Closure Mounted Body Accessory (e.g., Visor, Shield, Etc.) Patents (Class 296/152)
  • Patent number: 11214131
    Abstract: A retractable visor/rain guard system for a vehicle, for being selectively deployed to cover an upper region of a vehicle window of the vehicle. The visor system includes at least one extendable and retractable panel that is movable into or out of a channel formed in a roof section of the vehicle. It also includes a moving mechanism that engages the at least one panel and drives the at least one panel in and out from the channel in a direction and with such orientation, that the at least one panel moves initially horizontally and then at least partially over a window frame of a door of the vehicle when the door is in a closed position such that the at least one panel extends on an outside of and spaced away from the upper region of the vehicle window, to provide protection from inclement weather elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: BUSINESS CLASS TECH INC.
    Inventor: Yeoshua Sorias
  • Patent number: 11110779
    Abstract: A roller blind arrangement for a motor vehicle having a roller blind web and a winding shaft on which the roller blind web can be wound up to form a roller blind coil and which is mounted on bearing elements on either side of a longitudinal center plane of the roller blind, each bearing element being fixed relative to a vehicle body, wherein at least one of the bearing elements is connected to a metallic component via a grounding element made of electrically conductive polymer, the metallic component being electrically connected to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventor: Steven Vogt
  • Patent number: 10850673
    Abstract: A storage structure for a vehicle interior includes a hollowed storage unit having an opening in the top of the storage unit. The storage unit includes a storage sidewall section surrounding a storage space for an object to be stored. The storage sidewall section includes a sidewall body portion and a sidewall member formed of a member separate from the sidewall body portion. The sidewall member is configured such that an engaging hook provided for the sidewall member is urged against an engaging recess provided for the sidewall body portion when a load is applied on the sidewall member from an outside to an inside of the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Makino, Tomomi Sakamoto, Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10556488
    Abstract: A volatile organic compound purge system is provided for a motor vehicle. The purge system includes a blower and a computing device. The computing device is configured to operate in a shipping mode whereby the blower is periodically operated to draw fresh air into and purge volatile organic compounds from an interior of the motor vehicle as the motor vehicle is being shipped from a first point to a second point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Steven Sawyer, Thomas A. White
  • Patent number: 10328858
    Abstract: The vehicle side view mirror air and insect deflector is adapted for use with the side mirror of a vehicle. The vehicle side view mirror air and insect deflector is a structure that: 1) attaches to the side mirror of the vehicle; and, 2) deflects air as it passes the side mirror while the vehicle is in forward motion. The vehicle side view mirror air and insect deflector deflects air around the side mirror to: 1) deflect debris that would hit the side mirror; and, 2) to reduce the noise generated by the turbulence of the air passing the side mirror. The noise reduction generated vehicle side view mirror air and insect deflector is dynamic in nature. The vehicle side view mirror air and insect deflector comprises a trough and a deflector. The trough and deflector form a single unit. The trough attaches to the side mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Eugene Beckward
  • Patent number: 10266038
    Abstract: A side window visor designed to attach to a vehicle window channel. The side window visor can be arranged and configured to extend over a portion of a window area for preventing inclement weather from entering the passenger cabin with the window slightly opened. A full length tab is reduced to form a plurality of tabs along the tab area of a side window visor. The plurality of tabs located on the side window visor allows the auto-up window feature to be used without causing large resistance and retraction of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Lund, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis H. Serentill, John A. Wargo
  • Patent number: 10246890
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible, private and secure lactation enclosure for use by working mothers who would like to comfortably express milk at work using a breast pump or breastfeed their baby. The lactation enclosure is a relatively lightweight rectangular unit with readily collapsible walls, floor, and screened ceiling, allowing for ventilation and ambient light. The interior is light, secure, roomy and inviting for the mother and includes seating for the mother, and a table and electrical outlet for a pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: WORKNEST LLC
    Inventors: William R. Booker, Tazha Perez
  • Patent number: 10239475
