Steering Column Or Wheel Movable In Response To Collision Patents (Class 280/777)
  • Patent number: 10875565
    Abstract: A steering arrangement for a vehicle, the steering arrangement comprising a steering column bracket comprising a pair of bracket walls, each of the bracket walls being arranged in connection with a respective one of steering column walls, wherein the steering column bracket comprises a laterally movable resilient member on each of the bracket walls, each of the laterally movable resilient members being snap-fitted to a respective one of laterally extending recesses of the steering column for attaching the steering column bracket to the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Krstic, Johan Svensson
  • Patent number: 10870443
    Abstract: A steering device, a hanger bracket having a first suspended plate-like portion and a second suspended plate-like portion and fixed firmly to a column pipe, an outer column having an enclosing main body portion enclosing the column pipe and a tightening portion, a fixed bracket supporting the outer column, and a tightening tool that tightens and loosens the outer column and the fixed bracket and has a bolt shaft. Long hole portions that extend in the axial direction and are each formed of a telescopic long hole and a shock absorbing long hole are formed in the first suspended plate-like portion and the second suspended plate-like portion respectively. A telescopic stopper is provided in at least either one of the long hole portions. An inclined region including a plurality of consecutive inclined sides and the vertical size of which gradually becomes narrow is provided in the other long hole portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Takahashi, Koji Hirooka
  • Patent number: 10858034
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a steering column for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Gyu Lee
  • Patent number: 10843721
    Abstract: A steering column may include an inner casing tube that rotatably mounts a steering shaft, an outer casing unit in which the inner casing tube is displaceable and fixable in an axial direction, and an energy absorption device operatively disposed between the casing tube and the casing unit. The energy absorption device absorbs at least some energy in a crash event when the casing tube is telescopically displaced relative to the casing unit. The energy absorption device may have at least two deformation strips fastened to the casing tube, and a deformation slide may be disposed on each strip. Each deformation slide may be connected to the casing unit and may encompass and jam external narrow sides of the respective deformation strip so that each deformation slide deforms the respective deformation strip when the deformation slide in a crash event is displaced in the axial direction on the deformation strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Markus Domig
  • Patent number: 10829144
    Abstract: A steering column with an inner casing tube rotatably mounts a steering shaft. An outer casing unit is connected to a vehicle chassis and the inner casing tube is displaceably received therein and configured to be axially fixable. An energy absorption device is operatively disposed between the casing tube and the casing unit and in which part of the energy arising in the event of a crash is absorbed when the casing tube is telescopically displaced in relation to the casing unit. The energy absorption device is configured to adapt the absorbed energy to the circumstances of the crash event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Markus Domig
  • Patent number: 10807632
    Abstract: An adjustable steering column (5) that is designed to absorb energy by collapsing is described. The steering column (5) has a jacket body (10) secured to the vehicle and a steering shaft assembly (17) adjustably and slidably positioned in the jacket body (10). An energy absorbing strap (23) has a second end (26) secured to the jacket body (10) and a first end (25) releasably secured to the steering shaft assembly (17). The energy absorbing strap (23) being disposed to deform to absorb energy when the steering shaft assembly (17) is displaced with respect to the jacket body (10). The energy absorbing strap (23) is deformed at a second predetermined energy absorbing rate. A spring plate (41) has its first end (43) secured to the jacket body (10) and a second end (45) releasably engaging the energy absorbing strap (23). At least one elongated slot (47) is positioned adjacent the first end (43) of the spring plate (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering LLC
    Inventors: Olivier Perichon, Ricky Mains, William F. Scroggin
  • Patent number: 10676123
    Abstract: A steering column assembly comprises a support bracket, a telescopic shroud having an outer shroud portion and an inner shroud portion, an energy absorbing mechanism that includes a puller, a clamp rail fixed to the inner shroud portion including a slot that extends axially along the inner shroud portion, the slot defining two opposing walls which each carry a row of teeth, the two rows thereby being spaced apart from one another with the teeth extending towards each other; the puller being positioned adjacent the slot, a clamp bolt that extends perpendicular to the shroud, and a toothed block having a row of teeth on each side, the pitch between teeth of each row being equal to, or a whole multiple of, the pitch of the teeth of the corresponding row of the slot. The block is supported by a carrier element that moves in response to rotation of the clamp bolt to move, in turn, the toothed block between a clamped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventor: Jan Dite
  • Patent number: 10676124
