With Means To Accommodate Window Accessory; E.g., Automobile-type Door Patents (Class 49/502)
  • Patent number: 10435905
    Abstract: A bumper panel for preventing opening car doors from being damaged from hitting other objects has a design that can be interchanged. The bumper panel may have a design cover that slips over the rigid panel portion having resilient material layer over a rigid panel. The design cover may have an open end to enable the cover to slip over the rigid panel portion and may have mount apertures that align with mount fixtures when configured over the rigid panel. A design cover may be reversible and may have different designs on the inside various sides and surfaces of the design cover. As many as four designs may be displayed depending on the orientation and configuration of the design cover over the rigid panel. A bumper panel may be suspended from mount fixtures or retained along a wall or other object by mount brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Meyer, Laurie McCarthy-Meyer
  • Patent number: 10406893
    Abstract: A door inner support panel for a vehicle door assembly includes a header section with a window frame for receiving a windowpane. A shell section is attached to the header section and mounts to a door frame of a body of a vehicle. The shell section has a hardware frame for mounting a hardware module. The hardware frame includes: a mounting interface on the an inboard surface of the shell section for coupling to an outboard surface of the hardware module; a mounting interface on a flanged surface of the shell section for sealingly attaching to a peripheral surface of the hardware module; and a mounting interface on the outboard surface of the shell section for coupling to an inboard surface of the hardware frame. A method of making the door inner support panel is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Terrence P. Costigan
  • Patent number: 10358018
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door box with first and second walls and a second wall and a window frame module, in which a window frame, a first window shaft reinforcement and a second window shaft reinforcement are connected into a structural unit. The first window shaft reinforcement features a groove that accommodates an upper edge of the first wall. An upper edge of the second wall is covered by the second window shaft reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Lange
  • Patent number: 10358105
    Abstract: A shock absorbing structure of a vehicle door including a vehicle body panel with a service hole includes a door trim and a shock absorber. The door trim covers the vehicle body panel from an interior side of a vehicle. The shock absorber is mounted to the vehicle body panel to cover the service hole. The shock absorber includes a shock absorbing portion that is inserted in the service hole. The shock absorbing portion is disposed such that an end of the shock absorbing portion on an exterior side of the vehicle is disposed more to the exterior side of the vehicle than the service hole and between the vehicle body panel and the door trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshihiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10350974
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure includes an outer door panel made of resin, etc. The outer door panel has an attenuated portion. The attenuated portion is provided along a boundary line that divides the outer door panel into at least a first region that includes the outer door handle and other regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nagaishi, Yukihiro Hamada
  • Patent number: 10344939
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting assembly includes a light housing having a first part and a separate second part. A first light assembly provided in the first part includes a first lens having a first light pipe, a separate second lens having a second light pipe, first and second light sources for illuminating the first and second lens, a first reflector adjacent the first lens, and a second reflector adjacent the second lens. A second light assembly provided in the second part includes a third lens having a third light pipe, a separate fourth lens having a fourth light pipe, a third light source for illuminating the third and fourth lens, a third reflector adjacent the third lens and defining a first channel receiving a portion of the third lens, and a fourth reflector adjacent the fourth lens and defining a second channel receiving a portion of the fourth lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nathan M. Fisher, Peter W. Fehrenbach, Matthew T. Krites
  • Patent number: 10308100
    Abstract: An intermediate shell for a motor vehicle door, in particular a side door of a motor vehicle, is disclosed. The intermediate shell is produced at least in regions from a light metal blank by massive forming, preferably by forging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Michael Bendiks, Juergen Boesselmann
  • Patent number: 10300770
    Abstract: A door beam for a vehicle may include a beam portion having a rod shape which extends along a longitudinal direction of a vehicle body, a front mounting portion disposed at a front end portion of the beam portion to mount the front end portion of the beam portion to the door, and a rear mounting portion disposed at a rear end portion of the beam portion to mount the rear end portion of the beam portion to the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Naresh K, Si Yun Kim
