Safety Belt Or Harness (e.g., Lap Belt Or Shoulder Harness) Patents (Class 280/801.1)
  • Patent number: 11325560
    Abstract: An attention calling device is configured to call attention of a driver of a vehicle with a drive mode switchable among manual driving, drive assist, and driver-centered automated driving. The attention calling device includes: a drive mode recognition unit configured to recognize the drive mode being executed; a driver state recognition unit configured to recognize a driver state based on a captured image from a driver monitor camera provided in the vehicle; a determination unit configured to determine based on the driver state whether it is necessary to call the attention; and a control unit configured to control a stimulus application device of the vehicle so as to apply a stimulus at an intensity that matches the drive mode being executed to the driver to direct the attention of the driver to driving of the vehicle when the determination unit determines that it is necessary to call the attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Shunichiroh Sawai, Toshihiro Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 11312268
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat having a seat back that can be folded forward, in which the buckle is prevented from interfering with the seat hack when the seat back is folded forward. A seat cushion frame (F1) rotatably attached to the seat back frame (F2) includes a pair of side frames (11) extending in a fore and aft direction, a front frame (12) extending between front parts of the side frames, and a rear frame (13) extending between rear parts of the side frames and provided with a curved portion (13A) protruding forward in a middle part thereof. A buckle support arm is located behind the curved portion, the curved portion being dimensioned so as not to interfere with the buckle when the buckle support arm is in a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Miyazaki, Shigekazu Otake
  • Patent number: 11210539
    Abstract: A system of detecting vehicle components in operation in a vehicle includes at least one light source configured to emit a predetermined wavelength of light onto structures within the vehicle, wherein at least one of the structures may include a passenger seat belt assembly having a pattern of reflection and retroreflective surfaces tuned to a predetermined wavelength at a preferred luminance. At least one 3-D time of flight camera is positioned in the vehicle to receive reflected light from the structures in the vehicle and provide images of the structures that distinguish the preferred luminance of the pattern from other structures in the vehicle. A computer processor connected to computer memory and the camera includes computer readable instructions causing the processor to reconstruct 3-D information in regard to respective images of the structures and calculate a depth measurement of the distance of the reflective pattern on the passenger seat belt assembly from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Ramaglia, Len Cech
  • Patent number: 11192520
    Abstract: A seat belt device for a vehicle seat, having a seat belt, the belt tongue of which in an engaged state is releasably connected to a seat-side belt buckle. The belt buckle is guided via at least one wire rope through a sleeve-like deflection element, which defines the course of the wire rope between its connection point on the seat side and its connection point on the belt buckle side. The sleeve-like deflection element has a predetermined deformation point, at which the deflection element is deformed in the event of a head-on collision, more specifically with the belt buckle being displaced from its use position into a crash position in which the tilt or twist moments acting on the belt buckle are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Carsten Moeker
  • Patent number: 11173871
    Abstract: Disclosed is a retrofitting seatbelt system for a motor coach, the system including: a base plate, the base plate configured to connect to a floor rail of the motor coach; a longitudinal post configured to support a belt, the longitudinal post defines a longitudinal post inner end connected to the base plate, wherein the longitudinal post extends away from the base plate in a longitudinal direction to a longitudinal post outer end, wherein the longitudinal post defines a forward-side that faces a forward direction, and an aft-side that faces an aft direction, wherein the forward direction and the aft direction are disposed along a forward-aft axis; and a first motion damper connected to the longitudinal post near the longitudinal post outer end, the first motion damper extends in the aft direction, beyond the aft-side of the longitudinal post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
    Inventors: Douglas Eddy, Sundar Krishnamurty, Shreyas Patil, Anne Schewe
  • Patent number: 11135996
    Abstract: A seatbelt device includes a webbing; a tongue; a buckle, in buckled up the webbing, a portion of the webbing configures a lap webbing; a lower restraint member a portion thereof disposed inside a vehicle seat cushion, the lower restraint member, together with the lap webbing, forming a loop opening along a seat front-rear direction, a length direction one side of the lower restraint member being pulled so as to tighten the loop, and the lower restraint member configured to press the body of the occupant from a seat lower side; and a tensioning device actuated in a case of a front-on collision or in a case in which a front-on collision is predicted, the tensioning device pulling the length direction one side of the lower restraint member to tighten the loop, and the tensioning device pulling the lap webbing so as to move toward a seat lower front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhito Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11040714
