Joints And Connections Patents (Class 293/155)
  • Patent number: 10787138
    Abstract: A front bumper arrangement support structure for a motor vehicle includes a crossmember having a front end region that extends substantially transversely to the vehicle longitudinal direction, a fastening plate located to the rear of the crossmember and at least one deformation element that extends between the front end region of the crossmember and the fastening plate. Here, an integrated bumper element is provided. The bumper element extends in an arcuate manner between the front end region of the crossmember and the fastening plate and protrudes to the front or forward relative to the crossmember. The integrated bumper element, the deformation element and the fastening plate form an approximately triangular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Lucas-Nuelle
  • Patent number: 10633032
    Abstract: [Object] To achieve a weight reduction of a car body structure while maintaining collision safety to impacts from the rear side of the vehicle. [Solution] Provided is a vehicle rear portion structure 1 including a pair of rear frames 4 provided in the vehicle length direction and a rear floor panel 2 joined to the pair of rear frames 4, in which the rear floor panel 2 has a concave section 3 provided from the rear side of the vehicle toward the front side of the vehicle of the rear floor panel 2, and the concave section 3 is formed of a metal sheet having a tensile strength more than or equal to the tensile strength of the pair of rear frames 4. By this configuration, when an impact load from the rear side of the vehicle acts on the concave section 3 of the rear floor panel 2, the rear floor panel 2 can absorb collision energy in a principal way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Nakazawa, Ryuichi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10526016
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle front section structure including: a pair of front side members that extend in a vehicle front-rear direction; a cross member extending between the front side members; outriggers that are provided running in the vehicle front-rear direction at a vehicle upper side of the front side members, with each of the outriggers extending toward a corresponding front side member at a vehicle front side; joining members that are each joined to a corresponding front side member, the cross member, and a corresponding outrigger; and a suspension member that is fixed to a fixing portion provided at each joining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shunsuke Takii
  • Patent number: 10407101
    Abstract: A structural member made of metal, formed so as to extend long in a predetermined direction, and having a gutter bottom, two ridges continuing to both ends in a width direction of the gutter bottom, and two vertical walls continuing to the two ridges, includes an outward continuous flange continuously formed at least along the gutter bottom, the ridges, and the vertical walls at an end in the predetermined direction, in which a width of the gutter bottom is reduced as a distance from the end having the outward continuous flange becomes larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Otsuka, Yoshiaki Nakazawa, Ryuichi Nishimura, Yasuhiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10369949
    Abstract: A trailer includes front and rear ends spaced in a longitudinal direction to define a cargo area. A frame includes a rear bolster extending in a transverse direction across the rear end below a bottom rear edge of the cargo area. Spaced rear frame posts extend upwardly from respective distal ends of the rear bolster. A rear impact guard includes a bumper extending transversely and spaced below the rear bolster, a pair of outboard posts extending between the bumper and the rear bolster adjacent the respective distal ends of the rear bolster, and at least one inboard post. Each of the outboard posts has a rearward-extending horizontal first flange and an upward-extending vertical second flange spaced forwardly of the first flange, these flanges including multiple apertures aligned with apertures in the trailer frame, each of the apertures accommodating a removable fastener securing the rear impact guard to the trailer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel P. Miller
  • Patent number: 10118648
    Abstract: A motor vehicle rear includes two longitudinal members, a trunk floor supported by the longitudinal members, a rear wall which adjoins the ends of the longitudinal members and which delimits a trunk opening at the bottom and D pillars which laterally delimit the trunk opening. Lower end sections of the D pillars extend at the height of the longitudinal members beyond outer sides of the two longitudinal members facing away from one another and are anchored on the longitudinal members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthias Hallik, Juergen Vollhardt, Florian van de Loo, Benjamin Gruber
  • Patent number: 10093257
