Adjustable Patents (Class 74/493)
  • Patent number: 10882548
    Abstract: A steering column apparatus includes a telescoping column assembly and a stowing assembly. The telescoping column assembly includes a lower jacket and an upper jacket. The upper jacket is adapted to move between extended and retracted positions along a telescope axis and with respect to the lower jacket. The stowing assembly is engaged to the lower jacket, and is adapted to move between stowed and un-stowed states along a stow axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Freudenstein, Melvin L. Tinnin
  • Patent number: 10875568
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a steering column of vehicle which includes an upper column with a fixing plate having a latching groove on an outer surface thereof, a lower column coupled to an outer surface of the upper column with a mounting hole on a side facing to the fixing plate, and an impact absorbing module, wherein the impact absorbing module includes a module cover covering the mounting hole and being coupled to the lower column, a latching element detachably coupled to the latching groove, a module body rotatably coupled to the latching element via an elastic element, and a bending plate which one end is coupled to the module body and bended other end is coupled to the module cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: HyunBi Kwon, Sang Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 10836230
    Abstract: A RevoKnuckle-type suspension for a wheeled vehicle has a hub mounted to a bearing carrier for rotation relative thereto about a steering axis, and a shock absorber connected non-rotatably to the bearing carrier. The shock absorber has an outer cylinder having an axially-extending guide hole defined therein, and a piston and attached piston rod retained for axial reciprocation in the guide hole. The guide hole and at least one of the piston and the piston rod retained therein have respective complementary-shaped, non-circular cross-sectional shapes which engage one another to resist axial rotation of the piston and/or the piston rod within the guide hole. The carrier is therefore restrained against rotation relative to the vehicle sprung structure without the need for any additional component(s) such as a control arm or stabilizer, as required in a traditional RevoKnuckle-type suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ralf Hintzen, Thomas Gerhards
  • Patent number: 10823272
    Abstract: A gearbox assembly for an electric power assisted steering system. The gearbox assembly includes a housing, a worm shaft, and a gear wheel, the worm shaft being supported relative to the housing by a main bearing assembly and a tail bearing assembly. The tail bearing assembly at least is free to move relative to the housing, allowing the worm shaft to move radially away from the axis of the gear wheel. The worm shaft is enables to move normal to the worm shaft axis such that it can move in and out of meshing contact with the gear wheel. The assembly further includes a gripping means that acts between the tail bearing assembly and the housing such that torque transmitted through the gear wheel generates a friction force that locks the tail bearing assembly to prevent movement of the worm shaft normal to the worm shaft axis that would otherwise occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Automotive UK Limited
    Inventors: Michael Appleyard, Mark Anthony Wilkes
  • Patent number: 10814902
    Abstract: A collapsible steering column assembly comprises a telescopic steering shaft that is supported within a steering column shroud. The telescopic steering shaft comprises a first shaft having a hollow end with an inwardly facing wall and a second shaft that has an end that is located within the hollow end of the first shaft. A damper device is located at the end of the second shaft that is located within the hollow end of the first shaft and includes a contact member defining a contact part that contacts the inwardly facing wall. A portion of the inwardly facing wall tapers away from the open end of the hollow end so that in the event of a collapse of the steering column assembly the damper device is forced to move along the tapered portion whereby it is increasingly deformed radially thereby to provide a resistance to further collapse of the steering column assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Steering Systems Poland Sp. z.o.o.
    Inventors: Artur Wojtalik, Pawel Ponikiewski, Slawomir Kwasny
  • Patent number: 10766520
    Abstract: A steering column (10), comprising: —a base (20); —a lower section (25), hinged to the base (20); —an intermediate section (30), hinged to the lower section (25); —an actuation lever (60) operable between a locked position, in which the actuation lever (60) is in stable equilibrium and constrains the mutual rotation of the lower section (25) relative to the base (20) and the mutual rotation of the intermediate section (30) relative to the lower section (25), and a first unlocked position or a second unlocked position, distinct from each other, in each of which it respectively releases one of the mutual rotation of the lower section (25) relative to the base (20) and the mutual rotation of the intermediate section (30) relative to the lower section (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MMX—MECCANOPLAST S.R.L.