    Abstract: According to various examples, a vehicle controller is described comprising a determiner configured to determine information about surroundings of a vehicle, the information about the surroundings comprising information about velocities of objects in the surroundings of the vehicle and a velocity controller configured to input the information about the surroundings of the vehicle and a specification of a path of the vehicle to a convolutional neural network, to determine a target velocity of the vehicle along the path based on an output of the convolutional neural network and to control the vehicle according to the determined target velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koba Natroshvili, Kay-Ulrich Scholl
  • Patent number: 11014528
    Abstract: A vehicle D-ring attachment bracket assembly includes a vehicle D-ring attachment bracket having a first mounting hole, a second mounting hole, and a D-ring bolt hole positioned between the first and second mounting holes. The assembly also includes a first energy absorber attached to the attachment bracket. The first energy absorber includes a first energy absorber first hole positioned coaxially or substantially coaxially with the bracket first mounting hole, and a first energy absorber second hole positioned coaxially or substantially coaxially with the bracket second mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Williams, Todd Rupert Muck, Yuji Yagi
  • Patent number: 10946830
    Abstract: A seatbelt control device comprises a kinesthetic warning control part that is provided with a fitting operation part performing a fitting operation controlling a time for making the motor operate forward based on a motor current value when making the motor operate forward and controlling a belt tightness to an initial belt tightness, and a kinesthetic warning operation part performing a kinesthetic warning operation making the tightness of the seatbelt rise in stages from the initial belt tightness by repeating a forward operation making the motor operate forward and at least one operation of a braking operation short-circuiting the terminals of the motor to render the motor a short brake state or a reverse operation making the motor operate in reverse and k configured to perform the fitting operation before performing the kinesthetic warning operation on the seated passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunichiroh Sawai, Takeshi Matsumura, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 10940827
    Abstract: The invention relates to a belt retractor comprising a frame (10), a belt reel (12) rotatably arranged within the frame (10), a blocking mechanism (18) by which the belt reel (12) can be blocked within the frame (10), and a load limiter which comprises a corrugated disk (36), characterized in that the corrugated disk (36) is disposed between the belt reel (12) and a cover (38) which is laterally attached to the belt reel (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Daeuber, Stefan Eisele, Michael Sautter, Ralph Stegmaier, Martin Roehrle
  • Patent number: 10906502
    Abstract: A vehicle seatbelt assembly includes a load limiter having a seatbelt attachment portion and a seatbelt tension control mechanism that is configured to increase the length of a shoulder portion of a seatbelt in response to rapid or sudden deceleration of a vehicle, thereby reducing a level of tension experience by a seatbelt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis Sharif
  • Patent number: 10906501
    Abstract: An occupant restraint device for a vehicle includes a three-point seatbelt device, a shoulder cover, an attachment portion, and a hard pad provided inside the shoulder cover. The three-point seatbelt device includes a shoulder belt that extends from an upper portion at a seat width direction one end side of a seat back toward a buckle at a lower portion at the seat width direction other end side. The shoulder cover is provided at the upper portion at the seat width direction one end side of the seat back. The shoulder belt is inserted through the shoulder cover, and the shoulder cover is arranged along a restrained surface of the vehicle occupant sitting on a vehicle seat. At the attachment portion, a side of the shoulder cover at which a terminal portion thereof is disposed is attached to the upper portion at the seat width direction one end side of the seat back so as to be relatively movable in an up-and-down direction with respect to the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 10899389
    Abstract: A vehicle substructure, comprising a pair of rockers arranged apart in a vehicle width direction, and extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and a floor cross member that extends in the vehicle width direction and connects to the pairs of rockers, wherein the floor cross member includes a pair of floor cross member low-strength sections that are of weaker strength than a center portion, on both sides in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Kasai, Shinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10899311
