Having Impact Absorbing Means Patents (Class 280/784)
  • Patent number: 10407099
    Abstract: A front vehicle body reinforcing structure is provided. The structure includes a front side member that extends in the length direction and is disposed at both left and right sides in the width direction and a wheel housing panel that houses a wheel, disposed external to the front side member in the width direction and coupled with the front side member. A dash panel extends in the width and height directions, and compartmentalizing an engine and occupant compartment. A front pillar extends in the length and height directions and is coupled with the wheel housing panel and the dash panel. Additionally, a cowl cross member extends in the width direction and includes both end portions coupled to the front pillar and the wheel housing panel. A first reinforcing member extends in the length and height directions and is coupled to the wheel housing panel and the front pillar vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seongeun Choi, SeungMin Jeong
  • Patent number: 10407100
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a vehicle body frame structure including: a side rail extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction and disposed so as to face a front tire in a vehicle transverse direction; a cab mount member projecting toward a vehicle transverse direction outer side, from a region of the side rail that is further toward a vehicle rear side than the front tire, and to which a body is mounted; and a projecting portion projecting toward the front tire from a region of the cab mount member that is away from the side rail in the vehicle transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Onoda, Keiji Yamaguchi, Yoshiki Komatsu, Kento Shigeishi, Takaaki Onodera
  • Patent number: 10336374
    Abstract: A vehicle rear portion structure has: a rocker disposed at a vehicle transverse direction outer side of a floor portion of a vehicle body, and extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction as seen from a vehicle vertical direction; a rear side member having a front portion, which is disposed at a vehicle transverse direction inner side of the rocker and is disposed at a position overlapping the rocker as seen from a vehicle transverse direction, and a rear portion, which extends from the front portion toward a vehicle rear side and extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction as seen from the vehicle vertical direction; and a closed cross-section structural portion that is structured to include a portion of the rocker and a portion of the front portion, that is interposed between the rocker and the front portion, and that extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 10336182
    Abstract: A canister mounting arrangement includes a vehicle frame having a plurality of base members for supporting at least one seat in an occupant area, a pair of front upright members extending in an upward direction with respect to the base members and positioned at a forward portion of the occupant area, and a pair of rear upright members extending in an upward direction with respect to the base members and positioned at a rearward portion of the occupant area. The arrangement includes a fuel tank and a canister for receiving vapor from the fuel tank. The canister is mounted in a location above the base members, behind the front upright members and in front of the rear upright members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chris Reedy, Brad Krempasky
  • Patent number: 10322751
    Abstract: A suspension member, including a front cross member that has a rectangular closed cross-sectional shape, as seen in a cross-section orthogonal to an extension direction of the front cross member, and that is provided with an engine mount bracket at a top wall of the front cross member, is provided. The front cross member includes: a first inclined wall that, as seen in the cross-section, connects an inner surface of the top wall and an inner surface of a front wall of the front cross member, and forms a closed cross-sectional shape at an upper front corner portion of the front cross member; and a second inclined wall that, as seen in the cross-section, connects an inner surface of a bottom wall and an inner surface of a rear wall of the front cross member, and forms a closed cross-sectional shape at a lower rear corner portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideaki Kanasugi
  • Patent number: 10293857
    Abstract: A rear side frame comprises a front-side frame and a rear-side frame which is provided in back of the front-side frame and configured such that a strength thereof against compressing of an axial direction is lower than that of the front-side frame, a rear end portion of the front-side frame and a front end portion of the rear-side frame are overlapped, and another vehicle-body member is connected to an overlap portion where the rear end portion of the front-side frame and the front end portion of the rear-side frame are overlapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Yamada, Koji Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10266047
