Airbag cushion folding methods

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7845682
APP PUB NO 20090108574A1
SERIAL NO

12349341

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Abstract

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Methods are provided for folding an airbag cushion into a housing. In one implementation of the inventive method, an airbag cushion defined by an upper panel and a lower panel is provided. A first portion of the airbag cushion is tucked into a second portion of the airbag cushion such that the upper and lower panels of the first portion are positioned in between the upper and lower panels of the second portion. The tucked portion is folded in towards the housing. First and second halves of the tucked airbag cushion are folded in towards the housing. Finally, the folded first and second halves of the airbag cushion are folded into the housing.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
AUTOLIV ASP, INC.OGDEN, UT684

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bator, Joseph Bad Axe, US 1 14
Benny, Jesse Auburn Hills, US 4 93
Lachat, Michael Shelby Township, US 4 81
Libby, Anna Lake Orior, US 4 83
Lusk, Howard Rochester, US 2 23
Rose, Larry South Weber, US 13 279
Russell, Marc P Plain City, US 6 82
Tree, Ralph Farr West, US 4 103
Williams, Jeffrey D Roy, US 34 658

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TK HOLDINGS INC. (4)
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Takata, Inc. (2)
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Precision Fabric Group (1)
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AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB (5)
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AUTOLIV ASP, INC. (20)
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* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
AUTOLIV ASP, INC. (4)
7942442 Airbag cushion folding methods 5 2008
8226118 Safety venting with passively closeable vents 12 2009
8407968 Method of packaging an inflatable airbag cushion including a wrapper and deployment flap 4 2009
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TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD. (2)
* 8608195 Airbag apparatus for a front passenger's seat 1 2012
* 2013/0001,937 AIRBAG APPARATUS FOR A FRONT PASSENGER'S SEAT 2 2012
 
HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. (1)
* 9156425 Methods and apparatus for restraining vehicular passengers 0 2014
 
Ferrari S.p.A. (2)
* 8794667 Road vehicle front airbag 0 2008
* 2011/0285,118 ROAD VEHICLE FRONT AIRBAG 0 2008
* Cited By Examiner

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