Hood Patents (Class 70/240)
  • Patent number: 10233674
    Abstract: A folding lock includes a lock body having a latching mechanism, a jointed bar hoop having a plurality of jointed bars pivotably connected to one another, and a closing bar. A first end of the jointed bar hoop is permanently fastened to the lock body. The closing bar forms a free second end of the jointed bar hoop. The closing bar can be latched to the lock body by the latching mechanism. The lock body includes an alarm device for outputting an alarm signal. The closing bar can selectively be latched to the lock body in a first closing position or in a second closing position, with the alarm device not being able to be activated when the closing bar adopts the first closing position and with the alarm device being able to be activated or being activated when the closing bar adopts the second closing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Söhne KG
    Inventor: Winfried Buseman
  • Patent number: 9945155
    Abstract: A cylinder lock device includes a body, a rotor rotatably arranged inside the body, a holder lever rotationally driven according to a rotation of the rotor, an engagement lever that is link-connected to the holder lever so as to be angularly adjustable and rotationally driven according to a rotation of the rotor, and a retention mechanism to hold the engagement lever into a predetermined direction relative to the body. The retention mechanism is configured to force a protrusion on the engagement lever to contact the holder lever by an elastic force thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Tomohide Kushida, Yoshiki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9948032
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector for a vehicle comprises a plug with a plug casing in which a contact chamber is formed, an electrical contact part arranged in the contact chamber, a locking bolt for releasably attaching a plug-in contact to the contact part, and a socket to be plugged with the plug, a socket casing and a plug-in contact attached thereto. The plug connector has a locking slide attachable to the plug casing that is mounted on the casing for displacement at least into a locking position in a direction transverse to the plugging direction of the plug, to lock the plug to the socket. The locking slide has a guide slot extending substantially transversely to the plugging direction and having an inclined plane to guide the locking bolt of the contact part as it is moved into the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Wimmer, Robert Saller, Christian Wimmer, Stefan Rieder
  • Patent number: 9512654
    Abstract: A locking device is described including: a rotary motor; a worm drive arrangement including a worm and a gear; and a pivotally mounted bolt which is rotatable between a retracted position and an extended position; the motor is arranged to drive the worm to rotate the gear; as the gear rotates it cooperates with a cam formation associated with the bolt to move the bolt between the retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Ernest Armari, Michael Trevor Mackle
  • Patent number: 9376842
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lock for a door arrangement, wherein a catch and a pawl are provided. The catch can be in an open or closed position. The catch may be brought into holding engagement. The pawl may be brought into an engagement position. The pawl may be deflected into a release position. A pawl actuation lever is provided for deflecting the pawl. A switchable coupling arrangement comprises a first coupling lever, a second coupling lever and a spring biased coupling element. A control spring arrangement is provided that is engageable with the coupling element, which control spring arrangement acts against the spring bias of the coupling element, and that the pawl actuation lever is coupled to the control spring arrangement such that a predefined movement of the pawl actuation lever changes or eliminates the resulting force acting from the control spring arrangement onto the coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Wittelsbuerger, David Rosales
  • Patent number: 8601841
    Abstract: A hood and wheel brace comprising of a horizontal bar, encased in a plastic sleeve, being hollow and having two ends, with extendable bars slideably mounted and extending from each end of the horizontal bar operationally adjustable for sizing of a vehicle's hood and wherein each extendable bar is received in an insertion hole defined in one end of a retractable tower to align with the insertion hole and locked within the retractable tower; said retractable towers each having two ends, with a hook extending downward at one end inclined to allow the hook to embrace an inner side of the vehicle's front wheel; and a vertical shaft which includes a plurality of ratchet teeth longitudinally extending over a portion thereof, configured to allow the vertical shaft to slideably extend the sizing of the retractable tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Royce Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8322172
    Abstract: A key cylinder installation structure includes a key cylinder including a flange that is fixed to a trunk of a vehicle, the flange including a mounting hole through which a mounting bolt is inserted into a reference hole and a secondary reference hole, respectively, formed in the trunk, the key cylinder being operable to lock and unlock the trunk, and a pad that is attached to the flange of the key cylinder and includes a hole through which the mounting bolt is inserted and a projection projecting toward a center of the key cylinder in the hole of the pad. When the mounting bolt is inserted into the mounting hole, the projection of the pad lies between the mounting bolt and the mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Jun Mizumoto
