Door Support Means Patents (Class 296/202)
  • Patent number: 10112655
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement assembly for a vehicle body structure is provided. The assembly may include a pillar portion, a roof cross member, and a bead formation. The pillar portion may disposed at a rear upper corner region of the body structure and between a rear quarter window opening and a liftgate opening defined by the body structure. The roof cross member may extend along an upper portion of the liftgate opening. The bead formation may extend from the pillar portion to the roof cross member to reinforce the rear upper corner region. The bead formation may define an arc shape having a first end located adjacent the roof cross member and an access hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Freeman, Mohammed F. Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10086693
    Abstract: A fuel cap barrier kit is basically provided with a movable barrier and an attachment member. The movable barrier is dimensioned and structured to be attached to a vehicle body at a location in which the movable barrier is disposed in front of a fuel cap and is underneath a filler compartment door. The movable barrier is movable between an inlet accessible position in which the movable barrier permits user access to the fuel cap and an inlet blocking position in which the movable barrier is disposed in front of the fuel cap. The attachment member is configured to fixedly attach the movable barrier to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek James Logan, Michael Betts, Thomas Scott Dennis, Elwyn Jones, Roman Pense
  • Patent number: 10023238
    Abstract: A front pillar lower outer includes a bent portion, and a first region and a second region, and is a skeletal component for automobile that is assumed to receive a collision load along the extending direction of the first region. The outer is constituted by attaching a first member that is arranged on a first region side, and a second member that is arranged on a second region side. An attachment line of the both members is arranged in a predetermined zone between a first boundary and a second boundary. The plate thickness of the first member is larger than the plate thickness of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Saito, Yoshiaki Nakazawa, Kenichiro Otsuka, Yasuhiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9815498
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a roof side rail, resin first and second reinforcement members, and a front pillar. The roof side rail is disposed along a vehicle front-rear direction at both vehicle width direction sides of a roof, and is configured, by roof side rail inner and outer panels and a side outer panel, as a beam-shaped vehicle body framework member with a closed hollow cross-section structure including third and fourth closed cross-section portions. The first reinforcement member, as viewed from the side of the vehicle, is disposed to contain a connection position, at a front portion of the roof side rail, to a front roof header disposed along an upper end portion of a windshield glass, and is provided along a length direction of the front portion to fill at least a portion of a space inside a closed hollow cross-section portion at the front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Yamamoto, Koui Hata, Taichi Minei
  • Patent number: 9751568
    Abstract: A vehicle frame structure includes a side sill having an internal space partitioned by a vertical rib and a horizontal rib intersecting the vertical rib. The vertical rib separates the side sill into an outer lateral portion and an inner lateral portion. The inner lateral side sill portion includes a cutout extending vertically therethrough. A pillar has an internal space partitioned by a longitudinally extending first rib and a laterally extending second rib intersecting the first rib. The first rib separates the pillar into an outer lateral portion and an inner lateral portion. The inner lateral pillar portion is disposed through and secured in the cutout of the portion, and an axial end face of the outer lateral pillar portion is in abutment with the outer lateral side sill portion. The side sill and the pillar are welded to each other along an interface between the two components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward W. Bach, Hirokazu Matsuura, Adam J. Rompage
  • Patent number: 9725120
    Abstract: A vehicle body with a shell-type design includes at least one lateral frame, a tailgate frame which is connected to a node of the vehicle body by the lateral frame, and a reinforcing component which extends from the tailgate frame into the lateral frame. The tailgate frame and the lateral frame are each composed of an upper shell and a lower shell, and the reinforcing component is arranged between the upper and lower shells of the tailgate frame and the lateral frame. A hinge reinforcement for a hinge of a tailgate is formed in the reinforcing component in the region of the tailgate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Stein, Sven Barsch
  • Patent number: 9623910