    Abstract: A steering column assembly comprises a telescopic shroud having an outer shroud portion and an inner shroud portion, a clamp rail fixed to the inner shroud portion including a slot that extends axially along the inner shroud portion, a clamp bolt that extends perpendicular to the shroud that may be rotated around its long axis by operation of a locking lever, and a toothed block that is connected to the clamp bolt having a row of teeth on each side, the pitch between teeth of each row being equal to, or a whole multiple of, the pitch of the teeth of a corresponding row of the slot. The toothed block is supported by a carrier that moves in response to rotation of the clamp bolt to in turn move the toothed block between a clamped position and an unclamped position and supports the toothed block such that the toothed block is free to move from side to side when in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventor: Jan Dite
  • Patent number: 10676125
    Abstract: A steering column assembly comprises a telescopic shroud having an outer shroud portion and an inner shroud portion, a clamp rail fixed to the inner shroud portion, a clamp bolt that extends perpendicular to the shroud, a toothed block that is connected to the clamp bolt and is displaced on rotation of the clamp bolt, and a carrier element that supports the toothed block and is movable in response to rotation of the clamp bolt to in turn move the toothed block between a clamped position and an unclamped position and is free to move from side to side relative to the slot. A frangible pin secures the toothed block to the carrier element, the frangible pin having a first end located in a bore in the toothed block and a second end located in a bore in the carrier element, the toothed block being supported on a shoulder of the frangible pin, and a clearance is provided between the frangible pin and the walls of one of the bores to permit side to side movement of the toothed block relative to the carrier element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventor: Jan Dite
  • Patent number: 10661821
    Abstract: A steering column assembly is provided that includes an inner shroud portion and an outer shroud portion, the inner shroud portion extending into the outer shroud portion and including a rail. The rail includes a slot with two opposing sides, each of which has teeth. A toothed block is provided that engages with the teeth of the slot, when a clamping mechanism is actuated. The toothed block is supported by a carrier that allows the toothed block to be free to move from side-to-side when engaged with the slot, and the teeth of the slot and the toothed block are shaped such that the toothed block may engage the teeth of the slot at any position when the clamping mechanism is actuated. The teeth of a first side of the slot prevent the block from moving in a collapse direction of the assembly and the teeth of the second side of the slot permit movement in a collapse direction but apply a thrust towards the teeth of the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventor: Niclas Davies
  • Patent number: 10654516
    Abstract: A steering column may include an inner casing tube in which a steering spindle is rotatably mounted, an outer casing unit that retains the inner casing tube, and a clamping device that secures the outer casing unit relative to the inner casing tube in a fixing position and enables adjustment in an enabling position. The clamping device comprises an arresting element supported longitudinally on the outer casing unit and, in the fixing position, is connected in a longitudinally non-displaceable manner to an engagement element connected to the inner casing tube and, in the enabling position, is released from the engagement element and enables movement of the inner casing tube relative to the outer casing unit in a longitudinal direction. A plastically-deformable energy absorption device, which includes at least two energy absorption elements and a coupling means, may couple the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Ciprian Paltinisanu, Hieronymus Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 10633014
    Abstract: A locking device for a steering column may include an activating lever attached to a clamping bolt, which lever interacts with a pressure plate such that when the activating lever is rotated about an axis of the clamping bolt in a closing direction the steering column is clamped in the locking device, and such that when the activating lever is rotated in the opening direction the steering column can be adjusted. An abutment finger may be radially spaced apart from the clamping bolt and project in a direction of the axis of the clamping bolt. The abutment finger may engage in a window-like slot of the activating lever so that rotation of the activating lever is possible but limited in the opening and closing directions by abutment of the abutment finger against opposite abutment surfaces of the window-like slot, at least one which may comprise a damping cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Hieronymus Schnitzer, Ciprian Paltinisanu
  • Patent number: 10611398
    Abstract: A steering column may include an adjustment unit with a steering spindle mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in a casing tube, a support unit in which the adjustment unit is mounted so as to be adjustable along the longitudinal axis, and a stop device with a movably mounted stop element positionable in a blocking position and a release position. In the blocking position the stop element limits the adjustment travel of the adjustment unit relative to the support unit. In the release position, the stop element allows adjustability in the direction of the longitudinal axis beyond the adjustment travel limited in the blocking position. The stop device has an actuation body that has an inert mass, is actively connected to the stop element, and is mounted movably relative to the support unit. In a crash event, the mass inertia of the actuation body causes it to interact with the stop element to move the stop element from the blocking position into the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Huber, Christoph Munding, Sebastian Forte
  • Patent number: 10597066