    Inventor: Massimiliano Casini
  • Patent number: 10752279
    Abstract: A lever assembly includes a lever, a first lever member, and a second lever member. The first lever member has a first lever member first portion and a first lever member second portion. The first lever member first portion defines a first opening and a notch. The second lever member defines a tab that extends into the notch and a first post that extends into the first opening to connect the second lever member to the first lever member first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Dubay, Damian Z. Gosztyla, Mathew T. Vincent, Robert D. Bueche
  • Patent number: 10745042
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present disclosure, there is provided a steering apparatus for a vehicle, the steering apparatus including: a steering wheel including a housing connected to a upper steering shaft of the vehicle and having a first opening and a second opening on both sides, a first movable partial wheel and a second movable partial wheel configured to be inserted into and protruded out of the housing through the first opening and the second opening, and a wheel actuator disposed in the housing and combined with the first movable partial wheel and the second movable partial wheel to provide a driving force; and a steering column including an inner cover shaft having an end coupled to an end of an upper steering shaft, an inner housing coupled to an end of the inner cover shaft and having a guide protrusion on the outer side thereof, a control housing having a guide hole axially formed to receive the guide protrusion, and a cover housing in which the control housing is rotatably inserted and tha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Woo Jin Shin, TaeHyun Sung, Suk Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10717457
    Abstract: A steering column assembly that includes a rake bracket and a rake bolt assembly. The rake bracket is disposed on a jacket assembly that extends along a steering column axis. The rake bracket defines an opening and rake bracket teeth. The rake bolt assembly includes a rake bolt that extends through the opening along a rake bolt axis and a rake element that is disposed about the rake bolt. The rake element has a toothed region defining rake teeth that engage the first rake bracket teeth and a non-toothed region defining a flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Dubay, Damian Z. Gostyla, Devin M. King
  • Patent number: 10683029
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a steering column of a vehicle, the steering column including: a fixed gear disposed on the outer side of an inner tube, in which a steering shaft is inserted, in the axial direction of the steering column, and having a plurality of telescopic motion stop holes arranged in the axial direction of the steering column; a movable gear inserted into or separated out of the telescopic motion stop holes; an outer tube fitted on the inner tube such that the inner tube can slide in the axial direction of the steering column, and having distance members disposed at both sides of the fixed gear; a lever bolt disposed through the distance members and supporting the movable gear such that the fixed gear and the movable gear are coupled to or separated from each other when a control lever is tightened or loosened; and a load-absorbing unit comprising a guide block coupled to the outer tube and a first load-absorbing member coupled to the movable gear to be able to slide in the axial directio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: HyunBi Kwon
  • Patent number: 10683028
    Abstract: A collapsible steering column assembly comprises a telescopic steering shaft that is supported within a steering column shroud, comprising a first shaft having a hollow end, the inner surface of the hollow end being provided with a plurality of inwardly facing elongate splines that each extend axially along the inner surface, and a second shaft that has an end that is located within the hollow end of the first shaft, the second shaft being provided with a set of outwardly facing elongate splines that each extend axially along the outer surface of the end of the second shaft, the splines of the second shaft inter-engaging the splines of the first shaft to prevent relative rotational movement of the two shafts whilst permitting the two shafts to move axially relative to one another at least in the event of a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TRW Steering Systems Poland Sp. z o.o.
