Retractable Patents (Class 280/807)
  • Patent number: 10377267
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of support portions that connect a frame portion and a roll-over protection cage to each other; a cross member that extends in a width direction of the vehicle and connects the pair of support portions to each other at positions higher than centers of the pair of support portions in an up-down direction of the vehicle; a first seat portion, a second seat portion, and a third seat portion in a front row; and a seat belt unit corresponding to the second seat portion. The seat belt unit includes a winding device located at a position lower than a shoulder anchor. The cross member is located between an upper end of the shoulder anchor and a lower end of the winding device in a front view of the vehicle, and supports the shoulder anchor and the winding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hayashi, Kazuo Sunahiro, Fumihiro Hidaka
  • Patent number: 10208859
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cable sealing device (30) for providing a seal around a communications cable (88, 90). The cable sealing device (30) includes a cable seal arrangement (38) positioned between first and second compression plates (92F, 92R). The cable sealing device (30) also includes an actuator (36) for compressing the first and second compression plates (92F, 92R) together to deform the cable sealing arrangement (38) such that the cable sealing arrangement (38) is adapted to form a seal about a cable (88, 90) routed through the cable sealing device (30). The actuator includes a cam lever (94) pivotally movable between an actuated position (P2) and a non-actuated position (P1). The actuator also includes a spring (98) for transferring load between the cam lever (94) and the first and second compression plates (92F, 92R). The spring (98) is pre-loaded when the cam lever (94) is in the non-actuated position (P1) (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Kristof Vastmans, Roel Modest Willy Bryon, Pieter Arthur Anna De Vos, Wouter Vandamme
  • Patent number: 10166896
    Abstract: A seat belt attachment structure for an off-road vehicle comprising a seat including a seat frame and at least two occupant sitting positions. A seat belt is provided for each sitting position that includes a shoulder belt, a waist belt, and a tongue plate. When fastened, the seat belt is fixed at three points including a retractor housing the shoulder belt, an anchor fixing the waist belt on the same side of the sitting position as the retractor, and a buckle positioned on the other side of the sitting position that detachably engages the tongue plate. At least a first appendage is positioned along the frame between the first and second sitting positions, and the waist belts of the first and second sitting positions are fixed to the first appendage when the seat belts of the first and second sitting positions are fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Karube, Hironori Nozawa, Takeshi Kamiyama, Yoshihiro Tano
  • Patent number: 10011245
    Abstract: An adjustment device has a frame, a guide, a holding bar, a connector, and a manipulating unit. The frame has a holding inclined surface. The guide has two guiding slots extending longitudinally. The holding bar is disposed in and is movable along the guiding slots. The holding bar and the holding inclined surface clamp the webbing of the seat belt. The connector is mounted around the frame and is connected to the webbing. The manipulating unit is slidably mounted around the connector and has a pushing portion formed on a back side of the front slat and disposed under the holding bar and in front of the holding inclined surface. The adjustment device is to connect the webbing's second segment that is positioned vertically and clamp the webbing's first segment that is fastened obliquely on a user, and is simply operated by stepless adjustment to enhance comfort and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Liang-Hsiung Wang
  • Patent number: 9877548
    Abstract: A buckle in a seatbelt apparatus includes a buckle stay (20), a buckle base (10) coupled to the buckle stay so as to be able to tilt in a first direction X and to pivot in a second direction Y, with respect to the buckle stay (20), and an elastic member that returns the buckle base (10) tilted in the first direction X and the buckle base (10) pivoted in the second direction Y to an original position. A support shaft (30) has a pair of arm portions (32) provided at an upper portion (31) of the support shaft (30) and extending in a lateral direction. Tip portions of the arm portions (32) are coupled into respective engagement grooves (16) formed in a pair of side plate portions (12) of the buckle base (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Yushi Murase
  • Patent number: 9840204
    Abstract: Provided is a design for an emergency vehicle seat equipped with an adjustable seat back assembly and a multiple restraint release mechanism for simultaneously releasing multiple seat belt restraints while also releasing a bracket member of a mounting apparatus to enable the release of a cylindrical tank being transported in the vehicle seat. The tank is a part of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) worn on the back of the occupant of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: USSC GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Christian Ulfsson Hammarskjold, Jeff David Krueger, Matthew C. Gross, Jason Lee Mort
  • Patent number: 9738326
