Door Or Door Handle Patents (Class 362/501)
  • Patent number: 8007148
    Abstract: In a vehicular illumination device which illuminates a lower part around an opened part of a door at a side of a vehicle, a side sill garnish is provided below the door-opened part, and a lamp and a lamp garnish which retains the lamp are arranged on a lower face of the side sill garnish. As the lamp is retained by the lamp garnish, the lamp can efficiently and appropriately illuminate an underfoot floor when a person rides on and off the vehicle. Moreover, the lamp garnish has a recess, and an edge which is provided around an opened part of the recess. As the lamp is arranged in the recess, the lamp is not visually recognized directly from the exterior of edge parts, thereby preventing a following vehicle from falsely recognizing the lamp as a backup lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamauchi, Hidekazu Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 8007147
    Abstract: A vehicle door safety warning lamp is provided. A light source is respectively disposed on each side of a light socket, and each light source is electrically connected to a power supply device of a vehicle. A white or transparent first shade body and a colored (for example, red or yellow) second shade body cover the two sides of the light socket. When a vehicle door is opened, the light sources disposed on the two sides of the light socket emit lights at the same time, light rays from the first shade body are used to irradiate a traveling path of passengers, and light rays from the second shade body are used to warn other vehicles at the back, thereby improving the safety of the passengers when getting on and off the passenger vehicles (for example, buses or touring vehicles).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Yung-Fa Lin
  • Patent number: 7988319
    Abstract: A light-emitting device driven by an inertial power includes an inertial module, a magnetic element, a magnetic-conductive element, at least one wire, and a light-emitting module. Under an inertial effect, the inertial module drives the magnetic element to rotate, such that a magnetic field generated by the magnetic-conductive element changes due to the rotation of the magnetic element. Moreover, the wire wound around the magnetic-conductive element generates a drive current in response to the changing of the magnetic field, so as to drive the light-emitting module to emit a light. As such, the magnetic field is changed under an inertial power, so as to generate a drive current for driving the light-emitting module, thereby achieving, a renewable energy source, environmental protection, and power-saving purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Lightup Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Sen Liao
  • Publication number: 20110170305
    Abstract: A door handle apparatus includes: a handle base (2) secured to a vehicle door (1); an operation handle (3) freely rotatably coupled to the handle base (2); and a lighting device (6) including a light emitting element (5) that emits light by being fed with power through wire harnesses (4) inserted through an inside of the operation handle (3). An irradiation opening (7) is formed on a sidewall of the operation handle (3), which is opposite to the ground in a state where the operation handle (3) is attached onto the door (1). The lighting device (6) is formed in a lens portion (9) sealing the light emitting element (5) in cooperation with sealing resin (8), and is secured to the operation handle (3) by fitting, to the irradiation opening (7), a fitting protruding portion (10) having a shape coinciding with the irradiation opening (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: ALPHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoya Tanaka, Makoto Igeta
  • Publication number: 20110170304
    Abstract: A lighting device for use in a vehicle, is equipped with one light source and a linear light-guiding body which guides light from the light source. The light-guiding body has a linear, primary spotlight part which emits light in a linear shape and a secondary spotlight part which emits a spot of light from the tip of the light-guiding body, thus providing different lighting with one light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Fujita
  • Patent number: 7946744
    Abstract: Light generated at a specific wavelength corresponding to a particular color or color range that is distracting or disruptive to a driver during a normal operation is blocked through an inexpensive construction without blocking light in a required range of wavelengths. A projector is constructed such that a plurality of LEDs are arranged in an array configuration. The LEDs can include a tinge of red reduction LED and near-infrared LEDs. The projector can be installed in a vehicle and disposed in proximity to the camera. In some embodiments, the projector can be controlled by a control circuit to be turned on in conjunction with the shutter of a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuhiro Omi
  • Publication number: 20110090709
    Abstract: The invention relates to an illuminating device of an automobile's tailgate handle. The illuminating device is installed in a groove formed in a tailgate handle, including a circuit board and a transparent covering. A through hole is bored in the groove. The circuit board is provided with plural LEDs and an electric wire connected with a control wire of an automobile's headlight. The transparent covering is put on the groove of the handle. Therefore, the LEDs in the handle can be lit as night warning signal if a car's headlight is turned on, as a turning signal a turning signal is turned on, or as a brake signal the brake is treaded on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Ming-Cheng WANG
  • Patent number: 7914189