    Abstract: A wind noise throb reduction system includes a controller configured to reduce wind noise throb, an active noise cancellation subsystem responsive to the controller and a dynamic airflow control subsystem responsive to the controller. A related method of reducing wind noise throb in a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nolen Thomas Barnes, III
  • Patent number: 10214248
    Abstract: A vehicle is described herein that includes a unibody vehicle frame, a vehicle body panel, and one or more monolithic tripartite support mechanisms, which mechanisms provide structural support for at least three frame-mounted vehicle components. Each support mechanism includes a windshield support arm, a side view mirror support arm, and a body panel fixing plate. The side view mirror support arm extends from the windshield support, and the body panel fixing plate extends from the windshield support arm, the side-view mirror support arm, or both. Additionally, the windshield support arm holds a windshield to the vehicle, the side view mirror support arm holds a side view mirror to the vehicle, and the fixing plate secures the body panel to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Stephen R. Hall, Christopher Johnson, Jason Simpson, Jedediah Knight, Joseph Duncan
  • Patent number: 10065482
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle flow influencing assembly includes a deflector formed together with a seal that provides a portion of a glass run for a side window of a vehicle. The deflector projects outward from the vehicle when the side window is lowered such that the deflector influences flow over an opening to a passenger compartment of the vehicle. A vehicle flow influencing assembly includes a pillar that is directly forward a side window of a vehicle, and a deflector configured to influence flow over an opening to a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The opening is provided by positioning the side window in an open position. The deflector extends longitudinally in a direction aligned with the pillar. The deflector projects outward from a primary surface of the pillar when the side window is closed and when the side window is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yuksel Gur, David Anthony Wagner
  • Patent number: 9902437
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spoiler for a tailgate of a motor vehicle, wherein the spoiler comprises: a custom skin providing the spoiler with an external appearance and projecting towards the rear of the vehicle so as to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle; and an element for reinforcing the custom skin, which is secured to the custom skin, comprising means for attaching to the tailgate, and comprising towards the rear of the vehicle at least one recess which can accommodate technical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Demange, Philippe Coudron, Bertrand Hache, Martin Struss, Samuel Coutanceau
  • Patent number: 9718389
    Abstract: Provided is a container holder (1, 70) comprising a body member (3) defining a recess (2) with a bottom, a roller (5) supported by the body member such that at least a part of the roller projects into the recess to engage a container (60) received in the recess, and a biasing member (6) for urging the roller into the recess, wherein the roller is supported by the body member in such a manner that a rotational center line (B) of the roller extends in a tangential direction of a circle centered around a central axial line (A) of the recess, and the roller is enabled to slide in a radial direction of the recess and to tilt around an axial line in parallel with the central axial line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Kei Inoue, Kozo Kobayashi, Masamitsu Shiono, Taku Hirama
  • Patent number: 9688146
    Abstract: A vehicle having a display apparatus includes a main display part installed at a front surface of a center fascia of the vehicle to display an image, and a center panel that traverses the main display part in a width direction of the main display part, wherein the center panel is provided to move in an upper side and lower side direction so as to adjust a display area of the main display part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Uk Kim, Hyun Jin Park
  • Patent number: 9316466
    Abstract: The present invention is a driver's hatch for an armored vehicle. The hatch includes a dome hatch for normal operations and a pop-up section. The pop-up section, when in the lowered position allows the cab to freely rotate above it. When in the raised position, the pop-up section allows the driver to look out of the vehicle through transparent armor windows and thus remain under armor protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: BAE Systems Land & Armaments, L.P.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Obyle, Daniel T. Myers, David W. White, Dana K. Grier
  • Patent number: 9315153
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly includes a door having a window and a mirror assembly. The mirror assembly includes a housing defining a cavity having an opening. A mirror is mounted with respect to the housing, disposed within the cavity, and has a reflective surface that is visible through the opening. The housing is mounted with respect to the door such that the housing is selectively movable between an extended position, in which the opening of the cavity is unobstructed, and a retracted position, in which the opening of the cavity is obstructed by the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Charles H. Heard
