Door Bumper Patents (Class 296/207)
  • Patent number: 10731393
    Abstract: A dual platform bumper system for a vehicle includes a bumper configured to couple to one of the door or another vehicle component, the bumper having first and second points of contact, and a platform configured to couple to the other of the door and the other vehicle component. The platform includes an upper contact platform and a lower contact platform. The upper contact platform is configured to contact the first point of contact when the door is moved to a closed position, and the lower contact platform is configured to contact the second point of contact when the door is moved to the closed position to facilitate preventing over-travel relative movement of the at least one door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Randy K Ihrke, Christopher J Sytek, Christopher J Duke
  • Patent number: 10718396
    Abstract: A suspension limiter includes a diaphragm element configured to be placed in operable communication with a suspension such that a rate of increase in load per unit travel of compression of the suspension is reduced near a full travel of the suspension than would exist for the suspension if the diaphragm element were not present, the diaphragm element arranged to deform only elastically through the full travel of the suspension. Suspension arrangements and methods of loading suspension arrangements are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Michael King
  • Patent number: 10665140
    Abstract: Because of the nature of autonomous vehicles, and in particular that they do not require manual inputs from a driver or passenger to control braking and steering, autonomous vehicle can include features that may not necessarily be useful or practical in a typical non-autonomous (or semi-autonomous vehicle) that would require such manual input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: YooJung Ahn, Jared S. Gross, Xintao Chen
  • Patent number: 10479417
    Abstract: A vehicle, such as a pickup truck, includes a bed pillar and a tailgate pivotally engaging the bed pillar. A bumper includes a body secured to the bed pillar, a lever pivotally mounted to the body and having a pad, and a spring biasing the pad into contact with the tailgate in a closed position. The lever may pivot to push the tailgate rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Cliff Standifer
  • Patent number: 9381951
    Abstract: A supplemental energy absorber is provided for a vehicle having a hood subjectable to an external force event and a body structure including a primary hood stop. The supplemental energy absorber includes a spring portion and a resilient portion. The spring portion is attachable to the body structure. The resilient portion is attached to the spring portion. The supplemental energy absorber is configured to cooperate with the hood and the primary hood stop to supplement energy absorption during the external force event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Vijay Shankar Iyer, Vivekananda Kinila
  • Patent number: 9290979
    Abstract: An adjustable bumper, adapted for supporting closure panels on a vehicle, is described. The bumper incorporates a shape memory polymer portion, which may be readily permanently reshaped by the steps of: heating above its transition temperature, deforming by application of a load, and cooling, while still under load, below its transition temperature. This behavior is exploited to enable adjustment of the adjustable bumper so that it may provide the desired closure panel support while accommodating vehicle to vehicle variations in the fit of the closure panel and the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Paul W. Alexander, Jonathan E. Luntz, Alan W. Moyer, Diann Brei, Suhant Ranga, Nancy L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140292030
    Abstract: A hood overslam bumper assembly includes an overslam bumper having a cylindrical shape and having a screw thread groove formed in an outer peripheral surface thereof, a ring-carrier having a hole formed at the center thereof to have the overslam bumper inserted into an inner side surface thereof and having a screw thread formed on an inner peripheral surface thereof, the screw thread being coupled to the screw thread groove, and a housing having one side fixed to an insertion hole of a hood inner panel, having a hole formed at the center thereof to have the ring-carrier inserted into an inner side surface thereof, and having an elastic part provided on an outer peripheral surface thereof to fix the ring-carrier inserted into the inner side surface thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicants: Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ho LIM
  • Publication number: 20140091600
    Abstract: An overslam bumper comprising a coupling device, a base member fixed to the coupling device, a striking member defining a striking surface for receiving a load exerted thereon, and a linking member connecting the base member and the striking member. The overslam bumper is configured such that upon receipt of the load at the striking surface, the load is transferred through the striking member to the linking member to an extent that the linking member will deflect, and upon deflection of the linking member, the striking member is operable to abut the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Mark L. Lusky, Krzysztof P. Michalowski, Daniel James, Michael E. LaFleur
  • Patent number: 8678486
    Abstract: A damping stop for damping the rotation of two members connected by a hinge shaft is formed by a block of elastomeric material. The damping stop includes a fastening zone inserted forcibly into a seat situated between the first member and the hinge shaft, a contact zone that enters into contact with the second member after pivoting thereof around the hinge shaft in the direction of the first member, and a compression zone formed by a material void in the interior of the block of elastomeric material. The material void extends over the entire length of the damping stop in a direction parallel to the hinge shaft when the damping stop is inserted into the seat. The damping stop is used in a hinge of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Renault s.a.s.