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for a fascia of a vehicle includes a riser having an upper end defining a hole and a fascia retainer defining a first threaded bore in a center portion thereof. The adjustment mechanism further includes an externally threaded sleeve received in the first threaded bore, the sleeve defining a lower end configured to engage the upper end of the riser, and a bolt extending through a sleeve bore defined in the sleeve and into the hole in the upper end of the riser. The bolt is threadably coupled to the upper end of the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CALSONIC KANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David Peter Vanlooy, Jr., Victor Kenneth Sanders
  • Patent number: 10086784
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bumper unit for a motor vehicle, with a bumper cross-member which is connected to a vehicle structure via a crumple element. To provide a bumper unit which has optimal crash behavior on frontal impacts both with small overlap and with larger overlap, according to the invention it is provided that a deformation element is arranged on the bumper cross-member outside of the crumple element with a deformation portion running obliquely relative to a vehicle longitudinal axis X, towards and spaced from the vehicle structure. It is proposed that the deformation element has a rearward running connecting portion which is connected to the bumper cross-member and a center portion running towards the outside from the connecting portion and adjoining the deformation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Tobias Duffe
  • Patent number: 9981705
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for the alignment of an attachment relative to at least one adjacent structural part on the body side on a vehicle. For the improvement of a tolerance compensation between the attachment and the structural part during assembly, it is proposed that the apparatus is part of the structural part, while the attachment comprises at least one first reference point for the alignment of the attachment, wherein the first reference point is incorporated in the attachment by means of a gauge before the installation of the attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Hubert Niessen
  • Patent number: 9932740
    Abstract: A cladding tie for providing a support connection between cladding and a vertical backup wall is disclosed. The tie has a base and a retainer assembly. The base has a shaft extending from a back plate. The retainer assembly has a retainer member, and a cladding connection member. The retainer member has a cladding connection member recess. The cladding connection member is movable relative to the retainer to permit differential movement between the cladding connection member and the retainer when the cladding connection member is connected to the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Kamran Farahmandpour
  • Patent number: 9902428
    Abstract: A joining structure of a vehicle frame that includes: a vehicle frame including a tubular first frame and a second frame, the first frame being formed in a closed cross section shape by extrusion molding of a lightweight metal, the second frame being formed in an open cross section shape of which one side is open by die-casting of a lightweight metal, and the second frame being superposed with the first frame in a state of contact therewith; a slit portion formed in the second frame, the slit portion extending along a marginal edge portion at an opening direction side of the second frame; a first welded portion structured by welding the marginal edge portion of the second frame to the first frame; and a second welded portion structured by welding a periphery edge portion of the slit portion to the first frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Soshiro Murata, Takashi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9840286
    Abstract: A front end module of a vehicle, including a first side member having a first impact portion and a first other portion, a second side member having a second impact portion and a second other portion, and a lower cross member connecting the first side member with the second side member, is disclosed. The first side member and the second side member are each bent towards a front end of the vehicle, and each of the first side member and the second side member is J-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Issmail Meskin, Antonio Babler
  • Patent number: 9637181
    Abstract: A vehicle front fascia includes a vehicle panel, a bumper assembly positioned below the vehicle panel in a vehicle vertical direction, and a seal member coupled to the vehicle panel and extending between the vehicle panel and the bumper assembly in the vehicle vertical direction. The seal member includes a seal portion that extends downward from the vehicle panel in the vehicle vertical direction, and a bulb portion spaced apart from the seal portion in a vehicle longitudinal direction, the bulb portion comprising a bulb wall that defines a cavity within the bulb wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9358941
    Abstract: A bumper beam assembly includes a reinforcement beam, the reinforcement beam including a front side, a top side, and a bottom side that is positioned opposite of the top side of the reinforcement beam, and a reinforcement patch coupled to the reinforcement beam, where the reinforcement patch extends across the top side and the bottom side of the reinforcement beam and the reinforcement patch includes a longitudinal deformation feature that is detached and spaced apart from at least one of the top side and the bottom side of the reinforcement beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Craig Harris, Mingher Fred Shen
