Bumper Having Impact Force Absorbing Means Directly Interposed Between Bumper And Vehicle Structure Patents (Class 293/132)
  • Patent number: 10994680
    Abstract: Each impact-absorbing member has an open cross-sectional shape that is open to a first side of a vehicle width direction. Each impact-absorbing member includes an upper wall, a lower wall, a side wall extending between the upper wall and the lower wall, an upper flange portion extending upward from the upper wall, and a lower flange portion extending downward from the lower wall. Curved portions curved in the vehicle width direction in a protruding manner are formed in the side wall. The upper wall and the lower wall include a plurality of plate-shaped flat portions adjacent in the vehicle width direction, and step portions connecting the adjacent flat portions while forming a step in a vertical direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chikara Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10967918
    Abstract: A vehicle rail assembly has an extending longitudinal rail with a kick down area. A kick down area enabler is positioned in the rail at the kick down area. The kick down area enabler includes a foot rest portion, an outer part portion and a kick down portion all contacting the rail. The outer part portion and kick down portion part are cantilevered from the foot rest portion via welding. The kick down area enabler provides additional energy absorption for the rail to prevent intrusion into a passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Sunil Waghmare, Abhijeet Thorat, Meenakshi Solaimalai
  • Patent number: 10906587
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a front sub-frame configured such that a gear box is fitted to a front part of the front sub-frame, an arm portion extending from a front part of the front sub-frame forward and outward in a vehicle width direction, an impact absorbing portion supported by the arm portion, and a horn portion arranged on a front side of the impact absorbing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Morisawa, Toshimitsu Nishikuma, Masayasu Yoshida, Kenyu Okamura, Kohji Imuta, Fumihiro Osawa
  • Patent number: 10864869
    Abstract: A vehicle frame structure that includes a bumper reinforcement that includes a middle constituent portion that is positioned further toward a vehicle lower side than an upper wall portion configuring an upper surface of a upper constituent member, that is positioned further toward the vehicle lower side than a lower wall portion configuring a lower surface of a lower constituent member, and that is provided with load transmission inhibitors that inhibit load transmission from the middle constituent portion to a shock absorbing components in a case in which a load has been input to the bumper reinforcement from an opposite side from a shock absorbing components side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masafumi Sato
  • Patent number: 10759367
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bumper beam including an outer face, a plate elongated along the outer face, a plurality of ribs elongated from the plate transverse to a direction of elongation of the plate, and a plurality of cylinders each fixed to one of the ribs and spaced from the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Ninad Trifale, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Dean M. Jaradi, Nirmal Muralidharan, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 10710535
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the invention, a rear impact guard is configured to be coupled to a rear end of a vehicle. The rear impact guard includes first and second bumper support members configured to be coupled to first and second base rails of the vehicle. The first and second bumper support members are spaced from one another along a width of the vehicle. A horizontal bumper is mounted to lower ends of the first and second bumper support members. First and second angled support members are coupled at first ends to the first and second bumper support members, and coupled at second ends to the first and second base rails forwardly of the first and second bumper support members and forming a substantially hollow triangular member. First and second braces are positioned within the first and second base rails and coupled thereto. At least a portion of each of the first and second braces is located above the second ends of the first and second angled supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 10611410
    Abstract: The present application discloses front chassis structure including set plate to which impact absorber is connected. Front chassis structure includes: pillar member having inner support plate portion for supporting impact absorber, outer support plate portion for supporting impact absorber in cooperation with inner support portion, and pillar portion having horizontal cross-section bulging rearward from inner and outer support plate portions; connection member for connecting pillar portion to vehicle body; front side member extending rearward from pillar member; and projecting member projecting outward from pillar member. Set plate is mounted on the outer and inner support plate portions. Projecting member includes front end covered by outer support plate portion. Projecting member is connected to front side member so that projecting member presses front side member inward under moment around connection member, moment being generated at collision of automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Y-TEC CORPORATION, MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohisa Daikokuya, Yasunari Jinbo, Katsuyuki Komiya, Yoko Takanashi
  • Patent number: 10538271
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a strengthening member having a cross section including twenty-eight corners. The cross section has twenty-eight sides arranged to create twenty internal angles and eight external angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tau Tyan, Yu-Kan Hu, Leonard Anthony Shaner