    Abstract: A valve protection structure for a vehicle includes: side members; a hydrogen tank disposed between the side members; and a valve member installed to project from a vehicle-widthwise end face of the hydrogen tank. The side member has a convex member projecting inward in the vehicle widthwise direction from an inner wall part, the convex member is placed at a position offset with respect to the valve member and opposite the hydrogen tank in the vehicle widthwise direction, and a vehicle-widthwise distance between a tip part of the convex member and a portion of the hydrogen tank opposite the tip part of the convex member in the vehicle widthwise direction is set shorter than a vehicle-widthwise distance between a tip part of the valve member and a portion of the side member opposite the tip part of the valve member in the vehicle widthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chihiro Sakurada, Isao Saito
  • Patent number: 10259503
    Abstract: A sub-frame arrangement (1) in a vehicle and method thereof wherein the sub-frame arrangement comprises a sub-frame (2), a first body member, and rear attachment means for attaching said sub-frame to the first body member. The sub-frame is a dual part sub-frame comprising a lower sheet section (2b) formed in a single piece wherein said lower sheet section extends the entire length of said sub-frame. The lower sheet section is further formed with two rear portions (21) each extending backwards in the travel direction of said vehicle and the rear portions are adapted to host the rear attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Geely Automobile Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin Svensson, John-Erik Andersson, Roger Karlsson, Dan Adamsson, Johan Leander, Johan Klingberg, Tom Stoddart
  • Patent number: 10207740
    Abstract: A vehicle rear body structure 10 includes a left rear frame 13 that is formed to have a closed section. The left rear frame 13 has a lower member 22 that is formed to have a thickness dimension larger than an upper member 23 thereof. The left rear frame 13 has a first soft zone 24, a second soft zone 25, and a third soft zone 26. The first to third soft zones 24, 25, and 26 are portions with lower strength. The second soft zone 25 is provided in a ring shape throughout the circumference of the left rear frame 13. The first soft zone 24 and the third soft zone 26 are arranged in a lower half part of the left rear frame 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Yamada, Hirokazu Nishiami
  • Patent number: 10202028
    Abstract: A vehicle underbody including a rear underbody structure, a rear differential, a sub-frame, and a traction battery is provided. The rear differential is mounted to the rear underbody structure. The sub-frame is mounted to the rear underbody structure rearward of the rear differential. The traction battery is mounted between the rear underbody structure and the sub-frame. A base portion of the traction battery defines a base portion plane that does not extend through the rear differential. The sub-frame may include at least two reinforcement members each having a ramp-shaped end extending toward the rear differential. The sub-frame may include a rear lateral member and a trailer hitch mount extending rearwardly therefrom. One of the reinforcement members and the trailer hitch mount may be aligned in parallel with a central longitudinal axis defined by the rear underbody structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Corey John Jarocki, Randall Ray Roth, Steven William Gallagher, Jon A. Wilcox, Hassen Hammoud, Stephen Thomas Kozak, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Patent number: 10183706
    Abstract: A node for interconnecting frame members of a frame, the node including a single piece node body. A plurality of cup-shaped node connectors are disposed on the node body. Each of the plurality of node connectors include a closed end attached to the node body and an open end opposite the closed end and extending away from the node body. A sidewall extends between and connects the closed end to the open end. A tenon is formed on the open end. The tenon is shaped and sized to fit within a frame member. A transition is formed between the sidewall and the tenon defining a peripheral, radially outwardly facing groove in cooperation with the frame member, the groove shaped and sized to receive a weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Tad Miller, Arun L. Gain, Stan Eads
  • Patent number: 10155542
    Abstract: A rocker assembly, or an elongated beam, for a vehicle that includes an outer panel, a side sill and an insert disposed in a cavity. The insert includes a plurality of layers of reinforcements made up of hexagonal cells having interconnected walls defining a plurality of transversely extending open cells that define openings extending perpendicularly relative to the length of the rocker assembly. The plurality of layers of reinforcements may further comprise a first layer of cells assembled to the outer panel, a second layer of cells assembled to the side sill and a third layer of cells disposed between the first and second layers of cells. A wall thickness and bending strength of one of the plurality of layers of reinforcements is different than a wall thickness and bending strength of another of the plurality of layers of reinforcements. The insert is structured to deform progressively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhenyan Gao, Shaikh Akhlaque-e-rasul, Cheng Luo, William Moore Sherwood
  • Patent number: 10150509
