Downwardly Swinging Patents (Class 296/57.1)
  • Patent number: 10926815
    Abstract: A deflector mounts to a pickup truck. The deflector may include a mounting flange, mounted to and pivot with a bottom of a tailgate, and spaced from a rear bumper, and a louver extending downward from the mounting flange into a gap between the tailgate and the bumper, with the louver including a portion curving rearward as the louver extends downward such that air flow around the bumper from under the pickup truck is redirected upward along an outer panel of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul K. Dellock, Aaron Halonen, Sashank Vuttaluru
  • Patent number: 10801237
    Abstract: A vehicle including a bed, and a tailgate, pivotally attached to the vehicle to close off a rear end of the bed, the tailgate having a front surface and a side with a pull tab recess. A check strap has a forward end attached to the bed and a rearward end; and an extension bracket has an extension plate pivotally connecting at a forward end to the rearward end of the check strap, a rear fastener pivotally securing the extension plate to the side of the tailgate, a pull tab extending through the extension plate and laterally slidable out of the pull tab recess, the extension plate extending essentially parallel to the front surface when the pull tab is received in the pull tab recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Brian K. Sullivan, Jeffrey Gray, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 10703421
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly for a vehicle includes a tailgate configured to rotatably couple to a main body of the vehicle, and an overrotation mechanism coupled to a sidewall of the tailgate. The overrotation mechanism is configured to be disposed between the tailgate and the main body, and to enable the tailgate to move between a closed position and a horizontal open position, and between the horizontal open position and an overrotation position where the tailgate is disposed toward the ground at an angle relative to a horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Jason Marable
  • Patent number: 10611317
    Abstract: A shroud for a truck bed tailgate may have a set of platens adapted for engagement with a pick-up truck having truck bed, and a tailgate pivotable about a tailgate pivot axis. The set of platens may have a first platen adapted to be fixedly engaged with the truck bed, the first platen defining a hinge cover pivot axis parallel to the tailgate pivot axis. The shroud may further have a hinge cover, the hinge cover being rotatably engaged with the first platen to rotate about the hinge cover pivot axis between a first orientation wherein it extends over the elongated tailgate clearance gap, and a second orientation wherein it is clear of the tailgate when the tailgate is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: INVENTIONS INCORPORATED, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Smith
  • Patent number: 10538215
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle having a closure panel is disclosed. The assembly includes a sensor, a housing supporting the sensor within the closure panel between a first deployed position and a second deployed position, a link rotatably attached to the housing and a plunger coupled to the link. The sensor is operable to sense an area proximate to the closure panel in the first deployed position and in the second deployed position. The plunger is operable to selectively engage a surface of the vehicle to move the housing between the first deployed position and the second deployed position via the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffery T. Root, Lynn D. Da Deppo, David Newkirk, Doug Carson, Ehab Kamal, Darek Barczynski, Trent Newkirk
  • Patent number: 10500993
    Abstract: A folding truck bed bench includes: an elongate bench portion hingedly attached along a length of a bed rail of the truck bed such that the elongate bench portion is substantially parallel to the bed rail of the truck bed; one or more foldable supports attached to the elongate bench portion for supporting the elongate bench portion. In a deployed position, the elongate bench portion is substantially parallel to a floor of the truck bed to such that the elongate bench portion provides a support surface. In a stowed position, the elongate bench portion is folded downward such that the elongate bench portion is adjacent a side of the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Ryan Yacob
  • Patent number: 10421502
    Abstract: A shroud for a truck bed tailgate may comprise a set of platens adapted for engagement with a pick-up truck having a truck bed, and a tailgate pivotable about a tailgate pivot axis. The set of platens may comprise multiple platens pivotably engaged to one another by multiple pivot shafts in order to form a four-bar linkage when assemble with a truck bed, and a tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Inventions Incorporated LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Smith
  • Patent number: 10145164
    Abstract: A vehicle tailgate assembly includes a tailgate adapted to pivotally latch to a vehicle cargo box. A hinge pivot is coupled to the tailgate and includes an electromagnetic cylinder and a vane hub positioned within the cylinder and coupled to at least one of the tailgate and the cargo box. The vane hub is configured to rotate within the cylinder. A vane is coupled to the vane hub. A magnetorheological fluid is positioned around the vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arjun Singh, Bhupenda A. Patel, Leszek Derbis
