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Patent Application Titled “Multi-Purpose Brush Guard, Cabin Protector, And Tailgate Extender Accessory” Published Online (USPTO 20190225172): Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.

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08/14/2019 | 05:26pm EDT

2019 AUG 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Daily Asia Business -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by NewsRx journalists, a patent application by the inventors Frederick, Scott L. (Brighton, MI); Robison, Scott P. (Dexter, MI); Holmstrom, Adam D. (Pinckney, MI), filed on January 19, 2018, was made available online on July 25, 2019.

The assignee for this patent application is Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (Erlanger, Kentucky, United States).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “The background description provided herein is for the purpose of generally presenting the context of the disclosure. Work of the presently named inventors, to the extent it may be described in this background section, as well as aspects of the description that may not otherwise qualify as prior art at the time of filing, are neither expressly nor impliedly admitted as prior art against the present technology.

“Many load carrying utility vehicles may be operated or used in an off-road environment and/or otherwise be used to transport cargo. In certain instances, the transported cargo is large or oddly shaped, potentially creating a risk for damage to the vehicle during loading or transport, or requiring extra space. Vehicle accessories and protective devices including brush guards, cabin protectors, tailgate extenders, and the like are becoming increasingly popular for use with various utility vehicles such as pickup trucks. Certain accessories may be used more for aesthetic reasons than functional purposes. However, in order to properly serve their intended purpose, the above-mentioned accessories need to be provided with adequate strength, which may add to the overall weight of the vehicle, and increase fuel costs, in addition to the costs of the accessories by themselves.

“Accordingly, it would be desirable to provide improved accessories, including accessories that can be interchanged and serve multiple functions instead of just serving a single conventional use or capacity.”

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, NewsRx editors also obtained the inventors’ summary information for this patent application: “This section provides a general summary of the disclosure, and is not a comprehensive disclosure of its full scope or all of its features.

“In various aspects, the present teachings provide a modular system with a multi-purpose accessory configured to selectively operate as a brush guard, a cabin protector, and a tailgate extender for a vehicle. The system includes a first mounting structure connected to a front frame of the vehicle. A second mounting structure is connected to a cabin portion of the vehicle, and a third mounting structure connected to a tailgate of the vehicle. A multi-purpose accessory is provided including a main body portion and at least one attachment member extending from the main body portion. The attachment member is configured to alternately be received by the first mounting structure, wherein the multi-purpose accessory serves as a brush guard; the second mounting structure, wherein the multi-purpose accessory serves as a cabin protector; and the third mounting structure, wherein the multi-purpose accessory serves as a tailgate extender.

“In other aspects, the present teachings provide a vehicle assembly with a multi-purpose accessory configured to selectively operate as a brush guard, a cabin protector, and a tailgate extender for the vehicle. The assembly includes a front frame comprising a first mounting structure. A passenger cabin is provided, comprising a second mounting structure. The vehicle further includes a cargo bed comprising a third mounting structure. A multi-purpose accessory is provided, including a main body portion and at least one attachment member extending from the main body portion. The attachment member is configured to alternately be received by the first mounting structure to serve as a brush guard; the second mounting structure to serve as a cabin protector; and the third mounting structure to serve as a tailgate extender.

“In still other aspects, the present teachings provide a utility vehicle with a multi-purpose accessory configured to selectively operate as a brush guard, a cabin protector, and a tailgate extender for the utility vehicle. The utility vehicle includes a front frame with a first mounting structure coupled to the front frame; a passenger cabin with a second mounting structure coupled to the passenger cabin; and a cargo bed defined by a floor, a forward wall, two side walls, and a movable tailgate having an open position and a closed position. A third mounting structure is coupled to the tailgate. The multi-purpose accessory includes a main body portion and two wing portions. Each wing portion is hingedly coupled to first and second opposing ends of the main body portion. At least one attachment member is provided extending from the main body portion and configured to alternately be received by the first mounting structure to serve as a brush guard; the second mounting structure to serve as a cabin protector; and the third mounting structure to serve as a tailgate extender.

“Further areas of applicability and various methods of enhancing the above technology will become apparent from the description provided herein. The description and specific examples in this summary are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure.”

The claims supplied by the inventors are:

“1. A modular system providing a multi-purpose accessory configured to selectively operate as a brush guard, a cabin protector, and a tailgate extender for a vehicle, the system comprising: a first mounting structure connected to a front frame of the vehicle; a second mounting structure connected to a cabin portion of the vehicle; a third mounting structure connected to a tailgate of the vehicle; and a multi-purpose accessory, comprising: a main body portion; at least one attachment member extending from the main body portion and configured to alternately be received by: the first mounting structure, wherein the multi-purpose accessory serves as a brush guard; the second mounting structure, wherein the multi-purpose accessory serves as a cabin protector; and the third mounting structure, wherein the multi-purpose accessory serves as a tailgate extender.