  • Patent number: 9205722
    Abstract: A vehicle window structure includes a vehicle body structure, a window glass and a flexible sheet material. The vehicle body structure defines a window opening with a window supporting portion extending around a periphery of the window opening. The window glass has an interior surface, an exterior surface and an outer peripheral edge extending around the window glass between the interior surface and the exterior surface. The window glass is non-movably fixed to the window supporting portion. The flexible sheet material has a main section and an attachment section. The main section of the flexible sheet material covers the exterior surface of the window glass. The attachment section extends over at least a portion of the outer peripheral edge of the window glass and away from the exterior surface of the window glass. The attachment section is fixedly coupled to the vehicle body structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Sitko
  • Patent number: 9170072
    Abstract: A portable ballistic shield and mount combination includes a mounting plate for attachment to a vehicle door and a ballistic shield removably engaged with the mounting plate. The ballistic shield has a handle extending outwardly therefrom. When a user of the portable ballistic shield grasps the handle and applies force away from the mounting plate, the ballistic shield detaches from the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Robert L. Riggs
  • Patent number: 9132718
    Abstract: A shading device for a glass surface region of a motor vehicle having a flexible shading formation movably supported between a rest position compactly stored in a vehicle interior and a tensioned shading position. The shading device includes a dimensionally stable draw-out profile member movable by a linearly movable lifting rod into the shading position or the rest position. A drive unit for lifting or lowering the lifting rod is associated with the lifting rod. The draw-out profile member has a support receiving member, which is closed upwards in the lifting direction and which is open downwards, for receiving and releasing the lifting rod in accordance with the movement direction of the lifting rod. A locking device is associated with the draw-out profile member and secures the draw-out profile member in the shading position so as to be fixed to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: BOS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Starzmann, Jan Lekar, Michele Tina
  • Patent number: 9068678
    Abstract: The present invention provides a replacement closet flange for installing into an end of a drain pipe having an inner surface and a method of assembling a replacement closet flange. In general, the replacement closet flange includes a main body comprising a substantially cylindrical section and a flange section extending radially outward from and approximately perpendicular to an upper end of the cylindrical section, a flexible seal attached to at least a portion of the cylindrical section proximate a lower end thereof and configured, when the replacement closet flange is installed, to sealingly engage with the inner surface of the drain pipe, and at least one retaining clip attached to a location about an outer periphery of the cylindrical section. The retaining clip includes a retaining tab proximate an end thereof configured, when the replacement closet flange is installed, to fixedly engage with an inner surface of the drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: IPS Corporation
    Inventor: James H. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20150115650
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a cup holder includes a support, an adjustable arm connected to the support, and a base connected to the support and spaced apart from the adjustable arm, the base being pivotal about the support in a first direction and being translatable to the adjustable arm in a second direction different from the first direction. The support may include a first member and a second member separable from the first member, the first member being connected to the adjustable arm and the second member being connected to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kadin Zhang, Lisa Lv
  • Patent number: 9016761
    Abstract: A shield for use in the interior of an automobile, attached on the side window pane or door frame, to prevent the ingress of snow, ice and the like when the driver or passenger opens the door; containing attaching means and an inwardly extended lip therefrom; the lip being positioned in a manner to flexibly contact the overhead or side panel when the automobile door is opened or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn McAndrews
  • Patent number: 8998290
    Abstract: A side window visor designed to attach to a vehicle window channel. The side window visor can be arranged and configured to extend over a portion of a window area for preventing inclement weather from entering the passenger cabin with the window slightly opened. A full length tab is reduced to form a plurality of tabs along the tab area of a side window visor. The plurality of tabs located on the side window visor allows the auto-up window feature to be used without causing large resistance and retraction of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Lund Inc.
