Patent Number: 6,254,123

Title: Mounting structure for use with a head-protecting airbag body

Abstract: A structure for mounting a head-protecting airbag body which inflates in the form of a curtain at least along a roof side rail across a B pillar is provided with an airbag body expansion direction restricting member which is disposed on the roof side rail in the vicinity of a upper end portion of a B pillar garnish covering the B pillar and has a guide wall extending toward the upper end portion of the B pillar garnish, and moving restricting portions which are disposed on the upper end portion of the B pillar garnish and the airbag body expansion direction restricting member and engage each other when a side collision occurs so as to restrict movement of the upper end portion of the B pillar garnish. When a vehicle body is deformed upon a slide collision, the upper end portion of the B pillar garnish attempts to move in a vehicle occupant compartment inner direction. However, when the movement restricting means disposed on the upper end portion of the B pillar garnish and airbag body expansion direction restricting means engage each other, the movement of the upper end portion of the B pillar garnish in a vehicle occupant compartment inner direction is restricted, so that the airbag body during inflation is never caught by the upper end portion of the B pillar garnish.

Inventors: Urushi; Norio (Toyota, JP), Furukawa; Yoshiharu (Toyota, JP), Ishiyama; Hiroshi (Toyota, JP), Chida; Minoru (Toyota, JP), Saito; Etsuji (Toyota, JP), Nakajima; Kenichi (Toyota, JP)

Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B60R 21/20 (20060101); B60R 21/16 (20060101); B60R 021/22 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018