    Abstract: A vehicle structure includes a frame and a diagonal structure. The frame has a first side member, a second side member and a cross-member that extends in a vehicle lateral direction between the first and second side members. The cross-member is perpendicular to the first and second side members. The diagonal structure has a beam with a rear end that extends to an area of the second side member rearward of the cross-member. An angle of between 35 and 60 degrees is defined between the cross-member and the beam of the diagonal structure. The rear end of the beam is supported to the second side member by a rear attachment bracket such that the rear end of the beam is spaced apart from the second side member with a rear gap being defined between the rear end of the beam and the second side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry McConnell, Christopher Robert Hartley, Patrick Dean Grattan, Joseph Bruno Buratto, Michael James McGory
  • Patent number: 10150507
    Abstract: A body vehicle structure has a front side member, a power plant and an elongated member. The front side member has an outboard opening and an inboard opening open to a hollow interior. The outboard opening and the inboard opening are offset from one another relative to a front end of the front side member. The power plant is supported to the vehicle structure inboard of the front side member adjacent to the inboard opening. The elongated member extends through the outboard opening, the hollow interior, and the inboard opening of the front side member. In response to an impact event of an off-center impact test a front end of the elongated member adjacent and outboard relative to a front end of the front side member is impacted moving a rear end of the elongated member into contact with the vehicle power plant transmitting impacting force thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 10124831
    Abstract: A push arm has a rear surface and a front surface. A rear surface of the push arm is located adjacent to and spaced apart from a first cross-member defining a gap therebetween. The push arm extends forward and laterally outward such that the front surface of the push arm is located laterally outboard of and spaced apart from a front end of a first side member of a vehicle frame. A support bracket has a front section releasably attached to the push arm and a rear section releasably attached to a first cross-member of the vehicle frame adjacent to an intersection of the first side member and the first cross-member. The support bracket is configured such that in response to an off-center impact event against the front surface of the push arm, the support bracket guiding movement of the push arm in a rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Dean Grattan, Christopher Robert Hartley, Gunnar Mason, Matthew Michael Gapinski
  • Patent number: 10118643
    Abstract: To reinforce a front sub-frame in such a manner that the front sub-frame having a trapezoidal shape formed by a cross member and left and right side members extending to one side is not deformed to a rhombus shape at the one side, a front sub-frame structure includes: a rear cross member (74) coupling arm supporting parts (71, 71) supported on left and right side members (6, 6); tilt members (75) coupling left and right intermediate portions of the rear cross member (74) to rear vehicle attachment parts (M3) of the side members (6); a brace (80) coupling the left and right arm supporting parts (71, 71) to the rear vehicle attachment parts (M3); and intermediate coupling parts (91) coupling the brace (80) to intermediate portions of the tilt members (75).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Komiya, Masaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10093359
    Abstract: A frame assembly of a vehicle front portion includes a windshield lower beam. A damper mount is disposed on the front portion and deforms when subjected to an impact energy. An A-pillar includes upper and lower pillar portions, the upper pillar portion having a lower end disposed adjacent the windshield lower beam, and the lower pillar portion having an upper end disposed adjacent to the windshield lower beam. A joint includes first and second joint members, the first joint member connecting the windshield lower beam to the lower and upper pillar portions and being connected to the damper mount, the second joint member contained within the first joint member and connected to the windshield lower beam, and upper and lower pillar portions. The joint is configured to resist deformation due to the impact energy such that the damper mount deforms and dissipates the impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fabian J. Vigil, Hirotomo Yamada, Hirokazu Matsuura, Brian E. Dressel, Jason T. Hardesty, Kurtis R. Horner
  • Patent number: 10059288
    Abstract: A safety device is described which is configured to orient a motor-vehicle front wheel transversely to the travel direction, following a collision of the motor-vehicle against a barrier. The device includes a ram member carried by a plate projecting laterally in a cantilever fashion from the motor-vehicle structure forwardly of the front wheel. The ram member is pushed against the front wheel following a collision of the motor-vehicle against the barrier. The ram member has a vertically elongated front portion, for engaging the wheel. With the transverse plate carrying the ram member there is associated a bumper structure located forwardly of the transverse plate and including a bumper element projecting forwardly from the transverse plate, at an intermediate position between the ram member and a connected end of the transverse plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Giacomo Enrico Canobbio, Luigi Laurino