    Inventors: Luis H. Serentill, John A. Wargo
  • Patent number: 8944485
    Abstract: A window shade system for covering at least a portion of a car window of a car is provided. The car window is mounted within a window frame with the window frame having a top edge, a bottom edge, and a pair of side edges. The window shade system comprises a first shade mounted to the top edge or the side edge of the window frame and a second shade mounted to the bottom edge or the side edge of the window frame. The first shade and the second shade are independently movable to cover at least a portion of the car window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Maria H. Kodabakshian
  • Publication number: 20150001879
    Abstract: 1. Shading device for a glass surface region of a motor vehicle. 2.1 Such a shading device having a flexible shading formation which is movably supported between a rest position which is compactly stored in a vehicle interior and a tensioned shading position and which is provided at the front end region thereof at the front in the tensioning direction with a dimensionally stable draw-out profile member which can be moved by means of a linearly movable lifting rod into the shading position or the rest position of the shading formation, a drive unit for lifting or lowering the lifting rod being associated with the lifting rod, is known, 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bernd STARZMANN, Jan LEKAR, Michele TINA
  • Patent number: 8919856
    Abstract: A sunshade hook includes a generally j-shaped hook member having a first leg portion and a second leg portion connected thereto along a bight region. A base has a substantially planar first portion that extends substantially perpendicular to the first leg portion of the hook member, and a second portion that extends generally parallel relation to the base first portion. A snap tab selectively deflects as the base is advanced over a bracket for mounting the one-piece hook in an associated automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Generoso Tan Sia, Jr., Shinichi Yamase
  • Patent number: 8919859
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes an elongated upper door beam and an elongated lower door beam each fixed horizontally to an inner surface of a door outer panel. Respective ends of the door beams are fixed to the inner surface of the door outer panel by fixing members. A portion of the upper door beam at an intermediate position between the ends in a longitudinal direction is coupled to the inner surface of the door outer panel by a first coupling bracket and a second coupling bracket with a seal member (a mastic sealer) interposed between the coupling brackets and the inner surface. A harness for a window regulator and a wire harness for an outer handle are installed inside a door main body. The wire harness is mounted on the first coupling bracket and the second coupling bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryo Suesada, Kazutaka Imamura
  • Patent number: 8833836
    Abstract: A water deflector includes a skeleton and a skin. The skeleton fills substantially the entire perimeter of an access opening. The skin is formed integrally over the skeleton, such that at least a portion of the skeleton is captured by the skin. The skin also spans substantially all of an interior of the access opening. A snap feature is formed in the skeleton and configured to mate to a perimeter of the access opening. Therefore, the skeleton is configured to hold the water deflector in the access opening such that the water deflector prevents passage of moisture through the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Brian R. Rusch, James K. Platt, Barbara A. Zuke
  • Publication number: 20140132029
    Abstract: At least two reinforcing members are provided apart from each other in a vertical direction, a connecting member formed integrally with or separately from a door mirror reinforcement is provided, and the connecting member interconnects the two reinforcing members vertically at a position which is located in back of front ends of the two reinforcing members. Accordingly, the better visibility can be provided, the attachment rigidity can be increased, and the door strength can be properly improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daishi KUROKI
  • Publication number: 20140103683
    Abstract: A deployable vehicle window shield system is provided comprising an outer protective surface that is deployable over a transparent vehicle window and retained within the vehicle door. The system comprises a first and second window regulator, the first for the transparent vehicle glass and the second for the outer protective surface. The vehicle door comprises a first and second window track for supporting the glass interiorly with respect to the outer protective surface. The window regulator for the outer protective surface is controlled by the user via in-vehicle controls or by remote, wherein the regulator is functional only when the vehicle engine is stopped or the vehicle is in park, while the protective surfaces retract when the vehicle starts. This prevents activation of an opaque surface over the vehicle glass while the vehicle is in operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: James R. Giddens
  • Publication number: 20130334837
    Abstract: A side window visor designed to attach to a vehicle window channel. The side window visor can be arranged and configured to extend over a portion of a window area for preventing inclement weather from entering the passenger cabin with the window slightly opened. A full length tab is reduced to form a plurality of tabs along the tab area of a side window visor. The plurality of tabs located on the side window visor allows the auto-up window feature to be used without causing large resistance and retraction of the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: LUND INC.
    Inventors: Luis H. Serentill, John A. Wargo
  • Publication number: 20130147231
    Abstract: A luminant component, such as reflective tape or an electrically powered component, is applied to the window frame of a motor vehicle. The component is visible from both the outside of the window, through the window and the inside of the window to illuminate at least portions of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Gold
  • Publication number: 20130140847
