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Mounted in vehicle and positioned laterally of occupant

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280 - Land vehicles

280029000 - WHEELED

280727000 - Attachment

280728100 - Inflatable passenger restraint or confinement (e.g., air bag) or attachment

280730100 - Inflated confinement specially positioned relative to occupant or conforming to the body shape of occupant

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20090200776Side airbag apparatus - A side airbag apparatus includes a flat airbag formed of a pair of base fabric sheets, which are stacked in the widthwise direction of a vehicle. The airbag is stored in an outer side portion of a seat back portion of a vehicle seat. Inflation gas is supplied to the airbag in response to an impact from the exterior. This inflates and deploys the airbag between a body side portion of the vehicle and the vehicle seat. A pair of tucked portions are located rearward of a center of the airbag. The tucked portions are formed by folding parts of the airbag. The tucked portions are joined to each other while being vertically stacked. Further, the width of the airbag along the widthwise direction of the vehicle in the vicinity of the tucked portions when the airbag is inflated is larger than the width of a rear portion of an airbag having no tucked portion along the widthwise direction of the vehicle when the airbag is inflated.08-13-2009
20110193328KNEE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR FRONT PASSENGER SEAT - At the time of a frontal collision of a vehicle, even in a case in which knee regions of an occupant are in a state of being close to a housing of a knee airbag, the knee regions can be appropriately restrained with the knee airbag. When knee airbag receives a supply of gas and expands and deploys towards the occupant side in the front passenger seat, expansion and deployment of a central region of knee airbag is suppressed by a flap (a deployment control cloth), and end portion regions expand and deploy before central portion. Since these end portion regions respectively expand and deploy from between the knee regions of an occupant and glove box door towards the outer sides of the knee regions, a reaction force of knee airbag with respect to the knee regions can be weakened.08-11-2011
20100117343AIR BAG - Described is a gas bag for a motor vehicle with a gas bag envelope surrounding a gas space, wherein the gas bag envelope comprises a front section (05-13-2010
20130033022VEHICLE SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE - A side airbag with interior partitioned into plural chambers. The side airbag configured in a bag shape by an outer cloth and an inner cloth is partitioned by partitioning members into a lower chamber (one or more high pressure chambers) on the high pressure side during inflation and deployment and a upper chamber (low pressure chamber). The partitioning members are each configured from a single piece of cloth or from plural pieces of cloth that have been integrated together in advance. The partitioning members are each provided with a partitioning wall, a diffuser and a non-return valve.02-07-2013
20100007121Side curtain airbag - A module comprising a packaged airbag, wherein the airbag is configured to deploy on an interior side of a vehicle in a curtain arrangement; wherein the airbag is packaged so that the bottom of the airbag is folded then rolled in an outboard direction; and wherein the packaged airbag includes a folded portion located above the outboard rolled portion; and wherein the top portion is folded along a longitudinally extending crease to create a folded section located adjacent and outboard the rolled and folded sections. A module further comprising a Z-shaped folded portion above the outboard rolled portion, a second fold of the bottom portion in the outboard direction, a Z-shaped fold located between the bottom and top portions of the airbag, an inflator system, a plurality of mounting straps, and at least one tether on each of the fore and aft ends of the module.01-14-2010
20090160165PILLAR GARNISH MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR A VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH A HEAD-PROTECTING AIR BAG APPARATUS - A metal bracket (06-25-2009
20090160166AIRBAG APPARATUS AND METHODS - An airbag apparatus of a vehicle includes a curtain airbag configured to be deployed from a first location proximate to an upper portion of a side window of the vehicle, the curtain airbag configured to extend to a lower portion of the side window when the curtain airbag is inflated, and a side airbag configured to be deployed from a second location proximate to the lower portion of the side window, wherein the side airbag is arranged to suppress a movement of the curtain airbag when the curtain airbag and the side airbag are inflated.06-25-2009
20090152848ACTIVE BOLSTER - An active bolster for a vehicle is provided, wherein the bolster includes a hollow main body that is inflatable and is self-supporting in both an inflated and in an uninflated position.06-18-2009
20100025973AUTOMOBILE SIDE AIRBAG GUIDE PLATE - Provided is an automobile side airbag guide plate including support brackets disposed at both sides of a center pillar, fixed to an inner panel between a roof panel and a head liner, and supporting a lower part of an airbag module, wherein each of the support brackets includes a vertical part fixed to the inner panel between the roof panel and the head liner, and a horizontal support part extending from the vertical part to support the lower part of the airbag module fixed to the inner panel.02-04-2010
20120181780SEAT BOLSTER CHAMBER - A side impact system for protection of an occupant of a vehicle includes a vehicle seat bolster forming a seat bolster cavity and an inflatable side airbag. The airbag includes a side panel having an outer portion defining an outer chamber. A tube panel is disposed within the side panel and joined to a seat bolster portion of the side panel. The tube panel defines a seat bolster chamber and has an opening to allow gas to flow from the seat bolster chamber to the outer chamber. The tube panel, the seat bolster portion of the side panel, and the seat bolster chamber remain within the seat bolster cavity when inflated. The seat bolster portion of the side panel contacts an inner side of the seat bolster cavity when the airbag is inflated. An inflator is operable to provide gas to the seat bolster chamber and the outer chamber.07-19-2012
20090315305Vehicle Seat Side Air Bag - A vehicle seat includes a seat back frame, a cushion, and an air bag assembly mounted upon the frame within a hollow provided in the cushion. A trim cover includes a side panel facing the side of the vehicle and a front panel facing forwardly, the side panel and front panel being joined to one another at a vertical extending seam. The side panel also has a lower horizontal extending separable seam, an upper horizontal extending separable seam, and a forward vertical seam that may or may not be sewn to the front panel. On inflation of the air bag, the inflating air bag forces the side panel outwardly causing separation of the separable seams and inflate forwardly, upwardly and downwardly through separable seams of the side panel. In addition, a rear vertical extending seam can be provided that would extend between the upper and lower horizontal extending separable seam.12-24-2009
20090108571Occupant Protection Device - An occupant protection device is applied to a vehicle including a front seat and a rear seat, and includes a first protection device and a second protection device. The first protection device includes a first gas generator and a first side airbag, which is inflated and deployed between an occupant seated in the front seat and a side portion of the vehicle by gas generated by the first gas generator. The second protection device includes a second gas generator and a second side airbag, which is inflated and deployed between an occupant seated in the rear seat and a side portion of the vehicle by gas generated by the second gas generator. The thickness of the inflated second side airbag in the vehicle width direction is set greater than the thickness of the inflated first side airbag in the vehicle width direction.04-30-2009
20090108570Air Belt Apparatus - An air belt apparatus that can reduce the required tolerance level of a pipe is provided. Gas supplied from an inflator 04-30-2009
20120217731OCCUPANT PROTECTION APPARATUS AND OCCUPANT PROTECTION METHOD - A side airbag apparatus includes an airbag that can form a plurality of chambers with a single inflator and protects an occupant from an impact on a side door by deploying the airbag between the occupant and the side door. The chambers of the airbag includes an upper chamber and a lower chamber that can be deployed above and below a door arm rest in a vehicle vertical direction, and a chest chamber 08-30-2012
20130069349SIDE AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENT - An airbag deployment system for a vehicle is provided. The system can include an airbag positioned between a vehicle frame and a headliner, and a trim member positioned inboard of the frame. The system can also include a deployment ramp coupled to the frame and the trim member. The deployment ramp can have a ramp surface. The ramp surface can be positioned and configured such that when the airbag is deployed a portion of the airbag engages the ramp surface and the trim member to urge the trim member in an outboard direction toward the frame.03-21-2013
20130069348CENTER CURTAIN AIR BAG APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A center curtain air bag apparatus for a vehicle efficiently protects a rear seat passenger with an air bag cushion that is deployed during a car collision accident.03-21-2013
20120187666Airbag systems to affect restrained occupant kinematics and associated neck loads during rollover impact conditions - A rollover safety system for vehicles. The system includes a rollover sensor, which generates a signal in response to a rollover condition. The signal is used to deploy low pressure, slow deployment roof/roof-rail airbags and door airbags. Novel configurations from single short throw roof/roof-rail airbags to combination long throw roof/roof-rail and door airbags have been shown to significantly reduce injuries to the head and neck when used with existing side curtain/passenger restraint systems compared to those systems alone. The slow nature of rollover accidents allows for slow deployment at lower pressure greatly reducing the potential of injury from deployment compared to impact safety airbags07-26-2012
20090278339VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM - A vehicle occupant restraint system including: a seatbelt device including a shoulder belt portion restraining a part of a vehicle occupant from one of shoulders to a chest, and a lap belt portion restraining a waist of the vehicle occupant; an upper airbag provided in the shoulder belt portion, and configured to be deployed forward from the shoulder belt portion; a lower airbag provided in the lap belt portion, and configured to be deployed forward from the lap belt portion, the deployed upper and lower airbags coming into contact with each other in a vertical direction; and a movement restraining portion restraining relative movement of the deployed upper and lower airbags in a front-rear direction, extending downward from a lower side of the deployed upper airbag, and positioned in the rear of the deployed lower airbag.11-12-2009
20090267331Vehicle Occupant Restraint Apparatus - A vehicle occupant restraint apparatus is provided that can restrict the movement of the rear end side of an airbag to the outside of a vehicle. A folded body of the airbag 10-29-2009
20110012331SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG AND AIRBAG SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a side curtain airbag and an airbag system comprising the same. The side curtain airbag according to the present invention comprises an inflating part having gas inflatability, a non-inflating part supporting the inflating part, and an adhered part constituting a boundary between the inflating part and the non-inflating part. The adhered part is coated with a seam sealant and sewed. The initial maximum pressure of the inflating part is 40 KPa or more when injecting a gas therein with an instant pressure of at least 10 bar, and the pressure after 6 seconds is 25 KPa or more.01-20-2011
20110012330Side airbag apparatus01-20-2011
20110012329AIR-BAG DEVICE, AND VEHICLE OCCUPANT'S LOWER LIMB PROTECTING DEVICE AND DEVICE FOR PROTECTING OCCUPANT AT THE TIME OF VEHICLE SIDE COLLISION USING THE SAME - An air-bag device capable of improving degree of freedom in setting of reaction forces according to physical frames of occupants, a vehicle occupant's lower limb protecting device and a device for protecting an occupant at the time of vehicle side collision using the air-bag device. Knees of an occupant of large build whose inertia load at the time of collision is great are assuredly protected by collective energy absorbing action of the upper cylinders (01-20-2011
20110012328SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG WITH PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE - An inflatable safety curtain for use in a vehicle interior is provided. A first inflatable portion may be mounted to the vehicle interior. A second inflatable portion may be mounted to the first portion. The first and second portions may be in fluid communication. A pressure control device is disposed between the first and second inflatable portions to selectively prevent fluid communication between the first and second portion. The pressure control device is a flexible valve from fabric or a memory shape material, a chamber valve having an enlarged opening, or a flapper valve.01-20-2011
20090243267CURTAIN AIRBAG - A curtain airbag assembly comprises an inflatable curtain airbag configured to prevent egress of an occupant out of a window during a collision or rollover event. When the curtain airbag is inflated, a bottom edge of the curtain airbag extends below a window sill in a vehicle. A distance the inflated curtain airbag extends below the window sill is greater than a radius of curvature of the inflated curtain airbag.10-01-2009
20090236833Head-protecting airbag - A head-protecting airbag is deployable downward from an upper periphery of a window of vehicle to cover the window. The airbag includes a primary inflatable portion that includes a protection portion for receiving an occupant's head and a secondary inflatable portion that admits inflation gas of the primary inflatable portion and is inflatable secondarily for preventing a pressure increase of the primary inflatable portion. The primary inflatable portion and the secondary inflatable portion are, communicated with a tubular conduit that is arranged along the lower periphery of the airbag. The protection portion includes an inlet-side inflatable portion communicated with the conduit and an upper inflatable portion located above the conduit. The conduit includes a main region located facing the outlet port and an enlarged-diameter region that is located facing the inlet port and has a greater opening dimension than the main region.09-24-2009
20090008914Occupant restraint device for a motor vehicle - An occupant restraint device for a motor vehicle includes a supporting structure of the motor vehicle. The supporting structure includes an outer side facing an exterior of the vehicle and an inner side facing an interior of the vehicle. A vehicle seat includes an outer side facing the inner side of the supporting structure. A receptacle for an airbag is arranged on the outer side of the motor vehicle seat. An openable region is included on the receptacle such that the airbag can be deployed into the interior of the vehicle. A pre-crash detection device identifies an imminent application of force on the outer side of the supporting structure. The pre-crash detection device triggers a shifting of the receptacle from an inoperative position into an operative position along a direction of movement between the outer side of the vehicle seat and the inner side of the supporting structure.01-08-2009
20090008913Occupant restraint device for a motor vehicle - An occupant restraint device for a vehicle, including a side cheek protruding from a backrest of a vehicle seat. A supporting structure of the vehicle has an outer side facing an exterior space of the vehicle and an inner side facing away from the exterior space of the vehicle and facing the outer side of the side cheek. An airbag arranged in the vehicle seat is supported on the inner side of the supporting structure and exerts an opposing force on the outer side of the side cheek when the airbag is inflated, the force being directed onto the outer side of the side cheek. A pre-crash detection device for identifying an imminent application of force on the outer side of the supporting structure from the exterior space, the pre-crash detection device activating an expansion of the side cheek in an expansion direction along the supporting structure.01-08-2009
20120235391CURTAIN BAG - Disclosed is a curtain bag that can obtain a necessary inflated state in a short period of time without applying excessive localized force to a peripheral joining section or an inner joining section, and that is improved in the ability to suppress the ejection of passengers out from a vehicle specifically by a lateral collision. A portion of the curtain bag and/or the peripheral edge is shaped so as to snag the bottom sill of a window, and the inner joining section of the region that contacts the section below the bottom sill of the window is shaped with a plurality of dots and/or given an expandable form across effectively the entire surface and/or given a form that has increased bending stiffness.09-20-2012
20120235390SIDE AIRBAG FOR A VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A side air bag for a vehicle occupant restraint system of a motor vehicle is provided. The side air bag comprising at least one inflatable chamber, having a first area to protect the head of a vehicle occupant as well as a second area which—referring to the state of the side air bag (in which it is installed in the vehicle and inflated—extends in the direction of the vehicle floor beyond a door parapet which is adjacent to a side window of the vehicle. The chamber is designed in such a way that it tapers off from the first towards the second area.09-20-2012
20120235388SIDE AIR BAG DEVICE, OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE AND OCCUPANT PROTECTION METHOD - There are provided a side air bag device, an occupant protection device and an occupant protection method. The side air bag device that expands a side air bag member and a curtain air bag member between a side door and a passenger in a widthwise direction of a vehicle so as to protect the passenger from a shock caused by a side impact on the side door. The side air bag member is expanded such that a first chamber of the side air bag member directs toward a compartment in the widthwise direction of the vehicle.09-20-2012
20130161930INFLATABLE CURTAIN AIRBAG WITH AN INTEGRATED PILLAR GUIDE - Inflatable curtain airbags deploy smoothly with an integrated pillar guide that minimizes interference with a vehicle pillar. The integrated pillar is a thin piece of semi-flexible, semi-rigid material housed in a pocket that is coupled to a curtain airbag.06-27-2013
20110042924SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG - An inflatable cushion for a side of a vehicle is provided, the inflatable cushion, having at least one inflatable cell proximate to an end of an inflatable portion of the inflatable cushion, the least one inflatable cell being defined by a first layer of cushion fabric secured to a second layer of cushion fabric; a single sheet of fabric secured to either the first layer or second layer of cushion fabric defining the at least one inflatable cell, the single sheet of fabric defining a non-inflatable portion of the inflatable cushion and wherein a substantial portion of the single sheet of fabric traverses the at least one inflatable cell and is tangent to a face of the at least one inflatable cell when it is inflated such that upon inflation of the at least one inflatable cell tension is created in the single sheet of fabric.02-24-2011
20110278826VEHICLE BETWEEN-SEAT AIRBAG APPARATUS - A vehicle between-seat airbag apparatus is provided that is capable of properly deploying an airbag stowed at a vehicle rear end side of a center console. A vehicle far-side airbag apparatus (11-17-2011
20110042923INFLATABLE AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES WITH ALIGNMENT APERTURES - Inflatable airbag cushions often have modular components attached to them after the main airbag has been manufactured. Such modular components can include external tethers, mounting tabs, mounting assemblies, and fill tubes. Often, these modular components are positioned at predetermined locations on the airbag. Further, the modular components typically have a predetermined orientation. Employing an alignment aperture and at least one landmark on the airbag can allow a modular component to be positioned correctly along at least one axis of the airbag. Landmarks can include seams, edges, folds, and marks, such as ink from printing. Additional apertures, landmarks and/or hardware can be used to assure proper orientation of the modular component on the airbag. The modular component can be coupled to the airbag by stitching.02-24-2011
