Occupant restraint cushion

  • US 4,169,613 A
  • Filed: 03/06/1978
  • Issued: 10/02/1979
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/06/1978
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In combination with a vehicle body having an instrument panel provided with a cavity in the upper portion thereof having a steering wheel supported for controlled movement by a vehicle operator, an occupant restraint cushion adapted to be housed in said cavity in the instrument panel and to be deployed rearwardly relative thereto when inflated, said occupant restraint cushion comprising a top wall and a bottom wall defining an upper compartment having a front end adapted to be attached to said instrument panel and a rear end adapted to be located above and to the rear of the steering wheel when inflated, the bottom wall being divided into a front section and a rear section, a front wall depending from said front section and a rear wall depending from said rear section, said front and rear walls defining a lower compartment adapted to be positioned between the vehicle operator and the steering wheel when inflated, and means directly joining the front wall to the rear wall adjacent said upper compartment so as to locate the lower compartment intermediate the front and rear ends of the upper compartment and provide at least one orifice of a predetermined size for connecting the upper compartment with the lower compartment to thereby control gas flow therebetween and cause the upper compartment to be substantially inflated prior to inflation of the lower compartment.

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