Autoliv. has filed a patent for a quick-disassembly assembly for a steering wheel and steering column. The design includes a steering wheel shaft and connecting block, allowing easy connection and disconnection by sliding the shaft into a guide slot and positioning block. GlobalData’s report on Autoliv gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Autoliv, Passive safety systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Autoliv's grant share as of January 2024 was 57%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Quick-disassembly assembly for steering wheel and steering column

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Autoliv Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240034389A1) describes a quick-disassembly assembly for a steering wheel and a steering column. The assembly includes a steering wheel shaft, a connecting block, a guide slot, and a positioning block. When the steering wheel shaft is positioned in the guide slot with the positioning block, the steering wheel is connected to the steering column. Conversely, when the steering wheel shaft slides out from the guide slot, the steering wheel is separated from the steering column.

Additionally, the assembly features a sliding slot on the steering column, a sliding block on the connecting block, and a locking portion below the positioning block. The interaction of these components allows for easy disassembly and reassembly of the steering wheel from the steering column. Furthermore, the inclusion of a spring mechanism ensures proper alignment and movement of the steering wheel shaft during the disassembly process. The design also incorporates guide slots, guide slopes, and lock hooks to facilitate the smooth operation of separating and connecting the steering wheel to the steering column.

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