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INSTRUMENT PANEL ENERGY ABSORPTION BRACKET

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011045D
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-11
Document File: 10 page(s) / 91K

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Abstract

The present disclosure relates to an energy absorber bracket for an instrument panel. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to an energy absorber bracket that is integrated with a glove box assembly of the instrument panel. The glove box assembly is coupled to the vehicle instrument panel and comprises a storage space and an energy absorption bracket. The storage space is defined by a bin, an outer wall, and a door. The energy absorption bracket is integrated with the glove box structure (e.g., without being directly attached to a carrier assembly) and is configured to deform to absorb energy. The energy absorption bracket is preferably located in a void between the bin and the outer wall, and between the bin and the door.

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INSTRUMENT PANEL ENERGY ABSORPTION BRACKET

FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE
[0001]
The present disclosure relates to an energy absorber bracket for an instrument panel. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to an energy absorber bracket that is integrated with the instrument panel.

BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE
[0002]
It is generally known to provide for an instrument panel mounted to a carrier assembly (commonly referred to as "cross-carping"). Such instrument panels can include an energy absorber in the form of a metal bracket directly attached to the carrier assembly.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE
[0003]
A feature of the present disclosure is to provide an energy absorber intended to absorb the inertial energy from an object striking the instrument panel.

         [0004] Another feature of the present disclosure is to provide an energy absorber designed to deform to absorb energy from an impact collision.

         [0005] How these features of the present disclosure are accomplished (individually, collectively, or in various subcombinations) will be described in the following detailed description of the preferred and other exemplary embodiments, taken in conjunction with the FIGURES. Generally,

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however, they are accomplished in a glove box assembly coupled to a vehicle instrument panel. The glove box assembly comprises a storage space defined by its structure. The structure comprises a bin, an outer wall, and a door. The glove box assembly also comprises an energy absorption bracket integrated with the glove box structure and configured to deform to absorb energy.

         [0006] These features of the present disclosure may also be accomplished in a glove box assembly coupled to a vehicle instrument panel. The glove box assembly comprises a storage space defined by a bin, an outer wall, and a door. The glove box assembly also comprises an energy absorption bracket located in a void between the bin and the outer wall, and between the bin and the door. The energy absorption bracket is configured to deform to absorb energy.

         [0007] These features of the present disclosure may also be accomplished in a glove box assembly coupled to a vehicle instrument panel mounted to a carrier assembly. The glove box assembly comprises a storage space defined by its structure. The structure comprises bin, an outer wall, and a door. The glove box assembly also comprises an energy absorption bracket is configured to deform to absorb energy and is integrated with the glove box structure without being directly attached to the carrier assembly.

DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES
[0008]
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of an automotive

interior.

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         [0009] FIGURE 2 is a fragmentary top sectional view of an instrument panel with an integrated glove box energy absorption bracket according to a preferred embodiment.

         [0010] FIGURE 3 is a fragmentary top sectional view of an instrument panel with an integrated glove box energy absorption bracket according to an exemplary...