With Steering Column Mount Or Support Patents (Class 280/779)
  • Patent number: 10288125
    Abstract: A state where the connecting pin is laid across between at least one of the outer diameter side through-holes and the inner diameter side through-hole is maintained by an axial displacement of the connecting pin with respect to the outer diameter side through-hole and the inner diameter side through-hole being regulated based on an engagement between both edges of the connecting pin and a displacement-regulating portion which is a part of the yoke or the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10077076
    Abstract: A panel assembly structure for preventing a column dive, which includes a center floor panel including a center floor tunnel curved upward in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle, and a dash panel having an inclined lower end to be fastened to the center floor panel and including a dash tunnel formed at the inclined lower end of the dash panel, the dash tunnel being curved upward in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle to be connected to the center floor tunnel, may include a center floor tunnel upper member mounted on an upper surface of the center floor tunnel and expanded bilaterally from the center floor tunnel on an upper surface of the center floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hye-Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10035479
    Abstract: A steering apparatus (2, 202) of the invention of the present application is disclosed, which includes an electrifying plate (40, 240) secured to an inner column (11, 211) and received within a guide groove (25, 225) of an outer column (10, 210). The electrifying plate contacts an electrifying cover (15, 215) of the outer column, and configures part of an electrifying path leading to the outer column from the inner column. The invention of the present application enables a new electrifying path to be ensured, which extends from a steering wheel (101) to a car body (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Daiki Orihara, Hiroshi Kakita, Osamu Kurihara, Daisuke Terasawa
  • Patent number: 9926014
    Abstract: A cowl unit includes a cowl top panel connected with a dash panel by forming a bending line in a vehicle width direction, a cowl top upper panel bonded in the vehicle width direction along a top end of the cowl top panel, a first reinforcement plate, and a second reinforcement plate. The cowl top upper panel is assembled to a front glass. The first reinforcement plate includes a first end bonded to a front surface of the cowl top panel. The cowl top panel is bent downward at the first end of the first reinforcement plate. A second end of the first reinforcement plate is bonded to one side of the bending line. A first closed space portion is formed between the first reinforcement plate and the cowl top panel. The second reinforcement plate includes a first end bonded to a front end of the cowl top upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Won Ki Song
  • Patent number: 9440670
    Abstract: A bracket is used in a support structure for a steering column. The support structure includes an instrument panel reinforcement, a steering support bracket, and a floor brace. In one aspect, the bracket includes a first portion and a second portion, which are configured to be arranged spanning between the steering support bracket and the floor brace. The first portion is arranged between the steering support bracket and the floor brace at a first angle with respect to horizontality. The second portion is arranged between the steering support bracket and the floor brace at a second angle, which is different from the first angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Nakane, Hiroki Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9399482
    Abstract: An inner tube for a telescopic steering column (8) is provided, with a first end sector (2) for assembling a bearing (9), having a substantially circular cross-section obtained by reducing and drawing, a second end sector (3) and an intermediate sector (4) having a regular polygonal section, provided with longitudinal planar external guiding faces (5), wherein the first end sector (2) comprises a plurality of external flanges (6) emerging longitudinally from its external surface (2a) in axial alignment with at least some of the external guiding faces (5), and a plurality of longitudinal internal recesses (7) penetrating its inner surface (2b), each internal recess (7) extending under one of the external flanges (6); each external flange (6) comprises an essentially planar external surface which is at least partially flush with the external guiding face (5) with which it is aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: CIE AUTOMOTIVE, S.A.