    Inventor: Pawel Ponikiewski
  • Patent number: 10654509
    Abstract: An adjustment drive for a steering column adjustable by motor includes a threaded spindle with an axis. The threaded spindle engages in a spindle nut, a drive unit and a gear wheel connected to the spindle nut or the threaded spindle for rotation therewith, which is driveable to rotate about the axis by the drive unit and rotatably mounted about the axis in a bearing housing in an arrangement between two outer bearing rings axially supported at the bearing housing. The outer bearing rings each have, on their facing sides, a circumferential outer bearing face coaxial to the axis, the outer bearing face in each case lying opposite a bearing face on the end side at the gear wheel. At least one outer bearing ring is axially resiliently supported at the bearing housing by an elastic preloading element that axially braces the two outer bearing rings together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Huber, Jean-Pierre Specht, Arne Schacht
  • Patent number: 10654513
    Abstract: A steering column assembly comprises a telescopic shroud having an outer shroud portion and an inner shroud portion, a clamp rail fixed to an upper face of the inner shroud portion including a slot, a clamp bolt that extends perpendicular to the shroud, a rocker comprising a body from which extends a lever arm, the body having an opening through which the clamp bolt passes, the rocker converting a rotation of the clamp bolt about its axis in a first direction into an upward motion of the lever arm and into a downward motion when the clamp bolt is rotated in the opposing second direction, a toothed block having two opposed racks of locking teeth that is connected to a carrier element, the carrier element in turn being connected to the lever of the rocker arm such that movement of the lever arm up and down causes movement of the carrier element up and down between an upper position and a lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: TRW Automotive GmbH, TRW Limited
    Inventors: Jan Dite, Niclas Davies, Markus Lingemann
  • Patent number: 10654512
    Abstract: A steering device includes an inner column and an outer column which has a guide cylinder portion supporting the inner column to be movable in an axial direction and a holding cylinder portion located at a rear side in the axial direction in relation to the guide cylinder portion and having a slit extending in the axial direction. The guide cylinder portion has a support face which slidably supports an outer circumferential face of the inner column and a regulation face which is located at a front side in the axial direction in relation to the support face and regulates a movement of the inner column in a radial direction. The guide cylinder portion is formed so that a distance from an axis to the regulation face in the radial direction is longer than a distance from the axis to the support face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihito Osawa, Minoru Takakusaki, Eric M. Heitkamp, Robert A. Salemme, Cameron R. Titus, Joshua D. Pritchard, Toshihiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10640139
    Abstract: A telescoping steering column is supported by a vehicle structure, and includes a steering shaft, first, second, and third jackets, and first and second adjustment mechanisms. The steering shaft is adapted to rotate about an axis. The first jacket is adapted to rotatably support the steering shaft. The second jacket is adapted to support the first jacket, and the first jacket is constructed to slide axially with respect to the second jacket. The third jacket is adapted to support the second jacket, and the second jacket is constructed to slide axially with respect to the third jacket. The first adjustment mechanism is supported by the first and second jackets for axial movement of the first jacket with respect to the second jacket. The second adjustment mechanism is supported by the second and third jackets for axial movement of the second jacket with respect to the third jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Derocher, Todd M. King, James E. Rouleau
  • Patent number: 10633013
    Abstract: An adjustable steering column for a steer-by-wire steering device may include an actuating unit that comprises a steering spindle mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis in a casing unit. The casing unit may have a first casing tube in which a second casing tube is arranged in a rotationally fixed manner with respect to the longitudinal axis and is mounted so as to be movable axially in a telescopic fashion. An actuating drive is connected to the first casing tube and the second casing tube and can move the second casing tube relative to the first casing tube. The actuating drive may comprise a spindle drive with a threaded spindle that is parallel to the longitudinal axis, rotatably drivable by a servomotor, supported on and extending within the first casing tube, and screwed into a spindle nut attached in a rotationally fixed manner to the second casing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte
  • Patent number: 10611395
