Allowing Slidable Movement Relative To Support Patents (Class 296/97.11)
  • Patent number: 10434848
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor includes a sun visor body, an arm including a cylindrical end portion provided with contact parts of a pair of conductors and rotatably holding the sun visor body, a mounting bracket configured to mount the arm to a vehicle, and a connector having a pair of terminals each including a contact portion configured to contact each contact part. The mounting bracket includes an arm-supporting portion supporting the cylindrical end portion. The contact parts are a pair of arcuate-plate-shaped contact parts. The pair of arcuate-plate-shaped contact parts is provided at a predetermined interval on an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical end portion. The housing of the connector further includes a lubricating oil reservoir being disposed at a position facing to at least one arcuate-plate-shaped contact part and configured to store lubricating oil to be supplied to the at least one arcuate-plate-shaped contact part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Noritaka Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10421340
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor has a sun-visor body including an illumination lamp, a non-conductive arm including a cylindrical-end portion with contact parts of a pair of conductors rotatably holding the sun visor body, a mounting bracket for mounting the arm to a vehicle, and a connector detachably attached to the mounting bracket and including a pair of terminals each having a contact portion to contact with a corresponding contact part of the pair of conductors. An arm-supporting portion of the mounting bracket rotatably supports a cylindrical-end-portion side of the arm. The contact parts of the pair of conductors are in arcuate-plate shape and provided with a cutout on an outer-peripheral surface of the cylindrical-end portion exposed outside the arm-supporting portion. A terminal-fixing portion provided in a housing of the connector fix a base portion of each contact portion, and a terminal-support portion supports a free end of each contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10384518
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor has a sun visor body including an electrical component, an arm including a cylindrical-end portion on which contact parts of a pair of conductors are arranged and rotatably holding the sun visor body, a mounting bracket for mounting the arm to a vehicle, and a connector attached to the mounting bracket and including a pair of terminals each having a contact portion to contact with a corresponding contact part of the pair of conductors. The mounting bracket includes an arm-supporting portion rotatably supporting a cylindrical-end portion of the arm. The connector is provided with an engaging protrusion. The arm is provided with an annular projection formed on an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical-end portion exposed outside the arm-supporting portion and configured to engage with the engaging protrusion of the connector. The annular projection has a cutout to guide the engaging protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noritaka Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9963019
    Abstract: An extended-range sun visor assembly includes a rail and a sun visor panel. The sun visor panel is releasably mounted to the rail at an inboard sun visor panel end and slidably mounted to the rail at an outboard sun visor panel end. The rail may be fixed at opposite ends thereof to a vehicle roof panel and/or headliner. The sun visor panel is releasably mounted at the inboard end by a snap fit retainer, and slidably mounted at the outboard end by a shaft coupler configured to slide along a longitudinal axis of the rail. The shaft coupler pivots or swivels around a shaft coupler vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Tom Thanh Ngo
  • Patent number: 9878602
    Abstract: An extended-range sun visor assembly for a vehicle includes an arcuate track adapted for mounting to a vehicle roof panel whereby a first track segment extends vehicle-rearwardly and a second track segment extends vehicle-inwardly. A sun visor panel is slidably mounted to the arcuate track. The assembly may further include a bezel adapted to attach to and overlay the arcuate track. The bezel may include an integrated grab handle, and is configured to capture a portion of a vehicle headliner between the arcuate track and the bezel. The first track segment is dimensioned to allow the sun visor panel to translate vehicle-rearwardly to block glare entering a vehicle side window portion adjacent a vehicle B-pillar trim element, and the second track segment is dimensioned to allow the sun visor panel to translate vehicle-inwardly to block glare entering a vehicle windshield central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Leonard Gus Prezecki, II, Scott Holmes Dunham
  • Patent number: 9694654
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a visor assembly for filtering sunlight through a field of view of a driver. The assembly has motorized tinted visors that can be set in a stowed position, positioned upward, and lowered into the field of vision of the driver, allowing sunlight to pass through the tinted visors for filtering, via forward and reverse buttons. The tinted visors can include at least one amber tinted visor. The amber tinted visor is amber in color, adding contrast and visual acetate distinction in low-light driving situations. The tinted visors can also include at least one gradient tinted visor. The gradient tinted visor has a color gradient transitioning from a dense, dark blue color, adding brilliance and attenuation, to clear acetate, providing an unobstructed view of traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Allen
  • Patent number: 9517683
    Abstract: A light filtering transparent or semitransparent visor intended to prevent flash blindness and other hazards associated with the adverse affects associated with bright lights impacting the eyesight of occupants of a vehicle. In the certain embodiments, the visor comprises a larger, tinted body surrounding a smaller, much more heavily tinted body intended to filter the bright rays of sun to enable safe viewing of the sun through the filter. The entire apparatus is designed to be repositioned directly in the line of sight between the viewer and the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Grey Matter Fusion, Inc.