    Inventors: Olivier Chaufour, Fabrice Tomas, Alain Gitton
  • Publication number: 20140070570
    Abstract: A hood bumper is provided and includes a first end including a body defining a longitudinal axis and a surface having an angular edge oriented along the longitudinal axis, a second end opposite the first end and including a skirt portion and a bumper portion protruding from a longitudinal end of the skirt portion in a protrusion direction defined along the longitudinal axis and an intermediate section interposed between the first and second ends. The intermediate section includes reverse-helical threading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: James M. Townson, Derek L. Patterson, Mark L. Felzien, Duane T. Vanpamel, Christopher C. Cook
  • Patent number: 8628141
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a closure panel moveably attached to the body. When the closure panel is in a closed position, a closure restraint system interconnects the body and the closure panel and restricts lateral movement of the closure panel relative to the body. The closure restraint system includes a fixed wedge block attached to one of the body and the closure panel, and a rotatable wedge block attached to the other of the body and the closure panel. The rotatable wedge block includes a curved cam surface, and is rotatable about a rotation axis relative to the fixed wedge block when engaged by the fixed wedge block to move the contact between the fixed wedge block and the rotatable wedge block along the curved cam surface to maintain a consistent closing force for closing the closure panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott W. Thorpe, Richard D. Janke, Altaf S. Imam, Shawn G. Quinn, Michael E. McGuire
  • Patent number: 8608222
    Abstract: A tank inlet cover module is provided, which is installable in a motor vehicle, and a tank inlet cover mounted so it is pivotable thereon. The tank inlet cover module has a groove body having an end stop for limiting a pivot movement of the tank inlet cover. The tank inlet cover itself has a tank inlet cover body and a counter stop element, which interacts with the stop of the tank groove via a counter stop surface, furthermore, means being provided for damping a structure-borne noise propagation between counter stop element and the tank inlet cover body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Kiefer
  • Patent number: 8573661
    Abstract: A vehicle side protector provides a compact easily transported and deployed padded rod couplable to a vehicle providing a physical barrier to prevent damage to the side of the vehicle. The protector includes a collapsible rod assembly having a plurality of sections. A plurality of pads is coupled to the rod assembly. A front attachment line coupled to and extends from the rod assembly and a back attachment line is coupled to and extends from the rod assembly. A front attachment hook is coupled to the front attachment line and a back attachment hook coupled to the back attachment line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Robert J. Moreno
  • Publication number: 20130214561
    Abstract: A damping stop for damping the rotation of two members connected by a hinge shaft is formed by a block of elastomeric material. The damping stop includes a fastening zone inserted forcibly into a seat situated between the first member and the hinge shaft, a contact zone that enters into contact with the second member after pivoting thereof around the hinge shaft in the direction of the first member, and a compression zone formed by a material void in the interior of the block of elastomeric material. The material void extends over the entire length of the damping stop in a direction parallel to the hinge shaft when the damping stop is inserted into the seat. The damping stop is used in a hinge of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventor: RENAULT s.a.s.