  • Patent number: 9227585
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper system, comprises a first bracket fixedly mounted to a bumper. A second bracket is fixedly mounted to a vehicle frame horn, the second bracket including at least one vertical slot. At least one bolt is inserted through an opening in the first bracket and the at least one slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed David Barbat, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora
  • Patent number: 9205793
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a bumper reinforcement, a front side member, and a bumper stay. The front side member is formed with a closed section portion, and a protruding portion that protrudes from this closed section portion toward a vehicle front side. The bumper stay, together with a protruding portion, forms an open section portion. Also, a notch is formed on the vehicle width direction inside of the closed section portion, and a cutout is formed on the vehicle width direction outside of the open section portion. Opposing wall portions that are fixed to protruding opposing portions and opposing wall portions that connect the cutout and the notch are formed on the bumper stay. These opposing wall portions are formed with extending edge portions that extend from the cutout side toward the notch side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihide Iijima, Naoya Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9039052
    Abstract: A mold structure used to form a molded object having an undercut portion includes a fixed mold as a first mold having a first molding surface for molding an obverse surface of the molded object; a slide core having an undercut molding surface used to mold the undercut portion as part of the obverse surface of the molded object; and a movable mold as a second mold having a second molding surface used to mold the reverse surface of the molded object. The first molding surface and the undercut molding surface form a cavity surface. A step is formed between the first molding surface and the second molding surface at a parting position between the fixed mold and the slide core on the cavity surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki Seto, Shinichi Shimada, Shinichi Hanada, Akira Izumi, Sumio Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9033381
    Abstract: A fender front-side step portion has first and second fender front-side fixing portions that engage with and fasten a bumper spacer. The bumper spacer is provided with: a spacer body; a bumper-spacer reinforcing portion that extends toward a fender lower-end portion of a fender panel from the bottom end of the spacer body; and a bumper-spacer rear-side fixing portion which is disposed on the bumper-spacer reinforcing portion, and which overlaps with and fastens the front of the fender lower-end portion. The bumper-spacer rear-side fixing portion is disposed in a position further to the rear than the fender front-side step portion in the longitudinal direction of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Momii, Yuuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9027973
    Abstract: A bumper fixing clip includes a leg portion engaging with a vehicle body panel; engagement claws engaging with a plurality of engagement holes formed on a bumper side; and an engagement member including a second engagement claw engageable with or retractable from one of the engagement holes formed on the bumper side by operating an operation portion, and fixing the bumper to the vehicle body panel. The engagement member is integrally formed with a fixing clip main body, and includes an approximately rod-like operation portion; the second engagement claw formed in a vicinity of a turning center of the operation portion; and an abutment piece formed on a side opposite to the second engagement claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignees: Nifco Inc., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Kojima, Anikesh Barmase, Yohei Nagahori
  • Patent number: 9010845
    Abstract: Vehicle structures for dissipating energy associated with a collision are described herein. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes a side support extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, a bumper assembly coupled to the side support and extending in a vehicle lateral direction that is transverse to the vehicle longitudinal direction, and a repositionable joint assembly extending between and pivotally coupled to the side support and the bumper assembly, the repositionable joint assembly including an outboard linking member pivotally coupled to the bumper assembly at a bumper securement location, an inboard linking member pivotally coupled to the side support at a side support securement location, and a fulcrum portion, where the outboard linking member is pivotally coupled to the inboard linking member at the fulcrum portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Naipaul D. Ramoutar, Mark Kulik, Manikandan Baby Mony, Jonathan R. Young
  • Publication number: 20150102616