20120286499SIDE-IMPACT AIRBAG MODULE - A side curtain air bag module includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator. The inflatable cushion includes a first panel coupled to a second panel. The inflator is configured to inflate the inflatable cushion. The first panel and the second panel are joined generally continuously at a peripheral edge to form a first inflatable chamber. The first panel and the second panel are joined at a central location to form a second inflatable chamber that is in fluidic communication with the first inflatable chamber. In a stored configuration, the first inflatable chamber is rolled in an outboard direction, and the second inflatable chamber is rolled in an inboard direction generally around the first inflatable chamber.11-15-2012
20090045611SIDE AIRBAG HAVING PIPE TYPE ADAPTIVE VENT HOLD - Disclosed is a side airbag, which controls the pressure of the airbag by controlling the outflow of gas in such a manner as to block or open a vent hole depending on the physical size of the occupant. The side airbag includes a side airbag cushion disposed to at least one side of a seat and having at least a vent hole formed at an upper part and at least a gas control member disposed to block or open the vent hole of the side airbag, for allowing or preventing gas to flow out through the vent hole by the inner pressure of the gas upon deployment of the side airbag cushion. Thus, injury to the occupant can be reduced.02-19-2009
20090184501Side impact absorbing structure for vehicle - A side impact absorbing structure for a vehicle is provided. The structure includes an impact absorbing member which is accommodated in a car body side wall at a position corresponding to a seating region set on a seat, and a buffer unit which is accommodated in the car body side wall and cooperates with the impact absorbing member upon lateral collision to moderate an impact on a side portion of a passenger. The buffer unit includes a rigid body portion which is arranged at a position where the rigid body portion does not overlap the impact absorbing member in the car body side wall and the seating region when seen from the side of a car body.07-23-2009
20100171293CURTAIN BAG - Provided is a curtain bag which can be brought into an inflated state as required in a short time without locally applying an excessive load to its outer peripheral joint part (07-08-2010
20100171292Airbag for a vehicle occupant restraint system and a method for protecting a vehicle occupant - An airbag arrangement for a vehicle occupant restraining system including at least one inflatable airbag and an inflating device. The airbag includes a first inflatable area which extends in the inflated status of the airbag in the area of a first body region of the vehicle occupant, and a second inflatable area, which extends in the inflated status of the airbag in the area of a second body region of the vehicle occupant. The first inflatable area has a larger thickness vertical to the main extension plane of the airbag than the second inflatable area. The inflating device and the airbag are designed for inflating the first inflatable area of the airbag to such a high internal pressure that during the impact of the occupant on the airbag a force is exerted onto the first body region of the vehicle occupant which sets the occupant into a tilting motion.07-08-2010
20100171291Airbag for a vehicle occupant restraining system - An airbag for a vehicle occupant restraining system is provided. The airbag comprising a first and a second inflatable area a shoulder area arranged between the first and the second area which extends in the inflated status of the airbag in the area of a shoulder and/or in an upper arm region of the vehicle occupant to be protected and has a lower thickness as the first and the second area determined in a direction vertical to the main plane of extension of the inflated airbag or comprises a recess in the airbag. The airbag is to be arranged in the vehicle such that in case of a side collision of the vehicle the shoulder and/or the upper arm region of the vehicle occupant strikes the shoulder area of the airbag.07-08-2010
20090206585Side impact airbag apparatus - A side impact airbag apparatus includes an inflator 08-20-2009
20110285117HEAD PROTECTINE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - At a time of deployment of an airbag, a rear portion of the airbag and a tension imparting member are prevented from hooking on an upper end of a quarter pillar garnish and impeding deployment of the airbag. An airbag (11-24-2011
20110285115Roof Rail Side Air Bag With Tensioning Tether - A side airbag has a top edge mounted on the roof rail and is normally furled along the roof rail and stored within a housing. An inflator inflates the airbag so that the airbag unfurls downwardly from the roof rail and across the window opening. A tether is attached to at least one of the front edge and rear edges of the airbag. A tether tensioner mounted on one of the front pillar and rear pillar closest to the edge of the airbag having the tether. The tensioner has a piston slidable therein with a cylinder piston rod attached to the tether. An actuator slides the piston to tension and retract the tether, and a one-way ratchet mechanism locks the piston. Thus the tether will retain the airbag in its inflated position across the window opening and against the occupant force applied thereagainst.11-24-2011
20120139216CURTAIN AIRBAG ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - An airbag assembly for a motor vehicle includes an inflator and a curtain airbag securable to a body structure of the motor vehicle. The airbag includes two or more deployment tubes and two or more inflatable chambers. Vents connect the deployment chambers with the inflatable chambers. Gasses from the inflator pass first into the deployment tubes to rapidly inflate them to vertically extending positions and draw the airbag over a window opening. The gasses then pass through the vents into the inflatable chambers to complete the deployment of the curtain airbag. The rapid inflation and deployment of the deployment chambers provides cushioning for an occupant's head early in a crash event, followed by the inflation of the inflatable chambers to provide additional head protection and increasing the resistance of the curtain airbag to ejection through the underlying window apertures.06-07-2012
20120139217CURTAIN AIRBAG ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A curtain airbag assembly for occupant protection in a motor vehicle includes a forward airbag stored above a forward window for deployment to a position wherein a main body portion overlies a forward window and a rear end portion extending rearward from the main body overlies a post separating the windows, such as a B-post or C-post, and a rear airbag stored above a rear window for deployment to a position wherein a main body portion overlies the rear window and a forward end portion extends rearward from the main body and overlies the post. The forward and rear end portions vertically overlap one another where they overlie the post, and each has an end lip defining a recess in an outer face of the respective airbag, the end lips shaped to engage with the post.06-07-2012
20110291393CURTAIN AIRBAG - The curtain airbag includes: a curtain bag section configured with cloth panels joined in a bag shape, housed prior to use in a folded state in a vehicle roof side edge section and deploying and inflating downwards when injected with deployment gas; a collision detector for detecting a collision and/or signs of an imminent collision of the vehicle; a gas generator for supplying the deployment gas to the curtain bag section in response to a detection result of the collision detector; and a guide member configured with a cloth panel, rolled up from the bottom of the curtain bag section that has been folded prior to use, via the vehicle width direction inside towards the top of the curtain bag section, the guide member being disposed at a position overlapping with the vehicle front-rear direction position of an interior member provided inside the vehicle compartment.12-01-2011
20110285116AIRBAG ARRANGEMENT, ESPECIALLY A SIDE AIRBAG ARRANGEMENT, IN A VEHICLE SEAT - An airbag arrangement in a vehicle seat, especially in a backrest, comprising an airbag module composed of an airbag housing, an airbag, and a charge for unfolding of the airbag, and a guide pocket attached to a covering of the vehicle seat in the region of an opening line of the covering. The guide pocket guides the airbag, as it unfolds, to the opening line, and wraps around the airbag module and a component secured to the vehicle seat. The two front ends of the guide pocket are attached in the region of the opening line of the covering. The airbag module is secured to the component, and the guide pocket is placed from above or from below about the component and the airbag module and extends about the airbag module in a loop-shaped manner.11-24-2011
20120032427PASSENGER PROTECTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - Disclosed is a passenger protection device provided with a side curtain airbag which expands in the form of a curtain, along the inner surface of a side portion of a vehicle. A side curtain airbag (02-09-2012
20120032426HEAD-PROTECTING AIRBAG APPARATUS - A head-protecting airbag apparatus mountable on a vehicle having a window is disclosed. The airbag apparatus includes an airbag adapted to be secured to a member of a vehicle body structure by an upper edge thereof in an upper edge of the window and housed in the upper edge of the window in a folded-up configuration. The airbag includes an inflatable shielding section that covers an inboard side of the window at full airbag deployment, a supporting inflatable region that is in gas communication with the shielding section and deployable between an outboard side of a vicinity of an upper end of the shielding section and the member of the vehicle body structure in an upper area of the window, and delaying means that delays inflation of the supporting inflatable region relative to the shielding section. The supporting inflatable region inflates after the shielding section does between the shielding section and the member of the vehicle body structure, and supports the outboard side of the vicinity of the upper end of the shielding section.02-09-2012
20100032930Head-protecting airbag apparatus - A head-protecting airbag apparatus includes an airbag having such a vertical dimension that the lower end region thereof is located on the beltline of a door of a vehicle upon deployment. The airbag includes a plurality of vertical cells disposed side by side along an anteroposterior direction and each inflatable into a rod-like shape extending generally vertically and a reinforcing portion located either on the inboard side or on the outboard side of at least two adjoining vertical cells out of the vertical cells at the lower end region of the airbag. The reinforcing portion is in gas communication with the vertical cells and inflatable into a horizontal rod-like shape (extending across the adjoining vertical cells).02-11-2010
20100264631AIRBAG - At the inflation thereof, an airbag (10-21-2010
20090152849SIDE IMPACT BOLSTER - An energy-management device is provided for occupant protection in side-impact events and is designed to meet FMVSS214 and IIHS barrier tests. The energy-management device is designed to be part of a side door trim panel of a vehicle and forms the “A-surface” around a first area where the shoulder/thorax of an occupant would be located and around a second area where a pelvis of an occupant would be located when seated in a vehicle seat of the vehicle. The energy-management device may be constructed out of a blow-molded compounded material such as, for example, Thermoplastic Polyolefin plastic (TPO).06-18-2009
20090014989INFLATABLE CURTAIN VENTING - Disclosed are embodiments of apparatus, methods, and systems for inflatable curtain venting. In one embodiment, an inflatable curtain airbag is tested using a 50th-percentile dummy. The inflatable curtain airbag comprises a vent opening positioned such that during the crash test, the head of the 5001-15-2009
20090309340Side airbag apparatus - A side airbag apparatus 12-17-2009
20090309339CURTAIN AIRBAG UNIT - Curtain air bag unit for a motor vehicle is provided which comprises an air bag extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the motor vehicle. Further it comprises fixing means for fixing the air bag in the area of the roof bar of the motor vehicle, whereby the fixing means comprise a tension member, that extends from a first fixing element to a second fixing element. It also comprises tensioning means for influencing the tensile stress of the tension member during mounting of the curtain air bag unit into the motor vehicle. A pre-cut tension member can be used whose length is chosen in a way that the mounting in the vehicle can be carried out simply and conveniently.12-17-2009
20110062689SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG WITH FABRIC DIFFUSER - An inflatable cushion for a side of a vehicle is provided, the inflatable cushion having: a first cushion section formed from a first sheet of material secured to a second sheet of material, the first cushion section having a plurality of separate inflatable cells each of which having an inlet opening for receipt of an inflation gas; an internal passageway formed in the first cushion section, the internal passageway linking and fluidly coupling to each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells via the inlet opening of each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells, the internal passageway being formed by an upper portion of the first sheet of material and an upper portion of the second sheet of material; a fabric diffuser member located in the internal passageway, the fabric diffuser member being sealed at one end and open on another end for receipt of an inflation gas, the fabric diffuser being configured to supply the inflation gas to each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells through a plurality of inflation openings, wherein a height of the fabric diffuser in an inflated configuration is less than a length of the fabric diffuser in the inflated configuration and wherein the fabric diffuser is rolled inwardly to define an un-inflated configuration, the height of the fabric diffuser in the un-inflated configuration being less than the height of the fabric diffuser when it is in an inflated configuration.03-17-2011
20100078921OCCUPANT PROTECTION SYSTEM - System and method for protecting an occupant in a vehicle seat, through the use of an occupant protection system is disclosed, wherein the vehicle seat includes a backrest section and a seat section. The occupant protection system includes a first airbag assembly having a first inflatable airbag, wherein the first airbag assembly is containable within an airbag recess located within a vehicle roof portion. A second airbag assembly is included having a second inflatable airbag and a deployment location. The second airbag assembly is mounted to a frame that is integrated with the seat while being external to a seat cushion. The first inflatable airbag is configured to extend downward from the roof portion to below a passenger shoulder-thorax protection region while in an inflated state. The second inflatable airbag is configured to extend upward from the deployment location through a passenger pelvic-thorax protection region while in an inflated state.04-01-2010
20090206584Side Impact Protection Device With A Pelvic Airbag Module - A side impact protection device with a pelvic airbag module having a pelvic airbag which, in the inoperative state, is in a side part of a vehicle seat and, in the event of an impact of the vehicle, can be inflated and can be deployed through an outlet opening in the side part of the vehicle seat. In order to provide a side impact protection device constructed in a simple manner and produced cost-effectively, the outlet opening for the pelvic airbag in the side part of the vehicle seat is directed upward and forward with respect to the direction of travel of the vehicle.08-20-2009
20090058054EJECTION MITIGATION DEVICE - An airbag system for protecting a passenger in a motor vehicle including an ejection mitigation device configured to substantially cover an inside surface of the motor vehicle such as the rear window or the front windshield. The ejection mitigation device may be attached to one or more deployment guides which can then be attached to a driver or passenger side inflatable airbag. The deployment guides may be configured to guide the deployment of the ejection mitigation device during inflation of the driver and passenger side inflatable airbags.03-05-2009
20090167003Side impact airbag apparatus - The side impact airbag includes an airbag that is folded up from a state where an occupant-side wall and a vehicle-side wall having generally identical contours are lapped and flattened, through a vertical contracting step. The airbag includes at least either at the top or bottom a tucked portion that is formed in the vertical contracting step by tucking i.e. invaginating part of each of the occupant-side wall and the vehicle-sidewall inside the airbag. The tucked portion includes a main portion that is stored inside the airbag and a projecting region that extends vertically from the main portion in an exposed manner. The projecting region is folded back toward the vehicle-side wall so as to be located outside the main portion.07-02-2009
20100201108INTERIOR STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE - A door trim covers a door body of a side door. An article storage portion is provided at a lower portion of the door trim. A seat is provided beside the side door so that the seat and the side door are overlapped when viewed from a vehicle side. A side airbag device includes an airbag which inflates beside the seat with gas supplied from an inflator at a vehicle side crash and protects chest and waist portions of a passenger. A recess is provided at the door trim. The recess is concaved toward a vehicle outside at an upper portion of the door trim above the article storage portion. A covering member which restrains the airbag from coming into the recess is provided at the door trim so as to cover almost half of the recess.08-12-2010
20090091106Side airbag with an adaptive venting device - The present invention relates to a side airbag for an automotive vehicle comprising a venting regulation device formed by a part made of a flexible material (04-09-2009
20110025027SIDE AIRBAG UNIT FOR VEHICLES - A side airbag unit for a vehicle, constructed to protect a side of a passenger in the event of a side collision or when the vehicle overturns, the side airbag unit may include an airbag module having a stud which is inserted into a predetermined portion of a seat frame, and an airbag cushion which remains folded in the airbag module and expands when the airbag unit is deployed, and a strap allowing the airbag cushion to be deployed to a predetermined length at a predetermined position when the airbag cushion expands, wherein a first end of the strap is coupled to a predetermined portion of the airbag cushion and a second end thereof is coupled to the stud such that the second end of the strap is being locked to the stud when the stud is assembled with the seat frame.02-03-2011
20110266780OCCUPANT RESTRAINT DEVICE - An occupant restraint device for a motor vehicle is provided. The occupant restraint device comprising a first airbag which is inflatable with gas to protect an occupant who occupies a seat in the form of a driver's seat or a front passenger seat of the motor vehicle as intended, wherein the first airbag is designed to be arranged in a steering wheel of the motor vehicle in a non-inflated state, and a second airbag, which can be inflated with gas to protect the occupant. The second airbag is designed such that an edge area thereof facing the vehicle front extends along the A-pillar of the motor vehicle in an inflated state.11-03-2011
20090273167Curtain Airbag Apparatus - [Object] To prevent an attaching piece of a curtain airbag from rotating in a rotating direction of an attaching bolt without a projection provided at a bracket, and to facilitate an attaching operation of an airbag to a vehicle body.11-05-2009
20110198827PASSENGER SIDE ACTIVE KNEE BOLSTER - An energy management system for mounting in a vehicle, the energy management system comprising an inflatable bolster for mounting in a glove box door of a glove box of the vehicle, the inflatable bolster including an expansible hollow interior, an inflator module for inflating the expansible hollow interior, a front wall for projecting inwardly into the vehicle and away from the glove box on inflation of the expansible hollow interior, and a back wall located between the expansible hollow interior and the glove box, and a support structure for mounting to the inflatable bolster, the support structure being operable to resist the back wall being forced into the glove box due to inflation of the inflatable bolster.08-18-2011
20090283992Curtain airbag device - A curtain airbag that can be inflated with gas from an inflator and deployed along a side surface of a vehicle cabin. The curtain airbag includes, in an occupant restraint area corresponding to an occupant's position, a multistage chamber section comprising an upper chamber that is arranged at an upper side; a lower chamber that is arranged below the upper chamber; and a discharge passage that is arranged at a middle portion in a vertical direction between the upper chamber and the lower chamber. The discharge passage communicates with at least one of said upper chamber and said lower chamber to discharge gas from said upper chamber and/or said lower chamber through the discharge passage and is adapted to reduce its cross section when pressed by the occupant's head.11-19-2009
