Patent Number: 6,168,199

Title: Inflator for an inflatable vehicle occupant protection device

Abstract: An inflator (10) includes a tank (12), an outlet manifold (14), and an initiator (40). The tank (12) stores inflation fluid (18) under pressure. The initiator (40), when actuated, initiates a flow of the inflation fluid (18) from the tank (12) to the exterior of the inflator (10) along an outlet flow path extending through the manifold (14). The inflator (10) further includes a pressure controlling structure (80) which partially obstructs the outlet flow path through the manifold (14). The pressure controlling structure (80) is rupturable under the influence of a predetermined inflation fluid pressure force.

Inventors: Faigle; Ernst M. (Dryden, MI)

Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.

International Classification: B60R 21/26 (20060101); B60R 021/26 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018