  • Patent number: 10471913
    Abstract: In one example, a load-bearing, three-dimensional printed part resists a load. The load-bearing part has a load-receiving member, a support member, and a network of interconnected branches. The load-receiving member has an outer surface that receives the load. The support member is offset from the load-receiving member along a first direction. The network of interconnected branches extends from the load-receiving member to the support member, and includes a first primary branch and an auxiliary branch. The first primary branch has a first primary-branch end attached to one of the load-receiving member and the support member. The auxiliary branch has a first auxiliary-branch end attached to the first primary branch, and a second auxiliary-branch end attacked to one of (i) the load-receiving member, (ii) the support member, and (iii) a second primary branch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SABIC Global Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Subhransu S. Mohapatra, Poornesh Shivakumar
  • Patent number: 10457329
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure includes a front side member rear extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle, a part of a front side of the front side member rear being an inclined portion inclined such that a position of the inclined portion rises toward a front side of the vehicle, and a tubular front side member fixed to the inclined portion of the front side member rear and extending from the inclined portion to the front side of the vehicle. A plate-shaped reinforcing member is fixed to an inner peripheral surface of the front side member, the reinforcing member is provided with an extending portion extending to a rear side of the vehicle behind a rear end of the front side member, and the extending portion is fixed to the front side member rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10442380
    Abstract: A side member distal end structure includes: a side member distal end part and a lid member disposed forward of a distal end of the side member distal end part. The side member distal end part includes: a closed section part whose sectional shape orthogonal to the vehicle front-rear direction has a closed section structure; and a flange part in which a first panel and a second panel are joined to each other, the flange part being disposed outer than the closed section part and extending along the vehicle front-rear direction. The lid member includes a side plate part partially joined to an outer surface which is a part of the closed section part and is disposed forward of the flange part. In the vehicle front-rear direction, a plate surface of the side plate part faces the flange part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masatoshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10442377
    Abstract: A bumper assembly for a motor vehicle includes an energy absorber providing a variable stiffness for different displacements. The energy absorber includes a skin portion attached to a bumper beam, a rib pivotally attached to an end of the skin portion and a reinforced element attached to an end of the rib. The rib is movable from a first position that provides a first stiffness for a first displacement to a second position providing a second stiffness greater than the first stiffness over a second displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Romero, Oscar Saavedra, Jesús Marini
  • Patent number: 10442379
    Abstract: A bumper (B), comprising an elongated hat-shaped cross beam (1) mounted to at least two crash boxes (2) which are attached to a vehicle, said cross beam (1) having a primary contact face in the form of bent longitudinal upper and lower flanges (3,4). The bent longitudinal upper and lower flanges being arranged in the direction of the cross beam (1), and said primary contact face is facing away from the vehicle. Said bent longitudinal upper and lower flanges (3,4) have each a portion (5) with a large inner radius (R) at least at the mounting site of the cross beam (1) to respective crash box (2) compared to a small inner radius (r) of the rest of each of the bent longitudinal upper and lower flanges (3,4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Gestamp Hardtech AB
    Inventor: Jakob Hultkvist
  • Patent number: 10427633
    Abstract: [Object] To improve load resistance performance in response to collision. [Solution] An end structure of a vehicle according to the present invention includes: a beam 2 that extends in a vehicle width direction; and a connecting structure 3 that connects the beam 2 to a vehicle body frame. In a cross-sectional view perpendicular to the vehicle width direction, the beam 2 includes a first top surface part 2a and a first bottom surface part 2b which face each other, a first side surface part 2c that connects one ends of the first top surface part 2a and the first bottom surface part 2b, and first flange parts 2d that are formed to protrude vertically outwardly at the other ends of the first top surface part 2a and the first bottom surface part 2b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Mikazuki, Eiji Isogai, Kenji Yamamoto, Takashi Ariga, Seiya Ishii
  • Patent number: 10363965
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a front engine compartment housing a powertrain unit and at least one side-member on which a safety device is mounted; the safety device is configured so as to move said powertrain unit sideways during an impact, towards the opposite side to that which is subject to the impact; the safety device is provided with a beam having a first end, spaced from a terminal portion of the side-member towards the outside of the engine compartment, and a second end fixed to the side-member at an intermediate portion next to the powertrain unit; the safety device is further provided with a pin, which is fixed with respect to the second end of the beam and projects from said second end through a hole of the intermediate portion towards the powertrain unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Daniele Ghislieri, Andrea Cristina, Corrado Borrelli, Gianfranco Del Nero, Alessandro Bernardi, Saverio Gariano