    Inventor: Philos Kim
  • Patent number: 9488835
    Abstract: A head-up display makes an observer visually recognize an image, which is optically reflected by a combiner, as a virtual image. The head-up display has a main body unit and an attaching unit. The main unit has a light source which is a projection unit for projecting the image. The attachment unit is configured such that the attachment unit can be attached to a sun visor that is provided to a vehicle. The joint member has a rotation shaft that rotatably joints the main unit to the attachment unit. The damper reduces vibration of the main unit in the rotational direction of the rotation shaft. When the rotation shaft of the joint member is attached to the sun visor by the attachment unit, the rotation shaft is substantially parallel to a sun visor supporting shaft so the sun visor can rotate in the direction in which the sun visor opens/closes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Uchiyama, Takashi Iizawa, Akira Yasaki, Yasuhiro Shinkai, Takashi Mizoguchi, Ryosuke Shimosawa
  • Patent number: 9416574
    Abstract: There is disclosed anti-sag hinge (10) which includes a mounting flange assembly (12) pivotally coupled to a strap assembly (15). The strap assembly includes a strap (31) extending from a cylinder portion (32). The cylindrical portion includes a coupling end (34) with a vertically extending octagonal channel (35) therethrough. The octagonal channel includes a vertically extending alignment ridge or tongue (36) and a centrally positioned, horizontally oriented, annular ridge (37). The hinge also includes an elongated cam follower (40) having a lower cam follower portion (41) with an octagonal exterior surface (43) terminating at a circumferential ledge or shoulder (44) positioned to abut and bear against the centrally positioned annular ridge of the coupling end. The lower cam follower portion also has a longitudinally extending groove (53) configured to receive the coupling end alignment tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Kason Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett A Mitchell, Jeffery E Underwood
  • Patent number: 9020659
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method of controlling a dynamometer mode operation of a vehicle that includes requesting the dynamometer mode; monitoring for at least one non-dynamometer vehicle operating condition; if at least one of the non-dynamometer vehicle operating conditions is detected, prohibiting dynamometer mode; and if none of the non-dynamometer vehicle operating conditions is detected, operating the vehicle in dynamometer mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Harris, Mark D. Malone, Marian S. Chupa, Chad E. Griffin, William N. Mansur, Mark R. Laleman
  • Publication number: 20140362595
    Abstract: A sunvisor with for a vehicle, including a sunvisor body having a front surface and a rear surface, a hinging arrangement for hinging the sunvisor body to a roof structure of a vehicle body, the hinging arrangement including a hook member located above an upper side portion of the sunvisor body, an upper rod unrotatably connected to the sunvisor body, a detent member rotatably coupled to a lateral end portion of the upper rod outside the sunvisor body and to the roof structure and includes pivot means to swing the sunvisor body between a first screening position and a second screening position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Ignacio Marcos Primo, Vincent Bernard
  • Patent number: 8905457
    Abstract: The sliding device (1), in particular for vehicle sun visor (2), arranged so as to pivot about a rod (3) intended to be connected to a stationary element such as, in particular, the passenger compartment of a vehicle. The sliding device (1) comprises a sliding carriage (4) slidably mounted inside a tubular profile member (6). The sliding carriage (4) and the tubular profile member (6) comprise respectively complementary male and female fitting members with a substantially triangular cross-section that define at least two bearing surfaces of the sliding carriage (4) on the tubular profile member (6) in the direction of the return force of the return member (7). The bearing surfaces are symmetrical and inclined by an angle (?) with respect to the longitudinal plane of symmetry (P) of the sliding device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Mertz
  • Patent number: 8876185
    Abstract: A magnetically adjustable sun visor assembly for providing additional dimension to a vehicle sun visor includes a mounting panel that may be operationally coupled to a vehicle sun visor. A coupler is coupled to the mounting panel so the coupler may be operationally coupled to the vehicle sun visor so the mounting panel is operationally coupled to the vehicle sun visor. A primary panel is operationally coupled to the mounting panel so the primary panel is positionable between an extended position and a stored position. The primary panel is selectively positioned in the extended position to block sunlight for a user. A secondary panel is operationally coupled to the primary panel so the secondary panel is positionable between an extended position and a stored position. The secondary panel is selectively positioned in the extended position to block sunlight for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Roby Edwards, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8845000
