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SPRING LOADED P-R-N-D-L BEZEL LOCKING DEVICE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011528D
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 539K

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Abstract

A spring loaded, PRNDL bezel locking device is disclosed as an improvement to known spring-loaded PRNDL bezels used in automotive shifter assemblies. The locking device allows the bezel to be locked in the fully depressed position (either for one-time or multi-use), which is intended to increase loading clearances in vehicle and reduces loading efforts.

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SPRING LOADED P-R-N-D-L BEZEL LOCKING DEVICE Abstract

         A spring loaded, PRNDL bezel locking device is disclosed as an improvement to known spring-loaded PRNDL bezels used in automotive shifter assemblies. The locking device allows the bezel to be locked in the fully depressed position (either for one-time or multi-use), which is intended to increase loading clearances in vehicle and reduces loading efforts.

Background

         It is generally known to provide for PRNDL (i.e., Park-Reverse-Neutral-Drive- Low) shifter bezels that are mounted to an instrument panel, console, or the like.

         Typically, such assemblies require several (floor console) components to be assembled in the vehicle. It is also known to provide a spring-loaded (in the z-axis) PRNDL shifter bezel to absorb variation in the console in the z-axis. These springs apply upward force during and after loading of the console components. However, these forces may require effort (sometimes significant effort) to overcome, in addition to several snap clip attachments between components. Accordingly, it would be advantageous to remove the biasing force (i.e., due to the springs) temporarily during assembly. As such, several components could be assembled prior to vehicle build, thereby allowing use of more structural and reasonable attachment methods. It may also reduce installation efforts of the components into the vehicle because the operator may not be compressing the springs as well as engaging many snap clips simultaneously.

Description

         A primary feature of the present invention is to provide an inexpensive, easy-to- manufacture and aesthetically-pleasing PRNDL bezels that overcome the above-noted disadvantages.

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         Another feature of the present invention is to provide a method of locking down a spring-loaded PR...