US Pat. No. 9,233,785

LID OPENING/CLOSING MECHANISM AND STORAGE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. A lid opening/closing mechanism for switching a lid between a closed position closing an opening portion of a base body,
and an open position opening the opening portion, comprising:
an arm allowing a tip side thereof to turn to a front of the base body as a support point with a base end side thereof pivotally
supported at the base body by a first axis support portion, and connected to the lid turnably by a second axis support portion,
and

a control member provided to be slidably placed in a guide portion provided in the base body, and turnably connected at a
tip side to the lid through a third axis support portion,

wherein the lid is turned in an opening direction or a closing direction in association with a turn of the arm,
in an opening/closing process of the lid, the second axis support portion moves the lid to the front of the base body by the
turn of the arm around the first axis support portion, and

the arm is arranged to turn the lid toward the closing direction when the lid is disposed at a position between the closed
position and a switching mid-course position in which the first, second and third axis support portions are relatively lined
up approximately in a straight line when viewed parallel to hinging axes of the first axis support portion, second axis support
portion and third axis support portion, and to turn the lid toward the opening direction when the lid is disposed at a position
between the open position and the switching mid-course position.

US Pat. No. 9,494,191

GROMMET

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A grommet comprising:
a main body circular cylinder section through which a line-shaped member is capable of being passed;
an attachment circular cylinder section that is coupled to one end portion, in an axial line direction, of the main body circular
cylinder section, and that is capable of being inserted into an opening portion formed at an attached-to member;

an engagement portion that is formed at an outer peripheral portion of the attachment circular cylinder section, and that
is capable of engaging with a peripheral edge portion of the opening portion by elastically deforming; and

a retaining section that is formed at an inner peripheral portion of a boundary between the main body circular cylinder section
and the attachment circular cylinder section, that is capable of retaining the line-shaped member, and that has a smaller
internal diameter than an internal diameter of the main body circular cylinder section and an internal diameter of the attachment
circular cylinder section;

wherein at least one of an inner peripheral face of the main body circular cylinder section or an inner peripheral face of
the attachment circular cylinder section has a cone shape with a decreasing diameter on progression toward the retaining section;
and

further comprising a plurality of protrusion portions that are formed projecting out from the retaining section at intervals
therebetween in a peripheral direction of the retaining section, and that extend along the axial line direction.

US Pat. No. 9,419,302

ELECTRODE CONSTITUENT MEMBER FOR BATTERY MODULE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. An electrode constituent member for a battery module having an electricity-storage cell and a case housing the electricity-storage
cell, comprising:
a current-carrying member including an internal connection portion for electrically connecting to the electricity-storage
cell, and an external connection portion exposed to an outside of the case;

a bolt member including a head portion, and an axis portion extending from the head portion and passing through a through
hole of the external connection portion of the current-carrying member from an inner side of the case to protrude to the outside
of the case, for fastening to a member electrically connecting a plurality of battery modules; and

an insulating member positioned between the bolt member and the electricity-storage cell,
wherein the external connection portion is formed with a pair of clamp portions, extending to the inner side of the case and
receiving the insulating member in between,

the clamp portions and the insulating member respectively are formed with engagement portions engaging with each other when
the insulating member is received, and

the head portion of the bolt member is disposed between the external connection portion and the insulating member to electrically
connect to the current carrying member through the external connection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,248,720

UTILITY PART ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING UTILITY PART TO VEHICULAR INTERIOR PART

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

12. A utility part assembly for a vehicle comprising:
a vehicular interior component having a first surface facing a vehicular interior side, and further having a second surface
opposite the first surface and facing a vehicular exterior side, the vehicular interior component having a first mounting
hole and a second mounting hole; and

a utility part comprising:
a first member provided on the first surface of the vehicular interior component, the first member having a first coupling
pin extending through the first mounting hole, and further having a second coupling pin extending through the second mounting
hole; and

a second member provided on the second surface and having a coupler and a first coupling hole, the coupler coupled to the
first coupling pin extending through the first mounting hole, and the first coupling hole coupled to the second coupling pin
extending through the second mounting hole, such that the first member is non-rotatable, and

wherein the second member is rotatable about an axis of the second coupling pin against the second surface relative to the
first member such that upon rotation of the second member, the second member is fixed to the first member to sandwich a part
of the vehicular interior component therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,181,968

GROMMET

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A grommet comprising:
an axis body including first and second lateral face portions, a first abutting portion formed on the first lateral face portion,
a second abutting portion arranged above the first abutting portion in an insertion direction of the axis body on the second
lateral portion, and a latch-engaging portion arranged at a corner portion formed between the first lateral face portion and
the second lateral face portion; and

a main body including a head portion having a receiving hole, a leg portion extending downwardly from the head portion and
split into at least two parts to elastically spread by the axis body pushed in the receiving hole, each of the at least two
parts including an abutted portion abutting against the first abutting portion or the second abutting portion, and a latch-engaged
portion formed between the at least two parts adjacent each other inside the head portion of the main body,

wherein the latch-engaging portion latches and engages the latch-engaged portion to attach the axis body and the main body
at a position before pushing-in of the leg portion wherein one portion of the axis body is housed inside the main body, and

when the axis body is pushed in the receiving hole of the main body and the first abutting portion abuts against the abutted
portion corresponding thereto, one of the at least two parts abutting against the first abutting portion is spread, and when
the axis body is further pushed in the receiving hole of the main body and the second abutting portion abuts against the abutted
portion corresponding thereto, another of the at least two parts abutting against the second abutting portion is spread.

US Pat. No. 9,556,654

LOCK DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A lock device for an opening and closing member attached to a main member, comprising:
a housing including a front face, a back face located opposite to the front face so as to form a space therebetween and having
a window portion opened outwardly, and a support shaft protruding from the front face toward the window portion in the space;

a pair of rods slidably supported in the housing and respectively including end portions adapted to be engaged with and disengaged
from lock holes in a panel, and back side portions with inclination portions, the rods sliding in first and second linear
directions relative to the housing to move between a lock position separated from each other, in which the end portions are
engaged with the lock holes, and a release position approaching each other, in which the end portions are disengaged from
the lock holes;

an operating member turnably attached to the housing and including arm portions, each of the arm portions protruding toward
a respective one of the rods to abut against a respective one of the inclination portions, the operating member turning in
a direction from an initial state to an operating state to switch the rods from the lock position to the release position;

a connection member disposed on the support shaft and including one end engaging the back side portion of one of the rods,
and another end engaging the back side portion of the other one of the rods, the connection member urging the rods in the
first linear direction to move away from each other and be separated; and

an urging member disposed between the housing and the operating member, and providing an opening force on the operating member,
the opening force being less than an urging force of the connection member urging the rods in the first linear direction so
as to damp the movement of the operating member back to the initial state from the operating state,

wherein when the operating member is turned from the initial state to the operating state, the rods slide in the second linear
direction to approach each other against the urging force of the connection member through a cam operation between the inclination
portions and the arm portions, and

each of the rods includes a concave portion which forms each of the inclination portions thereon, and each inclination portion
is outwardly tapered from each of the back side portions such that the respective arm portions press the respective inclination
portions to provide the cam operation.

US Pat. No. 9,586,475

FUEL TANK CONNECTOR

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A fuel tank connector attached to a fuel tank for connecting a ventilation flow path of the fuel tank connector to the
fuel tank, comprising:
an upper chamber including a first communication portion relative to the ventilation flow path;
a lower chamber including a second communication portion relative to the fuel tank;
a bowl-shaped portion situated between the upper chamber and the lower chamber to separate the upper chamber and the lower
chamber, the bowl-shaped portion narrowing downward to a bottom portion at a center of the bowl-shaped portion and having
a third communication portion at the bottom portion, and

a cover body disposed directly above the third communication portion, and having a lateral size smaller than that of the bowl-shaped
portion, the cover body including leg portions attached to the bowl-shaped portion, a closed top portion covering the third
communication portion, and a side portion partially closing a periphery of the third communication portion with a ventilation
interval between the side portion and the third communication portion so that a fluid from the lower chamber hits the cover
body and flows to the first communication portion through the ventilation interval.

US Pat. No. 9,518,671

VALVE DEVICE FOR FUEL TANK

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A valve device for a fuel tank, adapted to be attached to a fuel tank, comprising:
a case including a vent valve port communicating with an outside of the fuel tank at an upper portion, and including an inflow
portion for a fuel below the vent valve port; and

a float body which is located inside the case and rises by the fuel flowing into the case so as to be seated in the vent valve
port,

wherein in a face portion facing a bottom portion of the float body in the case, an elastic piece is formed by a first arc-shaped
split groove formed such that a center of the face portion becomes a curvature inner side, and a second arc-shaped split groove
formed outside the first arc-shaped split groove such that the center of the face portion becomes a curvature inner side,

the elastic piece has an arc-shape in which the center of the face portion becomes a curvature inner side,
one portion of the elastic piece abuts against the bottom portion of the float body,
the elastic piece is disposed in the face portion between the first arc-shaped split groove and the second arc-shaped split
groove,

the first arc-shaped split groove, the second arc-shaped split groove, and the elastic piece have an arc-shape curving around
a center axis of the case, and

the face portion further comprises a communicating portion communicating the first and second arc-shaped split grooves, the
communicating portion comprising a first groove extending radially outwardly from one groove end of the first arc-shaped split
groove, and extending beyond the second arc-shaped split groove; a second groove extending radially outwardly from one groove
end of the second arc-shaped split groove; and a third groove extending perpendicular to the first and second grooves to communicate
the first and second grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,211,844

SLIDE STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A slide structure, comprising:
a first member maintaining a constant width;
a second member covering at least two side portions of the first member in a width direction, and slidably assembled relative
to the first member; and

an urging device interposed between the first member and the second member,
wherein in at least one member of either the first member or the second member, an inclined face inclining relative to the
width direction of the first member is provided at a portion wherein the first member and the second member slide,

in another member of either the first member or the second member, a facing portion is provided to face the inclined face
of said one member, and the urging device detachably attached on said another member is interposed between the facing portion
and the inclined face, to be urged in a direction to separate the facing portion and the inclined face from each other,

the urging device includes a pressing piece displaceably supported in said another member, and a spring disposed between the
pressing piece and said another member to urge the pressing piece toward said one member,

the pressing piece of the urging device includes a locking leg portion disposed slidably against said another member, and
a claw portion formed at an end portion of the locking leg portion to lock the pressing piece to said another member and to
restrict the pressing piece from protruding toward said one member more than a predetermined amount, and

the locking leg portion elastically deforms so that the claw portion releases the lock between the first and second members
to detach the pressing piece and the spring from said another member.

US Pat. No. 9,309,972

HOLE PLUG

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A hole plug, comprising:
an annular flange portion for covering a hole edge circumferential face of an attachment hole of an attachment member;
a cylindrical outer circumferential wall portion extending downward from an inner circumferential edge portion of the annular
flange portion;

engagement claws formed to protrude on an outer wall face of the outer circumferential wall portion, for engaging with the
attachment hole;

a cylindrical intermediate wall portion extended in an up-and-down direction inside the outer circumferential wall portion
with an interval therebetween;

a cylindrical inner circumferential wall portion extended in the up-and-down direction inside the cylindrical intermediate
wall portion with an interval therebetween;

a face plate closing an upper-end inside the inner circumferential wall portion;
a connection portion connecting the cylindrical intermediate wall portion to a center portion of the inner circumferential
wall portion in the up-and-down direction;

an abutment portion having an outside portion connected to a lower end of the outer circumferential wall portion, and an inside
portion connecting the outside portion to a lower end of the cylindrical intermediate wall portion; and

ribs respectively formed along a radial direction of the face plate at portions of the face plate which becomes an inside
of the engagement claws,

wherein the abutment portion is arranged so that when an upward force is applied to the face plate from below and the face
plate moves upward, the outside portion of the abutment portion is bent and is folded inward, and the inside portion of the
abutment portion abuts against an inside face of a portion of the outer circumferential wall portion formed with the engagement
claw, and

the engagement claws are formed at predetermined intervals along a circumferential direction of the outer wall face of the
outer circumferential wall portion.

US Pat. No. 9,181,966

CLAMP

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A clamp, comprising:
a holding portion provided with an opening for inserting a long object, and holding the long object;
a main body portion disposed with a predetermined space on an outer circumferential face of the holding portion; and
a fixed portion for fixing to an attached member from the main body portion, the holding portion, the main body portion, and
the fixed portion being connected,

the fixed portion being fixed to the attached member, so that the long object is attached to the attached member,
wherein a vibration-absorption portion for reducing a transmission of a vibration is provided to support between the holding
portion and the main body portion, the vibration-absorption portion being composed of a plurality of resin springs formed
in a plate shape,

one end portion of the resin spring is provided to connect to the holding portion, and is positioned in one end portion of
the holding portion in an axial direction of the long object, and

the other end portion of the resin spring is provided to extend in the axial direction of the long object and connect to the
main body portion, the other end portion being positioned in an end portion of the main body portion on an opposite side to
the one end portion of the holding portion in the axial direction of the long object, and

the holding portion, the main body portion, and the vibration-absorption portion are made from a same resin material.

US Pat. No. 9,341,210

FASTENER

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A fastener, comprising:
a first member including a flange portion, and a leg portion extending from the flange portion, forming an insertion hole
opening at the flange portion, divided around a shaft line to form a plurality of leg pieces, and formed with a guided portion
in an inner circumferential portion of the insertion hole opening; and

a second member having a base portion on one end thereof and a guide portion formed from a vicinity of another end of the
second member toward the base portion, and pressed into the insertion hole opening of the first member so as to contact the
guide portion with the guided portion and to expand the plurality of leg pieces,

wherein the guide portion has a curved surface curved outwardly and having a tangent angle changing relative to the shaft
line at a contact point with the guided portion from another end side toward a base portion side, and an insertion force into
the first member at the contact point is held approximately constant, and

the guide portion of the second member is arranged so that when Young's modulus of the leg portion is presumed to be constant,
and a frictional force at the contact point is presumed to be 0, and an opening amount of each of the plurality of leg pieces
at an arbitrary point on the curved surface is V and the tangent angle is ?, a relationship of V sin ?=constant is established
at the arbitrary point on the curved surface.

US Pat. No. 9,102,231

WAVE SUPPRESSION STRUCTURE FOR FUEL TANK

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A fuel tank comprising a wave suppression structure, and a tank main body,
said wave suppression structure comprising
a wave suppression member including a basket-shaped container;
a hollow porous member housed in said basket-shaped container, and having a large number of holes formed therein for giving
resistance to passage of fuel; and

porous member support projections projectingly provided on the basket-shaped container so as to form an overall annular shape;
wherein:
said wave suppression member is to be disposed in an interior portion of the tank main body;
said basket-shaped container has through holes formed therein for permitting a piping disposed in the interior of the tank
main body to extend through the through holes formed in the basket-shaped container thereby supporting the wave suppression
member at a predetermined position in the fuel tank;

the basket-shaped container is formed from two members joined for sandwiching the piping therebetween at joint surfaces of
the two members;

the porous member is housed in the basket-shaped container so that an outer face of the porous member opposes an inner face
of the basket-shaped container and to oppose an outer face of the piping, the joint surfaces of the two members extending
to be parallel with the piping that passes through the basket-shaped container; and

the porous member support projections are fitted in axially opposite ends of the porous member.

US Pat. No. 9,052,027

VALVE DEVICE FOR FUEL TANK

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A valve device for a fuel tank, comprising:
a case having a vent valve port arranged at an upper portion of the case and connected to outside of the tank, and an inflow
portion for fuel arranged below the vent valve port;

a float element accommodated in the case to move vertically and having a seal member at an upper portion thereof, the float
element raising to seat the seal member on the vent valve port when the fuel flows into the case through the inflow portion;
and

a ventilation portion to connect between inside of the tank and inside of the case, formed at an upper face portion of the
case positioned above a waterline of the float element when the float element is seated, wherein an amount of ventilation
through the ventilation portion when the float element is seated is reduced by an upper face portion of the float element
positioned in close proximity to the upper face portion of the case;

a projecting portion projecting downward from the upper face portion of the case and abutting on a face part of the upper
face portion of the float element that is not covered by the seal member, wherein the projecting portion keeps an interval
constant between the upper face portion of the case and the upper face portion of the float element when the float element
is seated; and

a flange having a head portion connected to the fuel tank at an outside thereof, and a connecting portion projecting from
the head portion to an inside of the fuel tank,

wherein the case comprises an upper body having said projecting portion and said ventilation portion, said upper body being
disposed inside the connecting portion to form a space between the upper body and the connecting portion and communicating
with the ventilation portion, and a lower body closing the upper body with the float element therein.

US Pat. No. 9,238,187

FILTER DEVICE

Nifco Inc., Yokohama-shi...

1. A filter apparatus, comprising:
a pipe having a flow channel for a liquid; and
a filter device disposed inside the pipe for filtering the liquid, said filter device comprising:
a main body portion having a cylinder shape, and inserted into the pipe so that a cylinder axis of the main body portion is
inserted along a center axis of the pipe, wherein one end portion of the main body portion is blocked;

at least one flange portion provided outside the main body portion between two end portions of the main body portion so that
a space inside the pipe is divided in a liquid-tight state by elastic deformation and firm attachment to an inner surface
of the pipe upon insertion;

a vertical connecting piece extending along the cylinder axis of the main body portion from the one end portion of the main
body portion to the flange portion and having a widened portion protruding outwardly at the one end portion of the main body
portion, the widened portion of the vertical connecting piece having a diameter substantially equal to an inner diameter of
the pipe;

a first passing portion including a filter material provided in a cylinder side portion between the one end portion of the
main body portion and the flange portion, for filtering the liquid; and

a second passing portion for passing the liquid provided on a side close to the other end portion of the main body portion
than the flange portion,

wherein the at least one flange portion has a diameter greater than the inner diameter of the pipe, and protrudes toward a
protruding end thereof to incline in a direction approaching one of either the one end portion or the other end portion of
the main body portion,

the one end portion of the main body portion and a formation portion of the flange portion are connected by a cylinder-side-portion
structural body comprising a plurality of vertical connecting pieces, and a horizontal connecting piece extending between
the vertical connecting pieces adjacent each other so as to form the first passing portion between the connecting pieces,

the main body portion is molded by an insert molding wherein the filter material having the cylinder shape is inserted such
that the filter material is positioned inside a thickness of each connecting piece,

the one end portion of the main body portion includes a disk-shaped portion integrally formed to the widened portion of the
vertical connecting piece, and the other end portion of the main body portion is formed with the second passing portion,

the main body portion includes another flange portion formed between the second passing portion and the flange portion of
the main body portion, said another flange portion protruding outwardly from the main body portion, and being inclined in
a direction same as that of the flange portion, and the flange portion and said another flange portion have a thickness less
than that of the main body portion to elastically deform when the main body portion is inserted into the pipe, and

the main body portion further comprises a positioning collar portion between the flange portion and said another flange portion
of the main body portion, the positioning collar portion having a thickness greater than that of the flange portion to be
rigid.

