Plural Point Patents (Class 70/238)
  • Patent number: 9423211
    Abstract: The apparatus includes a body portion and a door removably connected to the body portion, revealing the interior of the body portion, the door having at least one latching element. An access assembly is attached to the body portion, the access assembly including a latch bar having an opening to receive the latching element. A plurality of actuating buttons are provided for the user. A mechanism responsive to operation of preselected buttons in a preselected sequence releases an actuation mechanism. An operating member accessible to the user and operatively connected to the actuation mechanism moves the released actuation mechanism to move the latching bar so that the latching element is released from the latching bar, allowing the door to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TRUCKVAULT, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis Ho
  • Patent number: 8851535
    Abstract: A security device for a double door, including a first locking portion having a curved portion and an elongated male portion, and a second locking portion having a curved portion and an elongated female portion. A lock mechanism includes a pair of rows of teeth having a gap therebetween and associated with the bottom side of the male portion and a locking prong mounted to the female portion. The locking prong has a flexible finger portion that terminates in a T-shaped end. The finger portion can slide between the gap in the rows of teeth. A release button mounted on the female portion, when pressed, causes the locking prong to bend downward, disengaging the T-shaped end from between the teeth and allowing the first and second locking portions to separate, thereby unlocking the security device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Mountain View Promotions, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh Michael Miskel, John Tyler Willis Hagler, Patrick Brian Murphy
  • Patent number: 8752408
    Abstract: A system and method for restraining a vehicular brake pedal in depressed position. A system includes an elongated multi-section unit the length of which can be adjusted within a dynamic range by changing mutual positioning of the sections and locking the unit with an internal lock once the desired length has been achieved. Fastening of the internal lock is achieved through twisting of the unit around its axis. The restraining of the brake pedal is carried out with respect to a steering wheel, a portion of which is received and accommodated by a cradle on one end of the unit while a turnable foot on the other end of the system depresses the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: TWN Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas W. Neiburger, Bret Lee Niemeyer
  • Patent number: 8117873
    Abstract: A gooseneck trailer lock is provided including a body having a coupler engaging portion and a trailer frame engaging portion. A lock secures the body to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Paul J. Bickel, III
  • Publication number: 20080148792
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for automobiles is disclosed. Generally the device includes an elongated rod extending between the steering wheel and the shaft of a brake pedal of an automobile; an L-shaped member extends from the rod and abuts the underside of the brake pedal; a lower tubular structure that can be slid over the rod; a second L-shaped member extending from the lower tubular structure that contacts the first L-shaped member and creates a passageway having a substantially enclosed perimeter in which the shaft of the brake pedal is located; an upper tubular structure that can be slid over the rod; a third L-shaped member extends from the upper tubular structure and attaches to the steering wheel; and means for locking the device that prohibits substantial movement of the upper tubular structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Ross Davis
  • Patent number: 7165799
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle (RV) with a central actuator that controls locking and unlocking of a plurality of access doors. Each of the access doors has a locking member that is interconnected to the central actuator. Thus, the central actuator may be configured to lock or unlock selected group of doors simultaneously. The central actuator is located inside the RV, and controlling input to the central actuator may be from a remote transmitter, or by direct manipulation of the central actuator. The locking members and the central actuator may be linked mechanically, electromagnetically, hydraulically, pneumatically, or in any number of ways. The central actuator advantageously permits an RV user to lock or unlock groups or all of the access doors simultaneously while inside the RV, or by using the remote transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Alfa Leisure Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie R. Crean
  • Patent number: 6990838
    Abstract: A skid steer attachment lock for preventing the theft of a tool attached to a skid steer loader. The device comprises of an extendable hollow shaft having a first and second opposite ends, wherein the first and second opposite ends are open and adapted to respectively accommodate a first and second attachment tool locking arms when the arms are facing each other; and a locking mechanism disposed in the outer shaft of the extendable shaft for temporarily locking the extendable shaft at a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: Bryan Witchey
  • Patent number: 6941780