  • Patent number: 10220803
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper damage indication system is provided includes a damage indicator structured to be positionable in a space between a bumper of a vehicle and a body of the vehicle. The damage indicator is structured to be movable between a first configuration and a second configuration. An actuation mechanism is operatively coupled to the damage indicator and is structured to control movement of the damage indicator from the first configuration to the second configuration responsive to a predetermined amount of deflection of a portion of the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Day
  • Patent number: 10207748
    Abstract: A longitudinal member arrangement of a body of a motor vehicle is designed such that, in the event of a collision of the motor vehicle, the longitudinal member arrangement progressively fails, absorbing collision energy, with a first longitudinal member element which is formed from a fiber composite, and with a second longitudinal member element which is formed from a fiber composite and is arranged behind the first longitudinal member element. The first longitudinal member element and the second longitudinal member element are connected to each other by a connecting element. The longitudinal member arrangement is designed such that, in the event of the collision of the motor vehicle, the second longitudinal member element begins to fail after the first longitudinal member element has failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Balazs Fodor
  • Patent number: 10160494
    Abstract: A vehicle body front section structure includes a front side member, an outer side frame member, a linking member, and a reinforcing structure. The outer side frame member is disposed separated from the front side member at a vehicle width direction outer side, has a vehicle front-rear direction rear end connected to an apron section or to a front pillar, and has a vehicle front-rear direction front end side overlapping with a vehicle front-rear direction front end side of the front side member in side view. The linking member links the vehicle front-rear direction front end side of the front side member and the vehicle front-rear direction front end side of the outer side frame member, and is input with a collision load. The reinforcing structure reinforces the outer side frame member at a portion of the outer side frame member overlapping with the front side member in side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenjiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 10150259
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for manufacturing a bumper structure. A blank made out of fiber-reinforced composite material is deep drawn in a molding tool to form a bumper cross member having a first groove. A first rib structure is molded in the first groove onto the bumper cross member in the molding tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Marco Nickel, Theobald Hock
  • Patent number: 10131302
    Abstract: A vehicle body front section structure is provided with a sensor attachment structure to an outside face of a left bumper beam extension. The sensor attachment structure includes a support section provided on the outside face of the left bumper beam extension, and an airbag sensor attached to the support section. The support section deforms and retreats toward the vehicle body rear as a result of compression of the left bumper beam extension during compression of the left bumper beam extension due to an impact load input from the vehicle body front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Kashiwagi, Hajime Ohya, Yu Saito, Hiroshi Ohtake
  • Patent number: 10118580
    Abstract: A structure of an underrun protection bound to a plurality of brackets disposed at the front or rear portion of a frame of a vehicle is disclosed. A distal panel being disposed on a distal side of a longitudinal direction of the vehicle is bound to a proximal panel being disposed on a proximal side of the longitudinal direction at engaged overlapping parts each at which an edge of a flange of the distal panel is in contact with an edge of a flange of the proximal panel. A reinforcing panel is disposed at a binder part in a hollow, the underrun protection bound to the plurality of brackets at a plurality of the binder parts such that the reinforcing panel is in contact with the inner face of one of the proximal panel and the distal panel and is in contact with the engaged overlapping part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Shigeki Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10112564
    Abstract: A crash box for a vehicle includes a body-side end face, a bumper-side end face and a plurality of supporting walls, which run in different planes extending in a longitudinal direction of the crash box between the end faces. At least one of the end faces is designed as a vault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fabian Fuerst, Stefan Holderried, Tommy Hechtel, Theobald Hock
  • Patent number: 9951836
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shock absorber system for a vehicle comprising a main unit (100) adapted to be deformed in the event of an impact with a first energy level and a secondary unit (200) shorter in length than the main unit (100), adapted to be subjected to loads as a complement of the main unit (100), after a first deformation phase of the main unit (100), when the system receives an impact with a second energy level greater than the first, the secondary unit (200) being configured to orient the resultant of a force applied on a downstream structure (30) in a direction not parallel to the longitudinal axis of this downstream structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOTECH ENGINEERING A.I.E.