  • Publication number: 20120216583
    Abstract: An arrangement for a vehicle body of a motor vehicle is provided. The arrangement includes a lock crossbeam having a front wall and a hood lock fastened on the front wall of the lock crossbeam and having a lock case. The front wall has a first depression in which the hood lock is at least partially accommodated. The first depression is stepped. The front wall has a front stop surface that is spaced apart from a rear stop surface. The lock case presses against the front stop surface and the rear stop surface while a middle part of the lock case is accommodated in the first depression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Udo MILDNER
  • Patent number: 8132434
    Abstract: A closure for holding closed a door which is able to hinge in a frame, having a securing device which can be positioned on a first edge of the closed door and also a tightening unit which can be positioned on a second edge of the closed door and a cable or strap which, when the door is closed, runs through a gap between the door and frame and is fastened at one end to the securing device and fastened at the other end in the tightening unit, the tightening unit having inter alia a base plate with an opening for feeding through the cable or strap and also a tightening mechanism for tensioning and holding under tension the cable or strap guided through the opening and a cap with a lock which can be positioned on the base plate so as to produce a seal around the tightening mechanism. The securing device has a support extending on both sides of the cable or strap over a distance which is greater than the gap between the closed door and the frame, which distance is preferably greater than 5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Trend Top International HK Ltd
    Inventor: Dirk Buis
  • Patent number: 7914071
    Abstract: A front structure of a vehicle body is disclosed as having a radiator core support including an upper member and a lower member vertically spaced from each other and extending in a vehicle width direction. The upper member is structured in two stages on upper and lower sides composed of an upper-stage upper member and a lower-stage upper member, which have both left and right ends connected to vehicle body components placed in a vehicle body on both sides thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Saitou, Kiyohito Sekido
  • Publication number: 20100077804
    Abstract: A locking device for a trunk in a vehicle. The locking device includes a latch configured to change a state of the trunk between locked and unlocked, and a lever configured to drive the latch to an open position. The locking device further includes a lock knob configured to be disposed outward of a vehicle body to visually determine from an outside of the vehicle whether the trunk is in the locked state or the unlocked state. The lock knob is further configured to be selectively placed in a locked position. In the locked position, the trunk is configured to be brought into the locked state by prohibiting the latch from being driven to an open position. The lock knob is further configured to be selectively placed in an unlocked position. In the unlocked position, the trunk is configured to be brought into the unlocked state by enabling the latch to be driven to the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Takeuchi, Katsuhisa Yamada, Tsuguhito Ichiriki, Hiroshi Nishijima, Koichi Nozoe
  • Publication number: 20090199605
    Abstract: A latch assembly includes a chassis, a latch bolt moveably mounted on the chassis and having a closed position for retaining a striker and an open position for releasing the striker, a pawl having an engaged position at which the pawl is engaged with the latch bolt to hold the latch bolt in the closed position and a disengaged position at which the pawl is disengaged from the latch bolt, thereby allowing the latch bolt to move to the open position, an eccentric arrangement defining an eccentric axis and a pawl axis remote from the eccentric axis. The eccentric arrangement is rotatable about the eccentric axis, and the pawl is rotatable about the pawl axis. When the pawl moves from the engaged position to the disengaged position, the eccentric arrangement rotates in one of a clockwise and a counter-clockwise direction about the eccentric axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Nigel V. Spurr, Gurbinder Singh Kalsi, Chris Rhodes, Robert Frank Tolley, David Peatey, Robert James Clawley, Paul Moore, Jean-Vincent Olivier, Sylvain Chonavel, Denis Cavallucci
  • Publication number: 20080276670
    Abstract: A lock for releasably locking a movable hatch to a counterpart is equipped with a fitting (1) having a locking assembly (21) and an additional fitting (2) having an additional locking assembly (28) that can be brought into engagement with the locking assembly (21) of the other fitting (1). The fittings (1, 2) are made of plastic and an elastically deformable compensating cushion (7) is present, which is fastened to one fitting (1, 2) and which when the fittings (1, 2) are in the locked position is disposed deformed between the fittings (1, 2) such that it exerts a bias on them (1, 2). The inventive lock is therefore light but strong and compensates tolerances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: A.RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Alexander Marini, Andy Junge, Rene Dreiocker
  • Publication number: 20080191535