    Inventor: Gaizka Urcola Alberdi
  • Patent number: 9381883
    Abstract: A steering member comprises a beam member extending in a vehicle width direction, a steering bracket supporting a steering device, and side brackets fixed to hinge pillars. The beam member includes a weak portion provided between the steering bracket and the side brackets on a driver-seat side and configured to be weak against a load inputted in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and an extension portion provided to extend toward a vehicle outward side beyond the side bracket provided on a passenger-seat side and configured to prevent the steering member receiving the input load from sliding toward the passenger-seat side by contacting the hinge pillar. Accordingly, the steering device can be prevented from moving inward in a vehicle frontal collision, thereby restraining a passenger with an airbag properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Morita, Takahiro Hirano, Hitoshi Ochimizu
  • Patent number: 9340236
    Abstract: A cowl cross member assembly for a vehicle for improving convenience in mounting a steering module and avoiding interference with an audio system in a vehicle, may include a main cowl crossbar disposed at a driver's seat in a width direction of the vehicle, a sub-cowl crossbar disposed at a passenger's seat in the width direction of the vehicle, a connection unit disposed between one end of the main cowl crossbar and one end of the sub-cowl crossbar and connecting the main cowl crossbar with the sub-cowl crossbar, a cowl bracket coupled to the main cowl crossbar at one side and coupled to a vehicle body at another side, a steering bracket coupled to a bottom of the cowl bracket and coupled to the steering module, and a steering mounting unit coupled to the main cowl crossbar at one side and coupled to the steering module at another side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Byung Seok Kong
  • Patent number: 9296409
    Abstract: A vehicle steering column support structure efficiently supports a steering column. A steering support bracket that supports a steering column is fixed to instrument panel reinforcement disposed along the vehicle width direction between left and right front pillars. A floor brace spans between a side portion of a first support member of the steering support bracket and a side wall portion of a floor tunnel portion. A steering brace spans between a side portion of the first support member and a lower portion of the front pillar. Up-down vibration of the steering column can accordingly be supported by axial force of the floor brace and the steering brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Aoki
  • Patent number: 9227657
    Abstract: In a vehicle steering system configured to reduce the burden placed on an operator when steered wheels are returned to a neutral position, a knob for operating a steering wheel is turnably attached to the steering wheel. A switch is attached to the knob. A steered system ECU includes a target steered angle setting unit. The target steered angle setting unit changes a target steered angle to a steered angle corresponding to a position closer to the neutral position of the steered wheels when the switch is turned on in a state where the turning amount of the steering wheel from a turning angle of the steering wheel corresponding to the neutral position of the steered wheels is within a prescribed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryouhei Hayama, Akihiro Takazato
  • Patent number: 9079611
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes a tilt hinge shaft fixed to a vehicle body, a steering column that rotationally supports the steering shaft, and a ground clamp, which is made of an elastically deformable conductive material. The ground clamp is arranged between the tilt hinge shaft and the steering column. The ground clamp includes a second arcuate section that contacts the tilt hinge shaft, a first bent section that contacts the steering column, and a deformation section that extends between the second arcuate section and the first bent section. The deformation section is elastically deformable such that the second arcuate section and the first bent section approach each other. The ground clamp is arranged between the tilt hinge shaft and the steering column with the deformation section being elastically deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu Okumura, Yoshihide Ohara, Takeshi Kawara
  • Publication number: 20150145237
    Abstract: A steering member comprises a beam member extending in a vehicle width direction, a steering bracket supporting a steering device, and side brackets fixed to hinge pillars. The beam member includes a weak portion provided between the steering bracket and the side brackets on a driver-seat side and configured to be weak against a load inputted in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and an extension portion provided to extend toward a vehicle outward side beyond the side bracket provided on a passenger-seat side and configured to prevent the steering member receiving the input load from sliding toward the passenger-seat side by contacting the hinge pillar. Accordingly, the steering device can be prevented from moving inward in a vehicle frontal collision, thereby restraining a passenger with an airbag properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro MORITA, Takahiro HIRANO, Hitoshi OCHIMIZU
  • Patent number: 9033368