    Inventors: Christophe Cazes, Gregory Gatard, Emmanuel Leroy, Matthieu Niess
  • Patent number: 9944323
    Abstract: A strengthening member for a motor vehicle and a vehicle including a strengthening member are provided. The strengthening member can have a cross-section that has twenty-four corners and includes sides and corners creating sixteen internal angles and eight external angles. The vehicle may include a strengthening member that has twenty-four corners and includes sides and corners creating sixteen internal angles and eight external angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tau Tyan, Yu-Kan Hu, Leonard Anthony Shaner
  • Patent number: 9925937
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure includes: a front side member; a load-bearing member provided at an outer side face of a vehicle width direction outer side of the front side member, the load-bearing member including a load transmission portion that protrudes to the vehicle width direction outer side and to a vehicle front from the outer side face; a front bumper reinforcement; an inner side collision-absorbing portion that couples a front end of the front side member with the front bumper reinforcement; and an outer side collision-absorbing portion disposed at the vehicle width direction outer side of the inner side collision-absorbing portion, at least a portion of the outer side collision-absorbing portion being disposed between a front end of the load transmission portion and the front bumper reinforcement, and the outer side collision-absorbing portion being higher in compression strength in the vehicle front-and-rear direction than the inner side collision-absorbing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN TAKAOKA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Watanabe, Tatsuya Komamura, Yasunori Iwamoto, Ikuto Hirai
  • Patent number: 9878687
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to a vehicle energy absorbing device that includes a primary energy absorbing box and a secondary energy absorbing box, the primary energy absorbing box having a U-shaped cross section with a bottom and a wall extending therefrom, the secondary energy absorbing box being nested inside the primary energy absorbing box. In the event of a collision between a car and a pedestrian, the secondary energy absorbing box of the vehicle energy absorbing device is configured to provide continuous stiffness when the primary energy absorbing box is almost collapsed, so as to protect lower legs of pedestrians and reduce harm thereto. The vehicle energy absorbing device can not only decrease harm to lower legs of pedestrians, but also reduce damage to automobiles as a result of a low-speed collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Compagnie Plastic Omnium, Yangfeng Plastic Omnium Automotive Exterior Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chunhuan Du, Jing Mao
  • Patent number: 9789907
    Abstract: A side impact protective structure is provided for a vehicle floor pan. Right and left rear rails are attached, respectively, to right and left lateral sides of the floor pan. A kick-up cross member extends transversely between the right and left rocker assemblies. A right reinforcement is welded to the floor pan, the right rear rail, and the kick-up cross member. A left reinforcement is welded to the left rear rail, to the floor pan and the kick-up cross member. An assembly method includes the steps of selecting a thin mild steel floor pan between a thicker HSLA steel structural member and a thicker corner reinforcement and welding the components together with three thickness welds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Yang, Zhenyan Gao, Pratt Kamath, John Michael McGuckin, Senthilkum Mahadevan, Sean Timothy Ryan, Michael Luchtman, Bhimaraddi Venkaraddi Alavandi
  • Patent number: 9764765
    Abstract: In a vehicle-body front structure, a bumper beam is bridged between left and right front side frames. The left front side frame includes a front load absorption portion coupled with the bumper beam, and a rear load absorption portion provided at the vehicle rear side of the left gusset. A front wall of the left gusset is housed in an inner portion of the left front side frame, and the front wall is joined with an inner side wall of the left front side frame. Further, the front wall is sandwiched between front and rear frame back plates in the vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Takeda, Ken Yasui
  • Patent number: 9637077
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a bumper beam and a bumper fascia that covers the bumper beam. An energy absorption member includes a first laterally positioned leg including a mounting flange connected to the bumper beam and a second laterally positioned leg including a mounting flange connected to the bumper beam. The first and second laterally positioned legs are located at opposite sides of a forward facing surface and are spaced-apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Schnabelrauch, Shunsukei Kanagai, Naipaul D. Ramoutar, Sagar Kulkarni, Corinne D. Uskali
  • Patent number: 9616940