20110169250VEHICLE SEAT ARRANGEMENT AND AIRBAG ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND A METHOD FOR PROTECTING A VEHICLE OCCUPANT - A vehicle seat arrangement for a motor vehicle is provided. The vehicle seat arrangement comprising a vehicle seat, which comprises at least one inflatable element for protecting a vehicle occupant residing on the vehicle seat. The inflatable element is formed and arranged such that said element expands predominantly in direction towards the vehicle occupant when inflated. The inflatable element is integrated into a backrest of the vehicle seat unfolded or provided with only one fold or a protuberance, wherein the inflatable element is arranged between a cushion of the vehicle seat and a cover of the vehicle seat or inside the cushion.07-14-2011
20090039627Side collision airbag device - A side collision airbag device includes a side collision airbag that inflates and extends between a side wall portion of a body of a vehicle and an occupant seated on a seat disposed in the body, and an inflator that spouts a gas from a spouting portion. The gas inflates and extends the side collision airbag. A tubular base cloth member is provided so as to cover the spouting portion and is folded in a form of accordion or pleats when the inflator is not activated. A shape holding cloth holds the tubular base cloth member in the vicinity of the spouting portion.02-12-2009
20080238054SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG DIRECTIONAL DEPLOYMENT APPARATUS - At least one guide member extends longitudinally along at least a portion of a stowed side curtain airbag. At least one guide ramp directs deployment of the side curtain airbag toward the openable passage defined at least in part by one or more trim pieces. The guide member surrounds the side curtain airbag on three sides to define an airbag deployment opening facing a rear surface of the one or more trim pieces adjacent the openable passage. The interior trim structure covers the stowed side curtain airbag and allows deployment of the side curtain airbag through an interface joint to a position along a sidewall of a passenger compartment adjacent a rear seat location of a two-door coupe style vehicle. The interface joint defines an openable passage along the first and second abutting edges allowing deployment of a side curtain airbag through the interface joint.10-02-2008
20080238053SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG DIRECTIONAL DEPLOYMENT APPARATUS - At least one guide member extends longitudinally along at least a portion of a stowed side curtain airbag. At least one guide ramp directs deployment of the side curtain airbag toward the openable passage defined at least in part by one or more trim pieces. The guide member surrounds the side curtain airbag on three sides to define an airbag deployment opening facing a rear surface of the one or more trim pieces adjacent the openable passage. The interior trim structure covers the stowed side curtain airbag and allows deployment of the side curtain airbag through an interface joint to a position along a sidewall of a passenger compartment adjacent a rear seat location of a two-door coupe style vehicle. The interface joint defines an openable passage along the first and second abutting edges allowing deployment of a side curtain airbag through the interface joint.10-02-2008
20080284143Vehicle seat having an integrated airbag module - A vehicle seat includes a frame and a pad having a portion. A trim cover at least partially surrounds the frame and the portion of the pad. The trim cover includes a tear seam formed therein and has an underside disposed adjacent the portion of the pad. The seat further includes an airbag module having an inflator, a housing defining an opening, and an airbag deployable from a folded position within the housing to an expanded position extending outwardly through the opening of the housing. The seat further includes a deflector having a first portion mounted on the frame and a second portion extending outwardly from the first portion. During deployment of the airbag, the second portion flexes relative to the first portion to move the portion of the pad away from the underside of the trim cover. The airbag is directed between the deflector and the underside of the trim material.11-20-2008
20080284142Airbag mounting assembly and method of manufacture - An airbag assembly, airbag mounting assembly, and method of assembling an airbag mounting assembly are disclosed. The airbag assembly comprises an airbag and an airbag mounting assembly. In one embodiment, the airbag mounting assembly comprises a mounting bracket, a connecting member, and a wrapping member.11-20-2008
20090033076LIQUID SILICONE RUBBER COATING COMPOSITION, CURTAIN AIR BAG, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME - A liquid silicone rubber coating composition that is ideal for forming a coating on an air bag is provided. The composition includes: (A) an organopolysiloxane containing two or more alkenyl groups bonded to silicon atoms within each molecule, (B) an organohydrogenpolysiloxane containing at least two silicon atom-bonded hydrogen atoms within each molecule, (C) an addition reaction catalyst, (D) a finely powdered silica with a specific surface area of at least 50 m02-05-2009
20080277907Air bag system - An air bag system includes an air bag folded so that an occupant-restraining face of the air bag which restrains an occupant upon a deployment is hidden inside a central portion of the folded air bag, and a retaining member for covering said folded air bag. The air bag is deployed by breaking a breaking portion provided on the retaining member, whereupon the retaining member is opened so that it is divided into a plurality of deployment-inhibiting portions, and the plurality of deployment-inhibiting portions are brought into engagement with an upper block and a lower block of an outer peripheral portion of the air bag deployed from the folded state, respectively, thereby delaying the deployment of the outer peripheral portion. Therefore, the occupant-restraining face of the folded air bag can be deployed at the very first to effectively restrain the occupant.11-13-2008
20080211211Inflatable curtain - Apparatus (09-04-2008
20080211210Inflatable Cushioning Device - Inflatable devices principally for vehicle occupant protection are addressed. Included among the devices are curtains or other cushions (09-04-2008
20100264630INFLATABLE CURTAIN AIRBAGS WITH EXPANDED-VOLUME LOWER PORTIONS FOR EJECTION MITIGATION - An inflatable curtain airbag can be used to cushion an occupant during a vehicle collision as well as retaining the occupant within the vehicle during a rollover event. Curtain airbags that do not extend to the vehicle's waist line may allow the occupant to fit between the bottom of the curtain airbag and the waistline, and thereby be ejected from the vehicle. This risk is increased with vehicles that do not have vertical pillars between the doors and windows of the vehicle. Increasing an inflation gas volume capacity of a lower portion of the airbag, may mitigate the risk of occupant ejection, if the increased volume portion of the curtain overlaps the vehicle pillars. The lower portion of the curtain airbag may have a first chamber and a separate second chamber.10-21-2010
20100133795SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAG - The present invention provides a side curtain air bag facilitating the control of tension with the air bag. The side curtain air bag includes chambers expanded by gas supplied from a gas generator, and expands and develops into a curtain shape along a side part of a vehicle so as to protect vehicle occupants. The side curtain air bag includes primary chambers which expand to form the side curtain air bag, and a secondary chamber which expands after the primary chambers to apply additional tension across the expanded side curtain air bag. The secondary chamber includes an opening communicating with the primary chamber.06-03-2010
20130119648ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE INTERIOR PARTS - A grab rail is attached via a bracket to an upper portion of a side panel inside a vehicle, and a curtain-shaped airbag is arranged in a folded state on a side portion of the side panel inside the vehicle. The bracket includes a vehicle body attachment seat section that is attached to an attachment surface formed on the side panel; an arm section that is bent from the vehicle body attachment seat section and extends downward and inward in the vehicle width direction; and a grab rail attachment seat section that is bent from a lower end of the arm section, extends upward and inward in the vehicle width direction, and has the grab rail attached thereto. A space section formed by the side panel and the arm section opens downwardly and serves as a storage portion for receipt of the folded curtain-shaped airbag.05-16-2013
20080258442Method and apparatus for placing an inflatable curtain in a stored condition - An apparatus (10-23-2008
20110204604VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle seat is provided having a sufficient rigidity and strength as well as a lighter weight. It comprises cushion materials and skin materials on a seat frame and has a plurality of triangle or circular recesses and projections that are continuously formed in at least a part of the seat frame.08-25-2011
20090127837SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG - An inflatable cushion for a side of a vehicle is disclosed herein, the inflatable cushion having: a first cushion section formed from a first material, the first cushion section having a plurality of separate inflatable cells each of which having an inlet opening for receipt of an inflation gas; an internal passageway formed in the first cushion section, the internal passageway linking and fluidly coupling to each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells via the inlet opening of each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells; a diffuser member disposed in the internal passageway, the diffuser member being configured to supply the inflation gas to each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells, wherein the diffuser member consists essentially of a non-rigid fabric member formed from a permeable material, the non-rigid fabric member is independent of the first material used to form the first cushion section and the permeable material of the non-rigid fabric member is the main source of fluid flow into each inlet opening of each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells such that the inflation gas must pass through the permeable material; and means for restricting fluid flow between the plurality of inflatable cells by limiting fluid flow between an exterior portion of the diffuser member and an interior surface of the internal passageway proximate to an edge of the inlet openings of the plurality of inflatable cells.05-21-2009
20090127836Vehicle Occupant Restraint System - There is provided a vehicle-occupant restraint system in which a rear end portion of a curtain airbag is deployed smoothly. A folded unit of an airbag 05-21-2009
20120068443SIDE AIRBAG UNIT - A side airbag unit for mounting on or in the backrest of a vehicle seat includes an airbag skin enclosing a gas chamber, and an inflator for filling of said gas chamber. The airbag skin exhibits a main section which serves for protection of the vehicle occupant when the side airbag is expanded and which in the resting state of the side airbag is present as a package, wherein the package is at least partly rolled. In order to provide a side airbag unit of low weight with its airbag skin nevertheless showing a controlled and reproducible expansion behaviour, the airbag skin further comprises at least one auxiliary section which in the resting state encompasses the main section in two layers at least in sections, wherein an additional area of the gas chamber is present between the two layers of the auxiliary section at least in the resting state.03-22-2012
20120068442VEHICLE SEAT WITH AN AIRBAG DEVICE - A vehicle seat is provided with an airbag device that has an airbag and a gas generator. A seat covering of the vehicle seat has a tear seam, which is connected to a tear section of a coupling element. In addition to the tear section, the coupling element has an assembly section that is connected to the airbag device or the vehicle seat. The tear section and assembly section of the coupling element are detachably connected to each other or a hinge is provided between the tear section and the assembly section.03-22-2012
20090001695OCCUPANT PROTECTION APPARATUS OF VEHICLE - An occupant protection apparatus includes an airbag and an inflator. The airbag is inflated and deployed between a first seat and a second seat, which are adjacent to each other in the vehicle width direction. The inflator supplies gas into the airbag. When the airbag is inflated and deployed, the airbag starts to be inflated and deployed in the vehicle width direction later than inflation and deployment in the vertical direction and the fore-and-aft direction of a vehicle. This permits the occupants seated in the first seat and the second seat to be restrained to the seats in an appropriate manner during inflation and deployment of the airbag.01-01-2009
20120104735SIDE AIRBAG CUSHION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE - An inflatable having: an inflatable portion, the inflatable portion partially surrounding an area when the inflatable portion is inflated; a non-inflatable member secured to the inflatable portion and positioned in the area; and a retentive pocket formed by the non-inflatable member, the retentive pocket having a periphery bounded on at least one side by the non-inflatable member and a peripheral portion of the non-inflatable member being configured to vary a length of the peripheral portion of the non-inflatable member such that a recessed area is formed in the retentive pocket.05-03-2012
20090051149Air Bag with Fill Hose and Method of Assembly - An air bag module (02-26-2009
20090102169Airbag arrangement - An airbag arrangement for restraining an occupant of a motor vehicle. The vehicle roof is bounded by lateral roof edge regions extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle and also bounded by a front window cross member extending transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle. A first section of the folded-up airbag can be arranged along a lateral roof edge region. A second section can be angled away from the first section transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, wherein the second section of the airbag is arranged along a longitudinal side of the front window cross member. The airbag can be disconnected from the vehicle body in the region of the second section or be connected releasably thereto when the airbag is deployed. Therefore, when the airbag is deployed, the entire second section can be deployed freely.04-23-2009
20090200775Seat-Mounted Occupant Restraining Apparatus - [Object] To provide a seat-mounted occupant restraining apparatus with which it becomes possible to set so that pressurized fluid is supplied in accordance with priority to a plurality of airbags extending to substantially peripheral portions of an occupant when inflated, and a gas supply means for supplying in common the pressurized fluid is enabled to be simplified.08-13-2009
20110140399VEHICLE CABIN WITH AIRBAG SYSTEM - A vehicle cabin having a vehicle seat is provided and the vehicle seat is aligned in a frontal direction. An instrument panel extends on the front side toward the vehicle seat and forms a foot well in the perpendicular projection onto a projection plane that is defined by a vehicle floor or sections thereof. A leg space extends between the foot well and the vehicle seat, and an airbag system is provided that is integrated at least in sections in the instrument panel and which has a prebag and an airbag. In the inflated state, the airbag is supported on the prebag. In the projection plane, the leg space in the frontal direction is at least twice as long, preferably at least three times as long as the foot well.06-16-2011
20090243266VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY WITH DEFLECTOR INNER PANEL AIR BAG GUIDE RETAINER - In at least certain embodiments, the vehicle seat assembly comprises a vehicle seat assembly comprising an air bag guide including an inner panel, an outer panel, and an inner deflector member, with the inner and outer panels being made of flexible material and the inner deflector member being made of a rigid material, with the deflector member having a leg member secured to the air bag assembly and a finger member, extending away from the leg member spaced from the release seam.10-01-2009
20120193897ANTI-EJECTION INFLATABLE VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE - An apparatus (08-02-2012
20100148478Vehicle seat for a vehicle - A vehicle seat including a backrest which has a middle part laterally confined by side walls; an airbag module arranged in one of the side walls; adjusting means for adjusting the width of the backrest. The adjusting means have an adjusting element, which is arranged together with the airbag module in the side wall and movable relative to the middle part, via which the position of the side wall is changeable relative to the middle part. The adjusting element is connected to a section of the module housing of the airbag module so that the module housing is moved by moving the adjusting element.06-17-2010
20100156073MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING HEAD AIRBAG - A motor vehicle, in particular a passenger automobile, is provided with a vehicle body, at least one head airbag and one gas generator for filling the head airbag. The gas generator being fastened to an element of the vehicle body that extends essentially in the vehicle transverse direction.06-24-2010
20100156072HEAD AIRBAG MODULE - A head airbag module for a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger automobile, is provided with a head airbag and a receptacle, which receives the folded head airbag. The head airbag having a gas channel and an airbag, and the head airbag module being implemented so that the head airbag is essentially completely freed from the receptacle by filling of the gas channel, before the airbag is filled.06-24-2010
20100156071SIDE AIRBAG STRUCTURE - A side airbag unit disposed in a side support of a seat capable of absorbing collision energy sufficiently during a side collision of a vehicle is described. In one example, the airbag unit comprises: a low expansion member disposed inside of a front skin of the seat, wherein one end of the low expansion member is attached to the inside of the front skin in the vicinity of a fragile part of the seat and the other end of the low expansion member is attached to the seatback frame through a slit. The low expansion member inhibits the front skin from expanding due to the inflation of the airbag, and a cushion pad located outside of the slit in the vehicle width direction and inside of the fragile part in the vehicle width direction is moved outward and frontward by the inflation of the airbag in a vehicle collision.06-24-2010
20100194084SIDE AIRBAG HAVING HOSE AS VENTILATION OPENING - A side airbag (08-05-2010
20090079174SIDE AIRBAG AND METHOD OF FOLDING - A method and apparatus for providing a side airbag device for use in a vehicle, comprising: an inflatable cushion for deployment from an unexpanded state to an expanded state. The inflatable cushion is positioned behind a headliner of the vehicle in an un-inflated state and the inflatable cushion is configured to traverse a side of the vehicle when it is inflated. The inflatable cushion also comprising a deploying edge that defines a portion of a periphery of the inflated cushion, wherein the inflatable cushion is folded in a manner that causes the deploying edge to deploy as a first leading edge as said inflatable cushion is inflated to an expanded state by an inflator wherein the deploying edge is the first portion of the inflatable cushion to expand around the headliner.03-26-2009
20090079173Bracket for securing side airbag for automotive vehicle - There is provided a bracket for securing a side airbag for an automotive vehicle. The bracket includes a support plate, an installation plate positioned at upper part of the support plate and including an installation aperture, and fixing plates formed by being forwardly bent from the right and left edges, with respect to the installation plate, of the support plate.03-26-2009
20090079171SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS AND METHOD - An inflatable side airbag restraint for use in passenger vehicles. The airbag includes a relief portion providing clearance for the arm and elbow of an occupant or test device which reduces or eliminates lateral compression of the arm on the chest and abdomen regions of an occupant or test device.03-26-2009
20090079172Curtain airbag module - A bus or motor-coach includes a curtain airbag module. The airbag module comprises a curtain airbag, a trim cover, a plurality of fasteners to attach the curtain airbag module to an interior bus component or side wall of the bus, and an inflator to inflate the curtain airbag.03-26-2009