  • Patent number: 8465053
    Abstract: A protective shield for a vehicle is provided. The protective shield may include a plurality of shield panels configured to shield particular areas of a vehicle from damage, and a connecting member that connects the shield panels. The shield panels may be adjustable along a length of the connecting member. The shield panels may each include a planar main body, and at least one opening that extends through the planar main body, configured to receive the connecting member threaded therethrough. At least one magnet may be embedded in the planar main body of the panel shield, configured to magnetically adhere the shield panel to the vehicle. A clasp member may be disposed at each end of the connecting member. The connecting member may extend through each shield panel at least twice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Grady King, IV
  • Patent number: 8403363
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roll bar for a cab-less construction machine, in particular a vibration roller, which is implemented so it is adjustable in height between an operating position and a transport position. The roll bar includes a pivotable tube bow, which comprises two vertical pivot tubes; two stand tubes, which are fixedly connected to the frame of the construction machine; two connection elements, via which the pivot tubes are connected to the stand tubes, the connection elements each comprising a stop surface, against which the pivot tube can be moved to, in particular pressed, in the operating position; a lock for clamping the pivot tube against the connection element in the operating position; a welding surface, to which the stand tube is materially bonded; and a pivot joint having a pivot axis, around which the pivot tubes are pivotable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Bomag GmbH
    Inventors: Diana Duenchel, Matthias Bender, Thomas Darscheid
  • Patent number: 8282156
    Abstract: A stop device is provided for a vehicle slide door for an opening of a vehicle side body structure. The slide door is guided in a front-to-rear direction by a sliding door mechanism which moves the slide door on a rail fixed to the side body structure. The stop device comprises a bracket for securing to the side body structure near a rear end of the lower rail. The bracket includes a base having a forward end portion and a rear end portion. A full stopper is mounted to the rear end portion of the bracket, and a mid-stopper is mounted to the forward end portion of the bracket. A strengthening member is connected to and extends at least partially outwardly from the base. The strengthening member is provided at least partially below the full stopper. The strengthening member has a generally stepped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven R. Thiele, Myriam Lepire
  • Patent number: 8118338
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system are disclosed for protecting the side doors of an automobile when it is parked. The apparatus includes an elongated pad having two opposing ends and a central portion disposed between the two endings, and a protrusion extending from the central portion of the elongated pad and formed of a material sufficiently compressible to be shut within the door of an automobile. The system includes an elongated pad having two opposing ends and a central portion disposed between the two endings, and an adjustable protrusion extending from the central portion of the elongated pad, the adjustable protrusion movable to different locations along the length of the elongated pad, the protrusion is formed of a material sufficiently compressible to be shut within the door of an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Craig Kimball
  • Patent number: 8056965
    Abstract: A stop arrangement for forming an adjustable stop between a first component and a second component that are movable in relation to each other, in particular between a vehicle body and a flap hinge-connected to it, including a fastening element which is connected to the first component and has a first threaded portion, and including a stop part, which serves as a stop for the second component and has a second threaded portion, which can be brought into engagement with the first threaded portion in such a way that, by turning the stop part, the distance of the latter from the first component can be set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Frank Rosemann, Harald Schaety
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7753436
    Abstract: An operator cab for heavy equipment is described to prevent a sliding door mounted on the cab from rocking or rattling in X, Y, and Z-axis directions due to a shock or vibration applied to the cab in a state that the sliding door is fully opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignees: Volvo Construction Equipment Holding Sweden AB, Press Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kang Tae Kim, Hideo Kosaka, Yasushi Uchida
  • Patent number: 7703754
    Abstract: A limit stop with an elastomer resilient element, which is to be secured on a door or lid and/or on an opposing stationary vehicle section for damping forces generated when the door or lid strikes stationary chassis parts of a motor vehicle. The limit stop includes an additional damping section disposed adjacent to and cooperating with the elastic resilient element in a spring deflection direction of the resilient element. The damping section comprises at least two chambers filled with a fluid and a nozzle plate arranged between the chambers with at least one channel extending through the nozzle plate and connecting the chambers. The fluid is displaced from one of the chambers into the other chamber during a spring deflection of the elastomer resilient element, thereby producing a pressure force which is caused by the buildup in pressure when the volume of one of the chambers decreases and augments the return force of the resilient element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Hubert Siemer, Burkhard Meyer