US Pat. No. 9,578,930

BUCKLE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A buckle, comprising:
a plug member provided at one end portion of a belt; and
a socket member provided at another end portion of the belt, engaging with the plug member;
wherein the socket member includes:
a front face portion having an approximately flat surface;
a back face portion provided in such a way as to face a reverse face of the front face portion, and forming an engagement
hole with which the plug member is engaged, between the back face portion and the front face portion;

a pressing piece formed in the front face portion by being divided by a slit formed in the front face portion to be pressed
for releasing an engagement with the plug member inserted into the engagement hole to be engaged therewith; and

a hinge portion formed to be thinner than the pressing piece, connecting the pressing piece to a same surface as the surface
of the front face portion, and serving as a base point for a displacement when the pressing piece is pressed, and

a groove portion is formed on a reverse face of the front face portion in order to form the hinge portion to be thinner than
the pressing piece, and in the back face portion, a through-hole is formed at a portion where the groove portion is projected
on the back face portion.

US Pat. No. 9,506,814

MOUNTING CLIP FOR BATTERY TEMPERATURE SENSOR

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A mounting clip for a battery temperature sensor holding a temperature sensor including a sensor main body and a projection
portion projecting from the sensor main body, and mounted to a mounting hole of a battery case, comprising:
a holding portion allowing the temperature sensor to be internally inserted and held therein;
a leg portion hanging from the holding portion, allowing the temperature sensor to pass through, to be inserted into the mounting
hole;

an engagement portion protruding from the leg portion, to be engaged with the case when inserted into the mounting hole; and
an operation portion connected to the engagement portion, and allowing an engagement of the engagement portion with the case
to be released,

wherein at a time of release operation by the operation portion, a connection portion between the operation portion and the
engagement portion is adapted to hold the projection portion of the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,452,663

SHADING DEVICE

HAYASHI TELEMPU Co., Ltd....

1. A shading device, comprising:
a screen;
a shaft portion to which one end of the screen is fastened, the shaft portion having a lock portion to be locked, the lock
portion being formed at an end portion of the shaft portion;

a biasing mechanism that biases the shaft portion in a winding direction of the screen;
a locking member that engages with the lock portion at a lock position where the locking member prohibits a rotation of the
shaft portion; and

a housing into which the end portion of the shaft portion is inserted, the housing having a sliding guide portion in which
the locking member is slid, wherein

the sliding guide portion is capable of guiding the locking member in a direction passing through the lock position and a
lock release position where the lock portion is released from the locking member, and the sliding guide portion further includes
a lock position engagement portion for stopping the locking member from sliding at the lock position, and

the locking member includes a slide engagement portion that engages with the lock position engagement portion at the lock
position and an operating portion that can be flexed to release the slide engagement portion from the lock position engagement
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,267,622

ELECTRICAL CABLE HOLDER

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. An electrical cable holder for fixing an electrical cable on an attachment-receiving-object, comprising:
a holder body having a fixing device for fixing to the attachment-receiving object, a fastening part extending downwardly
from one end portion thereof to form a C-shaped arc and positioned below the fixing device for placing the electrical cable
thereinside, a free end of the C-shaped arc being arranged below another end portion of the holder body to maintain a gap
therebetween for inserting the electrical cable therethrough, and including one of a shaft part or a shaft hole; and

a movable arm including another of the shaft hole or the shaft part engaging the one of the shaft part or the shaft hole of
the holder body to be movably supported on the holder body for fastening the electrical cable placed in the fastening part,
between the movable arm and the fastening part,

wherein a lock device for locking the movable arm in a fastening state where the electrical cable is fixed on the fastening
part, is provided between the movable arm and the fastening part;

a stationary device for maintaining a non-fastening state is provided between the holder body and the movable arm;
the holder body includes an arm support part formed on the another end portion thereof and having a pair of support arms apart
from each other to form an interval therebetween, and the movable arm includes a neck part having a width equal to or greater
than the interval between the pair of support arms; and

the pair of support arms and the neck part form the stationary device, and the neck part is held inside the interval between
the pair of support arms so that the movable arm is frictionally retained at a position away from the fastening part.

US Pat. No. 9,086,084

CLIP

Nifco Inc., Yokohama-shi...

1. A clip, comprising:
a pin including a central leg;
a grommet including an insertion hole to insert the pin, and a leg portion having a plurality of leg pieces and slits provided
in a length direction of the leg portion to split the leg portion into the plurality of leg pieces, the plurality of leg pieces
spreading outwardly by inserting the pin into the insertion hole; and

a prevention portion formed on the central leg, the prevention portion including central blade portions protruding axially
outwardly from the central leg to have an H shape in a cross-section perpendicular to a length direction of the central leg
and being arranged such that the central blade portions cover the slits between the plurality of leg pieces from outsides
thereof,

wherein when the pin is fully inserted, the central blade portions are located outside the slits between the plurality of
leg pieces and fully cover the slits to prevent a foreign matter from entering in the slits.

US Pat. No. 9,944,341

CONNECTING STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE COMPONENT PARTS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A connecting structure of vehicle component parts comprising:a first member made of resin,
a second member made of resin, and
a clip for connecting the first and second members,
wherein:
the first member and the second member each are fastened to a vehicle,
the first member is provided with a rectangular through hole which has short sides and long sides, the second member is provided with a gate which passes through the through hole,
the gate is formed substantially in a U-shape which includes a pair of leg portions projecting from a surface of the second member and a top portion connecting each of projecting ends of the leg portions, the pair of leg portions is configured to be arranged along the short sides of the through hole when passing through the though hole, and
the clip connects the first member and the second member by engagement with the through hole and the gate in a condition where the gate passes though the through hole,
wherein the first member and the second member are a first cowling and a second cowling each of which covers a part of the vehicle,
wherein the first cowling and the second cowling form a tank cowling arranged on each lateral surface of a vehicle body of a straddle type vehicle, the first cowling and the second cowling are arranged in front and in the rear, a connecting section by the clip is arranged in an upward and downward direction of the vehicle,
and the fastening sections for fastening the first cowling and the second cowling to the vehicle are arranged above and below the connecting section, the fastening sections being fastened to the vehicle by a screw or by insertion;
wherein the straddle type vehicle has an engine supported on a vehicle body frame below the tank cowling, and a cylinder axis of the engine is arranged substantially in parallel with the long sides of the through hole, and
wherein, to latch the clip in position and prevent the gate from being removed from the through hole, the clip is turned from an inserted position to a fixed position, said inserted position being one in which the clip is inserted into a connecting space formed on an inside of a portion of the gate projecting from the through hole, and said fixed position being one in which the clip is received in the connecting space and the gate is prevented thereby from being removed from the through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,310,006

HOSE CONNECTOR

Nifco Inc., Yokohama-shi...

1. A hose connector, comprising:
a connector main body including an inner tubular portion having a first engagement feature formed at a base end of an outer
circumference thereof;

a lock member including an outer tubular portion configured to be fitted on the inner tubular portion so as to define an annular
gap between an outer circumferential surface of the inner tubular portion and an inner circumferential surface of the outer
tubular portion, the outer tubular portion being formed with a second engagement feature configured to engage the first engagement
feature;

wherein the first and second engagement features jointly form a cam mechanism that causes the lock member to axially move
from an unlocked position to a locked position when the lock member is turned around an axial line thereof in a prescribed
direction;

wherein the inner tubular portion is provided with an annular enlarged diameter portion on the outer circumferential surface,
and the outer tubular portion is provided with an annular reduced diameter portion on the inner circumferential surface thereof
in such a positional relationship that the annular enlarged diameter portion and the annular reduced diameter portion are
axially adjacent to each other when the lock member is in the locked position, and axially spaced apart from each other in
the unlocked position such that a free end of a hose can be clamped between the annular enlarged diameter portion and the
annular reduced diameter portion by inserting a free end of a hose in the annular gap between the outer tubular portion and
the inner tubular portion when the lock member is in the unlocked position and turning the lock member in the prescribed direction
to the locked position;

wherein one of the first and second engagement features includes a resilient engagement piece configured to retain the connector
main body and the lock member to each other by engaging a cooperating piece of the other of the first and second engagement
features in the unlocked position; and

wherein the resilient engagement piece comprises a projection formed in a part of a beam member defined by a slot formed in
the outer tubular portion of the lock member.

US Pat. No. 9,261,086

FLUID DISTRIBUTION VALVE, FLUID SUPPLY SYSTEM COMPRISING SAME, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE FLUID SUPPLY SYSTEM

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A fluid distribution valve which selectively distributes a fluid supplied from a fluid supply source to a plurality of
flow channels, comprising:
first and second branch pipes communicating with the fluid supply source; and
a valve body selectively closing either one of the two branch pipes, and including a through hole allowing a circulation of
the fluid into the second branch pipe from the fluid supply source in a case wherein the first branch pipe is closed,

wherein while the valve body closes the first branch pipe in an initial state thereof, the valve body is displaced or deformed
according to a pressure difference of the fluid in a first branch pipe side and a second branch pipe side when the fluid is
supplied from the fluid supply source, to thereby open the first branch pipe, and to close the through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,212,773

CONNECTOR

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A connector, to which a pipe having an annular flange part on an outer perimeter surface is connected, comprising:
a connector body having a circular opening part in which said pipe is inserted, and a coupling-accepting part formed thereon;
and

a confirmation member arranged on said connector body, and including a lock mechanism locking the confirmation member to said
connector body and an urging member unlocking the lock mechanism from the connector body, the lock mechanism including a leg
piece disposed in the connector body, a pressing part formed on an end part of said leg piece and positioned at an outside
of said urging member, and a coupling part formed on the end part of said leg piece and coupling with the coupling-accepting
part, the urging member including an elastic piece extending adjacent to said leg piece and protruding inwardly toward said
opening part from an outside of said connector body,

wherein the confirmation member moves between a standby position where the flange part of said pipe passes through said opening
part, and a connected position where the confirmation member moves in a radial direction of said opening part such that said
pipe is connected at a prescribed position;

when said pipe is inserted in the opening part, the elastic piece of the urging member is pushed to spread outward and presses
the pressing part of the lock mechanism to unlock said confirmation member locked by said lock mechanism, and when said flange
part contacts the elastic piece, the elastic piece turns inwardly along the outer perimeter surface of said flange part to
move said confirmation member to said connected position while releasing urging forces accumulated in the leg piece and the
elastic piece to return shapes thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,155,362

CLIP

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A clip, comprising:
a male member having a head portion and a shaft portion; and
a female member including a base portion and a fitting portion into an attachment hole formed in one side attachment object,
and provided with a reception hole of the shaft portion of the male member, having a hole opening in the base portion and
continuing into the fitting portion,

wherein the clip is formed to hold another side attachment object between the head portion of the male member and the base
portion of the female member in a combined engagement state wherein the shaft portion is inserted into the reception hole
up to a predetermined position,

an inside of the reception hole of the female member includes:
a first sliding contact portion relative to a first cam portion formed at an end of the shaft portion of the male member;
an engagement concave portion located on a lateral side of the first sliding contact portion and relative to an engagement
protrusion formed in a middle of the shaft portion of the male member; and

a second sliding contact portion located at a hole opening of the reception hole and relative to a second cam portion formed
at the engagement protrusion of the male member,

at an insertion time of the shaft portion into the reception hole, the first cam portion and the first sliding contact portion
slidingly contact, and subsequently, the second cam portion and the second sliding contact portion slidingly contact so as
to urge a forward-movement and turning of the male member, which allows the engagement protrusion to be engaged with the engagement
concave portion, and

when the male member is moved backward and turned from an engaged state between the engagement concave portion and the engagement
protrusion, the second cam portion and an inner wall of the engagement concave portion slidingly contact so as to urge an
elastic deformation in a direction of allowing the engagement protrusion to come out of the engagement concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,133,964

VIBRATION-PROOF CLAMP

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A vibration-proof clamp, comprising:
a clamp main body provided with a holding portion by which a pipe material is adapted to be held, and having a mounting hole
formed therein;

a vibration-proof member mounted in the mounting hole, and having therein a fitting hole with a hole shaft aligning with the
mounting hole, and a concave groove provided by notching a peripheral edge of the fitting hole; and

a clip including a cylindrical neck portion inserted into the fitting hole, a fixation rib inserted through the concave groove,
and an elastic claw projected on an outer peripheral face of the neck portion and formed to be retractable inward in a radial
direction,

wherein after the neck portion is inserted into the fitting hole, the elastic claw retracts in the radial direction and the
fixation rib passes through the concave groove, the clip is relatively rotated relative to the vibration-proof member, so
that the elastic claw fits into the concave groove.

US Pat. No. 9,261,413

CLIP FOR ATTACHING BATTERY TEMPERATURE SENSOR

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A clip for attaching a battery temperature sensor, which holds a temperature sensor including a sensor main body and an
overhanging portion overhanging from a circumference of a base end portion of the sensor main body; is attached to an attachment
hole penetrating in and out through a case housing a battery; and allows an end portion of the sensor main body to protrude
into the case, comprising:
an abutting portion having a diameter larger than that of the attachment hole, and abutting against an outer surface of the
case;

an insertion hole passing through the abutting portion, and having a diameter smaller than that of the overhanging portion
so as to insert the sensor main body;

a holding tube communicated with the insertion hole, extending in a tube shape toward an outside of the case from the abutting
portion, and opening at an end surface so as to insert the sensor main body to pass through the insertion hole from an open
end surface, and to internally hold the overhanging portion;

a leg tube communicating with the insertion hole, extending in a tube shape toward an inside of the case from the abutting
portion, and opening at an end so as to insert the sensor main body to pass through an end opening from the insertion hole,
and to be able to insert into the attachment hole; and

at least a pair of elastic claws elastically protruding from an outside surface of the leg tube, bending toward a tube inner
portion of the leg tube when the elastic claws pass through the attachment hole, and restoring to its original state after
passing through the attachment hole so as to sandwich the case between the abutting portion and the elastic claws,

wherein the abutting portion includes at least a pair of ribs respectively positioned in two end portions in a diametrical
direction of the abutting portion, protruding toward an outer surface of the case, and applying a force to the holding tube
in a direction bending the abutting portion and narrowing the open end surface when the case is sandwiched between the pair
of elastic claws and the ribs.

US Pat. No. 9,132,366

FUEL FILTER

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A fuel filter, comprising:
a filter member formed in a bag shape by a filter material sheet; and
a frame member disposed inside the filter member,
wherein the frame member includes a base frame spreading out inside the filter member, and a resin spring having a cantilever
shape formed in the base frame,

the base frame includes a first frame extending in a first direction, and a plurality of second frames connected to the first
frame and extending in a second direction intersecting with the first direction,

the first frame includes a bent portion which is bent between portions wherein adjacent second frames are connected,
a base end portion of the resin spring is connected to the second frame, and
an end portion of the resin spring is disposed between the adjacent second frames.

US Pat. No. 9,493,065

CONNECTOR FOR FUEL TANK

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A connector for a fuel tank attached to the fuel tank for connecting a ventilation flow passage thereof to the fuel tank,
comprising:
an upper chamber provided with a first communication portion relative to the ventilation flow passage; and
a lower chamber provided with a second communication portion relative to the fuel tank, and a third communication portion
relative to the upper chamber,

wherein a mortar-shaped portion narrowing toward a lower side is formed in a bottom portion of the upper chamber, and
the third communication portion is formed in a bottom of the mortar-shaped portion, and recesses and protrusions are formed
in a wall face of the mortar-shaped portion.

US Pat. No. 9,482,389

FUEL TANK PIPE STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A fuel tank plumbing structure adapted to be inserted into a through-hole formed in a wall portion of a fuel tank, comprising:
a first pipe adapted to be attached to the fuel tank such that an inner end thereof is disposed inside the fuel tank and an
outer end thereof is disposed outside the fuel tank;

a second pipe coaxially connected to the inner end of the first pipe, and communicating with the first pipe;
a flexible locking piece protruding from one of the first pipe or the second pipe, and having a protruding end displaced in
a radial direction of the one of the first pipe or the second pipe;

a locking portion formed in another of the first pipe or the second pipe, and engaging the locking piece to communicate the
first pipe and the second pipe; and

a lock member annularly formed, and externally fitted onto an outer peripheral surface of the one of the first pipe or the
second pipe, and including an escape groove portion formed on an inner peripheral surface thereof and a control wall portion
arranged adjacent to the escape groove portion, the lock member being arranged to move in an axis line direction of the one
of the first pipe or the second pipe between a first position wherein the locking piece is separated from the lock member
and the protruding end of the locking piece is displaced toward the escape groove portion to engage or disengage the locking
portion, and a second position wherein the locking piece abuts against the control wall portion to prevent the locking portion
from disengaging from the locking piece, when the first pipe and the second pipe are communicated,

wherein the escape groove portion is adjacent to the control wall portion in an axis line direction of the lock member, and
the lock member is a member separate from the first pipe and the second pipe,

the one of the first pipe or the second pipe includes a guide convex portion protruding outwardly from the outer peripheral
surface thereof, and the lock member includes a piece portion protruding in the axis line direction of the lock member from
one end portion thereof and having a guide hole formed therein to engage the guide convex portion; and

in the first position, the guide convex portion is positioned in one end of the guide hole such that the locking piece faces
the escape groove portion, and in the second position, the guide convex portion is positioned in another end of the guide
hole such that the locking piece contacts the control wall portion.