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tilt or tilt and telescopic steering apparatus for use in a vehicle. According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a conventional structure, which should be provided with both of tilting fixing gears and telescopic fixing gears for locking after a tilt or tilt and telescopic operation, is improved in such a manner that the tilt or tilt and telescopic operation may be locked by a locking member and a linear protruding portion. As a result, an improper tooth-engagement phenomenon (tooth-on-tooth phenomenon) between gear teeth can be prevented, the tilt operation and the telescopic operation can be simultaneously locked, and required components can be reduced such that material costs can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Chul Ku
  • Patent number: 9022426
    Abstract: A steering device includes: a steering shaft; an inner jacket; a column jacket that includes an outer jacket that covers the inner jacket from outside, and supports the steering shaft; a movable bracket that is fixed to the inner jacket; a fixation bracket that has a retention portion, and is fixed to a vehicle body; and a press contact/release portion that brings a first plate-shaped region and a second plate-shaped region into press contact with each other along the plate thickness direction to press the first plate-shaped region and the second plate-shaped region against the retention portion, and releases the first plate-shaped region and the second plate-shaped region from a state of being in press contact with each other and a state of being pressed against the retention portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Sakata
  • Patent number: 9016723
    Abstract: A steering wheel arrangement for a motor vehicle has a steering wheel which is coupled in terms of movement to a steerable axle of the motor vehicle via a steering axle. The steering wheel is arranged rotatably on a steering column having a housing body. The housing body has at least one upwardly open recess which is bounded at least by two opposite walls extending transversely with respect to the longitudinal center axis of the housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Peter Zeinar, Immo Redeker
  • Patent number: 9010807
    Abstract: A steering shaft bearing unit for rotatably mounting a steering shaft of a steering column for a motor vehicle includes at least one circumferentially closed region for accommodating at least one bearing for rotatably mounting the steering shaft, and at least one securing region for securing the steering shaft bearing unit to a console part of the steering column. At least one through-hole, in particular two through-holes, for guiding a clamping bolt of the steering column therethrough is/are arranged in the securing region. The steering shaft bearing unit is formed by joining, preferably welding, together at least two, preferably exactly two half-shells, each of which includes at least one section of the securing region and at least one section of the at least one circumferentially closed region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Thyssenkrupp Presta Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Rony Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 9004533
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes an inner column, an outer column fitted onto the inner column, a vehicle body mounting bracket, a distance bracket fixed to the outer circumference of the outer column and slidably held between left and right side plates of the vehicle body mounting bracket, and a tightening rod. The distance bracket is formed with telescopic slots through which the tightening rod is inserted. The distance bracket includes left and right front tightening portions and left and right rear tightening portions. The axial distance between the pair of left and right front tightening portions and the pair of left and right rear tightening portions is shorter than the axial length of each telescopic slot. The outer column is formed with a pair of left and right through-holes into which the left and right front tightening portions or the left and right rear tightening portions is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Moriyama, Kazuhiko Kojima
  • Patent number: 9004534
    Abstract: Provided is construction of a steering apparatus for an automobile that is capable of simplifying tuning for stabilizing forward displacement in the forward direction of a steering wheel during a secondary collision, and preventing damage to the component members of the section that supports a bracket 12b on the column side with respect to the bracket 11 on the vehicle side. In construction where the bracket on the vehicle side 11 and the bracket 12b on the column side are connected at only one location in the center section in the width direction of the both brackets by a locking capsule, the top edges of a pair of protruding sections 63 that protrude to both the left and right sides of the bracket 12b on the column side closely face the bottom edge of a bent section 56 of the bracket 11 on the vehicle side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Minamigata, Minao Umeda, Takeshi Fujiwara, Osamu Tatewaki, Kiyoshi Sadakata
  • Patent number: 8997602
    Abstract: When clamped side plates of an upper column bracket (movable bracket) are fastened via clamping side plates of an upper fixed bracket by a fastening shaft in response to a rotating operation of an operating lever, the brackets are locked with each other. A pressing mechanism that includes a pressing member moves in the axial direction of the fastening shaft in accordance with fastening by the fastening shaft, and presses a lower tube (inner tube) through an insertion hole formed in an upper tube (outer tube). The entirety of the axial force of the fastening shaft is used as a retaining force for retaining the posture of a steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8991865
