06616184 is referenced by 72 patents and cites 4 patents.

A vehicle occupant protection apparatus (

10

) comprises an inflatable device (

14

) for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle during a crash condition. A support structure (

18

) secures a portion of the inflatable device (

14

). A plurality of tethers (

34, 36, 38,

and

40

) extend between the support structure (

18

) and the inflatable device (

14

). At least one sensor (

62, 64, 66,

or

68

) senses a vehicle occupant condition and generates an occupant condition signal indicative of the sensed condition. A control module (

72

) receives the occupant condition signal and determines a preferred inflation volume and shape for the inflatable device (

14

). The control module (

72

) determines which of the respective tethers (

34, 36, 38,

and

40

) to release for inflating the inflatable device (

14

) to the preferred inflation volume and shape and initiates the release of the respective tethers (

34, 36, 38,

and

40

) from the support structure (

18

).

Title
Vehicle occupant protection apparatus with inflation volume and shape control
Application Number
9/842353
Publication Number
6616184 (B2)
Application Date
April 25, 2001
Publication Date
September 9, 2003
Inventor
Kurt F Fischer
Oxford
MI, US
Agent
Tarolli Sundheim Covell & Tummino L
US
Assignee
TRW Vehicle Safety Systems
OH, US
IPC
B60R 21/32
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