  • Patent number: 10207569
    Abstract: Vertical frame portions provided at both side portions of a door frame are a light-metal casting, plural connecting frames, which are a light-meal hollow extrusion molding, connect the vertical frame portions, the vertical frame portions are provided with protrusion portions which engage with inward connecting frames in a longitudinal direction, plural attachment portions which attach the outward connecting frames and the vertical frame portion are provided at different points in the longitudinal direction, and an outward connecting frame is provided with an upper rib which engages with an engagement recess portion provided at an upper portion of a door outer panel formed in a non-planar shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yukihiro Moriyama
  • Patent number: 10106023
    Abstract: When a first weather strip is mounted in a door panel, first, a hook portion of the first weather strip is locked to a lock hole formed so as to be open in the door panel. Next, a clip portion of the first weather strip is engaged with a clip hole formed so as to be open in the door panel. A second weather strip is mounted on an opposite side of the door panel opposite to the first weather strip. With the above, the first weather strip and the second weather strip are mounted in the door panel from both directions extending in the vehicle width direction, and a first lip of the first weather strip and a second lip of the second weather strip continue in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kawase, Hiroyuki Takagai, Kazuaki Hiwatashi
  • Patent number: 10081231
    Abstract: A structure for fixing a delta glass for a vehicle is provided to fix and support a rear end portion of the glass on a door frame from which a C-pillar is omitted. The structure includes a delta outer reinforcing panel that is fixed on an upper portion of a door inner panel at a rear end portion of a door frame. A delta inner reinforcing panel is fixed to be positioned inside the delta outer reinforcing panel. A rear channel is installed between the delta outer reinforcing panel and the delta inner reinforcing panel to allow a rear end portion of the delta glass to be inserted into and supported by the rear channel. Additionally, a delta garnish is installed to cover the outside of the delta outer reinforcing panel and the delta glass is fixed between the rear channel and a division channel installed on the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sang Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10077080
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a main frame having a plurality of members; and a reinforcing member that is made of a reinforced resin and that is disposed at a junction where three members out of the plurality of members intersect a point from three directions, or at a junction where one or two members intersect a point from any of three directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Matsuda, Jun Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10060174
    Abstract: A sliding door module includes a resin base coupled to an inner panel of a sliding door, a window glass lifting and lowering device that lifts and lowers a window glass, and a door movement device that moves the sliding door. The window glass lifting and lowering device and the door movement device are coupled to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidefumi Katayama, Sadayuki Makino, Satoshi Shibayama, Tomohiro Negishi, Katsumi Chono, Takahito Kobatake, Masato Asakura
  • Patent number: 10052941
    Abstract: A frame structure for a vehicle door and a method of manufacture thereof is disclosed. In particular, a vehicle side door includes at least two tubular parts which are flexurally deformed in the direction of their longitudinal extension and connected to each other to form a ring structure. The ring structure incorporated into a structural unit with the frame structure and a crash reinforcement in a vehicle door of a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 10000111
    Abstract: A frame molding includes a horizontal portion extending along an upper edge of a door panel and an inclined portion extending obliquely upwards from the horizontal portion to be connected to an upper sash. A decorative garnish is formed from synthetic resin and has an external shape that corresponds to external shapes of the horizontal portion and the inclined portion of the frame molding. The dimensions of the frame molding in the vehicle widthwise direction are reduced. The positioned accuracy between the frame molding and the garnish is enhanced by fixing the garnish to the frame molding that is fixed to the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Makita, Takashi Kameyama
  • Patent number: 9902240