  • Patent number: 10124837
    Abstract: A tailgate pivotally mountable to a vehicle includes a tailgate body comprising first and second sidewalls, and a strainer disposed between the first and second walls and extending in a longitudinal orientation. The tailgate further includes a stake pocket disposed between the first and second sidewalls and extending substantially orthogonal to the strainer. The stake pocket includes a channel body defining an interior channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Reiners, Jack Marchlewski, Joshua R. Hemphill, Michael William Danyo
  • Patent number: 10086775
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vehicle including a vehicle tailgate having a recess formed therein. A sawhorse is adapted for positioning in the recess in a stowed position and for being removed for use apart from the vehicle. The sawhorse may include a projecting handle for use in lifting the sawhorse from the recess. The tailgate may also include a retractable ladder or step, which may be arranged for forming an extended bed. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Robert Spahn, Pattrick Loew
  • Patent number: 10005498
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hatch actuation unit of a motor vehicle for a drive based opening and closing of a hatch leaf comprising a hatch drive arrangement for moving the hatch leaf in an opening sequence from a closed hatch position into an open hatch position and in a closing sequence from an open hatch position into a closed hatch position, a first closing element for engaging a second closing element for closing of the hatch leaf in a cinching subsequence of the closing sequence, wherein the first closing element is driven by the hatch drive arrangement in the cinching subsequence of the closing sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: David Rosales, Michael Wittelsbuerger, Stepan Hanke
  • Patent number: 9944333
    Abstract: A pickup-truck box includes a pair of opposing sidewalls each having a first latching component. A tailgate is attached between the sidewalls and includes an outer panel, an inner panel, and opposing side panels each facing one of the sidewalls and interconnecting the inner and outer panels to define a body defining an interior space. A pair of hinges pivotally attach the tailgate to the sidewalls such that the tailgate is pivotal about the hinges between an open position and a closed position. A pair of second latching components are engageable with a corresponding one of the first latching components to hold the tailgate closed. A storage compartment is disposed in the interior space and defines a cargo area accessible through the opening defined in one of the side panels. A corresponding one of the sidewalls blocks access to the opening when the tailgate is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski
  • Patent number: 9896004
    Abstract: A tailgate of a vehicle including a back portion and a seat portion, a telescopic mechanism including a first link, a second link, and a slotted link with a slot connected to the back portion of the tailgate allowing the tailgate to slide and pivot, and a four-bar mechanism including a third link and a fourth link hingedly connected to the back portion and the seat portion of the tailgate, wherein the telescopic mechanism and the four-bar mechanism allow the tailgate to transition between a first position, a second position, and a third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Kahl, Satoshi Masuda, Ryosuke Mizuno, Michael Mixon
  • Patent number: 9724252
    Abstract: A slope having a main plate for changing position between a low position and a high position, and a control unit for controlling position change of the slope, are included. The control unit includes: a first mounting detection means which detects a state of being mounted or a state of not being mounted by a wheelchair with regard to the main plate; a second mounting detection means which detects a state of being mounted or a state of not being mounted by a wheelchair with regard to a ground side plate; a third mounting detection means which detects a state of being mounted or a state of not being mounted by a wheelchair with regard to a vehicle side plate; and a ground detection means which detects whether the end of the ground side plate at the rear side of a vehicle is in contact with a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kimito Nishiyama, Daisuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9642755
    Abstract: A mounting device includes: a main plate on which a wheelchair is to be mounted; a vehicle side plate provided between one end of the main plate and a vehicle body; a ground side plate provided between another end of the main plate and a ground surface; and first to third rotating shafts provided between the vehicle body and the vehicle side plate, and between each of the plates. A slope is configured to include the main plate, the vehicle side plate, the ground side plate and the first to third rotating shafts. The slope is provided so that the main plate is displaced between a low position and a high position by rotating the first to third rotating shafts using a drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kimito Nishiyama, Daisuke Watanabe, Satoru Nishimoto