    Abstract: An exterior component for a vehicle includes a first member having a decorative surface provided at an external portion thereof for transmitting light, the first member further including a first engaging portion, a second member having a second engaging portion engaging with the first engaging portion of the first member, the second member attached to the vehicle, the first member and the second member forming a double layered structure under the first engaging portion of the first member engaging with the second engaging portion of the second member, and a light-emitting member provided in the double layered structure of the first member and the second member for lighting up and shutting off the light in response to a supply of electricity supplied from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Izuru Sugiura, Takashi Sugie
  • Patent number: 7911321
    Abstract: A keyless entry system has a handle housing and a grip cover defining a door handle grip, a keyless entry pad defining a plurality of keys, each identified with a corresponding symbol, a plurality of sensors in proximity to the keys for detecting an object in the vicinity of the keys, an illumination source to selectively backlight the sensors and symbols, and a light-controlling membrane extending over the keyless entry pad. Entering a keyless entry code into the keyless entry pad by selecting keys in a predetermined sequence enables a latch to be selectively disposed in either a locked condition or an unlocked condition. In ambient light, the light-controlling membrane renders the symbol invisible. When the illumination source backlights the sensor and the symbol, the light-controlling membrane renders the symbol visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Bingle, Joseph Meinke
  • Patent number: 7866860
    Abstract: A handle assembly includes a bezel having a handle cavity defined by a cavity wall and an open front providing access to the handle cavity. The bezel has a slot through the cavity wall and a lamp assembly is mounted to the bezel proximate the slot. The lamp assembly includes a housing and a light pipe held by the housing, where the light pipe includes a first leg extending along a primary axis and a second leg extending along a secondary axis generally perpendicular with respect to the primary axis. The second leg has a lens along an inner surface of the second leg, wherein light is directed through the light pipe along the primary axis to a primary reflective surface provided at the intersection of the first and second legs. The primary reflective surface directs light along the second leg toward the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Canada ULC
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Goto
  • Publication number: 20100328965
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle capable of receiving power from a remote power source includes an exterior lamp assembly integrated with the vehicle. The lamp assembly includes an illumination source, and an electrical port configured to be electrically connected with the remote power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Duane M. Grider, Bala Chander
  • Publication number: 20100321946
    Abstract: An illumination module for a vehicle includes at least one illumination source for illuminating a target area at the vehicle. The illumination module may be mounted at a handle of a vehicle door and may be operable to illuminate the handle region and/or pocket region of the vehicle door and to illuminate a ground region adjacent to the vehicle and generally below the door handle assembly. The illumination module may include an icon established thereat and the at least one illumination source may back light the icon so that the icon, when the illumination module is activated, is viewable by a person viewing the vehicle. The illumination module may project or direct the illumination toward a targeted area so that the icon is discernible at the targeted area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Dingman, Brett A. Gorby, Keith D. Foote
  • Publication number: 20100321945
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for an automobile generally includes a projection device coupled to the automobile (e.g., an external component, such as a door handle assembly) wherein the projection device is configured to project an image onto a display surface that is external to the automobile (e.g., the ground adjacent to a door of the automobile or a region near the door handle itself). The lighting apparatus is configured to activate in response to one or more events, such as proximity of a key fob, the unlocking of one or doors, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven C. LANG, David A. DINGMAN, Peter A. LAWLIS, Eric M. CLOUGH, Ryan J. SNIP, Tyler J. HOP
  • Patent number: 7850350
    Abstract: The invention is related to an exterior rear-view mirror for vehicles, having a mirror head with a housing in which an adjustable mirror pane is positioned and in which at least one light source is arranged which is located in an area behind a light window of the housing. Light window is part of a turn light signal device which comprises a colour screen to influence colour appearance to turn light signal not activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Klaus Weller, Heiko Hoeber
  • Patent number: 7845836
    Abstract: There is provided a decorative part for decorating a vehicle interior, including a base; a cushion; and a skin with elasticity having a portion thereof being fixed to the base, the skin being adhered to the cushion and covering the cushion, the cushion being made of a gel elastomer having JIS A hardness of 5 or less or Asker C hardness of 20 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuuichiro Okuda
  • Publication number: 20100284196
