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DOOR BRAKE INTERLOCK

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020298D
Publication Date: 2003-Nov-11
Document File: 4 page(s) / 166K

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Abstract

A door brake interlock is disclosed. The door brake interlock comprises a brake that keeps a vehicle door or liftgate from opening after the handle is actuated. The brake is disengaged by actuating a release handle on the door. If the handle is released, the door stops.

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DOOR BRAKE INTERLOCK

Abstract

         A door brake interlock is disclosed. The door brake interlock comprises a brake that keeps a vehicle door or liftgate from opening after the handle is actuated. The brake is disengaged by actuating a release handle on the door. If the handle is released, the door stops.

Background

         It is generally known to provide for a door having two or three set stop points. Such stop points are typically full open, half open, and full closed.

         However, such a configuration has several disadvantages. As a vehicle occupant begins to open a vehicle door, a gust of wind can throw the door open, causing injury to a bystander, damage to an object located within the swing radius of the door or to the door itself. When the vehicle is parked nose-down on a substantial grade, the unexpected additional "weight" of a forward-swinging or forward sliding door can also cause the occupant to lose their grip on the grab handle and cause the door to open quickly and uncontrollably.

Description

         A primary feature of the present invention is to provide an inexpensive, easy-to- manufacture door brake interlock that overcomes the above-noted disadvantages.

         Another feature of the present invention is to provide a door brake interlock that prevents or inhibits the door from opening or closing unintentionally.

         Another feature of the present invention is to provide a door brake interlock that retains the door in any of a variety of positions between open and closed.

         As shown in the drawing below, a brake keeps a door from opening after the interior door handle is actuated. The brake is disengaged by actuating a release handle on the door. If this handle is released as door swings open, the door stops. This door brake interlock is

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intended to address the problem of wind gusts throwing a door open into an object next to the vehicle, parked on a decline, and other disengageable door movement sit...