    Abstract: An outer frame reinforcement is disposed on the door outer side of an inner panel-side sash portion of a door inner panel. The outer frame reinforcement includes a frame-side sash portion, a hinge reinforcement portion, and a lock reinforcement portion. Here, the upper end of the hinge reinforcement portion is joined to the front side lower end of the frame-side sash portion, and the upper end of the lock reinforcement portion is joined to the rear side lower end of the frame-side sash portion. Furthermore, the hinge reinforcement portion and the lock reinforcement portion are set thicker than the frame-side sash portion. Because of this, the outer frame reinforcement can be formed by making the reinforcement portions thick and joining the reinforcement portions to the frame-side sash portion. Because of this, it becomes unnecessary to increase the plate thickness of the entire outer frame reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirokazu Kawabe, Minoru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9815353
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a door for a vehicle includes molding a door inner panel using a polymer composite; molding a door frame assembly using an aluminum alloy or a steel alloy, the door frame assembly defining a space to be opened or closed by a door glass; molding a door outer panel using an aluminum alloy or a steel alloy; molding an impact beam using an aluminum alloy or a steel alloy, the impact beam serving to increase rigidity of a side surface of the door; coupling the molded door frame assembly and the molded impact beam to the door inner panel; and coupling the door inner panel, which is coupled to the door frame assembly and the impact beam, to the door outer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jun Ho Jang, Hoon Mo Park, Kyung Moon Lee
  • Patent number: 9732547
    Abstract: A door opening and closing device includes: a resin-made base attached to an inner panel of a door; and a transfer mechanism provided on an interior side of the base, and transferring power to a locking device via a power transfer cable, wherein the base includes first and second parts in which the transfer mechanism and the cable are disposed respectively, and a fixing portion fixing an outer casing end portion of the cable, and wherein the first and second parts are configured to locate at different levels so that the second part is positioned closer to an inner side than the first part in a width direction, a step portion is provided between the first and second parts, and the fixing portion is provided in the step portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Shibayama, Sadayuki Makino, Hidefumi Katayama
  • Patent number: 9597946
    Abstract: The problem to be solved is to provide a door frame and a method of manufacturing the same, with reducing manufacturing cost. A door frame has a rear sash (vertical sash) (41) for supporting door glass and has a lock-device mounting bracket (door-frame component) (70) attached by welding to the rear sash (41) and having formed therein through-holes (70e, 70d) for welding. Weld beads (73, 75) are formed between the rear sash (41) and the wall surfaces of the through-holes (70e, 70d) for welding, the through-holes (70e, 70d) being formed in the lock-device mounting bracket (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yokota
  • Patent number: 9555695
    Abstract: A door structure of a vehicle comprises a door trim and a door trim frame that combines with the door trim to increase stiffness of the door trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dongmin Jeon, Dongmin Bae, Jongwon Lee, Hyungsik Choi
  • Patent number: 9555694
    Abstract: A vehicle door may include a door outer panel defining an exterior surface of the vehicle door; a common door inner panel located inboard of the door outer panel and configured to mount door hardware, with the common door inner panel having a periphery; and a panel extension extending around essentially all of the periphery of the common door inner panel, the panel extension being attached to the periphery of the common door inner panel and attached to the door outer panel to secure the common door inner panel to the door outer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: James C. O'Kane, Anil K. Sachdev
  • Patent number: 9421852
    Abstract: A dust sealing apparatus for a door garnish of a vehicle may include a dust sealing member contacting a side door sill when a rear door is closed, and the dust sealing member may be attached to an inner surface of the garnish of the rear door adjacent to a rear wheel arch, in which the dust sealing member includes a sealing part configured to prevent permeation of contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seong Hwan Ryu, Kwang Jae Choi, Jeong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9409466
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door module (1) of the type formed by a single part and from a single injected material, which module comprises a substantially flat supporting face (2) and at least one guide rail (34) of a window regulator system, said rail (34) being intended to guide and maintain a motor vehicle window supporting device (32). The rail (34) forms at least part of one of one of the side end parts (4) of the supporting face (2), said rail (34) extending continuously with the rest of the module (1) and forming a projection (40) in relation to the supporting face (2). The rail (34) extends in at least two planes different from the plane of the supporting face (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Sébastien Hayotte
  • Patent number: 9381792
    Abstract: A device for blocking noise at a division channel of a rear door for a vehicle may include a door inner panel having an upper end portion formed with a substantially uniform cross-sectional shape, an inside weather strip fastened over an entire length of the upper end portion of the door inner panel, a reinforcing plate mounted on an outer surface of the door inner panel, and a bracket fixedly coupled to the reinforcing plate for mounting the division channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Chul Bang
  • Patent number: 9365095
    Abstract: A vehicle door swingably attached to a vehicle body via door hinges and able to open and close an opening formed in the vehicle body, includes: an inner panel formed of a resin and having outer and inner surfaces respectively facing outer and inner sides, and in which hinge attaching portions, on which the hinges are attached, and a door lock attaching portion on which a door locking device causing the vehicle door to engage with the vehicle body is attached are formed at different positions from each other; and an outer reinforcement member formed of a resin, arranged on the outer side than the inner panel, having outer and inner surfaces respectively facing the outer and inner sides, coupled to the inner panel, and having a first reinforcement portion facing the door lock attaching portion, a second reinforcement portion continuous with the first reinforcement portion and extending from the first reinforcement portion, and a third reinforcement portion continuous with the second reinforcement portion and fa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Kajigai, Megumi Ishida
  • Patent number: 9283702
    Abstract: A door for a motor car includes a door support with at least one metal carrier element at least partially provided with plastic. The at least one metal carrier element is formed as an internal high pressure formed part. At least one metal reinforcement part and/or support part is/are attached to the metal carrier element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Eckhard Reese
  • Patent number: 9254733
    Abstract: A door assembly includes an inner panel and an outer panel that cooperate to define a door cavity therebetween and a window frame that defines a window opening. The door assembly further includes a division post defining a glass run channel extending from the window opening into the door cavity. A bracket member is rotatably connected to the division post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Terrence P. Costigan, James K. Platt, Michael Alhof
  • Patent number: 9248722
    Abstract: A housing assembly is provided. The housing assembly may be used in an automotive vehicle. The housing assembly includes a trim piece and a base. The trim piece is configured to engage the interior trim panel and attach to the base. The base is attached to the trim piece wherein the attachment to the trim piece is weaker than the attachment of the trim piece to the interior panel so as to allow the trim piece to separate from the base before the trim piece separates from the interior trim panel. The housing assembly may further include a pair of spacers configured to maintain a spatial relationship between a first side wall and a second side wall so as to prevent the first and second side walls from squeezing inwardly with respect to each other when the trim piece is displaced from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Gillay, Que-Whang Rhee
  • Patent number: 9227500
    Abstract: A weather strip (50) has: a body section (51) which extends along a door sash (12) and an edge of a door body (11); a ridge section (52) which extends from the body section (51) so as to rise toward the outside of the vehicle; and an extension section (53) which extends at the root of the ridge section (52) from the body section (51) so as to be capable of being located between a door mirror (14) and the surface (23) of an upper piece section (21), the surface (23) facing the outside of the vehicle. The extension section (53) is gripped between a gap absorbing member (33) and the surface (23) of the door sash (12), the surface (23) facing the outside of the outside of the vehicle. Also, a protrusion section (54) is engaged with an engagement recess (55). The weather strip (50) is held down not at a fitting section (56) but also at the extension section (53) and the protrusion section (54). As a result, the weather strip (50) is less likely to come out of the door sash (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuuichirou Saiki
  • Patent number: 9211781
    Abstract: A vehicle door (10) has a door body (20), a stationary window panel (17) which is provided above the door body (20), a panel support frame (50) which is provided at at least the lower edge of the stationary window panel (17) and which seals between the lower edge and the door body (20), and a decorative belt line molding (30) which is provided at the upper edge of the door body (20) so as to extend therealong. The panel support frame (50) and the belt line molding (30) overlap each other in the thickness direction of the door. The panel support frame (50) has a first support frame-side extension section (54a) which extends in the thickness direction of the door relative to the stationary window panel (17) toward the belt line molding (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuuichirou Saiki
  • Patent number: 9180757
    Abstract: A modular upper-door assembly including a standard geometric corner component and a standard geometric B-pillar component for all vehicle model doors. Each header, belt and window-track has a different length and bend geometry for each vehicle model door while each respective component shares a standard geometric cross-section. All headers may connect to the corner component and B-pillar component in the same locations for each vehicle model door. All belts may connect to the corner component in the same location for each vehicle model door, but the attachment location on the B-pillar may vary from vehicle to vehicle. A stationary-glass or mirror-sail may also be overmolded into the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mathias A. Huber, David Arthur Wade, Paul Elia
  • Patent number: 9114839
    Abstract: A vehicle trim assembly is provided having a beverage retainer formed in a storage compartment on the door of an automotive vehicle. The trim assembly includes a storage receptacle and a trim component such as a trim panel arranged to define at least a portion of the storage receptacle. The trim panel includes a base portion connected to a beverage retainer portion via a living hinge. The beverage retainer portion is pivoted about the living hinge into position within the storage receptacle. The trim assembly may include a trim component assembled onto a pillar and pivoted about the living hinge between a use position and a stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kim Langenbacher, Steve Dreher, Scott H. Dunham, Ammad Bhatti
  • Patent number: 9102218
    Abstract: The frontal crash load is transmitted from a front pillar to a center pillar in a reliable manner so that a bending moment caused by the frontal crash load is favorably supported, and the deformation of the door is avoided. A beam member attached to an inner panel includes a S shaped cross section member. An upper channel section of the S shaped cross section member extends along the lower edge of a window opening, and a lower channel section extends adjacent to and in parallel to the lower edge of a window opening in a rear part of the door and is offset toward a lower part of the vehicle body in a rear part of the door, with a front end being located at a same elevation as an upper door hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeto Yasuhara, Shingo Segawa
  • Publication number: 20150135600
    Abstract: A door sash includes a sash member including: a body portion having: a first sidewall facing one side of a door glass; a second sidewall facing the other side of the door glass; and a bottom wall that connects base ends of the first side wall and the second sidewall and faces a end face along a thickness direction of the door glass; and a fin portion which extends from a corner between the first sidewall and the bottom wall and has a surface flush with a surface opposite to a surface, which faces the door glass, of either one of the first sidewall and the bottom wall, and wherein the sash member is bent in a width direction of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi YOKOTA, Kenji SHIMIZU
  • Patent number: 9032669
    Abstract: A vehicle side window, composed of HPR laminated glazing or advanced ejection mitigating laminated glazing, is provided with an inverted U-shaped channel, bonded to its upper edge, and extending into side channels of the door frame. The inverted U-shaped channel acts as a movable upper door channel, providing the door glazing with sufficient rigidity and pull-out resistance that it performs in an accident as if it were fully rolled up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Donald R. Phillips
  • Patent number: 9027982
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure that can improve an effect of insulating sounds that penetrate from a vehicle exterior into a vehicle cabin. A front side door to which a vehicle door structure is applied has, at a door main body that supports a door glass such that the door glass can be raised and lowered, a weatherstrip having a wall in which an opening is formed at a position facing the door glass, and a sealing lip that is disposed so as to project-out from the wall and slidingly contact the door glass. Further, a wall body that, together with the wall, forms a closed space that communicates with the opening is provided at a side of the wall opposite the door glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toyoka Ide, Masayuki Okano
  • Patent number: 9027285
    Abstract: A door frame and a frame body including a glass opposing portion, a design portion positioned on one side of the glass opposing portion on the vehicle exterior side, a tubular portion positioned on the other side of the glass opposing portion on the vehicle interior side, and a glass guide portion having a concave cross section surrounding the edge of the door glass. All portions are collectively structured as a single member who is continuous and uniform from the upper sash portion to the side sash portion. A corner portion is created by a bending process at a boundary between the upper sash portion and the side sash portion. The width of the design portion of the frame varies in at least one area along the length thereof and the design portion of the frame body is covered with an exterior member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Shiroki Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Fukui, Tadashi Mutoh, Atsuo Noda, Kazuyoshi Yokota
  • Patent number: 9010839
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a side door for a vehicle can comprise: a structure comprising a plastic inner shell comprising a fiber strip, and a plastic outer shell comprising an outer shell support beam positioned across a width of the outer shell. The outer shell support beam can comprise a fiber strip with ?50 wt. % fibers oriented at an angle of less than or equal to ±45° to a main axis. In an embodiment, a method for making the side door for a vehicle can comprise: flow molding a fiber-reinforced polymer over a fiber strip to form a plastic inner shell; flow molding a fiber-reinforced polymer over a fiber strip deposited to form a plastic outer shell, wherein the outer shell comprises an outer shell support beam positioned across a width of the outer shell; and joining the inner shell and the outer shell together to form a composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sabic Global Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Warden Schijve, Harold van Aken
  • Patent number: 8978308
    Abstract: A door and method for assembling such door for a vehicle are disclosed. The door may comprise a window having a visual surface area and a frame. The frame may include an outer panel surrounding the window and defining a cavity having a draw depth and a mouth, and an inner panel having a first end and a second end. The inner panel may be joined to the outer panel at an inner coupling disposed at the first end and joined to the outer panel at an outer coupling disposed at the second end of the inner panel. The inner panel may substantially cover the mouth of the cavity. The door may have a door area. The visual surface area of the window may be in the range of about 65 percent to 95 percent of the door area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew James Gielda, Derick Lee Hinderliter, Rajesh Mishra, Thomas Allan Jenne
  • Patent number: 8979167
    Abstract: A door frame structure of a vehicle door which includes an upright pillar sash and an upper sash, wherein joining end surfaces of the upright pillar sash and the upper sash are welded together along a periphery thereof, at least one of the upright pillar sash and the upper sash includes a frame body portion and a cantilever protrusion, the joining end surface of the one of the upright pillar sash and the upper sash partly including the frame body portion and the cantilever protrusion. The upright pillar sash and the upper sash are welded to each other along the frame body portion and a base portion of the cantilever protrusion which is connected to the frame body portion. A leading end portion of the cantilever protrusion which is positioned on the leading end side is not welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shiroki Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Shimizu, Shigenobu Ohsawa, Jiro Yoshihara
  • Patent number: 8978309
    Abstract: A door-sash hook member is attached to a surface of a door sash of a vehicular door. The door-sash hook member includes a superposed surface superposed on the surface of the door sash, and a circumferential wall surface standing from the superposed surface to form a circumferential edge of the superposed surface. At least a part of the circumferential wall surface is a welded face weldable to the surface of the door sash with a welding material. The circumferential wall surface includes a projecting portion adjacent to the welded face, and the projecting portion protrudes outwardly compared to the welded face along a plane of the superposed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joji Goto
  • Patent number: 8973971
    Abstract: A door for selectively opening and closing at least a portion of an opening in a vehicle includes an outer door panel and an inner door panel. The inner panel is attached to the outer panel thus defining a space between the inner and outer panels. The door also includes a tubular reinforcement beam disposed in the space between the inner and outer door panels. The tubular reinforcement beam is attached to the door and has varying material thicknesses. A vehicle having a vehicle body that defines an opening and a subject door configured to selectively open and close at least a portion of the opening is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Fritz R. Henke, Carlos A. Lopes
  • Patent number: 8966825
    Abstract: A door module for a door of a motor vehicle. The door module has a support for receiving a window lifter drive and fixing points at which the door module can be fixed to the corresponding door. At least one sensor electrode of a capacitive and/or inductive control device is attached to the support in order to contactlessly operate an actuator in the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Joerg Uebelein, Oscar Mauricio Ayala Guzman, Christian Thomann, Christian Hermann
  • Patent number: 8955257
