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1. US6417764 - Safety system for vehicles

Office United States of America
Application Number 09122770
Application Date 27.07.1998
Publication Number 6417764
Publication Date 09.07.2002
Grant Number 6417764
Grant Date 09.07.2002
Publication Kind B2
IPC
B60Q 1/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangement of optical signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor
A62C 3/07
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
62LIFE-SAVING; FIRE-FIGHTING
CFIRE-FIGHTING
3Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
07in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
B60Q 1/44
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangement of optical signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor
26the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
44for indicating braking action
B60Q 1/52
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangement of optical signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor
26the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
50for indicating other intentions or conditions, e.g. request for waiting or overtaking
52for indicating emergencies
B60R 19/20
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
19Wheel guards; Radiator guards; Obstruction removers; Fittings damping bouncing force in collisions
02Bumpers, i.e. impact receiving or absorbing members for protecting vehicles or fending off blows from other vehicles or objects
18Means within the bumper to absorb impact
20containing gas or liquid, e.g. inflatable
B60R 19/40
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
19Wheel guards; Radiator guards; Obstruction removers; Fittings damping bouncing force in collisions
02Bumpers, i.e. impact receiving or absorbing members for protecting vehicles or fending off blows from other vehicles or objects
24Arrangements for mounting bumpers on vehicles
38adjustably or movably mounted, e.g. horizontally displaceable for securing a space between parked vehicles
40in the direction of an obstacle before a collision
CPC
B60R 21/013
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
01Electrical circuits for triggering ; passive; safety arrangements, ; e.g. airbags, safety belt tighteners,; in case of vehicle accidents or impending vehicle accidents
013including means for detecting collisions, impending collisions or roll-over
B60Q 1/444
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices
26the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
44for indicating braking action or preparation for braking, ; e.g. by detection of the foot approaching the brake pedal
444with indication of the braking strength or speed changes, e.g. by changing shape or intensity of the indication
B60Q 1/525
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
1Arrangements or adaptations of optical signalling or lighting devices
26the devices being primarily intended to indicate the vehicle, or parts thereof, or to give signals, to other traffic
50for indicating other intentions or conditions, e.g. request for waiting or overtaking
52for indicating emergencies
525indicating risk of collision between vehicles or with pedestrians
B60Q 5/006
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
QARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL
5Arrangements or adaptations of acoustic signal devices
005automatically actuated
006indicating risk of collision between vehicles or with pedestrians
B60R 19/205
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
19Wheel guards; Radiator guards, ; e.g. grilles; Obstruction removers; Fittings damping bouncing force in collisions
02Bumpers, i.e. impact receiving or absorbing members for protecting vehicles or fending off blows from other vehicles or objects
18characterised by the cross-section;; Means within the bumper to absorb impact
20containing ; mainly; gas or liquid, e.g. inflatable
205inflatable in the direction of an obstacle upon impending impact, e.g. using air bags
B60R 19/40
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
19Wheel guards; Radiator guards, ; e.g. grilles; Obstruction removers; Fittings damping bouncing force in collisions
02Bumpers, i.e. impact receiving or absorbing members for protecting vehicles or fending off blows from other vehicles or objects
24Arrangements for mounting bumpers on vehicles
38adjustably or movably mounted, e.g. horizontally displaceable for securing a space between parked vehicles
40in the direction of an obstacle before a collision ; , or extending during driving of the vehicle, i.e. to increase the energy absorption capacity of the bumper
Applicants TONKIN MARK CHRISTOPHER
Inventors Tonkin, Mark Christopher
Agents Baker Botts L.L.P.
Priority Data 9414393 15.07.1994 GB
GB95001670 14.07.1995 WO
Title
(EN) Safety system for vehicles
Abstract
(EN)

A safety system for a vehicle has a number of airbags (100-106) typically sited within a recess (108) in paneling of a vehicle (V). To avert the possibility of extensive damage caused by an impact, the airbags are selectively deployed. Each airbag (100-106) has a multi-chambered structure (118-122). The multi-chambered structure of each airbag is further arranged such that the chambers are rupturable separately from one another and are not of a vented type. More preferable, the individual chambers (118-122) are rupturable at different pressures whereby an airbag as a whole provides a cascade of energy absorbing impacts.