    Abstract: A collapsible steering column assembly comprising a mounting structure, the mounting structure comprising a first part for connecting to the body of a vehicle and a second part for connecting to part of a steering mechanism, the first and second parts being interconnected to permit relative movement therebetween as the assembly collapses, wherein: one of the first or second parts comprises a slot, the slot comprising a pocket and a channel defined by two opposing sidewalls, each sidewall being the outer edge of a deformable structure; the other of the first or second parts comprises a lug, the lug extending into the pocket when the assembly is in a non-collapsed state and being configured to be driven through the channel to cause plastic deformation of the deformable structure as the assembly collapses; and the assembly comprises a re-enforcement that limits the plastic deformation of the deformable structure during the collapsing stroke to regions of the deformable structure adjacent to regions of the channe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Steven James Randle
  • Patent number: 8985629
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes a steering shaft, a column rotatably supporting the steering shaft, a bracket attached to the column, a capsule configured to be fixed to a vehicle body and having upper and lower holding plates sandwiching the flange portion, a coupling part coupling the flange portion and the capsule such that the flange portion is detachable from the capsule by an impact force toward the front of the vehicle body, a rounded portion formed at a front end portion of the flange portion with a curvature radius varying along a vehicle-width direction, and an energy-absorbing member. The energy-absorbing member includes a rear portion engaged with the capsule, a front extension portion extending forward from the rear portion, a bent portion bent in front of the rounded portion, and a rear extension portion extending rearward and inclined in the vehicle-width direction with respect to the column center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hattori
  • Patent number: 8960045
    Abstract: A steering device includes: a steering shaft; an outer pipe; a first bearing that causes the steering shaft to be rotatable with respect to the outer pipe; and a front body that is disposed in front of the bearing in an axial direction, and the steering shaft; in which a first space into which the steering shaft is capable of being inserted is formed on a radially inner side of the front body, and a second space into which the outer pipe is capable of being inserted is formed on a radially outer side of the front body, and the steering device further includes a release mechanism that releases a relative restraint between the first bearing, a first front end portion, and a second front end portion in the axial direction in a case where the first bearing collides with the front body during the secondary collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Showa Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Ishige
  • Patent number: 8950778
    Abstract: The strength of an instrument panel member (12) at a portion thereof between a steering shaft support part (16) and a linking part (13) on the side near a steering shaft (11) is set lower than the strength of the instrument panel member (12) at a portion thereof between the steering shaft support part (16) and a linking part (14) on the far side from the steering shaft (11), with respect to a load input through the linking part (13) on the side near the steering shaft (11) in the vehicle body front-rear direction. The above configuration makes it possible to suppress movement of a steering wheel inward in the vehicle width direction to thereby securely restrain a vehicle occupant by an airbag at the time of a vehicle frontal collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Masanobu Fukushima, Hiroto Kido, Hiromasa Honji
  • Patent number: 8931364
    Abstract: A steering device includes a fixed bracket, a movable bracket, a friction plate, a first friction washer, a pressing plate, engagement units, a second friction washer, and a fastening tool. The friction plate is attached to face, with an appropriate gap, at least one of both fixed side portions of the fixed bracket. The first washer is inserted between the fixed side portion and the friction plate. The pressing plate is attached to an outer surface of the friction plate. The engagement unit causes the pressing plate to be detachably attached and be immovable at least in a vertical direction. The second friction washer is clamped between the pressing plate and the friction plate. The fixed bracket, the friction plate, the first friction washer, the second friction washer, and the pressing plate are connected by penetrating therethrough a lock bolt of the fastening tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Yamada Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Hirooka, Suguru Sugishita
  • Patent number: 8925994