    Abstract: A wheel lock system for an at least two wheeled trailer with an object or a personal water craft, the trailer having leaf springs, the wheel lock system including two hook shaped members which attach to each of the leaf springs and protrude through slotted holes in the wheels and is locked into position and retained in position by respective locks engaging one of a plurality of upper grooved indentations on each hook shaped member, a locking member slidably engaged between the hook shaped members placed upon the crook shaped member prior to application of the lock to protect the wheel from damage when removing and engaging the wheel lock device, and a chain connecting between the two hook shaped members attached to the wheels with a vertical shaft locking member engaging an impeller shaft on the small personal water craft, securing the personal water craft to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Kendall Joe Marr
  • Patent number: 6829914
    Abstract: A locking device for inhibiting the movement of control arm of a machine relative to a second arm having a tubular main shaft body connected to a first hook base plate, a telescopic shaft body with a diameter adapted to be inserted into the main shaft body and connected to a second hook base plate, a pair of hooks connected to each of the first and second base plates at the ends of the plates and oriented substantially parallel to the shaft bodies and further oriented such that each member of the hook pair opposes the other member by substantially one hundred and eighty degrees. Various applications for the device are disclosed, as well as method for securing an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Terry Bullock
  • Patent number: 6708536
    Abstract: An anti-theft device includes a barrel for attaching onto a gear-shift lever and having a seat, a follower, a latch device for attaching to parking brake and having a conduit to slidably receive the rod, and a lock member secured to the conduit to selectively lock the rod to the conduit. The rod has one end rotatably secured in the follower. A fastener is engaged through the barrel and threaded with the follower, to secure the follower to the seat. The rod may be rotated relative to the conduit, and the follower may be rotated relative to the seat, such that the latch device may be easily attached onto the parking brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Chia Yu Yu
  • Patent number: 6705135
    Abstract: An excavator lock adapted to limit the motion of a pair of control levers such as a forward and reverse drive control levers of a mechanical excavator thereby preventing the theft of a mechanical excavator. The excavator lock comprises a main body and a locking plate. The main body has a first and second channels adapted to accommodate a first and second control levers of a mechanical excavator. The locking plate is adapted to cover the first and second channels. A locking mechanism attached to the main body actively engages with the locking plate to temporarily lock the main body to the lock plate thereby providing an excavator lock for limiting the motion of a first and second control levers of a mechanical excavator to inhibit theft of the mechanical excavator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Bryan Witchey
  • Patent number: 6694784
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering wheel lock for mounting diametrically across the rim of the steering wheel and having an extended portion adapted to block complete rotation of the steering wheel has locking means which simplify and reduce the number of manual manipulations required to mount and remove the steering wheel lock. A locking means is provided to permit only axial extension of the elongated steering wheel lock when in the locked condition, and to permit axial contraction of the elongated steering wheel lock only when in the unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty LLC
    Inventor: Jinn Fu Wu
  • Patent number: 6679089
    Abstract: An automobile anti-theft device that has its parts straddling over the spoke(s) of a steering wheel, with one side tightly wrapped around by the device, Traditional steering wheel locks, such as the trademarked product The Club®, PTO registration number 872404, allows a maximum of two cuts on the steering wheel to remove the anti-theft device and thus is not a very effective theft deterrent. The present anti-theft device eliminates the two-cuts needed to easily steal because one side of the steering wheel is completely wrapped around, allowing no cuts to be made by the would-be-thieves. Theft can only be attained by extreme force to break the present device, destroying the key/lock mechanism, or chopping away the steering wheel from the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Paul Moreton
  • Patent number: 6578395
    Abstract: A vehicle including a seat lock-out assembly which discourages the unauthorized use of a seat on the vehicle. The vehicle includes a chassis and at least one seat having a body support fixed relative to the chassis. The seat includes a body support. The seat lock-out assembly has first and second ends fixed to the chassis, and extends over the body support to discourage unauthorized use of the seat. In one embodiment, the seat lock-out assembly includes an elongated member and a shield fixed to the elongated member. The elongated member has a first end and a second end which are fixable relative to the seat. The shield is fixed to the elongated member between the first and seconds ends, wherein when the first and second ends are fixed relative to the seat, the shield is disposed over the body support to discourage use of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventors: Jack H. Takerian, Daniel G. Radler
  • Patent number: 6543263
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6519983