    Abstract: A rear package tray structure may include left and right side members oriented vertically from a floor panel, and a tray member to connect upper ends of the side members, in which the tray member and the side members are shaped with empty spaces defined therein extending in longitudinal directions thereof, respectively, and are connected to one another such that the empty spaces fluidly communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Suk-Jun Chai
  • Patent number: 9616844
    Abstract: A seat belt assembly for a vehicle may be arranged to facilitate installation of a seat belt while improving the operation and feel during use. The vehicle may have a pair of left and right occupant seats on a vehicle body frame. A pair of left and right standing frames may be disposed on the outside of the seats, and the upper end parts of the pair of standing frames may be connected by a cross frame. A winding device of the belt may be supported on the frame so as to be positioned in back of the seat. A through-anchor into which the belt may be inserted may be supported on the upper part of the standing frame. Guide ribs may be provided on a back surface of the seat between the winding device and the through-anchor so as to guide the movement of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Karube, Takeshi Kamiyama, Makoto Hotozuka
  • Patent number: 9610035
    Abstract: A method of maintaining a state in a subject includes measuring one or more physiological parameters of the subject, calculating, using the measured parameter(s), a value, determining if the calculated value is below a lower threshold or above an upper threshold, and generating an output to the subject if the calculated value is determined to be below the lower threshold or above the upper threshold. In one embodiment, the generating an output to the subject includes generating a first output if the calculated value is determined to be below the lower threshold and generating a second output if the calculated value is determined to be above the upper threshold, the second output being different from the first output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Ronaldus Maria Aarts, Mark Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: 9545859
    Abstract: A seat for use in a passenger vehicle, e.g. for prisoner transport, comprises a molded piece having at least one first contact zone at a periphery of the molded piece and at least second contact zone located inward of the periphery of molded piece. The second contact zone may comprise a multi-surface formation that is configured to engage a multi-surface formation of a vehicle body. The molded piece may comprise one or more recesses designed to accommodate the body of a passenger. The at least one second contact zone may be disposed in an area of the seat that receives the buttocks of a passenger, thereby providing additional support in a load bearing area of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Prisoner Transport Systems LLC
    Inventor: Guy M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9475413
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of support portions that connect a frame portion and a roll-over protection cage to each other; a cross member that extends in a width direction of the vehicle and connects the pair of support portions to each other at positions higher than centers of the pair of support portions in an up-down direction of the vehicle; a first seat portion, a second seat portion, and a third seat portion in a front row; and a seat belt unit corresponding to the second seat portion. The seat belt unit includes a winding device located at a position lower than a shoulder anchor. The cross member is located between an upper end of the shoulder anchor and a lower end of the winding device in a front view of the vehicle, and supports the shoulder anchor and the winding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hayashi, Kazuo Sunahiro, Fumihiro Hidaka
  • Patent number: 9145106
    Abstract: In a webbing-winding device, a tension acting on a webbing is smaller when a pretensioner-mechanism is actuated than when a force-limiter mechanism is actuated, thus, projection dimensions of a first claw and a second claw can be made smaller than projection dimensions of second contact portions. A total of contact areas of first contact portions and the second contact portions with a body portion is larger than a total of contact areas of the first claw and the second claw with the body portion. Accordingly, the first claw and the second claw are caused to insert through an insertion hole from the lower side of a stay to attach. Since the projection dimensions can be made smaller, an amount of deflection of the protector can be made smaller. Therefore, the protector can be held on the stay reliably to allow the protector to be attached to the stay easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Koji Muto
  • Patent number: 8998263
    Abstract: A structural support assembly for a vehicle that has a roof and a rocker assembly. The structural support assembly includes an outer panel extending from the rocker assembly to the roof, an inner reinforcement including an upper panel and a lower panel. A seat belt retractor is assembled to the structural support assembly between the upper panel and the lower panel of the inner reinforcement. The upper panel and the lower panel are separate parts that are assembled to the outer panel in a spaced apart relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Robert Franklin Yustick, Alexandre Cruz Silva, Nagaraj Mariyappa, Diego Freitas de Ara├║jo
  • Publication number: 20150084323