  • Patent number: 9630478
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing seamlessly manufactured vehicle components, in particular vehicle flaps, having a continuous support of a thermoplastic plastics material, which vehicle components have at least one transparent region that is an integral part of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Covestro Deutschland AG
    Inventors: Manfred Nawroth, Ulrich Grosser, Volkhard Krause, Michael Wagner
  • Patent number: 9616787
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat base and a seatback disposed proximal to the seat base. The seatback includes a seatback body and an armrest movably coupled to the seatback body. As such, the armrest can move relative to the seatback body among a closed position, a release position, and an open position. The armrest is removably coupled to the seatback body. Therefore, the armrest can be removed from the seatback body only when the armrest is in the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Fernando A. Siqueira, Adelchi R. Tiboni, Thiago Canola Afonso
  • Patent number: 9598122
    Abstract: A structure of a tail gate guide bumper using magnetic force may include one or more tail gate guide bumpers configured to be provided at a tail gate, and a vehicle body-side guide bumper provided at a vehicle body side at a position corresponding to the tail gate guide bumper, in which the tail gate guide bumper includes a permanent magnet, and the vehicle body-side guide bumper includes an electromagnet, and a polarity of the electromagnet may be controlled, so that the electromagnet exerts repulsive force and gravitation force with respect to the permanent magnet of the tail gate guide bumper in response to opening and closing of the tail gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Ho Sang Lee, Dahm Yoo
  • Patent number: 9555840
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a structural reinforcement system. The system reinforces hollow cavities within various products to increase the structural rigidity of the product. The system generally includes a rigid carrier, a bonding material, and an insert. The rigid carrier provides the primary structural reinforcement within the cavity, and also serves as a substrate to carry the bonding material. The insert is provided to increase the structural rigidity of the reinforcement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Vincent Belpaire, Dominique Mellano, Yves Vandenberg
  • Patent number: 9555898
    Abstract: A helicopter dolly includes a platform defining a helicopter landing area, a plurality of rollers connected to the platform such that a vertical clearance is defined between the platform and the ground and a plurality of safety panels movably connected to edges of the platform so as to be movable relative thereto between raised and lowered positions. The safety panels cover the vertical clearance in the lowered position. A method of using a helicopter dolly includes arranging a helicopter dolly for a helicopter landing, moving a plurality of safety panels and a plurality of corner members to cover a vertical clearance defined between a platform and the ground and moving the plurality of safety panels and the plurality of corner members to uncover the vertical clearance after the helicopter landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Boost Ideas LLC
    Inventor: Robert Garner
  • Patent number: 9180493
    Abstract: An improved shaker screen filter for a well fluid shale shaker includes a main frame arranged for being arranged in the well fluid shale shaker for screening, preferably under vibration, of drilling mud, wherein the mainframe is subdivided into a plurality of smaller cell frames, one or more cell plug filters with one or more layers of screen cloths on top of at least one support cloth or support layer, wherein each of the cell plug filter includes a cell plug filter frame arranged to be held in each of the cell corresponding frames of the main frame, wherein at least one of the cell plug filter frame includes a locking mechanism arranged for locking the cell plug filter frame, upon desire, in a preferred position in the cell frame, correspondingly releasing the cell plug filter frame from the cell frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Optipro AS
    Inventor: Bjørn Dahl
  • Patent number: 9139236
    Abstract: An endgate system providing multiple positions or angles of the endgate relative to the cargo box is disclosed. An end piece for attaching a cable to an anchor point includes a fixed link attached to the cable and a rotating link operatively attached to the fixed link. The rotating link is rotatable about a pivot point between a first position and a second position relative to the fixed link. The second position of the rotatable link is more proximal to the cable than the first position. A primary keyway is formed in the rotating link and is configured to selectively mate with the anchor point in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David B. Waskie, Bradley E. Shoen
  • Patent number: 9126642