  • Patent number: 10040483
    Abstract: A vehicle rear structure includes a side sill joined to a rear frame via an outrigger, a sub-frame mounted on the rear frame from below, and a fuel tank mounted on the sub-frame. The sub-frame is provided with a load transmitting member that opposes the outrigger. An impact load applied to the sub-frame is transmitted to the outrigger via the load transmitting member. The transmitted impact load is distributed to the two components, the rear frame (specifically, front frame section) and the side sill via the outrigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norikazu Matsuura, Chihiro Sakurada
  • Patent number: 9994124
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a pair of left and right slide rails each having a lower rail extending in a front and rear direction of a vehicle and an upper rail slidably mounted to the lower rail. The lower rail is fixed to a floor F via brackets and so as to be spaced apart from the floor F. A reinforcing member extending in a left and right direction is disposed so as to span between rear end portions of the lower rails, and the reinforcing member is formed such that a bending strength about an axis in an up and down direction of a seat main body is lower than a bending strength about an axis in a front and rear direction of the seat main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroki Nagata, Tetsuya Tanaka, Shogo Ishii, Kazuhisa Isshiki, Yuichi Okazaki, Keiichi Saito
  • Patent number: 9919745
    Abstract: A motor vehicle structure includes two left and right bell-shaped suspension element supports arranged inside a front compartment close to a bulkhead of the vehicle. The suspension element supports are respectively adjacent to side walls of the front compartment. Each of the suspension element supports includes an internal face opposite the side wall. The structure also includes left and right spacers that extend respectively between the left and right suspension element supports and the rigid cross member, in a substantially longitudinal direction. The spacers are respectively anchored to the internal faces of the two suspension element supports. The spacers each have a skirt-shaped edge that can be applied to the suspension element supports, and a folded edge extending between a free end and an opposing attachment end to be joined to the cross member. The spacers include a central portion joining the folded edge and the skirt-shaped edge together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Jerome Caillard, Christian Delord, Thierry Hlubina
  • Patent number: 9834256
    Abstract: A vehicle lower portion structure that includes: a suspension member that does not have a section that interconnects, in a vehicle width direction, a vehicle front-side end portion of a side rail placed on one vehicle width direction side and a vehicle front-side end portion of a side rail placed on the other vehicle width direction side; and a pair of right and left coupling portions that respectively interconnect the vehicle front-side end portion of the side rail placed on the one vehicle width direction side and a heat exchanger support lower member and interconnect the vehicle front-side end portion of the side rail placed on the other vehicle width direction side and the heat exchanger support lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Sato, Yasunori Iwamoto, Junichi Yamauchi, Yohsuke Murai
  • Patent number: 9744995
    Abstract: A sub frame structure of a vehicle comprises a pair of right-and-left side members, to which a pair of right-and-left uppers-side lower arms are connected, a rear cross member holding rear ends of the side members, and a front cross member interconnecting the side members and being positioned in front of the rear cross member, being spaced apart from the rear cross member. A front end of each of the side members is rigidly connected to a floor frame, the front cross member is joined to a front side member of each of the side members, and a rear side member is provided at a portion of each of the side members which is positioned in back of the front cross member. Herein, the rear side member is configured to be weaker than the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9714052
    Abstract: A pair of rear side frames respectively comprise front bending-promotion portions, middle bending-promotion portions and rear bending-promotion portions which cause the rear side frames to bend inward, in a vehicle width direction, in a trough-folding shape in a rear collision of a vehicle, and a longitudinal distance L2 between the front bending-promotion portions and the middle bending-promotion portions is set to be longer than a longitudinal direction L1 between the middle bending-promotion portions and the rear bending-promotion portions. Thereby, there is provided a rear vehicle-body structure of an automotive vehicle which can properly absorb a collision load at a vehicle-body rear portion, even if a rear side frame is made from material which may not cause smooth bucking of the rear side frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenori Matsuoka, Ken Yamada, Akiyoshi Masuda, Kouji Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9694777