    Abstract: Disclosed is a motor vehicle safety belt including: a belt which includes a shoulder belt, and a waist belt, and restricts a body of an occupant; a retractor which is installed at a door side of a vehicle body, and winds up at one end of the belt; a tongue plate which is fastened to the belt; a buckle which is installed at one side of a seat, in which the occupant is seated, fixes the belt, and binds with the tongue plate; and an anchor which fixes the other end of the belt to the vehicle body, in which a belt strap is added at a side opposite to a vertex where the shoulder belt and the waist belt are coupled, so as to form a ? shape between the shoulder belt and the waist belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Dong Seog Han, In Suk Hamm, Kwang Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20150021896
    Abstract: [Object] Smooth sliding against a seat belt is allowed in a normal state, and effectiveness of suppressing extension of a lap belt is increased in an emergency state. [Solution] A seat belt slide portion 17 has a recess portion 20 provided in a seat belt slide surface 18 and a specified number of projections 27 provided in the recess portion 20. The seat belt slide surface 18 has a shoulder belt-side seat belt slide surface 22 that is disposed on a shoulder belt 9 side and extends in a longitudinal direction of a seat belt insertion hole 16. Relative to a position where the distance in a direction perpendicular to or substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the seat belt insertion hole 16 is a minimum, the shoulder belt-side seat belt slide surface 22 extends from the shoulder belt 9 side to a lap belt 10 side, and the distance of a part 22a of the shoulder belt-side seat belt slide surface 22 is positioned on the lap belt 10 side relative to the position of a virtual line ?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Motonori Okano, Yuuki Tabata, Yoshihiko Kawai
  • Patent number: 8931806
    Abstract: A tongue for a seat belt system. The tongue is configured to allow a seat belt to smoothly slide thereon at normal times and that is capable of preventing stretch of a lap belt in the event of emergency. The seat belt sliding unit includes a predetermined number of the protrusions disposed in the first and second concave portions and. The first protrusion has a flat or substantially flat end surface on the shoulder belt side, a flat or substantially flat end surface on the lap belt side, and an arc-like top end. An angle formed by the imaginary line between the topmost end of the protrusion and an arc center of an outer peripheral surface of the concave portions and the end surface on the shoulder belt side is less than an angle formed by the imaginary line and the end surface on the lap belt side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Yuuki Tabata, Yoshihiko Kawai, Motonori Okano
  • Patent number: 8919888
    Abstract: There is provided a seat belt guiding construction capable of regulating the longitudinal and transverse movement of a seat belt. In a seat belt guiding construction including a retractor 12 for a seat belt, which is installed in a seat back 2; a belt guide portion 13 for a seat belt 5, which is disposed in an upper end portion of the seat back 2; and a seat belt cover 11 which is mounted at a belt takeout port 6 for taking the seat belt 5 out of the seat back 2, the belt guide portion 13 is made up of a front guide portion 8b for guiding the front surface of the seat belt 5, side guide portions 9c for guiding the side of the seat belt 5, and a rear guide portion 9b for guiding the rear surface of the seat belt 5; a slit 9a through which the seat belt 5 passes into the guide is formed in the side guide portion 9c or the rear guide portion 9b; and the attachment portion for the seat belt cover 11 is formed in the belt guide portion 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichiro Maruo
  • Patent number: 8899625
    Abstract: A tongue for a seat belt system. The tongue is configured to allow a seat belt to smoothly slide thereon at normal times and that is capable of preventing stretch of a lap belt in the event of emergency. The seat belt sliding unit includes a predetermined number of the protrusions disposed in the first and second concave portions and. The first protrusion has a flat or substantially flat end surface on the shoulder belt side, a flat or substantially flat end surface on the lap belt side, and an arc-like top end. An angle formed by the imaginary line between the topmost end of the protrusion and an arc center of an outer peripheral surface of the concave portions and the end surface on the shoulder belt side is less than an angle formed by the imaginary line and the end surface on the lap belt side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Yuuki Tabata, Yoshihiko Kawai, Motonori Okano
  • Patent number: 8864174
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roll cage, at least one rear seat, and at least one rear seat belt assembly. Each rear seat is positioned within a rear protected area at least partially defined by the roll cage. Each rear seat belt assembly is associated with a respective one of the rear seats, and includes a retractor assembly attached to the roll cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Hidemi Minami, Takeshi Kobayashi, Jeremy T. McGuire, Drey Dircks, Darin D. King, Tsuyoshi Kumasaka, Noriyuki Muto, Casey Heit, Jacob O. Borth, Christopher Michael Krajewski, Christopher Joe Kranz
  • Patent number: 8844667