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor includes a sun visor body, a support shaft mounted on a ceiling surface of a vehicle cabin and configured to support the sun visor body at a turning center position of the sun visor body such that the sun visor body is turnable between a storage position at which the sun visor body is oriented along the ceiling surface of the vehicle cabin and a use position at which the sun visor body is able to block light, a damper configured to apply braking force at the time when the sun visor body turns, and a slide mechanism configured to hold the sun visor body such that the sun visor body is slidable in an axial direction of the support shaft with respect to the support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kyowa Sangyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Asai, Kosuke Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8740282
    Abstract: A coming-off preventing contacting piece 6 that extendingly projects in the radial direction of a shaft 3 throughout the entire periphery is formed in an insertion-side part 3a of the shaft 3 that turnably supports a sun visor body 1, and a contacted piece 7 with which the coming-off preventing contacting piece 6 contactingly engages is formed on the sun visor body 1 side to prevent the sun visor body 1 from coming off the shaft 3. Thereby, even if the sun visor body 1 receives a high expandingly deploying force of a curtain airbag, the concentrated load per unit area applied to the coming-off preventing contacting piece 6 is kept low, and therefore the coming-off preventing contacting piece 6 is restrained from being broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kasai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Okazaki
  • Publication number: 20140132026
    Abstract: A rollo assembly is provided, comprising a rotatable winding shaft and a flexible sun screen having forward and rearward ends. The rearward end of the sun screen can be wound on or off the winding shaft and the forward end of the sun screen is provided with an operating beam. The winding shaft is received in a housing that comprises an opening for the passage of the sun screen with a length at least substantially corresponding with a transversal width of the sun screen. The operating beam at its side facing towards the housing carries a sealing member extending above the sun screen transversally over a length at least substantially corresponding with the length of the opening in the housing, for engaging the housing when the sun screen is maximally wound onto the winding shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Broeren, Marinus Wilhelmus Maria Nabuurs
  • Patent number: 8714621
    Abstract: A visor is provided which pivots downwardly away from the windshield and includes a movable pivot axis that moves the visor toward the vehicle windshield and away from the operator as the operator lowers the visor. This moves the visor to a comfortable and functional position for the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Marcus Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Konrad H. Marcus, Edward T. Boerema
  • Publication number: 20140049066
    Abstract: The sliding device (1), in particular for vehicle sun visor (2), arranged so as to pivot about a rod (3) intended to be connected to a stationary element such as, in particular, the passenger compartment of a vehicle. The sliding device (1) comprises a sliding carriage (4) slidably mounted inside a tubular profile member (6). The sliding carriage (4) and the tubular profile member (6) comprise respectively complementary male and female fitting members with a substantially triangular cross-section that define at least two bearing surfaces of the sliding carriage (4) on the tubular profile member (6) in the direction of the return force of the return member (7). The bearing surfaces are symmetrical and inclined by an angle (?) with respect to the longitudinal plane of symmetry (P) of the sliding device (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Mertz
  • Patent number: 8579352
    Abstract: A shading device for a carriage windshield of a rail vehicle has a frame structure which is provided for attaching to the underside of the carriage roof. The frame structure supports a generally plate-shaped sunscreen, and the sun screen can be attached to the frame structure in a movable manner by a guide device. The guide device has a middle guideway and two outer radial guideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Bartha, Elisabeta-Mihaela Comsa
  • Publication number: 20130161972
    Abstract: A visor is provided which pivots downwardly away from the windshield and includes a movable pivot axis that moves the visor toward the vehicle windshield and away from the operator as the operator lowers the visor. This moves the visor to a comfortable and functional position for the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Marcus Automotive, LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Automotive, LLC
  • Patent number: 8434811
