Exterior Rear Outlet Patents (Class 454/165)
  • Patent number: 8986086
    Abstract: An insert (10) for an opening in a base (20) includes a housing (12) having a peripheral side wall (18) defining an interior space (24). The peripheral side wall (18) includes at least one latch member (90) having a latching position. The latch member (90) engages the base (20) to secure the housing (12) in the opening when the latch member (90) is in the latching position. The housing (12) is inserted into the opening in a first direction (A) to engage the latch member (90) with the base (20). At least one indicator (100) shows when the at least one latch member (90) is in the latching position. The indicator (100) is visible in the first direction (A) when the insert (10) is in the opening in the base (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Daniel D. Carlson, Timothy M. Barnes
  • Publication number: 20140080400
    Abstract: A vehicle having a body comprising a grille cover arranged over a cavity comprising rear-facing light and a vent located rearward of the rear-facing light, the grille cover having a plurality of apertures through which air may pass from the vent to the exterior of the vehicle, and the grille cover being arranged such that the rear-facing light is visible to an observer located directly rearward of the vehicle only through the apertures of the grille cover, wherein the grille cover does not extend above the height of that part of the body of the vehicle immediately forwards of the grille cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Dan Parry-Williams
  • Publication number: 20140057543
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air extractor grille. The air extractor grille includes a grille body and a grille cover. The grille body includes a plurality of openable flaps which are arranged vertically in a successive order in a vehicle body inside a rear bumper. The grille cover covers at least a portion of the grille body. The grille cover has a plurality of vent slots formed in a front surface of the grille cover and arranged vertically in a successive order as well. A block plate is bent from a lower end of each of the vent slots in such a way that the block plate protrudes outwards, thus preventing the vent slot from being directly exposed to the outside. Therefore, when the flaps open, foreign substances are prevented from directly entering the interior of the vehicle through the flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Seung Wook Kim, Sang Shin Lee, Jae Hyun An, Ja Sung Gu
  • Publication number: 20130309956
    Abstract: An air extraction apparatus for automotive vehicles opens an air flow path through the passenger compartment of the vehicle when wind throb conditions are sensed in the operation of the vehicle. The air extraction opening is located in a rear facing surface of the vehicle and is covered by a closure member that is movable by an actuator to selectively open the air extraction opening. The air extraction opening can be variable in cross-sectional area through the operation of the closure member to vary the rate of air flowing through the passenger compartment. The actuator is operatively coupled to a sensor that can sense wind throb conditions to affect an automatic opening of the air extraction opening. Wind throb conditions can be the existence of a single open window coupled with a minimum operating speed, or a threshold interior air pressure within the passenger compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tim A. Mouch, Richard A. Jeryan, Michael Azzouz
  • Publication number: 20130303068
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are generally directed to a system for supplying fresh air to the aft compartment of a vehicle, such as a heavy-duty vehicle. The fresh air is not conditioned by heating or cooling prior to providing the fresh air to the cab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: PACCAR INC
    Inventors: Gregory S. Hall, Richard Lo
  • Patent number: 7997966
    Abstract: A cooling structure for an electricity storage device includes: a secondary battery generating heat; a DC-DC converter generating heat in a quantity different from that of secondary battery; an exhaust path for passing air after cooling secondary battery generating heat in a relatively small quantity, and led to the outside of a vehicle; an exhaust path for passing air after cooling DC-DC converter generating heat in a relatively large quantity, and joining exhaust path; and a circulation path connected to exhaust path upstream of an air flow beyond a position at which exhaust path joins, and led to the inside of a vehicle compartment. With this configuration, there is provided a cooling structure for an electricity storage device in which the suppression of both increase in temperature and decrease in inner pressure inside the vehicle compartment can be effectively achieved at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takehito Yoda
  • Publication number: 20100130116
    Abstract: A foreign object obstruction device for preventing foreign objects from entering into the vent of a vehicle without completely obstructing the air passage of the vent is provided. The foreign object obstruction device extends between the a rear vehicle bumper and the vehicle body, and includes a rigid panel mounted to the vehicle body, generally beneath the vent so as to present a generally horizontal planar surface. The foreign object obstruction device may also include a stand-off structure extending from the rigid panel to the vehicle body so as to maintain the foreign obstruction device a predetermined distance from the vent, and a resilient pad disposed between the stand-off structure and the vehicle body so as to help absorb the force caused by objects being hurled into the device; and between the rigid panel and the bumper so as to form a seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: David Takeo Nakayama