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an instrument panel support assembly (1) in a motor vehicle, comprising a transverse tube (2) extending substantially between the A-columns of the motor vehicle and configured for receiving a steering column, air bags, a fuse box and/or an instrument panel, wherein the instrument panel support assembly (1) is characterized in that an extruded retainer profile made of a light metal alloy encloses the transverse tube (2) at least in sections, wherein the retaining profile extends in sections in the axial direction of the transverse tube (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Kegham Arzoumanian, Christian Fechtelpeter, Andreas Hitz, Marcus Pape
  • Patent number: 8919815
    Abstract: A tilting mechanism is provided with a movable column member for pivotally supporting a steering column to be swung about a swinging center provided at a front part of a vehicle body, and a movable bracket holding it. A lift-up mechanism is provided with a fixing bracket fixed to the vehicle body, and a link member with one end thereof being supported rotatably on the movable bracket, and the other one end thereof being disposed to be engaged with and removed from the fixing bracket. A lift-up biasing portion (spring member) biases the movable bracket in a direction to be lifted up from the fixing bracket. A lift-up manipulating lever selectively provides a hold state for engaging the link member with the fixing bracket to hold the movable bracket at an initial position or a lift-up position, and a release state for releasing its engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Marutani, Morito Oshita, Hidetoshi Inayoshi
  • Patent number: 8905180
    Abstract: A working vehicle attachable an implement includes a steering wheel which is disposed in a rear side of an engine hood covering an engine compartment for accommodating an engine, a control panel which is disposed near the steering wheel, a joy-stick control lever which is disposed in a rear side of the engine hood and in a lateral side of the steering wheel, a valve which is disposed in the rear side of the engine hood and is connected to the joy-stick control lever, a top cover which is disposed below the control panel, a bottom cover which includes a portion standing up from a floor surface and is a front portion of a floor part, and a middle cover which is disposed between the top cover and the bottom cover, wherein the valve is covered by the top cover and the middle cover, and the middle cover is detachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Iseki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyofumi Sakurahara, Koji Furukawa
  • Patent number: 8904902
    Abstract: A unique motor type motor driven column apparatus may include a motor attached to a telescoping tube that slidably receives a column tube therein, wherein the telescoping tube may be pivotally coupled with a vehicle body by a tilt bracket, an actuating rod rotating by the motor, a tilt mechanism including a tilt clutch receiving the actuating rod therethrough and selectively engaged therebetween by a motor controller such that a rotation force of the actuating rod may be converted into a linear movement of the tilt mechanism to make a tilt motion of the column tube, and a telescoping mechanism including a telescoping clutch receiving the actuating rod therethrough and selectively engaged therebetween by the motor controller such that a rotation force of the actuating rod may be converted into a linear movement of the telescoping mechanism so as to make a telescoping motion of the column tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Namyang Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Donghan Lee, Sanggyu Yoon, Sungjong Hong, Sangchul Ku
  • Publication number: 20140346761
    Abstract: A steering shaft bearing unit for rotatably mounting a steering shaft of a steering column for a motor vehicle includes an outer metal sheet having at least one circumferentially closed region for accommodating at least one bearing for rotatably mounting the steering shaft, and at least one securing region for securing the steering shaft bearing unit to a console part of the steering column. In the securing region, the outer metal sheet has an opening delimited by at least two opposite securing flanges which project freely from the outer metal sheet and which are part thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Rony Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 8888132
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first panel having a first side and a second side and defining a first hole. The apparatus also includes a second panel having a third side and a fourth side and defining a second hole. A seal assembly extends from the first panel to the second panel and through the first and second holes. The seal assembly includes a first wall that defines a passageway from the first hole to the second hole, and a second wall that surrounds the first wall and cooperates with the first wall to define a chamber therebetween. The seal assembly forms a first seal around the first hole and a second seal around the second hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Todd E. Allen
  • Patent number: 8888133
    Abstract: A work vehicle has a ground-work unit that is mounted under a frame supported by front wheels and rear wheels and disposed forwardly of the front wheels. The work vehicle includes a steering wheel supported to a steering post and consisting of spokes and a ring. A man-machine interface face formed in the steering post downwardly of the steering wheel and around a rotational axis of the steering wheel includes a display face having a flat panel display and an operation face having an operation input device. The steering wheel is greater in size than the flat panel display as seen in the direction of rotational axis of the steering wheel, and the operation face is greater in length than the flat panel display in the direction of vehicle width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hironori Tsuchihashi, Takahiro Shiraga, Takafumi Komatsu