    Abstract: A passenger restraining device for a vehicle having a three-point seatbelt device, a shoulder belt extending from above, a seat transverse direction one end side of a seatback of a vehicle seat toward a lower portion; a belt guide at an upper portion side of the seat transverse direction one end side of the seatback, through which the shoulder belt is inserted, that's disposed along a restrained surface of a passenger seated in the vehicle; a fixing portion fixes a rear end portion of the belt guide to a seat shoulder opening at the seat transverse direction one end side of an upper portion of the seatback; and a front side portion at a length direction front side of the belt guide, in a usual state, disposed further toward a vehicle front side than a collarbone of the passenger seated in the vehicle, and structured to be hard to bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Hiroe Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10870379
    Abstract: A belt framework for a vehicle seat or a vehicle-seat bench, wherein the belt framework comprises a vertical support and a horizontally running transverse strut, wherein the transverse strut is arranged on the vertical support, wherein a component of a passenger-restraint system is fastened on an attachment element of the transverse strut when the vehicle seat and the belt framework are in an assembled state. The belt framework is distinguished in that the belt framework comprises a safety element, wherein the safety element is present on the transverse strut, along a longitudinal axis of the transverse strut, wherein the safety element, together with the transverse strut, encloses the vertical supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Aguti Produktentwicklung & Design GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Grieger
  • Patent number: 10843658
    Abstract: A seat system for a motor vehicle has at least one vehicle seat, which can be adjusted between a first position in the forward direction of travel of the motor vehicle, and a second position counter to the forward direction of travel of the motor vehicle. A safety belt device is provided to secure an occupant seated in the vehicle seat in the first and second position. An optimized system in terms of weight, complexity and manufacturing costs, has the safety belt device include a respective belt system, held on corresponding holding points on the motor vehicle body-in-white side, for the first and for the second position of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Boese, Matthias Franz, Harald Lathwesen
  • Patent number: 10710546
    Abstract: A seatbelt of a work vehicle includes: a first stay provided in correspondence with a first fixing portion of a vehicle body on either one of right/left sides of a seat; a belt reeling portion that reels and stores a belt main body and is attached to the first fixing portion via the first stay; a second stay provided in correspondence with a second fixing portion on the other one of the right/left sides of the seat; and a buckle portion that fixes an insertion fixture extending from the belt reeling portion and is attached to the second fixing portion via the second stay. A first cover member is mounted to the first stay and covers an outward exposed portion of the first stay. A second cover member is mounted to the second stay and covers an outward exposed portion of the second stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Nakaji, Hiromi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10661904
    Abstract: A stowable harness fan assembly for a low-back divan is disclosed. In embodiments, the stowable harness fan assembly includes one or more vertical support members, a horizontal support member, and a repositionable harness fan. The horizontal support member is coupled to the one or more vertical support members. The horizontal support member includes an opening and a pivot disposed at one end of the opening. The repositionable harness fan is coupled to the horizontal support member by the pivot and is at least partially disposed within the opening so that the repositionable harness fan can rotate between an open (e.g., raised) configuration and a closed (e.g., stowed) configuration with respect to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Oleson
  • Patent number: 10562490
    Abstract: The occupant restraining device for a vehicle has a seatbelt, a collision predicting sensor, a braking device that enlarges a gap between a vehicle occupant and a seatback of a vehicle seat, an explosive-type pretensioner and electric motor that retract the seatbelt, and a control section that, in a case in which a front collision of the vehicle is sensed in advance by the collision predicting sensor, enlarges the gap between the vehicle occupant and the seatback by the braking device and starts retracting of the seatbelt by the explosive-type pretensioner and the electric motor, and at least until forward movement of the vehicle occupant starts after occurrence of the front collision, continues to input load to the vehicle occupant from the seatbelt and continues to move the vehicle occupant toward a vehicle rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Goto, Takashi Hasegawa, Katsunori Yamada
  • Patent number: 10562486
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle body and a seatbelt assembly attached to the vehicle body. The seatbelt assembly includes a webbing and a tongue slidably engaged with the webbing. A pocket is fixed to the webbing. The pocket and the webbing define a cavity therebetween. A magnet is disposed in the cavity and is engageable with the tongue. The magnet is fixed to the webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10442395