    Abstract: A motor-adjustable steering column including a supporting unit which is connectable to a vehicle body and by which an actuating unit is held which includes a steering spindle mounted in a casing unit to be rotatable about a longitudinal axis. The casing unit has an outer casing tube, in which an inner casing tube is accommodated to be axially displaceable telescopically in the direction of the longitudinal axis. An actuating drive is connected to the inner casing tube and the outer casing tube by which the inner casing tube may be displaced axially in and out relative to the outer casing tube. A feature arranged between the outer casing tube and the inner casing tube generates a frictional force between outer casing tube and inner casing tube with regard to relative displacement which is adjustable between a release position and at least one friction position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Huber
  • Patent number: 10604171
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a steering column of a vehicle, the steering column including: an inner tube; a fixed block disposed on the outer side of the inner tube in the axial direction of the steering column and having a plurality of fastening holes arranged in the axial direction of the steering column; an outer tube fitted on the outer side of the inner tube such that the inner tube can be moved in the axial direction of the steering column, and having distance portions disposed at both sides of the fixed block and having a first bolt hole; a movable block fastened to the fixed block and having a second bolt hole; a lever bolt disposed through the first bolt hole and the second bolt hole; and an elastic member coupled to the outer side of an end of the lever bolt and having both ends supported by the movable block and the distance portions and elastically supporting the movable block toward the fixed block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: HyunBi Kwon
  • Patent number: 10525862
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a fixed member. The fixed member includes a grip portion located adjacent to (in the vicinity of) the steering wheel. The grip portion extends from the lower side to the upper side of the steering wheel when the steering wheel is viewed in the direction along the rotation shaft of the steering wheel. Also, the steering wheel is rotatable independently of the fixed member. According to this vehicle, the driver can react instantly to the shift to the manual operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Yamaha Motor Power Products Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Yoshii, Haruhito Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10479395
    Abstract: Provided is a steering system that is configured to absorb a secondary collision shock load and achieves high vibration rigidity with a simple structure. A lower jacket is externally fitted to an upper jacket in a slidable manner. A support member that supports the lower jacket includes a fixed portion that is fixed to a vehicle body. A shock of a secondary collision is absorbed by a shock absorbing mechanism. The shock absorbing mechanism includes second slide members configured to move together with the upper jacket, and to frictionally slide relative to the support member upon a secondary collision. The second slide member includes a sandwiched portion that is sandwiched between the support member and the lower jacket, and a transmitting portion that is brought into contact with both of the lower jacket and the support member at a position closer to the fixed portion than the sandwiched portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiaki Yamaoka, Masayoshi Sakuda, Yoshihito Yoshihara, Atsumune Nagatani, Satoki Yoshimura, Yu Myohoji
  • Patent number: 10479394
    Abstract: A steering device of a vehicle includes: a column housing supported on a vehicle body; a column tube supported to be movable in an axial direction with respect to the column housing and configured to accommodate a steering shaft; and a telescopic mechanism configured to drive the column tube with respect to the column housing in the axial direction. The column tube includes outer and inner tubes, and is configured to allow a relative movement of the outer tube with respect to the inner tube in the axial direction when a load equal to or larger than a predetermined value is applied to the steering shaft. The telescopic mechanism includes a holding member, and a driving mechanism, and is configured to drive the inner and outer tubes with respect to the column housing in the axial direction by the driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Kato
  • Patent number: 10458462
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a motor vehicle constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a box rocker, a column jacket and a first section of tape. The box rocker has a rocker body including a box rocker inner surface that defines a box rocker bore. The box rocker is configured to be fixed relative to the motor vehicle in an assembled position. The column jacket is configured to be slidably received into the box rocker bore. The column jacket has a column jacket outer diameter including an outer surface that opposes the box rocker inner surface. The first section of tape is disposed between the box rocker inner surface and the column jacket outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Stephen McBride, Bryce Welch, Christian Pichonnat
  • Patent number: 10449990
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a clamp mechanism comprising a clamp pin that passes through an opening in a shroud of the steering column assembly and an opening in a bracket that supports the shroud of the steering column assembly. A first reaction member is secured to one end of the pin and a second reaction member secured to another end of the clamp pin, the reaction members defining a length of clamp pin between them that passes through the opening in the shroud and the opening in the support bracket. A cam mechanism has a fixed part and a moving part, each having an opening through which they are threaded onto the clamp pin between one of the reaction members and the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventors: Raghavendra Dasadi, Slawomir Kwasny