US Pat. No. 9,285,010

DAMPER DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A damper device comprising:
a cylinder body and a piston body, arranged to apply a braking force to act on a movement or a relative movement of an object
to be braked by attaching at least one of either the cylinder body or the piston body to the object to be braked,

a closing portion closing the cylinder body;
a protruding portion forming a flow path, communicating inside and outside of the cylinder body, and protruding outside from
the closing portion of the cylinder body;

a convex portion formed by the closing portion protruding inside the cylinder body;
a concave portion formed by the closing portion at a side opposite to the convex portion, the concave portion having the protruding
portion therein;

a concave part in which the convex portion formed inside the cylinder body is housed, formed in the piston body;
a plug body including a shaft portion inserted into the flow path from an outside of the cylinder body; and
an urging device arranged between the closing portion and the plug body,
wherein an insertion length of the shaft portion of the plug body into the flow path against urging of the urging device increases
by a change in pressure due to a movement or a relative movement of the piston body in a direction separating from the closing
portion of the cylinder body,

a space formed between the piston body and the closing portion becomes smallest when the piston body is positioned closest
to the closing portion, and

a projection is formed in the plug body, the projection being located on a lateral side of a base portion of the shaft portion
and abutting against a protruding end of the protruding portion when the insertion length of the shaft portion into the flow
path is maximized, to thereby prevent the flow path from being closed by the plug body.

US Pat. No. 9,605,725

ROTARY DAMPER

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A rotary damper, comprising:
a housing including an outer cylinder having a predetermined axis line, an inner cylinder coaxially disposed inside the outer
cylinder, and a bottom plate closing one end of the housing in an axis line direction between the outer cylinder and the inner
cylinder, wherein an annular liquid chamber is defined by the outer cylinder, the inner cylinder, and the bottom plate, and
a viscous fluid is filled in the liquid chamber;

a rotor including a cylindrical blade portion rotatably received in the liquid chamber coaxially with the outer cylinder,
and a flange extending radially outwardly from an upper end of the blade portion, and arranged outside of the housing and
above an upper surface of the outer cylinder;

an annular locking groove extending in a circumferential direction in one of either a first portion which is an outer peripheral
surface of the inner cylinder and is located at an end edge portion on a side opposite to a bottom plate side, or a second
portion facing the first portion on an inner peripheral surface of the blade portion;

a locking convex portion projecting from the other of either the first portion or the second portion, and locked in the locking
groove so as to control a relative movement in the axis line direction between the housing and the rotor;

an annular inside seal member interposed between a portion on the outer peripheral surface of the inner cylinder and on the
bottom plate side more than the first portion, and the inner peripheral surface of the blade portion; and

an annular outside seal member interposed between a vicinity of the other end of the housing in the axis line direction on
an inner peripheral surface of the outer cylinder, and an outer peripheral surface of the blade portion,

wherein the inner cylinder includes a slit extending between the end edge portion and a portion above the inside seal member
through the annular locking groove or the convex portion so that a part of the inner cylinder elastically deforms radially
inwardly to receive and hold the rotor, and

the end edge portion of the inner cylinder is positioned inward of an upper surface of the flange so that the slit of the
inner cylinder is positioned inward of the flange.

US Pat. No. 9,260,898

HINGE STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A hinge structure for rotatably connecting a first member and a second member to each other, comprising:
a first shaft adapted to be provided in the first member, wherein an end portion thereof becomes a free end;
a support portion adapted to be provided in the second member to support the first shaft;
a bottomed first hole concaved on a side face of the support portion, and rotatably receiving the end portion of the first
shaft;

a second shaft projecting from a bottom portion of the first hole;
a second hole concaved on an end face of the first shaft, and rotatably receiving an end portion of the second shaft;
a first groove concaved on the side face of the support portion, extending in a radial direction of the first hole from the
first hole, and opening at an end portion thereof; and

a second groove concaved on the end face of the first shaft, extending in a radial direction of the second hole from the second
hole, and opening at an end portion thereof,

wherein when the first member and the second member are assembled to each other, the first shaft passes through the first
groove to be disposed in the first hole, and the second shaft passes through the second groove to be disposed in the second
hole.

US Pat. No. 9,180,804

CLIP, CONNECTED CLIP, AND SEAT COVER COVERING STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A clip, comprising:
a board-form base part adapted to be held on a foamed material;
a pair of wall parts erected on said base part and facing each other, each of the pair of wall parts including two side portions,
each having a protruding part formed on an inner face thereof and extending horizontally in a width direction thereof, and
a middle portion arranged between the two side portions;

locking parts, each being elastically deformably attached to each of the middle portions and spaced from each of the two side
portions to form slits therebetween; and

locking claws, each projecting from an inner face of said locking part and being adapted to lock an anchoring member attached
to a seat cover covering said foamed material and inserted between said wall parts,

wherein the middle portion connects upper portions of the two side portions, and each of the locking parts extends downwardly
from the middle portion of each of the pair of wall parts, and

an end face of each of the locking claws and two side portions of each of the pair of wall parts define a space, and the slits
are communicated with the space and extend toward the middle portion to space each of the locking parts from each of the two
side portions.

US Pat. No. 9,103,390

ROTARY DAMPER DEVICE WITH ONE-WAY CLUTCH

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. A rotary damper device with a one-way clutch, comprising:
a rotary damper having a damper housing having a viscous fluid sealed inside, and a rotor having a rotor blade received rotatably
inside said damper housing and a rotor shaft disposed to project along a rotating axis of said rotor blade and project to
outside of said damper housing; and

the one-way clutch including
an inner member formed in a cylindrical shape having a recessed portion on an outer perimeter portion and coaxially joined
to an outer end of said rotor shaft,

an outer member formed in a tubular shape and having an inner gear on an inner perimeter portion facing said outer perimeter
portion of said inner member, and

a gear housed in said recessed portion to engage with said inner gear,
wherein when said outer member rotates in a positive direction relative to said inner member, said gear rotates inside said
recessed portion and said outer member rotates independently from said inner member, and when said outer member rotates in
a negative direction relative to said inner member, said gear couples to a corner portion formed on one side in a circumferential
direction of said recessed portion and said outer member and said inner member rotate together;

wherein said inner member has a floor portion having a through-hole through which said rotor shaft passes and facing the damper
housing; and

said outer member has a locking portion extending between said inner member and said damper housing.

US Pat. No. 9,080,698

CLAMP

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A combination including a pipe and a clamp, comprising:
the pipe including a circular portion, and a narrow portion having a width narrower than that of the circular portion in a
radial direction and formed at one portion in a longitudinal direction thereof; and

the clamp for attaching the pipe to a support member, including a first member having a first concave portion extending in
the longitudinal direction of the pipe and communicating with two end faces of the first member, and a first convex portion
protruding from one portion of an inner surface of the first concave portion in a direction perpendicular to the narrow portion
and formed at an intermediate portion in an extending direction thereof to abut against the narrow portion, the first member
being adapted to be connected to the support member, and a second member having a base end hinge-connected to the first member,
a front end selectively engaged with the first member, and a second concave portion extending in the longitudinal direction
of the pipe and communicating with two end faces of the second member to face the first concave portion, the second concave
portion defining a housing portion receiving the narrow portion together with the first concave portion and the first convex
portion in a state wherein the front end is engaged with the first member,

wherein the first concave portion, the first convex portion and the second concave portion support the narrow portion such
that the radial direction is orthogonal to a direction in which the first member and the second member face each other, and

the first concave portion and the second concave portion face the narrow portion through voids at two sides of the first convex
portion in the longitudinal direction of the pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,074,679

LUBRICATING OIL COLLECTING AND GUIDING DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A lubricating oil collecting and guiding device for collecting lubricating oil inside a transmission case and guiding the
collected lubricating oil to lubrication parts inside the transmission case, comprising:
an elongated gutter-shaped main unit including a pair of side wall parts facing each other, and a support part extending outwardly
from one of the pair of side wall parts and having a flat board-form part formed on a front side thereof and a pressing face
part formed on a rear side thereof; and

a plurality of held parts provided on the main unit, including a press-in projection integrally formed on the flat board-form
and projecting from the flat board-form part in a direction away from the support part, the press-in projection being pressed
into a press-in hole formed on an open side end face of said transmission case by pressing the pressing face part and held
in a tightly fitted state, and an insertion projection freely inserted into an insertion hole formed for positioning on a
bottom part side of said transmission case and held in a loosely fitted state;

wherein the main unit is adapted to be placed above a serial gear group received inside the transmission case having a bottomed
cylindrical shape when the plurality of held parts is held on the transmission case, and

said insertion projection has a projection length from said main unit longer than that of said press-in projection from said
main unit, and said insertion projection has an insertion length inserted into said insertion hole longer than that of said
press-in projection inserted into said press-in hole in an installed state, wherein the press-in projection has a shaft part,
and wing parts radially outwardly extending from an outer perimeter portion of the shaft part and having a diameter larger
than that of the press-in hole; and the insertion projection has a center portion, and wing parts outwardly extending from
the center portion to form a cross shape and having a diameter smaller than that of the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 9,624,956

WATERPROOF CLIP

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A waterproof clip made of an elastic material, configured for fixing an interior material to a panel member, the waterproof
clip comprising:
a shaft portion that is configured to penetrate a through-hole of the interior material and is configured to be press-fitted
to a fixation hole of the panel member; and

a plate portion provided at a rear end of the shaft portion in an insertion direction thereof and configured to come into
contact with a surface of the interior material, wherein

the shaft portion comprises a main body portion which is located on a rear end side in the insertion direction, and a tapered
portion which is located on a front end side in the insertion direction and whose diameter becomes smaller from the main body
portion, and the tapered portion is substantially solid,

a number of bulging portions which are configured to elastically come into contact with an inner peripheral surface of the
fixation hole are formed on an outer peripheral surface of the main body portion,

each of the bulging portions is formed to become narrower toward a front side in the insertion direction of the shaft portion
and

a hollow portion is formed in an inner portion of the main body portion, the hollow portion being open to the plate portion
and extending to a position near a rear end of the tapered portion in the insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 9,341,202

SUPPORT DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A support device for detachably supporting a portable electronic apparatus, comprising:
a base body having a support face;
a support column member provided to stand from one end of the base body;
a flap axially supported in the support column member turnably adapted to clamp the portable electronic apparatus between
the flap and the support face;

conical rollers attached to the flap, each conical roller having an outer periphery diameter enlarged from one end portion
thereof, and

an urging device provided between the support column member and the flap, and urging the flap in a direction of approaching
the support face,

wherein the flap includes an arm portion, and support shafts extending in a right-and-left width direction from the arm portion,
the support shafts incline relative to the support face,
the support shafts incline downward from the arm portion toward right-and-left end portions, respectively, and
each conical roller is turnably supported on the support shaft such that a small diameter portion of roller is located close
to the arm portion.

US Pat. No. 9,212,774

CONNECTOR FOR FUEL TANK

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A connector to connect a fluid path to a fuel tank, comprising;
a main portion made of a first synthetic resin through which a gas produced from fuel hardly passes, and including an upper
part and a lower part to form a bowl shape, the upper part being formed as a bottom of the bowl shape and the lower part being
formed as an opening of the bowl shape, and a flange part protruding annularly outwardly from an outer periphery of the lower
part and having a flange undersurface inclining upwardly from an inner periphery of the lower part toward a peripheral edge
thereof, and

a shell formed outside the main portion and made of a second synthetic resin through which the gas passes easier than the
first synthetic resin, the shell including a wall section extending around the flange part to cover from a top surface side
of the flange part to the flange undersurface and having a wall section undersurface melt-bonding to an outer surface of the
fuel tank,

wherein
the shell has a distance between the flange undersurface and the wall section undersurface gradually wider from an inside
of the connector toward an outside thereof, and

the shell is insert-molded with the main portion as an insert product.

US Pat. No. 9,103,363

TWO-PIECE CLIP ASSEMBLY

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. A two-piece clip assembly, comprising:
a grommet including a body portion adapted to be inserted into attachment holes of overlapped members and split through at
least two slits extending from a tip portion of the body portion to a base portion thereof, the body portion having an engagement
convex portion formed at the tip portion and including a tip-side convex portion wall surface inclining inwardly upwardly
in a direction from the tip portion of the body portion toward the base portion thereof and a base portion-side convex portion
wall surface inclining outwardly upwardly from the tip-side convex portion wall surface, and a base part formed at the base
portion of the body portion and adapted to abut against a peripheral edge portion of the attachment holes of the members,
the base part having an insertion hole;

a pin including an axis portion inserted into the insertion hole of the body portion of the grommet, and a head portion provided
in one end portion of the axis portion, the axis portion having a tip-side engagement concave portion engaging with the engagement
convex portion of the grommet in a standard position where the pin is inserted into the insertion hole of the grommet to elastically
deform the body portion of the grommet outward so as to clamp the members through the body portion and the base portion, and
a head portion-side engagement concave portion formed between the tip-side engagement concave portion and the head portion,
and engaging with the engagement convex portion of the body portion in a maximum push-in position where the pin is inserted
into the insertion hole of the grommet further than the standard position, to elastically return the body portion of the grommet
inward so as to pass through the attachment holes, the head portion-side engagement concave portion including a tip-side concave
portion wall surface inclining inwardly upwardly in a direction from another end portion of the axis portion toward the one
end portion thereof, and a head portion-side concave portion wall surface inclining outwardly upwardly from the tip-side concave
portion wall surface,

wherein in the maximum push-in position, an inner end of the tip-side convex portion wall surface of the engagement convex
portion abuts against a middle of the tip-side concave portion wall surface of the head portion-side engagement concave portion,
and

the tip-side concave portion wall surface of the head portion-side engagement concave portion of the pin has an inclination
angle relative to an axis line of the pin narrower than an inclination angle of the tip-side convex portion wall surface of
the engagement convex portion of the grommet relative to the axis line of the pin to form a gap between the pin and the grommet
in the maximum push-in position.

US Pat. No. 9,050,886

EXHAUST VALVE DEVICE FOR FUEL TANK

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. An exhaust valve device for a fuel tank, comprising:
a casing provided to pass through an upper wall of a fuel tank, and partitioning an inside into an upper chamber and a lower
chamber by a bulkhead including a through hole;

an inflow hole communicating the lower chamber and an inside of the fuel tank;
an exhaust hole communicating a side portion of the upper chamber and an outside of the fuel tank; and
a float valve displaceably supported in the lower chamber, and ascending by receiving buoyancy from a fuel flown into the
lower chamber through the inflow hole so as to close the through hole,

wherein a portion defining the upper chamber of the casing includes a cylinder portion and a circular plate closing an upper
end of the cylinder portion,

the exhaust hole is formed in the cylinder portion,
on an upper chamber side of the bulkhead, a cylinder body whose upper portion is closed to cover the through hole is arranged
approximately coaxially with the cylinder portion, and a buffer chamber is defined between the cylinder body and the bulkhead,

the buffer chamber communicates with the lower chamber by the through hole,
in a side wall on a side opposing an exhaust hole side of the cylinder body, a first ventilation hole communicating the buffer
chamber and the upper chamber is formed,

at a boundary portion between an inner circumferential face of the cylinder portion and a lower face of the circular plate,
a corner portion having a curved surface shape smoothly connecting between the inner circumferential face of the cylinder
portion and the lower face of the circular plate is extended, and

a curvature of the corner portion is smallest on a side opposing a side forming the exhaust hole, and gradually increases
as moving toward a side forming the exhaust hole in a circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,071,682

ILLUMINATION DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. An illumination device, comprising:a housing portion having
an opening-side housing portion including an opening for inserting an object to be housed and a wall member protruding outwardly from a lower portion of the opening-side housing portion, and
a bottom-face-side housing portion arranged below the opening-side housing portion and including
a bottom face adapted to support the object to be housed,
an inclined face arranged at an upper portion of the bottom-faced-side housing portion and tapered toward the bottom face,
an outer wall member arranged outside the inclined face, and
a groove arranged between the outer wall member and the inclined face;
a light source disposed at the housing portion; and
a light-guide plate disposed in the groove of the bottom-face-side housing portion and above the inclined face, for guiding a light of the light source, the light-guide plate including a light-emitting face forming an acute angle in respect to the bottom face to emit the light to directly irradiate the bottom face,
wherein the wall member covers the light-guide plate from above and surrounds the outer wall member.

US Pat. No. 9,718,389

CONTAINER HOLDER

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A container holder, comprising:
a body member defining a recess with a bottom;
a roller supported by the body member such that at least a part of the roller projects into the recess to engage a container
received in the recess; and

a biasing member for urging the roller into the recess;
wherein the roller is supported by the body member in such a manner that a rotational center line of the roller extends in
a substantially tangential direction of a circle centered around a central axial line of the recess, and the roller is enabled
to slide in a radial direction of the recess and to tilt within a prescribed range around an axial line in parallel with the
central axial line.

US Pat. No. 9,080,628

ROTARY DAMPER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A rotary damper device, comprising:
a damper housing internally enclosing a viscous fluid;
a rotor including a rotor vane rotatably received inside the damper housing, and a rotor axis provided to project along a
rotary axis of the rotor vane, and protruding to an outside of the damper housing; and

a rotary member combined with a protruding end of the rotor axis,
wherein the rotary member includes an insertion hole through which the protruding end of the rotor axis passes; and a pair
of control walls provided to extend upwardly from a hole edge of the insertion hole in such a way as to face each other with
the insertion hole therebetween, and

the rotor axis has a shape fitting into the insertion hole non-rotatably, and a protruding end having a first portion contacting
the pair of control walls, and a second portion extending perpendicular outwardly to the first portion along a gap between
the pair of control walls so as to engage with the hole edge of the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 9,080,705

CONNECTOR

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A connector, comprising:
a first tube member having a coupling-accepting part;
a second tube member having a connection side end part to be inserted with the first tube member;
a coupling member attached to the connection side end part of the second tube member for coupling with said coupling-accepting
part, the coupling member being capable of moving between a coupled position in which the first tube member and the second
tube member are coupled, and an uncoupled position in which the first tube member and the second tube member are uncoupled;

a ring member formed separately from the second tube member and detachably attached to the second tube member to be movable
to a locked position and an unlocked position along an axial direction on an outer perimeter part of the second tube member;

a coupling mechanism having a claw part provided on said coupling member, for coupling said coupling member and said coupling-accepting
part in said coupled position when said first tube member and said second tube member are connected;

a movement-preventing mechanism having a first bump part provided on said ring member, for preventing movement of said coupling
member from the coupled position to the uncoupled position when said ring member is in said locked position; and

a moving mechanism having a second bump part provided on said coupling member and a third bump part provided on said ring
member, for moving said coupling member toward a direction of said uncoupled position when said ring member moves from said
locked position to said unlocked position, wherein the third bump part protrudes toward the first bump part and formed to
slide along the second bump part, so that when the ring member moves from the locked position to the unlocked position, the
third bump part slides over the second bump part to unlock the ring member from the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,359,019

UNHOOKING PREVENTION STRUCTURE FOR SPARE TIRE CARRIER

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. An unhooking prevention structure for a spare tire carrier, comprising:
a carrier main body portion for placing a spare tire and holding the spare tire below a floor plate of an automobile;
a bolt including a shaft portion and a head portion on an axis, wherein the shaft portion is passed through the floor plate
disposing the head portion on the floor plate, and the shaft portion includes a male screw below the floor plate;

a hook hooked onto the carrier main body portion and including a female screw screwed into the male screw of the bolt so as
to lift up the carrier main body portion by rotating the bolt around the axis;

a rotation restriction mechanism including a fitting cap removably attached to the head portion of the bolt so as not to rotate
around the axis relative to the bolt, and preventing the hook from disengaging the bolt by prohibiting the fitting cap from
rotating at a predetermined angle or more;

a decoration plate covering the floor plate from above, and formed with an opening for operating the bolt; and
a floor cap removably placed for closing the opening of the decoration plate,
wherein the fitting cap is connected to a lower side of the floor cap so as to relatively rotate around the axis relative
to the floor cap.