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a floor portion; a row of seating; and a first anchor bracket including: a seatbelt webbing attachment portion to which a first seatbelt webbing, configured to secure an occupant to the row of seating, is attached; and a cargo securement attachment portion to which a cargo securement device, configured to secure one or more pieces of cargo above the floor portion adjacent the row of seating, is attached. The vehicle can further include a second anchor bracket including a seatbelt webbing attachment portion to which a second seatbelt webbing, configured to secure an occupant to the row of seating, is attached, and a cargo securement attachment portion to which the cargo securement device is attached. The first anchor bracket and second anchor bracket can be identically shaped and interchangeable during assembly of the vehicle. The first anchor bracket and second anchor bracket can be shaped differently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sri Adiraju, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Jr., Jeffrey Gabalski, Richard Moss
  • Patent number: 10434975
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly includes a seatbelt, a conductive sensing conductor and a conductive shield. The seatbelt has a lap band. The conductive sensing conductor is fixed to a first side of the lap band. The conductive shield is fixed to a second side of the lap band and is substantially aligned with and substantially overlaps the sensing conductor. An insulating layer is disposed between the sensing conductor and the conductive shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Srinivasan Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 10427640
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly includes a seatbelt retractor, a support spaced from the seatbelt retractor, and a webbing retractably engaged with the seatbelt retractor. The webbing is moveable relative to the support. The seatbelt assembly includes a magnet and a conductive material adjacent the magnet. One of the magnet and the conductive material is fixed to the support, and the other of the magnet and the conductive material is moveable by the webbing relative to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Tien Vo, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 10343645
    Abstract: A roll bar system for a motor vehicle includes a roll bar pipe having a first hole formed in the roll bar pipe, a collar disposed within the first hole of the roll bar pipe, a seat belt assembly, and a fastener. The seat belt assembly includes a seat belt and an anchor. The anchor include an engagement mechanism for engaging the seat belt and a flange having a fastener hole. The fastener attaches the flange of the anchor to the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph H Korte, Dustin M Schultz, Matthew L. Taracko, Kirk M. Rausch
  • Patent number: 10308205
    Abstract: A safety restraint system for a vehicle seat having a frame, a seat back and a lower seat cushion supported on the frame includes an airbag having an inflatable pelvis restraint portion. The inflatable pelvis restraint portion extends across the lower seat cushion between a first lateral side and a second lateral side of the inflatable pelvis restraint portion. At least one of the first and second lateral sides is laterally movable relative to the lower seat cushion upon inflation of the airbag. The inflatable portion may be secured to the vehicle seat with a mounting strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: David Schneider
  • Patent number: 10272808
    Abstract: An upper-front of a seatback is cut, providing a hole at a position the occupant's shoulder may lie, and an engaging means able to engage with a shoulder webbing is fitted in the hole. The engaging means holds the shoulder webbing, which is wrapped around the occupant. The engaging means is, for example, a (second) buckle fitted in the hole. A second tongue (intermediate tongue) is mounted on a middle part of the shoulder webbing. The shoulder webbing is wrapped slantwise around the occupant's shoulder when the second tongue is engaged with the second buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Koike, Tomohiro Amano
  • Patent number: 10219588
    Abstract: A belt lock housing having a housing cover, a housing base and a plurality of connecting pins, which are fixed in receptacles in the housing cover, characterized in that the housing base is produced in a two-component injection molding process and has a first plastic component, which forms a shell of the housing base, and a second plastic component, which forms a reinforcing element of the housing base having the connecting pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Christian Engel, Kai Wachlin
  • Patent number: 10214132
    Abstract: A kit for securing cargo within an interior of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle has an occupant restraint system including a coupling member. The kit includes a harness having at least one connecting ring. The harness is configured to hold the cargo. The kit includes a first strap having a first connector at a first end releasably coupled to the coupling member and a second connector at a second end coupled to the at least one connecting ring. The kit includes an energy absorbing element defined on the strap between the first end and the second end. The energy absorbing element is deformable to absorb a force acting on the cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jenne-Tai Wang, Yuxiu Zhang, Chin-Hsu Lin, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Patent number: 10189438