  • Patent number: 10421477
    Abstract: One steering column assembly includes a bracket connectable to a vehicle, a jacket with an aperture and a wall thickness at the aperture, a steering shaft supported by the jacket, a locking assembly, a bending strap having jacket and rack portions, and an engaging body irrotatably positioned at least partially inside the aperture. The steering shaft is rotatable relative to the jacket about a longitudinal axis of the steering shaft, and the rack portion overlays and is separated from the jacket portion. The engaging body is coupled to or forms part of the bending strap jacket portion and thereby couples the bending strap rack portion to the jacket. The engaging body has a thickness that extends toward the longitudinal axis past the jacket wall thickness at the aperture. The locking assembly is configured to selectively restrict the rack portion from moving relative to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Sascha Fricke
  • Patent number: 10259486
    Abstract: An operating lever is fitted to an operating shaft and pivots with the operating shaft. A first cam brought to pivot by the operating lever and a second cam cam-engaged with the first cam to push a column jacket are supported by the operating shaft. The first cam includes a first projecting portion and a second projecting portion that are disposed on opposite sides of a central axial line in a manner as to face each other in a radial direction. The operating lever has a first hole into which the first projecting portion is fitted and a second hole into which the second projecting portion is fitted. The second hole has a larger dimension than the second projecting portion in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomonori Sugiura, Shoji Ishimura, Tatsuro Kubota, Yuji Takahashi, Shigeru Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10259485
    Abstract: An adjustment lever deceleration assembly for a steering column includes an adjustment lever moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position. Also included is a clamp bolt operatively coupled to the adjustment lever. Further included is an adjustment lever decelerator operatively coupled to the clamp bolt, the adjustment lever having a base portion and at least one lobe extending from the base portion, the at least one lobe connected to the base portion by a hinge portion. Yet further included is a stationary component engageable with the at least one lobe upon rotation of the clamp bolt toward the unlocked position of the adjustment lever to decelerate the adjustment lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Randy W. Jones, Robert W. Dubay, Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Damian Z. Gosztyla
  • Patent number: 10246119
    Abstract: A steering column device includes a cylindrical inner jacket; a cylindrical outer jacket in which the inner jacket is slidably inserted; and a steering shaft rotatably supported in the inner jacket and the outer jacket. The outer jacket is divided into a molded first half member and a molded second half member at a plane including an axis of the outer jacket. According to this steering column device, in molding the outer jacket, it is not necessary to set a draft for a core along the axial direction on the inner circumferential surface of the outer jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI KIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yota Uesaka
  • Patent number: 10239488
    Abstract: A column housing for a vehicle steering system is made of synthetic resin and coupled outside a column tube of a steering column for the vehicle system, the column housing including: a slit which is formed to be elongated in a predetermined direction so that the column housing is deformed inward when the column housing is pressed on and fixed to the column tube positioned inside the column housing; and a first reinforcing portion which is formed so as to protrude outward at a predetermined portion from an end position of an end portion of the slit to the periphery of the slit where the slit is not formed, and has a shape having an increased thickness relative to other portions of the column housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Joon Mo Park, Un Jae Jung
  • Patent number: 10207697
    Abstract: A steering wheel position control system for a vehicle comprises a controller for a vehicle. The controller includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor. The controller is programmed to receive values from the sensors. The controller commands a pivot mechanism to bias a steering wheel to a stowed position based on values from the sensors. The controller also deploys an air bag based on values from the sensors, wherein the steering wheel is pivoted out of a space envelope of the deployed airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Brown, John P. Joyce, Scott J. Lauffer, Steven R. El Aile, Samer Abbas
  • Patent number: 10183688