    Abstract: A bumper attachment structure includes a flange of a bumper fascia provided with a guide portion protruding therefrom and a flange of a fender panel having an insertion hole into which the guide portion can be inserted. The bumper attachment structure also includes an attachment bracket having a groove in which the guide portion can be housed and an insertion fitting portion in which a tip portion of the attachment bracket can fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuo Yotsunaga, Tomoaki Matsuoka
  • 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: 8979174
    Abstract: A countermeasure assembly for an automotive vehicle includes a front side rail extending in a generally longitudinal direction; a bumper having a main bumper member and a bumper extension forming an end portion of the bumper; and a pivot link having front and rear mounting portions. The front mounting portion is pivotably engaged with the bumper extension member to define a front pivot joint, and the rear mounting portion is pivotably engaged with the front side rail to define a rear pivot joint. The rear pivot joint is located rearward and inward from the front pivot joint. The bumper extension is bolted to the forward end of the front side rail. The bumper extension has a front member and a rear member, of which the rear member is bolted to the front side rail. The front member and the rear member of the bumper extension define a hollow box structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Naipaul D. Ramoutar, Taichi Yamashita
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8967687
    Abstract: A bumper reinforcement structure capable of achieving a weight reduction while still securing required bending strength in a bumper reinforcement structure with closed cross-section structure configured by joining together an inside member and an outside member. A bumper reinforcement is formed with two closed cross-sections configured by joining together three top-to-bottom flanges of an inner panel to three top-to-bottom flanges of an outer panel. The flanges of the inner panel are disposed in the same front-rear direction position as that of the wall portions that configure the closed cross-sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoya Kosaka, Shinji Miwa, Keisuke Shibata
  • Publication number: 20150028607
    Abstract: A bumper fixing clip includes a leg portion engaging with a vehicle body panel; engagement claws engaging with a plurality of engagement holes formed on a bumper side; and an engagement member including a second engagement claw engageable with or retractable from one of the engagement holes formed on the bumper side by operating an operation portion, and fixing the bumper to the vehicle body panel. The engagement member is integrally formed with a fixing clip main body, and includes an approximately rod-like operation portion; the second engagement claw formed in a vicinity of a turning center of the operation portion; and an abutment piece formed on a side opposite to the second engagement claw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Shunpei Kojima, Anikesh Barmase, Yohei Nagahori
  • Patent number: 8919834
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a bumper beam having a bumper beam surface extending along a bumper plane X and a crash box including a crash box surface extending along a crash box plane Y. One of the bumper beam and the crash box includes an alignment joint to mate the bumper beam and the crash box and dispose the surfaces in abutting and aligned relationship relative to one another for establishing a linear load path extending linearly along the planes X, Y. A method of assembling a bumper assembly includes the steps of mating the bumper beam and the crash box about the alignment joint and connecting the bumper beam and the crash box together along the alignment joint. The step of connecting the bumper beam and the crash box includes friction stir welding the bumper box and the crash box together along the alignment joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas James Freundl, Jeffery Jay Mellis
  • Patent number: 8905445
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle that includes a hood and a bumper. The hood is provided with open position and a closed position. The bumper is provided with an intermediate bumper portion, a first end cap, and a second end cap. The first and second bumper end caps are supported by the hood and are moveable with the hood as the hood transitions between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Group North America, LLC
    Inventor: David John Critchley
  • Publication number: 20140353991
    Abstract: A bumper cover fixing bracket mounted between a fender panel and a bumper cover includes a main supporting member having an upper end attached to an upper member, an auxiliary supporting member having a lower end connected to the main supporting member so as to form a Y-shape and an upper end attached to a wheel house front member, and a fastening member coupled to a lower end of the main supporting member and having one side and the other side mounted on the fender panel and the bumper cover, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Mincheol Kim
  • Patent number: 8899642
