Patent Number: 10,029,633

Title: Protective member for a vehicle

Abstract: A protective member such as a helmet includes an outer layer and an inner layer interconnected by multiple connectors, such as extension springs, under tension along their longitudinal axis. The connectors absorb energy from an impact force by resisting further tension along their longitudinal axis and allow the outer layer and inner layer to move relative to each other. In the helmet application, the head of a user experiences less impact force, reduced change in momentum or position of the head and neck, reduced head and neck loads and reduced amounts of linear and rotational acceleration. The protective member can be used in numerous applications and environments, including for participants in sports, in applications including bumpers, passenger cabins, car seats and beds.

Inventors: Phipps; Emerson Spalding (Dallas, TX), Phipps; Charles Edward (Dallas, TX)

Assignee: Emerson Spalding Phipps

International Classification: A42B 3/12 (20060101); A42B 3/20 (20060101); A42B 3/28 (20060101); A47C 23/05 (20060101); B60N 2/427 (20060101); B60N 2/54 (20060101); B60R 19/48 (20060101); A47C 23/00 (20060101); B60N 2/42 (20060101); B60R 19/28 (20060101); B60R 19/18 (20060101); A42B 3/06 (20060101); A42B 3/30 (20060101); A42B 3/08 (20060101); A42B 3/04 (20060101); A42B 3/00 (20060101); A63B 71/10 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2022-07-24 0:00:00