    Abstract: A motor vehicle window pane with antenna mount is described. The motor vehicle window pane with antenna mount has an opening in a composite pane made of an outer pane, an intermediate layer, and an inner pane. An adhesive is disposed on the outer pane on a top in a region around the opening. A mounting plate is fixed on the adhesive. An antenna housing is disposed on the mounting plate and has a rod-shaped antenna mount within the opening and below a recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Jens Altes, Rolf Kötte, Michael Labrot
  • Publication number: 20130026776
    Abstract: There is provided an assist grip for a vehicle capable of gripping a grip main body easily when in use and applying force thereon and facilitating movement of getting off. The assist grip 1 for the vehicle includes the grip main body 2 for supporting getting out movement from the seat 51 of the occupant, which is provided in the lower part of the door opening 10 beside the seat 51, where the grip main body 2 is provided in a manner capable of raising and lowering in an outward direction of the vehicle. Accordingly, since the grip main body 2 falls outward of the vehicle at the time of use of the assist grip 1, a portion to which a hand of the occupant is applied becomes large, and a flexibility of posture change increases, and getting out of the occupant becomes easy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Jun Abe, Hideki Oino
  • Patent number: 8360500
    Abstract: A first covering part of the present invention covers a portion from the front part to the upper part of a door window and expands to the outside in the vehicle width direction, and the lower surface thereof is open. A second covering part covers a portion lower than the first covering part of the upper part of the door window, is provided so as to be on the outside of a window glass and be located on the inside in the vehicle width direction of the lower edge of the first covering part, and is formed so as to gradually approach the window glass from the rear end toward the front end, the lower edge thereof being provided close to the outer surface of the window glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hayashi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuharu Mishimagi
  • Patent number: 8342593
    Abstract: An anti-extremity pinch garnish for preventing pinching of extremities between a hinged edge portion of a vehicle closure and an adjacent portion of a vehicle body to which the vehicle closure is pivotally mounted includes a first portion secured to the vehicle body adjacent an opening defined therein and a second portion integral with said first portion and configured to obstruct entry of an extremity between the hinged edge portion of the closure and the adjacent portion of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Ruby, III, Michael E. Franz
  • Patent number: 8303021
    Abstract: A door edge protection device for a motor vehicle door which comprises a door edge protection member guided movably with respect to the door at at least two points lying one behind the other in a longitudinal direction of the door. The door edge protection member is driven via an eccentric lever mounted rotatably in the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Lichter, Thomas Benderoth, Armando Lopes dos Santos
  • Patent number: 8251433
    Abstract: The motor vehicle windshield and window kit includes a plurality of insulated panels for covering respective interior surfaces of a windshield and at least one window of a motor vehicle to prevent sunlight and environmental noise from entering the motor vehicle, and for further providing privacy for the occupants of the motor vehicle. At least one privacy flap is substantially centrally formed through at least one of the plurality of insulated panels. Additionally, a plurality of releasable fasteners are provided for releasably securing the plurality of insulated panels to the interior surfaces of the motor vehicle windshield and the at least one motor vehicle window, so that the insulated panels cover the motor vehicle windshield and the at least one motor vehicle window to provide privacy, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation for the interior of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: James R. Boer
  • Publication number: 20120205941
    Abstract: A sun visor for an automobile window is formed integrally and has a shape matching that of the upper edge of an automobile window frame. The sun visor has an upper edge and two sides formed with a smooth combining portion, a bulgy and arc-shaped screening portion formed to extend downward from a lower section of the combining portion, and a glue sheet adhered on an inner side of the combining portion. A decorative bar is installed on the outer side of the combining portion and has opposite ends respectively covered with a protective member that has an inner side formed with an engage groove for receiving each end of the decorative bar and an upper edge formed with a stop surface resisting against the top edge of both the decorative bar and the combining portion. The decorative bar functions to beautify the external look of the sun visor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: YUAN-CHUNG CHOU
  • Patent number: 8240323
    Abstract: A rain shielding device for an automobile includes an umbrella holder, an umbrella cloth, and a power accumulator. The umbrella holder includes a first edge column mounted on a vehicle door, a second edge column mounted on a vehicle body, a plurality of main umbrella sticks between the first edge column and the second edge column, and two interlock members. The umbrella cloth is covered on the umbrella holder. The power accumulator includes a movable member, a plurality of auxiliary umbrella sticks, and an energy-storing member. The interlock members move the movable member when the vehicle door opens, and then the movable member interacts with the auxiliary umbrella sticks to push the main umbrella sticks and umbrella cloth unfolding. The energy-storing member stores energy when the umbrella cloth unfolds and releases energy when the vehicle door is closed; thus provides an auxiliary force when the umbrella cloth folds/unfolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Ann Show Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chung Lee
  • Patent number: 8226152