    Abstract: A bumper-stay mounting structure includes a rear side member, a bumper stay and a load transmission member, in the bumper-stay mounting structure, a load being transmitted intensively to a lower side of a rear end portion of the rear side member, the bumper-stay mounting structure, the load transmission member having, on an inner peripheral side of a fastened portion, a protruding portion in a box shape, which protrudes toward the rear portion of the bumper stay in the vehicle longitudinal direction so as to be inserted into an opening of the bumper stay; and a side wall of the protruding portion having a substantially U-shaped cross section that is perpendicular to the vehicle longitudinal direction, is opened on a vehicle upper side, and is provided with, at a front end edge of the side wall, a flange extending outward from a side wall as the fastened portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Kosaka, Takeshi Taniguchi, Mitsutoshi Kano, Shimpei Urata, Takashi Niiya
  • Patent number: 8877113
    Abstract: A method of molding a clip mount on a baseboard includes: forming a clip mount forming space with a die set including at least first slide die and second slide die; injecting molten resin into the space; forming a first wall; forming a connecting wall so as to extend from a distal end of the first wall such that a distance between the connecting wall and a surface of the baseboard increases as a distance from the first wall increases; forming a second wall; forming a mount wall so as to extend from an end of the second wall such that a distance between the mount wall and the connecting wall increases as a distance from the second wall increases; sliding the first slide die for removal; and sliding the second slide die in a different direction from a direction in which the first slide die is slid for removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Ishizu, Junichi Okada, Hideaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8844987
    Abstract: Provided is a crash box to be installed to a bumper reinforcement including an outer-wall section, an upper-wall section and a lower-wall section, an upper inner-wall section, a lower inner-wall section, and a clearance between the upper inner-wall section and the lower inner-wall section. The crash box includes a body section provided between a member of a vehicle body side and the bumper reinforcement, an upper support section provided to protrude from the body section to a bumper reinforcement side, a lower support section provided to protrude from the body section to the bumper reinforcement side, and an insertion section provided to protrude from the body section to the bumper reinforcement side, inserted from the clearance into the bumper reinforcement and contacting a lower end portion of the upper inner-wall section and an upper end portion of the lower inner-wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Kaneko, Kiyoichi Kita, Tamaki Obaysahi, Kyosuke Matsui
  • Patent number: 8844986
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper apparatus includes a bumper reinforcement member formed to have a hollow cross section and including a vehicle interior portion formed to have an open cross section including an opening, and a crush box supporting the bumper reinforcement member to mount the bumper reinforcement member to a side member of a vehicle body, the crush box including a connecting portion arranged at a vehicle exterior portion, the connecting portion closing the opening of the bumper reinforcement member to restrict the opening from being expanded, and a retaining portion protruding from the connecting portion toward an exterior side of a vehicle to retain the bumper reinforcement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Keikinzoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Kaneko, Kiyoichi Kita, Tamaki Obayashi, Kyosuke Matsui
  • Patent number: 8822007
    Abstract: The invention relates to a decorative element, to a dashboard of a motor vehicle, and to a method for manufacturing said decorative element, wherein the decorative element includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion of the decorative element being made of a first non-transparent material, wherein said first material has a decoration layer, and the second portion of the decorative element being made of a second transparent material, the first portion and the second portion of the decorative member being unitary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Vigour, Frederic Guillauminaud
  • Patent number: 8814234
    Abstract: A bumper beam of the present invention is provided with a tubular bumper reinforcement member (1) and a tubular crush box (2). A reinforcement member hole (15) is provided in an outer peripheral wall (11) of the bumper reinforcement member (1) in a penetrated manner. A partition wall (22) is provided so as to bridge opposed inner wall surfaces of an outer peripheral wall (21) of the crush box (2). The tip end portion of the crush box (2) is arranged so as to penetrate the reinforcement hole (15). In this state, ridge portions (25a, 25b) are formed, by means of a tube expansion process using a tube expansion die, on the crush box (2) so as to extend in a circumferential direction thereof at a front side and a rear side of the reinforcement hole (15). With this, the crush box (2) is secured to the bumper reinforcement member (1). According to the present invention, the bumper beam can be reduced in size and weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Showa Denko K.K.