    Abstract: A vehicle having a tailgate attached by hinge assemblies. The hinge assemblies have a pair of first hinge halves secured to a rear sill with a hinge leaf extending rearwardly, and a pair of second hinge halves, each secured to the tailgate with a pair of double hinge plates extending therefrom. Each of the second hinge halves include a hinge pin mounted thereto that is selectively slidable between a removal position, a locked position where each of the hinge pins extends into hinge pin holes in the second hinge halves and hinge pin holes of the first hinge halves to pivotally secure the tailgate to the vehicle, and an install position where a tapered end of each of the hinge pins is located in a gap. A latch secures the tailgate in a closed position and releases the tailgate for pivoting about the hinge pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Henry W. Hausler, Andrew Kammerzell
  • Patent number: 9090199
    Abstract: A liftgate apparatus may include a plurality of vertical tracks attached to a rear of a trailer, each of the plurality of vertical tracks including a vertical roller chain. Tops of the plurality of vertical tracks intersect horizontal hollow structural tubes which include hydraulic cylinders. The apparatus may also include at least one bar attached to a bottom of each vertical roller chain and attached to sets of rolling wheels configured to move the at least one bar vertically inside the plurality of vertical tracks and a plurality of hinges attached to a lower end of the at least one bar and attached to a base of a liftgate, wherein the vertical roller chain lifts the at least one bar and the liftgate at hinged points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: William Gunby
  • Publication number: 20150130208
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting opening/closing of a gate for a truck may include a housing mounted onto a lower side of the floor panel, a lifter having a first end pivotally coupled to the floor, wherein the lifter generates elastic repulsive force when being compressed while a length of the lifter is decreased, a first arm having a first end pivotally connected to a second end of the lifter, a second arm having a first end pivotally mounted on the housing and a second end pivotally connected to a second end of the first arm, and a third arm having a first end pivotally connected to a third end of the second arm and a second end pivotally connected to the gate, wherein when the gate rotates downwardly and is opened, the first arm, the second arm, and the third arm are moved to compress the lifter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Woon-Seog NOH
  • Publication number: 20150115644
    Abstract: An endgate system providing multiple positions or angles of the endgate relative to the cargo box is disclosed. An end piece for attaching a cable to an anchor point includes a fixed link attached to the cable and a rotating link operatively attached to the fixed link. The rotating link is rotatable about a pivot point between a first position and a second position relative to the fixed link. The second position of the rotatable link is more proximal to the cable than the first position. A primary keyway is formed in the rotating link and is configured to selectively mate with the anchor point in the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David B. Waskie, Bradley E. Shoen
  • Patent number: 9016753
    Abstract: A tailgate gap cover is mountable to a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, so as to cover the gap between a truck bed and a tailgate surface. One edge of the gap cover is confined within an elongate mounting rail wherein the mounting rail is crimped at the opposite ends so as to prevent lateral movement of the cover. This mounting rail is secured directly to the truck bed to provide a rigid mount on the truck bed side of the gap. The opposite free edge of the cover overlies the tailgate includes connector formations or fastener structures which releasably snap onto corresponding connector formations or fastener structures on the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Daniel McDermott, III
  • Publication number: 20150084361
    Abstract: A tailgate gap cover is mountable to a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, so as to cover the gap between a truck bed and a tailgate surface. One edge of the gap cover is confined within an elongate mounting rail wherein the mounting rail is crimped at the opposite ends so as to prevent lateral movement of the cover. This mounting rail is secured directly to the truck bed to provide a rigid mount on the truck bed side of the gap. The opposite free edge of the cover overlies the tailgate includes connector formations or fastener structures which releasably snap onto corresponding connector formations or fastener structures on the tailgate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Daniel McDermott, III
  • Publication number: 20150061319
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo bed accessory includes a vehicle cargo area with a bed floor, an accessory attachment track attached to the bed floor, a tailgate and a tailgate gap cover. The tailgate has a first end pivotally attached to a rear of the vehicle cargo area for pivoting movement between a closed position covering the tailgate opening and an open position exposing the tailgate opening. A gap is defined between a rear end of the bed floor and the first end of the tailgate. The tailgate gap cover is coupled to the accessory attachment track proximate the rear end and is movable to pivot between a horizontal orientation with the tailgate in the open position and an upright orientation with the tailgate in the closed position. The tailgate gap cover covers the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall JOHNSON, Bruce PFEIFFER, Ian PATTERSON, Ronald MORROW
