US Patent Application No: 2009/0108,574

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AIRBAG CUSHION FOLDING METHODS

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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)

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AUTOLIV ASP, INC.OGDEN, UT681

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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 91
Lachat, Michael Shelby Township , US 4 80
Libby, Anna Lake Orior , US 4 82
Lusk, Howard Rochester , US 2 23
Rose, Larry South Weber , US 13 277
Russell, Marc Plain City , US 1 7
Tree, Ralph Farr West , US 4 101
Williams, JD Roy , US 1 7

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* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Takata Corporation (2)
* 8,540,277 Passenger-side airbag folded body and passenger-side airbag apparatus 0 2011
* 2012/0126,515 PASSENGER-SIDE AIRBAG FOLDED BODY AND PASSENGER-SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS 5 2011
 
AUTOLIV ASP, INC. (9)
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* Cited By Examiner