  • Patent number: 8881618
    Abstract: A lock for an adjustable steering column includes a rotatable locking lever to actuate the lock between an unlocked position and locked position, a lock plate including plate lock teeth and a first slot, and a slider including slider lock teeth and a second slot angled relative to the first slot. The slider teeth are received between respective plate lock teeth. A lock bolt rotates with the locking lever and extends through the first and second slots, and has a retainer on one end. A cam positioned on the lock bolt applies or releases a force to the slider in response to rotation of the locking lever to actuate the lock. In the locked position the slider lock teeth lockingly engage between the plate lock teeth, and in the unlocked position, the slider lock teeth are released from locking engagement with and are positioned between the plate lock teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh
  • Patent number: 8882149
    Abstract: A steering device is provided that includes an aluminum-alloy column bolted with a steering lock apparatus, that prevents destruction of a flange to be bolted, and that prevents the bolt from being loosened by applying shock to a bolt head section through the use of a special tool. A counterbore is formed so deep that a slant plane is higher than a top end of a disk-shaped member of a bolt. A thief can hardly apply shock to the disk-shaped member of the bolt using a special tool. It is difficult to rotate and loosen the bolt. A vehicle can be prevented from being stolen by removing a steering lock apparatus from an outer column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuichi Tomaru, Shinji Okada, Daiki Orihara
  • Publication number: 20140319812
    Abstract: The strength of an instrument panel member (12) at a portion thereof between a steering shaft support part (16) and a linking part (13) on the side near a steering shaft (11) is set lower than the strength of the instrument panel member (12) at a portion thereof between the steering shaft support part (16) and a linking part (14) on the far side from the steering shaft (11), with respect to a load input through the linking part (13) on the side near the steering shaft (11) in the vehicle body front-rear direction. The above configuration makes it possible to suppress movement of a steering wheel inward in the vehicle width direction to thereby securely restrain a vehicle occupant by an airbag at the time of a vehicle frontal collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanobu Fukushima, Hiroto Kido, Hiromasa Honji
  • Publication number: 20140319811
    Abstract: The invention concerns a rolling bearing (1) having an inner ring (2), an outer ring (3) and a row of rolling elements (4) disposed between the rings (2, 3). At least one of the rings (2, 3) includes a housing (6), at least two raceway elements (7, 8) mounted in the housing (6) and at least one pre-stressing element (9) mounted in the housing. At least one pre-stressing element (9) mounted in the at least one of the inner and outer rings (2, 3) is provided with at least one portion (92) having a circumferential extension of less than 360° and in sliding contact with the other of the inner and outer rings (2, 3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Sylvain BUSSIT, Wilfried Hermle, Daniel Jansen, Tommy Jullien, Thomas Lepine, Franck Mauvisseau, Bruno Montboeuf, Lucia Pintz, Heiko Waeschle
  • Patent number: 8869646
    Abstract: In a steering device having a steering lock device, the stress applied to around a through hole formed in a column to which the steering block device is attached is reduced. Since there is a slight clearance formed, in the vehicle height direction, between the outer periphery of the lock pin and the through hole and also between the guide groove and the engaging convex part, the clamping force is born by the flange section and first ribs and also by the flange section and second ribs without any force applied to the through hole. The engaging convex part is not fitted in the through hole, so that the through hole is only required to be large enough to allow the lock pin whose cross-sectional area is smaller than that of the engaging convex part to come in and out. This makes it possible to reduce the cross-sectional area of the through hole and thereby increase the strength of the outer column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140284910
    Abstract: A steering shaft bearing unit for rotatably mounting a steering shaft of a steering column for a motor vehicle includes at least one circumferentially closed region for accommodating at least one bearing for rotatably mounting the steering shaft, and at least one securing region for securing the steering shaft bearing unit to a console part of the steering column. At least one through-hole, in particular two through-holes, for guiding a clamping bolt of the steering column therethrough is/are arranged in the securing region. The steering shaft bearing unit is formed by joining, preferably welding, together at least two, preferably exactly two half-shells, each of which includes at least one section of the securing region and at least one section of the at least one circumferentially closed region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Rony Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 8826770