    Abstract: A retractable wind deflector for a vehicle is configured to deploy a deflector body from a stowed position to a deployed position extending outside the vehicle compartment when a window is opened, and to return the deflector body from the deployed position to the stowed position when the window is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne A. Calco
  • Patent number: 8215702
    Abstract: In the case of a vehicle door with an inside door part and an outside door part which are connected to an inner and outer door shaft reinforcing device, a mirror base of a vehicle exterior rearview mirror is held at a corner of the door. The mirror base is supported on a reinforcing element arranged within the vehicle door. The reinforcing element is arranged between a support of the outer door shaft reinforcing device and a further support of the inner door shaft reinforcing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Gerald Eckart
  • Publication number: 20120133168
    Abstract: A slidable apparatus that may form an interior vehicle door grab handle. The slidable apparatus includes a handle and handle support, wherein the handle support is fixed to an interior portion of a vehicle door, whereby the handle can be positioned initially in a rearward position so that adequate torque assist is provided to a passenger opening a vehicle door from the inside, and as the door opens, is movable to a more forward position so that the passenger can maintain hold on the grab handle throughout the opening process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Ardigo
  • Patent number: 8151521
    Abstract: Vehicle door structure includes: a door body openably and closably mounted to a vehicle body; a door sash provided on the door body and including a vertical sash section extending in a vertical direction of the door body, and an upper sash section formed continuously with an upper end portion of the vertical sash section and bent relative to the vertical sash section; and a garnish provided on the door sash and including a base section covering the vertical sash section and fixed to the vertical sash section, an extension section formed continuously with an upper end portion of the base section, bent relative to the base section and covering the upper sash section, and an engaging section provided on the extension section and engaging with the upper sash section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Iwabuchi
  • Patent number: 8141933
    Abstract: A vehicle door, such as a tailgate (1), having a pull pocket (P) on which a hand is put when the door is manipulated includes a door panel (2), a lining (3), and a pull pocket member (4). The lining (3) is provided over an inside of the door panel (2) facing toward a vehicle cabin when the door is mounted to a vehicle body. The pull pocket member (4) is a member formed independently of the lining (3) and mounted to the lining (3). The pull pocket member (4) includes a recessed portion (41) which is recessed toward the door panel (2) and configured to form an undercut at a face (3a) of the lining (3) facing toward the vehicle cabin when the pull pocket member (4) is mounted to the lining (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8132848
    Abstract: A cleaning system is attached to a door pocket of a vehicle and allows, via a spinning brush head, to clean the outer surfaces of a person's footwear prior to stepping into the vehicle. The system uses a brush that has a handle and a rotating brush head powered by a motor within the handle. The handle is attached, via a clip or similar system, to the door pocket. The motor is powered either via a battery within the handle or via the vehicle's battery and is controlled either via a switch on the handle or via the door depression switch that detects whether the door of the vehicle is open or closed, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Samuel Knight
  • Patent number: 8079629
    Abstract: A rain guard assembly for providing shelter to an occupant entering or exiting a vehicle is described. Generally, the retractable rain guard assembly may comprise a housing integrally mounted within a roof of an automobile, a covering retractably held within the housing and having one or more engagement portions positioned along a free end of the covering, and one or more securement members positioned along a door of the automobile and aligned in a manner corresponding to positions of the one or more engagement portions. The one or more securement members are actuatable to engage to corresponding engagement portions such that opening of the door relative to the roof extends the covering therebetween. The covering may be engaged remotely, such as by a key fob, or automatically by a water detection sensor on the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Eileen M. Raynor
  • Publication number: 20110260497
    Abstract: A window blind has upper and lower outer edges that follow contours of the window and may be arched slightly to the outside. Upper and lower force-transmitting, low-expansion reinforcing elements made from a cord, a thread or a fiber network are joined fixedly to the outer edges of the knitted fabric of the blind. The reinforcing elements extend between a winding shaft and a pull-out profile that lies opposite the winding shaft on the end side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Juergen Durm, Sascha Ruckwied
  • Patent number: 8025327
    Abstract: A theft and tamper resistant vehicle interior is disclosed. The front compartment of the vehicle interior has a concealed mode and an operating mode. During the concealed mode, multiple components, including a display region, a gear shifter, a center armrest, a side armrest, and a central control module may be completely or partially hidden from view. During the operating mode, each of these components may be revealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Schowalter
  • Patent number: 7976095
    Abstract: A single-piece switch mount and harness hook that provides routing control of an interior vehicle door harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ruben Guanzon, Haithi Donahue-Yan
  • Patent number: 7913455
    Abstract: A plastic door module for a motor vehicle door includes interfaces for connecting or receiving functional elements of a motor vehicle door, such as window lifter rail and a speaker. The interface for connecting the window lifter rail is connected to the interface for receiving the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Harald Krüger, Manfred Stenzel