    Abstract: An energy absorption element for a steering column of a motor vehicle may comprise a deformation element, a first fastening element, and a second fastening element. The deformation element may be connected to the first fastening element and to the second fastening element and is arranged in a force flux with respect to a force that can be exerted on the first fastening element relative to the second fastening element. To achieve improved security against damage due to unauthorized use or inadvertent damage and, in the process, requiring little outlay on manufacturing and installation, a predetermined breaking element may be connected to the first and second fastening elements parallel to the deformation element in the force flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Hannes Kurz, Werner Adelmann, Matthias Nicolussi
  • Patent number: 10577011
    Abstract: A steering column assembly comprises a first support bracket, a second support bracket, a shroud, and an energy absorbing device. The energy absorbing device comprises a laminated strap having discrete first and second layers, each formed from a separate elongate strip of material that is free to slide over the other strip along a major portion of its length, a portion of the laminated strap being coiled into a spiral, a free end portion of the laminated strap passing through passing through an opening in the second support bracket or the shroud, the free end of a first one of the strips having an opening through which a fastener passes that secures the laminated strap to the first support bracket, and the free end of a second one of the straps being connected to the first strip in a region distal from the free end of the first strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventors: Harry Kingston-Jones, Niclas Davies
  • Patent number: 10532762
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a steering column tube in which a steering spindle is mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis. The steering column tube is fastened to a carrier connected to a vehicle chassis so that in normal operation the steering column tube is retained non-displaceably on the carrier, but is displaceable along the longitudinal axis in a crash event where a force that acts on the steering spindle exceeds a threshold value. An energy-absorption device may comprise a bending element that is connected to the carrier and the steering column tube and may be deformed in a crash event as a result of the longitudinal displacement of the steering column tube, thereby absorbing part of the energy of the steering column tube. The bending element may be at least partially surrounded by an insertion body, which prevents the binding element from contacting adjacent structural elements and deforms together with the bending element in a crash event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKURPP AG
    Inventors: Hansjörg Sulser, Alexander Weselý, Wolfgang Xander, Markus Bialek
  • Patent number: 10526003
    Abstract: A shroud guidance mechanism for a steering column is provided. The shroud guidance mechanism includes a bracket operatively coupled to an upper jacket. Also included is an interface feature retained to the bracket in a first condition of the steering column. Further included is a shroud operatively coupled to the interface feature and to the upper jacket, the interface feature, the upper jacket and the shroud moveable with each other to decouple the interface feature from the bracket in a second condition of the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Messing, Benjamin D. Reichard, Joel T. Cerva
  • Patent number: 10486731
    Abstract: A stopper bracket (40) is fixed to an inner pipe (13) at a location between the pair of clamp parts (23 and 23). The hanger bracket (50) is assembled with the stopper bracket (40), and a pair of side plates (51 and 51) of the hanger bracket (50) are interposed between the pair of clamp parts (23 and 23) and the pair of outer column support parts (11a and 11a). The guide mechanism (60) guides the hanger bracket (50) so that the hanger bracket (50) is restricted from displacing relative to the stopper bracket (40) in a front-rear direction of a vehicle and is capable of displacing relative to the stopper bracket (40) in a vehicle width direction. A support mechanism (70) supports the hanger bracket (50) relative to the stopper bracket (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Ishikawa, Katsutoshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10457312
    Abstract: A steering column having: an adjustable body intended to be mounted so as to be free to slide on a support and comprising two walls, a tube fixed to the adjustable body, a wedge inside the adjustable body and mobile between an unlocked position and a locking position inside the adjustable body between and at a distance from the walls, driving means and guiding means for the wedge, arranged with the wedge so as to be able to drive the wedge in a simple translation movement so that the wedge can come to bear against the adjustable body to immobilize the adjustable body relative to the wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Vendôme
    Inventors: Eric Bouvier, Sylvain Lubineau, Loïc Villaume
  • Patent number: 10457315
    Abstract: A first sliding member is held by an upper jacket. A second sliding member includes a fixed portion fixed to the first sliding member, and an extension portion that extends in a column axis direction and that has a coupled portion coupled to the fixed portion at a predetermined location in the column axis direction. The second sliding member being clamped by the clamping mechanism slides relative to a supporting member and a lower jacket during a secondary impact. The second sliding member includes a slit that reduces coupling stiffness between the fixed portion and the coupled portion of the extension portion so as to facilitate, in a clamping state of the clamping mechanism, deflection of the coupled portion of the extension portion relative to the fixed portion in a lateral direction as seen from the column axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi Sakuda, Atsumune Nagatani, Michiaki Yamaoka, Yoshihito Yoshihara, Satoki Yoshimura, Yu Myohoji