    Abstract: An objective is to provide an electric steering lock device capable of preventing a lock member from being falsely detected as being at an unlock position to unfailingly ensure that an engine is started with a steering wheel being unlocked. In the electric steering lock device, magnetic detection means placed at a position corresponding to an unlock position of the lock member is configured by including a Hall element (north-pole magnetic detection element) configured to be turned on when detecting the north pole of a magnet fixed to the lock member and a Hall element (south-pole magnetic detection element) configured to be turned on when detecting the south pole of the magnet. A microcomputer (control means) determines that the lock member has moved to the unlock position when the Hall elements (north-pole and south-pole magnetic detection elements) are both turned on, and then stops driving an electric motor (electric actuator).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: U-Shin Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Inoue, Hideki Norma
  • Patent number: 8826768
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a bracket for securely fixing a steering lock mechanism to the shroud of the steering shaft. The lock mechanism includes a bolt that projects in a locked position to act upon the shaft to limit rotation. The bracket is secured to the shroud in such a way that it is free to move relative to the shroud against a spring force. This helps the lock resist an attack using a high impact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventors: Nic Davies, Mark Wilkes
  • Publication number: 20140249720
    Abstract: A device adjusts the rotational damping of a steering device such that the rotational damping varies depending on whether the rotational motion about a steering axis is caused by a force acting on the steering device of the vehicle or a force acting on the part(s) of the vehicle contacting the ground. The flow of hydraulic fluid in the steering damper partly or wholly is adjusted by a main valve unit that is coupled together with both an attaching part and a steering device. The opening area of the main valve unit is determined by a relative motion between the attaching part and the steering device such that the flow of the hydraulic fluid in a direction from and to the respective damping chambers of the steering damper is controlled depending on the cause of the rotational movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Ohlins Racing AB
    Inventors: Torkel Sintorn, Johan Nilsson, Leif Gustafsson Vallander, Thorleif Hansen, Joakim Sundevall
  • Patent number: 8807265
    Abstract: A tractor includes: a driver's compartment; an engine compartment; a partitioning member that partitions the driver's compartment and engine compartment and has a through-hole; a steering wheel provided in the driver's compartment; a power steering unit disposed on the engine compartment side; a steering shaft that extends from the steering wheel and is connected to the power steering unit; an elastic sealing member provided in an inner circumferential portion of the through-hole; and an anti-vibration member. The elastic sealing member includes a supported portion supported to the inner circumferential portion and a ring-shaped lip portion protruding downward from one end of the supported portion. The power steering unit is mounted to the partitioning member via the anti-vibration member, the ring-shaped lip portion is elastically clamped to the upper face of the power steering unit, and the steering shaft is connected to the power steering unit while inserted in the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Asada, Yoshihisa Tahara, Kiyokazu Fujibayashi
  • Publication number: 20140225358
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of front wheels, a pair of rear wheels, a frame portion, a first seat portion, a second seat portion, a third seat portion, a steering wheel, and a grab bar. The first seat portion, the second seat portion and the third seat portion are supported by the frame portion and are disposed side by side in this order in a width direction of the vehicle. The steering wheel is in front of the first seat portion. The grab bar is on a side closer to the third seat portion in the width direction of the vehicle when viewed from the steering wheel. The grab bar includes a first grip portion in front of the second seat portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahide SHINBORI, Masayuki KUBO
  • Patent number: 8777267
    Abstract: According to the disclosure, the steering column comprises a steering shaft rotatingly mounted in a tube-body provided on a side mount of a fixed bearing assembly via a lateral mechanism. The column can be adjusted in height and/or depth by an axis clamping system with a clamping rod (interacting with the lateral mechanism. The lateral mechanism comprises a bearing member provided between the side mount and a side member of the tube-body. A cross-section arranged between the bearing member and the side member enables counter-rotation. The lateral mechanism includes a system for adjusting the sliding clearance on the clamping rod using a bearing member and an adjustable clamping head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Systemes de Direction Nacam, S.A.S.