    Abstract: A seat belt attachment device is an integral body having a buckle component which has a tongue fastening mechanism configured to connect with the seat belt tongue of an existing seat belt system. An attachment tongue extends from the buckle component and is designed to connect with the seat belt connector of the existing seat belt system. At least one rigid bar extends outwardly from the buckle component such that when the seat belt buckle connector and the seat belt tongue are connected to the tongue fastening mechanism and the attachment tongue, the attachment device is located between the seat belt buckle connector and the seat belt tongue and the seat belt strap can be custom wrapped around the rigid bar in order to configure the strap comfortably away from and around the body of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Donald DeMaise
  • Patent number: 10179562
    Abstract: A buckle apparatus includes a buckle, a moving member, a sliding member and a guide member. A tongue of a seatbelt apparatus can be engaged with the buckle. By being moved, the moving member moves the buckle. The sliding member is provided at the moving member and moves together with the moving member. The guide member allows the sliding member to slide in accordance with movement of the moving member and guides the sliding member. Friction between the guide member and the sliding member is less than friction between the guide member and the moving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Koji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10173636
    Abstract: The seatbelt buckle assembly comprises a buckle; a buckle supporting member connected to the buckle and including thereupon a first aperture and an opposing second aperture spaced apart along a width direction together to receive a fastener for assembling the buckle supporting member to the structural frame; and a spring to contact the buckle supporting member and the structural frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Wang, Angel Ding, Fiona Yang, Tina Li
  • Patent number: 10160373
    Abstract: Disclosed is a utility truck bed comprising one or more of the following elements: (i) two worker stations located behind the cabin of the truck, each of which comprises a passenger well with a floor that is horizontally positioned below the bottom plane of the rest of the bed; (ii) a safety gate on the outside of the bed that slides horizontally to provide access to the well; (iii) a safety harness for connecting the worker to a fixed portion of the assembly; (iv) a sliding safety gate adjacent the passenger well on the inside of the bed; and (v) storage compartments positioned on the back of the truck bed, each extending longitudinally away from each worker station and positioned to provide sufficient space between each compartment to place working materials that do not fit in the storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Edward J. Tovornik
  • Patent number: 10118588
    Abstract: A seat belt device 30 includes a second buckle 48 connected to a vehicle 10 side by a second webbing 49, and a tubular buckle hoder 46 which is able to hold the second buckle 48 in a state in which the second buckle 48 is accommodated therein. A tongue 76 is inserted into the second buckle 48. In addition, the buckle holder 46 is provided on an anchor 32 so as to be rotatable in vehicle forward and rearward directions. Furthermore, a length dimension L1 of the second webbing 49 is set such that the second buckle 48 can be pulled out from the buckle holder 46.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Shimizu, Tatsuya Miyamoto, Takamitsu Kasai
  • Patent number: 10081331
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement is disclosed for a safety belt of a rear seat row of a motor vehicle with a cross brace, which extends in the lateral direction. The fastening arrangement includes a tubular cross brace. The cross brace is provided with a mounting flange, on which a belt retractor is fastened and supported. The mounting flange is downwardly offset relative to an upper wall of the cross brace in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Klaas Hillman
  • Patent number: 10081330
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle presenter assembly (10) has a guide track (40) and a buckle presenter assembly (20). The guide track (40) is anchored to a vehicle seat frame at a first end and a second end. The buckle presenter assembly (10) is secured to and mounted onto the guide track (40) and is movable along the guide track (40) from a stowed position at the first end to an extended position toward the second end. Preferably, the guide track (40) is inclined having the first end of the guide track (40) fixed lower than the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Arnold, Rudi Grzic
  • Patent number: 10071705