  • Patent number: 7556559
    Abstract: A control and pressure relief valve for relieving pressure from an automotive vehicle interior to an atmospheric pressure outside the vehicle interior in accordance with the present invention includes a valve mounting location having an inlet in fluid communication with the vehicle interior and an outlet selectively in fluid communication with the atmospheric pressure. At least one relief valve mounted on the valve mounting location allows air to flow from the vehicle interior to atmospheric pressure when the air pressure in the vehicle interior exceeds a first predetermined pressure value that is greater than the atmospheric pressure. At least one control valve mounted on the valve mounting location allows air to flow from the vehicle interior to the atmospheric pressure when an air pressure in the vehicle interior exceeds a second predetermined pressure value that is greater than the atmospheric pressure and less than the first predetermined pressure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Alejandro Garza Rivera, John J Mascarello, Christopher L Fulton
  • Patent number: 7503843
    Abstract: An orientation-independent compartment pressure relief valve comprises a housing with a throughflow channel having an intake and an exhaust. A flange disposed around the inner wall of said housing defines an aperture within the throughflow channel and sealing flap is secured to the flange sealingly covering said aperture. Sealing flap is comprised of a relatively pliable layer and a relatively rigid layer and is oriented such that relatively pliable layer is in contact with flange. Pliable layer allows sealing flap to flexibly open in response to compartment pressure and rigid layer acts to close sealing flap irrespective of pressure relief valve's orientation in relation to a gravity vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: CGR Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Wilmoth
  • Patent number: 6592447
    Abstract: A ventilation system for a vehicle interior that reduces or eliminates smoke or polluted air from an interior of a vehicle by pulling air with fans through air intakes and expelling it outside vehicle. This invention is wired to a vehicle's electrical system and controlled by an on/off switch inside vehicle. Clean air inside a vehicle is beneficial in reducing health risks associated with breathing smoke or polluted air. The present invention also prevents deterioration of a vehicle's interior by reducing or eliminating smoke or polluted air that stains and causes odors to vehicle interiors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Paul Yackman
  • Publication number: 20030109214
    Abstract: A cabin ventilator for car, wherein a flexible vent pipe (1) allowing to communicate between a cabin inside space (4) and a cabin outside space (5) is disposed, a blower (2) is connected to the vent pipe (1) so as to exhaust air from the cabin inside space to the cabin outside space, a solar battery panel part (3) is disposed in the cabin inside space at a position where sunlight is radiated for supplying electric power to the blower, and a shade assembly (16) is installed on at least one of the inside surface of a window glass (15), an inside window frame portion, and a dashboard (6) so that the shade assembly can cover the window glass together with the solar battery panel part from the inside of the cabin during the parking of the car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventor: Tsuneichiro Yamashiro
  • Publication number: 20030013405
    Abstract: A vehicle ventilation device and system for facilitating air exchange between the interior and exterior of a standing or parked vehicle using a fan and a photoelectric source, whereby said fan is powered by said photoelectric source and said fan is facilitating air exchange between the interior and the exterior of the vehicle through the airbag vent valve of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Roger E. Guilford
  • Publication number: 20020068522
    Abstract: A ridge vent adapted specifically for use with tile roofs, and which does not require a nailer board to be installed on a roof prior to installing the ridge vent. The ridge vent includes a main body portion, a neck portion extending from the main body portion and a pair of flanges depending from the neck portion and extending away from one another. The flanges are adapted to be secured directly to a roof after the ridge vent is placed over an opening at the ridge of the roof. The neck portion includes a pair of accordion-like panels which permit the length of the neck portion to be increased or shortened to vary the spacing between the main body portion and the flanges. This enables the ridge vent to accommodate roof tiles having varying radaii of curvature. A plurality of living hinge portions permit the ridge vent to be unfolded into a relatively flat orientation to make same easier to package and ship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventor: David J. Dixon
  • Patent number: 6273127