    Abstract: A vehicle door safety warning lamp is provided. A light source is respectively disposed on each side of a light socket, and each light source is electrically connected to a power supply device of a vehicle. A white or transparent first shade body and a colored (for example, red or yellow) second shade body cover the two sides of the light socket. When a vehicle door is opened, the light sources disposed on the two sides of the light socket emit lights at the same time, light rays from the first shade body are used to irradiate a traveling path of passengers, and light rays from the second shade body are used to warn other vehicles at the back, thereby improving the safety of the passengers when getting on and off the passenger vehicles (for example, buses or touring vehicles).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Yung-Fa Lin
  • Publication number: 20100277898
    Abstract: A threshold lighting system for recreation vehicles and the like. The system includes a threshold with a first light cavity extending along one side of the threshold for emitting light inwardly into a recreational vehicle in a first direction generally parallel to the vehicle floor, and a second light cavity on the opposite side of the threshold for emitting light in a second direction down the stairs leading to the threshold. The light cavities are preferably part of an extrusion forming the threshold, and the threshold is typically part of a door frame assembly provided as a unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Murray, Duane L. Yoder
  • Publication number: 20100271837
    Abstract: In a vehicular illumination device which illuminates a lower part around an opened part of a door at a side of a vehicle, a side sill garnish is provided below the door-opened part, and a lamp and a lamp garnish which retains the lamp are arranged on a lower face of the side sill garnish. As the lamp is retained by the lamp garnish, the lamp can efficiently and appropriately illuminate an underfoot floor when a person rides on and off the vehicle. Moreover, the lamp garnish has a recess, and an edge which is provided around an opened part of the recess. As the lamp is arranged in the recess, the lamp is not visually recognized directly from the exterior of edge parts, thereby preventing a following vehicle from falsely recognizing the lamp as a backup lamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamauchi, Hidekazu Hayakawa
  • Publication number: 20100214796
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention provides an illumination structure that can illuminate both a neighborhood of an opening and a storage portion with a simple configuration. An illumination structure 1 includes an illumination device 4 provided in an opening 3 of a vehicle 2, and a person can get on and off the vehicle 2 through the opening 3. The illumination device 4 is fixed to a step garnish 5 provided in a lower end portion 3a of the opening 3. A translucent member 18 is provided in a bottom surface of a storage portion 9 formed in a door lining 10. When a door 6 is closed against the opening 3, the storage portion 9 is disposed on the step garnish 5, whereby the illumination structure 1 is retained while the illumination device 4, a first translucent member 18a, and a second translucent member 18b line up in the order from the bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Shiro Iwai, Koji Imaizumi, Aika Saito
  • Patent number: 7751664
    Abstract: A door handle apparatus for a vehicle, opening and closing a vehicle door, the door handle apparatus includes an informing portion for visually informing a state of the vehicle door, including a locking/unlocking state thereof, to a user by a decorative light, which is a visible light, an operation detecting portion for optically detecting an active-direct operation to the door handle apparatus by the user based on changes in an detection light, and an optical waveguide for transmitting the decorative light and the detection light, which is inputted from a first end portion of the optical waveguide, to a second end portion of the optical waveguide, the optical waveguide functioning as the informing portion by leaking the decorative light on a transmission path so as to be outwardly emitted and as the operation detecting portion by outputting the detection light from the second end portion of the optical waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Ieda, Yuichi Murakami, Hiroki Okada
  • Publication number: 20100128493
    Abstract: A lighting system is provided that includes an interior trim component having a light transmissive element. The interior trim component is configured to move between a first position and a second position. The vehicle lighting system also includes a light source optically coupled to the light transmissive element at least while the interior trim component is located in the first position. The light source is configured to illuminate a region of a vehicle interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason M. Hipshier, Nels Smith, Jeffrey T. Stout, Scott A. Hansen, Ronald A. Bozio
  • Publication number: 20100077805
    Abstract: The invention relates to an outside actuation system for locks on doors, tailgates, or the like of motor vehicles (20). The outside actuation system has a handle (10) which is arranged on the outer side (22) of the door (21) and which can serve for opening the door (21). The handle (10) is fixed pivotably on a bearing axis (11). In addition, a grip recess is designed to be on the outer side (22) of the door (21) in the area of the handle (10), which grip recess can be illuminated by an illuminating device (30). Said illuminating device (30) comprises a housing (31) which is designed as a part of the handle (10) and which is located near the bearing axis (11). Said illuminating device (30) illuminates not only the grip recess but also simultaneously the area outside the vehicle (23) which is located on the ground (24) near the vehicle door (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Dirk Mueller, Ralf Lennhoff, Sascha Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 7686487