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and vehicles are provided for controlling an angle of a wheel assembly for vehicle events. In accordance with one embodiment, the vehicle includes a wheel assembly, a structural member, a detection unit, an actuator, and a processor. The detection unit is configured to detect an event for a vehicle that has a wheel assembly. The processor is coupled to the detection unit, and is configured to utilize an actuator to adjust an angle of the wheel assembly in a manner that guides energy absorption or transference from the event toward the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jason J. Nolte, Kathryn E. Koski, Sachin K. Pindolia
  • Patent number: 9688311
    Abstract: At a vehicle, rockers and torque boxes are connected, from a front side, to first connecting portions of spacers. Joined portions of the rockers and the torque boxes are reinforced, and a front wheel directly hitting the joined portion at a time of a collision is suppressed. Separation of a joined portion of a front pillar and a dash panel, whose origin is separation of the previously-mentioned joined portion, can be suppressed. Front portions of the spacers are disposed further toward a front side than the joined portions of the front pillars and the dash panel. Therefore, the front wheel first hits the spacer, and collision load is transmitted to the rocker and the torque box, and thus, input of an excessive collision load to the dash panel is suppressed. Because the first connecting portions extend in a vehicle transverse direction, the spacers becoming large can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Yamamoto, Koi Hata, Yujiro Kaji
  • Patent number: 9676241
    Abstract: A suspension arm adapted for use in a suspension system of an automotive vehicle including an arm member, a first mounting portion formed at a first end of the arm member and a second mounting portion formed at a second end of the arm member spaced in a first direction relative to the first mounting portion. The first mounting portion including a bushing collar equipped with a frangible portion comprising at least one stress riser, and the longitudinal axis of the collar in the first direction. By adding a frangible feature to the bushing collar of the suspension arm, the breakage mode and breakage timing can be optimized to ensure a tire-and-wheel assembly consistently contacts surrounding parts at the desired time and locations in a predictable sequence and manner during a vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Eleazar
  • Patent number: 9643653
    Abstract: An attachment of a front end of a motor vehicle to a subframe of the motor vehicle, includes an adjustment device arranged between the front end and the subframe, as viewed in the motor vehicle longitudinal direction, to attach the front end to the subframe. The adjustment device has a front-end-side and a subframe-side adjusting unit, and is configured such that the adjustment device can be shortened, as viewed in the motor vehicle longitudinal direction, in the event of a correspondingly high force impact caused by accident. The subframe-side adjusting unit of the adjustment device is arranged on a housing mounted to the subframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Matthias Groen, Joachim Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9616933
    Abstract: A sub frame structure of a vehicle comprises a pair of right-and-left side members extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, to which a pair of right-and-left upper-side lower arm supporting rear wheels are pivotally connected, a rear cross member holding the vicinity of rear ends of the side members, and a front cross member interconnecting the side members in a vehicle width direction and being positioned in front of the rear cross member, being spaced apart from the rear cross member. The side member includes a front support bracket and a rear member holding member to which a front connection portion and a rear connection portion of the upper-side lower arm are connected, and a displacement portion to cause the rear member holding member to be displaced forward is provided between the front support bracket and the rear member holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9580106
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body structure and a frame rail assembly. The frame rail assembly extends forward from the bulkhead along a longitudinal centerline. The frame rail assembly includes a frame rail defining a rail axis and a reinforcing member. The frame rail defines a longitudinally extending seam and the frame rail extends forward from the bulkhead along the longitudinal centerline. The frame rail further defines an end portion. The reinforcing member is secured to the frame rail at the end portion to increase a stiffness of the frame rail at the end portion. The reinforcing member is configured to limit a stress at the seam, transverse to the rail axis, resulting from a load applied to the end portion of the frame rail and laterally offset from the longitudinal centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Krishnarao V. Yalamanchili, Mohammed N. Shaik, Terry A. Swartzell, Jayavardhan Tallapragada, Warren J. Parsons