  • Patent number: 8894123
    Abstract: A pick-up truck cargo bed material transport support system for the transportation of large panel material and the like within the cargo bed of a pick-up truck. An adjustable support rack is removably positioned within the cargo bed of a pick-up truck rearwardly of the rear wheel wells having multiple pivoted linkage arm support assembly extending onto the lowered tailgate of the cargo bed when in use. The support rack is collapsible when not in deployed use and combined with a secondary cross bed support beam positioned forward of the rear wheel wells provides a unique support material engagement system within the cargo bed for large panel-like or associated loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: James C. Ori
  • Publication number: 20140324251
    Abstract: A power tailgate system for a vehicle includes an actuator for moving a tailgate of the vehicle between an open position and a closed position. The power tailgate system also includes a spring spaced apart from the actuator for counter-balancing a weight of the tailgate and a coupler assembly for removably coupling the tailgate to the power tailgate system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Eric R. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8870262
    Abstract: In the case of a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger motorcar, with a body in which at least one opening, such as a door opening, a trunk opening or the like is provided, which can be closed off by a pivotably articulated covering element, such as a door, a tail gate, a trunk lid or the like, which has an outer skin and a support structure and at least one function element arranged in between, which is connected to the outer skin, the function element is provided to stiffening structures and directly connected to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Armin Seitz, Wolfgang Rasel, Klaus Brandscheid
  • Patent number: 8864208
    Abstract: A utility vehicle according to the invention includes a cargo bed having a panel locking mechanism. The panel locking mechanism includes a locking lever pivotably supported on a gate-type panel, a substantially U-shaped movable hook made of a spring steel and coupled to a middle of the locking lever, and a stationary hook provided on a panel adjacent to the gate-type panel and with which the movable hook is engageable. When seen from above, the middle portion of the movable hook is pressed onto a surface of the gate-type panel so as to press the gate-type panel inward of the cargo bed by a resilient force upon locking. For example, the movable hook can be formed with a straight portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kaku, Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Tyler Furman
  • Patent number: 8844996
    Abstract: A vehicle having an extendable bed assembly includes a loading bed and a tailgate pivotally connected to, and positioned upright over the loading bed. A sliding member is retained within the tailgate. To extend the bed assembly, the tailgate is laid down, and the sliding member is extended out rearwards from the tailgate, by unlocking the locking mechanism. The tailgate and the sliding member append the loading bed, to form primary and secondary extensions, respectively, constituting a fully extended bed. A bed grille is slid to the rearmost portion of the extended bed, and fixedly positioned there. The bed grille includes a central member, and a left flap and a right flap pivotally connected to it. The flaps are rotated outwards, to an orientation perpendicular to the central member, forming a U-shaped structure, which acts as a support for the items loaded over the extended portion of the bed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen John Garchar
  • Patent number: 8838333
    Abstract: A power, split tailgate system is provided that allows each of an upper and a lower tailgate door to be simultaneously or independently driven between open and closed positions. The tailgate system may be operated in a chauffer mode where the lower tailgate door is opened to allow for the storage of luggage and other materials and in a manner that limits exposure of the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul Anthony Cheal, Andrew Warburton, Bharat Jina
  • Patent number: 8814246
    Abstract: A system is provided for storing items in the bed of a pickup truck. The system includes storage bins, storage bin covers, storage bin dividers, and a removable cover. The storage bins may be divided by the storage bin dividers, and items within the storage bins may be protected from the elements, and from theft, by the storage bin covers. The removable cover may fit in between the storage bin covers and provide a flat storage surface in conjunction with the storage bin covers, that provides the full truck bed area for additional storage of larger items. The removable cover also provides for storage underneath the removable cover such that long, irregularly shaped, or valuable items may be stored securely and be protected from the elements, and from theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Kip D Weller