20100194083AIRBAG DEVICE - In an airbag device of the present invention, in an inner portion in a car width direction of at least one of adjacent two seats in a vehicle, a central airbag (08-05-2010
20100207367Airbag device for protecting a vehicle occupant - An airbag device for protecting a vehicle occupant in case of a crash, including at least one region that can be inflated with gas, which in the inflated state forms a gas cushion for a vehicle occupant to be protected in the form of a side airbag, at least a first material layer of the inflatable region extending in front of a lateral vehicle structure of a motor vehicle in the inflated state of the airbag device, and at least a second material layer of the inflatable region of the inflatable region, that opposes the first material layer in the inflated state of the airbag device, wherein at least one fastening flap is provided at the airbag device via which the airbag device can be fastened to a motor vehicle structure.08-19-2010
20100001496MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A-PILLAR AND AIRBAG MOUNTED THEREIN - A motor vehicle is provided with a passenger cell having an A-pillar, which is arranged laterally of a windshield of the vehicle, and includes, but is not limited to bracing connected with the A-pillar, and the A-pillar and the bracing are connected and spaced from each other with a sidewall part of the passenger cell, and on a side facing the passenger interior a covering part is arranged which is connected with the A-pillar. An airbag is provided within the A-pillar and mounted between the A-pillar and the covering part and extends forward to beyond the contact region of the bracing on the A-pillar. The covering part covers the airbag, and with the bracing a further covering part is connected and the two covering parts are detachably connected with each other.01-07-2010
20100276916AIRBAG DEVICE - An airbag comprises a bag which is bent in the shape of an arrow ‘<’ in a deployed state, and a connection member which is arranged on a side of the bag, facing a vehicle body, and connects the upper and lower ends of the bag with each other. A longitudinal intermediate portion of the bag projects toward a vehicle occupant. A space is defined between the projecting intermediate portion and the connection member. The head of the vehicle occupant initially comes into contact with the intermediate portion and then presses the bag toward the vehicle body. Upper and lower parts of the bag which extend upward and downward from the intermediate portion cooperate with the connection member to define a triangular space.11-04-2010
20100225097Side curtain airbag - A side airbag for use in a vehicle includes a main chamber extending along a ceiling of the vehicle and configured to restrain a head of a vehicle occupant when the airbag is deployed. The main chamber includes an inboard panel and an outboard panel that are joined together. The airbag also includes a forward chamber extending from the main chamber and configured to restrain at least a portion of the vehicle occupant when the airbag is deployed. The forward chamber at least partially overlaps at least one of the inboard and outboard panels of the main chamber when the airbag is stowed.09-09-2010
20100253052SIDE AIRBAG SYSTEM, BACKREST AND HEADREST - A side airbag system is provided with a side airbag for protecting the upper thorax and head area of a vehicle passenger between a lateral vehicle structure and the vehicle passenger, and with a gas generator that is fluidically connected with the side airbag. The side airbag is planar in the deployed condition, and protectively covers a path of motion for the head, along with various seated positions for small and large vehicle passengers. In order to realize an expanded protective potential for the head in semi-convertibles and compact cars, the side airbag, viewed from the lateral vehicle structure, has an outer contour with an essentially continuous bead.10-07-2010
20100140907SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - In at least one embodiment, the present invention provides a side airbag apparatus for a vehicle having a seat with a back rest part and a hinge mechanism. The side airbag includes a separation means defining a front airbag chamber and a rear airbag chamber within the side airbag. A connecting passage connects the front and a rear airbag chambers adjacent a lower extremity of the separation means. An attaching portion provided on the rear portion of the rear airbag chamber attaches the side airbag to the backrest part. An inflator proximate said attaching portion injects gas into the rear airbag chamber which flows through the connecting passage into the front airbag chamber.06-10-2010
20120139215SIDE GAS BAG ARRANGEMENTS FOR A VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM - A side gas bag arrangement for a vehicle occupant restraint system of a motor vehicle is provided. The side gas bag arrangement comprising at least one side gas bag inflatable for the protection of a vehicle occupant, which with a side gas bag arrangement mounted in the vehicle and in the inflated condition of the side gas bag extends along a long side of the vehicle, wherein the side gas bag includes at least one inflatable chamber which is formed such that in the inflated condition of the side gas bag it extends over a side window of the vehicle and in direction of the vehicle floor beyond a door sill adjoining the side window; and sealing means which at least seal a partial region of the side gas bag, so that gas is prevented from flowing out of this partial region to the outside.06-07-2012
20100127484CURTAIN AIRBAG MODULE - A curtain airbag module may include an inflator provided above an upper end portion of a B-pillar, a mounting bracket for mounting the inflator, an airbag disposed along a roof side rail under the inflator and connected at a central portion thereof to the inflator, a guide ramp disposed around an upper end portion of a B-pillar trim and holding the airbag therein, thus allowing the airbag to be deployed without being interfered with by the B-pillar trim, and a mounting flap connecting the mounting bracket and the guide ramp.05-27-2010
20100127483Side Airbag Device - The present invention provides a side airbag device which can be rapidly and reliably deployed even in the small space between a door trim and a passenger. The side airbag device includes an inflator, an airbag including an upper cushion to be deployed by a gas pressure supplied from the inflator, an upper guide connected at a first end thereof to the upper cushion of the airbag to lead deployment of the airbag, and a medial unit coupled to a second end of the upper guide to provide an actuating force to the upper guide using the gas pressure from the inflator.05-27-2010
20110127755AIRBAG DEVICE - An object of the present invention is to ensure smooth deployment of an airbag having a turned-back end portion. The present invention is an airbag device that expands and deploys in a curtain shape on a side portion of a vehicle interior in order to protect an occupant of the vehicle interior, where the airbag includes a gas generator for generating an expansion gas and an airbag that deploys when it is expanded by the gas supplied from the gas generator. The airbag is compressed into an elongated shape when stowed and an end portion of the elongated airbag is turned back in a lengthwise direction, thereby forming an airbag main portion that is not turned back and the turned-back end portion. A restricting member is also provided to restrict deployment of the turned-back end portion of the airbag toward a vehicle outer side when the device is activated.06-02-2011
20100219620Inflatable Ramp for Inflatable Curtain Side Impact Restraint - A curtain airbag for use in a vehicle having an interstitial volume includes a primary inflatable portion and an inflatable guide pocket. The primary inflatable portion has an aperture, and the inflatable guide pocket is attached to the primary inflatable portion by at least a first seam that at least partially circumscribes the aperture. The guide pocket is sized and configured to define a localized projection into the interstitial volume when the guide pocket and the primary inflatable portion are at least partially inflated.09-02-2010
20120193898EJECTION COUNTERMEASURES FOR CURTAIN AIR BAGS - A curtain air bag (08-02-2012
20090184500Airbag arrangement - An airbag arrangement for a vehicle occupant restraint system includes an airbag on a side of a backrest of a vehicle seat that when inflated first extends substantially in a direction of a vertical vehicle axis and then forward from a backrest in a direction of travel of the vehicle. The airbag includes at least one inflatable chamber extending substantially forward from the backrest in the direction of travel and that is assigned to a body region of a vehicle occupant to support the vehicle occupant in a side collision. The at least one chamber is extended by a section that extends forward in the direction of travel when the airbag is inflated so that the airbag supports the vehicle occupant if vehicle occupant moves obliquely forward in the direction of travel because the section intercepts the associated body region of the vehicle occupant.07-23-2009
20090184499Curtain airbag - An airbag is provided. The airbag is configured to extend longitudinally along a side of a vehicle and includes a first section configured to inflate in a longitudinal and vertical direction, a second section coupled to the first section and configured to inflate in a longitudinal and vertical direction, an inlet for receiving inflation gas from an inflator, tabs positioned at the top of the airbag for attaching the airbag to a ceiling of the vehicle and chambers positioned between the tabs along the top of the airbag, wherein the chambers stabilize the airbag during deployment.07-23-2009
20090039626Side-impact airbag and side-impact airbag apparatus - A side-impact airbag is housed in a casing to be deployed between a side wall portion of a vehicle body and an occupant seated on a seat. The side-impact airbag includes an upper portion, and a lower portion situated below the upper portion. The upper and lower portions are folded opposite to each other in a width direction of the vehicle in housing in the casing.02-12-2009
20090072523Side collision airbag device - A side collision airbag device includes an airbag to inflate and extend between a side wall portion of a vehicle and an occupant seated on a seat disposed in the vehicle. An inflator is connected to the airbag to spout a gas for inflating and extending the airbag from one side thereof in its longitudinal direction. A restricting member is attached for restricting a movement of the inflator toward the other side thereof in its longitudinal direction when the inflator is activated.03-19-2009
20080309056CURTAIN AIRBAG SYSTEM - An airbag is disposed over almost the entire length along a roof side rail. The airbag comprises a duct formed with a gas introduction hole and a plurality of chambers communicating with the duct. The duct comprises a long first duct part and a short second duct part arranged with the gas introduction hole being provided therebetween. The inlet of a chamber closest to the gas introduction hole in the first duct part has a shape that becomes narrower gradually from the upper part toward the lower part. The passage width of the uppermost part of the inlet of the closest chamber is greater than the depth to the narrowest part thereof, and the passage width of the narrowest part is narrower than the passage width of the first duct part around the inlet thereof.12-18-2008
20100308568Side airbag apparatus12-09-2010
20100133794VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY WITH AIR BAG SEAM RUPTURING MEANS - A vehicle seat assembly with a frame, a seat pad, and an air bag assembly housing an inflator and a folded air bag that is inflated by the inflator to unfold and project outwardly from the seat through the air bag release seam when the air bag seam is in an opened position. The vehicle seat assembly has an improvement comprising a tear strap secured to the frame and a second end portion secured to the release seam, a guide member through which the tear strap may slidingly pass; and a tether having a first stationary end secured to the frame and a second end that engages the guide member so that movement of the guide member is constrained thereby. The tear strap is movable in response to inflation of the air bag with sufficient force to rupture the release seam, thereby allowing the tear seam to open and allowing the air bag to pass therethrough.06-03-2010
20100133793Airbag Apparatus for Vehicles - Disclosed herein is an airbag apparatus for vehicles, which is capable of minimizing the loss of pressure of an airbag cushion. The airbag housing of the airbag apparatus accommodates an airbag cushion which is deployed through an opening. An airbag deployment door is placed to face the opening and separated from the cut notch of a crash pad cover when the airbag cushion is deployed. A chute is connected to a surface of the airbag deployment door through a curved hinge portion which is placed to be parallel to the sidewall of the airbag housing.06-03-2010
20100140905Seat Cover for Vehicle and Seat Having the Same - The present invention provides a seat cover for a vehicle which is configured such that when a side airbag is initially deployed, an airbag can be smoothly guided in a lateral direction. The seat cover includes a front sheet, a rear sheet and a side sheet. A reinforcing fabric is provided on an inner surface of the front sheet. The side sheet is sewn at a first edge thereof to the front sheet and sewn at a second edge thereof to the rear sheet. A reinforcing liner is adhered or welded to an inner surface of the side sheet. The reinforcing fabric is less extensible or stretchable than the reinforcing liner.06-10-2010
20110241322SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE - A side airbag device for a side collision is provided in which a first bag half body (10-06-2011
20110241320KNEE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE - In a knee airbag device for a vehicle, which has upper and lower tethers that extend in a vehicle width direction and regulate a bag thickness of an airbag, and in which gas from an inflator is supplied between the upper and lower tethers, it is aimed to make a flow of the gas toward an upper portion and a lower portion from between the upper and lower tethers at the inside of the knee airbag smoother, and to improve deployability of the knee airbag in a vehicle vertical direction.10-06-2011
20100140906Airbag apparatus - A check valve 06-10-2010
20100164205Head protection air bag system - In a head protection air bag system of the invention, an air bag includes an edge side shield portion which is accommodated in a pillar portion. The edge side shield portion is mounted on a body side by a first mounting portion and a second mounting portion which is positioned further downwards than the first mounting portion. An auxiliary mounting portion which is fastened together with the second mounting portion is provided in a position where a longitudinal position of the edge side shield portion coincides with the second mounting portion and a vertical position thereof coincides with the first mounting portion. An extension which extends in a straight line from the first mounting portion is provided on the auxiliary mounting portion. In the edge side shield portion, a portion between the second mounting portion and the first mounting portion is connected to the extension by a connecting portion.07-01-2010
20110241321INTERIOR STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE - An interior structure of a vehicle comprises a shock absorbing member attached to a vehicle body inside a roof trim above a pillar trim, a curtain airbag device including a curtain airbag stored in a roof trim and an inflator to supply gas to the curtain airbag, wherein the curtain airbag has a bending portion in which a rear end portion of the curtain airbag bends forwardly in a storage state, a gas supply portion of the inflator is provided in front of the bending portion of the curtain airbag, and the shock absorbing member holds the bending portion of the curtain airbag inserted into an inside from a vehicle front side with an opening, a holding clip and a storage portion.10-06-2011
20090218794Device for increasing occupant protection in a motor vehicle during a lateral impact - Disclosed is a device for increasing occupant protection in a motor vehicle during a lateral impact, in which the energy input acts laterally on a partial area of the motor vehicle door, with a motor vehicle seat being situated on the side of the motor vehicle door facing away from the energy input, the motor vehicle door being provided with an interior lining facing the motor vehicle seat and at least one partial area of the interior door lining being conveyable from an initial state into an extendet state projecting into the motor vehicle interior by means of a drive unit connected to the motor vehicle door and to the partial area of the interior door lining.09-03-2009
20120242067SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS - Before a thorax protecting portion of an airbag is altered to a storage mode, at least a part above a gas supply port of the thorax protecting portion is folded along a folding line extending through a thickness limiting portion, so that the thorax protecting portion is partitioned into a main protecting portion, to which the inflation gas is supplied from the gas supply port, and an auxiliary protecting portion, to which the inflation gas is supplied via the main protecting portion. The thickness limiting portion has an arcuate portion that is curved to bulge rearward, and the thickness limiting portion is arranged in the thorax protecting portion such that the rear end of the arcuate portion is located in the auxiliary protecting portion.09-27-2012
20110095513SEAT - A seat assembly having a seat structure, a cover, a back panel, and a package plate. The back panel has a lateral wall that covers a receiving space in which a side airbag module is arranged. The package plate is arranged between the lateral wall and the side airbag module. The package plate has a back end that engages the seat structure and a front end disposed opposite the back end that is located within the receiving space. An airbag of the side airbag module is configured to deploy between the front end and the cover and between the cover and a free end of the lateral wall.04-28-2011
20110101658AIRBAG DEVICE - An airbag is quickly inflated and deployed along an inner side wall of a vehicle while suppressing variations of the deployment direction of the airbag inflated and deployed from an upper part of the vehicle. An upper edge side of an airbag (05-05-2011
20110248483MOTOR VEHICLE BODY WITH SIDE AIRBAG SYSTEM - A motor vehicle body is provided with a side airbag system that has a gas generator of the side airbag system and a handle mounted adjacently to a side window. The gas generator is inserted in a mounting frame between the handle and the roof frame, which connects the handle to a roof frame of the body.10-13-2011
20120200070PASSENGER AUTOMOBILE WITHOUT B-COLUMN - A passenger automobile without B-column is provided that has front side doors and rear side doors. Two front individual seats are arranged in the area of the front side doors and a rear seat arrangement is arranged in the area of the rear side doors. A column for accommodating three-point safety belts for the individual seats is mounted between the individual seats in the area of backrests of the individual seats. This column is mounted in the floor of the vehicle. The shoulder belt of the respective safety belt is mounted in the area of the upper end of the column and the lap belt of the respective safety belt is mounted in the area of the lower end of the column. In a passenger automobile without B-column, a structurally simple safety belt arrangement is provided that has a favorable design for the front individual seats.08-09-2012
20110101657AIRBAG MODULE - An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle comprising an inflatable curtain airbag configured to deploy between an occupant and an interior side of the vehicle; an inflator for providing inflation gas for the airbag; a housing configured to surround the airbag; and a strap configured to retain the airbag in the housing prior to inflation and deployment of the airbag; wherein at least one end of the strap is connected to the housing.05-05-2011
20110101659CURTAIN AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A curtain airbag device for a vehicle having a lightweight, simplified, and inexpensive structure can prevent a curtain airbag from being caught by a pillar garnish when the airbag is deployed and inflated, and can restrict the deployment direction of the airbag. The curtain airbag may have sub-chambers formed therein that are folded together with the curtain airbag, and disposed adjacently thereto. The sub-chambers have a communication path formed therein that communicates with the curtain airbag. The curtain airbag is provided with tab cloth strips for supporting and fixing the curtain airbag. The tab cloth strips have an attachment section formed thereon and an annular binding section that binds together the curtain airbag and the sub-chambers. The binding section is provided with a tearing section to be torn when the curtain airbag is deployed and inflated and an anchoring section anchoring the airbag to the vehicle body side.05-05-2011