    Abstract: A door mirror comprising a mirror portion and a side blinker which is one example of lamp bodies allows easily performed maintenance for the side blinker. It is also structured so as to make a lamp body elongated in lateral dimension. A second opening is formed on the back side of a mirror housing with fixing pieces formed on the second opening. A lamp unit integrates a lens portion with the back face of a base body having an inner base and an outer base which covers the front face of the inner base and is structured so that the base end side avoids the vehicle body mounting portion. The lamp unit is inserted into the second opening through the back face side of the mirror housing, and fixing pieces on the lamp unit and the mirror housing-fixing pieces are tightened by screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Takahashi, Yosuke Fukasawa, Motosuke Ishizawa, Takao Umezawa
  • Patent number: 7673927
    Abstract: In a motor vehicle having a tail gate (10) affixed to a lateral, rear pillar of the vehicle structure by means of at least one hinge so as to be pivotable about a substantially vertical axis (A-A), a hinge part that swings out together with the tail gate is located in an area of a lateral tail light (18) of the vehicle when the tail gate (10) is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH
    Inventors: Franz-Ulrich Brockhoff, Winfried Bunsmann, Jochen Klein, Wolfgang Nentwig, Markus Grave
  • Patent number: 7641371
    Abstract: A motor vehicle light including a plastic cover disc and a light unit that is mounted behind the surface of the cover disc is provided. The light unit is at least partially encased by the plastic of the cover disc and is fixed in position against the cover disc by the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Torben Effner, Florian Geltinger
  • Patent number: 7637631
    Abstract: A dead front actuating assembly actuates a device in standard ambient light conditions. The dead front actuating assembly includes a housing defining a periphery and an interior volume. A cover plate is fixedly secured to the housing at the periphery. The cover plate defines an inboard surface facing the interior volume and an outboard surface opposite the inboard surface. The outboard surface is opaque in standard ambient light conditions. The dead front actuating assembly also includes a switch that is operatively connected to the inboard surface of the cover plate at a defined location for toggling the device between on and off conditions. Also included is a presence sensor identifying when an operator is disposed adjacent the cover plate. A back light inside the housing illuminates the cover plate such that light passes through the cover plate and out the outboard surface to illuminate the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Magna International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. McDermott, Steven R. Giles, Sean E. Granger
  • Patent number: 7635210
    Abstract: An illuminated door handle (16) for a vehicle door (12,14) includes a mounting frame (22), a handle arm (24), an LED (26), an LED light guide (28), and a back plate (30). The handle arm (24) is pivotally attached to the mounting frame (22). The handle arm (24) includes one or more window portions (32) and a cavity (34), with the LED light guide (28) extending into the cavity (34) and emitting light through the window portion (32). The back plate (30) is attached to the handle arm (24) and extends across the cavity (34). The LED (26) is attached to the LED light guide (28) and transmits light through the LED light guide (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Metros, Dave Lechkun, Jeff Nowak, Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 7607809
    Abstract: The exterior handle configuration of the present invention includes a panel having a recess portion and a handle that covers the upper periphery of the recess portion. An inside surface of the handle is finished with a mirror treatment that reflects and diffuses light. At least one light source fixed at the panel emits light that is directed between the recess portion and the handle. A reflecting surface reflects light emitted from the light source to the inside surface of the handle. The handle configuration of the present invention improves the visibility of the exterior handle during nighttime in a visually pleasing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Misawa
  • Patent number: 7600902
    Abstract: A lighting handle of a car comprises a handle body having a recess at an inner surface thereof; a light emitting device being installed at an inner side of the recess of the handle body; the light emitting device including: a seat installed with a supporting surface; one side of the supporting surface being formed with an inserting groove; a circuit board installed on the supporting surface of the seat; the circuit board being installed with a plurality of lighting emitting bodies; the circuit board having a power wire for connecting other electric circuit in a car; and a transparent lamp cover installed on the seat; an inner wall of the cover being a reflecting surface; one side of the cover having a protrusion which has passed through the through hole of the circuit board to be inserted into the inserting groove of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Ming-Cheng Wang
  • Patent number: 7581859
    Abstract: An exterior mirror sub-assembly includes a reflective element, a back plate, and a display element having a light source that is activatable to emit light. The display element attaches to a display receiving portion of the back plate and the light source is activatable to emit light through the display receiving portion. The display receiving portion may be configured to orient the display element at a predetermined angle so that light exiting the display element when the light source is activated may be directed (a) generally away from the vehicle when the mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle so as to be principally viewed by drivers of other vehicles or (b) generally toward the driver of the vehicle when the mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle so as to be principally viewed by the driver of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Donnelly Corp.