    Abstract: Provided are a seat belt assist device and a vehicular seat such that a seat belt can be moved to a position easily accessible by a seated person in a compact and simple configuration. A seat belt assist device is configured to move at least a part of a seat belt of a seat for a vehicle to a position easily accessible by a seated person, and is provided with a movable member that supports a part of the seat belt and that moves between a normal position and a protruded position that protrudes beyond the normal position. The movable member is disposed on an upper surface of a seat back of the seat, with an end portion thereof at the door side of the vehicle being disposed toward an end of the upper surface of the seat back in a right and left direction, and with a forward end disposed rearward of a front end surface of the upper surface of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinichi Tanabe, Atsushi Yamabe
  • Patent number: 10051921
    Abstract: A light-emitting safe buckle is disclosed. The buckle includes, a light-emitting device, and a male buckle and a female buckle made of a transparent or translucent material, the light-emitting device being disposed on an intermediate setting portion of the male buckle. The male buckle and the female buckle are both made of a transparent or translucent material, such that light emitted by the light-emitting device can be quickly conducted and diffused to the whole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Dongguan Changmei Plastic & Hardware Co., LTD
    Inventors: Feng Xiao Chun, Zhu Xiao Rong, He Wu Shi
  • Patent number: 10035492
    Abstract: Provided is a module for detecting fastening of a seat belt, which enables a driver to detect whether passengers fasten seat belts in a transportation means including a plurality of seats and having many passengers, the module including: transmitting units configured to detect whether the passengers seated on the seats fasten the seat belts and selectively generate signals; a receiving unit configured to independently receive the signals transmitted from the transmitting units; and a display unit configured to display information about the seat, of which the passenger fastens the seat belt, to a driver through the information received from the receiving unit, in which the signals generated in the plurality of transmitting units are distinctly separated and transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: WOOSHIN SAFETY SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung Sang Lee
  • Patent number: 10023078
    Abstract: The invention provides a seatbelt threader device with a sheath receiving at least one or both of the lap and shoulder straps of a seatbelt therein, and a male component of a seatbelt buckle at a distal end thereof, so that the male component can be inserted through the slot of the child safety seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew A. Kitt
  • Patent number: 9988013
    Abstract: A tongue for a motor vehicle seat belt restraint system providing high friction restraining belt webbing transfer through the tongue in an impact condition. The tongue incorporates a deformable element which maintains the webbing away from contact with high friction elements in the normal use of the belt system. In a crash condition in which significant tension loads are applied to the belt webbing, the deformable element yields to provide contact between the belt webbing and a high friction surface which restricts the transfer of the webbing from the shoulder belt portion of the webbing to the let belt portion of the webbing which is normally more highly loaded in an impact condition. Several embodiments of deformable elements are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Cahill, Jon E. Burrow, Bin Wang, Christopher S. Koprowicz
  • Patent number: 9963104
    Abstract: In a through anchor, it enables a piece to be moved to an attachment position of the piece in a metal core by moving the piece toward a vehicle front lower side in a state in which a lower end portion of a guide portion of a guide groove of the piece is abutted with a guide projection formed at a metal core lower portion of the metal core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Tomohiro Okuhira, Tomotaka Suzuki, Takahiro Hamada, Tetsushi Urushibata
  • Patent number: 9907366
    Abstract: A belt buckle for a vehicle safety belt, comprising a housing (3) which is formed by at least two housing shells (1,2) joined together and in which a locking mechanism (4) is arranged, and a pushbutton (22), provided on said housing, for operating the locking mechanism (4), wherein at least two housing shells (1,2) are joined together at their shell rims and that elongated cover strips (8,9) made of solid material and covering the mutually abutting rims (17,18) of the housing shells (1,2) are fixed to the joined housing shells (1,2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Krauss, Thomas Schrott, Mark Seer, Michael Bär, Martin Specht
  • Patent number: 9902365
    Abstract: In a through anchor (10), a guide piece (24) is molded in an area around a through hole (16) in an anchor plate (12), webbing (30) is inserted through an insertion hole (26) in the guide piece (24) in such a way that the webbing is movable along a lengthwise direction, and the webbing (30) is slidably supported on a sliding surface (28) of the guide piece (24). Here, the guide piece (24) is placed only on the whole circumference of the through hole (16) in the anchor plate (12) and allows an entire outer peripheral end surface (12C) of the anchor plate (12) to be exposed. For this reason, the use amount of molding resin of the guide piece (24), which is molded from a relatively high-grade resin, and the cost of the through anchor (10) can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Enshu CO., Ltd
    Inventor: Tadao Ito
  • Patent number: 9840226