20110101656RAMP APPARATUS FOR CURTAIN AIRBAG FOR VEHICLE - A ramp apparatus for a curtain airbag for a vehicle, positioned between a headliner and a vehicular body panel such that the curtain airbag is deployed through a matching part formed between the headliner and a pillar trim, may include a support ramp fastened to the vehicular body panel and receiving a lower portion of the folded curtain airbag, and a deployment ramp extending from a first end of the support ramp to enclose a portion of the curtain airbag therein and deploying towards the interior of the vehicle to seal a gap between the vehicular body panel and the pillar trim by expansive pressure of the curtain airbag in the event of a vehicle collision.05-05-2011
20090026742Curtain airbag device - A curtain airbag device and a guide unit are provided such that a lower rear portion of a curtain airbag can be deployed smoothly. When an inflator is activated, a curtain airbag is deployed in the downward direction. During the deployment, the rear portion of the curtain airbag is guided by a guide rod via a link strap. To fold the curtain airbag, the lower rear portion of the curtain airbag is folded back at an angle along slanted folding lines. Subsequently, the curtain airbag is rolled or folded along lines extending in a horizontal direction of the curtain airbag. This airbag structure allows the lower rear portion of the curtain airbag to be deployed downward and towards the back of the vehicle.01-29-2009
20110248485SIDE AIRBAG MODULE - Provided is a side airbag module, including (i) a gas generating means generating a hot and high-pressure gas and exhausting the gas through an outlet when a car collision occur, (ii) a side airbag cushion that is configured to be filled with the exhausted gas and is inflated from back to front at a side of a passenger, and (iii) a baffle which includes a first vent hole and is formed inside the side airbag cushion to divide the inner space of the side airbag cushion into an inner chamber and an outer chamber, wherein a second vent hole is formed in a portion of the side airbag cushion, the portion corresponding to the outer chamber, and the inner chamber is inflated first and the outer chamber is inflated later as the side airbag cushion is inflated from back to front at a side of the passenger.10-13-2011
20110248484SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG INSTALLATION SYSTEM - Installation system for fastening a side curtain airbag to a motor vehicle comprising an airbag with a hollow filling portion which may be inflated by a gas generator and a fastening edge. The installation system has a laterally open fastening profile with a continuous groove which may correspond to the length of the airbag. The fastening profile is arranged on the vehicle and defines a slit-like opening. A thickened guide extends along the fastening edge and is configured to be inserted into the fastening profile. The thickened guide is received in the groove and has a cross section that is at least partially larger than the slit-like opening of the fastening profile.10-13-2011
20090014990Passenger restraint system - A vehicle occupant restraint system includes an inflatable airbag arranged in a vehicle seat. When the airbag is triggered it at least partially unfolds in the direction of travel on a side of the vehicle seat facing the vehicle interior. The vehicle seat includes a backrest frame extending in a substantially vertical direction in the vehicle seat and substantially aligned in the direction of travel. The airbag is connected to a front end of the backrest frame pointing in the direction of travel.01-15-2009
20090001694CURTAIN AIR BAG APPARATUS - A curtain air bag apparatus for protecting an occupant in a vehicle upon a vehicle collision, has an air bag body inflating and deploying in a curtain-like shape in a side surface of a vehicle interior with a high pressure gas jetted and introduced into the air bag body by an inflator. The air bag body has a main inflation chamber and a sub-inflation chamber which are defined by a partition portion formed by bonding inside surfaces of the air bag body, and a gas flow regulation passage formed as a partly non-bonding portion of the partition portion. The main and sub-inflation chambers are respectively located at an upper side and a lower side of the air bag body and communicate with each other through the gas flow regulation passage.01-01-2009
20100244415Airbag - A side airbag extends along a side of an interior roof of a vehicle and is configured to restrain a head of a vehicle occupant when the airbag is deployed. The airbag includes an inboard panel, an outboard panel, and one or more seams configured to join the inboard panel and the outboard panel. The at least one or more seams include first seam portions and second seam portions. The first seam portions are subject to higher stress than the second seam portions when the airbag inflates. The first seam portions are reinforced by sewing or by at least one bead of energy absorbent sealant or adhesive.09-30-2010
20090243268Occupant protection system - The occupant protection system includes a catching body that is housed in a housing located between a near-by seat and a distant seat for upward deployment and a support body that supports the catching body. The catching body covers the impact side of a distant-side occupant to catch the occupant moving toward the impacted lateral and includes a distal end acting as a free end swingable in a left and right direction. The support body is located on a side of the near-by seat close to the impacted lateral for deployment to support the catching body when the catching body swings toward the impacted lateral after receiving the distant-side occupant.10-01-2009
20120200069CURTAIN AIRBAG APPARATUS - A curtain airbag apparatus is provided with a curtain airbag that is embedded, in a folded or rolled state, in an upper edge portion of at least one door opening and deploys into a form of a curtain, the curtain airbag having: a first deployment portion deploying downward by inflating with gas supplied from upon a side collision and rollover of the vehicle; a second deployment portion deploying downward by inflating with gas supplied at least upon a rollover of the vehicle, such that the second deployment portion is located in an area that does not overlap, as viewed laterally, an area in which the first deployment portion is located; and an internal pressure difference creator that makes an internal pressure of the second deployment portion higher than an internal pressure of the first deployment portion at least upon a rollover of the vehicle.08-09-2012
20090184502Vehicle occupant protection device - A vehicle occupant protection device has a large-area, inflatable gas bag which includes a gas bag wall having an impact surface for the occupant and which has a non-inflatable portion. The non-inflatable portion is provided with at least one elongated opening which can expand and therefore permits a movement of the impact surface upon impact of the occupant and prevents the latter from slipping off from the gas bag.07-23-2009
20120200071AIRBAG ARRANGEMENT - An airbag arrangement with an inflatable curtain airbag for a vehicle includes fixation elements to fix the inflatable curtain airbag to the interior side structure of the vehicle. The airbag further includes an inflatable area to cover parts of the interior side structure of the vehicle. A fender airbag is provided adjacent to the inflatable area and/or the fixation elements of the inflatable curtain airbag. The fender airbag is inflated with a time delay with respect to the inflation of the inflatable area of the inflatable curtain airbag.08-09-2012
20090001696Multi-adaptive airbag - An airbag module to protect the automobile occupant, which includes an inflatable bag (01-01-2009
20080303251ARRANGING STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENTS - A structure of arranging interior components of a vehicle is provided. The structure includes a panel member extending along a side of a roof of the vehicle, and a bracket having a fixing base attached to the panel member, a first attaching base to which a first interior component is attached, and a bent piece connecting the fixing base and the first attaching base. The bent piece includes a sideward extending portion which inwardly extends in a width direction of the vehicle from the fixing base, and a downward extending portion which downwardly extends from the sideward extending portion and to which the first attaching base is connected. A second interior component is arranged between a space surrounded by the panel member and the bent piece.12-11-2008
20120032425Pre-Crash Side Air Bag Device - A pre-crash side airbag device includes a side collision detection sensor, a pre-crash sensor, a main airbag, an auxiliary airbag, and a control unit. The side collision detection sensor detects a collision occurring at the side of a vehicle. The pre-crash sensor detects physical quantities related to the speed of an approaching object. The main airbag is deployed when a control signal is input. The auxiliary airbag is coupled to one side of the main airbag. The control unit controls the deployment of the main airbag and the auxiliary airbag depending on a pre-crash case where a high-speed side collision is expected and a normal case where a low-speed side collision is expected or the measurement value is erroneous.02-09-2012
20080203711Side Airbag Apparatus for a Vehicle - In at least one embodiment, the present invention provides a side airbag apparatus for a vehicle having a seat with a back rest part and a hinge mechanism. The side airbag includes a separation means defining a front airbag chamber and a rear airbag chamber within the side airbag. A connecting passage connects the front and rear airbag chambers adjacent a lower extremity of the separation means. An attaching portion provided on the rear portion of the rear airbag chamber attaches the side airbag to the backrest part. An inflator proximate said attaching portion injects gas into the rear airbag chamber which flows through the connecting passage into the front airbag chamber.08-28-2008
20120267880AIRBAG FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN AIRBAG - An airbag for a motor vehicle includes an airbag skin having two side walls which enclose a gas chamber. The airbag skin is at least partially rolled to a shaped package in the resting state of the curtain airbag, with the shaped package having a non-circular cross-section. In order to provide a cost-effective way to produce such an airbag and to ensure that the airbag shows a deployment behaviour of a rolled package, the non-circular cross-section is permanent as long as the pressure inside the gas chamber does not exceed the pressure of the environment and is obtainable by plastic conversion of a rolled package with a circular cross-section.10-25-2012
20090212542Side-collision airbag apparatus - An apparatus includes an airbag having first and second portions formed by seaming silicon coated cloths where the second portion has a vent. The airbag is folded in a seatback, deploys to a side of an occupant by a gas supply, and receives an occupant lumbar at the first portion and a chest at the second portion. An inflator extends across the first and second portions towards a rear of the vehicle and includes a gas injector in the first portion. A gas distributing member has a discharge port opening into the first portion and a passage opening into the second portion between the distributing member and a surface of the inflator. The distributing member is fitted to the surface and distributes gas from the inflator to the airbag so the flow rate is higher in the first portion. A communicating portion transfers gas between the first and second portions.08-27-2009
20090212541Assembly with an instrument panel for a motor vehicle and a knee airbag - An airbag housing is carried on a formed part extending from a lower section of an instrument panel for a motor vehicle. The formed part forms at least a front section of an upper wall of a footwell assigned to the vehicle occupants. A knee airbag is disposed in the airbag housing.08-27-2009
20110079990VEHICLE CURTAIN AIRBAG - A post-deployment, position-stabilized curtain airbag has a top edge from which an inflatable safety cushion is supported by a vehicle for deployment into a vehicle passenger compartment between occupant and occupant enclosure. A fill chamber is secured to the top edge of the safety cushion. An inflatable structural member is mechanically connected to the safety cushion. The fill chamber directs pressurized gas into the safety cushion and the structural member. The structural member deploys into the passenger compartment between the safety cushion and occupant enclosure limiting outboard displacement of the safety cushion. The structural member fully deploys after the safety cushion. Another structural member deploys along the top edge of the safety cushion limiting pivoting of the safety cushion there relative to the fill chamber. Pressurized gas enters each structural member through auxiliary passageways having oppositely directed entrances and outlets.04-07-2011
20130009389DEVIATING AIRBAG - Embodiments of the present invention provide an airbag system formed from non-traditional or asymmetric airbag shapes that deflect a vehicle occupant away from an interior vehicle structure.01-10-2013
20110175334MULTI-CHAMBER KNEE AIRBAG - An airbag module for a vehicle includes a gas generator for generating a gas and a multi-chamber airbag operatively connected to the gas generator for receiving the gas. The airbag defines a first inflation chamber, at least one second inflation chamber, at least one third inflation chamber and a fourth inflation chamber. The airbag includes internal vents configured to allow selective communication between the first chamber and each of the at least one second chamber and the at least one third chamber and selective communication between the at least one second chamber and the fourth chamber. The internal vents are configured to maintain a higher pressure in selective chambers by restricting ability of the gas to escape the selective chamber. The order of internal venting between the respective inflation chambers controls the pressure and timing of inflation of the multi-chamber airbag.07-21-2011
20100084841Head protection airbag - A head protection airbag according to the invention includes: a shielding main body portion which is manufactured by double weaving, is configured to have a substantially rectangular plate shape when the shielding main body portion is flatly deployed so that a vehicle inside-facing wall and a vehicle outside-facing wall overlap with each other, and covers a window on the inside when the inflation is completed; a plurality of mounting portions which protrude upward from an upper edge of the shielding main body portion and mount the upper edge of the shielding main body portion on an upper edge of the window; and a connection port which has a substantially tubular shape, protrudes upward from the upper edge of the shielding main body portion and allows an inflow of inflation gas into the shielding main body portion. The mounting portions and the connection port are separate from the double-woven shielding main body portion and are connected to the shielding main body portion.04-08-2010
20110260434KNEE AIRBAG - A knee airbag for a motor vehicle is described. This knee airbag extends in its installed state along a longitudinal direction (X) from a rear end to a front end. The airbag skin (10-27-2011
20110260433SIDE COLLISION DETECTION SYSTEM AND OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM - In order to precisely detect a side collision of a vehicle with a simple configuration, an air bag device has an acceleration sensor which is for detecting a side collision and which is attached to the beam of the vehicle. Hence, in comparison with a case in which a displacement sensor for detecting a side collision is used, the air bag device can have a simplified configuration. Moreover, unlike the displacement sensor, the acceleration sensor needs no adjustment of a positional relationship with a measurement target. Accordingly, the initial adjustment of the air bag device can be carried out within a short time, resulting in a reduction of a production cost of the air bag device.10-27-2011
20110260432KNEE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE - A knee airbag device for a vehicle is provided that is capable of effectively protecting both knees of a seat occupant, regardless of position, shape or the like of an airbag door relative to the seat. In a passenger seat knee airbag device, a tear line of an airbag door retainer is broken and airbag doors are deployed upward and downward by deployment force of a knee airbag that receives a gas supply from an inflator. Thus, the knee airbag is deployed toward the knees of the occupant through an aperture portion formed in the airbag door retainer. A tear line of a form that is non-symmetrical between left and right is formed in a retaining sheet that is for retaining the knee airbag in a folded state. Thus, timings of deployment of the airbag doors by inflation pressure of the knee airbag are caused to differ between a left side portion and a right side portion.10-27-2011
20110187087AIRBAG - A seatbelt system for a vehicle includes a seatbelt anchor, a seatbelt connected to the seatbelt anchor, and an airbag mounted to the seatbelt anchor such that the airbag is provided separately from the seatbelt. The airbag may be a side airbag for a pelvic area of a vehicle occupant. The seatbelt system may deploy the airbag to a desired location in a short amount of time and in a precise manner with improved confidence that the airbag has been deployed to the desired location.08-04-2011
20110187086SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG ASSEMBLY - In at least one embodiment, a side curtain airbag assembly for protecting an occupant of a vehicle is provided. The side curtain airbag assembly comprises an inflatable cushion configured to be installed between a roof rail and an upper vehicle trim of the vehicle. The inflatable cushion is deployable from an uninflated state to an inflated state by gas from a gas generator. The inflatable cushion includes a side protection panel having an upper perimeter portion and one or more sub chambers. The sub chambers inflate downward from the upper perimeter portion. An upward deploying chamber is in fluid communication with the side protection panel and inflates upward between the roof rail and the upper vehicle trim.08-04-2011
20110215557ASYMMETRIC SIDE AIRBAG FOR IMPROVED HEAD AND NECK PROTECTION - A side airbag for an automotive vehicle includes an outboard panel having a perimeter edge and a first vertical length, and an inboard panel having a perimeter edge and a second vertical length shorter than the first vertical length, the inboard and outboard panels joined to one another around their respective perimeter edges to form an enclosed volume such that when the airbag is inflated a mid-thickness line is concave toward the inboard panel. When the inflated airbag is positioned between an occupant seat and a side wall of the vehicle, the inboard-curved shape provides early engagement between an occupant of the seat and the airbag to offer improved protection for the head and neck.09-08-2011
20110215556CURTAIN AIRBAG DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - To provide a structure of an airbag capable of maintaining an attaching stability of the airbag for a long period and a method of manufacturing the airbag. Further, an object is to provide a structure of a curtain airbag device capable of easily coupling an airbag body with brackets without requiring special equipment when they are coupled with each other and a method of manufacturing the curtain airbag device.09-08-2011
20100019474Vehicle interior parts - An automotive interior component according to the present invention includes: an interior component attached to a vehicle body panel at an interior side of a vehicle; an airbag installed in a gap between the vehicle body panel and the interior component; an expanding portion defined in a partial region of the interior component, the expanding portion turning in an expansion direction of the airbag to expose an opening; first locking means made up of a first locking piece provided at a rim of the expanding portion and a first engagement portion provided at a fixed portion with which the rim of the expanding portion comes into contact, receiving the first locking piece to lock movement of the expanding portion in a turning direction; and second locking means made up of a second locking piece provided at the rim of the expanding portion and a second engagement portion provided at the fixed portion with which the rim of the expanding portion comes into contact, receiving the second locking piece to lock movement of the expanding portion in a turning radial direction.01-28-2010
20120038136Airbag for a vehicle occupant restraint system and method for producing a vehicle occupant restraint system - An airbag for a vehicle occupant restraint system of a motor vehicle is provided. The airbag comprising at least one first and one second layer of an airbag material, at least one inflatable chamber formed between the first and the second layer, which is inflatable for the protection of a vehicle occupant and at least one seam, by which the first and the second layer are connected with each other along at least a portion of their respective circumference. The airbag is deployed between a vehicle occupant and a vehicle side structure. The airbag is formed such that when the airbag is mounted in the vehicle and inflated, the seam extends along a plane which is oriented obliquely or transversely to a plane formed by the longitudinal and the height direction of the vehicle.02-16-2012