“2. The modular system according to claim 1, wherein the multi-purpose accessory comprises a pair of attachment members, and each of the first mounting structure, the second mounting structure and the third mounting structure comprises a pair of receiving members for removably coupling to the attachment members.

“3. The modular system according to claim 1, wherein the third mounting structure is configured to secure the multi-purpose accessory with opposing rear deck posts of the vehicle.

“4. The modular system according to claim 3, wherein the third mounting structure comprises a pair of brackets configured to rotatably couple the multi-purpose accessory to the respective rear deck posts.

“5. The modular system according to claim 4, wherein the multi-purpose accessory is configured to rotate about the third mounting structure between a first position located within a cargo area of the vehicle, and a second position to serve as the tailgate extender.

“6. The modular system according to claim 1, wherein the first mounting structure comprises a pair of brackets coupled directly to a front frame portion of the vehicle.

“7. The modular system according to claim 1, wherein the second mounting structure comprises a pair of brackets coupled to a passenger cabin portion of the vehicle.

“8. The modular system according to claim 1, wherein the second mounting structure comprises a pair of brackets coupled to a deck header portion of a cargo area of the vehicle.

“9. The modular system according to claim 1, wherein the third mounting structure comprises a pair of brackets coupled to a tailgate of the vehicle.

“10. The modular system according to claim 1, wherein the multi-purpose accessory further comprises two wing portions, each wing portion coupled to an opposing end of the main body portion.

“11. The modular system according to claim 10, wherein the two wing portions of the multi-purpose accessory are movable with respect to the main body portion.

“12. A vehicle assembly with a multi-purpose accessory configured to selectively operate as a brush guard, a cabin protector, and a tailgate extender for the vehicle, the assembly comprising: a front frame comprising a first mounting structure; a passenger cabin comprising a second mounting structure; a cargo bed comprising a third mounting structure; and a multi-purpose accessory, comprising: a main body portion; at least one attachment member extending from the main body portion and configured to alternately be received by: the first mounting structure to serve as a brush guard; the second mounting structure to serve as a cabin protector; and the third mounting structure to serve as a tailgate extender.

“13. The vehicle assembly according to claim 12, wherein the multi-purpose accessory defines first and second opposing ends and further comprises two wing portions, each wing portion being coupled to one of the first and second opposing ends.

“14. The vehicle assembly according to claim 13, wherein each wing portion is hingedly coupled to the respective first and second opposing end such that each wing portion is rotatable from 0 to about 45 degrees with respect to the main body portion.

“15. The vehicle assembly according to claim 12, wherein the cargo bed is defined by a floor, a forward wall, two side walls, and a movable tailgate having an open position and a closed position, and the third mounting structure is coupled to an interior side of the movable tailgate.

“16. The vehicle assembly according to claim 12, wherein the cargo bed comprises a deck header portion, and the second mounting structure comprises a pair of brackets coupled to the deck header portion.

“17. The vehicle assembly according to claim 12, wherein the cargo bed further comprises opposing rear deck posts, each rear deck post comprising a mounting structure configured to rotatably couple the multi-purpose accessory between a first position wherein the multi-purpose accessory is located within a cargo area of the vehicle, and a second position wherein the multi-purpose accessory is to serve as the tailgate extender.

“18. The vehicle assembly according to claim 12, wherein at least one of the first, second, and third mounting structures is retractable when not in use.

“19. A utility vehicle, comprising: a front frame; a first mounting structure coupled to the front frame; a passenger cabin; a second mounting structure coupled to the passenger cabin; a cargo bed defined by a floor, a forward wall, two side walls, and a movable tailgate having an open position and a closed position; a third mounting structure coupled to the movable tailgate; and a multi-purpose accessory, comprising: a main body portion; two wing portions, each wing portion being hingedly coupled to first and second opposing ends of the main body portion; at least one attachment member extending from the main body portion and configured to alternately be received by: the first mounting structure to serve as a brush guard; the second mounting structure to serve as a cabin protector; and the third mounting structure to serve as a tailgate extender.

“20. The utility vehicle according to claim 19, wherein each wing portion of the multi-purpose accessory is attached to the opposing ends of the main body portion such that the wing portion is rotatable from 0 to about 45 degrees with respect to the main body portion.”

For more information, see this patent application: Frederick, Scott L.; Robison, Scott P.; Holmstrom, Adam D. Multi-Purpose Brush Guard, Cabin Protector, And Tailgate Extender Accessory. Filed January 19, 2018 and posted July 25, 2019. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220190225172%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20190225172&RS=DN/20190225172

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