Side impact sensor systems

  • US 7,070,202 B2
  • Filed: 02/15/2005
  • Issued: 07/04/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/16/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A vehicle, comprisinga longitudinally extending outer skin arranged on a side of the vehicle;

  • a system housing arranged inward of said outer skin and having an opening facing a portion of a passenger compartment of the vehicle;

    an inflatable airbag arranged in said system housing;

    an inflator arranged in connection with the system housing; and

    a sensor system for detecting an impact into a side of to vehicle and comprising a sensor housing and a mass arranged in said sensor housing and movable relative to said sensor housing in response to acceleration in excess of a predetermined threshold value, movement of said mass relative to said sensor housing providing an indication of a side impact for which deployment of said airbag is desired;

    said inflator being actuated in response to a detected side impact by said sensor system in order to expel said airbag through said opening into the passenger compartment, andwherein said sensor system is arranged such that whenever said sensor system detects a side impact in a direction perpendicular to said outer skin of the vehicle causing movement of said mass in excess of the predetermined threshold value, said inflator is actuated and said airbag is inflated and expelled through said opening into the passenger compartment.

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