    Abstract: Drive-side engagement protrusions (66, 66) formed on the outer surface of a drive-side cam (29a) are press-fitted in engagement cutouts (75, 75) formed in a second joining section (70) of an adjustment lever (23a), and a fitting hole (74) formed in the second joining section (70) of the adjustment lever (23a) is fitted over and affixed, by interference fit, to the portion of a rod-like member (17a), which is located near one end thereof in the axial direction. As a result, the adjustment lever (23a), the drive-side cam (29a), and the rod-like member (17a) are joined so as to be rotatable together. The provided structure can prevent the adjustment lever from rocking and rattling even in an unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Zhiye Zhang
  • Patent number: 10160473
    Abstract: A steering column decoupling system includes a steering shaft. Also included is an intermediate shaft. Further included is a driving disk operatively coupled to the steering shaft and rotatable therewith. Yet further included is a driven disk operatively coupled to the intermediate shaft and rotatable therewith, the driven disk disposed adjacent the driving disk. Also included is a slot defined by the driven disk. Further included is a coupling element coupled to the driving disk and disposed within the slot, the driven disk moveable relative to the coupling element between a column coupled position and a column decoupled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 10160475
    Abstract: In a steering column device, a locking shaft is disposed on a vehicle front side relative to an operating shaft for an operating lever in parallel to the operating shaft. On the locking shaft, a cam member is disposed which is configured to press a locking member against a locked member via a guiderail in such a direction as to engage the locking member with the locked member. On the other hand, on the operating shaft, a linking member is disposed which is configured to bring the cam member into a state where the locking member and the locked member are disengaged from each other when the operating shaft is moved to an unlock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI KIKO Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yota Uesaka
  • Patent number: 10132348
    Abstract: The rotation of a bearing is suppressed without the need for a projecting portion on an outer circumferential surface of an arc portion in the bearing. Bearing 10 includes arc portion 11 in which a cross section orthogonal to an axial direction has an arc shape, and rotation suppressing portion 12 and rotation suppressing portion 13 that extend respectively from a first end and a second end of an arc in arc portion 11 and include a portion projecting outward from a circumcircle of arc portion 11 in the cross section orthogonal to the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TAIHO KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Arasaki
  • Patent number: 10040504
    Abstract: In an aspect, a compactable bicycle is provided, comprising a base frame portion and a steering structure. The base frame portion includes a seat tube and a head tube, a connecting tube connecting them and a rear frame portion that has a rear wheel mounted thereto. The steering structure includes a steering member rotatably mounted in the head tube, a handlebar, and a front wheel support having a front wheel connected thereto. The steering member includes first and second portions that are removably connectable together. The head tube includes first and second portions that hold the first and second steering member portions respectively. The second head tube portion is movable relative between a first position in which the first steering member portion is superjacent to the second steering member portion, and a second, stowage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Boutakis
  • Patent number: 10011340
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steering control device for boats that includes a drive shaft, the rotation of which in one direction or in the opposite direction, by way of a control member, such as a steering wheel or helm mounted or mountable thereon, causes a steering input for an outboard motor or rudder. The steering input is generated by a transmission member, housed into a case, configured to transmit the rotational motion of the shaft to an actuator, associated or associable to the motor or rudder, through a transmission circuit. The device includes a first stationary part configured to be fastened on the bridge of the boat and a second movable part integral with the case of the transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Marcella Gai, Federico Tralongo
  • Patent number: 10000228
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes: a fixed bracket; an outer column; an arm portion; a column pipe; a steering shaft A including an upper shaft rotatably attached to the column pipe and a lower shaft which is connected by an universal joint and in which a male shaft and a female shaft engage with each other so as to freely extend and contract; and a fastening tool. The arm portion includes: bifurcated arm-shaped portions that extend from a front side in the axial direction of the outer column toward an outer side in the axial direction; a first linking portion formed between the arm-shaped portions so as to protrude upward from upper edges of the arm-shaped portions; and a second linking portion that protrudes downward from lower edges of the arm-shaped portions, and the second linking portion protrudes from the arm-shaped portions by a larger amount than the first linking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihiko Yokota, Naohiro Tagaya, Toru Ito
  • Patent number: 9926000