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve assembly 10 including a generally rectangular member or housing 12, four generally flat and rectangular “flaps” or movable members 14, 16, 18, and 20, and eight substantially identical fastening members 24-34. Members 14-20 are pivotal along respective axes 78-84 which are each disposed at an angle 86 with respect to the longitudinal axis 60 of housing 12, and which allow assembly 10 to be operatively disposed in multiple positions and orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David Arthur Wade
  • Patent number: 6093096
    Abstract: An air conditioning apparatus for a rear seat of a vehicle includes a centrifugal fan disposed at a downstream air side of an evaporator. The centrifugal fan is a backward curved fan having a plurality of blades each of which is curved backward relative to a rotation direction of the centrifugal fan. In the centrifugal fan, because a main component of velocity vector is in a radial direction of the centrifugal fan, a dynamical-pressure component of air blown from the centrifugal fan can be effectively changed to a hydrostatic-pressure component. Thus, during a cooler mode where air is simultaneously blown from first and second air outlets toward the rear space of the passenger compartment, a pressure of air blown from the first and second air outlets can be increased, and an amount of air blown toward the rear space of the passenger compartment can be sufficiently increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Miyata, Haruki Ikuta, Koji Ito, Hikaru Sugi, Takuya Natsume, Yukio Uemura, Kazushi Shikata
  • Patent number: 6068551
    Abstract: Disclosed is a trunk ventilating device that operates to elevate or reduce the temperature of the vehicle trunk or trunk-like area. The device will accommodate a conventional rear deck of an automobile and provides a sealing aspect between the occupant area and the trunk area with the use of louvers that are made operational upon demand by the vehicle operator. The vehicle operator may initiate a dash mounted control switch that operates a high speed fan capable of drawing air from the occupants seating area into the otherwise sealed trunk area providing the proposed temperature elevation or reduction. Louvers are gravity or spring biased. It includes an aperture covering so as to prevent items from entering the trunk or engaging the rotating fan. A separate embodiment encompasses the use of a remotely located fan for areas lacking a definable trunk area for the purpose of transferring conditioned air from one part of the vehicle to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: George Alan Oremland
  • Patent number: 6004202
    Abstract: A truck cab ventilation system and method is described which includes an air exhaust channel that extends from an upper channel portion adjacent the ceiling at the rear of the cab and through a lower channel portion to an exhaust vent mounted adjacent the floor of the cab over an exit opening in such floor. An inlet vent in the front of the cab produces a positive pressure within the cab which causes flow-through ventilation air flow from the front to the rear of the cab when the truck is moving. As a result, air flows into the upper channel portion of the exhaust channel and out of the exhaust vent through the exit opening to the exterior of the cab. The exhaust vent includes flexible louvers of elastomer which are held by gravity in a closed position and are moved into an open position when air flows out through the exhaust system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Freightliner Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph H. McCorkel, Terry J. Urban
  • Patent number: 5779536
    Abstract: A truck cab ventilation system and method which includes an air exhaust channel that extends from an upper channel portion adjacent the ceiling at the rear of the cab and through a lower channel portion to an exhaust vent mounted adjacent the floor of the cab over an exit opening in such floor. An inlet vent in the front of the cab produces a positive pressure within the cab which causes flow-through ventilation air flow from the front to the rear of the cab when the truck is moving. As a result, air flows into the upper channel portion of the exhaust channel and out of the exhaust vent through the exit opening to the exterior of the cab. The exhaust vent includes flexible louvers of elastomer which are held by gravity in a closed position and are moved into an open position when air flows out through the exhaust system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Freightliner Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph H. McCorkel, Terry J. Urban
  • Patent number: 5503178
    Abstract: An apparatus for relieving overpressure conditions in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle comprises a valve assembly that is mounted in an opening formed in an exterior wall of the compartment, the assembly includes a frame panel sized to fill the opening and having a passage formed therethrough to define an exhaust from the interior of the compartment to the exterior ambient space. Flap valve elements overlying the exhaust for allowing free flow of air in a direction from the interior of the compartment to the exterior while preventing air flow in the opposite direction. Overpressure relief support connectors mount the frame panel in the opening in the wall and are adapted to release the frame panel from its mounted position whenever the air pressure within the compartment exceeds a predetermined minimum level about atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: TRW, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Miskelley, Wilfred Jaeger