    Inventor: Niall R Lynam
  • Publication number: 20090147528
    Abstract: A lighting handle of a car comprises a handle body having a recess at an inner surface thereof; a light emitting device being installed at an inner side of the recess of the handle body; the light emitting device including: a seat installed with a supporting surface; one side of the supporting surface being formed with an inserting groove; a circuit board installed on the supporting surface of the seat; the circuit board being installed with a plurality of lighting emitting bodies; the circuit board having a power wire for connecting other electric circuit in a car; and a transparent lamp cover installed on the seat; an inner wall of the cover being a reflecting surface; one side of the cover having a protrusion which has passed through the through hole of the circuit board to be inserted into the inserting groove of the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Ming-Cheng Wang
  • Publication number: 20090134661
    Abstract: A molding for a vehicle includes a molding body provided at a door of the vehicle, at least one light-emitting body provided inside an end portion of the molding body for notifying an occupant of a state of the door, and a light-transmitting portion provided at the molding body for transmitting light emitted by the light-emitting body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Izuru Sugiura, Akiyosi Mori, Daisuke Kudoh
  • Patent number: 7537364
    Abstract: A door handle portion illumination system for illuminating a door handle portion including a door handle, and a concave portion that is formed on a vehicle body in a position which lies at the rear of the door handle, the door handle portion illumination system including a light transmitting element that is incorporated in the door handle and which includes a luminous surface including, in turn, an area which is exposed on a front side of the door handle and an area which faces an edge portion of the concave portion, and a light source which emits a light that is introduced into the light transmitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Misawa, Mitsuhiro Nawashiro
  • Patent number: 7513664
    Abstract: An outside mirror apparatus for a vehicle includes a mirror housing including an opening, a housing recess, and a cutout communicating with the housing recess; a mirror unit; and a lighting device including a lamp housing and a lamp lens, a light irradiating unit, and a light source. The housing recess and the cutout are provided in the mirror housing; the light irradiating unit is provided in the lighting device; the lighting device is housed in the housing recess; and the light irradiating unit is arranged in the cutout. An outer surface of the light irradiating unit is provided along an outer surface of the mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuuichi Chou
  • Patent number: 7455437
    Abstract: An automobile door handle with indicator lights, has a recess for firmly receiving a circuit board having a plurality of light emitting members spaced apart lengthwise on the surface, an opening through the bottom of the recess for allowing conducting wires to pass therethrough, and an adjacent outer peripheral groove. A transparent cover is dimensioned and shaped to fit snugly over the outer peripheral groove and has more than one spaced projection protruded from one surface adapted to be abutted against the circuit board for fastening. Adhesive is applied to the conducting wires in the opening, a joining portion of the outer peripheral groove and the cover so as to provide the assembled door handle with indictor lights withwaterproof and electricity leakage prevention characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Li-Hua Shi
  • Patent number: 7448781
    Abstract: An external mirror includes an indicator light and a case with a protruding portion whose outer face is arranged more outside than an outer face of the indicator light. Even when the external mirror hits or bumps against an obstacle, the protruding portion is the first and likely only portion which hits or bumps against the obstacle thereby preventing the indicator light from being damaged. Therefore, the indicator light will have to be replaced less frequently, thereby reducing a burden on the user. Typically, the protruding portion is provided below the indicator light. Accordingly, the indicator light can be strongly protected with respect to the contact from a lower side of the external mirror, where there are generally a relatively large number/percentage of obstacles. Preferably, the indicator light has a convex surface lens which protrudes toward outside of the external mirror. Preferably, the protruding portion has a ridge line between an upper face and a lower face of the protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mamoru Kagawa
  • Patent number: 7431485
    Abstract: A lighting assembly for a vehicle includes an elongated base plate having an inner surface and an outer surface. The base plate includes at least one opening. The lighting assembly further includes at least one light source adapted to be mounted to the base plate at the opening. The base plate is configured to be mounted and to conform aerodynamically to an exterior surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: SportRack LLC