    Abstract: There are provided a hinge pillar comprising an outer panel and an inner panel which form a closed cross section extending vertically, a hinge pillar reinforcement provided in the closed cross section, a front door attached to the hinge pillar via a pair of upper-and-lower door hinges, and a hinge bracket attaching the lower door hinge to the hinge pillar reinforcement, the hinge bracket being provided to face a front wheel in a longitudinal direction. Herein, the hinge bracket has a lower strength than a portion of the hinge pillar reinforcement where the hinge bracket is provided. Accordingly, when receiving a collision load from the front wheel, the hinge bracket changes a contact portion of the front wheel to the hinge pillar so as to guide the retreating front wheel outward in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kiyoshita, Masanori Fukuda, Toshiharu Ikeda, Soukichi Kikuchi, Takashi Hamada
  • Patent number: 9090291
    Abstract: A vehicle including a lower reinforcement assembly for a front pillar assembly includes a rocker outer reinforcement member that extends in a vehicle lengthwise direction and includes a vertically oriented face. An upper portion extends inwardly from the face in a vehicle widthwise direction and a lower portion extends inwardly from the face in the vehicle widthwise direction thereby defining a vehicle lengthwise extending cavity. A front pillar lower reinforcement member is connected to the rocker outer reinforcement member. The front pillar lower reinforcement member includes an upwardly extending pillar portion and a lengthwise extending rocker portion having a vertically oriented face that extends downwardly terminating at the face of the outer reinforcement member at a lower edge that extends in the vehicle lengthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Kanagai, Corinne Uskali
  • Patent number: 9045164
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a floor fabricated of resin, a pillar fabricated of resin, and a connecting member. The floor is disposed at a vehicle body lower side. The pillar is disposed so as to extend in a vehicle body up-and-down direction at a vehicle width direction outer side of the floor. The connecting member connects the pillar with the floor, and is constituted of a material with higher ductility than the pillar and the floor. Thus, a withstand load strength of a joining portion between the pillar and the floor is assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidenori Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9027988
    Abstract: A striker device for a motor vehicle door lock having a striker and an element made of a plastic material and equipped with a plate, which is suitable for being placed against a wall of the motor vehicle and is coupled to the striker in fixed relative position; the element has a plurality of tongues, which protrude from the plate in the opposite direction to the striker and are arranged in positions so as to engage, in use, the edges of two apertures in the wall of the motor vehicle, to keep the plate in a fixed reference position during a first fitting step; the tongues are breakable to enable changing the position of the striker device with respect to the wall of the motor vehicle in a possible second fitting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Olivieri, Marilisa Quaresima
  • Patent number: 8997908
    Abstract: A utility vehicle comprises a plurality of ground engaging members; a frame; and an operator area having an operator side and a passenger side. The utility vehicle further comprises a roll cage extending above the operator area; a front windshield coupled to the roll cage; and a rear windshield coupled to the roll cage. The utility vehicle further includes a roof latched to the roll cage, a first door hinged to the roll cage along the operator side, and a second door hinged to the roll cage along the passenger side. The couplings between the rear windshield and the roll cage, between the roof and the roll cage, and between the first and second doors and the roll cage each being free of a fastener. The front and rear windshields, the roof, and the first and second doors enclose the operator area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J Kinsman, Angus M Morison, Keith A. Hollman, Adam J. Schlangen, Greg W. Fedelem, Daniel L. Goffman, Paul J. Johnson, Kelly J. Knutson, Jeremiah T. Johnstun
  • Patent number: 8985682
    Abstract: A support for one or more elements intended to be fastened to a front pillar of a motor vehicle so that the one or more elements can be supported along the structure. The support includes: at least one mechanism guiding and retaining cables, at least one mechanism fastening a trim of the structure, at least one mechanism indexing a carpet, and at least one mechanism fastening an electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Xavier Billard, Eric Jouenard, Pascal Nicod
  • Patent number: 8973693
    Abstract: A utility vehicle comprises at least one front ground engaging member; at least one rear ground engaging member; and a frame extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The frame includes a front portion, a rear portion, and a channel member extending in the longitudinal direction between the front and rear portions. The vehicle further comprises a floor board coupled to the channel member and a powertrain assembly having a drive shaft operably coupled to at least one of the front ground engaging member and the rear ground engaging member. Additionally, the vehicle comprises a plurality of transport lines configured to transport at least one of a fluid and an electrical connection between the front portion and the rear portion of the frame. The channel member is positioned intermediate the drive shaft and the transport lines and is configured to support the transport lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Kinsman, Angus M. Morison, Keith A. Hollman, Adam J. Schlangen, Greg W. Fedelem, Daniel L. Goffman