20120038135SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FOLDING BAG PORTION OF SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE - The present invention provides a side airbag device, in which an airbag lower portion including a loin protection portion is expanded generally right downward to expand and develop the loin protection portion quickly, so that at the time of a side crash of the vehicle, the airbag is located between the loins of the passenger and the door trim with certainty to protect the passenger, and a method for folding a bag section thereof. The airbag 02-16-2012
20120038134AIRBAG SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - An airbag system is provided for a motor vehicle with a first and second inflatable protective chamber, which when inflated form an angle with each other. The first and second protective chambers are linked to each other and/or to a gas feed along one side; and/or that a third inflatable protective chamber is provided, which when inflated forms an angle with the first and second protective chambers.02-16-2012
20120098240VEHICLE AIR BAG SYSTEM - A vehicle air bag system includes a side air bag that is housed folded up in a vehicle seat and that deploys between an occupant seated in the vehicle seat and a front side door by receiving a supply of gas when a side collision occurs, and a curtain air bag that is housed folded up in an upper edge portion of a door opening and that deploys in a curtain shape downward by receiving a supply of gas when a side collision and a rollover occur. The curtain air bag has a delay chamber that deploys later than a main chamber by receiving a supply of gas from the main chamber via a narrowed passage. The delay chamber deploys with a lower end side below a beltline and in an area that overlaps with a deployment area of a side air bag.04-26-2012
20090200774LOW RISK DEPLOYMENT SIDE AIRBAG SYSTEM - A side head airbag is installed in a headrest of a vehicle seat and deploys laterally forward with respect to the vehicle toward a gap located between an occupant's head and a side window for the protection of the occupant's head during a serious side impact crash. The side head airbag has a tether constructed in such a way as to minimize the inefficient voids that are commonly seen from side curtain airbags. The side head airbag may have a two chamber construction to improve the energy absorption mechanism from an elastic loading/unloading to a plastic loading/unloading along with a roll-over protection. Another restraint may be installed, separately from the head airbag, in a seatback or in a side structure to protect an occupant's thorax and/or pelvis during a serious side impact crash.08-13-2009
20120043741SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A side airbag has a high-pressure chamber and a low-pressure chamber with a pressure lower than the pressure in the high-pressure chamber. An inflator is provided in the low-pressure chamber with a gas discharge section facing the high-pressure chamber. In a side collision, gas from the inflator is supplied mainly toward the high-pressure chamber and is supplied also to the low-pressure chamber. The high-pressure chamber and the low-pressure chamber are partitioned by a partition wall. A check valve mounted to the partition wall is opened by the pressure gas supplied from the inflator, which is provided in the low-pressure chamber, toward the high-pressure chamber, and thus the cheek valve permits the gas to flow from the low-pressure chamber to the high-pressure chamber. When the inflator completes the discharge of the gas, the check valve restricts such flow of the gas from the high-pressure chamber to the low-pressure chamber.02-23-2012
20120043742POLYESTER FABRICS FOR AIRBAG AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is a fabric for an airbag including a polyester fiber, and particularly to a polyester fabric for an airbag of which toughness is 3.5 to 6.0 kJ/m02-23-2012
20110316263INFLATABLE AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES WITH HEAT SHIELDS - Heat shields are used to shield an airbag from hot gasses issuing from an inflator. The heat shields can be a piece of thin metal that is coupled to the airbag cushion or the inflator. The heat shield can be held in place by being attached or coupled to the airbag and/or the inflator.12-29-2011
20110057426SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE SEAT - A side airbag device for a vehicle seat comprises an inner connection member having a clip hole in an inner end portion thereof, an outer connection member having a clip hole in an inner end portion thereof, and a clip inserted in the respective clip holes of the inner and outer connection members and a clip-locking hole of a seat frame. The clip is inserted in the clip holes of the inner and outer connection members under a condition that the inner end portion of the inner connection member and the inner end portion of the outer connection member are overlapped on each other to allow the clip hole of the inner connection member and the clip hole of the outer connection member to be aligned with each other. The clip is locked to the clip-locking hole.03-10-2011
20110057425SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG - An inflatable cushion for a side of a vehicle is provided, the inflatable cushion having a first sheet of material; a second sheet of material, the first sheet of material being secured to the first sheet of material to define the inflatable cushion; wherein at least a portion of a peripheral edge of the inflatable cushion is defined by a seam wherein the first sheet is secured to the second sheet only by a plurality of stitches and the inflatable cushion maintains an internal pressure in a range of greater than 20 KPa and less than 50 KPa for at least 1.5 seconds during inflation of the inflatable cushion.03-10-2011
20110057424SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG WITH FABRIC DIFFUSER - An inflatable cushion for a side of a vehicle, the inflatable cushion having: a first cushion section formed from a first sheet of material secured to a second sheet of material, the first cushion section having a plurality of separate inflatable cells each of which having an inlet opening for receipt of an inflation gas; an internal passageway formed in the first cushion section, the internal passageway linking and fluidly coupling to each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells via the inlet opening of each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells, the internal passageway being formed by an upper portion of the first sheet of material and an upper portion of the second sheet of material; a fabric diffuser member secured in the internal passageway, the fabric diffuser member being configured to supply the inflation gas to each of the plurality of separate inflatable cells; and means for restricting fluid flow between the plurality of inflatable cells by limiting fluid flow between an exterior portion of the fabric diffuser member and an interior surface of the internal passageway proximate to an edge of the inlet openings of the plurality of inflatable cells.03-10-2011
20120001407VEHICLE CURTAIN AIRBAG - A post-deployment, position-stabilized curtain airbag has a top edge from which an inflatable safety cushion is supported by a vehicle for deployment into a vehicle passenger compartment between occupant and occupant enclosure. A fill chamber is secured to the top edge of the safety cushion. An inflatable structural member is mechanically connected to the safety cushion. The fill chamber directs pressurized gas into the safety cushion and the structural member. The structural member deploys into the passenger compartment between the safety cushion and occupant enclosure limiting outboard displacement of the safety cushion. The structural member fully deploys after the safety cushion. Another structural member deploys along the top edge of the safety cushion limiting pivoting of the safety cushion there relative to the fill chamber. Pressurized gas enters each structural member through auxiliary passageways having oppositely directed entrances and outlets.01-05-2012
20100320734VENT ASSEMBLY - The present invention discloses a retention apparatus for a fin subassembly used in connection with a vent assembly of a vehicle including a headliner assembly mounted to an interior vehicle body structure. A curtain side airbag is disposed between the headliner assembly and the vehicle body structure. The headliner is configured to be displaced by the curtain side airbag upon airbag deployment so as to provide a safety feature for passengers of the vehicle. The vent assembly includes a trim cover, a retainer ring and a fin subassembly. The trim cover is mounted to a vehicle headliner and the trim cover having a predetermined inside diameter. The fin subassembly having a plurality of fins configured to direct airflow from an air duct and also having an extended actuator operatively connected to the fins to permit simultaneous and identical movement of the fins. The fin subassembly is mounted in the retainer ring and the retainer ring is rotatably mounted in the trim cover to allow the retainer ring and fin subassembly to freely rotate. The extended actuator having a length greater than that of the predetermined inside diameter of the trim cover to prevent the fin subassembly from detaching from the vent assembly as a whole upon curtain side airbag deployment.12-23-2010
20110049849PASSENGER SEAT AIR-BAG MODULE - A passenger seat air-bag module, may include a cushion plate on which an air-bag cushion is provided, the cushion plate mounted to a vehicle body, an inflator unit secured to the cushion plate and providing gas pressure to the air-bag cushion, and a seat cover secured at a first side thereof to the inflator unit and the cushion plate and secured at a second side thereof to the cushion plate to cover an outer portion of the air-bag cushion.03-03-2011
20110049848INTEGRATED AIRBAG CLOSING AND INFLATOR MOUNTING MEMBERS FOR INFLATABLE AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES - Inflatable airbag cushions are filled with inflation gas by inflators. The inflators can be coupled in fluid communication with the airbag and are typically mounted within a vehicle structure by a coupling and closing member. The coupling and closing member can be an elongated piece of a flexible material that wraps around an inflator attachment feature on the airbag. The coupling and closing member can also have structures for fixedly attaching the member to a vehicle structure.03-03-2011
20120153601COLUMN-MOUNTED KNEE AIRBAG DEVICE - An airbag module is stored within a column lower cover of a steering column. The airbag module is structured to include a supporting plate, an inflator, and a knee airbag. A gap is formed between a lower surface of the knee airbag and the column lower cover. Ribs are formed to project at inner side surfaces of corner portions of the column lower cover. The ribs are pressed against the knee airbag and are made to be an interfering design.06-21-2012
20120013107INFLATABLE AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES WITH ARM-MANIPULATING SIDE AIRBAGS - Inflatable side airbags are employed to cushion an occupant in the event of a side impact. An occupant's outboard arm may become trapped between a deploying side airbag and the occupant's torso. This situation may cause injury to the occupant's ribs. Side airbags can be engineered such that the occupant's arm is moved out of the way by the airbag during deployment.01-19-2012
20120056410SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A side airbag having a high pressure chamber and a low pressure chamber divided by a sewn portion, a diffuser that distributes gas for inflation to the high pressure chamber and the low pressure chamber, and a check valve that regulates flowing of gas from a high pressure chamber side to a low pressure chamber side. A partitioning wall, that divides a lower chamber (high pressure chamber) and an upper chamber (low pressure chamber) within a side airbag, is structured by a portion of a lower base cloth (high pressure chamber base cloth) that structures the lower chamber or a portion of an upper base cloth (low pressure chamber base cloth) that structures the upper chamber. A check valve, that permits flowing of gas, jetted-out from a gas jetting-out portion of an inflator, from the upper chamber to the lower chamber and that regulates flowing of gas in an opposite direction, is provided integrally with the partitioning wall.03-08-2012
20100295282SEAT WITH SIDE AIRBAG FOR VEHICLES - A seat with a side airbag for vehicles is disclosed, which is constructed such that an airbag cushion is deployed through a connection portion formed between a front seat cover and a side seat cover. A guide tape may be attached on the side seat cover. The guide tape extends a predetermined length in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle towards the connection portion between the front seat cover and the side seat cover.11-25-2010
20120025499AIRBAG APPARATUS - An inflation portion of an airbag, which is inflated by inflation gas, is partitioned into an upstream inflation portion and a downstream inflation portion via a partition member. When being tensioned in a planar manner, the partition member has a length in a longitudinal direction that is longer than a length in a transverse direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. A pressure regulating valve that is closed at an early stage of a supply period of the inflation gas to the inflation portion and is opened from the middle of the supply period includes a slit-like inner opening that is provided on the partition member and extends in the transverse direction and a pair of valve body portions that are provided around the inner opening and are selectively positioned close to and separated from each other.02-02-2012
20120025502CURTAIN AIRBAG - A curtain airbag capable for preventing occupant ejection from a vehicle, particularly in the vicinity of a rearmost seat, while reducing the output required of an inflator associated with the airbag. The curtain airbag is stored at an upper position on a side surface portion of the occupant compartment of the vehicle, so as to be inflated and deployed along the side surface portion. The curtain airbag includes an inflation region and a wide portion in the form of non-inflatable cloth. The wide portion is attached to a rear edge portion of the inflation region and also attached to at least one point of the vehicle rearward of a front-side pillar, the front-side pillar being located forward of rearmost side window. The wide portion has a shape that allows it to be strained, by the inflated and deployed inflation region, into a generally planar configuration over an assumed strike area of the rearmost side window.02-02-2012
20120025501CURTAIN AIRBAG FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - An inflatable curtain airbag is secured along an upper edge to a body structure of the motor vehicle and deploys downwardly when inflated. Prior to deployment, the lower edge of the curtain is not tethered to the vehicle body. When nearly or fully deployed, the lower edge of the curtain engages an adjacent part of the motor vehicle so as to form a virtual tether therebetween resisting relative movement between the curtain and the adjacent part.02-02-2012
20120025500AIRBAG APPARATUS FOR A SIDE WINDOW - An airbag apparatus mountable on a vehicle having a side window, a first pillar adjoining the window and a second pillar adjoining the window on the opposite side is disclosed. The airbag apparatus includes an airbag adapted to be housed in an upper edge of the window, and the airbag includes a shutter section that covers the window on an inboard side thereof. The shutter section includes mounting portions that are located above and in vicinities of the first and second pillars, an inflatable region comprised of a first pillar side region, a supporting region and a preventing region, and a thin panel region that is surrounded by the inflatable region. The thin panel region includes therein a catching point that is intended to catch a vehicle occupant during a rollover event of the vehicle, and the supporting inflatable region and preventing inflatable region surround the catching point continuously at the lower side and on a side of the second pillar. The mounting portions, the inflatable region and the thin panel region constitute in combination a preventing element that prevents the occupant from ejecting out of the window during a rollover event of the vehicle.02-02-2012
20120025498AIRBAG APPARATUS - An airbag apparatus mountable in front of a seat of a vehicle and including an airbag is disclosed. The airbag is deployable between a member of a vehicle body structure and knees of a vehicle occupant. The airbag includes a bag body formed by connecting peripheral edges of a vehicle body side wall and an occupant side wall, an outer connecting element that is located on an outer face of the vehicle body side wall and connected to the vehicle body side wall by two joints arranged away from each other in an up and down direction at deployment for reducing a length in an up and down direction of the vehicle body side wall, and a plurality of thin regions that are arranged between the two joints of the outer connecting element to the vehicle body side wall on the bag body. The thin regions are arranged generally along a left and right direction in a mutually separate fashion and help bend the airbag at deployment.02-02-2012
20110089673VEHICLE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT CLADDING ELEMENT FOR A COLUMN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A vehicle passenger compartment cladding element is provided for a column of a motor vehicle with a head airbag module arranged in the area of the column, which has a base body with an open profile cross section, and a front cover, which accommodates an attachment bracket for securing to a vehicle structure and at least one support element, which to be supported against the vehicle structure is arranged to the side of the attachment bracket toward the edge of the base body on the front cover.04-21-2011
20120119476PASSENGER PROTECTION OF VEHICLE - A cell of a curtain airbag is configured such that its upper portion is closed in an inflated state of the curtain airbag, whereas its lower portion is open and connected to a gas flowing passage from an inflator. Accordingly, a passenger protection device of a vehicle which can properly prevent an interior material from being broken and scattered can be provided.05-17-2012
20120313356CURTAIN AIRBAG SYSTEM - A curtain airbag system for a vehicle is stored in a folded state in a roof side portion, and includes a gas supply passage to be deployed along the roof side portion, a rear main chamber that is inflated and deployed below the gas supply passage in the event of a side impact or rollover of the vehicle, with gas supplied through the gas supply passage, a rear auxiliary chamber that is deployed at a front side of the rear main chamber in the event of at least rollover, with gas supplied through the gas supply passage or the rear main chamber, and a concave deployment portion having a looped line that restricts deployment of a part of the rear auxiliary chamber or a part of a space between the rear auxiliary chamber and the gas supply passage as seen in a side view.12-13-2012
20120248748AIR BAG ASSEMBLY WITH AIR BAG GUIDE SECURED BY MULTIPLE FASTENERS - A vehicle seat may include a seat back having a frame, a trim cover disposed on the seat back that includes a deployment seam, and an air bag module having an inflator and an air bag. The air bag may be configured to be inflated by the inflator to sever and deploy through the deployment seam. The air bag module may include a mounting stud that extends through the frame, first and second mounting nuts threaded onto the mounting stud to secure the air bag module to the frame, and an air bag guide. The air bag guide may have a first end located adjacent to the deployment seam and a second end disposed opposite the first end. The second end may engage and be disposed between the first and second mounting nuts.10-04-2012
20120126518SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - An object is to be able to more appropriately restrain respective portions of an upper body, including a waist portion, of a passenger by a side airbag at a time of a side collision. At a time of a side collision, a side airbag receives a supply of gas and deploys between a passenger and a vehicle body side portion, and an upper bag portion restrains from a head portion to a shoulder portion, and a lower bag portion restrains a waist portion, and an intermediate portion, that connects a lower edge portion of the upper bag portion and an upper edge portion of the lower bag portion, restrains a chest portion. Load, that is imparted toward a vehicle transverse direction inner side from the upper bag portion to the shoulder portion of the passenger at this time, decreases at a latter stage of restraint of the shoulder portion by the upper bag portion, and therefore, an amount of movement of the shoulder portion toward a vehicle transverse direction inner side is suppressed to an appropriate degree.05-24-2012