    Inventors: Ronald G. Saward, William R. Henderson, John H. Harberts
  • Patent number: 7416320
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that makes it possible to make following cars aware when a door is open and simultaneously illuminate a feet area, including, a lens that is attached at a door position that faces the feet area when a vehicle door is open, and a light guide member that is attached at a door position that faces following cars. One or more LEDs for the feet area are provided on the inner side of the lens, and one or more LEDs for the rear direction are provided that irradiate light on the light guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignees: Fujikura Ltd., Toyota Gosei Co.,Ltd
    Inventors: Koji Sakiyama, Hiroshi Iwata, Shigeru Yabuya, Takahiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20080170406
    Abstract: A structure of car door guard mainly comprises a one-piece pad for maximum cushioning; the characteristic lies in: an illuminant strip is snugly fitted in a furrow cut along the length of the pad. The illuminant strip would allow the structure glowing while being connected to power source. The structure can be mounted on doors of any cars for maximum cushioning and/or embellishment as it would glow to make the car doors glistening at night so as to provide alert and irradiate the car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Yi-Tzu Lan
  • Patent number: 7400232
    Abstract: A vehicle grab handle is provided to assist entry into the vehicle, such as an RV, semi tractors, emergency vehicles, utility vehicles, construction equipment and agriculture equipment and other vehicles. The handle includes a pair of spaced apart end bases and a grab bar extending between the bases. A keypad is provided in one of the bases to provide keyless entry into the vehicle or other controls of the vehicle. An LED is provided in the opposite end base so as to illuminate the grab bar. Multiple LEDs having different colors may be provided, with electrical circuitry connected to the door lock and to a vehicle alarm so that solid or blinking lights and different colored lights provide a visual display corresponding to the locked or unlocked status of the door, the activated or deactivated status of the alarm, or status of other vehicle accessories including diagnostics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: TriMark Corporation
    Inventors: Anita L. Reichling, Dave Magner, Daniel J. De Boer
  • Publication number: 20080123359
    Abstract: An illuminated display system for a vehicle provides a display area for a display on a vehicle and an illumination housing which provides illumination, using light emitting diodes (LEDs), of the display in the display area. The LEDs are disposed in an illumination container disposed within the illumination housing and are connected to an actuator for a light in the vehicle. A circuit connecting the LEDs has a resistor disposed thereon, the resistance of the resistor being determined by the colour of the illumination provided by the LED.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Frederik-Andre Larochelle
  • Patent number: 7333021
    Abstract: An opening/closing apparatus for a vehicle door includes: a door handle secured to an outer surface of the vehicle door, the door handle being manipulated by a user for opening and closing the vehicle door; an operation detecting portion for checking whether the door handle is manipulated to open or close the vehicle door, the operation detecting portion being provided in the door handle; a controller establishing locking and unlocking conditions of the vehicle door on the basis of user's intensions; and a light emitting device provided in the door handle, the light emitting device being driven by the controller to emit light beams to and away from the outer surface of the vehicle door depending on the respective conditions of the vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Ieda, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 7299892
    Abstract: A door trim speaker grille with an electroluminescent lamp for use with an audio speaker of a vehicle. The electroluminescent lamp is positioned for emitting visible light through sound passages in the speaker grille. In certain embodiments of the invention, the electroluminescent lamp may be integrally molded with the speaker grille. One method of forming the door trim speaker grille is by an injection molding process that places the electroluminescent lamp as an insert in the mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan G Dry, David Dooley
  • Patent number: 7300190
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor unit of a door handle device is universally adaptable to door handles of various different designs. The vehicle door handle device, having an electrostatic capacitance detection circuit incorporated in a grip portion thereof, includes a sensor unit having a detection circuit insert molded in a plastic member, a hollow cavity formed in the grip portion to receive the sensor unit, and a retaining member made of plastic material for retaining the sensor unit in the cavity. By suitably changing the shape of the retaining member, the sensor unit can be adapted to door handles of different designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Masakatsu Nitawaki, Hitoshi Kawano
