Patent Number: 6,168,206

Title: Assembly for protecting a vehicle occupant's head from an impact

Abstract: An assembly (10) for use in a vehicle comprises a webbing guide (30) for guiding movement of seat belt webbing (14) in the vehicle and a fastener (70) for mounting the webbing guide (30) in position in the vehicle. The fastener (70) has a head portion (76). The assembly (10) further has a resilient cover member (80) that includes a cover portion (82) covering the head portion (76) of the fastener (70) and at least a portion (32) of the webbing guide (30). The resilient cover member (80) further includes a first rib portion (100) projecting from the cover portion (82) toward the head portion (76) of the fastener (70) and a second rib portion (110) projecting from the cover portion (82) toward the webbing guide (30). The first and second rib portions (100, 110) are resiliently crushable to absorb energy in response to an impact of a vehicle occupant's head against the cover portion (82).

Inventors: Greib; Gary R. (Lake Orion, MI), Eberwein; Henry G. (Washington, MI)

Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.

International Classification: B60R 22/24 (20060101); B60R 21/055 (20060101); B60R 21/02 (20060101); B60R 22/18 (20060101); B60R 022/28 (); B60R 021/055 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018