  • Patent number: 9567010
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body has a longitudinal beam and a bumper cross member, which is fixed to one end of the longitudinal beam. An end section of the bumper cross member protrudes over the longitudinal beam in the transverse direction. The end section of the bumper cross member is designed as a closed or open hollow profile element. A collision-resistant profile reinforcement is provided at least in some regions in the hollow profile element in the end section of the bumper cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karlheinz Volz, Franz Hoiss
  • Patent number: 9555835
    Abstract: The invention relates to a body structure, in particular a floor structure, for a motor vehicle, comprising support components that form defined load paths for crash situations. According to the invention, at least some of the support components located in the region of at least one defined load path, in particular a head-on collision load path and/or a side collision load path and/or a rear collision load path, are formed by high-strength support components, preferably by fully through-hardened or at least partially through-hardened high-strength support components which are made of a hot-formed or shape-hardened sheet steel and which are directly or indirectly, preferably directly, connected to each other, in particular connected to one another non-positively and/or positively and/or by bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Bernard Lohmann, Werner Krauth, Thorben Bösche, Gwendolin Schifferli, Martin Steinrücken, Stefan Thiele, Jürgen Hillmann
  • Patent number: 9555834
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body includes a longitudinal beam, a bumper cross member, which is fixed to one end of the longitudinal beam, wherein an end section of the bumper cross member protrudes over the longitudinal beam in the transverse direction, and a cantilever beam, which protrudes into a space between a wheel mount and the bumper cross member. The cantilever beam and the end section of the bumper cross member are disposed so as to cooperate with each other such that, during a frontal collision, in particular during a frontal collision with small overlap, the end section of the bumper cross member deformed by the frontal collision impacts an end face of the cantilever beam and can be supported at this end face so that further deformation of the end section of the bumper cross member is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karlheinz Volz, Hans-Peter Eck
  • Patent number: 9533712
    Abstract: A wheel catcher assembly can inhibit a wheel from moving toward a passenger compartment of a vehicle when an external force is applied to the vehicle. The wheel catcher assembly generally includes an energy absorbing bracket and a plate coupled to the energy absorbing bracket. The energy absorbing bracket includes a plurality of ridges and grooves so as to define a waveform portion. The plate is coupled to the energy absorbing bracket at the ridges such that an external force applied to the wheel catcher assembly is transferable from the plate to the energy absorbing bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ronald A. Panganiban, Wendy W. Malone, Bhushan W. Dandekar, Mark J. Koski
  • Patent number: 9493189
    Abstract: A chassis assembly of a vehicle includes a frame, an underbody supported by the frame, and a subframe connected to the underbody. A connection connects the subframe and the underbody. A lever extends from the subframe to the frame. During a frontal impact of the vehicle, the lever leverages against the frame to detach the connection from the underbody. This movement of the subframe relative to the frame and the detachment of the connection from the underbody absorbs energy during the frontal impact and results in a softer pulse and a reduced Vehicle Pulse Index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saeed David Barbat, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Patent number: 9446728
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body having a front wheel housing, an axle, a disk wheel fixed to the axle in the front wheel housing and a tire mounted on the disk wheel. The vehicle further includes a breaking member that is provided projecting from the vehicle body toward the disk wheel. The breaking member breaks the disk wheel when the vehicle body is crashed at a front thereof at a predetermined speed or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Takeshi Yoshii, Taizo Kondo
  • Patent number: 9446725
    Abstract: A structure for vehicle body front portion includes: a front side member; an apron member including an end positioned at a front side of a vehicle with respect to an end of the front side member; a bumper reinforcement including a vehicle width direction outside portion with a first and a second coupling portions; a coupling member that couples the front end of the front side member and the front end of the apron member; an inner energy absorbing portion disposed at the front end of the front side member at a front side of the vehicle; the inner energy absorbing portion coupling the coupling member and the first coupling portion; and an outer energy absorbing portion disposed at the front end of the apron member at a front side of the vehicle; and the outer energy absorbing portion coupling the coupling member and the second coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenjiro Yamada, Shintaro Kitakata