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vehicle visor, comprising a visor pivot rod, a carrier on the visor pivot rod, a spring mechanism inside the carrier, and an open channel with a first end and a second end, wherein at least a portion of the carrier extends into the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brent D. Rockafellow, Thomas S. Hodgson, Stacy G. Frye, Bryan T. Jones, Philip A. Lehman, Kenneth D. Kreuze
  • Publication number: 20130099522
    Abstract: A sunshade stopper is provided at a housing connecting a pair of guide rails that slidably supports a sunshade on a ceiling of a vehicle interior. The sunshade stopper includes a corresponding portion arranged at a position corresponding to an end portion of the sunshade during the sunshade is at the closed position, at least one contact portion provided on the corresponding portion that makes contact with at least a portion of the end portion of the sunshade during the sunshade is at the closed position, the contact portion formed with a form fitting the end portion of the sunshade that makes contact with the contact portion, and an attaching portion configured to be fixed to a vehicle, provided at a position in a direction opposite to where the ceiling is provided relative to the corresponding portion and extending in a direction in which the sunshade opens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Publication number: 20130069388
    Abstract: A sliding sun visor for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The sun visor includes a first and second visor body shell. At least one of the shells having a retaining channel for engaging and retaining a floating carrier on a visor pivot rod. It is also contemplated that the sun visor may have a snap in vanity system and rotating pin on a D-ring associated therewith. The visor body also may include a wire routing option to route a wire from the electrical system of a vehicle to a light bulb in a vanity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: David Lee Huff, Leslie Raymond Hinds, Bryan Wesley Busha, Donald Joseph Woodward, Joseph Peter Wieczorek
  • Publication number: 20130033059
    Abstract: The invention involves an improved auxiliary sun visor for vehicles, for example, automobiles. It comprises a transparent and colored light-shielding plate inserted into sun visor to dim and reduce sunlight. The inside shielding plate can be flexibly pulled out for use and pushed back in when not being used. The built-in shielding plate looks more aesthetically appealing compared to the original attached style.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Allen C. Liu
  • Patent number: 8336943
    Abstract: A sun visor, comprising at least one mirror surface integrated in the sun visor body is proposed, wherein the sun visor body comprises a receiver for at least one mirror. The mirror comprises a support made of plastic glass, wherein guide elements for means for concealing the at least one mirror in the sun visor body are integrally molded at said support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bruhnke, Kurt Wilfinger
  • Patent number: 8333422
    Abstract: The representative sun visor for vehicles has a sun visor body which can slide in an axial direction of a support rod together with a guide member with respect to a movable element. The sun visor includes a friction mechanism which imposes a predetermined frictional resistance to the relative movement of the sun visor body with respect to the movable element. The friction mechanism has a sliding member and a biasing member. The sliding member is slidably held in contact with the guide member and imposes a frictional resistance to the guide member, and the biasing member applies a biasing force in a direction that holds the sliding member and the guide member in contact with each other. The guide member and the sliding member have a plurality of sliding contact portions on which the biasing force of the biasing member acts in different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Kyowa Sangyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroto Ogawa, Ryo Tsushima
  • Patent number: 8226160
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular roof structure, which can adjust the quantity of daylighting and which can be set to give a sense of spaciousness to a passenger in the rear seat by the wide field of view from the vehicular upper side while blocking the incident light upon the front seat side. Three louvers are enabled to change their angles of inclination with respect to the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. If the individual louvers arranged at the blocking positions are oriented to slope in a slightly downward direction of the vehicle toward the rear side thereof, a passenger in a rear seat can see, while an incident light to the front seat side is being blocked by the three louvers, the outside of the upper side of the vehicle through the three inclined louvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Hirai, Hitoshi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 8215696
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor includes a sun visor main body, an auxiliary visor provided on the sun visor main body, and a support mechanism that is provided between the sun visor main body and the auxiliary visor and supports the auxiliary visor with respect to the sun visor main body so as to be movable along a longitudinal direction of the sun visor main body and so as to be rotatable about an axis orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the sun visor main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideki Akiya