    Abstract: The backhoe lock is a device for locking the forward-reverse lever of a backhoe to the steering wheel. The backhoe lock has a base plate having two parallel rows of posts extending from its top surface, including a group of four posts arranged substantially in a square configuration, and another spaced apart pair of posts aligned linearly with opposing sides of the square. The middle pair of posts are notched. A lock plate has a plurality of holes defined therein in the same configuration as the posts so that the lock plate may slide over the posts. A lock mechanism is installed in the lock plate and controls a catch which engages the notches in the middle pair of posts so that the lock plate cannot be removed from the posts without inserting a key in the lock and rotating the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Bryan Witchey
  • Patent number: 6513355
    Abstract: An automobile steering lock includes a protective plate, a lock member, a block plate and an activating rod. The protective plate covers the steering wheel of an automobile and is connected with other components. The lock member fixed on a side of the protective plate and has a lower portion provided with a projection to extend out of or shrink into its outer surface by a key. The block plate is pivotally connected with a side of the protective plate and possible to swing for a preset angle to press a portion of the steering wheel. The activating rod has a tubular portion formed in an upper end and the tubular portion has an inner annular groove for the projection of the lower portion of the lock member to extend in and lock or shrink and unlock the lock member by handling a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Chuan-Chuan Lin
  • Patent number: 6510718
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for a steering wheel of a vehicle includes a base plate and a casing each having a hook for engaging onto the steering wheel. A housing is secured on the base plate. The casing includes a beam slidably received in the housing and having a channel formed between a stop shoulder and an end rib. A lever has one end slidably received in the housing and has a catch slidably engaged in the channel of the beam. A lock may lock the lever to the housing and the base plate, to secure the casing and the base plate together on the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Tsao Chia Chang
  • Patent number: 6502437
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6490897
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6484543
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6477874
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6460385
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6439005
    Abstract: An anti-theft security device for vehicles for preventing a user's vehicle from being stolen. The anti-theft security device for vehicles includes a tubular member being removably and securely and lockingly fastened about a steering wheel column; and also includes a shield/support member being integrally attached to the tubular member; and further includes an arm locking mechanism being securely attached to the shield/support member; and also includes an arm member being movably and lockingly attached to the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Dalton Thompson
  • Publication number: 20020078725
    Abstract: An anti-theft security device for vehicles for preventing a user's vehicle from being stolen. The anti-theft security device for vehicles includes a tubular member being removably and securely and lockingly fastened about a steering wheel column; and also includes a shield/support member being integrally attached to the tubular member; and further includes an arm locking mechanism being securely attached to the shield/support member; and also includes an arm member being movably and lockingly attached to the locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Dalton Thompson
  • Patent number: 6389857
    Abstract: A push-button steering wheel lock for attachment to an automobile steering wheel is provided having a housing and a push-button assembly disposed in the housing. The assembly is positioned in either a locked position for securing the steering wheel lock to the steering wheel or an unlocked position. In the locked position, the push-button lock assembly engages a rod slideably disposed in the housing to prevent movement of the rod with respect to the housing. The push-button assembly also includes two levers, one each on either side of the assembly to engage two surfaces within the housing to retain the push-button assembly in the locked position and also to retain the push-button assembly in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Master Lock Company
    Inventors: Glenn Meekma, Gaurav Rohatgi
  • Patent number: 6240753
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering wheel lock for mounting diametrically across the rim of the steering wheel and having an extended portion adapted to block complete rotation of the steering wheel has locking means which simplify and reduce the number of manual manipulations required to mount and remove the steering wheel lock. A locking means is provided to permit only axial extension of the elongated steering wheel lock when in the locked condition, and to permit axial contraction of the elongated steering wheel lock only when in the unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty LLC
    Inventor: Jinn Fu Wu
  • Patent number: 6230527
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering wheel lock for mounting diametrically across the rim of the steering wheel and having an extended portion adapted to block complete rotation of the steering wheel has locking means which simplify and reduce the number of manual manipulations required to mount and remove the steering wheel lock. A locking means is provided to permit only axial extension of the elongated steering wheel lock when in the locked condition, and to permit axial contraction of the elongated steering wheel lock only when in the unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty LLC
