US Patent No: 6,485,081

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Safety system for a closed compartment of a vehicle

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A release system adapted for use in opening a deck lid of a vehicle includes a gas operable assist device and at least one of a manual input device and an occupant detector. The release system is positionable within a compartment at least partially closed by the deck lid. The compartment has a release mechanism for opening the deck lid and the release system is adapted for operation from the interior of the compartment. The gas operable assist device is connectable to the release mechanism and is operable to actuate the release mechanism to open the deck lid in response to a user input to the manual input device or a detection of an occupant within the compartment by the occupant detector. The gas operable assist device includes at least one of a compressed gas container and a pyrotechnic element.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DONNELLY CORPORATIONHOLLAND, MI712

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bingle, Robert L Zeeland, MI 56 2025
Bos, Brent J Tucson, AZ 50 3337
Hoekstra, Eric J Holland, MI 34 828
Koops, Roger L Hamilton, MI 42 2227
Lynam, Niall R Holland, MI 760 34540
McCarthy, Kevin C Tucson, AZ 62 1834
Schofield, Kenneth Holland, MI 409 20078
Taylor, David W Fenton, MI 71 1525
Teowee, Gimtong Westlake Village, CA 48 884
Uhlmann, Eugenie V Tucson, AZ 41 1235

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
DONNELLY CORPORATION (5)
6,768,420 Vehicle compartment occupancy detection system 37 2001
6,832,793 Safety system for opening the trunk compartment of a vehicle 4 2002
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INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, INC. (4)
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QUALCOMM INCORPORATED (3)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
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