  • Publication number: 20150001890
    Abstract: A van includes an interface element and one or more doors. The interface element can be a frame or connector that is configured to fit a sliding door opening of the van. The one or more doors are configured to fit the interface connector of the van. The one or more doors are configured to be operable by a driver of the van.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: David Ronsen
  • Publication number: 20140292037
    Abstract: A slide door apparatus includes a body-side guide rail provided at a vehicle body, a door-side guide rail provided at a slide door, connection members each of which includes a guide roller rolling on a path formed by each of the guide rails, each of the connection members being connected to each of the guide rails, the slide door being configured to open and close a door opening portion formed at the vehicle body based on a movement of the slide door, facing portions formed at the slide door and the vehicle body respectively, the facing portions facing each other in a state where the slide door is in a fully open position, and a widthwise displacement restraint mechanism restricting a relative movement between the facing portions of the slide door and the vehicle body in a width direction of the vehicle by connecting the facing portions to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryoichi FUKUMOTO, Tomohide KATO
  • Publication number: 20140292038
    Abstract: A slide door apparatus includes a body-side guide rail provided at a vehicle body, a door-side guide rail provided at a slide door, connection members each of which includes a guide roller rolling on a path formed by each of the guide rails, each of the connection members being connected to each of the guide rails, the slide door being configured to open and close a door opening portion formed at the vehicle body based on a movement of the slide door, one of the connection members being connected to the door-side guide rail and including a support arm which is rotatably connected to the vehicle body and at which the guide roller is provided, and a rotation restriction mechanism restricting the support arm from rotating at a position at which the support arm is positioned after rotating in association with an opening operation of the slide door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryoichi FUKUMOTO, Tomohide KATO
  • Patent number: 8765227
    Abstract: An improved mounting device for mounting a bodyshell sliding door to a body-in-white of a motor vehicle during a painting operation comprises a body connection which can be mounted to the body-in-white and a door connection which can be mounted to the bodyshell sliding door. The body connection and the door connection are connected with each other by a multiple joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Heuel, Michael Krehmke, Ralf Rottmann
  • Publication number: 20140159431
    Abstract: When a formed product having undergone roll forming and welding is bent in the shape of a door sash, the formed product may distort and/or deform. Such distortion and/or deformation is reduced to a sufficient degree. A door sash is formed by bending an elongated metal plate in a widthwise direction such that portions thereof are superimposed, which are welded together for unification. The door sash has a joint portion extending in a longitudinal direction and having exposed surfaces extending continuously in the widthwise direction, a pocket portion extending continuously from one widthwise end of the joint portion and being to be located on the inner side of a vehicle, and a design portion extending continuously from the other widthwise end of the joint portion and being to be located on the outer side of the vehicle. The door sash is bent in the longitudinal direction, and has two parallel welding marks formed on each of the exposed surfaces of the joint portion and extending in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jiro Yoshihara, Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8632116
    Abstract: A door includes an exterior-facing surface, an inner structure, and a latch mechanism. The door also includes a key-cylinder attached to and accessible from the exterior-facing surface, and adapted to selectively lock and unlock the latch mechanism, and a pawl adapted to be rotated by the key-cylinder to unlock the latch mechanism. Furthermore, the door includes a feature arranged on the inner structure and aligned with the key-cylinder, and a component connected to the key-cylinder, aligned with and extending into the feature without contacting the inner structure. The component is configured to not impede the rotation of the pawl when the component is aligned with the feature. Additionally, the component is configured to restrict angular movement of the key-cylinder with respect to the door, when the key-cylinder is forcibly manipulated thereby causing the component to contact the inner structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard K. Mette, Teru Tseng
  • Publication number: 20140008939
    Abstract: A striker device for a motor vehicle door lock having a striker and an element made of a plastic material and equipped with a plate, which is suitable for being placed against a wall of the motor vehicle and is coupled to the striker in fixed relative position; the element has a plurality of tongues, which protrude from the plate in the opposite direction to the striker and are arranged in positions so as to engage, in use, the edges of two apertures in the wall of the motor vehicle, to keep the plate in a fixed reference position during a first fitting step; the tongues are breakable to enable changing the position of the striker device with respect to the wall of the motor vehicle in a possible second fitting step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Olivieri, Marilisa Quaresima
