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 OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DONNELLY CORPORATIONHOLLAND, MI453

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bingle, Robert L Zeeland, MI 57 2287
Bos, Brent J Tucson, AZ 50 3720
Hoekstra, Eric J Holland, MI 34 896
Koops, Roger L Hamilton, MI 42 2360
Lynam, Niall R Holland, MI 799 38471
McCarthy, Kevin C Tucson, AZ 66 2053
Schofield, Kenneth Holland, MI 423 22725
Taylor, David W Fenton, MI 72 1706
Teowee, Gimtong Westlake Village, CA 48 952
Uhlmann, Eugenie V Tucson, AZ 42 1352

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 7,257,912 Anti-theft license plate holder 0 2006
* 2010/0320,779 PULLING KNOB, AND DOOR HAVING THE SAME 0 2010
 
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AUDI AG (1)
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FUJITSU TEN LIMITED (2)
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DONNELLY CORPORATION (5)
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HTI IP, LLC (1)
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B/E AEROSPACE SYSTEMS GMBH (1)
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