  • Patent number: 8162376
    Abstract: An electrically-deployable sun visor system for use on motor vehicles wherein the sun visor retracts upward and deploys downward upon a track system, are located on the front windshield and alternately on the side window. The sun visor is operated by a motor-operated gear system wired into the electrical system of the motor vehicle. The sun visor is operated by a dash-mounted switch. The amount of deployment is controlled by holding the switch in either an up or down position for the necessary period of time similar to an electrically operated window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Geoffrey J. Grossmith
  • Publication number: 20110260492
    Abstract: The representative sun visor for vehicles has a sun visor body which can slide in an axial direction of a support rod together with a guide member with respect to a movable element. The sun visor includes a friction mechanism which imposes a predetermined frictional resistance to the relative movement of the sun visor body with respect to the movable element. The friction mechanism has a sliding member and a biasing member. The sliding member is slidably held in contact with the guide member and imposes a frictional resistance to the guide member, and the biasing member applies a biasing force in a direction that holds the sliding member and the guide member in contact with each other. The guide member and the sliding member have a plurality of sliding contact portions on which the biasing force of the biasing member acts in different directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: KYOWA SANGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroto OGAWA, Ryo TSUSHIMA
  • Patent number: 8041483
    Abstract: Externally deployed airbag system for a vehicle including one or more inflatable airbags deployable outside of the vehicle, an anticipatory sensor system for assessing the probable severity of an impact involving the vehicle based on data obtained prior to the impact and initiating inflation of the airbag(s) in the event an impact above a threshold severity is assessed, and an inflator coupled to the anticipatory sensor system and the airbag for inflating the airbag when initiated by the anticipatory sensor system. The airbag may be housed in a module mounted along a side of the vehicle, in a side door of the vehicle (both for side impact protection), at a front of the vehicle (for frontal impact protection) or at a rear of the vehicle (for rear impact protection). Also, the externally deployed airbag can be deployed to cushion a pedestrian's impact against the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Publication number: 20110169295
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting system for a vehicular body component includes a base having a number of slide rails, with retainers slidingly engaged with the slide rails. Each retainer has a retention section for mounting the base to a surface within the vehicular body, which is attached to a slidably mounted pediment. Fastener retainers located within the pediments allow devices such as interior trim pieces to be attached to the adjustable mounting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: David Huelke
  • Patent number: 7967362
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided that includes, but is not limited to a windowpane and a protective sunscreen for the windowpane, and the protective sunscreen exhibits a cover that can be moved from a non-use position into a use position, in which the cover at least partially covers the windowpane. The cover exhibits a rigid load-bearing section that accommodates at least one sun visor, which can be moved from a non-use position into a use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Carsten Glaser
  • Patent number: 7963582
    Abstract: A sun visor for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The sun visor includes a first and second visor body shell. The shells define a retaining channel for a slider on a visor pivot rod and may be engaged and enclosed about the slider. It is also contemplated that the sun visor has a combination slider and detent slidably supported in channels molded into the first and second visor shells. A support arm may be provided and is readily offset from the combination slider and detent and is slidable relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Irvin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Wieczorek, Joseph R. Finn
  • Patent number: 7942463
    Abstract: In a rear-window roller blind for motor vehicles in which a rear half of a back-seat shelf, which is located between the rear window and the pull-out slot for the rear-window roller blind, is used as a support element for the roller blind. The back-seat shelf half is made either from a wood material or is a plastic molded part. Through alternative arrangements, it is ensured that the temperature expansion and contraction of the components of the roller blind and its support are accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: BOS GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Starzmann, Herbert Walter