    Abstract: A control device controls driving of a motor such that a clutch of a power transmission mechanism is moved to a disconnecting position and thereby a belt reacher device is moved around in a forward direction of a vehicle by a return spring of the belt reacher device, if a change from an open state to a closed state of a door is detected by a door switch. The control device controls driving of the motor such that a webbing is winded and thereby the belt reacher device is moved around to a retracted position in a backward direction of the vehicle, if a determination is made that no occupant seated in a passenger seat is detected by an output of an OFF signal from a buckle switch of the passenger seat and a determination is made that start-up of the vehicle is detected by an output of an ON signal from an ignition switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shotaro Odate
  • Publication number: 20140265292
    Abstract: A four-point seat belt device includes right and left lap belts to press the hipbone of a passenger sitting in a seat, two shoulder belts to press both shoulders of the passenger, a driving unit to perform winding of the lap belts and the shoulder belts, and a latching detecting unit to detect a state in which the lap belts and the shoulder belts are latched via a buckle. The driving unit controls the lap belts in the case that the latching detecting unit has detected latching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Isamu NAGASAWA, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8820789
    Abstract: Various embodiments of seat harness pretensioning devices for use in land, air, and sea vehicles are described herein. In one embodiment, a seat unit for use in a military land vehicle or helicopter includes a stroking device that enables the seat to move downwardly in response to sudden movement. The seat unit also includes a seat belt or harness that extends around the occupant in the seat. Sudden movement of the seat in response to an explosion or hard landing causes a tensioning system to automatically pretension the seat harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Merrill, Todd J. Humbert
  • Patent number: 8814210
    Abstract: A belt presenter for a seat belt system comprising a belt strap and deflection fittings (16) includes an arm (102) having a belt strap guide (104) and a mounting portion (106) by which the arm (102) is adapted to be mounted to a vehicle lining (10). The arm (102) is manually movable about an axis of rotation (108) into a plurality of locking positions. The axis of rotation (109) about which the arm (102) can be rotated is arranged, in the vehicle-mounted state, to be offset from a mounting point (18) of deflection fittings (16) of the seat belt system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Mario Zauder, Peter Goehringer, Markus Kees, Juergen Petzi
  • Patent number: 8818640
    Abstract: A seatbelt device of a vehicle includes: a webbing reel around which a webbing is rolled up; a motor; an acceleration detection unit detecting an acceleration applying to the vehicle; an electric current control unit controlling a driving current of the motor; and an acceleration condition determination unit determining whether or not an acceleration greater than or equal to a set value has been applied to the vehicle within a predetermined amount of time after an acceleration greater than or equal to a first threshold acceleration value has been applied to the vehicle. When the acceleration condition determination unit determines that an acceleration greater than or equal to the set value has been applied to the vehicle within the predetermined amount of time, the electric current control unit controls the driving current of the motor so that a set amount of the webbing is wrapped up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shotaro Odate
  • Publication number: 20140217715
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roll cage, at least one rear seat, and at least one rear seat belt assembly. Each rear seat is positioned within a rear protected area at least partially defined by the roll cage. Each rear seat belt assembly is associated with a respective one of the rear seats, and includes a retractor assembly attached to the roll cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicants: TK Holdings Inc., Honda Motor Co.,Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidemi Minami, Takeshi Kobayashi, Jeremy T. McGuire, Drey Dircks, Darin D. King, Tsuyoshi Kumasaka, Noriyuki Muto, Casey Heit, Jacob O. Borth, Christopher Michael Krajewski, Christopher Joe Kranz
  • Patent number: 8783722
    Abstract: The self-releasing vehicular harness is a harness designed to prevent a driver or rider of a motorcycle from flying over the handlebars during a head-on or upright collision. The self-releasing vehicular harness includes a tether that extends from the harness to a spring-loaded drum located in a housing positioned to the rear of the end user. The housing contains at least one tensioning means that releases the drum in order to enable the tether to unroll thereby releasing the end user from the vehicle in the event of a non-head-on collision or other parameter. An inclinometer detects the angle of the vehicle in order to determine whether to release or lock the spring-loaded drum. A kill switch and/or seat sensor may work in conjunction with the inclinometer to further define parameters for releasing or locking the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald F. Gallo
  • Patent number: 8783725
    Abstract: When releasing a connection between a motor and a spool, the value of a drive voltage is increased at start-up of the motor. After the rotating shaft of the motor starts rotating, the value of the drive voltage is set to a minimum value necessary to maintain the rotation of the rotating shaft. By this means, it is possible to prevent the number of revolutions of the rotating shaft of the motor from increasing unnecessarily and reduce the sound produced from the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyuki Tombe