    Inventors: Sadao Kokubo, Yasuji Kawamata, Satoshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8814236
    Abstract: An example gusset for attaching a rear bumper assembly to a vehicle has a first attachment portion configured to attach to the bumper reinforcement bracket and the lower back panel of the vehicle, a second attachment portion configured to attach to the rear side member of the vehicle, and an angled portion presenting an oblique surface to a rear impactor to the vehicle. A pair of side portions are interconnected and spaced apart by the second attachment portion, and each side portion has an angled edge adjacent the angled portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Kors, Palaniappan Palaniappan, Sanjeev Gupta
  • Patent number: 8807632
    Abstract: A frontal impact countermeasure assembly for an automotive vehicle, the countermeasure assembly comprising: a front side rail extending in a generally longitudinal direction and having a forward end; a bumper extending generally laterally to the longitudinal direction of the front side rail and having an outboard end; and a pivot link having outer and inner mounting portions, the outer mounting portion being pivotably engaged with the bumper in a region of the outboard end to define a front pivot joint, the inner mounting portion being pivotably engaged with the front side rail to define a rear pivot joint, the rear pivot joint being located rearward and inward relative to the front pivot joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Naipaul D. Ramoutar, Taichi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8801059
    Abstract: An impact absorbing device for a vehicle may include a bumper beam having a hollow cross section which extends in a traverse direction of the vehicle, and crash boxes interposed between the bumper beam and a vehicle body in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle at both distal portions of the bumper beam, wherein rear surfaces of the both distal portions in the bumper beam include an opening formed so as to communicate with the hollow cross section of the bumper beam, wherein a rib may be formed at the opening of the bumper beam in a traverse direction of the opening, and wherein the crash box includes a front tip end inserted through the opening while being fitted to the rib to extend up to an inside of the hollow cross section, and a rear tip end mounted to the vehicle body in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jun Hyoung Kim, Daekun Seo
  • Patent number: 8764104
    Abstract: A structure of the front section of a vehicle body is disposed on the front end portion of a front side frame on the same position as the rear surface of a side stay in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body, and includes a first extending portion extending downward along the rear surface of the side stay. A lower stay is provided with a second extending portion extending outward in the vehicle width direction beyond the side stay to a position below the first extending portion. A joining section is formed so as to join the front surface of the first extending portion, the upper surface of the second extending portion, and outside surface of the side stay. The joining section defines an arrangement region for inner and outer shock absorbing members having a lower rigidity than the front side frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Kihara, Shuji Ichikawa, Tomoya Takeda
  • Patent number: 8757687
    Abstract: A crush box arranged between a side member of a vehicle body and a bumper reinforcement member, the crush box including: a main body portion arranged in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle and formed in a tubular shape, the main body portion having first and second portions; a vehicle body attaching portion arranged at a first end of the main body portion; and a bumper attaching portion arranged at a second end of the main body portion, wherein vertical cross-sections of both the first portion adjacent to the vehicle body attaching portion and the second portion adjacent to the bumper attaching portion are polygonal shapes, and the number of vertices of the polygonal shape of the vertical cross-section of the second portion is greater than the number of vertices of the polygonal shape of the vertical cross-section of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Keikinzoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Kaneko, Kiyoichi Kita, Tamaki Obayashi, Kyosuke Matsui
  • Patent number: 8746763
    Abstract: A multistage energy absorber device is provided that includes at least two generally tubular members. Each of the generally tubular members has a first end and a second end. The second generally tubular member is independent of the first generally tubular member and fits within the first generally tubular member. The first ends of the generally tubular members are substantially flush with each other, but the second end of the second generally tubular member protrudes sufficiently beyond the second end of the first generally tubular member to form a first deformation stage. The first and second generally tubular members extend coextensively sufficiently from the first ends of the first and second generally tubular members to the second end of the first generally tubular member to form a second deformation stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Amit A. Wavde, Brian D. Van Buren, Trevor T. Winch
  • Patent number: 8716624