  • Patent number: 10377408
    Abstract: An energy absorption module subassembly for a steering column assembly comprising; an energy absorption device; and a retainer assembled with the energy absorption device configured for i) installation into at least a portion of a column housing of the steering column assembly at a first location; ii) supportively carrying the energy absorption device at least partially within the retainer; and enabling the retainer to at least partially deform in response to a load occasioned during an impact collapse stroke of an inner column tube of the steering column assembly that forces the retainer to translate in a forward direction to a second location that is forward in a vehicle relative to the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NSK Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lewis Strong, Damir Menjak
  • Patent number: 10363953
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a supporting unit and a displacement unit. The supporting unit may be connectable to a chassis of the motor vehicle, and the displacement unit may be displaceable relative to the supporting unit along a displacement path in a crash event. The steering column may further include an energy absorption element positioned between the supporting unit and the displacement unit. In a crash event, the energy absorption element may absorb energy over the displacement path. In some examples, the energy absorption element includes local laser solidifications that help control an energy absorption level of the energy absorption element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Regner, Hieronymus Schnitzer, Carsten Manneck, Stefan Sawall
  • Patent number: 10343708
    Abstract: A steering column may comprise an adjusting unit that holds a steering spindle rotatably mounted about a longitudinal axis, a holding unit that receives the adjusting unit, a clamping device that locks the adjusting unit relative to the holding unit in a fixing position and permits adjustment in an unlocked position, and an energy absorption element attached to the adjusting unit and extending through an opening of a wedging housing parallel to the longitudinal axis. The energy absorption element is longitudinally movable in the opening in the unlocked position and lockable within the opening in the fixing position. The opening may have a wedging section with inner wall regions that converge longitudinally. A wedging element is movable into the wedging section and disposed between the energy absorption element and the inner wall regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Forte, Hieronymus Schnitzer, Daniel Kreutz, Thomas Werner Heitz
  • Patent number: 10328968
    Abstract: Steering columns for motor vehicles may comprise a supporting unit, which can be connected to the chassis of the motor vehicle, and an adjusting unit, which may be held at the supporting unit. The adjusting unit may support a steering spindle for transferring a steering motion from a steering wheel to a steerable wheel, wherein the adjusting unit can be shifted with respect to the supporting unit in the event of a crash. An energy absorption device may have a first sliding rail, which can be fixed at the adjusting unit, and a second sliding rail, which can be fixed to the supporting unit. The first and second sliding rails may be guided in contact with one another and, in a crash event, can be shifted with respect to one another in order to absorb energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Huber
  • Patent number: 10315684
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a holding device that is connectable to a chassis of a motor vehicle as well as a shifting device, which in the event of a crash is displaceable relative to the holding device along a displacement axis. The shifting device may be configured to receive a steering spindle. The steering column may further include a deformation element that is connected to the holding device and to the shifting device via a respective connection portion with respective fastening means. At least in some examples, the deformation element may include a deformation portion that is deformed about a deformation axis during displacement of the shifting device relative to the holding device. The deformation axis may be oriented substantially parallel to a surface normal of at least one connection portion in a center of the associated fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Emanuel Schiele, Felix De Castro Riemann
  • Patent number: 10279833
    Abstract: Construction is achieved of a cam device that is able to effectively prevent a drive-side cam from rotating relative to a driven-side cam in a locked state. Tip-end butt sections 63 are provided on the outer-diameter side portions of tip-end surfaces 41a (40a) of convex sections of one of drive-side convex sections 34a of the drive-side cam surface 31a and driven-side convex sections 36a of the driven-side cam surface 32a, and tip-end concave sections 64 that are further recessed in the axial direction than the tip-end butt sections 63 are provided on the inner-diameter side portions of the one convex sections. In the locked state, only the tip-end butt sections 63 come in contact with the tip-end surfaces 40a (41a) of the other convex sections of the drive-side convex sections 34a and the driven-side convex section 36a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Seiichi Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 10259487
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for a standoff to be coupled to a telescoping steering column, the standoff configured to be mounted adjacent an end stop opening in the steering column and to prevent a flexible cover mounted above the steering column from entering the end stop opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Erik William Soderlind, Taras Palczynski