US Pat. No. 9,212,736

HOLDING STRUCTURE OF INTERVENING MEMBER, INTERVENING MEMBER, AND WOBBLING-PREVENTION MEMBER

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A holding structure of an intervening member, comprising:
a first member;
a second member provided parallel to the first member;
the intervening member provided between the first member and the second member, and having a supporting plate portion facing
the first member or the second member, the supporting plate portion having a through-bore with an axis center extending in
a direction perpendicular to the first and second members; and

an elastically deformable wobbling-prevention member provided between the intervening member and at least one of the first
and second members in a compressed state to prevent the intervening member from wobbling;

wherein the wobbling-prevention member integrally includes:
an axis portion slidably passing through the through-bore of the supporting plate portion, and having one end portion positioned
on a side of the first member relative to the supporting plate portion, and another end portion positioned on a side away
from the first member relative to the supporting plate portion, the axis portion being slidably displaceably fitted in the
through-bore of the supporting plate portion;

an elastic head portion integrally provided on the one end portion of the axis portion, with a radius thereof expanding from
the one end portion to the supporting plate portion and a height thereof reducing from a center toward an outer peripheral
edge portion thereof, the center thereof being highest so that when an external force is received, the center of the elastic
head portion abuts against the first member, and the outer peripheral edge portion of the elastic head portion abuts against
the supporting plate portion to prevent the intervening member from wobbling; and

a bulging portion formed on the side of the another end portion of the axis portion relative to the supporting plate portion
and having a radius thereof expanding more than a radius of the through-bore, said bulging portion being elastic to pass through
the through-bore and clamping the supporting plate portion in cooperation with the elastic head portion,

the axis portion is positioned in a loosely fitted state relative to the through-bore to form an annular gap between the axis
portion and an inner peripheral surface of the through-bore; and an internal space inside the elastic head portion faces an
outside through the annular gap,

the intervening member further comprises a concave portion having a bottom portion as the supporting plate portion arranged
with the through-bore, and a sidewall portion defining an inner peripheral edge of the concave portion, and the elastic head
portion of the wobbling prevention member protrudes outside of an opening of the concave portion beyond the sidewall portion
of the concave portion from the inside of the concave portion to abut the first member, and

the intervening member further comprises a control wall portion extending perpendicular to the supporting plate portion; and
the supporting plate portion comprises a connection wall portion extending parallel to the first member to face the first
member and connected to the control wall portion, and a supporting portion protruding toward the first member, the supporting
portion having the concave portion with the through-bore.

US Pat. No. 9,205,736

FUELING-ERROR PREVENTION DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A fueling-error preventing device adapted to be provided inside a fuel flow path between a fueling opening and a fuel tank,
comprising:
a flap valve positioned in a valve-closed position for closing the fuel flow path to block a fueling nozzle from proceeding;
a first slider supporting the flap valve openably and closably, and also supported slidably and movably in a direction crossing
an axis line of the fuel flow path, the first slider having an abutted portion;

a second slider having an engaging portion engaging the flap valve in the valve-closed position, and supported slidably and
movably in the direction crossing the axis line of the fuel flow path;

an urging device urging the first slider and the second slider in an approaching direction; and
a lock member blocking the first slider from moving in a separating direction against urging of the urging device, said lock
member having an abutting portion abutting against the abutted portion of the first slider;

wherein blocking of a movement of the first slider by the lock member due to abutting of the abutting portion to the abutted
portion is released by a movement of the second slider moving against the urging device by inserting the fueling nozzle having
a predetermined diameter, and a release allows the first slider to move against the urging device by the abutment of the fueling
nozzle, and by movement of the flap valve with the first slider, an engagement of the second slider relative to the flap valve
is released,

the second slider includes a main body portion and two linkage arms extending from the main body portion and facing each other,
said engaging portion being disposed under the main body portion, and

the lock member is disposed under the first slider and includes a central portion, two arm portions extending from the central
portion and facing each other, said arm portions slidably engaging the linkage arms, and said abutting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,182,003

DAMPER DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A damper device, comprising:
an inner part having a cylindrical shape; and including a circular groove formed on an outer side thereof, a first circular
step formed on a side closer to a lower end of the inner part than the circular groove on an inner side of the inner part,
a circular convex portion formed between an upper end thereof and the circular groove on the outer side thereof and having
first inclined surfaces protruding radially outwardly toward a top portion of the circular convex portion from the outer side
of the inner part, and a first attachment portion for preventing rotation relative to one object;

an outer part including an outer cylinder portion having an outside circular wall, an inner cylinder portion arranged inside
the outer cylinder portion and having an inside circular wall and a second circular step arranged on the inside circular wall
to face the first circular step, a bottom wall connecting the outer circular wall and the inside circular wall, a bottomed
annular space defined by the walls to rotatably or relatively rotatably house the inner part from the lower end thereof through
an introduction opening opposite to the bottom wall, a circular concave portion formed on the outside circular wall to engage
the circular convex portion and having second inclined surfaces inclining outwardly from an inner most end of the circular
concave portion toward an inner surface of the outer circular wall, and a second attachment portion for preventing rotation
relative to another object;

an inside seal ring arranged between the first circular step and the second step;
an outside seal ring fitting in the circular groove; and
a viscous fluid filled in the annular space, and providing a resistance to a rotation or a relative rotation of the inner
part associated with a movement or a relative movement of the one object,

wherein
in a direction along a center axis of the rotation or the relative rotation of the inner part, a distance between the circular
groove and the first circular step is approximately equal to a width of the outside seal ring or the inside seal ring, and

the inner cylinder portion has a length to position the inside circular wall inside the circular convex portion of the inner
part when the inner part is completely entered into the annular space of the outer part.

US Pat. No. 9,080,353

LOCK MECHANISM OF MOBILE MEMBER

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A lock mechanism, comprising:
a base;
a mobile member movably supported to the base; and
a lock device disposed between the base and the mobile member for locking the mobile member, the lock device comprising:
a lock portion provided on the base and having an engaged portion,
a pair of bearing portions provided on the mobile member and having two holes facing each other, at least one of the two holes
being an elongate hole,

a rotational shaft provided on the mobile member and having two end portions respectively engaging the two holes,
a locking portion rotatably attached to the rotational shaft and having an engaging portion at one end portion thereof to
engage the engaged portion of the lock portion to lock the mobile member with the base,

an operating portion integrally formed with the locking portion at a side opposite to the locking portion relative to the
rotational shaft to rotate the locking portion locked to the lock portion to release the mobile member from the base,

a return spring arranged on the rotational shaft and urging the engaging portion toward a direction of being engaged to the
engaged portion, and

a rotation blocking portion formed on the mobile member to block a rotation of the locking portion,
wherein the locking portion is arranged such that the operating portion rotates the locking portion to release the engaging
portion from the engaged portion when one end portion of the rotational shaft supported in the elongate hole is positioned
at one end portion of the elongate hole, and the locking portion contacts the rotation blocking portion to block the rotation
of the locking portion when the one end portion of the rotational shaft supported in the elongate hole is positioned at another
end portion of the elongate hole opposite to the one end portion thereof, and

the return spring serves as an urging device for urging the one end portion of the rotational shaft toward the one end portion
the elongate hole.

US Pat. No. 9,688,123

LOAD TRANSMISSION MEMBER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A load transmission member, comprising:
a panel member;
a first load transmission member attached to one face of the panel member;
a second load transmission member attached to another face of the panel member at a position corresponding to the first load
transmission member so that a load from the first load transmission member is transmitted through the panel member to the
second load transmission member; and

a hooking portion as a temporary attachment device provided integrally with the first load transmission member on a side thereof
facing said one face of the panel member, the hooking portion being hooked on a hooked portion of the panel member for temporarily
attaching the first load transmission member to the panel member,

wherein the first load transmission member comprises a plate portion, a plurality of ribs provided to stand on one surface
of the plate portion, a surrounding wall surrounding the plate portion and the plurality of ribs, and at least two attachment
portions extending laterally outwardly from the surrounding wall,

the second load transmission member comprises a plate portion, a plurality of ribs provided to stand on one surface of the
plate portion, a surrounding wall surrounding the plate portion and the plurality of ribs, and at least two attachment portions
extending laterally outwardly from the surrounding wall thereof, and

the surrounding walls, and the at least two attachment portions of the first and second load transmission members are arranged
to substantially face each other with the panel member therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,132,789

CLIP

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A clip, comprising:
a first member including a base portion adapted to engage a first attached member, and a protruding piece portion protruding
from the base portion and having a plate portion and an expanded head portion formed on an end portion of the plate portion,
the expanded head portion having first projecting portions protruding outwardly from the plate portion to have a width wider
than that of the plate portion and sloping surface portions inclining upwardly from the first projecting portions to taper
toward an end of the expanded head portion; and

a second member including a cylinder portion adapted to engage a second attached member and having a first through hole formed
therein to pass the protruding piece portion loosely therethrough, the cylinder portion being supported on the plate portion
so as to be capable of being displaced in a protruding direction thereof and being retained on the plate portion between the
base portion and the expanded head portion, and retaining pieces extending upwardly from a lower portion of the cylinder portion
through the first through hole and having second projecting portions protruding inwardly therefrom to contact the first projecting
portions,

wherein the clip mutually connects the first and second attached members, and when a load acts in a direction separating the
first and second attached members from each other, the clip allows a separation of the first and second attached members only
for a predetermined distance,

wherein the base portion and the cylinder portion are connected through engaging portions which release an engagement with
a load smaller than an engagement between the base portion and the first attached member and an engagement between the cylinder
portion and the second attached member,

wherein when the engagement of the engaging portions is released, the cylinder portion is supported such that an axis line
of the cylinder portion inclines and tilts on the protruding piece portion relative to the protruding direction of the protruding
piece portion,

wherein the second attached member is configured to move upwardly together with the second member such that the first projecting
portions contact the second projecting portions, and

wherein the first member and the second member are separated when an end of each of the retaining pieces inclines and tilts
in a direction opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,127,797

CONNECTOR

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A connector for verifying a connection state between the connector and a counterpart, comprising:
a housing including an insertion hole for inserting the counterpart, a housing wall, and a central axis;
a locking member slidably attached to the housing and adapted to receive the counterpart inserted into the insertion hole
to move transverse said housing central axis from an initial position to a locked position in which the counterpart is undetachably
fixed to said locking member, said locking member having an arm; and

an identifying member provided in the housing and having a connection completion display part having a different color from
the locking member,

wherein the housing includes a first display opening in said housing wall that exposes the connection completion display part,
and

the locking member includes a second display opening in said arm that overlaps the first display opening to expose the connection
completion display part at the initial position, and does not overlap the first display opening to shield the connection completion
display part at the locked position;

wherein the housing further comprises an engaging claw, and the locking member comprises an elastic lock piece having a pipe
contact part adapted to abut against the counterpart to move the locking member to the locked position, and an engaged part
engaging to the engaging claw of the housing to restrict an upward movement of the locking member; and

whereby said locking member shields said connection completion display part at the initial position, and exposes said connection
completion display part at the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,072,730

CORD LOCK

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A cord lock, comprising:a first member including a first passage portion and a second passage portion for a cord;
a second member combined with the first member so as to be capable of moving to rise and fall at a support point on a second passage portion side of the first member, and including a third passage portion for passing the cord therethrough, positioned between the first passage portion and the second passage portion and arranged on a free end side of the second member opposite to the support point to be capable of a rising and falling movement thereof; and
an urging device urging the second member in a standing direction,
wherein the support point is formed by an engaging portion formed in one of the first member and the second member, and an engaged portion formed in the other of the first and second members, and engaged with the engaging portion, and the cord pulled out of the second passage portion is positioned on the free end side of the second member more than the support point, and
the engaging portion is formed by an engagement claw, and the engaged portion is formed by an engagement hole with which the engagement claw is engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,850,975

DAMPER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A damper comprising:
a piston including a rod; and
a housing having an open end and storing the piston, the housing generating a braking force in cooperation with an operation
of the piston,

wherein the piston includes:
a seal member having a skirt-shaped portion, extending toward the open end of the housing and contacting an inner wall of
the housing to seal between the piston and the inner wall of the housing, and

a slider provided slidably relative to the piston, and having an extension portion extending toward the open end of the housing
and contacting the inner wall of the housing with a predetermined frictional force, the extension portion including a pressure
contact portion formed at a base end thereof and pressing one end of the skirt-shaped portion to deform the skirt-shaped portion
outwardly toward the inner wall of the housing when the braking force is generated,

the seal member further includes a front end face portion facing a blocking end of the housing opposite to the open end thereof,
an inner face portion extending from an inner side of the front end face portion toward the open end, and an outer face portion
spaced from the inner face portion and extending from an outer side of the front end face portion toward the open end to form
the skirt-shaped portion, the outer face portion having a length greater than that of the inner face portion to form a space
inside the outer face portion,

the skirt-shaped portion inclines outwardly in a direction toward the open end of the housing, and
the seal member further includes a groove formed in the skirt-shaped portion, and having one groove end opened at the front
end face portion and another groove end closed at the one end of the skirt-shaped portion such that the skirt-shaped portion
deforms inwardly to form a ventilation passage between the inner wall of the housing and the skirt-shaped portion when the
piston moves from the open end of the housing toward the blocking end thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,517,810

GLOVE COMPARTMENT

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A glove compartment provided in a vehicle and capable of storing an article, comprising:
a case main body defining a storage chamber for storing the article;
a lid body connected to the case main body by a hinge to open and close an opening of the storage chamber, and forming one
portion of an outline of the vehicle;

a lock mechanism for locking the lid body relative to the case main body at a closed position closing the opening of the storage
chamber,

wherein the lock mechanism includes:
a fixation claw provided in one of the case main body or the lid body;
a movable claw provided in another of the case main body or the lid body to be displaceable between an engagement position
engaging with the fixation claw and a release position disengaging from the fixation claw; and

an operation member displacing the movable claw from the engagement position to the release position; and
a shielding wall disposed in the case main body or the lid body in such a way as to be positioned on an inner side more than
the outline of the vehicle which the lid body forms, and near the movable claw on an outline side more than the movable claw
when the lid body is located at the closed position; and

the lock mechanism further includes an urging member urging the movable claw toward the engagement position, and in at least
one of the fixation claw and the movable claw, an inclined face is provided, which, when the lid body is displaced toward
the closed position, collides against another of corresponding fixation claw and movable claw to displace the movable claw
into the release position against an urging force of the urging member.

US Pat. No. 9,149,091

BUCKLE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A buckle, comprising:
a pair of side frame portions;
a first crossbar and a second crossbar extending between the pair of side frame portions, the first crossbar being adapted
to be wound by a belt body; and

a fastening portion located on the first crossbar of the buckle for fastening the belt body wound around the first crossbar,
a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and having a free end portion for clamping the belt body
between the free end portion and the fastening portion of the first crossbar in a first position wherein the free end portion
is most closely contacting with the first crossbar and releasing the belt body in a second position wherein the free end portion
is separated from the first crossbar; and

a holding device for deforming the clamping member when the clamping member receives a rotation force in a direction of separating
the free end portion from the first crossbar,

wherein the holding device is a protruding portion formed on each of the side frame portions, and having a first taper portion
directed toward the first crossbar, a second taper portion directed toward the second crossbar, and a protruding end protruding
furthest from an outside surface of the side frame portion and disposed between the first and second taper portions, and

the protruding portion abuts against a side portion of the clamping member so that when the clamping member rotates from the
second position to the first position, the clamping member elastically deforms to slide over the protruding end and the first
taper portion urges the clamping member to press the free end portion against the belt body, and when the clamping member
rotates from the first position to the second position, then clamping member elastically deforms to slide over the protruding
end and the second taper portion forces the clamping member to rotate in the direction of separating from the first crossbar.

US Pat. No. 9,102,228

FUEL-FILLING APERTURE OPENING/CLOSING DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. A fuel-filling aperture opening-closing device provided in one end of a filler pipe communicating with a fuel tank, comprising:
a tube member internally forming a pathway, and connected to one end of the filler pipe;
a first flap valve device provided inside the pathway, and opening a first valve by pressing a fuel-filling nozzle inserted
from an outer end side of the pathway, the first flap valve device having a first torsion spring urging the first valve so
as to close the first valve; and

a second flap valve device provided on the outer end side more than the first flap valve device inside the pathway, and opening
a second valve by pressing the fuel-filling nozzle inserted from the outer end side of the pathway so as to allow the fuel-filling
nozzle to pass through, the second flap valve device having a second torsion spring urging the second valve so as to close
the second valve,

wherein the first torsion spring has a first predetermined spring constant,
the second torsion spring has a second predetermined spring constant,
the first predetermined spring constant and the second predetermined spring constant are adjusted such that the first flap
valve device opens by a load smaller than that of the second flap valve device,

the first flap valve device and the second flap valve device are disposed closely in an axis line direction of the pathway
within a range not disturbing a valve-opening movement and a valve-closing movement,

the first flap valve device further includes:
a base member in which the first valve is rotatably supported, attached to the filler pipe,
a pair of guide grooves each on an outer side portion of the base member, each of the pair of guide grooves facing each other,
a pair of coil springs each provided in each of the pair of guide grooves,
a pair of lock members each slidably provided along each of the pair of guide grooves, and
another pathway passing through the base member in a thickness direction of the base member, and
each of the pair of lock members is urged to a side of the another pathway by each of the pair of coil springs,
the first valve comprises a seal member on a peripheral edge thereof, a first circular plate on a side facing the second flap
type valve device, and a second circular plate mutually overlapping with the first circular plate,

the first circular plate has a concave surface which increases a thickness towards outer end sides thereof, and
the second valve does not have any seal member.