    Abstract: An adjustable steering column assembly comprises a telescopic shroud which comprises an outer tubular portion and an inner tubular portion where the overall length can be adjusted by relative movement of the two portions, a support bracket secured to a fixed part of a vehicle and a releasable clamp assembly which is movable between an unclamped position in which the shroud can be adjusted telescopically and a clamped position in which the outer tubular portion clamps onto the inner tubular portion thereby preventing telescopic movement of the shroud during normal use of the assembly. The outer tubular portion includes an elongated slot and two clamp rails, each located on a respective side of the slot and including an elongated opening through which a clamp bolt of the clamp assembly passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventors: Colin Handy, Niclas Davies
  • Patent number: 9840271
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes an outer jacket, an inner jacket, a pin, and a bracket. The inner jacket is configured to telescopically slide with respect to the outer jacket along a telescopic axis. The pin is engaged to and projects radially outward from one of the inner and outer jackets. The bracket is pivotally engaged to the other of the inner and outer jackets, and includes first and second surfaces that extend substantially axially and are generally opposed to one-another for selective contact with the pin to limit a pivoting range as a function of telescopic position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Rouleau, Shawn A. Haring, Michael Srda, Todd M. King
  • Patent number: 9834245
    Abstract: A steering device includes: an inner column having a first hole opened therein; an outer column having a slit; an outer column bracket clamping the outer column along with a telescopic friction plate; a rod supporting the telescopic friction plate; an inner column bracket supported by the telescopic friction plate and having a second hole opened therein; a shear pin separably connecting the inner column and the inner column bracket to each other at a position across the first hole and the second hole; and a rotation stopper provided at a rear side in relation to the rod and contacting the telescopic friction plate when the telescopic friction plate rotates about the rod in the event of a secondary collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Orihara, Hiroshi Kakita, Osamu Kurihara, Masaya Johta
  • Patent number: 9764756
    Abstract: Example embodiments presented herein are directed toward a steering wheel assembly, and corresponding method, for retracting a steering wheel in a vehicle. In the steering wheel retraction, a steering column is configured to first pivot upwards about a horizontal axis directed along the vehicle's width via a pivoting member. Thereafter, the steering wheel column is configured to slide, via an actuating member, in a forward direction towards the instrument panel of the vehicle. Thus, before moving the steering column in a forward direction, the steering wheel is moved away from the driver's legs by the pivoting action. This helps reduce the likelihood of the steering wheel hitting the driver's legs during the retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ichiro Sugioka, Douglas Hall Frasher, John Downs
  • Patent number: 9758188
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a jacket assembly connected to a support bracket and a locking assembly. The locking assembly has a first cam member, a second cam member, and a lever. The first cam member is connected to the support bracket and has a first locking pattern. The second cam member has a second cam member body that extends between a second cam member body first end and a second cam member body second end. The second cam member body second end defines a second locking pattern configured to selectively engage the first locking pattern. The lever is disposed about the second cam member body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Ravi Ravindra
  • Patent number: 9688222
    Abstract: A steering apparatus has a guide member (31) being received in a guide groove (25) and attached to an inner column (11), metal fittings that have conductivity, is in contact with the inner column to attach the guide member to the inner column, and an electricity-carrying plate (40) that is composed of a metal plate material having conductivity, is fixed to the inner column in contact with the metal fittings, and elastically deforms and in contact with an inside of a pair of guide walls at a predetermined contact pressure, so that a new electricity-carrying passage from a steering wheel to a vehicle body is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kakita, Daiki Orihara, Osamu Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9682720
    Abstract: A steering column assembly has an adjustable shroud comprising a fixed portion secured to the vehicle body and a moving portion which can be collapsed telescopically through a normal range of adjustment relative to the fixed portion, a support bracket secured to a fixed part of the vehicle and a clamp mechanism. The assembly includes a blocking mechanism which is an integral part of a locking lever of the clamp assembly so arranged that when the clamp mechanism is in unclamped the blocking mechanism prevents the moving portion from collapsing beyond the normal range of movement in the collapse direction by providing a path for axial forces applied to the moving portion to pass through the blocking mechanism to a stopper fixed relative to the vehicle body and when the clamp mechanism is clamped the blocking mechanism is held clear of the stopper to permit additional telescopic movement of the moving portion towards the fixed portion beyond the normal range of adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventor: Niclas Davies