  • Publication number: 20130278022
    Abstract: A surrounding structure of a door holding mechanism includes: an outer panel forming a pillar with an inner panel; a sliding door rearward of the pillar; a door holding mechanism holding the sliding door in a closed condition; and a pillar forming area of the outer panel having a substantially crank-shaped cross-section, wherein the door holding mechanism is attached to a front face of an intermediate portion of the pillar forming area, a pillar reinforcement is arranged between the outer and inner panel and includes front and rear portions, the front portion is overlapped with a rear face of the intermediate portion of the pillar forming area, the rear portion extending rearward from the front portion and having a substantially crank-shaped form in a longitudinal direction thereof, the pillar forming area and pillar reinforcement form a closed section, the pillar reinforcement joined to the outer panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Hideki Arikai, Kentaro Jojiki
  • Publication number: 20130234467
    Abstract: Protective vehicle enclosures and components thereof for opened sided vehicles, such as golf carts, which include a rigid, lightweight frame and flexible weather proof cover. Methods for installing these protective vehicle enclosures use existing mounts on the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Arlen F. BROWN, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130161980
    Abstract: A door frame for a vehicle includes a pillar portion, a main frame portion, an envelope portion provided at the main frame portion, serving as a framework of the main frame portion and opening to a vehicle outer side, a fixing portion, a bottom wall provided at the envelope portion and positioned at a vehicle inner side, an upper wall provided at the envelope portion and extending from an end portion of the bottom wall at a vehicle upper side towards the vehicle outer side, a lower wall provided at the envelope portion and extending from an end portion of the bottom wall at a vehicle lower side towards the vehicle outer side, and at least one reinforcement rib formed at the envelope portion, the reinforcement rib extending from the bottom wall towards the vehicle outer side and connecting the upper wall and the lower wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Patent number: 8342592
    Abstract: A seal module for sealing between a first door and a second door of opposing-hinged doors is moveable between an sealing position for sealing between the first door and the second door, and a withdrawn position longitudinally spaced from one of the first door and the second door to allow for independent pivotable movement of either the first door or the second door. A linkage system including a first swing arm and a second swing arm rotatably interconnects the seal module to the second door, and moves the seal module between the sealing position and the withdrawn position along an arcuate path that is disposed along a plane substantially perpendicular to an outer surface of the opposing-hinged doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, Steven Bauer
  • Patent number: 8297689
    Abstract: A door of a vehicle is moveable between a closed position, an intermediate position and an open position. When moving between the closed position and the intermediate position, a first vertical edge of the door moves parallel with a body of the vehicle and a second rearward vertical edge of the door moves laterally away from the body of the vehicle. A striker assembly for the door is attached to the body and includes a striker that is moveable between a first position and a second position. A latch mechanism selectively engages the striker when the door is disposed in or moving between the closed position and the intermediate position, with the striker moving with the first edge of the door between the closed position and the intermediate position to prevent lateral movement of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, Louis J. Conrad
  • Publication number: 20120269999
    Abstract: A method for producing continuous-fiber-reinforced molded parts from thermoplastic plastics. The method includes several steps. In a first step, preparing cut-to-size, substantially flat, unidirectionally fiber-reinforced mats are prepared with a thermoplastic matrix which at least partially surrounds the fibers. In a second step, the mats are transferred to a workpiece carrier which predetermines the rough contour of the molded part. In a third step, the mats are deposited and progressively built up on the workpiece carrier to form a three-dimensional preform such that the fiber orientation of the mats is adapted to the forces applied during the subsequent use of the molded part and to the load paths resulting therefrom within the molded part. In a fourth step, the mats are secured in place relative to each other during or after completion of the build-up of the perform. In a fifth step, the preform is heated up to or above the melting temperature of the thermoplastic matrix of the perform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: REHAU AG & Co.