  • Patent number: 7690722
    Abstract: An energy absorbing stopper assembly for an associated vehicle for absorbing at least a portion of the energy during an associated impact is provided. The associated vehicle includes a pivotally disposed closure and a body member toward which the closure is closable. The closure includes an open position and a closed position. The stopper assembly includes a stopper for supporting a non-hinged end of the closure when the closure is in the closed position. The stopper includes a first end and a second end. The first end of the stopper is in contact with one of the closure or the body member when the closure is in the closed position and is spaced apart therefrom when the closure is in the open position. A base for supporting the second end of the stopper is provided. The base is attached to the other of the closure or the body member. An energy absorbing joint is disposed adjacent the base and the other of the closure or the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian Boggess
  • Publication number: 20100019543
    Abstract: A door structure of a vehicle, in which between the outer surfaces of a first garnish at a first door and a second garnish at a second door, a garnish gap, which joins a door gap between the door, is provided; the first door has a first garnish attachment part, and at an end of this part, said end facing the second door, an expanded part is provided, which protrudes toward the second door; the second door has a second garnish attachment part, and at an end of this part, said end facing the first door, a recessed part is provided, which is recessed in a direction away from the first door; and with respect to the garnish gap, a door joint between the first garnish attachment part and the second garnish attachment part is offset toward the second door in a direction in which the doors are arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Inami, Masatoshi Mori
  • Publication number: 20090295196
    Abstract: A vehicle including an anti-chucking striker overmold for minimizing chucking of a vehicle door having a latch therein. The anti-chucking striker overmold may include a striker mount connected to a striker and including one or more wedges including a first portion contiguously engageable with a latch frameplate opening to minimize movement of the vehicle door relative to the striker in a first direction. The wedge may include a second portion formed line-to-line with a fishmouth opening of the latch to minimize movement of the vehicle door in a second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Charles G. Bambenek, Kosta Papanikolaou, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 7618088
    Abstract: An automobile hood bumper includes a sleeve-like seat fitted with an axial passage and an external thread that can be screwed into a hole of a sheet-like support, an upper segment having a rest head and a shank. A connection member joins the shank to the seat to release said shank when an axial force acting on the upper segment exceeds a predetermined magnitude, whereby the shank moves into the axial passage until the rest head comes to rest at the associated end of said seat. A deceleration element is configured at the outside of the shank and/or in the axial passage to generate a decelerating force by friction and/or by elastic/plastic deformation and to decelerate the penetration of the shank into the axial passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: ITW Automotive Products GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Christian Willrich Bauer
  • Patent number: 7607719
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for increasing the crash resistance of a motor vehicle in the vicinity of the front bodywork pillar (A-pillar), especially as regards forces which act in conjunction with an offset front impact (offset crash) on the bodywork. The invention also refers to a blocking element, as is used in such a method, and to a motor vehicle fitted with such a blocking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Abraham, Stefan Klumpe
  • Publication number: 20090235486
    Abstract: A stop arrangement for forming an adjustable stop between a first component and a second component that are movable in relation to each other, in particular between a vehicle body and a flap hinge-connected to it, including a fastening element which is connected to the first component and has a first threaded portion, and including a stop part, which serves as a stop for the second component and has a second threaded portion, which can be brought into engagement with the first threaded portion in such a way that, by turning the stop part, the distance of the latter from the first component can be set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Frank Rosemann, Harald Schaety
  • Patent number: 7533925
    Abstract: A body structure of a passenger car, and especially of a convertible, features at least one side door on each longitudinal side of the vehicle. The side door, when closed, connects to adjoining fixed pillars via hinges at one end and via a lock assembly at the other end. For improved crash resistance of the body structure of a passenger car, and especially of a convertible, with a rear engine in the event of a head-on collision, a buttress assembly is installed between the rearward rim of the side door and the adjoining lock-side pillar. The buttress assembly effectively holds the side door in its closed position in the event of a head-on collision, while at approximately the level of the buttress assembly, the side door is braced by a hollow strut that extends in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joachim Klatt, Gerd Luening
