US Patent No: 5,605,202

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Apparatus and method for enhancing performance of an occupant restraint system in a vehicle

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An apparatus enhances performance of an occupant restraint system of a vehicle. A signal is generated based on vehicle dynamics and selectively places at least one safety module in a heightened state of awareness in response to the signal. The vehicle dynamics can include at least one parameter based on wheel movement. The parameter based on wheel movement can be provided by an anti-lock brake control system and/or a traction control system, or the like. The safety module capable of being placed in a heightened state of awareness can include a three-point seatbelt, an airbag, a pyrotechnic buckle pretensioner and/or an electro-mechanical retractor pretensioner or the like.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ITT AUTOMOTIVE, INC.AUBURN HILLS, MI46

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dixon, Scott M Sterling Heights, MI 1 32

Cited Art Landscape

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5,007,687 Anti-skid-controlled hydraulic brake system 8 1990
 
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION (1)
5,201,385 Seat belt actuated by antilock brake system 11 1990
 
KEY SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
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NIPPON SOKEN, INC. (1)
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ROBERT BOSCH GMBH (1)
5,372,411 Safety equipment for a motor vehicle 36 1993
 
Takata, Inc. (1)
5,441,304 Seat belt retractor activation mechanism responsive to anti-lock braking systems 5 1993

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
NSK AUTOLIV CO., LTD. (5)
6,626,463 Seatbelt device 25 1999
6,997,277 Automotive passenger restraint and protection apparatus 8 2003
7,380,631 Automotive passenger restraint and protection apparatus 2 2004
7,389,843 Automotive passenger restraint and protection apparatus 3 2007
7,654,572 Automotive passenger restraint and protection apparatus 1 2007
 
NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. (4)
7,028,802 Seatbelt apparatus for vehicle 7 2003
6,992,571 Seatbelt-fastening prompting apparatus 5 2003
7,237,640 Vehicle seat belt apparatus 6 2004
7,511,610 Multiple passenger vehicle seat belt notification system with force feedback 2 2006
 
DAIMLER AG (3)
7,178,622 Method for actuating a reversible passenger protection system in a motor vehicle 9 2002
7,325,641 Method for actuating a reversible belt pretensioner 2 2002
7,353,905 Method for actuating a reversible vehicle occupant protection means in a motor vehicle 1 2005
 
KEY SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC. (3)
5,900,677 Sensing logic system and method for adaptive control of vehicle restraint devices 25 1997
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6,394,495 Seat belt tightener 19 2001
 
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH (3)
5,762,366 Safety system 38 1996
7,233,235 Apparatus and method for using vehicle status information in safety restraint systems 10 2004
7,740,098 Method for determining a triggering decision for means of restraint of a motor vehicle 3 2005
 
AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB (2)
7,643,920 Seat-belt pretensioner arrangement 0 2007
7,624,833 Seat-belt pretensioner arrangement 1 2007
 
BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (2)
6,169,946 Device and method for controlling accident protection triggering devices in motor vehicles 56 1998
6,196,580 Method of controlling an active occupant-head protection system in a vehicle 7 1999
 
TAKATA CORPORATION (2)
6,827,308 Controlling method of seat belt retractor 14 2002
7,080,800 Controlling method of seat belt retractor 6 2002
 
TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA (2)
7,195,089 Seat belt apparatus for vehicle 3 2003
7,510,042 Seat belt apparatus for vehicle 0 2006
 
AUTOLIV ASP, INC. (1)
6,237,959 Hydraulic velocity damper 5 1999
 
AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
6,746,049 Adaptive seat belt tensioning system 7 2002
 
TRW Occupant Restraint Systems GmbH & Co. KG (1)
5,936,186 Electrical igniter of a pyrotechnical gas generator 5 1997
 
TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc. (1)
6,311,112 Occupant restraint system and method having smart process initiation control 14 1997
 
VOLKSWAGEN AG (1)
6,421,591 Method and arrangement for controlling activation of restraining devices in a motor vehicle 8 2000
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
5,791,430 Emergency seat recline system for automobile and method therefor 1 1996

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