    Abstract: A locking device (1) in a vehicle, in particular for a vehicle seat, is provided with a base plate (3) which has a receptacle (5) for a counter element (B). At least one clamping eccentric (11) is mounted pivotably on the base plate (3) by means of a first bearing pin (9) and normally, on account of prestressing, secures the counter element (B) in the receptacle (5). At least one intercepting component (21) is likewise mounted pivotably on the base plate (3) and, in the event of a crash, leads to the counter element (B) being supported. The clamping eccentric (11) and the intercepting component (21) act directly on the counter element (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Carsten Baumchen, Peter Muller, Thomas Christoffel
  • Patent number: 7387004
    Abstract: The invention relates to a latch which must enable the locked mobile part (10) of a motor vehicle body to be released if necessary by means of a key-actuated closing cylinder (40), in order to manually open the mobile part (10). A handle (21) is provided on the mobile part (10) for the opening of the same (10), said handle being able to pivot in a vertical plane in relation to the vehicle body. When the handle is in its closed position (20.1), it is essentially flush with the vehicle body. In the outwardly pivoted open position, the handle can be gripped by a hand, also enabling the closing cylinder (40) to be accessed by the key. In order to provide the latch with a compact design, the handle (21) is embodied as a carrier for the closing cylinder (40) and forms a pivotable arrangement (20) therewith. A rotary coupling member (45) which can be actuated by the closing cylinder (40) is located on said arrangement (20) and participates in the pivoting movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Schütz, Gerd Buschmann
  • Patent number: 7071818
    Abstract: A device includes a base secured in a car, a stopping block displaceable on the base, an actuating member for displacing the stopping block with, and a lock block secured around a steel rope of a control of a hood of the car, which control can be used to pull the steel rope for making the hood become openable; the stopping block has a big hole, and an horizontal slot communicating with the big hole and as high as center of the hole; the rope is passed through the stopping block with the lock block arranged behind the stopping block; the lock block can't pass through the slot; the stopping block is displaceable to such position as to exactly face the lock block at the slot, preventing the rope from being displaced; thus, thieves can't open the hood to cut off the power to the alarm for stopping sounding of the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Jui-Yang Lin
  • Patent number: 7029056
    Abstract: In combination with a vehicle and a closure, one or more lockdown regions disposed between the closure and the vehicle body, the one or more lockdown includes a device including an active material disposed in operative communication with the closure and the vehicle body, wherein the active material includes a shape memory alloy, a magnetic shape memory material, a shape memory polymer, a magnetorheological fluid, an electroactive polymer, a magnetorheological elastomer, an electrorheological fluid, a piezoelectric material, or combinations comprising at least one of the foregoing active materials; and an activation device coupled to the active material, the activation device being operable to selectively provide an activation signal to the active material and effectuate a change in a dimension, a shape, and/or a flexural modulus property of the active material, wherein the change in the dimension, a shape, and/or flexural modulus of the active material locks down or releases the closure from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Alan L. Browne, Nancy L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6918275
    Abstract: A combination key lock and latch assembly for a vehicle trunk lid having the key lock located separately and closely adjacent the latch assembly without requiring modification of an existing latch assembly. A sliding actuator is attached to an existing latch assembly without requiring modification. The key lock includes a projecting arm for rotation upon user rotation of the key lock; and, the arm contacts a projection on the sliding actuator for affecting movement and release of the latch. The latch assembly may be manually released from inside the trunk by moving the projection on the sliding actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Charles R. Martus, Scott L. Loring
  • Publication number: 20040182122
    Abstract: A latch mechanism includes a first base plate, a second base plate facing to the first base plate and having a first base portion, a second base portion, and a recess provided between the first base portion and the second base portion. The latch mechanism further includes a latch rotating relative to a first shaft supported by the first base plate and the first base portion and including an arm portion extending from the first base portion side toward the second base portion side when positioned in a predetermined rotating position thereof, a pawl rotating relative to a second shaft supported by the first base plate and the second base plate, and engaging with the arm portion when the latch is in the predetermined rotating position, and a connecting member connecting the first base plate with the second base plate, and provided at the second shaft side relative to a base line extending along the arm portion when the latch is in the predetermined rotating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Fukunaga, Makoto Suzumura, Shigehiro Oya, Akira Muramatsu, Yukinobu Kunimatsu
  • Patent number: 6739163
    Abstract: A motor vehicle locking device with a motor vehicle lock (1) with a connection coupling (2), a lock actuation unit (3) located at a distance from the lock, with a connection coupling (5), and a shaft (7) as the coupling between the connection couplings (2, 5). The shaft (7) has an outer jacket (8) which passes essentially completely between the connection couplings (2, 5), and which normally cannot be turned in the connection coupling (2), and the outer jacket (8) is coupled to a blocking element (9) so that, when the outside jacket (8) is forcibly turned around its lengthwise axis, the blocking element (9) blocks the force transmission element (10) of the connection coupling (2), which element is connected to the shaft (7) or mounted on it, before actuation of the lock mechanism of the motor vehicle lock (1) by the shaft (7) can take place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Joerg Reinert
  • Patent number: 6014876
    Abstract: A tamper-proof locking mechanism for a vehicular engine compartment, the compartment having a (a) hood closure member with a striker secured within the compartment to the hood; (b) a latch mechanism having a movable latch for catching and holding the striker when such striker is brought into a predetermined position relative to compartment; (c) a bracket secured or connected to the other closure member having (i) walls secured to the latch mechanism for fixing such mechanism in a desired spatial position for receiving the striker, (ii) a saddle with spaced walls defining a track closed at one end by the saddle; and (d) a lock having a housing provided with (i) a tumbler body slidable in and along the track and nestable on the saddle for being secured in an operative position, (ii) housing flanges at opposite regions of the body that overlap the edges of both of the spaced saddle walls, each flange contacting the edges of the side walls at one end of the body to ride thereon and fit flush thereagainst as well
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Michael Taylor
  • Patent number: 5894749
    Abstract: A flexible link connects a release pawl of a latch to key cylinder. The link has a connector at each end thereof for connecting to the release pawl at one end and for connecting to the key cylinder at the opposite end. The link has a flexing section intermediate of the ends. The flexing section has a bias for deflecting in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Atoma International Corp.
    Inventors: Kris Tomaszewski, Luda Uzdin
  • Patent number: 5793122
    Abstract: A triggering pin is connected between the steering column cover and the ignition switch lock, or a glass bead is held between the ignition switch lock and the ignition switch lock mounting assembly, of an automobile including a steering column lock. When either the steering column cover in the area of the ignition switch lock or the ignition switch lock itself is removed, the triggering pin or bead, connected to a trigger wire, triggers a switch that removes power from a propulsion system function necessary for the driving of the vehicle. In addition, where the automobile includes a conventional security system, the triggering of the security device trips a switch to provide power to the conventional security system. Power may also be provided to a hood lock spliced onto the hood release cable that, when actuated, prevents the cable from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Motor Vehicle Protection Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Dingwall, Howard T. Bellin
  • Patent number: 5394714
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for securing a cargo compartment of a motor vehicle, the cargo compartment including a cargo compartment lid that moves away from the body of the motor vehicle to allow access to the interior of the cargo compartment, the cargo compartment lid having an interior surface within the cargo compartment, and the motor vehicle body having an interior surface within the interior of the cargo compartment, the locking apparatus including a first plate member for attachment to the interior surface of the cargo compartment lid, a first loop member, a mechanism for fixedly attaching the first loop member to the first plate member in at least two orientations, the at least two orientations being transverse with respect to one another, a second plate member for attachment to the interior surface of the motor vehicle body, a second loop member, and a mechanism for fixedly attaching the second loop member to the second plate member in at least two orientations, the at least two orientations being transver
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Inventor: James D. Trusty
  • Patent number: 5369970
    Abstract: A device is provided for locking a compartment lid such as the hood of a motor vehicle. The device comprises an element adapted to sit on a portion of the hood and a portion of an adjacent fender surface, a strap attached to the element and extending through a gap between the hood and fender into the compartment interior, a hook on the strap to attach the strap to the vehicle in the compartment, and a mechanism such as a reel to remove slack from the strap and hold the element securely against the hood and adjacent fender surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Winner International
    Inventors: Danut Voiculescu, Mark Banez, L. David Carlo
  • Patent number: 5247817