20120126516KNEE AIR BAG FOR VEHICLE - A knee air bag for a vehicle has an inflator, a diffuser and a cushion to protect a passenger's knee when the cushion is deployed. The knee air bag also includes an inflator connector which is provided on a back of the cushion, and an external tether which is provided on an upper portion of the inflator connector and secured at lower and upper ends thereof to the back of the cushion, thus guiding the cushion so that the cushion is deployed upwards. The knee air bag makes the cushion come into close contact with a seatback of the vehicle when the knee air bag is deployed, thus reducing interference with a roof air bag located at an upper position, therefore preventing a passenger's head or neck from suffering secondary injuries.05-24-2012
20120126517CURTAIN AIR BAG SYSTEM - A curtain air bag system includes a main deployment portion for an occupant seated in a front seat, that is housed folded up in an upper edge portion of an opening in a vehicle body, and inflates by receiving a supply of gas when the vehicle is in a side collision and when the vehicle rolls over, and deploys in a curtain shape downward with respect to the vehicle; an auxiliary deployment portion that inflates by receiving a supply of gas via a gas passage that is communicated with a portion of the auxiliary deployment portion in a vertical direction of the vehicle, and that deploys such that a lower end side, when viewed from a side, overlaps with a side door forward of the main deployment portion; and a connecting portion that connects a portion on an upper end side of the auxiliary deployment portion to a front pillar.05-24-2012
20090058053INFLATABLE CURTAIN AIRBAG INTEGRATED TETHER - An inflatable curtain airbag integrated tether and method of manufacture can include forming an inflatable curtain from at least one panel of material defining at least one expandable chamber, forming a tether integrally from a salvage area of the at one panel of material, and attaching the tether at an attachment point to the inflatable curtain at one end and having opposite end attachable to a structural pillar of the vehicle for anchoring the inflatable curtain during inflation. The side curtain airbag can be for installation in a stowed condition proximate a roof rail of a vehicle and adapted to be inflated to a deployed condition extending downward along an inner side surface of a passenger compartment of a vehicle.03-05-2009
20120248750AIRBAG APPARATUS - The airbag of an airbag apparatus is provided with a slip member that is disposed on the outer surface of an occupant protection area of an airbag main body and can suppress load to an occupant by allowing the airbag main body to slide when the airbag comes in contact with the occupant while being developed and inflated. The slip member is connected to the airbag main body at both left and right edges and a rear-lower edge. In the slip member, a left connecting portion and a right connecting portion for connecting both left and right edges to the airbag main body are connected at a position before and above the center of the occupant protection area, and the rear connecting portion for connecting the rear-lower edge to the airbag main body is connected at a position rear-lower the center of the occupant protection area.10-04-2012
20120235389SIDE AIR BAG DEVICE, OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE AND OCCUPANT PROTECTION METHOD - There are provided a side air bag device, an occupant protection device and an occupant protection method. The side air bag member is expanded between a side door and a passenger M in a widthwise direction of a vehicle so as to protect the passenger from a shock caused by an impact on the side door. The side air bag member includes a communication chamber and a non-expanded portion that are contracted when the side air bag member is pressed by a curtain air bag member that is expanded above the side air bag member in the vertical direction of the vehicle.09-20-2012
20120175862AIR BAG WITH INTEGRAL PROTECTION MEMBER - A vehicle seat assembly according to the present disclosure includes an air bag module having an air bag and an inflator associated with the air bag. The air bag includes a main body configured to be inflated by the inflator, and an extension formed integrally with the main body and at least partially covering the main body. The seat assembly further includes a seat pad disposed outside the air bag module, and a trim cover positioned over the seat pad. Upon inflation of the main body of the air bag, at least a portion of the extension is configured to move forwardly such that the at least a portion of the extension extends between the seat pad and the main body, or between the trim cover and the main body.07-12-2012
20100032929AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE SEAT WITH AN AIRBAG IN THE BACKREST THEREOF - An automotive vehicle seat (02-11-2010
20100270781SIDE AIRBAG CUSHION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE - Exemplary embodiments are directed to an inflatable cushion for deployment along an interior side of a vehicle. In one exemplary embodiment the inflatable cushion has: an inflatable portion, the inflatable portion partially surrounding an area; a non-inflatable member secured to the inflatable portion and positioned in the area; and a retentive pocket formed by the non-inflatable member and the inflatable cushion, the retentive pocket having a periphery bounded on at least one side by the non-inflatable member and the non-inflatable member being configured such that a recessed area is formed in the retentive pocket, the recessed area being disposed within the periphery of the retentive pocket.10-28-2010
20120074676AIRBAG MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - An airbag module, in particular side airbag module, for a motor vehicle, is provided. The airbag module comprising a gas bag inflatable with gas to protect a person, a gas generator longitudinally extending along a direction of extension for releasing the gas required for inflating the gas bag, and a flat carrier for carrying the gas bag and the gas generator, wherein the carrier includes two legs which are connected with each other along the direction of extension and are located opposite each other transverse to the direction of extension, so that the carrier forms a receptacle open on three sides for the gas generator and the gas bag. The carrier comprises a flow-off region, through which gas emerging from at least one outflow opening of the gas generator can be flown off into an exterior space surrounding the airbag module.03-29-2012
20090020988Side airbag apparatus - In a vehicle to which a side airbag apparatus is applied, a rear frame portion of a seat frame is arranged near a rear end of an intermediate portion in a seat back, and an intermediate pad portion of a seat pad is arranged near a front end of the intermediate portion. An airbag is provided with a main airbag and an auxiliary airbag. The main airbag is inflated between a body side portion of the vehicle and an occupant by shooting out forward from an outer side portion of the seat back by a gas jetted out of an inflator. The auxiliary airbag presses a position near the outer side portion of the intermediate pad portion forward by being inflated between the rear frame portion and the intermediate pad portion by the gas jetted out of the inflator.01-22-2009
20120256402CURTAIN AIRBAG SYSTEM - A curtain airbag of a curtain airbag system includes a main chamber stored in a folded condition in a roof side portion that extends rearward from a front pillar, and a front auxiliary chamber formed integrally with the main chamber and stored in a folded condition in a roof header portion. The main chamber is inflated with gas supplied thereto in the event of a side impact of a vehicle and rollover of the vehicle, to be deployed like a curtain downwardly of the vehicle. The front auxiliary chamber is inflated with gas supplied thereto at least in the event of rollover of the vehicle, to be deployed in front of the main chamber such that a lower portion of the front auxiliary chamber as seen in a side view of the vehicle overlaps a front side door.10-11-2012
20100327567ROOF AIRBAG APPARATUS FOR VEHICLES - A roof airbag apparatus may include an inflator, a containing pouch, an airbag cushion and an airbag door. The inflator supplies gas pressure to the airbag cushion. The containing pouch is installed inside a headlining of a vehicle roof The containing pouch has a receiving space therein. The airbag cushion is disposed in the receiving space of the containing pouch. The airbag cushion is deployed downwards by gas pressure supplied from the inflator. The airbag door allows an opening to be formed in the headlining by an opening motion of the airbag door when the airbag cushion is deployed.12-30-2010
20080296876Air bag device for automobile - An air bag device for automobile comprising a side air bag member arranged at a vehicle body side portion or a vehicle seat in a folded state, expanded by being supplied with a gas upon a vehicle being impacted from the side or rolling over, and which deploys between a passenger seated on the vehicle seat and the vehicle body side portion, and a head portion protection air bag member which deploys in a curtain shape in a downward direction inside of a vehicle compartment up to a position of overlapping a deploying region of the side air bag member in a vehicle width direction, and which has a shape that fits with the deployed side air bag member.12-04-2008
20120299276HEAD-PROTECTING AIRBAG APPARATUS - In a head-protecting airbag apparatus, an airbag is folded up and housed in a case that is made from synthetic resin and has an inverse U-shaped sectional contour opening downward. The airbag includes a plurality of mounting portions, and the mounting portions are taken out to an outer circumference of the case to be fastened to the vehicle body structure. The case includes a retaining projection that is inserted through a retaining hole formed on the upper rim of the airbag for retaining the upper rim of the airbag, and a retaining tongue that has a cantilever structure so as to be flexible toward an inner side of the case. A section of the airbag in a vicinity of the retaining hole is placed over an outer circumferential surface of the retaining tongue such that the retaining projection is inserted through the retaining hole.11-29-2012
20110037243VEHICULAR TRIM APPLICATIONS USING FILM ADHESIVE IN LIEU OF STITCHING - A vehicle seat configured to retain an air bag. The vehicle seat uses selective use of adhesive tape in place of stitching to provide easier manufacturing, lower cost, improved durability and easier repairs, as well as having the adhesive tape be configured to rupture as needed in response to activation of the air bag.02-17-2011
20120267879CURTAIN AIRBAG DEVICE - A curtain airbag device capable of inflating and deploying without suffering a burst of a cushion part at an end of a cushion part protector near an inflator. The curtain airbag device includes a cushion part extending in a front to back direction of the vehicle, accommodated in a state rolled up from a lower end toward an upper end thereof, and inflating and deploying downward when gas is supplied thereto. The curtain airbag device includes an inflator for supplying gas to the cushion part from a predetermined position at the upper end of the cushion part, and an elongated protector 10-25-2012
20120326420SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE - A side airbag device includes a side airbag configured to protect a side of an occupant by being developed and expanded when a vehicle is impacted from the side direction. The side airbag is formed with a shoulder portion compartment corresponding to a shoulder portion of the occupant, a waist portion compartment, and a chest portion compartment. The shoulder portion compartment includes a first wrap section that overlaps, when viewed in a side direction of the vehicle, a B pillar, a second wrap section that overlaps, when viewed in the side direction of the vehicle, a door main body section, and an intermediate section that is formed between the first wrap section and the second wrap section and travels from the first wrap section toward the second wrap section along a door belt line.12-27-2012
20110227320AIRBAG DEVICE - An airbag device having an airbag that can be inflated and deployed by inflating gas; a gas generator that supplies the inflating gas to the inside of the airbag; a housing that accommodates the airbag in a folded state; and a cloth-like deployment restricting member that is fixed at one end to the housing and that encloses part of the folded airbag. A deployment non-restricted portion of the airbag deploys upward, the deployment non-restricted portion not being enclosed by the deployment restricting member, and a deployment restricted portion, which is enclosed by the deployment restricting member, is deployed afterward.09-22-2011
20100237595Side airbag apparatus and method for folding airbag - A side airbag apparatus 09-23-2010
20110266779CURTAIN AIRBAG DEVICE - A curtain air bag device which allows a bag main body to expansively spread more quickly and reliably. A curtain air bag device comprises a bag main body received inside a head lining disposed on the window upper edge of a vehicle and designed to expansively spread from the lower end of the head lining toward the interior of the vehicle at the time of actuation; and a gas supply device for supplying expansion gas to the bag main body. The bag main body has a plurality of chambers which expand during operation; and a duct extending above the chambers along the window upper edge to distribute the gas to respective chambers. Further, the duct has an expansion region where the lower end is disposed lower than the lower end of the head lining during spreading.11-03-2011
20120091697OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM - An occupant restraint system for a motor vehicle having a seat system configured to provide seating to an occupant positioned adjacent to a console having a top surface and configured to provide utility; which includes a cushion stored in the folded configuration and having an inflatable chamber configured to inflate adjacent to an occupant to provide impact restraint to the occupant; an inflator configured to provide gas to inflate the inflatable chamber of the cushion; wherein a bottom portion of the cushion deploys to a position below the top surface of the console and a top portion of the cushion deploys to a position above the top surface of the console; wherein, during occupant loading, a portion of cushion contacts the console to receive lateral support and to react the forces imparted into the cushion induced by the occupant impacting the cushion, wherein the lateral support impedes lateral displacement of the cushion providing additional restraint to the occupant.04-19-2012
20110309604AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT CONTROL SYSTEM - An airbag deployment control system for use in a vehicle seat having a trim cover. The airbag deployment control system includes an upper outer liner member having a first end for coupling to an airbag module and a second end for coupling to the trim cover, and a lower outer liner member having a first end for coupling to the airbag module and a second end for coupling to the trim cover. The trim cover is for covering at least a portion of the vehicle seat and the airbag module. The trim cover includes a burst seam for the airbag member to deploy through the trim cover by rupturing at the burst seam upon inflation of the airbag member. The upper outer liner member and the lower outer liner member control deployment of the inflatable airbag member at least two locations.12-22-2011
20120139218Vehicle Seat Having an Airbag Module - A vehicle seat having an airbag module with an inflatable airbag cushion; a single or multi-part cover configured to cover the airbag module and an upholstered member, wherein an opening line for the airbag cushion is provided in the cover; and a reinforcing insert disposed between the cover and the airbag module for orientation of the airbag cushion when the latter inflates. In a non-triggered state of the airbag module, the reinforcing insert is folded into a multi-layer folded region that extends substantially orthogonally relative to the opening line. Upon an opening of the airbag cushion at the opening line, vertical force components can be formed in the region of the multi-layer folded region.06-07-2012
20100148477SIDE AIRBAG FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A side airbag is provided for a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger automobile, having an airbag and tensioner/tensioning means for stretching out the unfolded airbag. The tensioner/tensioning means having a peripheral, fillable tensioning frame.06-17-2010
20130015643AIRBAG MODULE FOR MOUNTING ON SEAT BOTTOM FRAMEAANM Gorman; David J.AACI Royal OakAAST MIAACO USAAGP Gorman; David J. Royal Oak MI USAANM Thomas; Scott D.AACI NoviAAST MIAACO USAAGP Thomas; Scott D. Novi MI USAANM Kehrig; Christopher J.AACI Sterling HeightsAAST MIAACO USAAGP Kehrig; Christopher J. Sterling Heights MI US - An airbag module is mounted on the outboard side of a vehicle seat bottom frame having a vertical wall. An airbag assembly includes a housing, an inflator within the housing, and an airbag folded within the housing. A molded plastic airbag cover includes a top wall having an airbag opening therein through which the airbag is inflatable, and a vertical depending wall adapted to overlie the vertical wall of the seat bottom frame in spaced relation therefrom to conceal the airbag assembly. The vertical depending wall has mounting elements extending therefrom into engagement with the vertical wall of the seat bottom frame for mounting the airbag cover on the vertical depending wall of the seat bottom frame. The housing has fastener elements mounting the housing on the airbag cover. And the airbag cover has fastener elements thereon for mounting the airbag cover on the seat bottom frame.01-17-2013
20130015644SIDE IMPACT ABSORBING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLEAANM Tamura; YoichiAACI Toyota-shiAACO JPAAGP Tamura; Yoichi Toyota-shi JP - A side impact absorbing apparatus for a vehicle includes an impact bar, an impact absorbing member that has a portion which overlaps the impact bar, and a side airbag. The impact absorbing member has a first portion to which a load is applied from the deployed side airbag, and a second portion which is a portion of the impact absorbing member other than the first portion. The first portion is smaller in thickness at least at a connection portion that is connected to the second portion than a portion of the second portion, which is connected to the first portion from below the first portion.01-17-2013
20110148080AIRBAG ASSEMBLY - An airbag assembly for a motor vehicle has an airbag 06-23-2011
20120242066KNEE AIRBAG MODULE - A knee airbag module for restraining an occupant seated in the interior compartment of a vehicle. The module includes an inflatable airbag cushion configured to deploy to a location forward of the legs of the seated occupant, and an inflator to supply inflation gas for inflating the cushion. The module further includes a housing configured to couple to the vehicle and a cover connected to the housing. The housing includes a base, a forward side wall and a rearward side wall, which together with the cover form a compartment for housing the airbag cushion prior to deployment, as well as the inflator. A portion of the rearward side wall is inclined to guide the deploying airbag cushion in an oblique direction when breaching the housing.09-27-2012
20100090448Motor vehicle seat arrangement and method for protecting a vehicle occupant - A motor vehicle seat arrangement for a motor vehicle. The seat arrangement comprising a vehicle seat, at least one inflatable element, means for inflating the inflatable element which inflate the inflatable element depending on a control signal. The vehicle seat arrangement is arranged in the vehicle and the inflatable element is designed and arranged in or on a side wall of a backrest of the vehicle seat in a way that it exerts a momentum on the upper part of the body of the vehicle occupant while it is inflated in answer to the control signal, so that the whole vehicle occupant is moved away from a collision section of the vehicle that collides or is going to collide with the object or that the thorax region of the upper part of the body of the vehicle occupant performs a tilting movement away from the collision section of the vehicle.04-15-2010
20080238055Head protection airbag device - In a head protection airbag device according to the invention, non-inflating portions of an airbag includes a blocking portion which covers the vehicle interior side of windows when inflation of the airbag is completed. One blocking portion includes a downward movement inhibiting portion catching a passenger's head and inhibiting its downward movement when the head moves downward while moving toward the vehicle exterior and touches the blocking portion when inflation of the airbag is completed. The blocking portion comprises overlapping vehicle interior side and the vehicle exterior side portions which are mutually connected, with a portion of a vehicle interior member by the upper edge made to be the downward movement inhibiting portion. The downward movement inhibiting portion is connected at both the front and rear edges to the vehicle exterior member of the blocking portion, allowing the upper edge of the downward movement inhibiting portion to be a catching edge which can be separated from the vehicle exterior member when catching the head.10-02-2008