    Inventor: Jinn Fu Wu
  • Patent number: 6223569
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering wheel lock for mounting diametrically across the rim of the steering wheel and having an extended portion adapted to block complete rotation of the steering wheel has locking means which simplify and reduce the number of manual manipulations required to mount and remove the steering wheel lock. A locking means is provided to permit only axial extension of the elongated steering wheel lock when in the locked condition, and to permit axial contraction of the elongated steering wheel lock only when in the unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty LLC
    Inventor: Jinn Fu Wu
  • Patent number: 6223568
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering wheel lock for mounting diametrically across the rim of the steering wheel and having an extended portion adapted to block complete rotation of the steering wheel has locking means which simplify and reduce the number of manual manipulations required to mount and remove the steering wheel lock. A locking means is provided to permit only axial extension of the elongated steering wheel lock when in the locked condition, and to permit axial contraction of the elongated steering wheel lock only when in the unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty LLC
    Inventor: Jinn Fu Wu
  • Patent number: 6173590
    Abstract: A skid steer locking device for immobilizing the steering, bucket and boom controls of a skid steer loader of a Bobcat-type vehicle with a grid cage. The locking device comprises a main shaft body having a keyed or combination lock and a telescopic shaft body, wherein each shaft end has a pair of fingers with offset stopper flanges for engaging the opposite sides of a grid cage. An adapter element attached to the device at the base of the fingers also locks certain bucket and boom controls. The device can be locked in a collapsed position. Clips on the shafts enable hanging the collapsed device inside the cab during operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: Bryan Witchey
  • Patent number: 6109078
    Abstract: A gooseneck trailer jack stand locking assembly having an extendable longitudinal locking brace extending from the gooseneck trailer coupling post hitch ball to the drop leg of the leveling jack of the trailer or alternatively to a plate attached to the underside of the trailer preventing positioning or hitching of a vehicle thereto and including a lock to prevent removal of the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Bob Marshall Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6029483
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for automobiles including an elongated tubular shaft having a length consistent with a distance between a steering wheel and accelerator pedal of a motor vehicle. A receiving collar is securable within an opening formed within a floor board of the motor vehicle disposed adjacent to the accelerator pedal. The receiving collar has an open outer end for receiving the lower end of the shaft therein in an operative orientation. A pedal plate is secured to the shaft upwardly of the lower end thereof and is positionable beneath the accelerator pedal in the operative orientation. A locking mechanism is secured to the upper end of the shaft for engaging the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Darryl Edward Daniels
  • Patent number: 5979197
    Abstract: There is disclosed a vehicle anti-theft device for blocking at least a pedal arm for a brake or clutch of a vehicle. The device includes a first member having a lower movable plate and a shaft extending therefrom. A second member is provided with an upper stationary plate that includes a second hollow shaft. The first shaft slides in the second hollow shaft, whereby the upper and lower movable plates are adapted to receive at least one pedal arm of a vehicle therebetween. A key lock cooperates with the locking member for locking and unlocking the first shaft with respect to the second hollow shaft. The device includes a base plate for bearing upon the floor of a vehicle. In use the first shaft is pulled upwards for moving the lower plate towards the upper plate for enclosing and blocking the pedal arm therebetween. When the first shaft is pushed downwards with respect to the second hollow shaft, the upper and lower plates are separated to free the pedal arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Alfredo Mellini, Joseph Mellini, Joseph Aliano
  • Patent number: 5964109
    Abstract: A theft prevention device for a vehicle including a passenger compartment in which a steering wheel is provided to control the movement of the vehicle is disclosed. The theft prevention device includes a first arm having a first end, a second end and a central section. The theft prevention device also includes a second arm having a first end, a second end and a central section, wherein the central section of the first arm is pivotally secured to the central section of the second arm. The device also includes a first arm extension coupled to the first arm and a second arm extension coupled to the second arm. The first arm extension and the second arm extension are shaped to engage when the first arm and the second arm are properly aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Howard Zenke
  • Patent number: 5906121
    Abstract: An anti-theft apparatus for a vehicle having a vehicle floor, a vehicle fire wall, an accelerator pedal, and a brake pedal mounted on a downwardly extending brake pedal lever, includes a cradle for fitting around the brake lever and including structure for retaining the brake pedal against substantial lateral and downward movement relative to the cradle, a bracing portion connected to the cradle and including a leg and a foot mounted to extend downwardly relative to the cradle to abut the vehicle floor for preventing removal of the cradle from the brake lever and brake pedal, and for preventing depression of the brake pedal and brake lever to operate the vehicle by bracing the cradle against substantial movement relative to the fire wall and floor, and a lock mechanism for releasably securing the leg at the given extension relative to the cradle that the foot abuts the vehicle floor. The cradle bottom wall is preferably concavely arched to follow and receive a forwardly curved brake lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventor: Adel H. Mankarious
  • Patent number: 5899101
    Abstract: A security device (10) for security a frame or chassis of a caravan or other wheeled vehicle to the ground comprises an elongate securing arm (12) extending substantially transversely of the chassis between two frame members (4) thereof, and an elongate support member (14) extending downwardly into the ground. The support member (14) and the securing arm (12) are made in one piece and the free end of the support member (14) is engaged in the ground. The engagement of the support member (14) is such that withdrawal thereof from the ground requires rotation of the support member (14). At each of its ends, the securing arm (12) carries engagement members (32,34) to engage with, and be locked to, the frame members (4). Although the security device is simple to manufacture and install, it provides a high degree of security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: John T. West
  • Patent number: 5890382
    Abstract: A multishaft combination lock includes a lock body, an alignment sleeve, and a detachable pin. The alignment sleeve has a hole and is rotatably coupled to the lock body to provide access into the lock body. The alignment sleeve has an angled cutout at a first end, with the alignment of the cutout being adjusted by rotating the alignment sleeve. The detachable pin has a floating bushing that can be misaligned with the principle axis of the detachable pin. To lock the multishaft combination lock, the lock body is fitted to the detachable pin through the hole of the alignment sleeve with the floating bushing misaligned with the angled cutout. When the detachable pin is fully inserted into the lock body, the floating bushing is positioned beyond the end of the alignment sleeve within the lock body and becomes misaligned or offset with the alignment sleeve. To unlock the lock, the alignment sleeve is rotated so that the angled cutout is aligned with the floating bushing of the detachable pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Kenneth Wang
  • Patent number: 5875661
    Abstract: A lock assembly a casing securely, releasably engaged onto a steering wheel of a vehicle. The casing includes a number of slots defined in a first portion thereof and a plurality of first holes defined a second portion thereof. A movable plate is mounted between the casing and the steering wheel and slidable relative to the casing. The movable plate includes a number of second holes defined therein for optionally aligning with the first holes in the casing. A locking device consisting of two hooked rods are provided to lock the casing and the movable plate in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Tien-Chin Ho
  • Patent number: 5855128
    Abstract: A motor vehicle security device for protecting against the cutting of an automobile steering wheel which includes a protective member made of cut-resistant material covering the steering wheel rim and a connector for attaching the protective member to the steering wheel rim. The protective member radially and circumferentially overlies the steering wheel rim to limit access to the rim and protect against cutting of the rim. The protective member includes two or more plate sections which can be collapsed into a smaller form for convenient storage. The protective member also includes a guide member to limit the movement of the plate sections with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty Corporation
    Inventor: Danut Voiculescu
  • Patent number: 5836186
    Abstract: A motor vehicle security device for protecting against the cutting of an automobile steering wheel which includes a protective member made of cut-resistant,material for covering the steering wheel rim and a connector for attaching the protective member to the steering wheel rim. The protective member radially and circumferentially overlies the steering wheel rim to limit access to the rim and protect against cutting of the rim. The protective member is collapsible for convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Winner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5832760
    Abstract: Apparatus for clamping a wheel of a wheeled vehicle to prevent or deter theft of the vehicle comprises (a) a first arm and a second arm, each of the arms having a middle portion, a clamping end portion and a locking end portion, the arms being rotatably connected to each other at their respective middle portions; (b) a cross bar having a free end portion and a connecting end portion, the connecting end portion being rotatably connected to the locking end portion of the first arm; (c) a first flange member extending from the locking end portion of the second arm and defining and including a first notch for receiving the free end portion of the cross bar; and (d) a second flange member detachably attachable to the free end portion of the cross bar. The clamping end portions are brought into proximity with one another when the locking end portions are brought into proximity with one another to thereby enable clamping of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Fred D. Parnell, Jr.
    Inventor: Herman P. Firmin
  • Patent number: 5829283
    Abstract: A theft prevention device for a vehicle including a passenger compartment in which a steering wheel is provided to control the movement of the vehicle is disclosed. The theft prevention device includes a first arm having a first end, a second end and a central section. The theft prevention device also includes a second arm having a first end, a second end and a central section, wherein the central section of the first arm is pivotally secured to the central section of the second arm. The theft prevention device is also provided with a lock selectively coupled between the first arm and the second arm to lock the first arm relative to the second arm and securely position the theft prevention device within a vehicle steering wheel by locking the first arm and the second arm in an X-shaped orientation to obstruct the passenger compartment in the vehicle and deter the theft of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventor: Howard Zenke
  • Patent number: 5806350
    Abstract: An anti-theft device has a substantially cylindrical body composed of two semi-cylindrical shells, and structure for hingedly connecting the shells with one another at one circumferential end so that the shells are turnable between an open position in which the other circumferential ends of the body are spaced from one another and a closed position in which the cylindrical body is arranged on a steering column and the other ends of the shells are locked with one another, the cylindrical body being formed so that it completely covers the ignition lock in the closed position so that an unauthorized person can not get access to the ignition lock, and structure for locking the other ends of the shells in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Stanislav Savinsky
  • Patent number: 5787742
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-theft device for attachment to a vehicle wheel or vehicle steering wheel is disclosed. The device has a first rod segment attached to a second rod segment wherein the second rod segment is designed for insertion through openings in a wheel or steering wheel in use. The first rod segment is elongated to prevent rotation of a vehicle wheel or steering wheel by contacting vehicle components, such as a vehicle undercarriage or dashboard. The device also has first and second flanges designed to be positioned in contact with opposing sides of a vehicle wheel or steering wheel when installed. The first flange may be securely attached to the first rod segment and the second flange may be of a design that is easily secured to or removed from the second rod segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: William H. Lewis
    Inventors: William H. Lewis, Albert L. Davis
  • Patent number: 5782117
    Abstract: A mechanical anti-theft device for motor vehicles which includes, essentially, gripper means capable of engaging the cross section of a tire and a wheel rim of a wheel of the motor vehicle so that it closes on a pivot around the tire and the wheel rim; a support bar for the gripper means; an actuator rod, connected to the gripper means, which slides with relation to the bar in such a way that it can be moved, manually, between a first, unlocked, position, when it controls the opening of the gripper means and a second, locked, position, when it controls the closure of the gripper means around the tire and wheel rim; elastic means are also envisaged, placed between the bar and the rod, capable of holding the rod in the unlocked position, and also items, associated with the rod and capable of engaging with the bar in order to lock the rod with respect to the bar in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: I.P. Innovative Products S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ellis Fernanda Xavier
  • Patent number: 5778709
    Abstract: A steering wheel and air bag antitheft locking apparatus for preventing theft of a vehicle or air bag having a steering wheel with a wheel rim and a wheel spoke includes a tubular outer wheel spanning member having a receiving end and a handle end; an elongate inner wheel spanning member having an entry end and an outwardly protruding end, the entry end being telescopingly fitted into the outer wheel spanning member receiving end; where the inner wheel spanning member protruding end has attached a first pair of outwardly opening wheel rim engaging hooks; where one of the handle end and the protruding end protrudes substantially radially from the steering wheel when the apparatus is engaged to prevent turning of the steering wheel sufficiently to drive the vehicle; and where a second pair of outwardly opening wheel rim engaging hooks is attached to the outer wheel spanning member between the receiving end and the handle end; and a key operated locking mechanism which releasibly secures the inner and outer whee
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Henry Hsu
  • Patent number: 5765416
    Abstract: A device for locking a brake pedal in depressed condition, comprising a first tube, and a second tube concentric and slidable in said first tube; said first tube having brake pedal engaging means; said second tube having steering wheel engaging means; said device having spring actuated button means for extending and locking said tubes together in selected positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Daniel Cote
  • Patent number: 5755123
    Abstract: A motor vehicle security device for protecting against the cutting of an automobile steering wheel which includes a protective member made of cut-resistant material for covering the steering wheel rim and a connector for attaching the protective member to the steering wheel rim. The protective member radially and circumferentially overlies the steering wheel rim to limit access to the rim and protect against cutting of the rim. The protective member is collapsible for convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Winner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5737949
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for use with an automotive vehicle including members which restrict access to the front seat and dashboard areas of the vehicle when in an armed position and which may be removably stored in a non-use position when the vehicle is to be normally used. The access-restricting members are highly visible, thereby discouraging a potential thief because of the potential difficulty of removing the anti-theft device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Howard Zenke