US Pat. No. 9,862,265

LID DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A lid device for pushing out a hinged lid from a closed position to an open ready position, and for releasably locking
the lid in the closed position, comprising:
the lid;
a push lifter that alternates between an extended state for pushing the lid to the open ready position and a retracted state
for permitting the lid to be placed in the closed position each time a free end of the push lifter is pushed by the lid;

a drive unit positioned near the push lifter;
a lock member moveable between an engage position for engaging the lid in the closed position and a release position for releasing
the lid, the lock member being separate and spaced from the push lifter; and

a transmission mechanism for transmitting a drive force of the drive unit to the lock member to move the lock member between
the engage position and the release position;

wherein at the engage position, the lock member engages the lid by engaging an engagement piece projecting from the lid, and
wherein the push lifter and the drive unit are arranged next to each other substantially along a periphery of the lid at the
closed position such that a lengthwise direction of the push lifter and a lengthwise direction of the drive unit are parallel
to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,006,325

PCV VALVE

Nifco Inc., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve, comprising:a housing defining a flow passage for blow-by gas;
a valve member positioned in the flow passage to cooperate with a valve seat formed in the housing;
a spring biasing the valve member toward the valve seat;
a heat transmission member including a heat dissipating part surrounding the valve member; and
a heating unit including a heating element for heating the heat transmission member, the heating element being separated from the flow passage in an air tight manner,
wherein the housing is provided with a receiving recess opening out toward the flow passage for receiving a heat receiving part forming an end of the heat transmission member, and the heating unit is configured to heat the heat receiving part of the heat transmission member via a partition wall defining at least a part of the receiving recess, a part of the heat dissipating part of the heat transmission member being exposed to the flow passage.

US Pat. No. 9,909,637

DAMPER DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A damper device, comprising a stator, a rotor, and a viscous fluid filled therebetween to impart a resistance to a rotation
or a relative rotation of the rotor, and forming a braking force by the resistance,
wherein the rotor includes an annular seal portion made of soft synthetic resin by integral molding and a plurality of through
holes passing through an inside and outside of the rotor,

the stator includes an annular space filled with the viscous fluid, and a main member of the rotor is housed in the annular
space,

the annular seal portion includes an outside annular portion provided at an outer circumferential portion of the rotor, an
inside annular portion provided at an inner circumferential portion of the rotor, and a connection portion therebetween, and

the inside annular portion and the outside annular portion are provided between one and another axial ends of the rotor, and
the connection portion extends through the plurality of through holes to integrally connect the inside annular portion and
the outside annular portion.

US Pat. No. 9,850,933

CLIP

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A clip comprising:
a grommet having a projecting portion, and a plurality of leg portions diametrically expandably extending from the projecting
portion; and

a shaft member including a head portion, and a shaft portion extending from the head portion, and being configured to be inserted
into an inside of the leg portions from a through hole provided in the projecting portion so as to expand a diameter of the
leg portions,

wherein the clip is configured to be switchable between a lock position where the shaft member is pushed into the grommet
for a predetermined amount to expand the diameter of the leg portions, and an unlock position where the shaft member is further
pushed in so as to return the leg portions to an original condition,

each leg portion includes a leg-side convex portion provided on an inner side of the plurality of leg portions; a convex-portion
wall face extending from a leg-portion tip side to the leg-side convex portion; and a guide portion situated adjacent to the
leg-side convex portion perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the leg portion and extending to the leg-portion tip
side, the guide portion having an extending tip inclined to the inside of the leg portion for easily inserting into an attachment
hole for insertion of the leg portion, and

the shaft portion includes a shaft-side convex portion engaging the leg-side convex portion to expand the diameter of the
leg portion; a concave portion provided between the shaft-side convex portion and the head portion, the concave portion, when
engaging the leg-side convex portion, returning the leg portion to the original condition from expansion thereof; an abutment
portion provided between the shaft-side convex portion and the concave portion for the convex-portion wall face; and a release
portion for the guide portion, situated adjacent the shaft-side convex portion perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of
the shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 9,845,005

FLAP VALVE DEVICE AND GAS LIQUID SEPARATION DEVICE PROVIDED WITH FLAP VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A normally open flap valve device comprising a main body having an opening, a flap for selectively closing the opening
and a torsion coil spring provided between the main body and the flap for biasing the flap in an opening direction, the flap
valve device further comprising:
a main body side bearing provided on the main body;
a flap side bearing provided on the flap;
a connecting member including a hinge shaft passed through the main body side bearing, the flap side bearing and a coil portion
of the torsion coil spring so as to serve as a pivot shaft for the flap, and an extension extending from an end of the hinge
shaft along an outer part of the flap; and

a spring engagement portion provided on the main body for engaging an end of the torsion coil spring;
another end of the torsion coil spring being engaged by the extension, the extension being engaged on the outer part of the
flap.

US Pat. No. 9,840,177

ASSIST GRIP

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. An assist grip attached to an inside of a vehicle cabin of an automobile, comprising:
a grip main member including a first concave portion and a second concave portion formed on two ends in a longitudinal direction,
and each concave portion having a corresponding peripheral wall, a first groove portion formed in a first section of each
peripheral wall, a second groove portion formed in a second section of each peripheral wall, each of the first and second
peripheral sections being opposite each other in the longitudinal direction;

a first hinge and a second hinge, each hinge including a first upright portion and a second upright portion housed in the
corresponding concave portion and separated by a predetermined interval, and each hinge including a first turning shaft and
a second turning shaft protruding from two outer sides of the corresponding first and second upright portions and formed to
respectively pass through the corresponding first and second groove portions;

a bearing concave portion provided in each of the first groove portions, an end of each first turning shaft being inserted
into a terminal portion of each of the first groove portions; and

a first stopper member and a second stopper member each having a portion inserted between the corresponding peripheral wall
of the corresponding concave portion and the corresponding second upright portion preventing a disconnection of the corresponding
first turning shaft from a rotational shaft insertion state wherein the end of each first turning shaft is inserted into the
corresponding bearing concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,822,914

PIPE CONNECTING CONNECTOR

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A pipe connecting connector adapted to connect a pipe to a connecting object, comprising:
a connector main body adapted to insert or remove the pipe, and including a locking opening formed on a side portion thereof
and an insertion hole at a rear end thereof for inserting the pipe; and

a lock member including
an annular portion slidably disposed over the connector main body,
an urging device extending from the annular portion along an upper side portion of the connector main body in an axial direction
of the connector main body,

another urging device extending from the annular portion toward the rear end of the connector main body along a lower side
portion of the connector main body opposite to the upper side portion of the connector main body in respect to the insertion
hole,

a pipe locking portion extending from the annular portion along the side portion of the connector main body in the axial direction,
and

another pipe locking portion extending from the annular portion toward the rear end of the connector main body along another
side portion of the connector main body opposite to the side portion in respect to the insertion hole,

the pipe locking portion including a locking claw extending inside the connector main body through the locking opening for
locking the pipe,

the lock member being movably held relative to the connector main body between a locking position wherein the pipe locking
portion locks the pipe, and an unlocking position releasing the locking;

wherein the urging device urges the lock member to slide to a locking position side so that the pipe locking portion is urged
in a locking direction of the pipe and the locking claw is urged inwardly toward the pipe by an urging force of the urging
device when the lock member is in the locking position, and

the annular portion of the lock member is slidably disposed over the connector main body at a position adjacent to a front
end of the connector main body, the pipe locking portion and the urging device extending from the annular portion toward the
rear end of the connector main body in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,611,964

CONNECTOR

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A connector, comprising:
a cylindrical connector housing having through-holes extending in a circumferential direction and formed on right and left;
a cylindrical male member including an opposing end to be entered into an opposing end of the connector housing, and a circumferential
groove conforming with the through-holes in a state wherein the male member enters into the opposing end of the connector
housing; and

an elastic lock member including an intermediate portion, and right-and-left leg portions extending to right and left from
the intermediate portion to be received into the through-holes,

wherein the connector housing includes sliding inclined surfaces to be engaged with loose ends of the leg portions of the
lock member provided on an outer periphery of the connector housing,

the lock member takes an engagement position where the loose ends of the leg portions are positioned in proximal positions
of the sliding inclined surfaces, and the leg portions enter into the circumferential grooves inward from the through-holes;
and a release position where the loose ends of the leg portions are positioned in distal positions of the sliding inclined
surfaces, and respectively spread to open the leg portions against an elastic force of the lock member, and the leg portions
escape toward the through-holes from the circumferential groove, and

the connector housing further includes a locking wall standing on an outer periphery of an upper portion of the connector
housing, an engagement projection projecting laterally outwardly from the locking wall along an axial direction of the connector
housing, and a locking portion located on an upper surface of the engagement projection, the locking portion locking the lock
member in the locking position.

US Pat. No. 9,528,538

CLIP

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A clip for coupling a first member where an erect portion in which a first through-hole is formed is protruded, and a second
member where a second through-hole into which the erect portion is inserted to pass through is formed, and coupling a coupling
hole defined by the first through-hole passing through the second through-hole and the second member, comprising:
a flexible cylindrical portion having a predetermined center axis line, opening two ends, and formed so that a distance from
the center axis line to an outside surface is different in a rotational direction around the center axis line,

wherein the cylindrical portion has the center axis line orthogonal to an axis line of the coupling hole, and is inserted
into the coupling hole rotatably between a first rotational position and a second rotational position around the center axis
line, and

the cylindrical portion is set to have a distance between the center axis line and the outside surface in such a way as to
be loosely fitted in the coupling hole at the first rotational position and to be clamped between hole walls of the coupling
hole at the second rotational position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,928

PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND CUP HOLDER COMPRISING PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A pivotally supporting structure for pivotally supporting a turning member in a base member, comprising:a pair of projecting shafts projected coaxially with each other in shaft wall members on right and left of one member of the turning member or the base member;
bearing holes closely facing the shaft wall members and provided in a bearing wall member on right and left of another member of the turning member or the base member to receive the projecting shafts; and
projecting portions projected on tip faces of the projecting shafts,
wherein the turning member and the base member collide with each other so as to restrict a turning range between the turning member and the base member, and
predetermined flexibility is provided in one or both of the shaft wall member and the bearing wall member so that when an external force beyond a limit of the turning range acts between the turning member and the base member, one or both of the shaft wall member and the bearing wall member having flexibility deforms, to disengage the projecting shaft out of the bearing hole, thereby engaging the projecting portion with the bearing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,112,753

LID ATTACHMENT MEMBER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A lid attachment member comprising:a metal plate that is equipped with an attachment hole to which a lid of a container is to be attached;
a raised or recessed seal portion that is formed at, and continuously all the way around, an outer peripheral portion of the metal plate; and
a resin member that is integrally formed on the outer peripheral portion of the metal plate, covers the seal portion, and has a back surface side that is configured to be welded to an open portion of the container, wherein
the seal portion is an annular groove formed at at least one of a front surface or a back surface of the metal plate, and
an angle between a groove bottom surface of the annular groove and a groove wall surface at an outer peripheral side of the annular groove is equal to or less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,975,462

CUP HOLDER FOR CARRYING OUT A HEATING OR COOLING TREATMENT

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A cup holder, comprising:a container housing portion adapted to internally house a container;
a thermoelectric element adapted to heat or cool the container housed in the container housing portion by applying current;
a temperature measurement device measuring a temperature of the container housing portion;
a main switch switching a power source of the cup holder;
a mode changeover switch switching a heating or cooling treatment; and
a control portion controlling the thermoelectric element to carry out the heating or cooling treatment,
wherein the control portion determines a manual mode to manually carry out the heating or cooling treatment when the main switch is turned on, and determines an automatic control mode to automatically carry out the heating or cooling treatment when the main switch is turned off,
in the manual mode, the control portion controls the thermoelectric element to carry out the heating treatment when the mode changeover switch selects a heating mode, and controls the thermoelectric element to carry out the cooling treatment when the mode changeover switch selects a cooling mode, and
in the automatic control mode, the control portion calculates a container-housing-portion temperature gradient per unit time based on the temperature of the container housing portion detected by the temperature measurement device, and controls the thermoelectric element based on a comparison between the container-housing-portion temperature gradient and a reference temperature gradient as a determination criterion of applying the current for heating or cooling the thermoelectric element.

US Pat. No. 9,958,098

TUBULAR-MEMBER LOCK MECHANISM

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A tubular-member lock mechanism, comprising:a tubular member having an engagement portion formed on an outer periphery of the tubular member;
a cylindrical housing of which the tubular member is engaged at at least one end; and
a lock member through which the housing and the tubular member are locked to or released from each other,
wherein the housing includes a lock-member guide wall turnably guiding the lock member, at least two sliding surfaces symmetrically arranged at two sides of the housing, each of the at least two sliding surfaces including a first surface and a second surface facing the first surface, the first surface and the second surface having different inclinations, and a slit through which one portion of the lock member passes to engage the engagement portion of the tubular member mounted to the housing; and
when the one portion of the lock member engages the engagement portion of the tubular member, the tubular member is locked to the housing by an elastic force of the lock member, and
when the lock member is rotated on the lock-member guide wall of the housing by a rotational load, one tip portion of the lock member slides on the first surface of one of the at least two sliding surfaces, and another tip portion of the lock member slides on the second surface of another of the at least two sliding surface to spread the lock member to be released from the engagement portion of the tubular member, and the tubular member is released from the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,908,449

CUP HOLDER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A cup holder for holding a beverage container, comprising:
a case forming an opening portion on an upper face, defining a receiving chamber for the beverage container, and including
a first floor member extending on a lower end of the receiving chamber, and a sidewall;

a second floor member arranged between the opening portion and the first floor member, and including at least one pair of
floor members having base ends rotatably supported to sides of the sidewall facing each other inside the case, and free ends,
each free end rotatable between a first position where the free end is positioned on a lateral side of a rotary shaft of each
of the at least one pair of floor members, and a second position where the free end is positioned below the rotary shaft;

an urging device urging the second floor member toward the first position; and
an associating device associating the at least one pair of floor members with each other such that when one of the at least
one pair of floor members rotates from the first position toward the second position, the other of the at least one pair of
floor members rotates from the first position toward the second position,

wherein the second floor member rotates toward the second position when the second floor member receives a load larger than
a predetermined load from above at the first position, and holds the beverage container together with the first floor member
at a third position where the second floor member is positioned between the second position and the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,908,401

FLAP VALVE DEVICE AND GAS LIQUID SEPARATION DEVICE PROVIDED WITH FLAP VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A normally open flap valve device comprising a main body having an opening, a flap for selectively closing the opening
and a torsion coil spring provided between the main body and the flap for biasing the flap in an opening direction, the flap
valve device further comprising:
a main body side bearing provided on the main body;
a flap side bearing provided on the flap;
a connecting member including a hinge shaft passed through the main body side bearing, the flap side bearing and a coil portion
of the torsion coil spring so as to serve as a pivot shaft for the flap, and an extension extending from an end of the hinge
shaft along an outer part of the flap; and

a spring engagement portion provided on the main body for engaging an end of the torsion coil spring;
another end of the torsion coil spring being engaged by the extension, the extension being engaged on the outer part of the
flap.

US Pat. No. 9,896,008

COVER ANCHOR CLIP

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A cover anchor clip comprising:
a base section that is a rectangular shaped plate body for retention in a foam body, and that is formed with a plurality of
through holes into which the foam body enters, the plurality of through holes are lined up along a length direction of the
base section in a plurality of rows; and

a plurality of anchor portions that are formed standing out from the base section side-by-side in the length direction of
the base section, and each of that is configured to anchor an anchored portion fixed to a cover for covering the foam body,
wherein:

a notch is formed to one edge out of a pair of edges of the base section, the pair of edges extends in the length direction
of the base section; and

the notch is respectively formed to the pair of edges of the base section, and the notches are formed at positions asymmetrical
to each other about a center line extending in the length direction of the base section as viewed in a plate thickness direction
of the base section.

US Pat. No. 9,889,778

ARMREST STRUCTURE FOR DOOR TRIM

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. An armrest structure for door trim, the armrest structure comprising:
an armrest lower that is formed on a door trim;
an armrest upper that is attached to a top portion of the armrest lower; and
a joining component that joins the armrest upper and the armrest lower together, wherein:
the joining component comprises: a strap portion that has one end portion joined to the armrest upper, and that is inserted
through an attachment hole formed in the armrest lower; and an anchor portion that is formed at another end portion of the
strap portion,

the attachment hole comprises a wider portion through which the anchor portion can be inserted, and a narrower portion through
which the anchor portion cannot be inserted, and during a process to assemble the armrest upper and the armrest lower together,
the anchor portion is inserted through the wider portion, and once the armrest upper and the armrest lower are in an assembled
state, the anchor portion is located at a position underneath and separately from the narrower portion of the attachment hole
that is formed in the armrest lower, and

in the assembled state, the strap portion has a bent portion that is bent in a direction of the narrower portion of the attachment
hole.