  • Publication number: 20110042995
    Abstract: A side window shade device for a vehicle. The shade device includes a bottom edge for sliding into the gap formed between the side door and the side door window. Compressive force between the side door and the side door window holds the shade device in place. Extending upward from the bottom edge is a shade device body. The body is of sufficient size to block sun rays from contacting the arm of someone sitting in a seat next to the side door. In a preferred embodiment the side door is the driver's side door of an automobile and the shade device blocks sun rays from hitting the arm of the driver. Also, the shade device is curved inward to cover the arm of the driver and provide effective viewing out of the side of the car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Joe Robert Benites
  • Patent number: 7891722
    Abstract: The sunblocking device has an elongated blocking member having a portion that is folded back and attached to the elongated member to form an elongated opening. Extending through the opening is a strap that is preferably elastic that fits around a vehicle visor to secure the device to the visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald F. Phillips
  • Patent number: 7866724
    Abstract: A visor for a vehicle includes a core portion configured to interface with a pivot rod to allow the visor to be moved between a storage position and a use position. A single core portion includes structure configured to receive a slideable spring assembly for mounting the visor core to the pivot rod in an extendable and retractable manner. The visor core structure is also configured to receive a fixed spring assembly to mount the visor core to the pivot rod in a non-extendable and non-retractable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kirk J. Olep, Brent D. Rockafellow
  • Patent number: 7854464
    Abstract: A sun visor apparatus for a vehicle includes a sun visor body, a supporting member supported on a roof panel and supporting the sun visor body so that the sun visor body moves in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle between a first position where the sun visor body is positioned in a storage space provided on an underside of the roof panel and a second position where a rear end of the sun visor body is positioned behind a mirror body of an interior rearview mirror when viewed from a driver, and a shade extending from the sun visor body to the storage space in accordance with a movement of the sun visor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiji Mori
  • Patent number: 7823954
    Abstract: A visor assembly includes a visor body, a support rod, and a slide mechanism coupled to the visor body that slidably engages the support rod. The slide mechanism includes a slide member having a plurality of extensions that are biased toward the support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Bryan T. Jones, Stacy G. Frye, Philip A. Lehman, Kirk J. Olep, Thomas S. Hodgson, Kenneth D. Kreuze, Ronald C. Perry, Vincent J. Boraas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7806461
    Abstract: A first substantially transparent window, a tinted window, and a tinted window moving device may be provided in an automobile. The tinted window moving device can be controlled to place the tinted window in a first state or a second state. In the first state the tinted window is substantially aligned with the first substantially transparent window so that in order to see out of the first substantially transparent window, an individual must look through the tinted window also. In the second state the tinted window is not substantially aligned with the first substantially transparent window, so that an individual can see out of the first substantially transparent window without looking through the tinted window also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Christopher Patterson
  • Patent number: 7806468
    Abstract: In a body extension for a motor vehicle, a transverse profile of a roof frame has a central profile section and retaining profile sections arranged at the ends of the central profile section. The retaining profile sections have an embossed area for securing a sun roller blind, and border a trough for accommodating a guide section of a retractable sun roller blind. As a result, the central profile section can be fabricated with a constant cross section using a high grade of steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Roland Lessmeister
  • Patent number: 7802836
    Abstract: An anti-dazzle sun visor for use in the upper part of a windshield of a motor vehicle. The anti-dazzle sun visor is characterized by a screen which is hinged to a suspension, mounted so as to be movable to be displaced along the windshield, and a curtain which is extensible below a part of the windshield considered to be shadable, the curtain extending between the mobile suspension and the upper edge of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Webasto AG
    Inventor: Jacky Baudouin
  • Patent number: 7798551