    Abstract: A vehicle lower portion structure has: an undercover that is fixed to a lower portion of a vehicle body, and that covers a bottom surface side of the vehicle body; rockers that extend in a vehicle longitudinal direction at both sides in a vehicle transverse direction at the lower portion of the vehicle body; and rocker moldings that are fixed to the lower portion of the vehicle body, and are disposed at vehicle transverse direction outer sides of the undercover, and are provided from vehicle transverse direction outer sides of the rockers to vehicle lower sides. End portions at the vehicle transverse direction outer sides of the undercover, and end portions at vehicle transverse direction inner sides of the rocker moldings, are superposed one on another at least in a vehicle vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Ito, Masahiro Ishikawa, Kenichiro Yoshimoto, Naoya Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9610911
    Abstract: A bumper stiffener includes at least one rib projecting from a first major face of the plate and extending in the direction of an impact to be absorbed by the shock absorber stiffener. The compressive strength in longitudinal direction of the rib is higher at its ends than in its middle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Marco Nickel, Theobald Hock
  • Patent number: 9561766
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a bumper beam for absorbing an impact of a vehicle and a crash box attached to the bumper beam and extending along an axis A. A mounting plate is attached to the crash box and defines at least one lateral slot extending laterally along the mounting plate in spaced and perpendicular relationship to the axis A. A fastener extends through the lateral slot for mating with a mounting surface of the vehicle frame to establish a secured position of the bumper assembly. The fastener includes a shoulder disposed in abutting relationship with the mounting surface in the secured position to dispose the mounting plate and the mounting surface in spaced relationship to one another for allowing the fastener to slide laterally along the lateral slot during a vehicle impact to reduce the transfer of lateral impact forces from the bumper assembly to the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventor: Azhagu Subramanian
  • Patent number: 9539967
    Abstract: A vehicle body impact absorption structure includes a bumper reinforcement, an upper vehicle body frame member, a lower vehicle body frame member, and an impact absorption box. The impact absorption box includes a rear portion, which is connected to the upper and lower vehicle body frame members, and a front portion, which is connected to the bumper reinforcement. The impact absorption box includes an upper impact absorption portion, which has a closed cross-section, a lower impact absorption portion, which has a closed cross-section, a front connection portion, which has a closed section, and a communication portion. The front connection portion connects the upper and lower impact absorption portions. The communication portion is located at the rear side of the front connection portion. The communication portion includes an opening extending through the impact absorption box in the lateral direction of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeo Mori
  • Patent number: 9499111
    Abstract: There are provided an outside crash can provided on an outward side of an inside crash can, extending obliquely forward and outward from a front-end side middle portion of the front side frame and connecting to an outward end portion of a bumper reinforcement and a second set plate connecting the inside crash can and the outside crash can to the front side frame. The second set plate includes a middle wall extending longitudinally, a front end wall extending inward from a front end of the middle wall, and a rear end wall extending outward from a rear end of the middle wall, a rear end-side portion of the inside crash can is connected to the front and rear end walls, and a rear-end side portion of the outside crash can is connected to the middle and rear end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeaki Watanabe, Takehiro Kamei, Mitsuru Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 9491335
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera module, the camera module including a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) mounted with an image sensor, an auto focusing unit installed thereinside with at least one lens and fixed at an upper side of the PCB for auto focusing a focus of an image transmitted to the image sensor, a shield can formed with a through hole at a position corresponding to that of the lens and so formed as to wrap the PCB and the auto focusing unit as well, and a shock absorber installed at an upper circumference of the shield can to form a buffer space between the shield can and the auto focusing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hack Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9422004
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle body front section structure including: a dash panel; and a front side member comprising a side member front section, and a side member rear section, wherein the side member front section includes: a front side; a rear side; and a weakened portion that is formed to a side wall of the side member front section at a vehicle body up-down direction upper side of a boundary between the front side location and the rear side location, and that is set such that a crush amount at an upper side of the weakened portion is greater than a crush amount at a lower side of the weakened portion when collision load is input from the vehicle body front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akito Fujihara
  • Patent number: 9415809