    Inventors: Franz-Georg Kind, Peter Michel
  • Publication number: 20120153678
    Abstract: A seal module for sealing between a first door and a second door of opposing-hinged doors is moveable between an sealing position for sealing between the first door and the second door, and a withdrawn position longitudinally spaced from one of the first door and the second door to allow for independent pivotable movement of either the first door or the second door. A linkage system including a first swing arm and a second swing arm rotatably interconnects the seal module to the second door, and moves the seal module between the sealing position and the withdrawn position along an arcuate path that is disposed along a plane substantially perpendicular to an outer surface of the opposing-hinged doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicants: Magna International, Inc., GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, Steven Bauer
  • Publication number: 20120112494
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle comprising a body panel including a flange defining an opening. The opening is shaped to receive a component selected from a door, a trunk or a tailgate. The component includes a main body panel and an interior lining having a substantially coplanar region facing the flange when the component is in a closed position. An elongated resilient sealing member is secured to the coplanar region of the component. The sealing member includes a base engaging the interior lining and a tubular body projecting from said base opposite the lining. An arm extends from an edge of the base and overlaps the interior lining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Kenichi Kitayama, Masatoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 8141833
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a grille to a door. The connector can include a first plate connected to a second plate at a right angle. A first tubular can extend at a right angle from the first plate for inserting into a door insert frame, such as in a screw boss. The first tubular can have a hole for receiving a fastener and fastening the connector to a door. A second tubular can be disposed proximate an intersection of the first plate and the second plate. The second tubular can have a hole extending at a right angle to the hole of the first tubular for receiving a pin that can be used to connect a grille to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Glasscraft Door Company
    Inventors: John B. Plummer, Marjorie Plummer, Joseph Gene Denley
  • Patent number: 8141935
    Abstract: A sliding door panel for covering an opening in a trim panel of a sliding door includes a bracket having a first guiding member. The sliding door panel includes is a sliding appliqué having a second guiding member capable of associating with the first guiding member, and wherein the sliding appliqué includes a first end having a protruding configuration extending away from the trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bhavani Thota, Kenneth S. Laird, Chris Richardson, Gary D. Mullen, Kevin Murphy, Adrian Nicholas Alexander Elliott
  • Publication number: 20120049579
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for a first door of a pair of opposing-hinged doors includes a curved extension, a first pivot connection interconnecting the curved extension and a body of the vehicle, and a second pivot connection interconnecting the curved extension and the first door. When opening the first door, a first edge of the first door pivots about the first pivot connection away from the body and draws a second edge of the door away from an adjacent second door. The first door pivots about the second pivot connection to open the first door independently of the adjacent second door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, Gary W. Krajenke, Gregory B. Smith
  • Publication number: 20120049578
    Abstract: A door includes an exterior-facing surface, an inner structure, and a latch mechanism. The door also includes a key-cylinder attached to and accessible from the exterior-facing surface, and adapted to selectively lock and unlock the latch mechanism, and a pawl adapted to be rotated by the key-cylinder to unlock the latch mechanism. Furthermore, the door includes a feature arranged on the inner structure and aligned with the key-cylinder, and a component connected to the key-cylinder, aligned with and extending into the feature without contacting the inner structure. The component is configured to not impede the rotation of the pawl when the component is aligned with the feature. Additionally, the component is configured to restrict angular movement of the key-cylinder with respect to the door, when the key-cylinder is forcibly manipulated thereby causing the component to contact the inner structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard K. METTE, Teru TSENG
  • Publication number: 20120049580
    Abstract: A door latching system for a vehicle and method of latching are provided. The system includes a carrier and a receiver each connected to one of a door and a door interface. The latching system, when non-actuated, does not substantially protrude from the latching faces of the door and door interface into an opening therebetween. The latching system is adaptable to a vehicle defining a continuous access opening closed by independently openable and closeable doors. The latching member is actuated to move from a retracted position to a protracted position in response to a triggering event, which may be defined by a sensor. In the protracted position, the latching member engages the receiver and the carrier to operatively latch the door and door interface portion. A latching feature defined by the latching member may be selectively engageable with a retaining member when the latching member is in the protracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, Balakrishna Chinta, Louis J. Conrad, Ronald P. McKenney
  • Publication number: 20120049577