US Pat. No. 9,816,658

CONNECTOR

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A connector, comprising:
a connector main body having a circular opening portion into which a pipe with an annular flange portion on an outer peripheral
face is adapted to be inserted;

a lock member provided in the connector main body and moving between a standby position where the flange portion of the pipe
is adapted to pass through the opening portion, and a connected position where the lock member is moved in a radial direction
of the opening portion to allow the pipe to be connected;

a lock portion provided in the connector main body, and locking the lock member to the connector main body at the standby
position;

an urging mechanism provided in the lock member, projecting into the opening portion, releasing a lock state of the lock member
by the lock portion by being expanded outward when the flange portion is adapted to abut at an insertion time of the pipe,
and restoring to an original state and coming around along an outer peripheral face of the flange portion so as to move the
lock member into the connected position; and

a detection stopper provided in the lock member,
wherein the lock member, the urging mechanism and the detection stopper are arranged such that when the pipe is adapted to
be inserted into the connector, the detection stopper is adapted to abut against the flange portion so as to prevent the lock
member from moving into the connected position; when the pipe is adapted to be inserted further, the flange portion is adapted
to pass the detection stopper; and immediately after the flange portion passes the detection stopper, the detection stopper
moves into the connected position, to thereby be positioned on a side of the opening portion of the connector main body relative
to the flange portion to thereby prevent wobbling of the pipe in the connector,

the urging mechanism is an elastic piece projecting into the opening portion from an outside of the connector main body, and
at the standby position of the lock member, the urging mechanism is adapted to abut against the pipe at a position beyond
an axis line of the pipe inserted into the opening portion, and

the lock member includes:
a leg piece extending parallel to the elastic piece;
a pressing portion provided at an end portion of the leg piece, positioned outside the elastic piece, and pressed by being
abutted against the elastic piece;

an engaging portion provided at an end portion of the leg piece, and engaging with an engaged portion formed in the connector
main body at the standby position and the connected position;

a projection formed inside the leg piece to prevent the lock member in the standby position from moving in an upward direction;
and

inclination portions protruding outwardly from a center portion of the lock member.

US Pat. No. 9,751,441

COVER ANCHOR CLIP

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A cover anchor clip comprising:
a plate shaped base section for retention in a foam body;
an anchor portion including
a pair of extension portions that stands up from the base section and that are disposed facing each other,
a pair of anchor claws that are formed at respective leading ends of the pair of extension portions, and that project out
toward sides in which the extension portions mutually face each other so that the pair of anchor claws are configured to anchor
an anchored member attached to a cover for covering the foam body when the anchored member is inserted between the pair of
anchor claws, and

a protrusion that is formed at each of the respective leading ends of the pair of extension portions and that projects out
to the opposite side to the mutually facing sides of the pair of extension portions; and

upstanding portions respectively standing up from the base section and able to make contact with the protrusions in the event
that either one of the extension portions undergoes elastic deformation such that the pair of anchor claws move away from
each other,

wherein the plate shaped base section and the anchor portion are formed as one piece, and wherein a plate face of the base
section extends between each of the extension portions and each of the upstanding portions.

US Pat. No. 9,714,055

HOLE PLUG

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A hole plug, comprising:
a plug main body including:
a head portion having a diameter adapted to be larger than that of an opening portion formed in a panel;
a leg portion including a cylindrical portion extending downwardly from the head portion and having a diameter adapted to
pass through the opening portion, a locking piece extending annularly upwardly toward the head portion from a lower portion
of the cylindrical portion and elastically inwardly deformed for passing the opening portion to be adapted to hold the panel
between the head portion and the locking piece, and slits extending upwardly from a lower end of the leg portion toward the
head portion to divide the lower portion of the cylindrical portion and dividing the locking piece into a plurality of divided
pieces separating from each other; and

a flange portion extending annularly downwardly from the head portion adapted to elastically sandwich the panel with the locking
piece; and

a meltable member annularly fitted around a periphery of the leg portion and adapted to be located between the flange portion
and the panel through elasticity of the meltable member and bending of the locking piece, and having an annular convex portion
projecting annularly upwardly along an outer periphery of the meltable member and a depression portion annularly formed adjacent
to and inside the annular convex portion on an upper surface thereof,

wherein the meltable member is held between the flange portion and the locking piece, and a tip portion of the flange portion
is positioned apart inwardly from the convex portion in a radial direction of the meltable member in the depression portion
when the meltable member is fitted with the plug main body, and when the meltable member is heated, the meltable member thermally
shrinks to reduce a diameter toward a center of the opening portion, and melts and seals between the opening portion and the
flange portion.

US Pat. No. 9,624,957

CLIP FOR FIXING TWO MEMBERS

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A clip, comprising:
a clip main body for mutually fixing first and second members; and
a pin inserted into the clip main body rotatably and to advance and retract,
wherein the clip main body includes:
a main body head portion having a through-hole into which the pin is inserted;
a leg portion extending from the main body head portion, and adapted to be inserted into attachment holes of the first and
second members; and

an elastic engaging piece provided to be elastically deformable in a direction of intersecting in an insertion direction of
the pin, and projecting outward from the leg portion adapted to lock the attachment hole of the second member,

the pin includes:
a pin head portion provided with a tool-engaging portion adapted to engage a tool carrying out a rotational operation thereof;
and

a pin shaft portion having a small diameter portion and a large diameter portion,
the main body head portion includes an inclined surface, extending along an inner peripheral edge portion of the through-hole,
and inclined from one end side toward another end side in an axial direction of the through-hole,

the pin includes a guide portion slidingly contacting with the inclined surface, wherein when the pin rotates inside the clip
main body in a condition where the guide portion slidingly contacts with the inclined surface, the pin advances and retracts
between a first position allowing an inward elastic deformation thereof by facing the small diameter portion with the elastic
engaging piece, and a second position controlling the inward elastic deformation thereof by facing the large diameter portion
with the elastic engaging piece, and

the main body head portion includes a rotation-control concave portion disposed on one end side of the inclined surface, into
which the guide portion is inserted when the pin is located in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,969,438

HOLE PLUG

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A hole plug comprising:a ceiling part adapted to cover an attachment hole formed in an attachment member, and having a base wall extending downward from an outer periphery of the ceiling part;
a flange part connected to the ceiling part and adapted to cover an opening peripheral surface of the attachment hole formed in the attachment member at a predetermined inclined angle against the opening peripheral surface;
a cylindrical outer peripheral wall part formed to extend downward from an inner edge part of the flange part, the outer peripheral wall part including
an upper part extending downward from the inner edge part of the flange part,
a lower part formed inward to the upper part,
a bent part connecting the upper and lower parts of the outer peripheral wall part,
an engagement part adapted to engage a back side opening edge of the attachment member and protruding from the lower part of the outer peripheral wall part lower than the bent part, and
a recess part formed at the lower part above a back side sealing part to receive the back side sealing part when the back side sealing part contacts the hole edge of the attachment hole and deforms toward the outer peripheral wall part; and
a connection member connecting the lower part of the outer peripheral wall part to the ceiling part, and including a first part extending outwardly from the base wall, a second part extending downward from the first part, and a third part extending outward from the second part and connected to the lower part of the outer peripheral wall part,
wherein the upper part of the outer peripheral wall part moves in a direction away from a hole edge of the attachment hole when the tip of the flange part contacts the opening peripheral surface of the attachment member.

US Pat. No. 9,879,707

COMPONENT-PART DRIVING MECHANISM

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa-Ken...

1. A component-part driving mechanism that changes a relative position of a second component part relative to a position of
a first component part, comprising:
a fastening member having a shaft and an abutting section provided for the first component part; and
a three-tiered coupled member where one tier has a smaller diameter that serves as a state maintaining section, the coupled
member including an urging section provided for the second component part, wherein the urging section comprises a plurality
of elastic lips which accumulate an urging force as a result of changes in a distance between the abutting section and the
urging section, said urging force serving to change the relative position in one predetermined circumferential direction,
wherein

the state maintaining section maintains a state in which the urging section is abutting against the abutting section, wherein
the abutting section and the urging section displace the relative position in the predetermined circumferential direction
as a result of a repetition of accumulating and releasing of the urging force due to vibration of the urging section relative
to the abutting section.

US Pat. No. 9,783,046

VALVE DEVICE FOR FUEL TANK

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-Shi...

1. A valve device for fuel tank, comprising:
a case having an air flow valve orifice adapted to be communicated with outside of the tank at an upper part thereof, a fuel
inflow part arranged below the air flow valve orifice, and a partition formed between the air flow valve orifice and the inflow
part to divide the case into an upper chamber and a lower chamber, the partition including a main connect-through part communicating
between the lower chamber and the upper chamber, and an insertion part formed on the partition and having an upwardly projecting
base part piece projecting upwardly from the partition and a coupling part formed on an upper end of the base part piece;

an upper float body disposed inside the upper chamber of the case, and ascending by fuel flowing into the case to be seated
in said air flow valve orifice; and

a lower float body having an upwardly projecting guide shaft including a head part formed on an upper end thereof, the lower
float body being supported inside the lower chamber of the case while the guide shaft is vertically movably inserted in the
insertion part and passes through the insertion part from below with elastic deformation of the insertion part to couple the
head portion with the coupling part, and ascending by the fuel flowing into the case to close the main connect-through part,

wherein said upper float body has a receiving hole to receive the guide shaft of the lower float body,
at least a portion of the coupling part of the insertion part comprises an arm piece projecting sideways from the upper end
of the base part piece to couple the head part of the guide shaft at a projecting end of the arm piece, and

the partition includes a dividing wall having a first through-hole formed at a center portion thereof and a second through-hole
formed at position outside the first through-hole in a radial direction thereof so that only the first through-hole is closed
when the lower float body ascends.

US Pat. No. 9,752,673

BAFFLE PLATE FOR DIFFERENTIAL DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A baffle plate for a differential device disposed inside a differential case, comprising:
a baffle plate main member made of synthetic resin and adapted to be disposed on one lateral side of a ring gear in the differential
device; and

an elastically deformable seal member attached to an outer peripheral edge portion of the baffle plate main member and adapted
to contact a bottom wall portion of the differential case.

US Pat. No. 9,719,539

FASTENER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A fastener for superimposing and fastening two sheets of plate-shaped members, wherein at least one of the plate-shaped
members has a hole formed therein, comprising:
a pair of U-shaped accommodating portions adapted to be inserted with end portions of the two sheets of plate-shaped members;
a pair of connection portions respectively connecting the pair of accommodating portions;
a pair of engagement pieces extending from the pair of connection portions in an insertion direction of the plate-shaped members;
an engagement portion formed in each of the pair of engagement pieces, adapted to engage with the hole; and
a wobbling suppressing mechanism disposed adjacent to each of the pair of engagement pieces, and extending from each of the
pair of connection portions in the insertion direction of the plate-shaped members, the wobbling suppressing mechanism including

elastic pieces each extending from each of the pair of connection portions along the insertion direction of the plate-shaped
members, and

pressing protrusions each provided on an inner side of a tip of each of the elastic pieces,
wherein the pressing protrusions are configured to face each other at an interval narrower than a thickness of the two sheets
of the plate-shaped members.

US Pat. No. 10,253,913

CURVED TUBE STRUCTURE AND DIE FOR FORMING CURVED TUBE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A curved tube structure, comprising:a tube main body made of resin and including a bent portion at one portion in an axis line direction to be bent in a bending direction; and
an enlarged cross-section portion formed along the axis line direction of the tube main body on an inner periphery of the bent portion at only an inner side of the bent portion relative to the bending direction for enlarging a cross-section area of the tube main body,
wherein the enlarged cross-section portion has a concave portion protruding toward an outer peripheral side of the tube main body when the enlarged cross-section portion is viewed from the axis line direction,
the concave portion includes a bottom face and two side wall portions smoothly connected to the bottom face at two sides of the bottom face to form an arc when the enlarged cross-section portion is viewed from the axis line direction, and the two side wall portions are arranged apart from each other to form a distance therebetween, and
when the bent portion is viewed from the axis line direction, the distance between the two side wall portions is shorter than an inner diameter of the tube main body parallel to a measured distance between the two side wall portions and orthogonal to an axis line of the tube main body.

US Pat. No. 10,254,004

AIRFLOW-DIRECTION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. An airflow-direction adjustment device, comprising:a case having a front-side opening portion to blow out air to an outside;
a plurality of vertical fins having upper and lower ends pivotally supported relative to opposed support portions inside the case, the plurality of vertical fins including
an intermediate fin disposed in a middle among the plurality of vertical fins,
first and second first-fins disposed, respectively, on one side and another side opposite to the one side relative to the intermediate fin, and
first and second second-fins, the first second-fin being disposed on one side of the first first-fin away from the intermediate fin and the second second-fin being disposed on one side of the second first-fin away from the intermediate fin;
a horizontal fin pivotally supported to the case and arranged in front of the plurality of vertical fins;
a link mechanism associating the plurality of vertical fins, the link mechanism including
first and second first-links, each having one end and another end, one end of the first first-link being pivotally connected to the first first-fin and another end of the first first-link being pivotally connected to the intermediate fin, one end of the second first-link being pivotally connected to the second first-fin and another end of the second first-link being pivotally connected to the intermediate fin, and
first and second second-links, each having one end and another end, one end of the first second-link being pivotally connected to the one end of the first first-link and another end of the first second-link being pivotally connected to the first second-fin, one end of the second second-link being pivotally connected to the second first-link and another end of the second second-fin being pivotally connected to the second second-fin; and
an operating knob connected to the horizontal fin and supported movably in a front-and-back direction perpendicular to a horizontal direction where the horizontal fin extends so as to adjustably switch between a parallel air-blowing mode wherein the plurality of vertical fins becomes substantially parallel to each other, and a scattered air-blowing mode wherein the plurality of vertical fins is turned in a direction opposite to each other through the knob, the operating knob in the parallel air-blowing mode being movable in the horizontal direction so as to switch to an inclined air-blowing mode wherein the plurality of vertical fins turns in a substantially same direction and becomes non-parallel to the support portions,
wherein
when the knob is operated to move from front to back, the knob switches the first and second first-fins and the first and second second-fins from the scattered air-blowing mode to the parallel air-blowing mode causing the plurality of vertical fins to be substantially parallel to the support portions through the link mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,125,845

CORD LOCK

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A cord lock, comprising:a first member including a first passage portion and a second passage portion for a cord;
a second member combined with the first member so as to be capable of moving to rise and fall at a support point on a second passage portion side of the first member, and including a third passage portion for passing the cord therethrough, positioned between the first passage portion and the second passage portion and arranged on a free end side of the second member opposite to the support point to be capable of a rising and falling movement thereof; and
an urging device urging the second member in a standing direction,
wherein the support point is formed by an engaging portion formed in one of the first member and the second member, and an engaged portion formed in the other of the first and second members, and engaged with the engaging portion, and the cord pulled out of the second passage portion is positioned on the free end side of the second member more than the support point, and
the engaging portion is formed by an engagement claw, and the engaged portion is formed by an engagement hole with which the engagement claw is engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,107,432

CONNECTING ARRANGEMENT FOR CONNECTING TUBE MEMBER TO ARTICLE

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A connecting arrangement for connecting a tube member to an article, comprising:a tube member provided with an engagement portion on an outer circumferential surface thereof;
a connector main body attached to an article to be connected and defining an inner bore for receiving an end of the tube member; and
a lock member positioned on an inner circumferential surface side of the connector main body and engaging the engagement portion so as not to be disengaged from outside;
wherein the connector main body is provided with a frangible part that is preferentially destroyed when a force greater than a prescribed level is applied thereto, and is positioned so as to place the lock member in an accessible condition for removal of the lock member when the connector main body is destroyed, and
wherein a rotation preventing structure is provided between the connector main body and the tube member for preventing a relative rotation between the connector main body and the tube member when the lock member engages the engagement portion, and the force consists of a torque that tends to rotate the connector main body and the tube member relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,041,601

VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A valve device constituting a part of an airflow passage of a fuel tank, comprising:a float constituting a lower valve body;
a case accommodating the float, and including a top portion having a first penetration hole;
a sandwich member including a bottom portion formed in a circular plate and having a second penetration hole, and a peripheral rising portion protruding upwardly from an outer edge of the bottom portion to form a space thereinside with the bottom portion;
a cylindrical seal body inserted in the first penetration hole and arranged under the sandwich member to communicate an inside of the seal body with the second penetration hole of the sandwich member, the seal body including an external flange portion sandwiched between the top portion of the case and the bottom portion of the sandwich member; and
an upper valve body stored in the space between the bottom portion and the peripheral rising portion of the sandwich member, and configured to open and close the second penetration hole as a check valve in accordance with a pressure difference between an inside and an outside of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,041,617

HOSE CONNECTOR AND AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENT PART INCORPORATED WITH HOSE CONNECTOR

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A hose connector for connecting a hose, comprising;a connector main body including an inner tubular portion and a first engagement portion formed on an outer circumference of a base end part of the inner tubular portion; and
a lock member including an outer tubular portion fitted on the inner tubular portion and having an inner circumferential surface defining an annular gap in cooperation with an outer circumferential surface of the inner tubular portion, and a second engagement portion formed on the outer tubular portion for selective engagement with the first engagement portion;
wherein the lock member is rotatable relative to the connector main body around an axial line in a prescribed direction so as to displace the lock member from an unlocked position to a locked position in an axial direction, an engagement structure formed jointly by the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion engaging the two engagement portions with each other in the locked position so as to prevent the rotation of the lock member back to the unlocked position;
wherein the inner tubular portion is provided with an annular enlarged diameter portion on an outer circumferential surface thereof, and the outer tubular portion is provided with an annular reduced diameter portion on an inner circumferential surface thereof, the annular enlarged diameter portion and the annular reduced diameter portion being positioned such that the annular enlarged diameter portion and the annular reduced diameter portion are axially spaced from each other when the lock member is in the unlocked position, and axially proximate to each other when the lock member is in the locked position;
wherein a front end of a hose can be inserted in the annular gap between the inner tubular portion and the outer tubular portion when the lock member is in the unlocked position, and the front end of the hose can be clamped between the annular enlarged diameter portion and the annular reduced diameter portion when the lock member is displaced to the locked position; and
wherein the lock member is provided with a frangible part that is preferentially fractured before the engagement structure between the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion is broken, or the annular enlarged diameter portion or the annular reduced diameter portion is fractured when a twisting force exceeding a prescribed level is applied to the lock member in the locked position, the frangible part being positioned so as to prevent or restrain the annular enlarged diameter portion and the annular reduced diameter portion from separating from each other when fractured.