  • Patent number: 10220871
    Abstract: There is provided a steering device having a configuration in which a movable bracket can move relatively to a fixed bracket along with a steering member toward the downstream side in a movement direction, at the time of the second collision. A sliding member that is assembled to the movable bracket includes a main body section and a bent section. The main body section is provided, in the movement direction, over an entire length of a top surface of the movable bracket, which faces the fixed bracket, is inserted between the top surface and the fixed bracket, and rubs against the fixed bracket at the time of the second collision. The bent portion is latched to the movable bracket from the downstream side in the movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10183689
    Abstract: Disclosed is a steering column apparatus including an impact energy absorbing mechanism for absorbing an impact energy at a secondary collision. The impact energy absorbing mechanism includes an energy absorbing section that serves as a load generating section for absorbing the impact energy. The energy absorbing section includes (a) a resistive member that extends along an axial direction of the middle jacket and is fixed to the middle jacket and (b) a wire having a bent portion that is wound around the resistive member to have a curvature and a front portion that is fixed to the upper jacket, the front portion being at a more forward position than the bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI KIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Matsuno, Koji Sawamura, So Tanaka, Tadao Ito, Aya Shimada, Masatoshi Sakamoto, Reo Katakura
  • Patent number: 10093341
    Abstract: A steering device includes a cylindrical inner column that supports an input shaft connected to a steering wheel so as to allow the input shaft to be rotatable, a cylindrical outer column into which at least a part of the inner column is inserted, and a cylindrical lower column that supports an output shaft connected to the input shaft so as to allow the output shaft to be rotatable and is supported by a dash panel. The lower column moves to a rear side at the time of a primary collision, and the inner column and the outer column move relative to each other at the time of a secondary collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Masaya Johta, Daiki Orihara
  • Patent number: 10081384
    Abstract: A column jacket can pivot in a tilt direction around an end of a steering shaft along with the steering shaft. When the column jacket is pivoted in the tilt direction, an engaging member moves in the tilt direction along with the column jacket. A position fixing mechanism has a pair of fixing members located adjacent to opposite ends of an engaged member in a longitudinal direction to fix the position of the engaged member in the tilt direction. The position fixing mechanism fixes the position of the column jacket in the tilt direction by engaging the engaged member with the engaging member. At a time of a secondary collision, the engaged member engaged with the engaging member breaks a front fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidenobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10040473
    Abstract: A steering column device includes: an outer column having a tubular shape; an inner column movably inserted in the outer column; a restricting member provided through a tubular wall at a lower section of the outer column in such a way as to be capable of coming in and out of the tubular wall in the thickness direction thereof; and a load absorbing wire including first ends engageable with the restricting member and a second end supported on the inner column side, and configured to be deformed by movement of the second end toward the vehicle front side together with the inner column upon application of a load of a preset value or greater to the inner column toward the vehicle front side, to thereby absorb the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI KIKO Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yota Uesaka, Takao Nakaaki, Osamu Fujimura
  • Patent number: 10023222
    Abstract: An energy absorption assembly includes a first energy absorption strap and a second energy absorption strap. The first energy absorption strap is coupled to a lower jacket assembly and is coupled to an upper jacket assembly. The energy absorption strap defines a first opening and a second opening. The second energy absorption strap is disposed about the first energy absorption strap. The second energy absorption strap is coupled to the first energy absorption strap. The second energy absorption strap defines a third opening proximately aligned with the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Melvin L. Tinnin
  • Patent number: 9994248
    Abstract: The release capsule includes a sleeve having a through-hole for inserting therein a fastening member configured to fix the vehicle body mounting bracket to the vehicle body and to be arranged in the notch groove, a sliding plate having a hole formed thereon, in which the sleeve is to be inserted, and configured to sandwich the vehicle body mounting bracket, and an fixing part and a lock member each provided at an end portion and the other end portion of the sleeve so as to sandwich the sliding plate and the vehicle body mounting bracket. The sleeve includes a male screw formed on a cylindrical part thereof. The male screw of the sleeve is configured to be screwed with a female screw formed at a round hole of the lock member. The sliding plate and the vehicle body mounting bracket are sandwiched by the fixing part and the lock member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Yamada
  • Patent number: 9969345