  • Publication number: 20090045654
    Abstract: A door closure prevention tool (20) interposed between a vehicle body (10) and a door (11) when the door must be brought to a slightly open position, wherein the door closure prevention tool (20) allows locking to be released by a robot arm (75), and movement from a slightly open position to a completely open position to be performed by the robot arm. A vehicle body coating method using the tool is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiichi Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20080284210
    Abstract: An automobile hood bumper comprising, a sleeve-like seat (10) fitted with an axial passage (20) and an external thread (22) that can be screwed into a hole of a sheet-like support, an upper segment (12) having a rest head (26) and a shank (24), where a connection member (34) that joins the shank (24) to the seat (10) to release said shank when an axial force acting on the upper segment (12) exceeds a predetermined magnitude, whereby the shank (24) moves into the axial passage (20) until the rest head comes to rest at the associated end of said seat, a deceleration element configured at the outside of the shank (24) and/or in the axial passage (20) to generate a decelerating force by friction and/or by elastic/plastic deformation and to decelerate the penetration of the shank into the axial passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: ITW AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Christian Willrich Bauer
  • Publication number: 20080272621
    Abstract: A door shock absorber is disclosed. The door shock absorber is to be typically used with dump bodies with doors that frequently enter into contact with the rear external structure of the dump body. The shock absorber comprises a spring and an actuator supporting the spring for absorption of any impact between the door and the rear dump body structure or any other type of base structure. The spring retractably traverses a casing between a deployed position and a retracted position. The actuator actuates the spring between the deployed position, the retracted position, and at least one intermediate position between the deployed position and the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: Martin Racine
  • Publication number: 20080184525
    Abstract: A check link assembly is operatively connectable to a door to provide resistance to the rotation of the door. The amount of resistance varies with the position of the door to provide at least one detent position. The check link assembly stores energy when the door is latched in its closed position, and is configured to release the energy when the door is unlatched so that the door moves toward its open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Roberto Cruz, Luis Miguel Del Pozo Gonzalez, Jose Carlos Murillo Marquez, Richard J. Lange
  • Patent number: 7384094
    Abstract: A vehicle hood closure control and release system including a hood release mounted to a vehicle frame. The hood release may include a pivotally mounted hood release handle pivotable for unlatching a vehicle hood having a grille mounted thereon. A bumper may be integrally mounted to the hood release for resiliently contacting the grille and preventing slamming of the grille when the vehicle hood is moved from an open to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tad J. Siedlecki, Kalani Mitchell, Stephen L. Bruford, J. Fritz Cory, Dragan Stojkovic
  • Patent number: 7229108
    Abstract: A removable device for protecting parked automobile doors from dents, scuffs and scratches to its surface that may be caused by the doors of adjacent automobiles or other objects. The device consists of protective elements joined by a rope and mounted to the automobile by magnets. The device has a security tether which engages a locked door of an automobile to resist theft of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Kirk Hochrein
  • Patent number: 7168208
    Abstract: This invention relates to a safety guard designed and adapted for use on the corners of vehicle doors to protect passengers from accidental contact with the sharp corner of a vehicle door. The door guard is particularly well suited to cars with a “bubble-wrap” design, which results in the tops of the vehicle doors having sharp corners that may be less than ninety degrees. At least two plates, preferably triangular in shape and made of plastic or some other suitable material, are joined together on at least one side thereof and installed on a vehicle door to cover potentially hazardous sharp metallic corners of the vehicle door. The door guard may be affixed to the door using glue, or the plates of the door guard may have pre-drilled openings for screws to attach the door guard to the door. Variations in the thickness and shape of the plates may be necessary to conform to different vehicle types without interfering with the operation of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Peter Francis Ward
  • Patent number: 7156454
