Vehicle safety apparatus including inflatable restraint

  • US 5,490,690 A
  • Filed: 07/01/1994
  • Issued: 02/13/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/21/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A vehicle safety apparatus comprising:

  • a housing including a first portion and a second portion which define a first chamber in said housing, at least one of said first and second portions having a series of fastener openings;

    said first portion of said housing having first and second opposite end portions and said second portion of said housing having first and second opposite end portions;

    an inflator disposed in said first chamber between said first and second portions of said housing, said inflator including a wall defining a second chamber in said inflator, an inflation fluid source disposed in said second chamber in said inflator, said inflator wall having an outer surface extending between first and second opposite end portions of said inflator;

    said first end portion of said inflator being clamped with said first end portion of said first housing portion and said first end portion of said second housing portion, said second end portion of said inflator being clamped with said second end portion of said first housing portion and said second end portion of said second housing portion;

    an inflatable vehicle occupant restraint having an inflation fluid opening and a series of fastener openings; and

    a plurality of fasteners extending through said fastener openings in said at least one portion of said housing and through said fastener openings in said inflatable restraint, said fasteners connecting said first portion of said housing with said second portion of said housing and with said inflatable restraint.

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