    Abstract: An energy absorbing system includes a subject structure, an energy absorbing strap associated with the subject structure, and a retaining device to selectively retain the energy absorbing strap during an energy addition event. The retaining device surrounds both an upper and lower portion of the energy absorbing strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert W. Dubay, Michael P. Anspaugh, Melvin L. Tinnin, Roger A. Bourbina, Donald A. Buzzard
  • Patent number: 9932065
    Abstract: A steering device includes a motor, a first shaft, a transmitter, a second shaft, and an engagement portion. The first shaft of a hollow cylindrical shape is coupled in a torque transmittable manner to a steering member with which a driver performs steering operation. The transmitter is disposed on an outer circumference of the first shaft and configured to transmit torque of the motor to the first shaft. The second shaft is coupled in a torque transmittable manner to a wheel-turning unit configured to turn wheels. The second shaft is inserted in the first shaft. The engagement portion is interposed between an inner surface of the first shaft and an outer surface of the second shaft and configured to make the first shaft and the second shaft engage with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SHOWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Uchibori
  • Patent number: 9896120
    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: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: TRW LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Appleyard
  • Patent number: 9863481
    Abstract: An impact energy absorbing propeller shaft may include a collet integrally and rotatably inserted between a spline portion formed on an outer circumferential surface of a front shaft and a spline portion formed on an inner circumferential surface of a rear shaft, and an O-ring fitted with an outer circumferential surface of a rear end portion of the collet, fixedly holding a rear end portion of the front shaft, and fixedly supporting the collet inside the rear shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Hyung Yun
  • Patent number: 9862402
    Abstract: Collision control system (40) for controlling deflection of an instrument cluster (30) in a vehicle during collision. Said collision control system (40) comprises a steering assembly (10) including a steering wheel (12) and a steering column (11), a cross car beam (20) comprising a first sliding surface (22), and an instrument panel assembly (35) including an instrument cluster (30) and a second sliding surface (32), which is arranged to abut and slide along said first sliding surface (22) during said collision. During collision said steering column (11) is configured to move forward in a controlled manner and said steering column assembly (10) is arranged to push said instrument cluster (30), such that said second sliding surface (32) of said instrument panel assembly (35) slides along the first surface (22) for controlled deflection of the instrument cluster (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ningbo Geely Automobile Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tony Earl, Urban Wendt
  • Patent number: 9849906
    Abstract: A steering column device includes a coupling mechanism that couples an auxiliary restricting member with an inner column when a lock mechanism is in a locked position. In operation, when a load exceeding a set value is applied to the inner column in its cylinder-axis direction, the auxiliary restricting member moves together with the inner column and leaves its engagement with a restricting member, so that the restricting member departs from a restricting position where it can be engaged with the inner column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI KIKO Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yota Uesaka, Takuya Adachi
  • Patent number: 9845104
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for tilting a steering column, capable of smoothly guiding tooth-on-tooth between a moving gear moved along with a tilt shaft when an operating lever is operated such that a steering column tilts up and down, and a fixing gear fixed to a vehicle body. Consequently, it is possible to resolve faulty operation and prevent the emotional quality of product from deteriorating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NAMYANG IND. CO., LTD
    Inventors: Sung Jong Hong, Jeong Nam Lee
  • Patent number: 9834246
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a jacket assembly and an energy absorption strap assembly. The energy absorption strap assembly has a first energy absorption strap and a second energy absorption strap. The first energy absorption strap has a first strap body that extends between a first strap first end and a first strap second end. The first strap body defines a first opening and a second opening. The second energy absorption strap has a second strap body that extends between a second strap first end and a second strap second end. The second strap first end is at least partially received within the first opening and the second strap second end is at least partially received within the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard E. Woycik, Kirk D. Potts
  • Patent number: 9738303
    Abstract: An example arrangement comprising at least one spring body and at least one separately formed locking part for engagement in an engagement element of a steering column of a vehicle may involve pivotably mounting the spring body and the locking part about a common pivoting axis. The spring body may have at least one spring tongue for spring loading the locking part and at least one fastening part for fastening the spring body on a bolt of the steering column. The spring body may have at least one latching device for latching and unlatching the spring body into at least one and from at least one mating latching device of the locking part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Simon Blättler
  • Patent number: 9707990