  • Patent number: 9440682
    Abstract: A product comprising a mixed material longitudinal rail system for a vehicle and a method of making the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Saje, Terry A. Swartzell, Artur Wyszynski, Robert M. Kielbik, Keith J. Saari
  • Patent number: 9422007
    Abstract: A vehicle body front part structure has a front side member that is located at a front part of a body of a vehicle and that extends in a vehicle front-rear direction, a shock absorption bracket that projects from an outer side surface in a vehicle width direction at a front end portion of the front side member toward an outside in the vehicle width direction, a hood ridge body that is disposed above the front side member and that extends in the vehicle front-rear direction, and a hood ridge extension member that extends from a front end of the hood ridge body toward the front of the vehicle. The shock absorption bracket has a front surface connected to a front end surface of the front side member, and an inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Suzuki, Naoya Koizumi, Takashi Tomiyama
  • Patent number: 9393922
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes a frame and a mount to couple a first end of an apparatus to the frame. The apparatus comprises a central region that includes a first energy-absorbing material. A first side of the central region is included in the first end of the apparatus coupled to the frame. The apparatus comprises a side region that includes a second energy-absorbing material. The side region is positioned along a second side of the upper region. The side region is configured to be positioned above a wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lynn Larner, Alex Khaykin, Thomas Daniel, Felix Jose Alvarez Rivera
  • Patent number: 9387883
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle front portion structure including: a front side member including a linear portion that extends along the vehicle front and rear direction on the vehicle width direction outside of the vehicle front portion and is disposed on the vehicle front side of a dash panel, and a slanted portion that extends obliquely downward along an undersurface of the dash panel from a rear end portion of the linear portion; and a side portion weak portion disposed in a vehicle width direction outside surface or a vehicle width direction inside surface of the linear portion along a joint between the linear portion and the slanted portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro Hirota, Masakazu Shirooka
  • Patent number: 9365245
    Abstract: A bracket for protecting a flange of a body of a vehicle includes a first portion, a second portion, and a channel defined between the first and second portions. The channel receives the flange. The bracket includes a back side and adhesive disposed on the back side. A front side of the bracket is disposed opposite the back side. A transition surface on the front side slopes inwardly from the first portion to the second portion for deflecting a wheel away from the flange during an offset impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Fungtai Charles Ko, Leonard Anthony Shaner
  • Patent number: 9296425
    Abstract: A discontinuous multi-overlapped vehicle body member may include a plurality of divided members. Each of the divided members may include a front connecting part with a predetermined width and a predetermined length and positioned at a front side in a longitudinal direction, a rear inserting part with a predetermined width smaller than that of the front connecting part and a predetermined length, and positioned at a rear side in the longitudinal direction, an impact absorbing part formed between the front connecting part and the rear inserting part and has a width varied in the longitudinal direction. The rear inserting part of one divided member in the plurality of divided members may be inserted into the front connecting part of an adjacent divided member in the plurality of divided members, and the rear inserting part of the one divided member and the front connecting part of the adjacent divided member may be connected by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 9290206
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a method comprising providing a first design or a first reusable casting die for producing a vehicle rear rail having multiple pre-determined datum features; producing a first vehicle rear rail and a second vehicle rear rail from the first design or the first reusable casting die; wherein the first vehicle rear rail and the second vehicle rear rail are identical; using the first vehicle rear rail to make a first vehicle having a first wheelbase and using the second vehicle rear rail to make a second vehicle having a second wheelbase; and wherein the second wheelbase is longer than the first wheelbase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Saje, John C. Johnson, Chad Cromwell
  • Patent number: 9260136