US Pat. No. 10,017,050

VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A valve device forming a part of a ventilation passage of a fuel tank, comprising:a float; and
a case including
a storage chamber storing the float,
an upper chamber arranged above the storage chamber, and
a partition wall dividing an inside of the case into the upper chamber and the storage chamber, the partition wall including
an opening opened and closed by the float, and
a rising portion surrounding the opening in the upper chamber and having an outer circumferential portion with a cylindrical shape, an inner circumferential portion with a funnel shape, and a dividing portion having a groove extending from the outer circumferential portion to the opening through the inner circumferential portion for guiding liquid to flow downward,
wherein a gap is formed between the outer circumferential portion of the rising portion and an outer edge of the partition wall in a circumferential direction of the opening, and an upper surface of the partition wall outside the rising portion has a gradient such that a side of the dividing portion is a low part of an inclined portion thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,011,170

LID DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A lid device for pushing out a hinged lid from a closed position to an open ready position, and for releasably locking the lid in the closed position, comprising:a spring biased push lifter that alternates between an extended state for pushing the lid to the open ready position and a retracted state for permitting the lid to be placed in the closed position each time a free end of the push lifter is pushed by the lid;
a drive unit positioned near the push lifter;
a lock member moveable between an engage position for engaging the lid in the closed position and a release position for releasing the lid; and
a transmission mechanism for transmitting a drive force of the drive unit to the lock member to move the lock member between the engage position and the release position;
wherein the push lifter and the drive unit are arranged such that a lengthwise direction of the push lifter and a lengthwise direction of the drive unit are perpendicular to each other, and such that the drive unit at least partly overlaps with the push lifter as seen from the lengthwise direction of the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,000,116

FUEL FILLING APERTURE OPENING AND CLOSING DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A fuel-filling aperture opening and closing device comprising:a closing member which is turned to an opening position by insertion of a fuel-filling nozzle to open a fuel-filling aperture,
wherein the closing member comprises a pair of flap bodies and two coil springs, each coil spring being attached to each of the flap bodies and positioning each of the flap bodies in a closing position by a biasing force, and
the pair of flap bodies each comprises a turning assembly portion as a center of turning, an abutment portion at a side opposite to the turning assembly portion, and an inclined surface formed at a back surface portion of the flap body gradually projecting in one direction as it approaches the abutment portion, the pair of flap bodies being configured to press against a hole edge portion of a passage hole of the fuel-filling nozzle and press each other at the abutment portions by the biasing forces, and
each of the coil springs has a first spring end abutting against a side of a support of each the flap bodies, and a second spring end abutting against the inclined surface formed at the back surface portion of each of the flap bodies.

US Pat. No. 9,951,867

PISTON DAMPER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A combination comprising:a piston damper, comprising:
a cylinder including an attachment portion;
a piston reciprocatingly disposed inside the cylinder; and
a rod including an attachment portion that is moved synchronously with the piston,
wherein the attachment portion of the cylinder is adapted to connect to a first member, and
the attachment portion of the rod is adapted to connect to a second member to damp a movement of the first member relative to the second member, and
a shaft portion adapted to be attached to the first member and connected to the attachment portion of the cylinder,
wherein the attachment portion of the cylinder is formed with a fitting hole to receive the shaft portion, a slit extending from the fitting hole and partially surrounding a circumference of the fitting hole, and a single elastic piece portion disposed between the slit and the fitting hole to press fit the shaft portion,
the elastic piece portion deforms in a radial direction of the fitting hole toward the slit when the shaft portion is inserted into the fitting hole, and after the shaft portion is attached to the fitting hole, the attachment portion is axially supported to the first member in a fitted state in which the elastic piece portion urges the shaft portion to be press fitted in the fitting hole in the radial direction of the fitting hole for absorbing looseness of the fitting hole relative to the shaft portion,
the elastic piece portion partially surrounding the circumference of the fitting hole forms one portion of a circumferential surface of the fitting hole, and
the slit has an arc shape substantially similar to one portion of the inner circumferential surface of the fitting hole.

US Pat. No. 9,950,615

LID DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A lid device for pushing a lid, pivotally supported in a base member turnably between an open position and a closed position for opening and closing an opening provided in the base member, out in an open direction from the closed position, comprising:a push lifter unit including
a first housing provided on a base member side,
a push rod supported movably in an axial direction by the first housing, and
a push-push mechanism housed inside the first housing, and alternately displacing between a protruding position and a retracted position whenever a push operation is carried out relative to the push rod; and
a drive unit including
a second housing provided on the base member side,
an engagement member movably supported in the second housing in such a way as to selectively engage the push rod or the push-push mechanism in order to prevent the push rod from moving in the axial direction at the closed position, and
a drive mechanism housed inside the second housing, for driving the engagement member between an engagement position and a release position,
wherein the push lifter unit and the drive unit are formed as separate members from each other, so that locking the lid at the closed position is selected depending on a presence of the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,715

FLUID PIPE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A fluid pipe device, comprising:a pipe member forming a flow channel for flowing a fluid;
a heating member for generating heat to heat the pipe member;
a metal heat transfer member abutting against the heating member and conducting heat to the pipe member; and
a terminal member electrically connecting the heating member and the metal heat transfer member,
wherein the metal heat transfer member comprises a first heat transfer member and a second heat transfer member, and at least one of the first heat transfer member and second heat transfer member forms the terminal member at one portion, and the first heat transfer member is provided in the pipe member not to be exposed inside the flow channel of the pipe member, and
the first heat transfer member includes
a cylinder portion disposed in an axis line direction of the pipe member;
the terminal member provided in a state wherein one portion of the cylinder portion is cut and raised;
a horizontal slit provided in the cylinder portion and extending in the axis line direction; and
a concave-convex portion or a wave-shaped portion provided in an edge portion of the horizontal slit.

US Pat. No. 10,107,332

SLIDE STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A slide structure, comprising:a rail including a pair of guide wall portions spaced apart from each other in a first direction orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the rail, one of the pair of guide wall portions including a guide wall face, first convex abutting portions provided on the guide wall face at an interval in the longitudinal direction, and second convex abutting portions provided on the guide wall face at the interval in the longitudinal direction, the first convex abutting portions being arranged separately from the second convex abutting portions in the longitudinal direction and in a second direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction and the first direction; and
a slider disposed between the pair of guide wall portions slidably along the rail in the longitudinal direction, and including a first projecting portion, and a second projecting portion arranged separately from the first projecting portion in a sliding direction of the slider and in the second direction such that the first projecting portion abuts one of the first convex abutting portions, and the second projecting portion abuts against one of the second convex abutting portions when the first projecting portion abuts against the one of the first convex abutting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,024,087

SAFETY DEVICE AND CASE WITH LID USING SAFETY DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A safety device in combination with a case having a lid and a push-push mechanism openably and closably supported by the case, including the push-push mechanism provided between the case and the lid, locking the lid by a push operation into a closing direction, and releasing a locking of the lid by a next push operation into the closing direction, comprising:a lock pin device including a responding moving member adapted to be supported in the case to be displaceable within a predetermined range, urged by a spring in a predetermined direction, and when the case receives an acceleration in a direction reverse to the predetermined direction, generating an inertia force against an urging force of the spring to be displaced in the direction reverse to the predetermined direction, and a lock pin provided to protrude from the responding moving member;
a lock member adapted to be provided on a lid side, and including a cam groove to receive the lock pin when the lid is positioned in a closed position and the responding moving member is displaced in the direction reverse to the predetermined direction against the urging force of the spring; and
a spring member always urging the lock pin toward the cam groove,
wherein the cam groove includes:
a reciprocating groove adapted to extend in an opening/closing direction of the lid, and having an opening-directional side end portion where the lock pin is positioned by a closing-directional movement of the lid and a closing-directional side end portion where the lock pin is positioned by an opening-directional movement of the lid,
a first first-portion arranged adjacent to the reciprocating groove,
a second first-portion arranged adjacent to the first first-portion at a side opposite to the reciprocating groove,
a third first-portion situated adjacent to the second first-portion at a side opposite to the first first-portion,
an exit groove arranged adjacent to the third first-portion at a side opposite to the second first-portion, and forming an open end to disengage the lock pin relative to the opening-directional movement of the lid,
a first second-portion connecting a closing-directional side end portion of the first first-portion and an intermediate portion in the opening/closing direction of the second first-portion,
a second second-portion connecting an end of the second first-portion to an intermediate portion of the exit groove in the opening/closing direction of the third first-portion,
a third second-portion connecting an end of the third first-portion to an intermediate portion of the exit groove, the second second-portion being connected to the exit groove through the third first-portion and the third second-portion,
a depth of bottom portions of the first first-portion, the second first-portion, the first second-portion, and the second second-portion changes so that the lock pin in a state of being received in the cam groove is transferred from the first first-portion to the first second-portion non-reversibly cooperating with an urging force of the spring member by a reciprocating movement in the opening/closing direction of the lid,
the lock pin is located in the reciprocating groove upon opening and closing the lid when the case receives no acceleration in the direction reverse to the predetermined direction, and the lock pin enters the first first-portion when the responding moving member is displaced in the direction reverse to the predetermined direction against the urging force of the spring, and exits from the exit groove through the second first-portion, third first-portion, the first second-portion, second second-portion, and the third second-portion, and
the reciprocating groove, the first first-portion, the second first-portion, the third first-portion and the exit groove are arranged parallel to each other, and ends of the first first-portion, the second first-portion, the third first-portion and the exit groove at portions away from the first second-portion, the second second-portion and the third second-portion are inclined relative to a longitudinal direction of the responding moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,021,944

CORD LOCK

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A cord lock, comprising:a female member including a pair of first cord insertion portions facing each other in a first direction and adapted to receive a cord therethrough, the female member having a cylindrical shape including an opening at least at one end of the female member and a bottom portion at another end of the female member facing the opening, the bottom portion including a pair of through portions arranged on an inner side of the corresponding first cord insertion portions;
a male member supported to enter into and out from the opening of the female member, and including
a pair of second cord insertion portions facing each other to communicate with the first cord insertion portions and adapted to receive the cord inserted through the pair of first cord insertion portions, and
a pair of flange portions overlapping the female member when the female and male members are assembled, and entering into the pair of through portions, respectively; and
an urging device provided between the female member and the male member to provide an urging force in a direction wherein the male member protrudes from the opening of the female member,
wherein the pair of second cord insertion portions of the male member and the urging device are situated adjacent to each other, and
the female member and the male member include faces extending along the first direction and having straight portions to line contact each other.

US Pat. No. 10,328,792

LID DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A lid device for pushing out a hinged lid from a closed position to an open ready position, and for releasably locking the lid in the closed position, comprising:a push lifter that alternates between an extended state for pushing the lid to the open ready position and a retracted state for permitting the lid to be placed in the closed position each time a free end of the push lifter is pushed by the lid;
a drive unit positioned near the push lifter;
a lock member moveable between an engage position for engaging the lid in the closed position and a release position for releasing the lid; and
a transmission mechanism for transmitting a drive force of the drive unit to the lock member to move the lock member between the engage position and the release position;
wherein the lock member and the transmission mechanism are positioned between the push lifter and a side profile of the drive unit remote from the push lifter, and
wherein the lock member is moveable in a direction substantially perpendicular to a lengthwise direction of the push lifter and a direction from the push lifter toward the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,322,631

FUEL FILLING APERTURE OPENING AND CLOSING DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A fuel filling aperture opening and closing device, comprising:a closing member turned to an open position by an insertion of a fuel filling nozzle to open a fuel filling aperture,
wherein the closing member includes a flap member including a ring-shaped seal member, and an urging device urging the flap member to be positioned at a closed position,
the seal member includes inner and outer seal portions respectively circumferentially formed at an inside portion and an outside portion thereof,
one of the inner and outer seal portions is a plate-shaped portion pressed by urging against a projection piece bordering an opening edge portion of a pass-through opening through which the fuel filling nozzle is configured to be inserted in the fuel filling aperture, and the other of the inner and outer seal portions comprises an inside circumferential projecting portion, an outside circumferential projecting portion circumferentially arranged outside the inside circumferential projecting portion, and a first circumferential groove intervened between the inside circumferential projecting portion and the outside circumferential projecting portion, the inside circumferential projecting portion and the outside circumferential projecting portion respectively protruding downwardly to be pressed against the flap member,
the inner seal portion comprises the inside circumferential projecting portion, the outside circumferential projecting portion, and the first circumferential groove; and the outer seal portion is the plate-shaped portion,
the inside circumferential projecting portion is arranged to extend toward an inside of the pass-through opening in the flap member and the outside circumferential projecting portion is arranged to extend toward an outside of the pass-through opening in the flap member,
the flap member includes:
an outside member having a circumferential pinching portion circumferentially outwardly extending from the outside member, and
an inside member having an outside circumferential wall, a groove bottom wall circumferentially outwardly extending from the outside circumferential wall, a groove outer wall upwardly extending from an outer end of the groove bottom wall, a circumferential flat face circumferentially outwardly extending from an upper end of the groove outer wall, and a second circumferential groove surrounded by the outside circumferential wall, the groove bottom wall, and the groove outer wall and arranged under the circumferential pinching portion, and
the inner seal portion is arranged in the second circumferential groove to be pressed in an axial direction of the closing member between the circumferential pinching portion and the groove bottom wall, and the outer seal portion circumferentially outwardly extends from the inner seal portion to be pressed in the axial direction of the closing member between the projection piece and the circumferential flat face.

US Pat. No. 10,253,894

FUEL TANK CHECK VALVE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A fuel tank check valve, comprising:a cylindrical member defining a flow channel for a fluid and having an opening at one end thereof;
a flap axially supported on the cylindrical member;
a pivot provided in one of the cylindrical member or the flap to rotate the flap thereon in order to open and close the opening of the cylindrical member;
shaft holes provided in another of the cylindrical member or the flap, in which the pivot is inserted; and
a torsion coil spring including a coil portion mounted on the pivot to urge the flap in a closing direction,
wherein the pivot includes a large diameter portion around which the coil portion is wound, a block portion arranged adjacent to the large diameter portion to regulate movement of the torsion coil spring, a first small diameter portion projecting outwardly from a side of the large diameter portion opposite to the block portion into one of the shaft holes, and a second small diameter portion projecting in a direction opposite to the first small diameter portion from a side of the block portion opposite to the large diameter portion into another of the shaft holes, and
the first small diameter portion is arranged to be off-centered to an outer peripheral face of the large diameter portion so that the torsion coil spring presses substantially against the outer peripheral face of the large diameter portion extending from a side facing the cylindrical member to a side facing an inside of the cylindrical member in an axial direction, and the torsion coil spring presses against the first small diameter portion when the torsion coil spring shifts to a side of the first small diameter portion in the axial direction of the pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,124,835

HOLE PLUG

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A hole plug comprising:a ceiling part adapted to cover an attachment hole formed in an attachment member;
a flange part connected to the ceiling part and adapted to cover an opening peripheral surface of the attachment hole formed in the attachment member at a predetermined inclined angle against the opening peripheral surface;
a cylindrical outer peripheral wall part formed to extend downward from an inner edge part of the flange part, the outer peripheral wall part including
an upper part extending downward from the inner edge part of the flange part,
a lower part formed inward to the upper part in the cylindrical outer peripheral wall part, and
a bent part connecting the upper and lower parts of the cylindrical outer peripheral wall part and having a thickness less than that of the upper part located above the bent part;
a connection member connecting the lower part of the cylindrical outer peripheral wall part to the ceiling part; and
an engagement part adapted to engage a back side opening edge of the attachment member and protruding from the lower part of the cylindrical outer peripheral wall part lower than the bent part,
wherein the upper part of the cylindrical outer peripheral wall part moves in a direction away from a hole edge of the attachment hole when a tip of the flange part contacts the opening peripheral surface of the attachment member.

US Pat. No. 10,113,514

VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A valve device forming a portion of a ventilation flow channel of a fuel tank, comprising:a float valve;
a case housing the float valve, and including a first through hole on a top portion of the case;
an outside member housing at least the top portion of the case and including
an attachment portion to a fuel tank, and
a second through hole on a top portion of the outside member to communicate an inside of the tank to an outside of the tank; and
a cylindrical seal member fitted in the first through hole and including
an inner portion to communicate with the second through hole,
an outer flange portion formed at an upper end of the cylindrical seal member and having an outer diameter greater than a diameter of the first through hole, the outer flange portion being pinched between the top portion of the case and the top portion of the outside member,
a lower end of the cylindrical seal member, which becomes a valve seat of the float valve,
a circular rising portion arranged between the outer flange portion and the lower end, the circular rising portion having a diameter greater than that of the lower end and less than that of the outer flange portion, and
an interval between the outer flange portion and the circular rising portion has a diameter less than that of the circular rising portion so that the top portion of the case is sandwiched between the outer flange portion and the circular rising portion to attach the cylindrical seal member to the case.

US Pat. No. 10,094,255

BLOW-BY HEATER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A blow-by heater, comprising:a metal pipe for flowing a blow-by gas therethrough in a flow direction, the metal pipe including
a flat portion on one side along an axis direction of the metal pipe, and
a curved portion on a side opposite to the flat portion and including
two curved members extending from two edges of the flat portion opposite to each other, each curved member including an inclined portion inclined toward a downstream side in respect to the flat portion so that a cross-sectional area of the metal pipe decreases toward the downstream side,
a joining portion in which the two curved members abut against each other, and
abutting portions on outer peripheral faces of the two curved members, respectively, and sandwiching the joining portion;
a resin covering the metal pipe; and
a heating source provided inside the resin and directly contacting the flat portion,
wherein the abutting portions are not covered with the resin and are spaced apart from each other in a direction perpendicular to the axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,066,523

BLOW-BY HEATER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A blow-by heater, comprising:a tube member allowing a blow-by gas to flow therethrough in a flow direction, and being opened in a downstream side of the flow direction, the tube member having a metal pipe including
an opening end on the downstream side, and
an opening end vicinity having a cross-sectional area decreasing toward the opening end, and a slope face portion formed on an inner circumferential side of the opening end vicinity such that a wall thickness of a whole circumferential edge of the metal pipe in the opening end vicinity decreases toward the opening end.

US Pat. No. 10,052,986

COVER ANCHOR CLIP

NIFCO INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. A cover anchor clip comprising:a base section having a plate shape extending in one direction, that is formed with through holes into which a foam body enters, and that is configured to be retained in the foam body; and
an anchor portion including:
a pair of extension portions that extend upward from a surface of the base section and that are disposed facing each other, and
a pair of anchor claws that are formed at respective leading ends of the pair of extension portions, and that are configured to anchor an anchored member attached to a cover for covering the foam body by sandwiching the anchored member therebetween,
wherein the through holes formed at the base section are aligned in the one direction, and a plurality of hole-rows formed by the through holes aligned in the one direction are separated by a spacing in an intersection direction intersecting the one direction,
a gate mark that indicates an injection port for resin material during molding being formed at a back face of the base section between adjacent hole-rows of the hole-rows, and
a plate thickness changing portion at which a thickness of the base section changes being formed between the gate mark and the through holes, as viewed from the back face of the base section along a plate thickness direction of the base section,
wherein the plate thickness changing portion is formed at one side and at another side of the gate mark in the one direction at the back face of the base section, with the gate mark positioned between the plate thickness changing portions, and
wherein a portion at the back face of the base section between the plate thickness changing portion at the one side and the plate thickness changing portion at the other side is protruded from a remaining portion at the back face of the base section.