    Abstract: A vehicle-mountable sun visor includes: a shaft of which one end is mounted on a vehicle body; a support, which is mounted on the shaft; a sun visor body in which two resin core members are coupled with each other by a hinged portion and the two resin core members are folded with the hinged portion being a fold so as to involve the other end of the shaft and the support; a first slide guide, which is provided in proximity to the hinged portion, for guiding sliding of the support; and a second slide guide, which is provided on an internal face of one of the two resin core members, for guiding sliding of the support. The support is slidably held in a space surrounded by the folded two resin core members, the first slide guide, and the second slide guide. The support turns around the shaft, and the sun visor body thereby turns. The support slides along the two resin core members, the first slide guide, and the second slide guide, and the sun visor body thereby slides relative to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Kasai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Okazaki, Yoshiaki Kazama, Akira Kanashiki
  • Patent number: 7784847
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a technique which contributes to stabilized movement of a sliding structure in a slide-type sun visor for vehicles. Representative sun visor for vehicles includes a sun visor body, a support shaft, a sliding member, a clip member and a clamping device. The clamping device accommodates a clearance in a circumferential direction between the support shaft and the sliding member and prevents relative rotation of the support shaft and the sliding member. The clamping device is mounted to the sliding member and rotates together with the sliding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Kyowa Sangyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Asai
  • Patent number: 7718923
    Abstract: A sunshade for an automobile placed upon a dashboard in the interior of the vehicle provides a reflective outer surface to deflect heat and sunlight through the windshield into a vehicle during hot weather conditions and also provides the outer surface with heat strip elements when enabled during cold weather to provide a radiant heat to the windshield to prevent ice build-up on the windshield maintaining a clear windshield during freezing temperatures, the heat strip elements drawings a low voltage current from a rechargeable battery supply or a 12 volt DC power from a cigarette lighter plug, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventors: Scott P. Hansen, Mary J. Hunt-Hansen
  • Patent number: 7695046
    Abstract: A visor for shielding the interior of a vehicle from the light or glare from a light source includes a visor that can be rotated about an axis from a stowed position to a shielding position. The visor may also be translated along a track so that the placement of the visor along the length of a large window may be chosen with precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chris Osborne, Michael Tsay
  • Publication number: 20100013263
    Abstract: A vehicle-mountable sun visor includes: a shaft of which one end is mounted on a vehicle body; a support, which is mounted on the shaft; a sun visor body in which two resin core members are coupled with each other by a hinged portion and the two resin core members are folded with the hinged portion being a fold so as to involve the other end of the shaft and the support; a first slide guide, which is provided in proximity to the hinged portion, for guiding sliding of the support; and a second slide guide, which is provided on an internal face of one of the two resin core members, for guiding sliding of the support. The support is slidably held in a space surrounded by the folded two resin core members, the first slide guide, and the second slide guide. The support turns around the shaft, and the sun visor body thereby turns. The support slides along the two resin core members, the first slide guide, and the second slide guide, and the sun visor body thereby slides relative to the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: KASAI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Okazaki, Yoshiaki Kazama, Akira Kanashiki
  • Publication number: 20100001548
    Abstract: A coming-off preventing contacting piece 6 that extendingly projects in the radial direction of a shaft 3 throughout the entire periphery is formed in an insertion-side part 3a of the shaft 3 that turnably supports a sun visor body 1, and a contacted piece 7 with which the coming-off preventing contacting piece 6 contactingly engages is formed on the sun visor body 1 side to prevent the sun visor body 1 from coming off the shaft 3. Thereby, even if the sun visor body 1 receives a high expandingly deploying force of a curtain airbag, the concentrated load per unit area applied to the coming-off preventing contacting piece 6 is kept low, and therefore the coming-off preventing contacting piece 6 is restrained from being broken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Yutaka Okazaki
  • Publication number: 20090267379
    Abstract: A sun visor device is provided for the window of a motor vehicle with a cover that can be moved in a first direction and in an opposite second direction. A locking mechanism is also provided for locking the cover in different positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Carsten GLASER