  • Patent number: 8764090
    Abstract: A vehicle includes sidewalls, a tailgate located proximate to rear ends of the sidewalls, and a tailgate energy management system. The tailgate energy management system includes a governor coupled to one of the sidewalls and to the tailgate. The governor selectively applies a governing force to the tailgate to reduce an opening speed of the tailgate. The tailgate energy management system also includes a speed sensor sensing an opening speed of the tailgate and an electronic control unit electronically coupled to the governor and the speed sensor. The electronic control unit includes a processor and memory storing an instruction set. The electronic control unit receives a speed signal indicative of the opening speed of the tailgate and the processor executes the instruction set to cause the electronic control unit to transmit a control signal to the governor to slow the opening speed of the tailgate based on the speed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman C. Kerr
  • Patent number: 8757694
    Abstract: A truck bed extension includes two portions of a base pivotally attached to each other and a side wall pivotally attached to one of each base portion. An attachment combines the base portions to truck bed and a tailgate attachment pivotally combines the tail gate to the base portions. I this manner, a removable truck bed extension is provided that can be collapsed and stored in the truck bed for selective use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Arlyn Kuhnle
  • Patent number: 8740279
    Abstract: A tailgate can include first and second frames, doors and sets of touchpads. The frames can be coupled to the vehicle to selectively pivot about a first axis, and can be selectively coupled to the vehicle via respective frame latches. The doors can be coupled to the respective frames to selectively pivot about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis and relative to the frames, and can be selectively coupled to the frames via respective door latches. The sets of touchpads can be operably connected with the respective doors and frame and door latches. Actuation of one or both sets of touchpads in different configurations can facilitate opening one or both of the doors independent of or with each other in a first configuration pivoting about the first axis with the respective frames, or in a second configuration pivoting about the second axis relative to the respective frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Danja McGoff, David Anderson, Gary Bastian, Trevor C. Garvey, Eugene Paik
  • Patent number: 8696046
    Abstract: A tailgate hinge retaining mechanism for a truck bed. The retaining mechanism can have a post bracket and a tailgate bracket. A retaining bracket is also included and attached to the tailgate bracket, the retaining bracket having a sleeve with an offset slot that prevents the tailgate bracket from being undesirably removed from the post bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Leonard Sackett
  • Patent number: 8684441
    Abstract: A vehicle includes sidewalls, a tailgate located proximate to rear ends of the sidewalls, and a tailgate energy management system. The tailgate energy management system includes a governor coupled to one of the sidewalls and to the tailgate. The governor selectively applies a governing force to the tailgate to reduce an opening speed of the tailgate. The tailgate energy management system also includes a speed sensor sensing an opening speed of the tailgate and an electronic control unit electronically coupled to the governor and the speed sensor. The electronic control unit includes a processor and memory storing an instruction set. The electronic control unit receives a speed signal indicative of the opening speed of the tailgate and the processor executes the instruction set to cause the electronic control unit to transmit a control signal to the governor to slow the opening speed of the tailgate based on the speed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman Charles Kerr, III
  • Patent number: 8668240
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle gap cover, such as a tailgate gap cover, for covering a gap defined between two moving components of the vehicle. In one embodiment, the gap cover is a tailgate gap cover for covering the tailgate gap defined between a truck bed and a gate of a truck. The tailgate gap cover includes a cover having a first edge portion, a second edge portion and an exposed portion therebetween. The first edge portion is connected to one of the gate and the truck bed while the second edge portion is slideably received at the other of the gate and the truck bed so that the exposed portion covers the tailgate gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jordan Wesley Ranney Elliott, Kyle James Adie
  • Publication number: 20140028046