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of opposing-hinged doors having a first door and a second door. The first door includes a first edge and a second edge, and is moveable between a closed position, an intermediate position and an open position. The vehicle includes a slideable hinge assembly that moves laterally relative to a longitudinal axis of a body of the vehicle to move the second edge of the first door laterally away from the body and move the first edge parallel with the longitudinal axis and away from the second door when the first door moves from the closed position into the intermediate position. Once in the intermediate position, the first door is free to swing into the open position independently of the second door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Bob Thomas, Jussi A. Timonen, Niki J. Smart, Frank Saucedo
  • Publication number: 20120049581
    Abstract: A door of a vehicle is moveable between a closed position, an intermediate position and an open position. When moving between the closed position and the intermediate position, a first vertical edge of the door moves parallel with a body of the vehicle and a second rearward vertical edge of the door moves laterally away from the body of the vehicle. A striker assembly for the door is attached to the body and includes a striker that is moveable between a first position and a second position. A latch mechanism selectively engages the striker when the door is disposed in or moving between the closed position and the intermediate position, with the striker moving with the first edge of the door between the closed position and the intermediate position to prevent lateral movement of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, Louis J. Conrad
  • Patent number: 8007025
    Abstract: In a preassembly position, the hinge elements of the two hinges of the vehicle door are each connected fixedly to the vehicle door via a pivotable hinge element of the two hinges. The vehicle door is held in position with precise gap positioning in a side wall door cutout of the vehicle body. In a final assembly position, the positionally fixed hinge element of the two hinges is connected to outer and inner wall parts of a vehicle pillar of the vehicle body via fastening screws and via a torque strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Robert Köhr, Mario Schilling, Siegfried Walter, Harald Gerber, Michael Dukat
  • Publication number: 20110204681
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body and a vehicle door assembly. The door assembly is selectively movable with respect to the body between open and closed positions. The door assembly includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion is selectively movable relative to the upper portion such that the height of the door above the ground is selectively variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Villeminey
  • Patent number: 8002937
    Abstract: A trim part is aligned, via a flexible, split jig, to a finished primary surface and adhered by an epoxide to a secondary structural surface. An epoxide fixing accelerant is applied to the epoxide via the jig, whereby the trim part is rapidly rigidly affixed to the secondary structural surface. The jig is then removed via its being both split and resiliently flexed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Craig R. Markyvech, Igor M. Kan
  • Patent number: 8002332
    Abstract: A structural mounting insert for sealing between and/or adhering to surfaces of members is described. The insert includes a base member and activatable material about the base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Coon, Steve Zdrojewski, Keith Novak
  • Publication number: 20110187156
    Abstract: A door having a latch mechanism is provided. The door also includes a bracket, and a pawl having a first aperture. The pawl is rotatably attached to the bracket and is operatively connected to the latch. The door additionally includes a key-cylinder adapted to selectively lock and unlock the latch by rotating the pawl, and a shield having a second aperture. Furthermore, the door includes a component connected to the key-cylinder. The component is aligned with and extends through the first and second apertures without contact with the pawl or with the shield, and is configured to not impede the rotation of the pawl by the key-cylinder when the component is aligned with the first and second apertures. The component is also configured to detach the pawl from the bracket and limit the key-cylinder extraction, when the key-cylinder is forcibly manipulated thereby causing the component to contact the shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert D. Granny, David M. Trush, John M. Dobish, Glenn L. Traister, Graham J. Spence, Ian S. Buckley, Grant W. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7959217
    Abstract: The attachment of a modified upper rear door hinge patch to the outside surface of a center pillar stiffener creates an energy absorbing cavity that: 1) reduces the chances that the center pillar stiffener will buckle or kink in a side impact collision, and 2) improves door mounting accuracy apart from the center pillar stiffener, and 3) improves the formability of the steel used in the manufacture of center pillar stiffeners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Onuma
  • Publication number: 20110133516
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises a body, a sliding door, which comprises a guide rail and a sliding carriage which is longitudinally movably mounted on the guide rail and which is connected with the body by a multiple joint, and a centering element which is releasably connectable with a counter bearing. To improve such vehicle, a counter bearing and/or a centering element are provided in the roof region and in the floor region of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH
    Inventors: GERHARD HEUEL, MICHAEL KREHMKE, RALF ROTTMANN
  • Publication number: 20110135826
    Abstract: An improved mounting device for mounting a bodyshell sliding door to a body-in-white of a motor vehicle during a painting operation comprises a body connection which can be mounted to the body-in-white and a door connection which can be mounted to the bodyshell sliding door. The body connection and the door connection are connected with each other by a multiple joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Heuel, Michael Krehmke, Ralf Rottmann