US Pat. No. 10,322,678

IN-VEHICLE STORAGE UNIT

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. An in-vehicle storage unit capable of storing an item to be stored in a vehicle, the in-vehicle storage unit comprising:a storing portion configured to store an item to be stored;
an opening formed in the storing portion;
a lid formed on the opening, the lid capable of being opened and closed; and
a touch sensor panel capable of sensing a touch operation by an operator, the touch sensor panel forming substantially an entire surface of the lid, wherein
the touch sensor panel displays an operation icon on the touch sensor panel, in accordance with a sensing signal of the touch operation, and
the operation icon includes an opening/closing icon for automatically opening and closing the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,315,596

VEHICLE CLIP AND EXTERIOR COMPONENT FASTENING STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle clip comprising:a clip body comprising an attachment section that comprises a pair of retention members for gripping a first exterior component so as to be attached to the first exterior component, and an insertion hole; and
a pin member comprising
an insertion portion that is anchored to the clip body in an inserted state of the insertion portion into the insertion hole and a through hole formed in only a second exterior component,
a head portion that is formed with a larger diameter than the insertion hole and that retains the second exterior component between the head portion and the clip body, and
a pressing portion that extends out from the head portion toward an attachment section side, and that abuts one of the retention members to press the first exterior component toward the side of the other retention member in a state in which the insertion portion is anchored to the clip body.

US Pat. No. 10,259,295

WINDING DEVICE

HAYASHI TELEMPU Co., Ltd....

1. A winding device, comprising:a screen;
a shaft portion to which one end of the screen is fastened;
a rotary shaft member that fits to an end portion of the shaft portion so that the rotary shaft member is rotated around a rotation axis along an axial direction of the shaft portion; and
a biasing portion that biases the rotary shaft member in a rotation direction for winding the screen, wherein
a relative rotation restriction structure and a movement restriction structure are formed on a fitting portion between the shaft portion and the rotary shaft member,
the movement restriction structure and the relative rotation restriction structure are formed in different positions,
the relative rotation restriction structure always restricts a relative rotation of the shaft portion with respect to the rotary shaft member when the shaft portion and the rotary shaft member are fitted with each other, the relative rotation restriction structure allowing the movement of the shaft portion in the axial direction with respect to the rotary shaft member, and
the movement restriction structure restricts a movement of the shaft portion in the axial direction with respect to the rotary shaft member, the movement restriction structure allowing the relative rotation of the shaft portion with respect to the rotary shaft member.

US Pat. No. 10,240,492

VALVE OPENING/CLOSING TIMING CONTROL APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve opening/closing timing control apparatus comprising:a driving-side rotary body that is rotated in synchronism with a crank shaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven-side rotary body that is disposed coaxially with a rotational axis of the driving-side rotary body and that is rotated in synchronism with a cam shaft of the internal combustion engine;
a fluid pressure chamber formed between the driving-side rotary body and the driven-side rotary body, and configured to change a relative phase between the driving-side rotary body and the driven-side rotary body by feeding/discharging of working fluid;
a bolt member having a tubular portion that forms a passage for feeding/discharging the working fluid to/from the fluid pressure chamber and that is disposed inside the driven-side rotary body, the bolt member connecting the driven-side rotary body and the cam shaft;
a valve body and a valve accommodating body that are disposed inside the tubular portion, the valve body being configured to regulate a flow direction of the working fluid relative to the fluid pressure chamber, the valve accommodating portion being configured to accommodate the valve body;
a retainer that regulates a position of the valve accommodating body;
an urging portion that urges the valve accommodating body;
the tubular portion comprising a stepped portion that includes a radial base portion; and
a space between the radial base portion and the retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,227,807

ROTATION MECHANISM

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A rotation mechanism comprising:a first member;
a second member which is rotatably coupled to the first member by a pivot; and
a torsion coil spring configured to urge one of the first member and the second member to rotate relative to the other,
wherein any one of the first member and the second member has a torsion coil spring accommodating part in which a pair of protrusions facing each other in an axial direction of the pivot is provided,
wherein the torsion coil spring includes abutting portions formed by extending both end portions of a coil shape, and each of the abutting portions is arranged to abut against different one of the first member and the second member, and
wherein the pair of protrusions holds the both end portions of the coil shape of the torsion coil spring around axes of the protrusions, and at least one of the protrusions has a spring holding portion provided at a place receiving reaction force from a corresponding abutting portion side of the torsion coil spring.

US Pat. No. 10,214,946

LOCKING DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A locking device, comprising:a base adapted to be attached to a lid member;
a lever rotatably attached the base to be switched from an initial state to an operating state against an urging force or self-weight, and including a main member, the main member having a pressing portion at one side thereof, a connection portion turnably connected to the base for opening and closing a lid member, and an attachment portion provided at the connection portion;
a lock rod disposed on the base and sliding in association with turning of the lever, the lock rod having a shaft protruding from one end portion of the lock rod and a tip at another end portion of the lock rod opposite to the one end portion;
a braking device, which is a rotation damper, disposed on and attached to the attachment portion to be substantially coaxial to the connection portion of the lever for damping a rotational speed of the lever and a moving speed of the lock rod,
the braking device including a member having an attaching portion attached to the attachment portion, a braking shaft, which is an output shaft, for receiving a resistance of a fluid disposed inside the member, and a gear attached to the braking shaft;
an operation gear disposed on the base and rotating about a rotational axis thereof, the operation gear including a trunk portion extending in the rotational axis, a first teeth portion having a plurality of first teeth arranged along a circumference of the trunk portion, and a second teeth portion arranged on the trunk portion coaxially to the first teeth portion and separately from the first teeth portion in a rotational axis direction of the operation gear,
the second teeth portion having a plurality of second teeth arranged along the circumference of the trunk portion and engaging the gear of the braking device to rotate the gear in a direction opposite to a turning direction of the lever, the second teeth portion having a diameter larger than that of the first teeth portion for increasing a number of rotation of the gear of the braking device to obtain a stable braking force; and
a slide member disposed on the base and sliding upon the turning of the lever, the slide member having a shaft portion protruding in the rotational axis direction and contacting the pressing portion of the lever, a rack engaging the first teeth portion of the operation gear to turn the operation gear in association with the sliding of the slide member, and a groove slidably receiving the shaft of the lock rod so that when the lever is turned to push and move the slide member in a first direction, the shaft of the lock rod slides along the groove of the slide member to move the lock rod in a second direction crossing the first direction to switch the lid member to be unlocked,
wherein the lid member is adapted to be locked in the main member through the lock rod, and when the lever is turned to move the slide member in the first direction, the shaft of the lock rod slides along the groove of the slide member to move the lock rod in the second direction for switching the lid member to be unlocked and the operation gear simultaneously rotates so that the braking device engaged to the operation gear damps the moving speed of the lock rod.

US Pat. No. 10,161,538

VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A valve device forming a part of a ventilation passage of a fuel tank, comprising:a float; and
a case for storing the float,
wherein the float includes a float body, and a valve body provided at an upper portion of the float body to incline obliquely with respect to the float body,
the valve body includes
a seal portion for closing a valve opening formed in the case when the float rises,
a linkage portion connected to the seal portion and arranged to link with respect to the float body,
an abutting portion connected to the seal portion and having a ventilation portion, the abutting portion abutting against an outer circumference of the valve opening when the valve body inclines obliquely with respect to the float body,
a regulating portion connected to the seal portion, and, when the valve body inclines, being hooked on a part of the float body at a predetermined position of an oblique movement of the valve body to inhibit the oblique movement thereof,
a first arm portion extending from the seal portion,
a projection having said linkage portion, and
a valve main body extending from the seal portion and including a leg portion extending from the valve main body and having a claw portion, as the regulating portion, protruding outwardly and integrally formed in a lower end of the leg portion at a position below the abutting portion, and
the float body includes
a pillar portion,
an upper recess surrounding the pillar portion in which the valve main body is disposed,
a first groove formed at one side of the pillar portion for receiving the linkage portion therein,
a second groove formed at a side opposite to the one side for receiving the abutting portion therein,
a side recess located under the second groove, and
a notch portion connecting the upper recess and the side recess into which the leg portion is disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,149,534

LUMINAIRE AND DRAWER DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A luminaire comprising:a light source; and
a light guide positioned in front of the light source, and including a first surface portion formed on a light source side, and a second surface portion formed on a side opposite to the first surface portion,
wherein the first surface portion includes a flat surface portion, and
the second surface portion includes a recess portion symmetrically recessed with respect to a center line of the recess portion intersecting with an optical axis of the light source, and having first inclined surfaces, each of the first inclined surfaces linearly and outwardly extending from the center line and inclined at a first inclined angle with respect to the optical axis of the light source, and second inclined surfaces, each of the second inclined surfaces continuously and linearly extending from each of the first inclined surfaces to each of two side ends of the recess portion and inclined at a second inclined angle different from the first inclined angle with respect to the optical axis of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,051,922

BUCKLE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. A buckle, comprising:a male member including a base part and a pair of flexible arms extending from the base part, each arm having an arm-latching part formed at a middle portion thereof and convexed laterally outwardly therefrom, a front side raised part protruding upwardly from a front surface thereof and a rear side raised part protruding downwardly from a rear surface thereof, and
a female member including an insertion hole formed at one end portion thereof, guide grooves extending inside thereof from the insertion hole, and guide faces arranged at the one end portion to partially define the insertion hole, the pair of flexible arms being inserted in the insertion hole,
wherein the pair of flexible arms has a width between the arm-latching parts perpendicular to an insertion direction of the pair of flexible arms, the width of the arm-latching parts being larger than that of the insertion hole such that when the pair of flexible arms is inserted in the insertion hole, the arm-latching parts contact the guide faces, then the pair of arms is bent in a direction approaching each other to increase an external force, thereby the pair of flexible arms is provisionally fastened to the female member, and after the arm-latching parts pass the guide faces, the front and rear side raised parts are guided through the guide grooves in the insertion direction, and the base part contacts the one end portion when the male member engages the female member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,582

DAMPER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DAMPER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A damper, comprising:a housing member including
an outer cylinder portion formed in a cylinder shape,
an inner cylinder portion formed inside the outer cylinder portion,
a bottom portion connecting bottoms of the outer and inner cylinder portions,
an open end portion formed at an upper end of the outer cylinder portion,
a groove portion formed on an inner periphery of the outer cylinder portion adjacent the open end portion, and
a thin wall portion of the outer cylinder portion which is thinner than a remaining portion of the outer cylinder portion, formed in a vicinity of the groove portion so that an outer surface of the outer cylinder portion is recessed inwardly between an upper outer surface and a lower outer surface forming the outer cylinder portion;
a lid member having
a movable member housed in the housing member between the inner and outer cylinder portions and including a lid step portion formed at an upper end portion of the movable member and annularly recessed from an outer surface of the movable member, and
a lid main member portion connected to the upper end portion of the movable member to cover the open end portion, and including a projection portion projecting annularly outwardly from the lid main member portion above the lid step portion and engaging the groove portion; and
an O-ring housed in the lid step portion and contacting an inner surface of the thin wall portion to seal between the housing member and the lid member,
wherein the outer surface of the outer cylinder portion is a flat surface in section cut in an axial direction of the housing member at the thin wall portion, and an inner surface of the outer cylinder portion is a flat surface in section cut in the axial direction of the housing member between the bottom portion and the groove portion.

US Pat. No. 10,317,107

AIRFLOW-DIRECTION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. An airflow-direction adjustment device, comprising:a housing having an approximately spherical shape and including a first opening at a front end side as an air outlet and a second opening at a back end side as an air inlet;
a fin turnably supported inside the housing, and including a pair of vanes arranged adjacent to each other in the housing, the pair of vanes having shaft portions turnably connected to the housing and defining a pivot line about which the pair of vanes turns, wherein an inner surface of each of the pair of vanes is a straight surface, an outer surface of each of the pair of vanes is a curved surface corresponding to an interior surface of the housing, and the shaft portion of each of the pair of vanes extends radially outwardly from a center of the curved surface;
a partition plate disposed between the pair of vanes and dividing the housing into two, wherein the partition plate is connected to the housing and disposed between the pair of vanes from a vicinity of the pivot line to the back end side, and the shaft is disposed between the pair of vanes from the front end side to the vicinity of the pivot line;
a gear mechanism including gear portions provided on the pivot line of the pair of vanes for adjusting a direction of the fin;
an operating portion connected to the gear mechanism and arranged rotatably for operating the gear mechanism, wherein a rotation of the operating portion is transferred to the gear portions of the gear mechanism so that each of the pair of vanes turns in a front-and-back direction to adjust the direction of the fin, and
a shaft extending in the housing in the front-and-back direction and having one end connected to the operating portion and another end including a gear to engage the gear portions,
wherein the gear portions are arranged on the inner surfaces of the pair of vanes facing each other and the gear of the shaft is arranged between the gear portions to engage thereto,
when the operating portion is rotated in one direction to operate the pair of vanes, the pair of vanes rotates about the pivot line so that one of the pair of vanes rotates toward front in the front-and-back direction and the other of the pair of vanes rotates back in the front-and-back direction, and
when the operating portion is rotated in another direction opposite to the one direction, the pair of vanes rotates about the pivot line so that the one of the pair of vanes rotates toward back in the front-and-back direction and the other of the pair of vanes rotates forward in the front-and-back direction.

US Pat. No. 10,280,954

CLIP

NIFCO INC., (JP) TOYOTA ...

1. A clip for retaining a single retained member comprising:a first attachment portion configured to be inserted into an opening portion formed at an attached-to member;
a second attachment portion configured to be inserted into the opening portion of the attached-to-member in a state in which the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion are engaged by an engagement portion and engaged-with portion;
a coupling portion that couples the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion such that the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion are configured to swing in mutually engaging directions;
a first placement portion that is formed at the first attachment portion and a second placement portion that is formed at the second attachment portion, wherein the clip receives the single retained member between the coupling portion and the at least one of the first placement portion or the second placement portion;
the engagement portion formed at one of the first attachment portion or the second attachment portion; and
the engaged-with portion formed at the other of the first attachment portion or the second attachment portion, and that is capable of engaging with the engagement portion;
wherein the clip has a naturally open state in which the single retained member can pass between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion from a direction orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the single retained member and be received between the coupling member and one of the first placement portion and the second placement portion without the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion having to be pulled apart in a direction away from each other,
wherein the clip has an engaged state in which the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion are engaged with each other by the engagement portion and the engaged-with portion;
wherein in the clip's engaged state, the first placement portion and the second placement portion and the coupling portion abut the single retained member and grip there between the single retained member;
wherein in the clip's naturally open state, a dimension of a narrowest gap between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion is larger than a width of the single retained member;
wherein a protrusion, positioned separate from the first placement portion and separate from the second placement portion, extends from a surface of the coupling portion and is defined at least in part by in an inner face, and in said clip's engaged state, the inner face of the protrusion abuts a first outer region of the single retained member and a first placement face portion of the first placement portion and a second placement face portion of the second placement portion abut the single retained member on a second outer region of the single retained member, wherein the first placement face portion and the second placement face portion are opposite and facing the inner face of the protrusion in a view along the longitudinal direction of the single retained member; and
wherein in said clip's naturally open state without the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion engaged, the inner face of the protrusion abuts the first outer region of the single retained member and one of the first placement face portion of the first placement portion or the second placement face portion of the second placement portion simultaneously abuts the second outer region of the single retained member.

US Pat. No. 10,279,679

VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A valve device forming a ventilation flow channel for a fuel tank, comprising:a float valve;
an inside case in which the float valve is housed, including a valve opening relative to the float valve at an upper portion thereof, a through hole communicating between an inside and an outside of the inside case, and an engagement claw protruding outwardly from an outer portion of the inside case and disposed directly above the through hole as an eave of the through hole;
an outside case having a bottom portion and an engagement hole engaging the engagement claw of the inside case, and receiving the inside case from an upper open end to form a flow channel between the outer portion of inside case and an inner portion of the outside case; and
an attachment portion relative to a tank side,
wherein the flow channel becomes one portion of the ventilation flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,267,077

ROTATION MECHANISM

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A rotation mechanism comprising:a first member;
a second member which is rotatably coupled to the first member by a pivot; and
a torsion coil spring configured to urge one of the first member and the second member to rotate relative to the other,
wherein any one of the first member and the second member has a torsion coil spring accommodating part in which a pair of protrusions facing each other in an axial direction of the pivot is provided,
wherein the torsion coil spring includes abutting portions formed by extending both end portions of a coil shape, and each of the abutting portions is arranged to abut against different one of the first member and the second member, and
wherein the pair of protrusions holds the both end portions of the coil shape of the torsion coil spring around axes of the protrusions, and at least one of the protrusions has a spring holding portion provided at a place receiving reaction force from a corresponding abutting portion side of the torsion coil spring.

US Pat. No. 10,267,375

DAMPER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DAMPER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A damper, comprising:a housing having a rotation area;
a cap covering the housing;
a rotation member combined with the housing so as to turn relative to the housing and cap;
an attenuating medium filled in the rotation area of the rotation member, and added with viscoelasticity by a viscoelasticity treatment; and
an enclosure portion provided radially outside the rotation area, communicating with the rotation area, and enclosing an excess attenuating medium relative to the rotation area to which the rotation member is combined,
wherein the enclosure portion includes a bend structure,
the cap covers the rotation area of the housing and includes annular projecting portions, as a part of the bend structure, radially outside the rotation area, and
the housing further includes two projections, as a part of the bend structure, radially outside the rotation area, and a recess between the two projections so that upon assembly of the damper, the annular projecting portions engage the two projections with the recess to form the enclosure portion separate from the rotation area, the rotation member being sandwiched between the cap and the housing in the rotation area.