    Abstract: A lighted egress apparatus includes a unitary body comprising a cavity therewithin, the cavity comprising a power supply supplying electricity and circuitry coupled to the power supply and conducting the electricity; a fixed blade partially fixed within the cavity and comprising a cutting blade, wherein the cutting blade is exposed from the unitary body and positioned at a constant cutting angle; a switch partially fixed within the cavity and coupled to the circuitry, wherein activation of the switch completes the circuitry and allows the circuitry to conduct the electricity; and an illumination device partially fixed within the cavity and coupled to the circuitry, wherein the illumination device illuminates as the circuitry conducts the electricity to the illumination device and positioned to direct illumination in front of the cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Jim Allen Faughn, Richard William Kozycki
  • Patent number: 9827947
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle assembly includes a buckle housing; a plate extending from the buckle housing and defining a slot; and a bracket including a rivet engaged in the slot. The plate and rivet are configured such that, in response to an impact force that exceeds a threshold acting to pull the buckle housing away from the bracket, the slot plastically deforms, permitting the buckle housing and plate to translate relative to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Shenaq, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 9802655
    Abstract: A poly bilt ambulance compartment for attachment to a vehicle for providing patient transport and treatment in a manner that will accommodate medical personnel and at least one patient located on a mobile cot in a position such that the medical personnel can provide medical care and assistance including intensive life support services during transit. The poly structure is built to house and store medical supplies and treatment equipment, which can be used in a variety of environments and be easily cleaned following patient delivery, and is formed from sanitized, non-porous material that will minimize bio-hazard conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: E-Medic Polybuilt Ambulance Inc.
    Inventors: Branden Sharbono, Victor Giraldo Ruiz Caro Rothgiesser
  • Patent number: 9802651
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes an outer body panel and a reinforcement panel. The outer body panel at least partially defines a pillar portion that has a front edge that at least partially defines a door opening, and a rear edge that at least partially defines a rear window opening. The reinforcement panel is rigidly fixed to the outer body panel and includes an upper attachment section, a lower attachment section and a main section that extends between the upper attachment section and the lower attachment section. The upper attachment section is attached to the outer body panel. The lower attachment section extends downward from the main section to proximate a lower edge of the rear window opening. The main section includes a first contoured area defining a first seatbelt anchor support and a second area spaced apart from the first contoured area that defines a second seatbelt anchor support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Francisco Aguirre Miranda
  • Patent number: 9783157
    Abstract: A seatbelt buckle system for law enforcement use, wherein the female portion of the buckle is located at the end of a segment which is in a generally upright and readily-accessible position to assure the safe and expeditious restraint of an individual. The individual securing the occupant is advantageously less prone to adverse events such as unwanted contact with or from the occupant, injury to the back or other part of the anatomy, or unwarranted charges of sexual harassment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Robert G. Walker
  • Patent number: 9783156
    Abstract: Webbing guide includes: guide body through which webbing is inserted; front wall that contacts one side face of first opening edge part and second opening edge part; rear wall that contacts another side face of first opening edge part; and claw that contacts another side face of second opening edge part. Connection part connects guide body and rear wall and includes concave part, and leading end of first opening edge part enters into concave part when webbing guide is assembled with member for assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Mikio Watanabe, Ryuji Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9776595
    Abstract: A vehicle safety belt webbing and tongue/latch plate stowage assembly includes a safety belt webbing retractor disposed in a compartment and a pocket disposed adjacent to the compartment and configured for receiving the safety belt tongue/latch plate therein. The pocket is defined by at least a divider and a door configured for translation between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The closed configuration defines a gap between the wall and the door sufficient for passage therethrough of a safety belt webbing. A damper controls the rate of translation of the door between the open configuration and the closed configuration, providing a soft touch opening/closing feature. The door may be configured for pivoting between the open and closed configurations, or for sliding between the open and closed configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Taylor, Paul Tuomisto, Christopher Donald Schop, Benjamin Yilma, Travis Justin Raines