20080231026Side airbag apparatus - A side airbag apparatus has an airbag assembly that protects a passenger seated on a seat in a passenger compartment by being inflated and deployed at a side wall portion of the passenger compartment corresponding to the seat in a collision of a vehicle. The airbag assembly includes a main airbag and an auxiliary airbag that inflate and deployed in a state arranged along a lateral direction of the vehicle. If the body size of the passenger is greater than or equal to a predetermined size, the main airbag is inflated and deployed and the auxiliary airbag is not inflated or deployed. If the body size of the passenger is smaller than the predetermined size, the main airbag and the auxiliary airbag are both inflated and deployed. Thus, in the latter case, the airbag assembly in the inflated and deployed state has a great thickness in the lateral direction of the vehicle compared to the case in which the body size of the passenger is greater than or equal to the predetermined size.09-25-2008
20080224457Tubular Gas Guide Element, Gas Generation and Feed Unit and Curtain Airbag Unit - A tubular gas guide element for a side curtain airbag for guiding gas coming from a gas generator comprising at least two layers of fabric. With the use of such a gas guide, thrust of the gas inflowing into an airbag can be balanced.09-18-2008
20110272929KNEE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A knee airbag device for a vehicle, configured in such a manner that, when a knee airbag is inflated and expanded with the knees of a vehicle occupant located close to an airbag door, a load to the lower legs is reduced. A first tear section (11-10-2011
20110272928INFLATABLE AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES WITH ANTI-SLIP PATCHES - Inflatable curtain airbags can be used to mitigate the likelihood of an occupant being ejected from a vehicle through a side window. Inflatable curtain airbags are typically tethered to a vehicle structure on a car-forward side, but may not be tethered to a vehicle structure on their car-rearward side. Increased friction between the car-rearward side of the airbag and an adjacent vehicle structure can be used to help the airbag say in place, and thereby decrease the likelihood of an occupant passing the airbag and being ejected from the vehicle.11-10-2011
20120248751CURTAIN AIR BAG SYSTEM - A curtain air bag system includes a curtain air bag that is housed folded up in an upper edge portion of a door opening, and that includes a first deployment portion that deploys when a vehicle is collided with in a side collision as well as when the vehicle rolls over, and a second deployment portion that deploys at least when the vehicle rolls over, by receiving a supply of gas. The first deployment portion deploys in a cylindrical shape extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, above a belt line such that a rear end side of the first deployment portion overlaps with a center pillar when viewed from a side of the vehicle, and the second deployment portion deploys such that a lower end extends below the belt line, in a position not overlapping with the first deployment portion when viewed from the side.10-04-2012
20120248749HEAD-PROTECTING AIRBAG APPARATUS - A head-protecting airbag apparatus covers a window so that an occupant's head can be protected. The airbag includes a front window shielding portion with an inclining inflatable portion and a horizontal inflatable portion in the shape of a pipe. The inclining inflatable portion is disposed between an upper guide portion that extends continuously from a portion that partitions an upper edge region of the gas supply passage, and a lower guide portion that extends from a portion that partitions a lower edge region of the gas supply passage. The inclining inflatable portion and the horizontal inflatable portion respectively include an inclining peak portion and a horizontal peak portion formed by ridgelines that swell thickly. The respective width dimensions of the inclining inflatable portion and the horizontal inflatable portion in a flat state are larger than the vertical width dimension of the gas supply passage that is flatly deployed.10-04-2012
20130093169BLOW-MOLDED ACTIVE SIDE BOLSTER WITH TEAR TABS - An active bolster for a door of a transportation vehicle comprises a sheet metal door frame with a plurality of brackets. A door cover panel is mounted to the door frame. The cover panel has a bolster aperture, a living hinge disposed around the perimeter of the bolster aperture, and a plurality of mounting bosses. A blow-molded bladder is arranged to fit within the bolster aperture having a front surface substantially co-planar with the cover panel, having a pleated back surface, and having a plurality of side mounting tabs extending laterally from the sides of the bladder. Each side mounting tab is attached to a respective mounting boss and includes a respective tear seam configured to pull away from the respective mounting boss during inflation of the bladder. A plurality of capture pins are insert molded into the back surface. Each pin is captured by a respective bracket.04-18-2013
20130099468LIQUID SILICONE RUBBER COATING COMPOSITION, CURTAIN AIRBAG, AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD - A liquid silicone rubber coating composition is provided. The composition comprises (A) an organopolysiloxane having at least 2 alkenyl groups bonded to silicon atoms per molecule; (B) an organohydrogenpolysiloxane having at least 2 hydrogen atoms bonded to silicon atoms per molecule; (C) an addition reaction catalyst; (D) a fine powder silica; (E) an organic compound represented by the following general formula (1):04-25-2013
20130099467VARIABLE LATERAL THICKNESS AIRBAG, SYSTEM COMPRISING SAME, AND METHOD OF DEPLOYING SAME - An airbag assembly has an airbag, a gas emitting inflator, and an airbag thickness limiting structure. The airbag thickness limiting structure limits a first body region engaging portion to having a lateral thickness within a first lateral thickness range when the gas emitting inflator delivers a first amount of inflation gas into the interior space of the airbag and allows the first body region engaging portion of the airbag to have a lateral thickness within a second lateral thickness range when the gas emitting inflator delivers a second amount of inflation gas greater than the first amount into the interior space of the airbag. A second body region engaging portion has a substantially fixed maximum attainable lateral thickness. Maximum attainable lateral thickness of the first body region engaging portion of the airbag can be dependent upon whether or not inflation of the airbag is implemented using pre-crash sensing technology.04-25-2013
20130113193SIDE AIRBAG FOR INSTALLATION INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE, VEHICLE SEAT WITH SUCH A SIDE AIRBAG AND MOTOR VEHICLE - A side airbag for installation into a motor vehicle, a vehicle seat with such a side airbag and a motor vehicle with such a vehicle seat are described. The side airbag comprises at least one mounting device for mounting the side airbag on the backrest of the vehicle seat, an outer skin with a first side wall extending forwards, when viewed in the vehicle direction, and a second side wall connected to the first side wall. In order to be able, at as low a cost as possible, to protect the passengers to be protected better against a movement towards the middle of the vehicle, the second side wall extends essentially cross-ways to the vehicle direction when the outer skin is fully deployed and free from external forces, so that at least a third side wall connecting the first two side walls is present.05-09-2013
20130113192Inflatable Curtain Airbag With Twist Indicator - An inflatable curtain airbag includes a luminescent visual marking indicating a proper installation of a compacted airbag bundle. Luminescent materials, when exposed to electromagnetic radiation of one frequency range, emit electromagnetic radiation in a different frequency range. This emitted radiation can be automatically detected by an optical detection device. The simplest marking consists of a line extending along the length of the airbag bundle. To facilitate recognition of the marking in an automated quality control, the marking may consist of a number of parallel lines, a portion of which may be broken lines, or a row of dots lined up along the length of the bundle. When the curtain airbag is compacted to a bundle, the marking may be located anywhere on the surface of the bundle in an area facing the interior of the vehicle.05-09-2013
20080197611Curtain airbag and curtain airbag apparatus - A curtain airbag includes a non-expanding portion located halfway along the curtain airbag in a front-and-back direction, a front expanding chamber provided at a vehicle front side of the non-expanding portion, a rear expanding chamber provided at a vehicle back side of the non-expanding portion, an upper expanding chamber provided at an upper side of the non-expanding portion, a lower expanding chamber provided at a lower side of the non-expanding portion, and a vertical expanding chamber connected to a halfway portion of the lower expanding chamber in a front-and-back direction. The vertical expanding chamber allows the gas to flow therethrough, and extends upward. The vertical expanding chamber is connected only to the lower expanding chamber to allow the gas to flow therethrough.08-21-2008
20080197610Side Airbag Curtain Directional Deployment Bracket - An inflatable passenger protection system for a vehicle having a structural front pillar frame member to be covered by a separate interior trim component, and a side curtain airbag to be positioned in a stowed condition between the front pillar frame member and the interior trim component the interior trim component having at least a portion movable between a covered position enclosing the side curtain airbag in the stowed condition and an opened position in response to inflation of the side curtain airbag to the deployed condition, includes an extruded support bracket extending between the front pillar frame member and the interior trim component. The bracket has a primary attachment point and a secondary attachment point for supporting the interior trim component.08-21-2008
20080197609Vehicle Pillar Trim Panel Assembly - A trim panel attachable to a structural pillar of an automotive vehicle for covering an expandable side-curtain air bag. The trim panel can also be part of a vehicular pillar structure or a vehicle subassembly. The trim panel is composed of a unitary molded body having first and second body portions connected to each other. The first body portion is formed of a first material and the second body portion is formed of a second polymeric material that is more flexible than the first material. The second body portion is configured as a deflectable flap movable between a first position in overlying relationship with the side-curtain airbag in a non-deployed state and a second deflected position upon deployment of the side-curtain airbag.08-21-2008
20110221172VEHICLE INTERIOR TRIM PANEL - A vehicle interior trim panel is provided with a rigid trim portion and a flexible trim portion. The rigid trim portion includes an assist grip opening. The flexible trim portion is attached to the rigid trim portion along an edge of the assist grip opening with the flexible trim portion at least partially covering the assist grip opening of the rigid trim portion.09-15-2011
20130147168SIDE AIRBAG - A side airbag with an outer skin includes a first side wall and a second side wall connected to one another along an edge. An outlet opening is located in the first side wall, and a closing element is located between the two side walls. The closing element has a covering section connected to the outer skin via at least one first connecting area and covering the outlet opening at least partially when the covering section lies against the first side wall.06-13-2013
20130147167DUAL CHAMBER SIDE AIR BAG APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A dual chamber side air bag apparatus may include an inflator mounted to a side of a sheet bag frame in an outdoor direction, an air bag cushion fluid-connected to the inflator and including a first chamber and a second chamber mounted at a side of the sheet bag frame in the outdoor direction and fluid-connected to the inflator and the first chamber to protrude and develop toward a front of the sheet bag frame when the inflator may be activated, for protecting side surface of the upper body of the passenger, and a tedder having one end thereof fixed to the sheet bag frame, a mid portion thereof wrapping the first chamber, and the other end thereof sewing-coupled to the air bag cushion in a boundary of the first and second chambers to provide a directivity so that the first chamber develops toward the upper body of the passengers.06-13-2013
20100283230AIRBAG APPARATUS - The airbag apparatus (11-11-2010
20120256401CURTAIN AIRBAG SYSTEM - A curtain air bag of a curtain airbag system includes a main chamber stored in a folded condition in a roof side portion that extends rearward from a front pillar, and a front auxiliary chamber formed integrally with the main chamber and stored in a folded condition in the roof side portion together with the main chamber. The main chamber is inflated with gas supplied thereto in the event of a side impact of a vehicle and rollover of the vehicle, to be deployed like a curtain downwardly of the vehicle. The front auxiliary chamber is inflated with gas supplied thereto at least in the event of rollover of the vehicle, to be deployed in front of the main chamber such that an upper portion of the front auxiliary chamber as seen in a side view overlaps the front pillar, and a lower portion thereof overlaps a front side door.10-11-2012
20100314859AIRBAG APPARATUS - An airbag apparatus is provided by which, when an airbag collides with an occupant, the occupant can receive a reaction force from the airbag. An airbag apparatus (12-16-2010
20130154245CURTAIN AIRBAG DEVICE - A curtain airbag device that is housed at a top edge portion of a side window glass placement location of a vehicle body, and the curtain airbag device comprising a gas supply passage that receives supplied gas and is deployed along a top portion of the side window glass placement location and towards a vehicle bottom direction; an occupant protection portion that is deployed to a lower side of the gas supply passage by receiving supplied gas through the gas supply passage; a gas release section that releases gas from inside the gas supply passage when an internal pressure of the gas supply passage reaches a specific pressure or higher, the specific pressure being higher than a design deployment pressure; and an internal pressure regulation chamber that accepts gas released by the gas release section.06-20-2013
20120286500SIDE-IMPACT AIRBAG MODULE - A side curtain air bag module for a motor vehicle includes an inflatable cushion, an inflator, and a tether. The inflatable cushion includes an inlet and an inflatable portion, the inflatable portion including an inboard layer and an outboard layer. The inflator is in fluidic communication with the inlet and is configured to inflate the inflatable cushion. The tether includes a first end coupled to the inflatable cushion at a first coupling location on an inboard side of the inflatable cushion. During inflation, the tether is configured to be in tension prior to an upper portion of the inboard layer being in tension, the upper portion of the inboard layer extending generally upward from the first coupling location.11-15-2012
20110316264SIDE-COLLISION AIRBAG APPARATUS - This disclosure discloses a side-collision airbag apparatus comprising: a side-collision airbag; an inflator configured to inject gas; and an inflator holder configured to support the inflator; wherein: the inflator comprises: an inflator main body portion that is substantially cylindrical in shape and produces the gas; an injecting portion that protrudes from a tip end of the inflator main body portion; and a clasp portion positioned between the inflator main body portion and the injecting portion; the inflator holder comprises: a holding portion configured to hold the inflator; and a diffuser portion having a diffuser tube that has a cross-section substantially elliptical in shape; and the diffuser tube comprises a contraction opening at an end portion in an injection direction of the gas, and is provided so that an end portion opposite the injection direction of the gas faces to the radial outer peripheral side of the clasp portion.12-29-2011
20120013108VEHICLE SEAT - A vehicle seat includes: a seatback frame including an outer side part frame, provided at an outer side in a width direction of a vehicle body, and an inner side part frame, provided at an inner side in the width direction; an outer side load transmission block protruding from the seatback frame towards an outer side in the width direction, and transmitting to the seatback frame, an impact load inputted from a side of the vehicle body; and a protrusion part protruding from a side surface of the outer side part frame towards an outer side in the width direction, wherein the protrusion part is fitted and fixed to a fitting hole provided on the outer side load transmission block.01-19-2012
20120018988Height Adjustable Vehicle Seat With Side Airbag and Motor Vehicle With Such a Seat - Disclosed is a vehicle seat (01-26-2012
20120018987KNEE AIRBAG FOR VEHICLE - A knee airbag is provided to the lower part of a glove box door, and an airbag door provided to the glove box door opens in both upward and downward directions when the knee airbag expands. As the knee airbag expands, the rigidity of the lower part of the glove box door decreases, and this causes a relatively small reaction force, which corresponds to a relatively small load generated when the knees of an occupant having a relatively small body build make contact with the lower part, to be generated on the lower part of the glove box door. On the other hand, because the knee airbag is not provided to the upper part of the glove box door, the upper part can generate a relatively large reaction force which corresponds to a relatively large load generated when the knees of an occupant having a relatively large body build make contact with the upper part via the knee airbag.01-26-2012
20130200598SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS - A side airbag apparatus has an inflatable portion, which is deployed and inflated on a side of a seat of a vehicle by inflation gas. The inflatable portion is divided into upstream and downstream sections by a partitioning member including a valve having an opening and a pair of valve body elements. Immediately after the beginning of the supplying of the gas, the valve body elements remain in contact with each other to close the valve. When the upstream section restrains an occupant, a force is exerted to the partitioning member by the occupant, which causes the partitioning member to warp and the valve body elements to be separated from each other to open the valve. The upstream section has a shoulder-protecting portion, which is deployed and inflated on a side of a region of the occupant including a rear end part and a middle part of a shoulder.08-08-2013
20130200599REAR SEAT SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE - Until deployment of a side airbag is complete, the side airbag pitches in the seatback height direction and the deployment action is unstable. In such a case, even if the tip edge of the upper wall portion of a module case is spaced apart from the surface of the deployed shape of the side airbag, the side airbag may swing round to the outer side of the tip edge of the upper wall portion.08-08-2013
20100007122AUTOMOTIVE SEAT FOAM PAD ASSEMBLY - An automotive seat back foam pad assembly includes a seat back foam pad and a panel. The seat back foam pad is configured to receive a seat back frame and includes a side pocket. The side pocket has a sidewall portion and is configured to receive an air bag module. The panel is attached to the sidewall portion and attachable with the seat back frame. The panel is configured to maintain integrity of the sidewall portion during air bag module deployment.01-14-2010
20120086190METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MULTI-STAGE INFLATION OF A CURTAIN AIRBAG FOR EJECTION MITIGATION - The present invention can include an automobile having a multi-stage inflation system. The multi-stage inflation system can include an engine control unit, a multi-stage inflation unit, a curtain airbag, a curtain airbag pressure indicator, and/or a rollover side impact detection unit. The rollover side impact detection unit can detect when a side impact or a rollover occurs to the automobile. When the rollover or the side impact is detected, the engine control unit can instruct the multi-stage inflation unit to deploy and inflate the curtain airbag in multiple stages. The multi-stage inflation unit can include a pyrotechnic inflation unit with multiple compartments. At each of the stages, a different one of the multiple compartments can be activated to substantially inflate the curtain airbag. The multi-stage inflation unit can also optionally include a cold gas inflation unit to supplement the pyrotechnic inflation unit.04-12-2012

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