    Abstract: A chassis includes a chassis body and a protective device. The chassis body has a sliding rail. The sliding rail includes a main body and a bending portion at a curved extension from the main body. The bending portion is positioned adjacent to a head of the automotive. The protective device includes a protective member coupled with the bending portion. The protective member is capable of moving relative to the chassis body along the sliding rail when the protective member suffers a collision. This disclosure also supplies an automotive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: E-In Wu
  • Patent number: 9371049
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body that extends along a longitudinal axis. The body includes a front fascia and a forward load bearing beam that are disposed transverse to the longitudinal axis. A load distribution mechanism is rotatably attached to the forward load bearing beam for rotation about a rotation axis. The load distribution mechanism includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is for engaging an upper portion of the front fascia, above the forward load bearing beam. The second portion is for engaging a lower portion of the front fascia, below the forward load bearing beam. The front fascia engages the first portion and the second portion of the load distribution mechanism, and the load distribution mechanism rotates about the rotation axis, to control displacement of the front fascia in response to an applied force in which an object contacts the front fascia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Tushar S. Baviskar, Vijay Shankar Iyer, Sudhir K. Maddireddy, Scott A. Sytsma
  • Patent number: 9254812
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises a bumper reinforcement extending in a vehicle width direction and a shock absorbing member fixed to a front face of the bumper reinforcement and extending in the vehicle width direction along the bumper reinforcement. The shock absorbing member comprises a base portion extending vertically along the front face of the bumper reinforcement and a projection portion extending forward from a lower end portion of the base portion and being resiliently-downward deformable relative to the base portion. Thus, the vehicle comprising the shock absorbing member provided in front of the bumper reinforcement with the leg-flicking function for the pedestrian protection can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kuniyoshi Tashiro, Arihiro Furumoto, Ryo Ando, Masayuki Furutani, Masaru Chikita, Koji Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9248795
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a bumper beam and a bumper fascia that covers the bumper beam. An energy absorption member includes a first laterally positioned leg including a mounting flange connected to the bumper beam and a second laterally positioned leg including a mounting flange connected to the bumper beam. The first and second laterally positioned legs are located at opposite sides of a forward facing surface and are spaced-apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Schnabelrauch, Shunsukei Kanagai, Naipaul D. Ramoutar, Sagar Kulkarni, Corinne D. Uskali
  • Patent number: 9068616
    Abstract: A suspension system for a vehicle includes a damper having a central longitudinal axis, and a jack assembly attached to the damper. The jack assembly includes a seat translatable with respect to the damper along the central longitudinal axis. The seat includes a first rack having a first exterior surface defining a plurality of first grooves therein, and a second rack having a second exterior surface defining a plurality of second grooves therein. The jack assembly also includes a first pinion including a plurality of first teeth each matable with each of the plurality of first grooves, and a second pinion including a plurality of second teeth each matable with each of the plurality of second grooves. A vehicle including the suspension system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Liviu Serbu
  • Patent number: 9056634
    Abstract: A front portion structure (2) of a vehicle body (1) includes: a pair of front side frames (11) that extend along a vehicle body front-rear direction on both sides in a vehicle width direction; a lower member (12) that extends along the vehicle body front-rear direction on the outside in the vehicle width direction of the front side frame (11); a bumper beam (13) provided in the front of the front side frame (11) and extending along the vehicle width direction; a bumper beam extension (14) provided between the front side frame (11) and the bumper beam (13); and a gusset (23) that connects a front end portion of the front side frame (11) and a front end portion of the lower member (12) and that is formed in a protrusion protruding forwardly, wherein the bumper beam (13) is configured to have a concave shape opening rearwardly and to be capable of fitting the gusset (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasunori Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150137540
    Abstract: A bumper support for a motor vehicle with a stiffening structure and at least two connections for connecting the bumper support on the one hand to a bumper and on the other hand to a vehicle body is provided. The bumper support comprises at least one expansion structure arranged in the region of at least one of the connections and serving as energy absorber, which is connected to the stiffening structure in a materially joined manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Marco Nickel, Theobald Hock