    Abstract: A linkage mechanism operably associated with the front and rear doors of an automotive vehicle that pivots a bumper device into an interfering position with respect to the closing of the front door against the B-pillar of the vehicle when the rear door remains opened. The linkage mechanism includes a spring-loaded actuation lever that moves in response to the opening of the rear door to cause through connecting links the pivotal movement of the bumper device from a retracted position to an interfering position to interfere with the closing of the front door. The closing of the rear door causes the retraction of the pivoted bumper device to enable the closing of the front door. A manually activated stop lever is pivotally movable against the bumper device to prevent the pivotal movement thereof out of the retracted position even when the rear door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Ford Otomotiv Sanayi Anonim Sirketi
    Inventor: Baris Dogan
  • Patent number: 7121616
    Abstract: A vehicle door wedge assembly includes a chassis and a slide moveable within the chassis. A non-metallic, elastomeric biasing element is provided to urge the slide toward one end of the chassis. The vehicle door wedge assembly with the chassis defines a slide path for the slide to move along, and the non-metallic, elastomeric biasing element is disposed between the chassis and the slide for urging the slide toward one end of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventor: Brock T. Cooley
  • Patent number: 7014258
    Abstract: A vehicle error proof anti-chucking wedge assembly includes members having at least a first and optionally a second pin extending from an engagement side. The pins are positioned to limit installation of a right handed component to a first mating surface and a left handed component to a second mating surface of vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Gary L. Schubring, Rex A. Miller, Jason A. Meyers, Girishsingh A. Mokashi
  • Patent number: 6971693
    Abstract: A removable vehicle door protector includes an elongated rod that has a first end and a second end. The rod includes a first section and a second section wherein the first section is removably extendable into the second section so that the rod is selectively telescoping. A first coupler is attached to the first end of the rod for selectively attaching the first end to a first edge of a vehicle door. A second coupler is attached to the second end of the rod for selectively attaching the second end to a second edge of the door so that the rod extends between the first and second edges of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Rodney L. Richardson
  • Patent number: 6926353
    Abstract: This removable roof, which is suited for a motor vehicle such as a passenger car, overarches a passenger space in a body of the passenger car and is held on fixed body structures of the body. The roof is provided with at least one locking device, is made of dimensionally rigid material, and includes two roof elements assembled in a median longitudinal plane of the passenger car. For optimization of the roof, each roof element has a locking apparatus and cooperates with a bracing apparatus which counteracts moments on a bracing apparatus lying on one of the fixed body structures, such as a roll bar device, upon actuation of a locking part of the locking apparatus to which a boundary wall of the roof element running adjacent to the locking apparatus is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andre Scholz, Reiner Armbruster, Wolfgang Braun
  • Patent number: 6883856
    Abstract: A vehicle door has a stop that can move between an urging position, in which it maintains a constant distance between a lower part of the door and the vehicle body when the door is closed, and a retracted position in which the stop does not maintain this constant distance between the lower part of the door and the vehicle body when the door is closed. The stop improves contact between the vehicle window surround and the vehicle body while the vehicle is moving, and can be retracted to make it easier to close the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Light Vehicle Systems - France
    Inventors: Frederic Burkat, Jean Marc Belmond, Michel Mounie
  • Patent number: 6711856
    Abstract: The present invention provides a door opening assist device comprising a spring-biased piston having a threaded bore mounted in a cylindrical housing by a threaded bolt. The piston retains a spring within the housing at a first end of the housing. The threaded bolt engages the piston from a second end of the housing. The piston is retained within the housing by the cooperative engagement between the spring urging the piston out of the first end and the head of the bolt in abutment with the second end. The door opening assist device is installed in a door frame of an automobile to push the door open a predetermined distance. The door opening assist device provides various mounting options. Upon closing the door, the door abuts and retracts the piston into the housing compressing the spring. Upon unlatching the door, the piston extends under spring bias in such a direction and with sufficient force to push the door to an open position a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Drew Hoffman
  • Patent number: 6676201
    Abstract: A wedge system for stabilizing a liftgate of a vehicle relative to vehicle structure of the vehicle includes a first member for mounting on one of the liftgate and the vehicle structure. The wedge system also includes a second member for mounting on the other of the liftgate and the vehicle structure. The wedge system further includes a third member disposed between the first member and the second member and being movable and adjustable relative thereto to accommodate a gap between the liftgate and the vehicle structure and to stabilize the liftgate by providing a load path from the liftgate to the vehicle structure when the liftgate is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kee Hyuk Im, Ravikumar Parthasarathy, Peter R. Scholar, Scott W. Thorpe, Paul L Yetter