    Abstract: A vehicle width direction wall portion (29) and a front-rear direction wall portion (33) are formed in a stiffener (7) provided inside a front door (1), the vehicle width direction wall portion (29) extending in a vehicle width direction, the front-rear direction wall portion (33) extending from a vehicle width direction inner end (31) of the vehicle width direction wall portion (29) in a vehicle front-rear direction. Additionally, a locking member (23) is provided on the front-rear direction wall portion (33) at a portion, and faces a lock lever (25). The locking member engages the lock lever, after a load is inputted to an outside handle and a door outer panel thereby deforming the door outer panel, to prevent movement of the lock lever after the deforming the door outer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohei Moriya, Takanori Yagi, Masatsugu Mori
  • Patent number: 8955901
    Abstract: In a vehicle door frame structure including a sheet-metal member of a vehicle door frame, the sheet-metal member formed by a metal sheet includes a folded edge at an edge of the metal sheet, wherein an end of the folded edge is in noncontact with a remaining part of the metal sheet. The folded edge has an inclined shape which is inclined to increase a distance between the folded edge and the remaining part of the metal sheet in a direction from a bend of the folded edge to a free end of the folded edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shiroki Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Yamada, Jun Makita
  • Patent number: 8950121
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly includes a door inner panel that has a header portion that at least partially defines a window opening. A reinforcement panel is configured to abut the door inner panel along the header portion and further defines the window opening. The door inner panel and the reinforcement panel each have a respective first flange extending at least partially outboard and a respective second flange extending at least partially inboard. The first flange of the door inner panel abuts the first flange of the reinforcement panel and the second flange of the door inner panel abuts the second flange of the reinforcement panel. A trim member is secured to the reinforcement panel and to the header portion to cover the second flanges without contacting the second flanges and has an inboard-facing planar portion as a furthest inboard extent of the trim member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Koichi Inaba, Rinaldo M. Lucchesi, James C. O'Kane, Michael G. Poss
  • Patent number: 8950120
    Abstract: A latch load distribution system and method for assembling such for a vehicle are disclosed. The latch load distribution system may comprise a window, a door, a latch bracket and a door handle. The door may include a window and a door frame surrounding the window. The door frame may include an inner panel and an outer panel joined to the inner panel. The outer panel may define a cavity having an inner sidewall and a mouth with a mount width. The latch bracket may have a latch bracket length, and may include a primary end, a body and a secondary end. The primary end may be disposed in the cavity and may be coupled to the outer panel. The door handle may be coupled to the door frame and the latch bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew James Gielda, Derick Lee Hinderliter, Rajesh Mishra, Thomas Allan Jenne
  • Patent number: 8943753
    Abstract: A vehicle door frame includes a door sash, a belt-line reinforcement member, and a bracket which connects the door sash and the belt-line reinforcement member to each other and is fixed to a door panel. The bracket is welded to the belt-line reinforcement member at a plurality of welding portions, each of the welding portions defining a welding line, where an extension of each of the welding lines are not aligned with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Shiroki Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Okada, Jun Kimura
  • Publication number: 20150028620
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a side door is disclosed having lower and upper parts. The upper part comprises a window surround for fixed and drop-down windows. The fixed window has a much larger barrel radius of curvature than the drop-down window and the inclusion of the fixed window reduces the chord length of the drop-down window between a beltline of the motor vehicle and a lower edge of the fixed window. This combination allows the use of more tumblehome on the motor vehicle without needing to increase the thickness of the lower part of the side door in order to accommodate the drop-down window when it is lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Torsten Gerhardt, Jose Paris, Martin Lichter, Martin Knuettel
  • Publication number: 20150013233
    Abstract: A method includes providing a vehicle door having an inner panel, an outer panel, and a bracket assembly. The inner panel and the outer panel cooperate to define a door cavity and a window opening. The bracket assembly is mounted with respect to the inner panel inside the door cavity. The method further includes inserting the division post into the door cavity through the window opening, and engaging the division post with the bracket assembly such that the bracket assembly secures the division post to the inner panel. A corresponding door assembly is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Terrence P. Costigan, James K. Platt, James C. O'Kane, Matthew M. Kunz