Tanaka, Yoshihito Yoshihara
  • Patent number: 10196080
    Abstract: The present invention provides a steering apparatus for a vehicle, the apparatus including: a plate bracket supported on distance brackets and having a first slot through which an adjustment bolt passes, the distance brackets being coupled to the outer circumferential surface of an upper tube to face each other; a stationary gear coupled to the plate bracket, wherein the stationary gear has a second slot that corresponds to the first slot and through which the adjustment bolt passes and first gear teeth formed at opposite edges thereof; and a movable gear having a through-hole through which adjustment bolt passes and second gear teeth formed on opposite sides thereof and engaged with the first gear teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Doo Hyuk Kim, Sang Hyun Park, Dong Keun Kim
  • Patent number: 10199787
    Abstract: An arrangement for electrical lines is set forth which is mounted in a steering column switching module and/or in a steering wheel mounted on the module, equipped with its ends electrically conductively connected to one of the electrical components, which is fixedly mounted in the steering wheel switching module or in the steering wheel mounted thereon. At least two of the lines are connected with their other free ends to electrical contacts, which are arranged in at least one coupling body of insulation material in such a way that they are accessible on the plug-in side thereof. The coupling body is accessible from the outside connected with a plug-in side on or in the steering column switching module of the motor vehicle and, in the assembly position, an electrical line leading to the coupling body is connected through an electrical line leading to the onboard network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NEXANS
    Inventors: Frank Schroer, Helmut Rebhan, Alexander Steinert, Markus Wall
  • Patent number: 10160474
    Abstract: A telescopic latch apparatus of a steering column for a vehicle is provided, wherein supporting force against a collision load is more constantly maintained while the steering column collapses, by structurally increasing the supporting force during the initial period of the collapse, in respect to a telescopic structure of the steering column, and thus increasing the amount of collision load (collapse load) initially absorbed by the steering column, and reducing a difference between the supporting force during the initial period of the collapse and the supporting force during the middle and late periods of the collapse after the initial period of the collapse at the time of a vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Beom Soo Kim, Dong Han Lee
  • Patent number: 10160476
    Abstract: A spline telescoping shaft includes an inner shaft including a male spline and a tubular outer shaft including a female spline. A resin film is provided on a surface of at least either of both the splines. An addendum modification coefficient e, the number of teeth Z, a module m, a reference pitch circle diameter PCD, a tip circle diameter d1 and a root circle diameter d2 of the male spline and a tip circle diameter D1 and a root circle diameter D2 of the female spline have relations expressed by expressions (1) to (8). m(Z+4)>d1>m(Z+2)??(1), mZ>d2>m(Z?1)??(2), m(Z+4)>D2>m(Z+2)??(3), mZ>D1>m(Z?1)??(4), D2>d1??(5), D1>d2??(6), PCD=mZ??(7), and 0.4<e<1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoto Miyawaki, Kenji Higashi
  • Patent number: 10137924
    Abstract: A steering column arrangement for a motor vehicle may include a guide part for rotatably mounting a steering shaft about a longitudinal axis, a guide box that is mountable on the motor vehicle and in which the guide part is arranged displaceably along the longitudinal axis, and a clamping system that is for locking the guide part in the guide box and that is switchable between a locked state where the guide part is secured relative to the guide box and a released state where the guide part is displaceable relative to the guide box in a direction of the longitudinal axis, and first and second contact surfaces disposed between the guide box and the guide part. In the released state the first contact surface is in first frictional contact with a surface of the guide part that opposes a displacement of the guide part along the longitudinal axis relative to the guide box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Robert Galehr, Hieronymus Schnitzer, Michael Scholten
  • Patent number: 10131375
    Abstract: A steering system for a motor vehicle includes a steering handle for manual actuation of the steering system, at least one steerable motor vehicle wheel which can be mechanically coupled to the steering handle, and a steering column which is rotatable about a steering-system axis and has an input shaft connected fixedly to the steering handle and an output shaft connected to the at least one steerable motor vehicle wheel for rotation therewith. A steering-system-blocking element is connected fixedly to a body of the motor vehicle. A locking device can either enable or block a relative rotation between the input shaft and the body-mounted steering-system-blocking element. A coupling device can either enable or block a relative rotation between the input shaft and the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Roland Schmidt, Hubert Scholz
  • Patent number: 10112640
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a restriction assembly that is operatively connected to a jacket assembly and a mounting bracket. The restriction assembly includes a first strap and a second strap. The first strap has a pivot that extends into the mounting bracket and has a plurality of first locking teeth. The second strap is disposed transverse to the first strap. The second strap has a plurality of second locking teeth that face towards the plurality of first locking teeth and has a plurality of third locking teeth disposed opposite the plurality of second locking teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy W. Jones
  • Patent number: 10099715
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes an upper jacket. Also included is a lower jacket, the upper jacket translatable relative to the lower jacket. Further included is an energy absorption strap operatively coupled to the upper jacket and the lower jacket, the strap translatable with the upper jacket. Yet further included is an engagement mechanism operatively coupled to the lower jacket, the engagement mechanism moveable between an engaged condition with the energy absorption strap and a disengaged condition with the energy absorption strap, the engaged condition increasing the energy absorption load of the steering column assembly during collapse of the upper jacket into the lower jacket, the engagement mechanism remaining in a stationary position relative to the lower jacket during translation of the energy absorption strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy W. Jones