  • Publication number: 20110047882
    Abstract: A sliding door panel for covering an opening in a trim panel of a sliding door includes a bracket having a first guiding member. The sliding door panel includes is a sliding appliqué having a second guiding member capable of associating with the first guiding member, and wherein the sliding appliqué includes a first end having a protruding configuration extending away from the trim panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Bhavani Thota, Kenneth S. Laird, Chris Richardson, Gary D. Mullen, Kevin Murphy, Adrian Nicholas Alexander Elliott
  • Publication number: 20110025099
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure has a first structural member that at least partially defines an upper side of a door opening and a second structural member that extends downward from the first structural member and at least partially defines one side of the door opening. An elongated track member is attached on the first structural member. A sliding door is movably supported on the track member for movement along the track member between a closed position and an open position. A stopper bracket is rigidly attached on the second structural member. The stopper bracket is dimensioned and configured to absorb impacting forces of the sliding door as the sliding door moves from the closed position to the open position. The stopper bracket is rigidly attached to the track member such that the impacting forces are at least partially transmitted to the track member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: NISSAN TECHNICAL CENTER NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Pencak, Naga A. Narayana
  • Patent number: 7874608
    Abstract: A car provided with: a chassis supporting a pair of front wheels which turn about a first horizontal rotation axis and a pair of rear wheels which turn about a second horizontal rotation axis; a passenger compartment obtained between the front wheels and the rear wheels; and at least one pair of front doors, each of which is hinged to the chassis by means of a hinge to turn about a third rotation axis between an opening position and a closing position of the passenger compartment; the hinges of the front doors are arranged in proximity to the first rotation axis of the front wheels so that the projection on a horizontal plane of the hinges is within the rectangular area comprised between the two front wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Ferrari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Stefani
  • Publication number: 20100319264
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sliding door device including: a slider mounted to the sliding door so as to be movable on the rail; a lever provided in the slider so that a middle part thereof would be rotatable; a first roller provided on one end side of the lever so as to be rotatable on the rail; a recess formed in the rail so that the first roller would fall thereinto before the sliding door reaches a completely closed position, the recess having a rising wall surface of the rail being in a direction intersecting with a rotating surface of the first roller, the rising wall surface capable of coming into contact with the first roller; and a cable mounted to the sliding door for driving the sliding door to a closing direction when the cable is pulled. The cable is connected to the other end side of the lever and causes the lever to rotate in a direction that the first roller pushes the rail when the cable is pulled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Norihide Takeda, Toshikatsu Hemmi, Yoshiharu Kanamori, Katsunori Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7850229
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a vehicle body frame, a closure connected to the vehicle body frame, a garnish connected to the vehicle body frame, and a closure stopper seat body disposed between the garnish and the vehicle body frame. The closure is movable between an open position and a closed position. The stopper seat body is configured to absorb an impact from the movable closure when the movable closure moves toward the closed position. The closure stopper seat body can be used with a number of different closures including a door, a tailgate, a trunk lid, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitomo Ihashi, Wesley A. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100308624
    Abstract: A rotary lock including a housing having a strike channel shaped to receive a strike component and a latch member including at least one strike engaging member. The latch member is rotatable between an unlatched position, a secondary latch position and a primary latch position. A keeper member is moveable between a disengaged position, a secondary keeper position, and a primary keeper position. A lock member is moveable between a lock position and an unlock position. The lock member and/or a lock actuator is non-movable to the lock position when the latch member is in the secondary latch position, thereby providing indicia that the latch member is not fully latched in a primary latch position. Methods of assembly and use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Douglas L. Juga, Charles E. Bullock
  • Patent number: RE42492
    Abstract: This invention describes a novel two way hinge for motor vehicle doors that hinges open at a 20 degree angle, then rotates upward 45 degrees. The motor vehicle door is maintained in the open position by a shock absorber/piston arrangement that is common in the automotive industry. The invention described herein can be installed by an aftermarket shop and/or sold as an easily installed kit. The present invention overcomes the shortcomings of existing hinges by allowing greater access for ingress and egress from existing motor vehicle doors in tight parking situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Vertical Doors, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Baum