    Abstract: A locking device for a flap or door of a motor vehicle contains, in addition to the conventional flap or door lock which is unlockable and lockable by a lock cylinder, an additional bolt acting in parallel with the lock on a closing member of the same flap or door. The bolt is prestressed by a spring in the direction of its securing position and is movable mechanically in the direction of its release position by the lock cylinder via a linkage with a free-play connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Albrecht Korner, Franz Waschitschek, Klaus Claar, Andreas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5007261
    Abstract: An electrically actuated rear deck lock mechanism which may be locked or unlocked in a conventional manner. The lock mechanism latches the deck lid with a latch member engaging a lock bar after closure of the deck lid. An electric actuator moves the latch to a locked position. Once in the locked position, the electrical actuator mechanism is free of the mechanical forces applied to the latch member such that any forces experienced during normal operation of the vehicle are absorbed through the mechanical interaction of the latch with the lock bar without undue effect on the electrical actuator. The latch member can also be manually moved to a locked position without interfering with the electrical locking position of the mechanism. A bypass cam and a release member are provided which permit the rear deck locking mechanism to be manually locked and unlocked in the event of a power failure or a failure of the electric actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Norman G. Quantz
  • Patent number: 4987757
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for the trunk lid of a motor vehicle has a component which assumes a first position when the trunk lid is closed and locked. The component may or may not project outward from the trunk lid in its first position. The component is capable of assuming a second position when the trunk lid is released. In the second position, the component projects outward from the trunk lid to such an extent that a portion of the component which is recessed in the trunk lid in the first position is now exposed. This portion of the component may be gripped in order to manipulate the trunk lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Inventor: Emil Feder
  • Patent number: 4815306
    Abstract: A preassemblable cylinder lock/actuator subassembly of a central locking system is designed so that, at the same time as the actuator is necessarily fastened to a lock carrier in the correct position, the actuating member of the actuator is coupled in a functionally reliable way to a lock operating lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dieter Feichtiger, Franz Waschitschek, Gotz Motting, Walter Munsinger, Hans Deischl
  • Patent number: 4722206
    Abstract: A lock system for a hinged window-mounted back door is disclosed which comprises a first lock mounted to a main door part for releasably holding the main door part in its closed position, a second lock mounted to the main door part for releasably holding an auxiliary door part in its closed position, a control device mounted to the main door part for releasing the latched condition of the first lock when assuming a first position and releasing the latched condition of said second lock when assuming a second position, and a restraining structure associated with one of the first and second locks for preventing the control device from assuming a position to allow one of the first and second locks to assume its unlatched condition when the other lock assumes its unlatched condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nakamura, Masao Iwata, Masamitsu Murakami
  • Patent number: 4671548
    Abstract: A lock assembly is disclosed for locking pivotable hoods, flaps or the like of motor vehicles, which lock assembly has a displaceable closing cylinder, a handle key, a detent pawl and a rotary latch. To ensure that a closure of this type is adjusted quickly and accurately during assembly, the closing cylinder and handle key on the one hand and the detent pawl and rotary latch on the other hand are arranged in separate housings, and the two housings have guides in which they are displaceable relative to one another on overcoming a frictional force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fritz Haberle, Gotz Motting, Walter Munsinger, Franz Waschitschek
  • Patent number: 4515237
    Abstract: A replacement for a battery ground wire has an insulated wire extending from a battery terminal to a unit disposed at a selected location in an automobile and operable by a key to connect and disconnect the wire to the automobile body as a ground for the battery for selectively disabling the electrical system as a security measure and a hood lock connected in the circuit prevents hood opening during disconnection of battery to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Inventors: Jose Gonzalez, Benito Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 4441345
    Abstract: A lock device for locking the hood of a vehicle equipped with a pivotal latch. A mounting bracket is bolted to the vehicle at a location adjacent to the hood latch behind the vehicle grill. A key operated cylinder lock carries a cam which controls a spring loaded locking arm. A flange on the locking arm engages the latch release lever to prevent it from releasing the hood when the cylinder lock plug is turned to the locked position. The cam releases the locking arm when the cylinder lock is unlocked, and a spring pulls the locking arm away from the release lever to permit unlatching of the hood. In a modified form of the lock device, the cam acts directly against the latch release lever to provide the sole means for operating the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Inventor: David A. Guarr