    Abstract: A steering device includes: an outer shaft around a center axis and includes an inner space with a spline hole portion; and an inner shaft at least a part of which is disposed in the inner space. The inner shaft includes a first spline shaft portion including a synthetic resin surface and includes a shaft portion that is adjacent to one side of the first spline shaft portion, includes one end of the inner shaft in the inner space, and includes a synthetic resin surface. A distance between the center axis and the surface of the shaft portion is smaller than a distance between the center axis and the surface of the first spline shaft portion. The spline hole portion and the first spline shaft portion are spline-fitted to each other, and the outer and inner shafts are relatively movable in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Matsumoto, Naoki Sawada
  • Patent number: 9669863
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a steering column for a vehicle. An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a steering column for a vehicle, including: an upper tube coupled to the exterior of a steering shaft and having a first long hole axially formed in one side surface thereof; a lower housing coupled to the outer circumferential surface of the upper tube and having a second long hole axially formed in one side surface thereof that corresponds to the first hole; a first support member supported on the inner circumferential surface of the upper tube; and a second support member, one side of which is coupled to a telescope drive unit and the opposite side of which is located on the outside of the lower housing and is coupled to the first support member through a fastening member passing through the first and second holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Chul Ku
  • Patent number: 9656684
    Abstract: Elongated holes are formed in a first plate of a fixed bracket so as to extend parallel to a column moving direction. An elongated hole inserted portion of a suspending bolt of a suspending mechanism is disposed in an initial assembling position in one of the elongated holes. An inner circumference of the elongated hole includes a pair of flat surface portions which are parallel to the column moving direction, an arc-shaped surface portion and tapered surface portions which connect a pair of end portions of the arc-shaped surface portion to the corresponding flat surface portion. Tapered angles which the tapered surfaces form relative to the column moving direction are equal to or greater than a friction angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji Tanaka, Fumio Kishida, Susumu Imagaki, Hiroshi Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9643641
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes an upper jacket assembly received within a lower jacket assembly and an energy absorption strap. The energy absorption strap has a first portion that defines a first slot that receives a first fastener to couple the first portion to a telescope drive bracket disposed on the upper jacket assembly. A second portion defines a second opening that receives a second fastener to couple the second portion to the upper jacket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott A. Stinebring, Robert D. Maida
  • Patent number: 9630645
    Abstract: A telescopic shaft includes an inner shaft, an outer shaft, a plurality of rolling bodies that are disposed between recessed grooves of the inner shaft and the outer shaft and form a line in an axial direction, a stopper, and a buffer body. The stopper restricts falling of the rolling bodies from the recessed groove of the inner shaft. The buffer body is interposed between the stopper and a rolling body at an end portion of the line. An end surface of the buffer body includes an inclined abutment portion that is inclined with respect to a plane perpendicular to an axis of the inner shaft. The abutment portion abuts against the rolling body at the end portion of the line at a stroke end of the inner shaft with respect to the outer shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, KOYO MACHINE INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Ozaki, Daiki Yano, Kazuhide Honda, Yasutaka Fukumoto, Osamu Honda
  • Patent number: 9586611
    Abstract: A steering system includes an outer jacket including a pair of clamped portions disposed on both sides of a slit, an inner jacket coated with an insulating coating layer all along an outer periphery of the inner jacket except for a predetermined area, an upper bracket that supports the clamped portions and that is fixed to a vehicle body, and a clamping mechanism including a clamping shaft that is supported in clamping shaft insertion holes in the clamped portions so as to be energized. The steering system further includes a conductive elastic member including a first portion engaged with one of a slit inside portion of the clamping shaft positioned in the slit and the predetermined area so as to be energized and a second portion that slide-contacts the other of the slit inside portion and the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi Sakuda, Ryota Okano, Michi Kikuiri
  • Patent number: 9566997
    Abstract: Construction is achieved that makes it possible to stably and sufficiently increase support rigidity of a column-side bracket with respect to a vehicle-side bracket. The vehicle-side bracket and a locking capsule that is fastened to the column-side bracket are connected with synthetic resin locking pins so as to be able to break away during a secondary collision. Concave sections are formed on the bottom surface of the vehicle-side bracket, and together with one end being connected to small through holes in which the locking pins are located, the other end is open to the external space side. Part of the synthetic resin of the locking pins is exposed to the external space side through these concave sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: NSK, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujiwara, Kiyoshi Sadakata, Toru Segawa, Takahiro Minamigata