  • Patent number: 10093340
    Abstract: A steering device includes a steering column (4a), a support bracket (17a) attachable to a vehicle body to support the steering column, and a tightening mechanism (80). The steering column includes an outer column (11a) and an inner column (10a) partially enclosed by the outer column (11a). The tightening mechanism has a first state in which the steering column is tightened with the support bracket and a second state in which the tightening is released. The outer column includes a first surface (49a) and a second surface (49b) arranged spaced apart from each other in a first direction, which intersects an axial direction, and such that the first surface and the second surface is pressed by the support bracket in the first state, and includes a clamp part (38). The clamp part has a third surface (40) provided independently from the first surface and the second surface and such that the third surface is pressed by the support bracket in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Suguru Sugishita, Naoki Kabe
  • Patent number: 10093343
    Abstract: A steering device according to the present invention has: a column pipe; a hanger bracket; an outer column that covers the column pipe in such a manner that the column pipe can move in a front-back direction; a fixed bracket that sandwiches the outer column; a fastening tool that has a bolt shaft and an operation lever portion, is inserted into a long hole of the hanger bracket, and locks and unlocks the outer column and the fixed bracket; a stopper member that is provided in the bolt shaft and swings as the bolt shaft rotates; and a telescopic regulating member that moves in the front-back direction together with the column pipe. The stopper member is capable of coming into abutment with the telescopic regulating member in an unlocked state but is not capable of coming into abutment with the telescopic regulating member in a locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Takahashi, Isao Fujiu
  • Patent number: 10093342
    Abstract: A collapsible steering column assembly comprising a steering shaft that is supported within a steering column shroud, the shroud comprising an upper shroud portion and a lower shroud portion, in which the upper shroud portion is located towards the end of the steering shaft that is nearest the steering wheel and the lower portion is located towards the end of the shaft furthest from the steering wheel, the upper portion being at least partially received within the lower portion so that the upper portion can telescopically collapse into the lower portion during a crash, a support bracket that in use is secured to a fixed part of the vehicle and includes two support bracket arms that depend from a base portion to embrace the shroud, a clamp rail that is releasably secured to the upper shroud portion, the clamp rail including a slot that extends generally horizontally, and a clamp pin that extends through an opening in each of the arms of the bracket and through the generally horizontal slot in the rail, the cla
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TRW LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Appleyard
  • Patent number: 10086864
    Abstract: The occurrence of a collision sound between a driven-side cam 32a and a long tilt hole 25b in which the driven-side cam 32a engages when tilting an adjustment lever 18a for adjusting the position of a steering wheel is prevented. Bracket-side inclined surface sections 37 that are inclined in directions outward in the width direction going away in the forward-backward direction from both side edges in the forward-backward direction of a long tilt hole 25b are provided on both side edge sections in the forward-backward direction of the long tilt hole 25b in the outside surface of a support-plate section 24b. Cam-side inclined surface sections 38 that are inclined in directions outward in the width direction going away in the forward-backward direction from an engaging convex section 33a are provided in portions on both sides in the forward-backward direction of the engaging convex section 33a on the inside surface of the driven-side cam 32a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NSK Ltd
    Inventors: Shinji Okada, Yuuichi Tomaru
  • Patent number: 10086865
    Abstract: Construction is achieved of a steering device that is capable of preventing impact going forward from being applied to a support bracket even when a steering wheel is vigorously displaced to a front-end position when adjusting the forward-backward position of the steering wheel. Part of the stopper member 28 is supported by a fastening member such as a housing 10a. When an outer column 22a is displaced forward in a state in which the forward-backward position of the steering wheel can be adjusted, a portion that displaces forward together with the outer column 22a hits a pair of stopper surfaces 41 of the stopper member 28 before an adjustment rod hits a pair of long telescopic-adjustment holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NSK Ltd
    Inventors: Shinji Okada, Yuuichi Tomaru
  • Patent number: 10077065
    Abstract: The invention discloses a steering column arrangement that has a steering spindle and a casing tube enclosing the steering spindle, which may be mounted to be rotatable about a longitudinal axis relative to the casing tube, and also has a switch module, which has a housing and a fastening sleeve provided on the housing. The fastening sleeve is designed such that the switch module with the fastening sleeve can be mounted on the casing tube and can be securely clamped to the casing tube. The casing tube on an outer circumferential surface has at least one radial projection, and the fastening sleeve on an inner circumferential surface has at least one extending guide groove when viewed in the longitudinal direction. The radial projection engages the guide groove when the switch module is mounted on the casing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Axel Hebenstreit, Hans-Dieter Loeffler, Markus Mauch
  • Patent number: 10065671
    Abstract: A steering column (4a) is configured such that a rear section of an inner column (10a) disposed on a front side of the steering column and a front section of an outer column (11a) disposed on a rear side of the steering column are displaceably set with respect to each other in an axial direction so that a total length of the steering column can be extended and contracted. A roller (70) is rotatably supported on a lower portion of a front end section of the outer column (11a) by a shoulder bolt (56) disposed in a width direction. An outer circumferential surface of the roller (70) is in contact with a lower surface of the inner column (10a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Suguru Sugishita