  • Patent number: 6530618
    Abstract: A sealing structure for forming a seal between a weather strip attached to a door opening portion of a vehicle body, and a periphery of a vehicle door. The weather strip includes a base portion having a generally U-shaped cross-section for attachment to the door opening portion, and a tubular seal portion which expands from an outer side wall of the base portion. A projection is formed in the weather strip so as to project from the outer side wall of the base portion into an interior of the tubular seal portion so as to be spaced from an inner surface of a projecting top of a sealing wall of the tubular seal portion. When the vehicle door is closed, an inside surface of a periphery of a door panel contacts and presses the projecting top of the sealing wall, which faces the projecting end of the projection, while an inside surface of a door frame contacts and presses a side part of the sealing wall apart from the projecting top of the sealing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignees: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Nozaki, Kiyotaka Tamaoki, Katsunori Kawai, Hidehiro Ito
  • Patent number: 6520563
    Abstract: A weather strip for sealing an opening portion around an opening in a vehicle body against a periphery of a closing member for closing the opening in the vehicle body. The weather strip includes a base portion and a tubular seal portion which projects outwardly from an outer surface of the base portion. The tubular seal portion includes a pair of leg portions which project outwardly from the base portion, extending portions which extend from ends of the leg portions in opposite directions along the outer side wall to have an L-shaped cross-section with the leg portion, and a seal wall for connecting ends of the extending parts into an arc-shaped cross-section. The base portion and the leg portions are composed of a solid material while the seal wall is composed of a sponge material. A boundary between the solid material and sponge material is located in each of the extending portions of the tubular seal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 6482499
    Abstract: A plate-shaped safety-component made of a composite material is equipped with support elements in opposite end regions of said component for anchoring to a supporting structure. To achieve an anchoring which allows for deformation of extension under an applied force, said support elements have bearing members made of honeycomb material disposed in at least one end region, are pressure loaded as a result of said anchoring forces (K), and in which the axial direction (T) of the honeycomb is aligned to the respective direction (R) of the anchoring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Hexcel Corporation
    Inventor: Heinz Evers
  • Patent number: 6349989
    Abstract: A vibration protected tailgate structure for an automobile constructed to reduce generation of noise occurring in the opening direction of the tailgate, the structure including first and second guide bumpers, respectively, mounted at the tailgate and a body and contacted when the tailgate is closed thereby restricting vibration of the tailgate, the structure comprising: a hitching groove formed on one of the bumpers; and a hitching unit formed on the other bumper for being hitched by the hitching groove when the tailgate is closed thus restricting vibration of the tailgate and is detached from the hitching groove when the tailgate is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Yong-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 6318795
    Abstract: A vibration preventing structure of tailgate in an automobile wherein a plurality of hitching jaws formed at a first guide bumper are restricted by a rotary member of a second bumper guide at an automobile body when the tailgate is closed, while the jaws are detached when the tailgate is opened, thereby reducing the noise generated by vibration of the tailgate when the automobile is running, the structure comprising a first guide bumper protrusively coupled at a longitudinal end of the tailgate and sequentially formed with a plurality of hitching jaws; height adjustment device for adjusting a protruded height of the first guide bumper; a second guide bumper mounted at a body in order to allow the first guide bumper to be adhered when the tailgate is closed; a rotary member rotably mounted at the second guide bumper via a rotary axle and formed with a hook to be hitched by the hitching jaw of the first guide bumper; and operating device mounted at the second guide bumper for allowing the hook to be hitched by
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ha-Geun Pyo
  • Patent number: 6206455
    Abstract: A stabilizer for firmly holding a sliding door of an automotive vehicle in a closed position. The stabilizer has a female part adapted to be secured to the “B” pillar of the vehicle and a male part adapted to be secured to the door. The female part has a socket portion to receive a projection on the male part. The socket portion is in the form of a pocket having spaced confronting side walls and a bottom wall. Each side wall has spaced slots extending from the opening of the pocket toward the bottom wall. Ribs of an elastomeric material are bonded in the slots and press against the projection on the male part when the door is closed and the projection enters the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Faubert, Robert M. McIntyne