    Abstract: The Tailgate Adjustable EX Support and Stable Cable Systems, will provide the pickup truck owner extra tailgate support while loading and unloading cargo. (examples are lawn and landscape equipment, construction material and recreational vehicles, such as motorcycles, ATV'S, UTV'S and more.) The Tailgate Adjustable EX Support and Stable Sable Systems is easy to install by simply using the latching system already in place on your pickup truck tailgate. Once the Tailgate Adjustable EX Support and Stable Cable Systems is in place you can use the adjustable ratchet to tighten the straps in the position needed. With a variety of makes and models we have assorted styles to fit every need for the pickup truck owner. The Stable Cable is used for those who need to hold the tailgate in the full open only position only for extra support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Glenn Cauley Cauley, Michelle Ann Gwynn
  • Patent number: 8613475
    Abstract: A device for assisting access to motor vehicles having a grip handle moveable between at least one stored position and a deployed position for assisting a user to climb up onto the tailgate and bed of a pickup truck is disclosed. A handle arm having the grip handle at one end thereof is pivotally mounted at the other end thereof onto a mounting bracket which itself is installed at the rear and on one side of a pickup truck bed. The handle arm is pivotally moveable between a deployed position extending rearwardly over the tailgate of the pickup truck and at least one stored position within the bed of the pickup truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: DoMore Truck Company, LLC
    Inventor: William A. Statz
  • Patent number: 8608219
    Abstract: A vehicle tailgate is provided with a rack having a transverse cross-member extendable vertically between raised and lowered positions with telescoping supports. A powered cable-drive is connected to the supports move the cross-member between the raised and lowered positions. When the rack is in the lowered position, the cable-drive and supports are concealed within the tailgate and the cross-member forms at least a portion of a top surface of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M Platto, David Michael Lechkun, Paul Geoffrey Roberts, Terry Lee Steller, William K. Moore
  • Publication number: 20130292967
    Abstract: A drag reducing tailgate with decorative attachments. The tailgate may include a frame with an upper board, a lower board, a first side board, and a second side board. An opening may be formed in between the boards. A decorative attachment, such as an antler, may be attached to the lower board and extend passed the opening and up to the upper board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20130278004
    Abstract: A tailgate hinge retaining mechanism for a truck bed. The retaining mechanism can have a post bracket and a tailgate bracket. A retaining bracket is also included and attached to the tailgate bracket, the retaining bracket having a sleeve with an offset slot that prevents the tailgate bracket from being undesirably removed from the post bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Leonard Sackett
  • Patent number: 8544930
    Abstract: A tailgate damping system for controlling movement of a tailgate assembly of a vehicle includes a speed sensor that provides rotational speed information of the tailgate assembly. A controller receives the rotational speed information from the speed sensor. A damping control assembly receives a tailgate shaft of the tailgate assembly. The damping control assembly includes a housing comprising a rotor chamber including a rotor member located therein. The rotor member is connected to a rotor shaft that is coupled to the tailgate shaft. A valve chamber includes a control valve located therein. The controller closes the control valve to inhibit exit of a damping fluid from the rotor chamber based on the speed information received from the speed sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Michael Ravenscroft
  • Patent number: 8528976
    Abstract: A detachable, foldable seat specially designed to attach to the tailgate of a pickup truck or sport utility vehicle. The device comprises a bench seat, having a bottom seat cushion and a back support cushion attached to a hinge mechanism with a tailgate jamb post. The seat can fold in half at the hinge between the bottom and back support cushion of the device. During installation, the jamb post of the hinge inserts into the jamb between the open tailgate and the truck bed, securing the seat in position. A dual purpose strap attaches to either side of the bottom cushion such that the strap wraps around the open tailgate and further secures the seat in place. When the device is uninstalled and in a closed configuration, the strap serves as a fastening strap to keep the device in a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Brandon Wimberley
  • Publication number: 20130193709
    Abstract: A tailgate damping system for controlling movement of a tailgate assembly of a vehicle includes a speed sensor that provides rotational speed information of the tailgate assembly. A controller receives the rotational speed information from the speed sensor. A damping control assembly receives a tailgate shaft of the tailgate assembly. The damping control assembly includes a housing comprising a rotor chamber including a rotor member located therein. The rotor member is connected to a rotor shaft that is coupled to the tailgate shaft. A valve chamber includes a control valve located therein. The controller closes the control valve to inhibit exit of a damping fluid from the rotor chamber based on the speed information received from the speed sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Michael Ravenscroft