    Inventor: Laurent Fevre
  • Patent number: 8714048
    Abstract: Various aspects of the disclosure relate to a steering column for a motor vehicle, comprising a bracket which carries an upper jacket unit and a lower jacket unit, wherein the jacket units surround a steering shaft rotatably mounted therein, and wherein the jacket units comprise an inner jacket tube and an outer jacket tube which surrounds the inner jacket tube at least in some sections, said jacket tubes being mounted such that they can be displaced one inside the other in their axial direction by means of a plastic sleeve made of thermoplastic which is located therebetween. Freedom from play is achieved in that the plastic sleeve is inserted into the outer jacket tube with a press fit, and in that the outer jacket tube has at least one opening, in the region of which the plastic sleeve is pressed against the inner jacket tube by deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG
    Inventor: Rony Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 8714047
    Abstract: A steering device is provided that prevents an inner column from coming out from an outer column even when the inner column is released from being telescopically clamped by the outer column in a state before mounting a vehicle body attaching bracket. Front ends of the telescopic position adjusting long grooves and are brought into contact with an outer peripheral face of a fastening rod at a rear end of a telescopically adjusting position. The fastening rod is moved to a rear side of the vehicle body and an engaging member outwardly fitted to the fastening rod is brought into contact with the collar. The fastening rod cannot be moved to a rear side of the vehicle body further, and the outer column and the vehicle body attaching bracket are prevented from coming out of the inner column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: NSK, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kou Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140097605
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The steering column assembly may include a main steering column shaft; a first tubular member; a first attachment feature; and a second attachment feature. The first attachment feature and the second attachment feature may be formed of an injection moldable material such as nylon or polypropylene, having a load glass fiber component. The first and second attachment features are injection molded about the main steering column shaft. A method of constructing a steering column assembly for a motor vehicle is also provided, wherein the first attachment feature and the second attachment feature are injection molded and positioned about the main steering column shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Demerson A. Campos, Gino Ricardo Caso, Peter J. Judis
  • Patent number: 8690333
    Abstract: An adapter for a steering handle of a camera dolly includes a first part and a second part attached to the first part in a way that allows for angular adjustment between them. This allows the steering handle to be aligned or squared up relative to the dolly chassis. The first part may be an adapter base and the second part may be a riser. The adapter base may have a flange with slotted holes alignable with holes in the riser. When installed on a camera dolly, the adapter allows the steering handle to align as desired. The adapter also raises the steering handle up, to allow for ergonomic use by a taller dolly operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc
    Inventor: Leonard T. Chapman
  • Patent number: 8684120
    Abstract: In a cab for construction machine, a support structure for a front console is provided with a first fixed member supporting a cover member and a second fixed member supporting the first fixed member from below the first fixed member. The first fixed member is fixed to a front plate at two locations directly below both ends of a front window. The second fixed member is fixed to a floor plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Suneya, Shigeaki Usui
  • Patent number: 8678437
    Abstract: Construction of an impact absorbing steering wheel apparatus that is capable of obtaining excellent performance at low cost while maintaining the freedom of design is achieved. An energy absorbing member 36a, 36b is provided between a tightening rod 27a that displaces in the forward direction together with an outer column 13a during a secondary collision and a housing 16 or support pin 63 that does not displace in the forward direction during a secondary collision, and being a member that plastically deforms as the outer column displaces in the forward direction during a secondary collision, absorbs part of the impact energy by the relative movement of the plastic deformation. Part of the energy absorbing member 36a, 36b is fastened to the tightening rod 27a, and plastic deformation of this member 36a, 36b is restricted in the width direction by a pair of held wall sections 11a of the outer column 13a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Noritomo Narita, Kou Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8678435
    Abstract: A steering column device includes: a bracket to be fixed to a vehicle body and including a first wall; a steering shaft; a steering column including one end supported by the vehicle body and an outer peripheral surface with a second wall, and configured to rotatably support the steering shaft; and a clamp shaft penetrating the first wall and configured to switch between a pressure and non-pressure contact states respectively where the first and second walls are and are not in pressure contact with each other. The first and second walls include: a pair of first protrusions disposed separately on both sides of the clamp shaft in a first direction parallel to an axial direction of the steering column, and extending in a second direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the steering column; and a pair of second protrusions disposed separately in the second direction and extending in the first direction. Each of the first protrusions contacts both of the second protrusions in the pressure contact state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Sakata