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle lower portion structure having: a vehicle skeleton member that extends along a vehicle longitudinal direction at a vehicle transverse direction outer side of a vehicle front portion; a sub-frame that is provided at a vehicle lower side of the vehicle skeleton member, and that has a side portion extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction; plural joining members that join the side portion of the sub-frame to the vehicle skeleton member at two or more locations in the vehicle longitudinal direction; and a rotating mechanism that is provided at a mounting portion of a front side joining member that, among the plural joining members, is positioned at a front side in the vehicle longitudinal direction, and, when a load from a vehicle front side is applied to the vehicle skeleton member, the rotating mechanism rotates the front side joining member such that an upper side in a vehicle vertical direction of the mounting portion moves relatively toward a vehicle rear side a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Miyagano, Kenji Sato, Tsutomu Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9254872
    Abstract: A longitudinal member is configured to transmit a part of a collision load occurring in a vehicle head-on collision to a suspension cross member by way of a front portion, a bending portion, and a rear portion. A lower arm, a portion of which is co-fastened to a vehicle body together with a fastening portion, is configured to transmit another part of the collision load occurring in the vehicle head-on collision to the fastening portion from the front portion. Accordingly, the rear end of the sub frame can be properly detached from the vehicle body in the vehicle head-on collision even in a case in which any weak portion extending in a vehicle width direction may not be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Otani, Kohtaro Sasage, Nobuhiko Hibino, Yasushi Ishikawa, Shunsuke Kanemoto
  • Patent number: 9233716
    Abstract: A body on frame vehicle includes a SORB impact load management system including front blocker structures for limiting transfer of the SORB impact loads from being transferred to the passenger compartment area. A SORB impact load transfer apparatus in the form of a cable extends between the front end horns of the side rails of the frame to transfer SORB impact loads from the impacted side across the vehicle frame. In a second embodiment of the impact load transfer apparatus, the ends of the cables are coupled to the front sides of the front blocker structures and the cable is routed through the front end horns of the side rails of the frame to transfer SORB impact loads from the impacted side across the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Djamal Eddine Midoun, Jamil M. Alwan, Joe L. Buchwitz, Hermann J. Salenbauch, Steven Mayes, Jonatan Leff Yaffe
  • Patent number: 9221412
    Abstract: A front vehicle body structure includes: a front side member that is arranged on a side portion of a front vehicle body longitudinally in a vehicle front-rear direction; a bumper reinforcement that is arranged longitudinally in a vehicle width direction, that is connected directly or indirectly to a front end of the front side member, and that includes a protruding portion that protrudes more outward in the vehicle width direction than the front side member; and a high-strength member that is formed with a higher strength than the protruding portion, that is mounted to a rear-surface side of the protruding portion, and that is formed such that a dimension in the vehicle front-rear direction is increased as the high-strength member extends more outward in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiya Miyashita
  • Patent number: 9187133
    Abstract: A front pillar construction on a vehicle frame includes a pillar inner member having pillar inner member mating flanges and a pillar outer member having pillar outer member mating flanges welded to the pillar inner member mating flanges to form a front pillar member with a hollow construction. The front pillar construction further includes an angled reinforcement member fixedly secured to the pillar member at a location arranged to break a wheel of the vehicle disposed immediately forward of the pillar member during small overlap frontal crashes wherein the wheel is forced rearward toward the pillar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shivaprasad G. Rangaswamaiah, Ryan A. Miller, William J. Gross, Jeremy P. Lucas, Edouard S. Sandoz
  • Patent number: 9180913
    Abstract: A vehicle front end structure includes an engine cradle including an engine mounting structure and a force receiving member. The force receiving member is fixedly attached to the engine cradle. The force receiving member includes a force receiving surface extending rearward from a front corner of the engine cradle in a laterally outbound direction at an inclined angle with respect to a vehicle longitudinal direction. The force receiving member is arranged with respect to the engine cradle to receive a longitudinally directed rearward force on the force receiving surface. The force receiving member is configured with respect to the engine cradle to redirect at least a portion of the longitudinally directed rearward force laterally to the engine cradle at the engine mounting structure which is located rearward of the front corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ameloot, Ramkrishna Jayaram Chunduri, Takaomi Makino, Takuya Yamashita