  • Patent number: 9663135
    Abstract: When telescopic locking is released, a second tooth defining member interlocked with rotation of a clamping shaft via an interlocking mechanism (a driving member and a coupling shaft) acts to separate second teeth of the second tooth defining member from first teeth arranged in a column axial direction. At this time, the second teeth rotate in a circular-arc-like trajectory around a central axis of a support shaft, while the support shaft itself slides through a long groove formed in an outer jacket in the column axial direction. Thus, the movement trajectory of the second teeth during release of meshing engagement is in a direction approximately orthogonal to the column axial direction (the direction in which the first teeth are arranged).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu Myohoji, Masayoshi Sakuda, Atsumune Nagatani
  • Patent number: 9663134
    Abstract: A steering system includes an upper jacket that is movable in an axial direction, a first stopper member fixed to the upper jacket, and a second stopper member on a vehicle body. When a lock and unlock mechanism unlocks the upper jacket, the second stopper member moves to an advanced position where the second stopper member faces the first stopper member in the axial direction. When the lock and unlock mechanism locks the upper jacket, the second stopper member moves to a retracted position where the second stopper member retracts from the advanced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Susumu Imagaki, Ryota Okano, Masayoshi Sakuda, Yuji Takahashi, Tomonori Sugiura, Shoji Ishimura, Tatsuro Kubota
  • Patent number: 9663133
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, an intermediate shaft for a steering column assembly of a vehicle is provided. The intermediate shaft includes a shaft element, a universal joint coupling including an inner yoke coupled to the shaft element and an outer yoke coupled to the inner yoke, and at least one of a bearing and a lock sleeve coupled to the outer yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Melvin L. Tinnin
  • Patent number: 9663136
    Abstract: A steering column for a vehicle having an anti-rotation feature is provided. The steering column includes a lower jacket and an upper jacket configured for telescopic movement relative to the lower jacket. A telescope drive bracket is coupled to the upper jacket. A telescope actuator is operably coupled to the telescope drive bracket and configured to telescopically move the upper jacket relative to the lower jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott A. Stinebring, Robert D. Maida, Jacob A. Caverly
  • Patent number: 9637159
    Abstract: A steering device which slides when an impulse load is applied. A steering device includes an inner column having a cylindrical shape and a first hole opened therein, an outer column having a cylindrical shape into which at least a part of the inner column is inserted and having a slit at one end thereof where the inner column is inserted, an outer column bracket to tighten the outer column along with a telescopic friction plate, an inner column bracket having a second hole opened therein and supported by the telescopic friction plate, a connection member that is a resinous member provided at a position straddling the first hole and the second hole and detachably connecting the inner column and the inner column bracket, and an inner plate that covers the inside of the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Masaya Johta, Hideki Kojima, Wataru Hagiwara, Ryoichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9623897
    Abstract: When telescopic locking is released, a second tooth defining member operating in conjunction with rotation of a clamping shaft acts to separate second teeth of the second tooth defining member from first teeth arranged in a column axial direction. At this time, a second portion of the second tooth defining member on which the second teeth are formed is guided by a second guide mechanism in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the column axial direction to release meshing engagement between the first teeth and the second teeth. A first portion of the second tooth defining member that is supported so as to be rotatable around a support is guided in a column axial direction by a first guide mechanism so as not to hinder operation of the second guide mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu Myohoji, Masayoshi Sakuda, Atsumune Nagatani
  • Patent number: 9616915
    Abstract: A steering system includes an engaged member fixed to an upper jacket, an engaging member rotatably supported by a lower jacket, and an impact absorbing member including a movable portion that moves together with the engaging member at the time of a secondary collision, to absorb impact made at the time of the secondary collision. The engaged member has a plurality of engaged teeth. The engaging member comes into engagement with the engaged teeth in accordance with an operation of an operation member. At the time of the secondary collision, the engaging member is disengaged from the lower jacket, and moves along with the upper jacket while in engagement with the engaged teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi Sakuda, Atsumune Nagatani, Yu Myohoji