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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1803613 16.08.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001803613
Titel Verfahren zum Herstellen eines Luftsackmoduls
Anmelder Takata Corp., Tokio/Tokyo, JP
Erfinder Kokeguchi, Akira, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JP;
Miwa, Kazuya, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JP;
Nakazawa, Wataru, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JP
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 30.11.2006
EP-Aktenzeichen 061251088
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 04.07.2007
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 16.08.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse B60R 21/20(2006.01)A, F, I, 20070605, B, H, EP

Beschreibung[en]

The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing an airbag module mounted on a motor vehicle.

Hitherto, for example, in JP-A-8-156733 (Patent Document 1) described below, an airbag apparatus having a construction in which an airbag, to which gas for developing and expanding the airbag is supplied from an inflator, is developed and expanded in an occupant restraining area at a time of a motor vehicle accident is known. In designing this kind of airbag apparatus, specifically, a request for miniaturization of the apparatus is high. In order to respond to the request, it is general to use a method in which a specification of a base cloth of the airbag constituting the airbag, folding-back structure of the airbag, a structure of the inflator, a structure of other components, and so forth are examined. However, in practicing the method, reexamination for a basic structure of the airbag apparatus is required, and this causes problems that tremendous costs and development over long term are required.

Consequently, the present invention is made in light of the above-described point of view, and it is a problem to provide a technology effective for miniaturizing an airbag module, in which an airbag for use in a motor vehicle, being folded back in a predetermined configuration is housed in an airbag-housing member, by means of an easy method.

For solving the aforementioned problems, the present invention is constructed. Incidentally, the present invention can be applied to a manufacturing technology for an airbag module mounted on various types of motor vehicles, such as, automobile motor vehicles, trucks, buses, electric trains, boats and ships, motor cycles, and so forth.

A first aspect of the present invention for solving the aforementioned problems is a method for manufacturing an airbag module according to Claim 1, and the method at least includes a first step, a second step, and a third step. Further, the airbag module in the present invention is provided with at least a construction in which an airbag for use in a motor vehicle, being folded back in a predetermined configuration is housed in an airbag-housing member. The airbag module can also be called as an airbag apparatus.

The first step is defined as a step (sometimes called as "process") for folding back the airbag for use in a motor vehicle, in a predetermined configuration. By means of the above-described, the airbag in an initially folded-back condition, which is folded back in the predetermined configuration, is obtained. This airbag is constructed as an airbag for restraining a body in and out of a motor vehicle, while being developed and expanded in a predetermined developing and expanding area at a time of a motor vehicle accident. In a restraining-object to be restrained by the airbag, an occupant seated in a driver's seat, an occupant seated in a passenger seat, an occupant seated in a seat other the driver's seat or the passenger seat such as a rear seat, a pedestrian outside the motor vehicle, or the like, is included. Accordingly, in a developing and expanding area where the airbag according to the present invention is developed and expanded, not only an in-car area where an occupant as the restraining object exists, but also an area outside the motor vehicle where the pedestrian as the restraining object exists are widely included. Further, the airbag-housing member is constructed to house the airbag in the folded-back condition, being folded-back in a predetermined configuration. As the "predetermined configuration" described here, a roll-folding configuration formed in a manner such that the airbag is retracted into a roll shape, a bellows folding configuration formed in a manner such that the airbag is folded back into a bellows shape, a configuration forming the folds having no specific shape and direction in which a fold-gathering operation toward a center of an airbag are performed for an empty airbag being spread, within a limit of forming cross-section of a determined height and a direction (sometimes called as machine-folding), a folding configuration in which these configurations are in complex with each other, and the like, are listed.

The second step is defined as a step for wrapping an entire external surface of an airbag in the initially folded-back condition that is obtained by the first step by means of a bag-shaped film forming member formed from a plurality of resin layers configured in a layer-stack manner with regard to a film cross-sectional direction.

The third step is a step to be successively performed after the second step, and is defined as a step for housing the initially folded-back airbag in the airbag-housing member in a condition in which an airbag volume is reduced less than that at a time when being initially folded back by compressing force applied to the airbag via the bag-shaped film forming member. By performing the third step, the airbag module in which the airbag for use in a motor vehicle being folded back in a predetermined configuration is housed in the airbag-housing member in a condition of the airbag volume to be reduced less than that at a time when being initially folded back is to be provided.

Incidentally, in the present invention, with regard to a method for applying the compressing force to the airbag in the folded-back condition via the film forming member, a method for compressing the airbag in the folded-back condition via the film forming member by performing a decompression processing for a housing space of the film forming member, a method for compressing the airbag in the folded-back condition via the film forming member by performing a heat-contraction processing for the film forming member including a heat-contractive resin film, and so forth can be used.

Further, in the present invention, with regard to a construction of the bag-shaped film forming member that wraps around the entire external surface of the airbag in the folded-back condition, a method in which each of outer edge portions of each of film pieces is joined into a bag shape by heat-welding, bonding, or the like, upon sandwiching the airbag in the folded-back condition by a plurality of resin film pieces, a method in which an airbag in a folded-back condition is put into an opening bag-shaped, or a tube-shaped (cylindrical) resin film member that is previously prepared, through the opening thereof, and thereafter the opening portion is bound up and tightly sealed by means of a clamp, resulting in forming a bag shape, and so forth can appropriately be adopted.

Furthermore, in the present invention, the bag-shaped film forming member may serve as the airbag-housing member, or the airbag-housing member can be prepared separately from the bag-shaped film forming member. In a case that the airbag-housing member is prepared separately from the bag-shaped film forming member, the film forming member may be housed in the airbag-housing member together with the airbag in the folded-back condition, or after the film forming member is housed in the airbag-housing member together with the airbag in the folded-back condition, only the film forming member may be removed from the airbag-housing member.

As described above, in accordance with the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 1, it becomes possible to miniaturize the airbag module by means of an easy method compressing the initially folded-back condition airbag via the film forming member without examining a specification of a base cloth of an airbag, folding-back structure of the airbag, a structure of an inflator, and so forth.

The second aspect of the present invention for solving the aforementioned problems is the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 2. In the manufacturing method according to Claim 2, the bag-shaped film forming member according to Claim 1 has a construction including a heat-contractive resin layer in a plurality of resin layers. That is, all or a part of a plurality of resin layers of the film forming member is constructed with a heat-contractive resin layer. In addition, in the third step according to Claim 1, the airbag in the initially folded-back condition is compressed via the film forming member by performing heat-contraction processing for the bag-shaped film forming member, i.e., typically, by performing heat-processing therefor, and the airbag volume is thereby reduced less than that at a time when being initially folded back.

According to the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 2 described above, it becomes possible to miniaturize the airbag module by means of an easy method performing the heat-contraction processing for the film forming member by using the film forming member including the heat-contractive resin layer.

The third aspect of the present invention for solving the aforementioned problems is the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 3. In the manufacturing method according to Claim 3, the bag-shaped film forming member is constructed using a film sheet including a heat-welding resin layer. Further, in the second step according to Claim 1, two pieces of the film sheets are faced to each other in a manner for each of the sides of the heat-welding resin layers to be disposed inside, and the initially folded-back airbag are sandwiched by these film sheets, and each of outer edge portions of the film sheets is joined and formed into a bag shape in a tightly sealed condition by heat-welding at the heat-welding resin layer. Furthermore, in the third step according to Claim l, the airbag in the initially folded-back condition is compressed via the film forming member by performing the decompression processing for the bag-shaped film forming member in a tightly sealed condition. Thereby, the airbag volume is reduced less than that at a time when being initially folded back. Incidentally, with regard to the decompression processing, a method in which an internal part of the bag-shaped film forming member is decompressed by releasing decompression and returning to atmosphere pressure, after wrapping the airbag in the folded-back condition by the bag-shaped film forming member in a decompressed container, a method in which an internal part of the film forming member is decompressed by vacuuming up the air inside the film forming member, after wrapping the airbag in the folded-back condition by the bag-shaped film forming member, and so forth can be used. Further, with regard to the pressure in the decompression processing, the pressure in a range from the atmosphere pressure to the vacuum can appropriately be adopted.

In accordance with the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 3 as described above, it becomes possible to miniaturize the airbag module by means of an easy method by the decompression processing for the film forming member. Specifically, by setting the pressure in the decompression processing to a value of the pressure in the vicinity of a vacuum, the airbag module is aimed at further miniaturizing.

The fourth aspect of the present invention for solving the aforementioned problems is the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 4. In the manufacturing method according to Claim 4, the bag-shaped film forming member for compressing the initially folded-back airbag is used as an airbag housing member in the manufacturing method according to either one of Claims 2 or 3.

In accordance with the manufacturing method of the airbag module according to Claim 4 as described above, a function for compressing the initially folded-back airbag and a function as the airbag-housing member for housing the airbag in the folded-back condition can be applied to the bag-shaped film forming member and it is therefore rational.

The fifth aspect of the present invention according to Claim 5 for solving the aforementioned problems is the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 5. In the manufacturing method according to Claim 5, the bag-shaped film forming member for compressing the initially folded-back airbag is used as an airbag holding member for holding a folded-back shape of the airbag in the manufacturing method according to either one of Claims 2 or 3.

In accordance with the manufacturing method of the airbag module according to Claim 5 as described above, a function for compressing the airbag in the folded-back condition and a function as the airbag-holding member for holding the folded-back shape of the airbag can be applied to the bag-shaped film forming member and it is therefore rational,

The sixth aspect of the present invention for solving the aforementioned problems is the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 6. In the manufacturing method according to Claim 6, any of a plurality of resin layers of the film forming member is constructed as a translucent resin layer in the manufacturing method according to Claim 3. In addition, in the present invention, a fourth step successively performed after the third step is provided. The fourth step is defined as a step for confirming the condition of the airbag obtained by the third step, through the bag-shaped film forming member. With regard to the translucent resin layer mentioned here, it is sufficient that the visible confirmation is possible through the resin layer regardless of the small or large of a degree of the translucency. As a translucent resin layer, a translucent film sheet, a half transparent film sheet (translucent white film sheet or colored film sheet) can appropriately be used.

In accordance with the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 6 as described above, it can be visibly confirmed whether the airbag in the film forming member is held in a desired shape, whether the airbag in the film forming member is not sandwiched in between the heat-welded portion of the film sheet, or the like through the translucent resin layer, and therefore a quality with regard to the airbag can be aimed at stabilizing.

The seventh aspect of the present invention for solving the aforementioned problems is the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 7. In the manufacturing method according to Claim 7, fifth and sixth steps are performed successive to the fourth step further, in the manufacturing method according to Claim 3. The fifth step is a step performed successive to the fourth step, and is defined as a step for housing the film forming member in the airbag housing member having a housing space larger than the film forming member and smaller than the initially folded-back airbag.

Further, the sixth step is a step performed successive to the fifth step, and is defined as a step for expanding the airbag along the housing space of the airbag-housing member by weakening the compression force applied to the airbag by weakening the decompression processing performed in the third step. The airbag is expanded by developing force of the airbag itself because of weakening of the compressing force applied from the film forming member, and thereby the airbag volume to be occupied by the airbag is increased. In the sixth step, the decompression processing may be weakened by reducing the degree of decompression, or the decompression processing may be weakened by releasing the decompression processing itself.

In accordance with the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 7 as described above, the airbag in the folded-back condition can be expanded along the housing space of the airbag-housing member by weakening the compression force applied to the airbag in the folded-back condition, after once reducing the airbag volume by housing the airbag in the folded-back condition in the film forming member. The expanding operation of the airbag at this moment is limited by the housing space of the airbag-housing member, and thereby there is no possibility that a size of the airbag after expanded exceeds a size of the housing space. That is, the size of the airbag after expanded is to be maintained in a condition smaller than that at the time when the airbag is initially folded-back without exception.

The eighth aspect of the present invention for solving the aforementioned problems is the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 8. In the manufacturing method according to Claim 8, the film forming member according to Claim 7 is provided with a communication portion that allows in and out of the film forming member to communicate with each other, and a covering member that is capable of forming a covering condition for covering the communication portion and a releasing condition for releasing a covering operation. Further, in the third step, the communication portion is set to a condition to be covered by the covering member at a time when the decompression processing is performed for the film forming member. On the other hand, in the sixth step, when the decompression processing is weakened, the covering condition for the communication portion covered by the covering member is set to a releasing condition.

In accordance with the method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 8 as described above, in the third step, it becomes possible to maintain the decompressed condition of the film forming member while blocking a flow of air communicating the communication portion by setting the communication portion into a condition covered by the covering member. On the other hand, in the sixth step, it becomes possible to weaken the decompressed condition of the film forming member while introducing the air into the film forming member through the communication portion by setting the condition in which the covering condition of the communication portion formed by the covering member is released. As described above, according to the present invention, the setting for maintaining the decompressed condition of the film forming member and the setting for weakening the decompressed condition become to be possible to easily be performed using the communication portion and the covering member.

As described above, according to the present invention, at a time when an airbag module, in which an airbag for use in a motor vehicle, being folded-back in a predetermined configuration is housed in an airbag housing member, is manufactured, an entire external surface of the initially folded-back airbag is wrapped by a bag-shaped film forming member in which a plurality of resin layers is particularly formed in a layer-stack manner with regard to a film cross-sectional direction. In addition, a method for housing the airbag in an airbag housing member, in a condition in which an airbag volume is reduced less than that at a time when being initially folded back, by means of a compression force applied via the film forming member is used. As a result, it becomes possible to miniaturize the airbag module by means of an easy method.

Hereinafter, an embodiment of the present invention will be explained in detail referring to the drawings.

  • Fig. 1 is a view showing a cross-sectional structure of an airbag apparatus 100 with respect to the present invention.
  • Fig. 2 is a view showing a condition in which an airbag 110 in a folded-back condition in the present embodiment is held by an airbag-holding member 160.
  • Fig. 3 is a view showing a cross-sectional structure with regard to a line A-A in the airbag-holding member 160 in Fig. 2.
  • Fig. 4 is a view showing a cross-sectional structure with regard to a line B-B in the airbag-holding member 160 in Fig. 2.
  • Fig. 5 is a flowchart of an airbag module-forming process in the first embodiment.
  • Fig. 6 is a view showing a schematic construction of a first processing device 10 used for forming a lower film sheet 161 in the first embodiment.
  • Fig. 7 is a view showing a condition of a heat-processing for the lower film sheet 161 in the first embodiment.
  • Fig. 8 is a view showing a schematic construction of a second processing device 20 used in a vacuuming processing in the first embodiment.
  • Fig. 9 is a view showing a condition in which an upper film sheet 162 is heat-welded to the lower film sheet 161 in the first embodiment.
  • Fig. 10 is a view showing a condition of a vacuum-releasing processing in an inside of a chamber of a metallic mold 21 in the first embodiment.
  • Fig. 11 is a view showing a condition in which an airbag module product in the present embodiment is housed and attached to a housing space 142 in a retainer 140.
  • Fig. 12 is a view showing a housing method different from that shown in Fig. 11, with regard to the housing method for the airbag module product in the present embodiment.
  • Fig. 13 is a view showing a housing method different from that shown in Fig. 11, with regard to the housing method for the airbag module product in the present embodiment.
  • Fig. 14 is a flowchart of an airbag module-forming process in the second embodiment.
  • Fig. 15 is a view showing a condition of a process stage corresponding to Fig. 14; and
  • Fig. 16 is a view showing a condition of a process stage corresponding to Fig. 14.
Firstly, a construction of an airbag apparatus 100 of the present embodiment will be explained referring to Figs. 1 through 4. The airbag apparatus 100 is, though not specifically shown, an airbag apparatus mounted corresponding to an occupant seated in a driver's seat of an automobile motor vehicle (hereinafter referred to as motor vehicle occupant), and is constructed to be built in a steering wheel for steering a motor vehicle.

A cross-sectional structure of the airbag apparatus 100 with respect to the present invention is shown in Fig. 1. The airbag apparatus 100 is at least provided with an airbag 110, an inflator 120, a control unit 130, a retainer 140, an airbag cover 150, and an airbag-holding member 160, as basic components thereof.

The airbag 110 is a bag-shaped bag developing and expanding so as to restrain the motor vehicle occupant at an occurrence of a motor vehicle accident. The airbag 110 is formed by stitching one piece or a plurality of pieces of airbag base cloth formed from a synthetic resin into a bag shape. Further, the airbag 110 is housed in the retainer 140 in a folded-back condition being folded back in a predetermined configuration. As the "predetermined configuration" described here, a roll-folding configuration formed in a manner such that the airbag 110 is retracted into a roll shape, a bellows folding configuration formed in a manner such that the airbag 110 is folded back into a bellows shape, a folding configuration in which these configurations are in complex with each other, and the like, are typical. The airbag 110 corresponds to the "airbag for use in a motor vehicle" in the present invention.

The inflator 120 includes a gas-generating portion 122 generating the gas for developing and expanding the airbag 110, in a built-in manner in an internal space of the airbag 110 constructed to have a bag shape. The gas-generating portion 122 is connected to the control unit 130 via a harness 124, and generates the gas for developing and expanding the airbag 110 by being activated by means of an output of a control signal from the control unit 130. This gas for developing and expanding the airbag 110 generated in the gas-generating portion 122 is to be supplied to an internal part of the airbag 110 through a gas-distributing pathway (not shown). The control unit 130 is composed of a CPU (Central Processing Unit) having a known construction, a ROM, a RAM, an input and output device, a peripheral device (illustration of any of these devices is omitted), and the like. Further, the control unit 130 is connected to a motor vehicle information detecting device 170 serving as a component of a motor vehicle side, and outputs a control signal to the gas-generating portion 122 on the basis of information transmitted from the motor vehicle information detecting device 170. Typically, a collision detecting sensor that detects occurrence of the motor vehicle collision on the basis of acceleration or the like applied to the motor vehicle is used as the motor vehicle information detecting device 170.

The retainer 140 is constructed as a box-shaped case member having a bottom provided with a function for housing the airbag 110 having the aforementioned construction, and the inflator 120. In concrete terms, in a housing space 142 of the retainer 140, the inflator 120 is housed at a lower part thereof, and the airbag 110 is housed above the housed inflator 120. At an upper part of the retainer 140, an airbag opening 144 that opens so as to allow developing and expanding operations of the airbag 110 in the housed condition is formed. The airbag 110 protrudes in a direction indicated by an arrow 10 in Fig. 1, while being developed and expanded through the airbag opening 144 at a time of occurrence of the motor vehicle collision. The retainer 140 is constructed with using a molded member formed from a metal material or a resin material. The retainer 140 described here corresponds to the "airbag housing member" in the present invention.

The airbag cover 150 is constructed as a resin-material made member that covers the airbag opening 144 of the retainer 140 from above in a housed condition that the airbag 110 is housed in the retainer 140. By means of the above-described, the motor vehicle occupant side of the airbag 110 is covered by the airbag cover 150. The airbag cover 150 is, in concrete terms, provided with a flat plate portion 152 horizontally extending along an opening plane surface of the airbag opening 144, and a standing portion 154 standing along a wall portion of the retainer 140 from the flat plate portion 152. The airbag cover 150 is attached to and fixed to a retainer 140 side at the standing portion 154. In addition, although not shown, a reduced-thickness portion in which a plate thickness at the flat plate portion 152 or the standing portion 154 is relatively reduced, namely a so-called tear line is provided in the airbag cover 150. The airbag cover 150 is ruptured at the tear line thereof and forms the airbag opening 144 to have an open condition by weighting at a time of developing and expanding operations of the airbag 110 when a motor vehicle accident such as a motor vehicle collision is caused. Further, the airbag cover 150 allows the airbag 110 to protrude outside the retainer 140 through the airbag opening 144.

The airbag-holding member 160 is a member provided with a function to hold (sometimes called as "to maintain") a folded-back shape of the airbag 110 by providing a film having translucency in an adhering manner at an external surface of the airbag 110 in a folded-back condition being folded back in a predetermined configuration. The airbag-holding member 160 is constructed by joining a lower film sheet 161 and an upper film sheet 162 each other into a bag shape, and thereafter sandwiching the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition between the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162. At this moment, a condition in which the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition of the present embodiment is held by the airbag-holding member 160 is shown in Fig. 2. Further, a cross-sectional structure with regard to a line A-A of the airbag-holding member 160 in Fig. 2 is shown in Fig. 3, and a cross-sectional structure with regard to a line B-B of the airbag-holding member 160 in Fig. 2 is shown in Fig. 4.

As shown in Fig. 2, any of the two pieces of the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162 constituting the airbag-holding member 160 in the present embodiment is formed from a sheet-shaped film having the translucency. The airbag-holding member 160 is formed into a bag shape while overlapping an outer peripheral edge portion of the lower film sheet 161 and an outer peripheral edge portion of the upper film sheet 162 on each other, and heat-welding (joining) each other at a heat-welding portion 163. In the present embodiment, the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is sandwiched by the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162 and thereafter each of the outer edge portions of each of the film sheets are heat-welded and sealed. Thereby, the airbag-holding member 160 is configured into an airbag-packaging condition (sometimes called as "sealing condition", "tight-sealing condition", or "packing condition") in which an entire external surface of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is wrapped up with the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162. In the airbag-packaging condition of the airbag-holding member 160, the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is configured to be assuredly held by the airbag-holding member 160.

As shown in Fig. 3, in the airbag-holding member 160 in the present embodiment, any of the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162 is configured to be a film having a two-layer structure in which the first resin layer and the second resin layer are disposed in a layer-stack manner with regard to a film cross-sectional direction. Further, in the airbag-holding member 160, the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162 are disposed in a manner such that the first resin layer 161 a at a side of the lower film sheet 161 and the first resin layer 162a at a side of the upper film sheet 162 face each other.

The first resin layers, 161a and 162a, are constructed as resin layers at the side of the airbag where the airbag 110 is directly in contact therewith, and are constructed as resin layers having the translucency in the formed condition, and heat-welding resin layers. On the other hand, second resin layers, 161b and 162b, are resin layers provided outside the first resin layers, 161 a and 162a, which are not directly in contact with the airbag 110, and are constructed as resin layers having the translucency in the formed condition and high strength. Incidentally, the film as the airbag-holding member 160 in the present embodiment may be a single film having an integrally formed shape including a portion of a first resin layer 160a and a portion of a second resin layer 160b, or may be a film having a construction in which a film formed from the first resin layer 160a and a film formed from the second resin layer 160b are overlapped on each other in the layer-stack manner.

Further, the present embodiment is constructed such that a portion where the thin thickness portion (some times also called as "weak portion" or "reduced-thickness portion") with regard to a film cross-sectional direction is formed in a continuous line like manner or a continual line like manner, namely a so-called tear line 164, is provided at an upper surface of the upper film sheet 162 positioned above the airbag 110 in a condition being housed in the retainer 140, as shown in Fig. 2. In this case, a depth of the reduced thickness with regard to a film cross-sectional direction of the tear line 164 can appropriately be set within a limit of a wall thickness of the second resin layer 162b. It is preferable that, for example, the depth of the reduced thickness with regard to the film cross-sectional direction of the tear line 164 is set such that the strength at the tear line 164, namely the force required for rupturing at the tear line 164 is configured to be smaller than the airbag holding force (substantially, the welding strength of the heat-welding portion 163) of the airbag-holding member 160 for holding the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition.

According to the airbag apparatus 100 having the above-described construction, the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is prevented from being deformed, and it becomes possible for the folded-back shape to assuredly be held by using the airbag-holding member 160 formed from the film configured to have a bag shape for wrapping around the entire external surface of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition. By constructing as described above, it becomes possible for the quality with regard to holding the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 to be aimed at stabilizing. Further, since the present embodiment has a construction in which the entire external surface of the airbag 110 is wrapped with the film, there is no possibility such that the folded-back configuration of the airbag 110 is limited by being influenced by a structure of the airbag-holding member 160 side. Furthermore, by sealing the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition with the bag-shaped film, deterioration of the airbag 110 can be suppressed.

Furthermore, according to the present embodiment, since the tear line 164 that serves as the thin thickness portion is provided at a previously determined position of the airbag-holding member 160, and the airbag-holding member 160 is constructed to be ruptured at the tear line 164, it becomes possible to suppress the airbag-holding member 160 to affect bad influence to the developing capability of the airbag 110 by being ruptured at an unspecified portion, and thereby it becomes possible to be aimed at achieving the appropriate developing capability of the airbag 110,

Moreover, in the present embodiment, since the airbag-holding member 160 is formed from the translucent film, the airbag-holding member 160 is provided with a function in which the folded-back condition of the airbag 110 can be visibly confirmed at a time when, and after the time when the airbag-holding member 160 is mounted, in addition to the original function for holding the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition. As for the translucency of the film, it is sufficient that the translucent film enables visible confirmation through the film regardless of the small or large of a degree of the translucency. As the film, a transparent film and a half transparent film (translucent white film or colored film) can appropriately be used. According to such a construction of the airbag apparatus 100 described above, since it is possible to visibly confirm whether the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is held (maintained) without being deformed, through the airbag-holding member 160 as needed, it becomes possible for the quality with regard to the holding condition for the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 to be aimed at stabilizing.

In the airbag apparatus 100 having the aforementioned construction, when the airbag 110 is developed and expanded at the time of occurrence of the motor vehicle accident, the developing and expanding force is exerted to an internal peripheral surface of the airbag-holding member 160. In this case, the strength of the tear line 164 of the airbag-holding member 160 is configured to be smaller than the holding force of the film for holding the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition, and thereby the airbag-holding member 160 is ruptured at the tear line 164 and releases the holding condition for the folded-back shape of the airbag 110. In addition, the airbag-holding member 160 allows a developing and expanding operations and a protruding out operation of the airbag 110 directed to the airbag cover 150 side. According to such a construction described above, during the time until the airbag-holding member 160 is ruptured at the tear line 164, it becomes possible to assuredly hold the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition. Furthermore, in the airbag-holding member 160 in the present embodiment, the second resin layer 161b and the second resin layer 162b each having high strength are disposed at an outside of the airbag-holding member 160, and thereby it becomes possible to secure film strength of the airbag-holding member 160 itself. Consequently, it is effective for further assuredly holding the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition after the airbag-holding member 160 is mounted as well.

Further, the airbag 110 causes the airbag cover 150 to be ruptured at the tear line 164 by weighting at a time of developing and developing operations thereof, and protrudes outside the retainer 140 through the airbag opening 144. As described above, the airbag 110 developed and expanded in a predeterminate occupant restraining area is configured to restrain the motor vehicle occupant.

Next, with regard to the airbag apparatus 100 having the aforementioned construction, a method for manufacturing an airbag module product, in which the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is formed into a module, will be explained referring to Figs. 5 through 16. Incidentally, with regard to the method for manufacturing the airbag module product as the "airbag module" in the present invention, the below described first and second embodiments can at least by used.

First Embodiment

A flowchart of an airbag module-forming process in the first embodiment is shown in Fig. 5, and a condition of a process stage corresponding to Fig. 5 is shown in Figs. 6 through 10.

As shown in Fig. 5, in the airbag module-forming process in the first embodiment, firstly, in Step S101, a process for folding back the airbag 110 in a predetermined configuration (a roll-folding configuration, a bellows folding configuration, a configuration forming the folds having no specific shape and direction in which a fold-gathering operation toward a center of an airbag are performed for an empty airbag 110 being spread, within a limit of forming cross-section of a determined height and a direction, and so forth) is performed. The Step S101 corresponds to the "first step" in the present invention. Next, in Step S102 in Fig. 5, a formation for the above-described lower film sheet 161 being cut into a predetermined size is performed. Incidentally, the folding back processing for the airbag 110 in Step S101 can be performed antecedent to a processing in a subsequent stage after Step S101, as in the present embodiment, or can be performed in parallel with a processing in the subsequent stage.

At this moment, a schematic construction of a first processing device 10 used for forming the lower film sheet 161 in the first embodiment is shown in Fig. 6. As shown in Fig. 6, the first processing device 10 is constructed with a metallic mold 11 having a lower forming surface 11a, communication holes, 12 and 13, to be allowed to communicate with an internal space of the metallic mold 11, a heating device (heater) 14 disposed in the metallic mold 11, as main components. In Step S102, the lower film sheet 161 is attached to an inside of the metallic mold 11 as shown in Fig. 6, and the lower film sheet 161 is heat-processed by the heating device 14. A condition of heat-processing for the lower film sheet 161 in the first embodiment is shown in Fig. 7. As shown in Fig. 7, air in the metallic mold 11 is discharged through the communication hole 13, while introducing air into inside of the metallic mold 11 through the communication hole 12. By means of the above-described, the lower film sheet 161 having a flat plate shape (sheet-like shape) is formed along the lower forming surface 11a, and is brought to be a lower film sheet 161 formed to have a housing space, after being formed.

Next, in Step S103 in Fig. 5, the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is housed in the housing space in the lower film sheet 161 after formed in Step S102. Thereafter, an inside of a chamber of the metallic mold 11 is vacuumed in Step S 104 in Fig. 5. A schematic construction of a second processing device 20 used for a vacuuming processing in the first embodiment is shown in Fig. 8. As shown in Fig. 8, the second processing device 20 is constructed with communication holes, 22 and 23, to be allowed to communicate with an inside space of a metallic mold 21, and a heat-welding device 24 disposed in an inside of the metallic mold 21, as main components. In Step S104, air is discharged (vacuuming processing) through the communication holes, 22 and 23, so as to form an inside of a chamber of the metallic mold 21 to be in a vacuum condition, in a condition for the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition to be housed in the housing space in the lower film sheet 161 after formed, as shown in Fig. 8. The processing for forming the inside of the chamber of the metallic mold 21 to be in the vacuum condition corresponds to the "decompression processing" in the present invention. Incidentally, in the present embodiment, the processing for forming the inside of the chamber of the metallic mold 21 to be in the vacuum condition is performed, however it is sufficient in the present invention that the decompression processing for the inside of the chamber of the metallic mold 21 is performed, and the pressure at the decompression processing can appropriately be set in a range from the atmosphere pressure to the vacuum.

Further, in Step S105 in Fig. 5, in a condition that the inside of the chamber of the metallic mold 21 is formed into the vacuum condition, the upper film sheet 162 is heat-welded onto the lower film sheet 161. A condition in which the upper film sheet 162 is heat-welded onto the lower film sheet 161 in the first embodiment is shown in Fig. 9. As shown in Fig. 9, in the heat-welding, a predeterminate portion for heat-welding is heat-welded and sealed by the heat-welding device 24, in a condition in which the upper film sheet 162 is disposed above the lower film sheet 161. In concrete terms, the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162 are caused to face each other in a manner so as for the heat-welding resin layer side thereof to inwardly be disposed, and the airbag 110 in the initially folded-back condition is sandwiched by the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162. Upon performing the operations described above, each of outer edge portions of each of the film sheets is joined by the heat-welding at the heat-welding resin layer. By means of the above-described, a heat-welding portion (heat-welding portion 163 in Fig. 10) is formed between the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162, and the entire external surface of the airbag 110 in the initially folded-back condition is configured to be in a tightly sealed condition by the bag-shaped airbag-holding member 160. The aforementioned Steps, S102 through S105 construct the "second step" in the present invention.

Further, in Step S106 in Fig. 5, air is introduced through the communication holes, 22 and 23, so as to return the pressure in the inside of the chamber of the metallic mold 21 to the atmosphere pressure by releasing the vacuum condition thereof. A condition of a vacuum-releasing processing in the inside of the chamber of the metallic mold 21 in the first embodiment is shown in Fig. 10. As shown in Fig. 10, a condition, in which the bag-shaped airbag-holding member 160 formed from the lower film sheet 161 and the upper film sheet 162 compresses the airbag 110 in a condition of holding the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition, and in which the volume of the airbag 110 is reduced to be smaller compared to that at a time when the airbag 110 is initially folded back, in Step S 10, is to be formed. The Step S106 corresponds to the "third step" in the present invention. Further, the airbag-holding member 160 described here is a bag-shaped film forming member that compresses the initially folded-back airbag 110. In addition, the airbag-holding member 160 is a holding member for folding the shape of the airbag. The airbag-holding member 160 corresponds to the "film forming member" and the "airbag-holding member" in the present invention.

Incidentally, with regard to the decompression processing including the vacuuming processing, not only a method, in which the inside of the bag-shaped film forming member (airbag-holding member 160) is decompressed by returning the pressure to the atmosphere pressure by releasing the decompression after wrapping the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition by the bag-shaped film forming member (airbag-holding member 160) in the decompressed container, as it is performed in the present embodiment, but also a method in which the inside of the film forming member is decompressed by vacuuming up the air in an internal part of the film forming member after wrapping the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition by the bag-shaped film forming member, and so forth can be used.

Thereafter, in Step S 107 in Fig. 5, a tear line process is performed for the upper film sheet 162 of the airbag-holding member 160, and the above-described tear line 164 is provided. Thereby, the airbag module product (sometimes called as "airbag-packaging product"), in which the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is held by the bag-shaped airbag-holding member 160, is manufactured. With regard to a forming method for the tear line 164, a method in which a film is weakened by performing a laser processing for the second resin layer 162b, a method in which the second resin layer 162b is weakened by heating the same with ironing, a method in which a thickness of the upper film sheet 162 itself is partially reduced, a method in which a perforation processing, a slit processing, an embossing, or the like is performed for the upper film sheet 162, or the like can appropriately be adopted.

Incidentally, in a case that the tear line process is performed for the upper film sheet 162 before the same is heat-welded to the lower film sheet 161, or in a case of a construction (a construction in which the tear line is not required) in which the airbag-holding member 160 is caused to rupture at the heat-welding portion, the Step S107 is omitted.

Incidentally, the airbag module product obtained by performing the aforementioned airbag module-forming process, shown in Fig. 5, is once examined by a worker. In concrete terms, it is confirmed whether the airbag 110 in the airbag-holding member 160 is held in a desired shape, whether the airbag 110 in the airbag-holding member 160 is nipped by the heat-welding portion 163 of the film sheets, 161 and 162, or the like, through the airbag-holding member 160 formed from a translucent resin layer. Thereby, it becomes possible for the quality with regard the airbag 110 to be aimed at stabilizing. The confirmation step corresponds to the "fourth step" in the present invention.

Further, the airbag module product obtained by performing the aforementioned airbag module-forming process, shown in Fig. 5, can be housed and attached to the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 in a manufacturing process of the airbag apparatus 100. A condition in which the airbag module product in the present embodiment is housed and attached to the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 is shown in Fig. 11. With regard to an attaching operation for the airbag module product, as shown in Fig. 11, a method in which the airbag module product in a condition in which the vacuuming processing is performed therefor is housed in the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 without modification may be used or other housing methods can also be used.

At this moment, with regard to the housing method for the airbag module product in the present embodiment, the housing method other than that shown in Fig. 11 is shown in Fig. 12 and Fig. 13. In the housing method shown in Fig. 12 and Fig. 13, the airbag module product in a condition in which the vacuuming processing is performed therefor is housed in the housing space 142 of the retainer 140, and thereafter, the vacuuming processing condition for the airbag module product is released. In concrete terms, a tear line 164 previously constructed in a perforation like manner is provided in the upper film sheet 162. Further, a cover member 165 capable of forming both a condition in which a communication portion of the tear line 164 is obstructed, and a condition in which a covering operation is released is caused to adhere to the tear line 164. The cover member 165 is typically constructed with a pasting seal, a tape, and so forth. The aforementioned process for the tear line 164 and an adhering operation for the cover member 165 can be performed before Step S 104 in Fig. 5.

Further, with regard to the vacuuming processing in Step S104, as shown in Fig. 12, it is set to a condition in which the tear line 164 is obstructed by the cover member 165, and the airbag module product, in a condition in which the vacuuming processing is performed therefor, is housed in the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 (this corresponds to the "fifth step" in the present invention). Thereafter, as shown by a chain double-dashed line in Fig. 12, it is set to a condition in which the covering operation for the tear line 164 by the cover member 165 is released (this corresponds to the "sixth step" in the present invention). When the covering operation for the tear line 164 by the cover member 165 is released, since an inner part of the airbag-holding member 160 returns to the atmosphere pressure, the holding force for holding the airbag 110 exerted by the airbag-holding member 160 is weakened, and the airbag 110 is expanded along the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 by the developing force of the airbag 110 itself to release the folded-back condition. Thereby, even though the airbag volume occupied by the airbag 110 is increased, it becomes possible that the airbag 110 is housed in the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 in a condition of reduced airbag volume less than the volume at the time when the airbag 110 is initially folded back in Step S101. In this case, the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition receives compression force applied from an inner wall surface o the retainer 140. The tear line 164 described here corresponds to the "communication portion" in the present invention, and the cover member 165 described here corresponds to the "cover member" in the present invention.

Furthermore, in this case, a first construction to have a condition in which the airbag-holding member 160 is kept to be housed in the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 may be used or a second construction in which the airbag-holding member 160 is removed from the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 may be used. In a case that the first construction is used, the airbag-holding member 160 still serves as a device for holding the folded-back shape of the airbag 110. In addition, in this case, even when the vacuuming processing for the airbag-holding member 160 is released, the holding force of the airbag-holding member 160 for holding the airbag 110 is continuously applied. Therefore, the airbag 110 is expanded by an extent of that the vacuuming processing for the airbag-holding member 160 is released, and for example, an expanded airbag 110a shown by a chain double-dashed line in Fig. 13 is to be formed. On the other hand, in a case that the second construction is used, the airbag-holding member 160 serves as a device for temporarily holding the airbag 110 until the airbag 110 is housed in the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 in a condition of the airbag 110 having reduced volume. In this case, not only the compressing force exerted by the airbag-holding member 160, but also the holding force of the airbag 110 is removed. Therefore, the airbag 110 is expanded to have a larger volume compared to that of the first construction, resulting in forming, for example, an expanded airbag 110b as shown by a chain double-dashed line in Fig. 13.

Incidentally, in a case that the present construction is applied to an airbag apparatus mounted on a portion such as a side roof rail of an automobile motor vehicle, a so called curtain airbag apparatus or the like, the airbag module product, in which the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is held by the bag-shaped airbag-holding member 160, can be mounted on the mounting portion as it is without housing the same in an installing portion such as the retainer 140. In such a case, the airbag-holding member 160 is to be provided with a function for housing the airbag 110 in addition to a function for holding the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition with the reduced airbag volume compared to that in the initially folded-back condition. Accordingly, the airbag-holding member 160 in this case is a bag-shaped film forming member for compressing the airbag 110 in the initially folded-back condition, serving as a holding member for holding the shape of the airbag, and further, serving as a housing member for housing the airbag 110. The airbag-holding member 160 corresponds to the "film forming member", the "airbag-holding member", and the "airbag-housing member" in the present invention.

Second Embodiment

A flowchart of an airbag module-forming process in the second embodiment is shown in Fig. 14, and a condition of a process stage corresponding to Fig. 14 is shown in Fig. 15 and Fig. 16.

As shown in Fig. 14, in the airbag module-forming process in the second embodiment, firstly in Step S201, a process for folding the airbag 110 in a predetermined configuration (a roll-folding configuration, a bellows folding configuration, a configuration forming the folds having no specific shape and direction in which a fold-gathering operation toward a center of an airbag are performed for an empty airbag 110 being spread, within a limit of forming cross-section of a determined height and a direction, and so forth) is performed. The Step S201 corresponds to the "first step" in the present invention. Next, in Step S202 in Fig. 14, the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is housed in a housing space 201 of a heat-contraction tube 200 being cut into a predetermined size (refer to Fig. 15). The Step S202 corresponds to the "second step" in the present invention. Incidentally, the heat-contraction tube 200 is constructed as a film forming member including a heat-contractive resin film, and typically, the film forming member having a film characteristic of a heat contraction rate from about 30 to about 60%, an allowable temperature limit from about -40 to about 100 degrees in Celsius, a moisture resistance of about 90% (in 85 degrees in Celsius) and a peel strength of about 500N or more, can be used.

Next, in Step S203 in Fig. 14, the heat-contraction tube 200 housing the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is heat-processed (heated) under the condition of, for example, about 90 degrees in Celsius. The heat-processing corresponds to the "heat-contraction process" in the present invention. Thereby, as shown in Fig. 1 6, the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition, being housed in the housing space 201 is compressed by the heat-contraction tube 200 that is contracted by the heat-processing, and is provided with a reduced airbag volume less than that of the initially folded-back condition in Step S201. The Step S203 corresponds to the "third step" in the present invention. Further, the heat-contraction tube 200 described here is a bag-shaped film forming member that compresses the initially folded-back airbag 110, serving as a holding member for holding a shape of an airbag. The heat-contraction tube 200 corresponds to the "film forming member" and the "airbag-holding member" in the present invention.

Thereafter, in Step S204 in Fig. 14, the airbag module product (sometimes called as "airbag-packaging product") is to be manufactured in which the airbag in the folded-back condition is held by the heat-contraction tube 200 by performing the tear line process for the heat-contraction tube 200. Incidentally, in a case that the tear line process is previously performed for the heat-contraction tube 200, this Step S204 is omitted. In addition, the airbag module product obtained by means of the aforementioned airbag module-forming process shown in Fig. 14 can be housed and attached to the housing space 142 of the retainer 140 in the manufacturing process of the airbag apparatus 100.