  • Patent number: 8777269
    Abstract: A self-locking belt retractor with a belt shaft which is mounted rotatably in a frame having a belt-sensitive a blocking device. A disc cam (1) mounted rotatably on the belt shaft, is pretensioned by a spring in the extension direction of the seat belt and on which an inertial mass (5) is mounted pivotably about a pivot axis (S). A projection (11) limits relative movement between the inertial mass (5) and the disc cam (1) is provided on the inertial mass (5) and/or on the disc cam (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Uwe Bosse, Volkmar Heine, Klaus Werner Butenop
  • Publication number: 20140138942
    Abstract: A seat belt system for a vehicle that is reversible between a 3-point arrangement and a 4-point arrangement is provided. The seat and seat belt arrangement includes a seat having a centerline, a seat back and a seat base. The seat and seat belt arrangement further includes a pair of shoulder belts, a pair of moveable shoulder belt guides and associated moveable retractors. A pair of lap belts is also provided. A buckle assembly is also provided to which the shoulder belts and lap belts are attached. Lap belt retractors are provided. One of the retractors is selectively movable between a retracted position in which the buckle assembly is to one side of the centerline and non-retracted position in which the buckle assembly is generally on the centerline. In the retracted position the moveable guides are moved away from the centerline while in the non-retracted position the moveable guides are moved toward the centerline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen William Rouhana
  • Patent number: 8720950
    Abstract: A ring gear 15 of a pretensioner 8 includes a plurality of levers 17 and one arc-shaped stopper 16 to allow force transmission members to smoothly move in a pipe, to facilitate setting of a stopper for stopping rotation of a ring gear, and to reduce the cost with a simple structure. During operation of the pretensioner 8, the levers 17 are sequentially pressed by balls 12a to rotate a pinion 19 and a spool in a seatbelt retracting direction. When the ring gear 15 rotates by a predetermined rotation amount, an outer peripheral edge 16c of the stopper 16 contacts and presses the opposing ball 12a. Since the ball 12a is thereby clamped between the stopper 16 and an inner peripheral surface 10d1 of a pipe I0, the ring gear 15 is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tomita, Yuichiro Hodatsu
  • Patent number: 8708370
    Abstract: A safety enhancement for a safety belt comprises an actuator housing mechanically coupled to a first end plate, a rotor blade, an orifice plate, a second end plate, a coil, and a spring cover by an actuator axel. The orifice plate comprises an orifice that allows hydraulic fluid to pass from a first side of the rotor blade to a second side of the rotor blade in order to increase or decrease tension on a safety belt to reduce user movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: John Barker
  • Publication number: 20140103627
    Abstract: The present invention relates to all terrain vehicles having at least a pair of laterally spaced apart seating surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Deckard, Phillip B. Swain, Andy T. Ives, Adam J. Schlangen, Corrie S. Roytek, Daniel L. Goffman, Clinton A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8657340
    Abstract: A rollover safety system for truck cab sleeper berths and other sleeper berths in moving vehicles. The system includes a rollover sensor which generates a signal in response to a rollover condition. The signal is used by a controller to tension a tether which is attached to a load bearing harness worn by a sleeper berth occupant. The tether is tensioned to prevent the occupant from injuriously contacting the roof and or walls of the berth The system moves the occupant away from the potentially injurious surfaces while allowing freedom of movement when there is no crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Keith Friedman
  • Patent number: 8651525
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a vehicle body, a seat mounted onto the vehicle body, a seat belt configured to be fastened by a person seated on the seat, a retractor for winding in the seat belt, and a retractor mounting device mounted to the vehicle body. The retractor mounting device includes a retractor bracket, and a cover disposed outward relative to the retractor bracket to cover the retractor bracket from an outward direction, and the retractor is mounted to an inner surface of the retractor bracket in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kaku, Tyler Furman, Brian Butler, Yoshinori Tsumiyama
  • Publication number: 20140035268
    Abstract: A lap pretensioner includes a wire to be connected to a belt, a sleeve-shaped cover covering the wire, an actuator configured to pull the wire to pull the belt, and a limiting member configured to limit a displacement of the cover, the limiting member extending inside the cover in a longitudinal direction of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Hirokazu NAGANUMA
  • Patent number: 8641098