  • Patent number: 4335909
    Abstract: An articulated linkage locks the various access panels, covers, and plates opening into an engine and its accessories. A spring loaded shaft is used to drive a bell crank and a set of catch bolts. Each catch bolt is matched with a catch plate joined to one of the panels, covers and plates granting access to the engine and its components. A pair of doors covering the instrument panel is used to reposition the spring loaded shaft and bell crank. Locking the doors together therefore locks the catch bolt and catch plates together in one stroke and with one lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1982
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventor: Floyd A. Schmitz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4312197
    Abstract: A device comprising a lock with a rotating knob and incorporated bolt, capable of being blocked by the release of the rotating-knob unlocking control. The release results from the shifting of a blocking lever 13, 113 of the plate of the lock. The lever is operated by either a remote-controlled driving organ, or directly by the cylinder bolt. The blocking lever can, in addition, be inhibited by a locking lever 55, 155 operated from inside the trunk so as to neutralize the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Assignee: Regie Nationale des Usines Renault
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Carrion, Christian Le Buhan
  • Patent number: 4312452
    Abstract: A frame into which a forward end of an automotive vehicle is driven, and secured, so as to prevent vehicle theft, the frame including adjustable bars, so as to clamp snugly against the vehicle, and, in one design, also including rollers against the vehicle wheels, that prevent the vehicle from riding off the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Inventor: Vincent J. Waier
  • Patent number: 4237709
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for lids, hoods, flaps and/or doors, especially in motor vehicles, which cooperates with a cylinder lock whose lock cylinder is provided with a lock part adapted to be pressed-in against the force of a spring. The lock part includes, at its cylindrical outer surface, a pressure pin which is swung by rotation from an operating position to a non-operating position. In addition to the pressure pin, a lug is arranged at the outer surface of the lock part adapted to be pressed-in. The lug is operatively connected with an additional locking mechanism in such a manner that the additional locking mechanism becomes operable only over a limited rotary range of the lock cylinder adjoining the inoperable position of the pressure pin--as viewed in the locking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1980
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rolf Krugener, Ernst Haug, Hermann W. Kurth
  • Patent number: 4070880
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides means for locking the engine compartment hoods of vehicles by a device which is detachably secured to the fixed vehicle body structure below a side edge of the hook and has a threaded upward extension which projects upwardly between the edge of the hood and the vehicle body structure. A nut engages the threads of the upward extension and overlies a side edge of the hood to prevent opening the hood. A specially keyed wrench is required to remove the nut and thus release the hood lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1978
    Assignee: McGard, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack C. Carl
  • Patent number: 3979144
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock for the hinged lid, panel or bonnet of a motor vehicle. Said lock comprises a locking hook pivoted to a support by means of a pivot pin, and a keeper coacting with said hook, said hook being urged to its open or release position by a torsion spring interposed between said hook and said support, and means for locking said hook in its closing or locking position in relation to said keeper, said locking means comprising on the one hand said spring reacting against said support by means of an arm having a certain freedom of movement as far as the distance between said arm and the hook axis is concerned, and on the other hand manual control means coacting with said spring arm for varying said distance between said arm and said hook axis, whereby said spring arm will coact according to its distance from said axis with either a stop member for locking said hook in its locking or closing position, or another stop member for retaining said hook in its opening or release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1976
    Assignees: Regie Nationale des Usines Renault, Automobiles Peugeot
    Inventor: Jacques Bascou
  • Patent number: 3966244
    Abstract: An installation for securing pivotal hoods or flaps, particularly engine hoods for motor vehicles, which are unlatched from the interior space of the vehicle and can be released externally from a locked or stop position by a lever secured at a safety hook which itself is pivotally mounted spring-loaded at the hood and cooperates with a fixed counter-member; after the release of the interior latching mechanism, the safety hook is pivoted into a locking or stop position by an upwardly directed movement of the hood, in the course of which the lever pivotally mounted at the safety hook is displaced out of a normal, covered-off position into an externally accessible position for the disengagement out of the stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Werner Kleisser, Gotz Motting