    Abstract: A roll former for forming a sheet into a continuous multi-tubular reinforcement beam. The roll former includes a first set of rollers that are configured to bend the sheet to form a common center wall in generally perpendicular orientation relative to first and second lateral portions of the sheet that extend in opposing directions from respective first and second radiused ends of the common center wall. The first set of rollers also form radiused edges on the first and second lateral portions. A second set of rollers is configured to form a channel rib longitudinally along each of the first and second lateral portions. A third set of rollers is configured to bend the first and second lateral portions simultaneously and equally to abut the first and second radiused edges with the respective first and second radiused ends of the common center wall to define adjacent tubes of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Shape Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas Johnson, Doug Witte, Daniel Gatti, Brian Oxley, Brian Malkowski
  • Publication number: 20140110955
    Abstract: An example gusset for attaching a rear bumper assembly to a vehicle has a first attachment portion configured to attach to the bumper reinforcement bracket and the lower back panel of the vehicle, a second attachment portion configured to attach to the rear side member of the vehicle, and an angled portion presenting an oblique surface to a rear impactor to the vehicle. A pair of side portions are interconnected and spaced apart by the second attachment portion, and each side portion has an angled edge adjacent the angled portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Kors, Palaniappan Palaniappan, Sanjeev Gupta
  • Patent number: 8684428
    Abstract: When a retainer unit is fastened to a body, the rotation of a pin member around its longitudinal axis pushes out and widens the body mounting leg portion of the retainer unit, and the retainer unit is drawn into the body. As a result, the elastic flange of the leg is bent, the insertion hole in the body is sealed by the elastic flange of the leg, and infiltration of water from the outside is prevented. By drawing the retainer unit into the body, the pin member is also drawn into the body a slight distance (dimension ?). As a result, the elastic flange of the pin member is bent, the pin insertion hole is sealed by the elastic flange of the pin member, and infiltration of water from the outside is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Takahiro Sano
  • Publication number: 20140084609
    Abstract: A fender front-side step portion has first and second fender front-side fixing portions that engage with and fasten a bumper spacer. The bumper spacer is provided with: a spacer body; a bumper-spacer reinforcing portion that extends toward a fender lower-end portion of a fender panel from the bottom end of the spacer body; and a bumper-spacer rear-side fixing portion which is disposed on the bumper-spacer reinforcing portion, and which overlaps with and fastens the front of the fender lower-end portion. The bumper-spacer rear-side fixing portion is disposed in a position further to the rear than the fender front-side step portion in the longitudinal direction of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Momii, Yuuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 8632108
    Abstract: A crash box for arrangement between a bumper and a longitudinal beam of a motor vehicle body is provided. The crash box is able to be arranged with a fastening profile at least partially overlapping to a mount profile of the longitudinal beam. The crash box has a support element, which penetrates the fastening profile transversely to its profile longitudinal direction (x) and is able to be brought into abutment in a supporting manner with an end section of the mount profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jens Matuschek, Uwe Eckert, Roland Schirmer, Bardo Braunbeck
  • Patent number: 8622446
    Abstract: A bumper for a motor vehicle includes a crossbeam having a hat profile defined by a bottom wall, legs respectively adjoining the bottom wall, and flanges respectively extending from the legs. The hat profile has sections of varying cross sectional configuration in a longitudinal direction. A face plate closes the hat profile to define a hollow space, with the crossbeam being mountable with the face plate such as to point outwards. An upper one of the legs has a width which is greater than a width of a lower one of the legs in a center section of the crossbeam. The crossbeam has curved ends oriented in a direction of the motor vehicle, and the face plate includes in the center section a stiffening embossment which is oriented into the hollow space defined by the hat profile and the face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Handing, Michael Roll, Ulrich L├╝dtke-Bexten, Elmar Mollemeier
  • Patent number: 8616596
    Abstract: A bumper fastening structure is provided for a motor vehicle with a bumper and a fastening for the bumper, which has a screw and a screw cover. The bumper has at a fastening point a depression to receive a head of the screw and a recess for the mounting of the screw cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Martin Likar, Theobald Hock, Fernando Soeiro
  • Patent number: 8608214
    Abstract: A bumper mounting plate secures auxiliary lamps to an upper surface of a vehicle bumper. The bumper mounted plate assembly including a plate adapted to be secured to a bumper of a vehicle, a plurality of mounting holes placed on the back side of the plate, a plurality of orifices placed on the front side of the plate, the orifices are adapted to secure at least one auxiliary lamp to the plate, a first set of fastening devices to secure the plate to the bumper, and a second set of fastening devices to secure the auxiliary lamp to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory James Wallace
  • Patent number: 8608231
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle structural frame with an overlap-barrier-impact deformation scheme, the frame has: a rail defining a first longitudinal axis; a first energy absorption device defining a second longitudinal axis outside of the first longitudinal axis with respect to a vehicle; and a connector extending between the rail and the first energy absorption device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andres Gonzalez Mendivil, Bhimaraddi Venkaraddi Alavandi, Adrian Diaz, Ranny Hamameh, Kirk D. Rasmussen