    Abstract: A belt retractor frame, which is suitable for fixing in a vehicle. The belt retractor frame has: at least one hook for hooking the belt refractor frame into a vehicle panel and at least one bent tab, which produces a preload with the vehicle panel after the at least one hook has been hooked in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Takata AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schrade, Hans-Juergen Divo
  • Patent number: 8641090
    Abstract: An occupant restraint system comprising a seat belt webbing having a first end and a second end, the webbing configured to restrain the occupant; a member for anchoring the second end of the webbing; and an inflatable pretensioner having an inflator and an inflatable cushion that includes a first inflatable chamber and a second inflatable chamber, wherein the inflator is configured to inflate the first and second chambers of the cushion; wherein the first inflatable chamber is configured to deploy upon inflation to provide pretensioning of the webbing to restrain the secured occupant; wherein the second inflatable chamber is configured to deploy upon inflation to restrain the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Pongdet P. Wipasuramonton, Jonathan R. Kibat
  • Patent number: 8641097
    Abstract: There is provided a pretensioner. The pretensioner includes: a pipe; a gas generator that generates a gas in the pipe in an emergency case; a gas generator mount on which the gas generator is mounted; a spool driving mechanism that rotates a spool in a direction to retract a seatbelt by the gas generated by the gas generator in the emergency case; a discharge hole formed in the pipe so as to allow communication between inside and outside of the pipe; and a blocking member configured to block the discharge hole from inside of the pipe, the blocking member being configured to open the discharge hole when the blocking member is pressed from outside of the pipe with a pressing force equal to or greater than a given pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichiro Hodatsu, Hiroshi Tomita
  • Patent number: 8636304
    Abstract: Provided are a webbing-threading member and a seatbelt device that can prevent deviation of webbing (a so-called jamming phenomenon) by preventing rotation of the webbing-threading member. A webbing-threading member 1 of the present invention includes a body 2 rotatably mounted on the side of a vehicle, a threading hole 3 formed in the body 2 for guiding the webbing W, and a guide piece 4 placed on a surface of the threading hole 3 and forming a sliding surface 41 over which the webbing W slides. The guide piece 4 has, on the sliding surface 41, engaging grooves 42 that cause a pressing force to act in such a direction as to rotate the body 2 toward a vehicle front side at the time of withdrawing the webbing W, and that cause a pressing force to act in such a direction as to rotate the body 2 toward a vehicle rear side at the time of retracting the webbing W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Yuuki Tabata, Hideaki Nakagawa, Ryoichi Imai
  • Patent number: 8579066
    Abstract: This seat belt device of a vehicle includes a webbing, a belt reel, a motor, a clutch, detection unit, brake control unit and motor control unit. The motor control unit includes a waiting current control unit configured to conduct a current that can maintain the clutch to be in the connection state in the motor when the brake control unit outputs the operation signal and variable current control unit configured to proceed from current control performed by the waiting current control unit when a change in the movement state of the vehicle is detected by the detection unit during the current control performed by the waiting current control unit and adjusts the amount of conduction in the motor based on the movement state of the vehicle that is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shotaro Odate, Takeshi Kojima, Yo Ito
  • Patent number: 8573648
    Abstract: An apparatus for rotating a webbing guide of a seat belt for a vehicle may include a drive unit for moving a cable connected at one end thereof by controlling driving of a motor in response to an actuating signal or a stop signal, the webbing guide connected to the other end of the cable, and hingedly rotated to a first direction of a vehicular body as the cable moves in a second direction, and a return unit provided on the webbing guide, and providing an elastic force to the webbing guide so that the webbing guide hingedly rotated to the first direction of the vehicular body returns to the second direction of the vehicular body when the motor stops driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Woo Chul Park, Hyun Jeong You, Dong Sub Lee
  • Patent number: 8550499
    Abstract: A slider bar for use with two-door style motor vehicles for anchoring the lap belt for front seat occupants. The slider bar allows the lower anchorage point of the lap belt to freely move in the fore and aft direction to enhance rear seat compartment passenger ingress and egress. The slider bar further incorporates a pyrotechnic lap pretensioner (PLP) function for exerting pretensioning motion of the lap belt in response to a vehicle impact. The slider bar incorporates an internal piston which acts on the belt webbing position on the outside of the slider bar tube. Various embodiments are described incorporating alternate means of mounting the lap belt lower end to the slider bar, as well as various configurations for transferring the motion of the internal piston to the lap belt lower anchorage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff A. Russell, Timothy J. Cahill, Regis Dutell
  • Patent number: 8550500
