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Publication numberUS20020027336 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/367,564
PCT numberPCT/GB1998/000766
Publication dateMar 7, 2002
Filing dateMar 13, 1998
Priority dateMar 21, 1997
Also published asDE69819874D1, DE69819874T2, EP0968103A1, EP0968103B1, US6375215, WO1998042546A1
Publication number09367564, 367564, PCT/1998/766, PCT/GB/1998/000766, PCT/GB/1998/00766, PCT/GB/98/000766, PCT/GB/98/00766, PCT/GB1998/000766, PCT/GB1998/00766, PCT/GB1998000766, PCT/GB199800766, PCT/GB98/000766, PCT/GB98/00766, PCT/GB98000766, PCT/GB9800766, US 2002/0027336 A1, US 2002/027336 A1, US 20020027336 A1, US 20020027336A1, US 2002027336 A1, US 2002027336A1, US-A1-20020027336, US-A1-2002027336, US2002/0027336A1, US2002/027336A1, US20020027336 A1, US20020027336A1, US2002027336 A1, US2002027336A1
InventorsHubert Rene Ross, Andreas Staub, Frank Sauberlich, Matthias Volkmann, Dirk Roosen
Original AssigneeHubert Rene Ross, Andreas Staub, Frank Sauberlich, Matthias Volkmann, Dirk Roosen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Airbag housing and cover
US 20020027336 A1
Abstract
An airbag arrangement comprising: an airbag; a housing (1), formed of plastics material, for containing the airbag in a deflated, folded condition; a cover (5), formed of flexible material, and attached to the airbag housing (1) by a seal around a substantial portion of the periphery of the housing (1). The seal may be by heat or pressure sensitive glue, by ultrasonic or vibration welding or by deformable lugs (9). This arrangement is cheaper to produce and quicker to assemble, and has the advantage of being generally tamper-proof, since any tampering with the package will be immediately evident from detachment of the cover or tears therein.
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1. An airbag arrangement comprising
an airbag;
a housing, formed of plastics material, for containing the airbag in a deflated, folded condition;
a dust cover, formed of thin and flexible material, and attached to the airbag housing by a seal around a substantial portion of the top edge periphery of the housing, wherein the thin and flexible material forming the cover is sealed to the housing by ultrasonic welding overprinted with warning messages and/or with information texts and/or with bar codes and/or with trade mark material.
2. An airbag arrangement according to claim 1, further comprising deformable pin members formed integrally with either the airbag housing or the cover.
3. An airbag arrangement according to claim 2, wherein the deformable pin members comprise joining lugs (9) formed as upstanding pin type stalks around the periphery of the housing (1) and holes are provided around the periphery of the cover to receive the lugs (9).
4. An airbag arrangement according to claim 3, wherein the lugs (9) are subsequently locally heat or ultrasonically treated to form heads to retain the cover.
Description
  • [0001]
    The present invention relates to a housing and cover for an airbag for a vehicle safety restraint.
  • [0002]
    Traditionally a safety restraint airbag is contained in its uninflated state in a metal housing mounted to a fixed part of the vehicle such as the steering wheel (driver side airbags) or the instrument panel (passenger side). The folded airbag is protected from the ingress of dirt or dust by a dust cover. When the airbag deploys in a crash situation, the dust cover splits and a door in the instrument panel or steering wheel either detaches, or splits open quickly, and without forming debris which could form dangerous projectiles and injure the vehicle occupant.
  • [0003]
    Commonly the dust cover is formed of a thin, flexible material such as non-woven fabric or a woven polyamide or polyester or polyethylene material and the door is made of rigid material.
  • [0004]
    According to the present invention there is provided an airbag arrangement comprising
  • [0005]
    an airbag;
  • [0006]
    a housing, formed of plastics material, for containing the airbag in a deflated, folded condition;
  • [0007]
    a dust cover, formed of thin and flexible material, and attached to the airbag housing by a seal around a substantial portion of the top edge periphery of the housing, wherein the thin and flexible material forming the cover is sealed to the housing by ultrasonic welding overprinted with warning messages and/or with information texts and/or with bar codes and/or with trade mark material.
  • [0008]
    This arrangement is cheaper to produce and quicker to assemble, and has the advantage of being generally tamper-proof, since any tampering with the package will be immediately evident from detachment of the cover or tears therein.
  • [0009]
    For a better understanding of the present invention and to show how the same may be carried into effect, reference will now be made to the accompanying drawings which are given by way of example:
  • [0010]
    [0010]FIG. 1 illustrates a first embodiment of the present invention;
  • [0011]
    [0011]FIG. 2 is an enlarged view of part A of FIG. 1;
  • [0012]
    [0012]FIG. 3 illustrates a second embodiment of the present invention;
  • [0013]
    [0013]FIG. 4 is an enlarged view of part A of FIG. 3;
  • [0014]
    In FIG. 1 an airbag housing 1 is formed of plastics material. It forms a container for an airbag inflator 2 (which may be a gas cylinder or a pyrotechnic type inflator will known to persons skilled in the art). An uninflated airbag cushion 3 is folded on top of the inflator 2.
  • [0015]
    A dust cover 5 is welded around a substantial part of the peripheral flange 6 of the airbag housing 1 as indicated at 7. The welding is ultrasonic welding.
  • [0016]
    The dust cover 5 may additionally be attached to the plastics airbag housing 1 by heat treatment or along at least a substantial part of the peripheral line at which it contacts the housing flange 6.
  • [0017]
    [0017]FIG. 2 illustrates in more detail the lines 8 along which the heat treatment or welding is applied.
  • [0018]
    In FIG. 3 heat formed joining lugs 9 are formed as upstanding pintype features on the housing 1. These lugs are formed as simple stalks as shown in FIG. 4, and are pushed through holes around the periphery of the cover and locally heat treated to form heads 9 as shown in FIG. 3, and to retain the cover. Ultrasonic treatment could also be used.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification280/728.3
International ClassificationB60R21/20, B60R21/201, B60R21/217
Cooperative ClassificationB29C65/4825, B60R21/217, B60R21/2171, B29C65/08, B29C65/4815, B60R21/201, B29L2031/3038, B29C65/06
European ClassificationB60R21/201, B60R21/217
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Aug 16, 1999ASAssignment
Owner name: BREED AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY, INC., FLORIDA
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Jan 19, 2001ASAssignment
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