  • Patent number: 7278767
    Abstract: A door mirror comprising a mirror portion and a side blinker which is one example of lamp bodies allows easily performed maintenance for the side blinker. A second opening is formed on the back side of a mirror housing with fixing pieces formed on the second opening. A lamp unit integrates a lens portion with the back face of a base body having an inner base and an outer base which covers the front face of the inner base. The lamp unit is inserted into the second opening through the back face side of the mirror housing, and fixing pieces of the lamp unit and the mirror housing-fixing pieces are tightened by screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Takahashi, Yosuke Fukasawa, Motosuke Ishizawa, Takao Umezawa
  • Patent number: 7270452
    Abstract: A light emitting handle includes a handle body, a light emitting device mounted on the handle body to emit light outward, and a light guide device mounted on the handle body to guide and reflect the light of the light emitting device outward from the handle body. The light emitting handle is mounted on the door of a car or on two sides of the tail portion of a motorcycle. Thus, the light emitting handle emits light outward constantly so that the light emitting handle has a lightening effect when the car or motorcycle is turned around so as to provide a warning effect to other person, thereby preventing the car or motorcycle from incurring a traffic accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Yu Lin Enterprise Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ming-Cheng Wang
  • Publication number: 20070206388
    Abstract: A door handle portion illumination system for illuminating a door handle portion including a door handle, and a concave portion that is formed on a vehicle body in a position which lies at the rear of the door handle, the door handle portion illumination system including a light transmitting element that is incorporated in the door handle and which includes a luminous surface including, in turn, an area which is exposed on a front side of the door handle and an area which faces an edge portion of the concave portion, and a light source which emits a light that is introduced into the light transmitting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Misawa, Mitsuhiro Nawashiro
  • Patent number: 7255466
    Abstract: A vehicular control device includes a trim member having a plurality of graphics for identifying a plurality of manual activation regions and a printed circuit board having a plurality of proximity sensors. Each of the plurality of proximity sensors generates a respective electromagnetic field within a respective manual activation region and is responsive to an object disposed in the respective manual activation region. The printed circuit board is semi-translucent and includes a plurality of illumination elements for illuminating light away from the printed circuit board. A back cover member is adaptable to the trim member for encasing the printed circuit board therebetween. A sealing member is disposed between the trim member and the back cover member. The illuminating light from the plurality of illumination elements is reflected toward the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Schmidt, David A. Hein, Roberto Tomassi
  • Patent number: 7244054
    Abstract: A direction indication light installed on a handle of a car door comprises a body; a front edge thereof installed with a receiving groove; the receiving groove received with a plurality of circuit boards, a light guide plate, and a cover; each circuit board being installed with light emitting body; upper sides of the circuit boards being installed with a light guide plate for receiving the circuit boards; the power wires of the circuit boards serve to light up the light emitting body of at least one of the circuit boards. By the indication light, the periphery of the car is lighted up so that cars at the periphery of the car can keep attention to the state of the car to prevent from collision due to weak view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Po Hung Chou
  • Patent number: RE42340
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component and lighting assembly that includes a vehicle interior component having a fabric disposed over a substrate or foam layer, or both. An electroluminescent panel is located between the fabric and substrate/foam layer and directs light from the panel through the fabric. In this way, the light source can be effectively hidden when not in use and can be incorporated into the interior component in a manner that requires little space. The vehicle interior component can be any of a number of different interior articles, including, for example, a headliner, door panel, vehicle seat, rear deck, sun visor, and trunk panel. Also disclosed are vehicle interior illumination systems using touch switches and electroluminescent panels to provide back lighting of the switch and/or vehicle interior illumination through the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Federal Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventors: James Burr Anderson, John Christopher Brown