  • Publication number: 20150115633
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes a bumper beam formed as a hollow body having open ends, and elongation members received within the open ends and extending laterally outward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Bardo Braunbeck, Ronald Scheer, Uwe Eckert
  • Publication number: 20150115572
    Abstract: Disclosed are a tubular back beam assembly for a vehicle and a method of manufacturing the tubular back beam assembly. The tubular back beam assembly may include a plurality of main members, each of which is formed by cold rolling and hot stamping. The plurality of main members may be coupled to form a vertically stacked structure with flat portions coupled in a surface contact fashion. Or the tubular back beam assembly may include a main member and at least one support member that are directly coupled to form a vertically stacked structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hyun Gyung KIM, Seok Jae Park, Dong Hak Kim
  • Patent number: 9004216
    Abstract: An airbag system mitigates intrusion in the event of an offset rigid barrier impact to a forward corner of a motor vehicle. An airbag is attached proximate a distal end of a front rail. When in the inflated condition, the airbag has an angular leading edge. An impact detection sensor generates a signal upon a corner impact event, whereby a controller processes the signal generated by the detection sensor and electrically actuates an inflator upon a predetermined impact severity. The angular leading edge of the airbag in the inflated condition acts against the offset rigid barrier to generate a lateral force against the offset rigid barrier to push the motor vehicle away from the barrier and thereby redirect impact energy by lateral movement of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Ping Chen, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Jialiang Le, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 8985649
    Abstract: A material handling vehicle includes a laminated bumper that provides both durability and reduced energy transmissibility. The laminated bumper includes at least a first bumper layer and a second bumper layer, such that at least one of the first bumper layer and second bumper layer of the laminate bumper are allowed to translate upon bumper contact with an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt Richard Lutz, Brian Matthew Warner
  • Patent number: 8979146
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper beam including: a resin beam having an elongate body extending along a vehicle-width direction, two tubular shock-absorbing portions disposed at the beam body's opposite longitudinal end portions extending in front-rear direction, the beam body and shock-absorbing portions being formed with each other; a metal beam disposed outside the resin beam in the front-rear direction, fixedly fitted to the resin beam. Further, flat attachment portions, formed with inner end portions of the shock-absorbing portions in front-rear direction; bent portions bent in a crank extending from attachment portions outward in front-rear direction, the beam body being to attachment portions via bent portions, the metal beam fixedly fitted to an outer surface of the beam body's intermediate portion; metal beam's opposite end portions extending beyond bent portions covering the right and left sides, fixedly fitted to distal end portions; each space defined by shock-absorbing portion, metal beam and bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsutoshi Kano, Yasuhiro Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20150069774
    Abstract: An impact absorber includes a energy absorbing member that is formed of a composite material obtained by reinforcing a resin with a fiber and absorbs impact energy by being crushed in a predetermined crush direction, and a pressing member that is disposed on the front side of the energy absorbing member and presses it in the crush direction to thereby crush the energy absorbing member. The energy absorbing member is configured by stacking, along a radial direction orthogonal to the crush direction, fiber layers having different elastic moduli to a load along the crush direction, and the front end portion of the energy absorbing member is inclined relative to a pressing surface of the pressing member such that the fiber layers are gradually brought into contact with the pressing member sequentially in ascending order of the elastic modulus as the energy absorbing member is pressed by the pressing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yuya MUKAINAKANO, Satoshi IKEDA, Isamu NAGASAWA
  • Patent number: 8950793
    Abstract: The device may have a plurality of upright supports where the supports may include a mounting plate with mounting openings, a plurality of vertical members that may be in non-welded communication with the extruded back mounting plate and a plurality of horizontal members where the vertical members provide strength and support to the supports. The horizontal under-run prevention beam may include mounting openings that correspond to the horizontal beam mounting openings and a removable reflective strip that correspond to reflective strip openings in the beam. The vertical and horizontal members may be stacked extruded rectangles of the desired widths and lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sapa Extrusions Inc.
    Inventor: Malcolm Deighton