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Airbag inflation nozzle assembly

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 13 Jan '04

John J. Howlett, Jr., Thomas C. Keenan

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An airbag inflation nozzle assembly for fluidic mating with an inflation valve assembly, including an inflation valve stem, upon an inflatable cargo airbag comprises a housing, and an inflation nozzle member, having an inflation nozzle tip, pivotally mounted within the housing between a first position at which the inflation nozzle tip is fluidically disengaged from the inflation valve assembly, and a second position at which the inflation nozzle tip is fluidically engaged with the inflation valve assembly. A transversely oriented camming button is movably mounted upon the housing between an UNLOCKED position so as to permit the inflation nozzle member to be moved to the first fluidically disengaged position with respect to the valve assembly, and a LOCKED position which forces the inflation nozzle member to be moved to the second fluidically engaged position with respect to the valve assembly. The housing further comprises a pair of oppositely disposed side rails upon which a valve body portion of the valve assembly can be slidably supported as the housing of the inflation nozzle assembly is being operatively mated with the valve assembly, and an end wall flange portion for engaging a valve body member of the valve assembly during operative mounting of the housing upon the valve assembly so as to ensure coaxial alignment of the inflation nozzle tip with the inflation valve stem.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Various other objects, features, and attendant advantages of the present invention will be more fully appreciated from the following detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters designate like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and wherein:

FIG. 1 is a cross-sectional view of a conventional PRIOR ART airbag inflation nozzle and handle assembly for use in conjunction with the inflation of an inflatable cargo airbag;

FIG. 2 is a bottom plan view of the new and improved airbag inflation nozzle assembly constructed in accordance with the principles and teachings of the present invention and showing the cooperative parts thereof;

FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of the new and improved airbag inflation nozzle assembly of the present invention corresponding to the airbag inflation nozzle assembly as disclosed within FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a bottom plan view of the airbag inflation nozzle member of the new and improved airbag inflation nozzle assembly of the present invention as disclosed within FIGS. 2 and 3;

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the airbag inflation nozzle member as disclosed within FIG.

4 and as taken along the lines

5

5 of FIG. 4;

FIG. 6 is an end elevational view of the airbag inflation nozzle member as disclosed within FIGS. 4 and 5;

FIG. 7 is a bottom plan view of the airbag inflation nozzle housing of the new and improved airbag inflation nozzle assembly of the present invention as disclosed within FIGS. 2 and 3;

FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view of the airbag inflation nozzle housing as disclosed within FIG.

7 and as taken along the lines

8

8 of FIG. 7;

FIG. 9 is a bottom plan view, similar to that of FIG. 7 showing, however, the airbag inflation nozzle housing having the camming locking button mounted therein and disposed at its LOCKED position;

FIG. 10 is a side elevational view of the camming locking button which is adapted to be movably mounted upon the airbag inflation nozzle housing, as disclosed within FIG. 9, between a first UNLOCKED position at which the nozzle tip portion of the inflation nozzle member is pivotally disposed within the inflation nozzle housing so as to permit the inflation nozzle assembly to be mounted upon or removed from an airbag inflation valve body, and a LOCKED position at which the nozzle tip portion of the inflation nozzle member is fixedly disposed within the inflation nozzle housing so as to properly engage the free end portion of the airbag inflation valve body and the inflation valve stem thereof in preparation for an airbag inflation operation;

FIG. 11 is a schematic, side elevational view of the new and improved airbag inflation nozzle assembly showing the disposition of the cooperative parts thereof as the airbag inflation nozzle assembly is being mounted upon the free end portion of the airbag inflation valve body wherein the camming locking button is disposed at its UNLOCKED position;

FIG. 12 is a schematic, side elevational view, corresponding to that of FIG. 11, of the new and improved airbag inflation nozzle assembly showing the disposition of the cooperative parts thereof when the airbag inflation nozzle assembly has been mounted upon the free end portion of the airbag inflation valve body and wherein the camming locking button is disposed at its LOCKED position; and

FIG. 13 is an end elevational view, corresponding to that of FIG. 12, of the new and improved airbag inflation nozzle assembly clearly showing the disposition of the cooperative parts thereof when the airbag inflation nozzle assembly has been mounted upon the free end portion of the airbag inflation valve body and wherein the camming locking button is disposed at its LOCKED position.

Claims

1. An inflation nozzle assembly for inflating an article having an inflation valve mounted thereon, comprising:

2. The assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein:

3. The assembly as set forth in claim 2, wherein:

4. The assembly as set forth in claim 3, wherein:

5. The assembly as set forth in claim 4, wherein:

6. The assembly as set forth in claim 5, wherein:

7. The assembly as set forth in claim 4, wherein:

8. The assembly as set forth in claim 7, wherein:

9. The assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein:

10. An inflation nozzle assembly for inflating an inflatable cargo airbag having an inflation valve mounted thereon, comprising:

11. The assembly as set forth in claim 10, wherein:

12. The assembly as set forth in claim 11, wherein:

13. The assembly as set forth in claim 12, wherein:

14. The assembly as set forth in claim 10, wherein:

15. An inflation nozzle assembly for inflating an inflatable cargo airbag having an inflation valve mounted thereon, comprising:

16. The assembly as set forth in claim 15, wherein:

17. The assembly as set forth in claim 16, wherein:

18. The assembly as set forth in claim 17, wherein:

19. The assembly as set forth in claim 18, wherein:

20. The assembly as set forth in claim 19, wherein:

21. The assembly as set forth in claim 15, wherein: