Lever Operator, Flush Patents (Class 292/DIG31)
  • Patent number: 6152501
    Abstract: A novel glove-box door handle and latch mechanism is disclosed, having a housing member, a handle member, and an actuator member. The housing member is mounted inside of the glove box door, and the handle member includes an axle member which is pivotally mounted to the housing member. The actuator member is slidably disposed in the a channel inside of the housing member, and the handle member engages the actuator member to slide it between its open and closed positions. The handle member includes a pull member and arcuate extension arms connecting the pull member to the axle member to provide greater flexibility to the styling of the pull member. The arcuate extension arms include reinforcing ridges to minimize the necessary material while maintaining their structural rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: NYX, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo Magi, Yuriy Tsalenko
  • Patent number: 6152502
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for closing a compartment door of a vehicle that enables individuals of small stature to close the door without difficulty. More specifically, the apparatus includes an extension handle that extends below a lip of the fully opened compartment door, thereby enabling an individual of small stature to reach and pull down on the extension handle to close the compartment door. In a preferred embodiment, the extension handle includes a pivot mounting and an extension arm coupled to the pivot mounting. A latching mechanism latches the extension handle in a stowed position in which the extension handle is preferably flush with an inner surface of the compartment door. The extension handle can also be made to deploy from a lip of the compartment door. Alternatively, the extension handle includes a retractable lanyard coupled to a grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Patricia L. Rossi
  • Patent number: 6145352
    Abstract: A lever-action slam latch includes a pair of opposing, nested slides so that a single latch can be mounted in either left-handed or right-handed door. The locking mechanism is difficult to circumvent, and permits the key to remain in the lock while the latch is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Vickers, Stefan M. Koveal
  • Patent number: 6141914
    Abstract: A door panel formed with a throughgoing hole carries adjacent the hole a shaft pivotal about an axis and having radially projecting retaining formations. An assembly body engaging the panel around the hole carries a movable handle. Retaining formations on the body are engageable with the shaft retaining formations in a predetermined angular holding position of the shaft. The body formations are disengaged from the shaft retaining formations in an angularly offset freeing position of the shaft. The shaft formations are cam lobes and the body has an inwardly extending projection formed with a seat snugly receiving the shaft formations in the holding position of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Stefan Feige, Thomas Hulsmann
  • Patent number: 6109669
    Abstract: A closure panel latch having a housing, a handle pivotally connected to the housing, a pawl member which slides along tracks provided in the housing and a spring which biases a pawl into engagement with a keeper member, the handle including a tab portion which engages with said pawl to retract the pawl against the bias of the spring member to release the latch when the handle is lifted, the latch being closed by slam-action, and having mounting elements on the housing for mounting the latch to a closure panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Pinkow
  • Patent number: 6095573
    Abstract: Disclosed is a translating handle assembly that actuates a latch mechanism to releasably secure a door to a structure. The handle assembly includes an interior handle, an exterior handle, and a translating shaft. The translating shaft is connected between the interior handle and the exterior handle. The interior handle is rotatable between closed and open positions and the exterior handle rotates in unison with the interior handle between closed and open positions. In the closed position, the exterior handle is disposed within the recess of an exterior handle housing. Rotation of the interior handle between closed and open positions causes the translating shaft to move axially between non-extended and extended positions displacing the exterior handle axially out of the recess of the exterior handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy S. Rozema
  • Patent number: 6062614
    Abstract: A invention relates to a handle (2) for a closing part, especially a door, of a vehicle, with the handle (2) being located movably in a handle pocket (9). A movable cover plate (3) is associated with the handle (2), with the cover plate (3) is maximally covering the handle (2) in one position and releasing the handle (2) in another position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventor: Sven Petzold
  • Patent number: 6059329
    Abstract: An automotive door handle assembly adapted to be mounted in an aperture defined in the outer skin of a motor vehicle door by a flange structure. The assembly includes an escutcheon plate sized to fit in the door skin aperture and having a peripheral flange sized to fit against an outer face of the outer door skin in surrounding relation to the door skin aperture. The door handle is pivotally mounted on a front face of the escutcheon plate for door unlatching movement, and a locking member is slidably mounted on a rear face of the escutcheon plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: Larry W. Spitzley
  • Patent number: 6048006
    Abstract: A pawl latch assembly with a spring locking member having its own internal spring force for enabling a force from a handle of the assembly to be transmitted to a pawl to engage or disengage a keeper member for opening and closing of the latch, and further having a lock for securing the latch against unauthorized opening, and a stop to facilitate maintenance of the spring locking member in a locking position when the latch is secured with a lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Antonucci, Ralph C. Ulisse, Christopher J. Pinkow
  • Patent number: 6042156
    Abstract: A double jaw latch mechanism for releasably securing a moveable structure to a keeper. The moveable structure may be an aircraft cowling and the keeper may be mounted to an aircraft structure. The double jaw latch includes a handle rotatably mounted to a housing. The handle has an open position, a closed position, and a pre-catch position. The handle is connected to a double jaw assembly which likewise has an open position, a closed position, and a pre-catch position. The double jaw assembly includes a first jaw and a second jaw mounted in pivoted relation for movement to and from each other to engage the keeper. When the double jaw latch is in the open position, the jaws are spaced apart to permit disengagement with the keeper. In the closed position, the jaws are trapped within the housing and rigidly retain the keeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Thomas Jackson
  • Patent number: 6039363
    Abstract: In a door handle assembly: the number of parts of a handle holding mechanism for holding a handle (10) in its retracted, its projected and its swung position is reduced to the lowest possible one to accomplish its cost reduction, its downsizing and its improvement in handle holding power; a leaf spring (11) constructed of a pair of its elements stacked together is non-rotatably mounted on a boss (7) of a main pin (3) having a concave portion (13) in its front surface; the handle (10) with an engaging projection (14) is brought into abutting contact with the leaf spring (11); in its folded position, the handle (10) has its top portion (14a) oppositely disposed from its grip portion (15) with respect to a reference line (39) extending perpendicular to a door surface; in its projected position, the handle (10) has the top portion (14a) move across the line (39); a front element of the spring (11) has a pair of upwardly protruding portions (33, 34) be engageable with and disengageable from engaging grooves (31, 3
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Takigen Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsurou Sugimura, Yoshihide Tuno
  • Patent number: 6036238
    Abstract: A latch for a thrust reverser duct on an aircraft engine. The latch accomplishes work during both the closing stroke and the handle folding stroke. An outer handle 100 release trigger 112 can lock an outer handle 100 to an inner handle 60 to fix the relative position of the outer handle 100, the inner handle 60, an idler link 80, a rocker link 78 and a secondary link 75. While they are in fixed position, the parts act as a closing handle unit 125 during the closing stroke. Once the closing stroke is completed, the inner handle 60 is locked into a fixed position with hook arm 40 and a primary link 70. The outer handler release trigger 112 can then be disengaged and the secondary link 75, the rocker link 78 and the idler link 80 work to provide mechanical advantage during the folding of the outer handle 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael K. Lallament
  • Patent number: 6023953
    Abstract: A lever-action slam latch includes a pair of opposing, nested slides so that a single latch can be mounted in either left-handed or right-handed door. The locking mechanism is difficult to circumvent, and permits the key to remain in the lock while the latch is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Vickers, Stefan M. Koveal
  • Patent number: 5992908
    Abstract: A latch has a housing and an operating mechanism mounted on the housing. The operating mechanism has a latch arm pivotably mounted for movement relative to the housing between a latched position in which the latch arm is abuttable against a strike element and an unlatched position. The latch arm has a cam surface. The operating mechanism also has a lever pivotably mounted for movement relative to the housing between first and second operative positions. The lever has an edge which moves along the cam surface as the lever is moved from the second operative position to the first operative position to thereby move the latch arm from the unlatched position to the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventors: Linda Sue Yared, Christopher Wildeboer, Gene Charles Light
  • Patent number: 5987943
    Abstract: A lockable endgate for a pickup truck includes a lift handle assembly mounted within the endgate for releasably securing the endgate in a closed position. The lift handle assembly includes a lift handle actuating a pair of handle pawls which translate a pair of latching mechanisms thereby releasing the endgate from the closed position. The lockable endgate further includes a bezel mounted on the outer panel having an access hole for the lift handle to extend through. A key actuated locking cylinder is mounted to the bezel and includes a locking pawl which prevents the actuation of the handle pawls in the locked position. A rigid close out plate is also included which mounts between the locking pawl and the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Frederick Verga, Tony Santiago, Joachim Diestel, Amit Marwah, Michael L. Burton
  • Patent number: 5983682
    Abstract: A latch assembly for use as a closure device in a door or compartment cover has a pan adapted to be flush mounted in an exterior panel, with a paddle-type handle hinge mounted within a recessed area of the pan. A mounting plate on an interior side of the pan includes a latch mechanism mounting flange which extends away from the pan, and to which a latch mechanism having a pawl and a trip latch jaw is mounted. A cam is rotationally mounted tightly parallel against the mounting plate, and has a paddle contact pin which extends through cooperating openings in the mounting plate and a floor of the pan. Lifting of the paddle causes the cam to rotate and engage the pawl of the latch mechanism, thereby releasing the trip latch jaw from a locked position. A lock cylinder may be mounted in the pan with a locking cam positioned proximate to a portion of the cam, to thereby interfere with rotation of the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Cleveland Hardware and Forging Company
    Inventor: Bhupendra Parikh
  • Patent number: 5984383
    Abstract: A lockable, slammable rotationally actuated latch assembly for use as a latching and locking mechanism on a door or panel of an enclosure or compartment has a mounting pan with a recessed draw and peripheral mounting flange. A rotatable cam shank intersects the mounting pan and has a handle attached to an end of the cam shank on the exterior side of the pan. A latch is rotationally mounted on a latch shank located on the interior side of the mounting pan and is biased into the latched position by a torsion spring. A cam is attached to an end of the cam shank on the interior side of the pan and the cam has a contact edge positioned to contact and rotate the latch upon rotation of the cam shank. An optional latch guide can also be mounted on a latch shank for guiding a striker into a striker receiving cavity formed between the latch and latch guide. A lock assembly may be mounted on the flange of the mounting pan or inside the recessed draw of the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Cleveland Hardware and Forging Company
    Inventors: Bhupendra Parikh, Donald J. McFarland
  • Patent number: 5984382
    Abstract: An extended reach latch for an engine cowling and the like, including a housing having a housing slot, a hook pin carried in the housing, a hook having a hook slot, with the hook pin in the hook slot for sliding of the hook relative to the housing, first, second and third links, a first link pin joining the hook and the first link and sliding in the housing slot, a second link pin joining the first and second links, a third link pin joining the second and third links, with the third link pivoting on the hook pin, an outer handle pivotally mounted on the first link pin for movement between an open position and a closed position, and having an outer handle slot for the second link pin, and an inner handle pivotally mounted on the first link pin for movement between an open position and a closed position, and having an inner handle slot for the third link pin, with movement of the inner handle from its open position to its closed position moving the hook into the housing a first distance, and with movement of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Bourne, Arthur W. Dessenberger, Frank T. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5975594
    Abstract: A vehicle glove box door latch assembly includes a housing with a central opening formed therein and a latch handle positioned substantially within the central opening. The latch handle is operative to actuate unlatching of the latch assembly. A utility hook is positioned substantially within the central opening and pivotally connected to the housing for pivotal movement between a stowed position within the central opening and a use position extended from the central opening. The utility hook is pivotable independently of the latch handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: NYX, Inc.
    Inventors: Chain Sandhu, Hugo Magi
  • Patent number: 5974842
    Abstract: A locking slide latch comprises components that are easily assembled without the need for separate fasteners or adhesives. A presently preferred latch comprises a housing, a pawl received within the housing and an actuating member associated with and slidable relative to the housing for displacing the pawl from an extended position to a retracted position. These components are assembled together without the use of separate fasteners or adhesives, thereby simplifying assembly and allowing for interchangeability of parts to meet varying latch requirements. The latches are preferably manufactured from corrosion resistant materials such as plastics, composites and corrosion resistant metals, and are highly suitable for use in automotive, recreational vehicle and marine applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Schlack, Edward A. McCormack
  • Patent number: 5961166
    Abstract: An interior door handle assembly for locking and releasing a door latch mechanism is connected to the door latch mechanism by a single push/pull operating cable. The latch mechanism has a release lever and a locking lever, the release lever and locking lever being pivotally mounted about axes which are parallel but spaced from one another. The push/pull cable is connected to the locking lever and the locking lever has a formation which, when the latching mechanism is in a latched but unlocked condition will extend into the path of the release lever so that upon movement of the release lever to release the latch mechanism, the formation will be engaged by the release lever to pull the cable. The formation is moved out of the path of the release lever when the locking lever is moved to lock the latch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Jaguar Cars, Limited
    Inventor: Sean Edwards
  • Patent number: 5941104
    Abstract: A latch assembly includes a tray having a front side and a back side with a cavity defined in the front side of the tray. A handle member is pivotally mounted to the tray at the front side. An actuating member is pivotally mounted relative to the tray on the back side of the tray and is operably connected to pivot with the handle member. An operating member is mounted on the back side of the tray and is movable between a locked position and an operating position. In the operating position, the operating member is contactable by the actuating member upon movement of the handle member. A latching mechanism is configured on the back side of the tray. The latching mechanism latches and unlatches upon a striker element, and is actuated by the operating member in the operating position upon movement of the handle member. In its locked position, the operating member is moved to a position to be out of contact with the actuating member even the though the handle member and actuating member are still freely rotatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Randall C. Hansen
    Inventor: Dennis Sadler
  • Patent number: 5927773
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a movable closure, which latch assembly has a housing having a front and rear and a wall with a forwardly facing surface, and an actuating assembly that is changeable between first and second states. The actuating assembly has an actuator element that is operable to selectively change the actuating assembly from the first state into the second state. The housing wall has an opening therethrough to allow the actuating assembly to extend from forwardly of the housing wall through the housing wall opening to rearwardly of the housing wall and reposition a latch element at the rear of the housing as an incident of the actuating assembly changing from the first state into the second state. The actuating assembly has a wall disposed in front of the housing wall that fully blocks the housing opening as viewed from the front of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Tri/Mark Corporation
    Inventors: Marvin L. Larsen, Kevin P. Eschweiler
  • Patent number: 5927772
    Abstract: A pawl latch assembly with a spring locking member having its own internal spring force for enabling a force from a handle of the assembly to be transmitted to a pawl to engage or disengage a keeper member for opening and closing of the latch, and further having a lock for securing the latch against unauthorized opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Antonucci, Ralph C. Ulisse, Christopher J. Pinkow
  • Patent number: 5904385
    Abstract: The invention concerns a handle, especially with a lock, for the exterior of a motor vehicle's gate or door, with a housing in which the handle is sunk, and on which the handle is linked swivel-mounted whereby it is possible to grab around the handle by hand, whereby the front surface of the housing is completely or partially covered on the outside by a covering disk which is swivel-mounted or slidable in such a manner relative to said housing, that the covering disk covers up the handle in the disk's closed-position and the covering disk releases the handle in the disk's open-position, and that the handle 3 is acted upon in an external direction by a spring, by which the handle can be pressed from its internal position into its external position protruding outwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Valeo Deutschland GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Anton Linder
  • Patent number: 5897147
    Abstract: A locking slide latch comprises components that are easily assembled without the need for separate fasteners or adhesives. A preferred latch comprises a gripable base member having a spring member mounted thereon, a locking member rotatably mounted on the spring member and a rotatable lock plug mounted in the spring member and contacting the locking member. These components are assembled together without the use of separate fasteners or adhesives, thereby simplifying assembly and allowing for interchangeability of parts to meet varying latch requirements. The latches are preferably manufactured from corrosion resistant materials such as plastics, composites and corrosion resistant metals, and are highly suitable for use in automotive, recreational vehicle and marine applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Alyanakian, Richard E. Schlack
  • Patent number: 5878608
    Abstract: A locking slide latch comprises components that are easily assembled without the need for separate fasteners or adhesives. A preferred latch comprises a gripable base member having a spring member mounted thereon, a locking member rotatably mounted on the spring member and a rotatable lock plug mounted in the spring member and contacting the locking member. These components are assembled together without the use of separate fasteners or adhesives, thereby simplifying assembly and allowing for interchangeability of parts to meet varying latch requirements. The latches are preferably manufactured from corrosion resistant materials such as plastics, composites and corrosion resistant metals, and are highly suitable for use in automotive, recreational vehicle and marine applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Alyanakian
  • Patent number: 5823583
    Abstract: A glove box door latching assembly comprises a latching mechanism including three plastic molded parts and a spring. The mechanism includes an offset latch member which allows positioning of the mechanism closely adjacent a longitudinal end of a glove box door. The assembly also includes a lock tube formed integrally therewith for receiving a locking mechanism. The lock tube is flush with the front face of the mechanism to allow the lock tube to be covered by the glove box door if the locking feature is not desired. The universal latch assembly design is widely applicable to various glove box door assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: NYX, Inc.
    Inventors: Chain Sandhu, Lev Lilov
  • Patent number: 5823473
    Abstract: A latch-lock mechanism for an airplane cargo door (34) is disclosed. The latch-lock mechanism includes straight-through drive shafts rotated by a common powered drive unit (61). Affixed to the outer ends of the drive shafts are pull-in hooks (67) that co-act with pull-in pins affixed to the fuselage of the airplane adjacent to the sides of the cargo door opening. The co-action between the pull-in hooks and the pull-in pins pulls the cargo door into a closed position against a distorted fuselage cargo door opening. During opening, the co-action between the pull-in hooks and the pull-in pins force the door open against ice jams. After being pulled into a closed position, latch cams (89) rotated by the drive shafts are closed around latch pins (131). Thereafter, lock pawls (159) are moved into a closed position. The latch-lock mechanism also includes witness ports (193) located in the cargo door (34) that enable a mechanic to verify that the lock pawls (159) are in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard B. Odell, Stephen J. Fox, Huw J. Salmon, John A. Ennes
  • Patent number: 5820175
    Abstract: A latch having a housing, a bolt sliding in the housing along a first axis, a handle pivoting in the housing along a second axis parallel to the first axis between a handle latched position and a handle unlatching position, a drive mechanism for driving the bolt by the handle between a bolt latched position and a bolt unlatching position, a first spring for urging the handle to the handle latched position and a second spring for urging the bolt to the bolt latched position, a cam plate sliding in the housing along a third axis perpendicular to the first and second axes, a first drive carried by the handle for translating the cam plate along the third axis, and a drive link mounted in the housing for pivoting about a fourth axis perpendicular to the first, second and third axes, the drive link including a drive pin for engagement by the cam plate in driving relation and for engaging the bolt along the cam surface of the bolt in driving relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy J. Clavin
  • Patent number: 5820174
    Abstract: A lockable, slammable paddle operated latch assembly for use as a latching and locking mechanism on a door or panel of an enclosure or compartment has a paddle handle pivotally mounted on a pin transversely mounted through side walls of a recessed draw of a mounting pan and attached at one end to an orthogonal trip/lock member on the interior of the pan adjacent the draw. One extension of the trip/lock member is positioned underneath the locking arm of a key cylinder when the paddle is fully recessed and the key is in the locked position. Another extension of the trip/lock member contacts the latch which is pivotally mounted on the interior of the pan draw. A torsion spring about the latch mounting shank biases the latch into the latched position, but allows the latch to be deflected for engagement with a striker with the trip/lock member locked or unlocked, so that the latch can be slammed shut even when locked. A latch guide can also be mounted on the latch mounting shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Cleveland Hardware & Forging Company
    Inventors: Bhupendra Parikh, Donald J. McFarland
  • Patent number: 5813710
    Abstract: A lock for securing a window sash against a window frame, including a housing mountable on a face of the window frame, and a handle extending generally longitudinally between first and second ends and pivotable in the housing about an axis disposed substantially halfway between the handle ends and oriented substantially transverse to the handle longitudinal direction. The handle includes a pivot at each handle end, and a pivot link is pivotably securable on one end to a window locking mechanism and pivotably securable on its other end to a selected one of the handle pivots. The housing has a substantially planar first face which is substantially the entire surface of the handle visible in the housing opening when the handle is in the first position and is substantially co-planar with the housing first face when the handle is in the first position. A slide is selectively movable into a recess in one of the handle ends to block pivoting of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Todd A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5794994
    Abstract: An inside door handle unit to be installed to the inside surface of a door of an automotive vehicle. The inside door handle unit includes a body attached to the door of the vehicle. An inside door handle is rotatably supported to the body and pivotal around an axis. A door lock knob is rotatably supported to the body and pivotal around the axis. The handle and the door lock knob are connected to the door lock device. A spring is provided to bias the handle in one rotational direction of the handle. The handle is rotatably supported relative to the body under the action of a fitting connection between the counterpart device of the body and the counterpart device of the handle, while the lock knob is rotatably supported relative to the body under the action of another fitting connection between the counterpart device of the body and the counterpart device of the lock knob. The handle and the lock knob are independently rotatably supported on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignees: OHI Seisakusho Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masazumi Miyagawa, Satoru Nishizawa, Takayuki Sano
  • Patent number: 5769361
    Abstract: To enable intervention personnel to directly enter from the outside the flight deck or cockpit of an aircraft, e.g. in the case of an accident, it is proposed that a window (14) opening from the inside of the cockpit be transformed into an emergency exit accessible from the outside of the aircraft. For this purpose, addition takes place to the existing mechnisms of a handle (50) placed in a recess (52) opening to the outside, as well as manipulating mechanisms. These mechanisms consist of a first linkage acting on the bolts of the window (14) and a second linkage (72) acting by a roller (106) on a cam surface (108) formed on a lever (32) of the window displacement control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Aerospatiale Societe Nationale Industrielle
    Inventors: Jerome Charieras, Pascal Chaumel
  • Patent number: 5725262
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch mounted on a door has a vertically displaceable actuating element serving to open the latch. An actuating system for the latch has a handle, a mounting plate supporting the handle on the door above the latch, and a pivot on the mounting plate for horizontal movement of the handle on the plate between an unactuated position generally flush with the door and an actuated position spaced horizontally outward from the door. A coupling lever pivoted on the door about a horizontal axis has one arm connected to the handle and another arm. A link extends vertically between the other arm and the actuating element so that when the handle is displaced horizontally into the actuated position the lever is pivoted and the link is displaced vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Kritzler
  • Patent number: 5689980
    Abstract: A push button lock for mounting at an opening formed through a door panel near an edge of the door includes a flush mountable exterior housing having a thin mounting flange that encircles central housing portions that are configured to extend into the door panel opening, and a surface mountable interior housing that defines a bolt passage that carries a spring-projected slide bolt having an end formation configured to latchingly engage a suitably configured striker. The interior housing and the mounting flange of the exterior housing overlap and are clamped toward engagement with interior and exterior door panel portions that extend about the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs
  • Patent number: 5681068
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch having an element settable in locked, unlocked, and open positions, has an actuating assembly having a pivot defining a pivot axis remote from the latch. An inside locking lever mounted on the pivot has an outer end to one side of the pivot and an inner end to the opposite side of the pivot and a bowden cable is connected between the outer end and the latch element and connects the latch element with the inside lever for joint pivoting between the locked, unlocked, and open positions. An inside actuating lever is mounted on the pivot coaxial with the locking lever. A coupling between the levers is displaceable between a coupling position for displacing the locking lever and bowden cable and thereby setting the element in the open position on pivoting of the actuating lever and a decoupling position for pivoting of the actuating lever without pivoting of the locking lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Frank Kleefeldt, Michael Strathmann, Gerhard Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 5676409
    Abstract: A door locking system for child-safety door locking systems on an automobile includes, in combination, an automobile door including a latch and a door lock mechanism, a manual door lock actuator and a power door locking mechanism. The door handle is of the type which is incapable unlatching the door when the locking mechanism locks the latch. The door panel has an opening for receiving the manual lock actuator when moved to its locked position so that the manual lock actuator is substantially recessed within the door panel. The manual lock actuator and the door panel are constructed such that the manual lock actuator cannot be accessed through the opening for manual movement back to its unlocked position. The power lock mechanism can be actuated to unlock the door, but only from a location which is remote from the door itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Earl M. Trammell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5664813
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lever latch for securing a door panel of a cabinet or the like in a closed position relative to the frame. The lever latch is installed within an aperture formed in the door, and releasably retains the door against the frame when the door and the frame are latched together. The lever latch includes a housing for mounting in the door, a handle assembly which is pivotally attached to the housing, and rotatable between an opened and closed position, and a fastening means. The fastening means retains the door, when the door is closed against the frame, by engaging the frame as the handle assembly is rotated to the closed position. The housing, handle assembly and fastening means form a integral solid structure for preventing the passage of matter through the latch itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Gromotka
  • Patent number: 5638709
    Abstract: A trigger latch for mounting in an opening in a door for releasably latching the door to a door frame and having a housing, a handle, a bolt, and a shaft rotatably mounted in the housing and non-rotatably mounted in the handle and in the bolt for rotation of the bolt by the handle between a latch closed position and a latch open position. The shaft preferably comprises first and second drive bushings, each having a circular section rotatably mounted in the housing, a first non-circular section fixedly mounted in the handle, and a second non-circular section fixedly mounted in the bolt, with the first drive bushing have a pin projecting from the inner end and the second drive bushing having a passage therethrough for receiving the pin and joining the bushings together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Inventor: Timothy J. Clavin
  • Patent number: 5632516
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door handle (1) with a base body (2) and a handle flap (18) which in its starting position partially covers an external handle recess (17), with the handle flap (18) being connected to one lever end (21) of each of two swivelling levers (6) which are pivotally mounted in an interior (3) of the vehicle door. In order for the handle flap (18) to fold back easily into an actuating position which favors gripping in a second end position (pull-out position) when the door is opened without the danger of injury in the hand area of the individual opening the door, the handle flap (18) is connected to each of the swivelling levers (6) by a respective lever-shaped arm (20) which can preferably be swivelled, only after reaching the pull-out position, against the direction of rotation of the swivelling lever (6) into an actuating position which favors gripping. In this case the swivelling motion of an arm (20) is preferably caused or supported by a pre-stressed torsion spring (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: YMOS Aktiengesellschaft Industrieprodukte
    Inventor: Dittmar Schwab
  • Patent number: 5620212
    Abstract: A hook latch mechanism for joining two members of an engine cowl or the like, with the hook latch mechanism carried on one member on a mounting bolt and a keeper carried on the other member, and with a keeper engaging hook spaced from the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Bourne, Frank T. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5609373
    Abstract: A lever latch secures a door panel of a cabinet or the like in a closed position relative to the frame. The lever latch is installed within an aperture formed in the door, and releasably retains the door against the frame when the door and the frame are latched together. The lever latch includes a housing for mounting in the door, a handle assembly which is pivotally attached to the housing, and rotatable between an opened and closed position, and a fastening member. The fastening member retains the door, when the door is closed against the frame, by engaging the frame as the handle assembly is rotated to the closed position. The housing, handle assembly and fastening member form an integral solid structure for preventing the passage of matter through the latch itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Gromotka
  • Patent number: 5595076
    Abstract: A versatile operating mechanism for a two-point latch or lock includes a "front" module having a flush-mountable handle and housing assembly that can be connected by simple fasteners to a "rear" module having a mounting bracket that movably supports linkage including an operating arm A pair of latch assemblies are connected to and operated by the mounting-bracket-mounted linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs
  • Patent number: 5586795
    Abstract: An embedded-type handle assembly may have its lock bars arranged either horizontally or vertically. In the assembly: a shaft 9 is rotatably inserted in a cylindrical bearing portion 8 of a casing 1; a link plate 18 has a circular hole 16 through which the link plate 18 is mounted on the shaft 9 in an insertion manner; a lock bar 20 has its base-end portion connected with one end 19 of the link plate 18 through a pivot 27; a lock bar 23 has its base-end portion connected with the other end 22 of the link plate 18 through a pivot 28; the link plate 18 has a follower surface 25 in a side surface of the other end portion 22, the surface 25 being pushed by the operating-foot plate 5 of the handle 2; and, the link plate 18 has a follower projection 26 in a side surface of its intermediate portion, the projection 26 being pushed by the operating-foot plate 5 of the handle 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Takigen Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 5570915
    Abstract: A flush-mounted latching device is provided for two-sided operation of a door. A spring-loaded cam engages a corresponding roller bearing mounted adjacent to the door to prevent opening when the latch is in a locked condition. Touch-operated push-buttons provided on either side of the door may be actuated to release the latch and allow the door to spring open. A push-button mounted flush with the interior surface of the door releases the latch immediately upon depression. A push-button mounted substantially flush with the exterior surface of the door releases the latch when depressed and then released. From either side, the door opens in a direction corresponding to the movement of an operator's finger upon actuating the corresponding push-button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Adams Rite Sabre International
    Inventor: Armond C. Asadurian
  • Patent number: 5558372
    Abstract: A toggle release mechanism for a vehicle door latch control assembly including an actuating member having a thumb actuated release button molded thereon. The mechanism includes a barrel-shaped roller snapped into the actuating member, first and second levers operatively connected at one end of each to a base member and pivotally snapped together at the other ends thereof. One of the levers is adapted to slide against the roller when the thumb button is depressed, moving the lever along the base member against the force of a coil spring connected between the base member and the lever. The lever provides a connection for a cable extending to operatively connect to a vehicle sliding door control assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Kapes, Dennis M. Feher
  • Patent number: 5556145
    Abstract: A push-button-operated flush type handle assembly is provided. The assembly enables a person trapped in a cabinet to unlock and open a cabinet door from inside even when push button 16 is locked from outside. In the assembly: handle 4 is pivoted to housing 2 of casing 1 and swingably urged by spring 20 in its projecting direction; projection 7 for rotatably driving lock plate 6 is formed in the handle; latch 29 is mounted in guide hole 3 of the casing and slidably urged by spring 22 toward pivot 5; locking projection 12 engaged with and disengaged from receiver projection 11 of the handle is formed in the latch; oblique cam surface 19 is formed in the latch which has operating projection 14 in its rear surface; escape hole 15 of bottom wall of the casing permits the projection 14 to pass therethrough; and, oblique cam surface 18 is formed in the push button or in push-button guide 17 fitted to the push button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Takigen Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunihiko Takasaki
  • Patent number: 5516165
    Abstract: A door locking handle assembly in which: a pivot 13 through which a button 7 is pivoted to a casing 1 is prevented from deflecting to ensure a smooth swinging action of the button 7; a leg 8 of the button 7 extends from a rear surface of the button 7 and has a hole 9 through which the pivot 13 passes; the pivot 13 also passes a hole 12 of a bearing portion 11 of a base plate 10 of a button unit 6, so that the button 7 is pivoted to the base plate 10 through the pivot 13 and biased forward by a spring 14; and, the unit 6 is received in a lower space 15 of the casing 1, and has the base plate 10 fixed to a bottom wall 4 of the casing 1 and has opposite ends of the pivot 13 abut on inner surfaces of side wall portions 5 of the casing 1 to prevent the pivot 13 from dropping from the unit 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Takigen Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Yamada
  • Patent number: 5499851
    Abstract: A handle assembly, formed with a terminal flange, is adapted for flush installation in a panel aperture from the outboard side of the panel in a rock-in manner with the terminal flange overlying the panel outer surface. The housing has at least one inboard projecting stem receiving a one-piece clip through a hole in a retaining clip enabling a nut, upon being threaded on the stem, to hold handle assembly in the panel opening. The clip of the present invention is initially installed from the inboard side of the panel by means of upper and lower tabs adapted for manual push-on frictional engagement with associated upper and lower tongues projecting inboard from the handle housing. As a result of the clip tabs being manually engaged the installer has both hands free for threading a nut on the stem and torquing the nut down to complete the handle assembly installation. The housing tongues also provide a support function in that they prevent the clip from being distorted during the torquing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen J. Mitchell