    Abstract: A utility vehicle according to the present invention includes a ROPS, a front seat and a rear seat arranged in a riding space, a cargo bed changeable between an expanded state in which the cargo bed is expanded forward into the riding space and a non-expanded state in which the cargo bed is not expanded in the riding space, and a plurality of seatbelt apparatuses for all passengers including a driver, wherein each of the seatbelt apparatuses is a three point seatbelt apparatus including a webbing, a bottom anchor, a top anchor, a lower buckle and a retractor, and in at least one of the three point seatbelt apparatuses, the top anchor is provided on a cross member of the ROPS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 8528938
    Abstract: The motor drive current has a value increased for a time necessary for the clutch operation to mechanically connect the motor and spool and, after the clutch operation, the drive current has a value necessary only for preventing the rotation of the spool due to the belt tension. In this way, the power necessary only for restraining the occupant is consumed after the operation of the clutch is ensured. Then, it is possible to reduce the motor power consumption and suppress heat generation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyuki Tombe
  • Patent number: 8521369
    Abstract: A method and a device for control or regulation of a restraint system in a vehicle having a safety belt and at least one of an operation or convenience function. The operation and convenience functions of the restraint system adapt in a situation-related fashion and set the belt retraction force that acts on the safety belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Thomas Blaas, Walter Eberle, Martin Lanzerath, Jan Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8496269
    Abstract: The invention relates to a belt buckle presenter for a seat belt system of a vehicle comprising a belt buckle which is coupled to a spindle drive (16) through force transmission means (14), the force transmission means (14) including a locking member (40) which in normal operation is movable along a threaded spindle (30) of the spindle drive (16) in axial direction and in the case of restraint can be deformed by a restraining force acting on the belt buckle (12) so as to adopt a locking position in which the locking member (40) positively engages in the threaded spindle (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Holbein, Artur Klein, Nathalie Kramer, Martin Prokscha, Stefano Roehm
  • Publication number: 20130181430
    Abstract: A self-locking belt retractor with a belt shaft which is mounted rotatably in a frame having a belt-sensitive a blocking device. A disc cam (1) mounted rotatably on the belt shaft, is pretensioned by a spring in the extension direction of the seat belt and on which an inertial mass (5) is mounted pivotably about a pivot axis (S). A projection (11) limits relative movement between the inertial mass (5) and the disc cam (1) is provided on the inertial mass (5) and/or on the disc cam (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Autoliv Developement AB
    Inventors: Uwe Bosse, Volkmar Heine, Klaus Werner Butenop
  • Publication number: 20130168951
    Abstract: A utility vehicle according to the present invention includes a ROPS, a front seat and a rear seat arranged in a riding space, a cargo bed changeable between an expanded state in which the cargo bed is expanded forward into the riding space and a non-expanded state in which the cargo bed is not expanded in the riding space, and a plurality of seatbelt apparatuses for all passengers including a driver, wherein each of the seatbelt apparatuses is a three point seatbelt apparatus including a webbing, a bottom anchor, a top anchor, a lower buckle and a retractor, and in at least one of the three point seatbelt apparatuses, the top anchor is provided on a cross member of the ROPS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Teruaki YAMAMOTO, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 8473160
    Abstract: A steering operation force detection device for a steering wheel including a steering wheel rim having a right-side rim section and a left-side rim section. The device includes load cells that detect six component forces of the steering operation force acting on the right-side rim section and the left-side rim section consisting of forces in three axial directions and moments about three axes. The device includes a steering angle detection sensor that detects a steering angle of the steering wheel, and an inertial force component correcting unit that derives an inertial force component acting on the right-side rim section and the left-side rim section due to rotation of the steering wheel, based on an amount of displacement of the steering angle detected by the steering angle detection sensor, and that corrects the component force detected by the load cells to eliminate an effect of the derived inertial force component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Kuramori
  • Patent number: 8469400
    Abstract: Various embodiments of seat harness pretensioning devices for use in land, air, and sea vehicles are described herein. In one embodiment, a seat unit for use in a military land vehicle or helicopter includes a stroking device that enables the seat to move downwardly in response to an explosion or hard landing, respectively. The seat unit also includes a seat belt or harness that extends around the occupant in the seat. Downward movement of the seat in response to an explosion or hard landing causes a tensioning system to automatically pretension the seat harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: AmSafe, Inc. (Phoenix Group)
    Inventors: David T. Merrill, Todd Humbert