Incidentally, in a case that the present construction is applied to the airbag apparatus mounted on the portion such as the side roof rail of the automobile motor vehicle, a so called curtain airbag apparatus or the like, the airbag module product, in which the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition is held by the heat-contraction tube 200, can be mounted on the mounting portion as it is without housing the same in an installing portion such as the retainer 140. In such a case, the heat-contraction tube 200 is to be provided with a function for housing the airbag 110 in addition to a function for holding the folded-back shape of the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition with the reduced airbag volume less than that in the initially folded-back condition. Accordingly, the heat-contraction tube 200 in this case is a bag-shaped film forming member for compressing the initially folded-back airbag 110, serving as a holding member for holding the shape of the airbag, and further, serving as a housing member for housing the airbag 110. The heat-contraction tube 200 corresponds to the "film forming member", the "airbag-holding member", and the "airbag-housing member" in the present invention.

As described above, the airbag module product can be miniaturized by means of an easy method, while forming the airbag 110 in the folded-back condition to have a reduced volume by a compression packaging operation, by performing the method described in the aforementioned first embodiment and the second embodiment, and it becomes possible to miniaturize the entire airbag apparatus 100. Thereby, flexibility of designing for the airbag apparatus and the components disposed in a peripheral area thereof is enlarged. Further, it becomes possible to be aimed at saving the space, with regard to an attaching space for the airbag apparatus to the motor vehicle.

Other Embodiment

Incidentally, the present invention is not limited to only the aforementioned embodiments, and various applications or modifications may be considered. For example, the following each embodiment, in which the aforementioned embodiment is applied, may also be carried out.

In the aforementioned embodiment, although a case that the airbag-holding member 160 is constructed using the film having the two-layer structure in which the first resin layer and the second resin layer are disposed in a layer-stack manner, is described, an airbag-holding member may be constructed using a film having a single layer structure, or a film having a multilayer structure in which another resin layer is further disposed on the film having the two-layer structure in a layer-stack manner in the present invention. In this case, as an additional resin layer, a resin layer having translucency and environmental deterioration resistance can be used. The environmental deterioration resistance described here is defined as a resin layer good at antiweatherability such as, heat resistance, moisture resistance, light stability, and so forth. Such a resin layer having environmental deterioration resistance described above is particularly effective in the airbag apparatus installed at a place, which is easy to be exposed to the open air environment as a motor vehicle.

Further, in the aforementioned embodiment, although the airbag apparatus mounted corresponding to the motor vehicle occupant seated in the driver's seat in the automobile is described, the present invention can also be applied to a method for manufacturing an airbag apparatus mounted corresponding to a motor vehicle occupant seated in a seat other than the driver's seat, for example, such as a motor vehicle occupant seated in a passenger seat or a rear seat, and further, to a pedestrian outside the motor vehicle. With regard to the airbag apparatus for restraining the pedestrian outside the motor vehicle, typically, the airbag apparatus can be mounted on a motor vehicle bonnet portion, a cowl portion, an A-pillar portion, and so forth.

Furthermore, in the aforementioned embodiment, although the airbag apparatus mounted on the automobile motor vehicle is described, the present invention can also be applied to a construction of an airbag apparatus in a motor vehicle other than the automobile, such as for example, a truck, a bus, an electric train, boats and ships, a motor cycle, and so forth.


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A method for manufacturing an airbag module wherein an airbag for use in a motor vehicle being folded back in a predetermined configuration is housed in an airbag-housing member, the method comprising: a first step for folding back the airbag in a predetermined configuration; a second step wherein an entire external surface of the airbag in an initially folded-back condition obtained in the first step is wrapped by a bag-shaped film forming member, wherein a plurality of resin layers is formed in a layer-stack manner with regard to a film cross-sectional direction; and a third step successive to the second step, for housing the initially folded-back airbag in the airbag-housing member to have the airbag volume to be reduced less than the airbag volume at a time when being initially folded back by means of a compression force applied via the bag-shaped film forming member. The method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 1, wherein the bag-shaped film forming member has a construction including a heat-contractive resin layer, and in the third step, the initially folded-back airbag is compressed via the film forming member by performing a heat-contraction processing for the bag-shaped film forming member, and thereby the airbag volume is reduced less than the airbag volume at the time when being initially folded back. The method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 1, wherein the bag-shaped film forming member is constructed using a film sheet including a heat-welding resin layer, and wherein in the second step, two pieces of the film sheets are faced to each other in a manner for each of the sides of the heat-welding resin layers to be disposed inside, and the initially folded-back airbag are sandwiched by the film sheets, and each of outer edge portions of the film sheets is joined and formed into a bag shape in a tightly sealed condition by heat-welding at the heat-welding resin layer, and wherein in the third step, the initially folded-back airbag is compressed via the film forming member by performing a decompression processing for the bag-shaped film forming member in a tightly sealed condition, and the airbag volume is thereby reduced less than the airbag volume at the time when being initially folded back. The method for manufacturing the airbag module according to either one of Claims 2 or 3, wherein the bag-shaped film forming member for compressing the initially folded-back airbag is used as an airbag-housing member. The method for manufacturing the airbag module according to either one of Claims 2 or 3, wherein the bag-shaped film forming member for compressing the initially folded-back airbag is used as an airbag-holding member for holding a folded-back shape of the airbag. The method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 3, 4 or 5, wherein any of the plurality of resin layers of the film forming member is constructed as a translucent resin layer, and the method further comprises a fourth step for confirming a condition of the airbag obtained in the third step through the bag-shaped film forming member. The method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 6, the method further comprising: a fifth step successive to the fourth step, wherein the film forming member is housed in the airbag-housing member having a housing space larger than the film forming member and smaller than the initially folded back airbag ; and a sixth step successive to the fifth step, wherein the airbag is expanded along the housing space of the airbag-housing member while weakening the compression force applied to the airbag by weakening a decompression processing performed in the third step. The method for manufacturing the airbag module according to Claim 7, wherein the film forming member comprises a communication portion for allowing an inside and an outside of the film forming member to communicate each other, and a cover member capable of forming a covering condition of covering the communication portion and a releasing condition for releasing the covering operation, and wherein the communication portion is set to a condition for the covering operation by the cover member to be released when the decompression processing for the film forming member is weakened in the sixth step, whereas the communication portion is set in a condition covered by the cover member when the decompression processing for the film forming member is performed in the third step.






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A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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