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VISOR RETENTION FEATURE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021442D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 80K

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Abstract

A visor retention system is provided to prevent a visor from becoming a projectile if the visor is stressed during events such as overhead or side-curtain airbag deployment. The visor retention system includes a tether configured to connect the visor to a sheet metal panel of the vehicle. The tether has a first end and a second end. The first end is attached to a mounting bracket for the visor and the second end is attached to the visor, so that if the visor will remain tethered to the sheet metal panel of the vehicle during airbag deployment events that result in detachment of the visor from the vehicle.

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VISOR RETENTION FEATURE

Abstract

         A visor retention system is provided to prevent a visor from becoming a projectile if the visor is stressed during events such as overhead or side-curtain airbag deployment. The visor retention system includes a tether configured to connect the visor to a sheet metal panel of the vehicle. The tether has a first end and a second end. The first end is attached to a mounting bracket for the visor and the second end is attached to the visor, so that if the visor will remain tethered to the sheet metal panel of the vehicle during airbag deployment events that result in detachment of the visor from the vehicle.

Background

         The automotive industry is moving toward side curtain air bags for protection of occupants during certain accident scenarios. However, side curtain airbags present certain problems for overhead and visor products within the vehicle interior. For example, a visor may be provided at a location (or may be movable to a location) that interferes with the deployment path of the airbag, potentially resulting in separation of the visor from the vehicle support structure. Accordingly, it would be desirable to provide a feature that retained the visor coupled or tethered to the vehicle support structure in the event tha t the visor is located within the deployment path of the air bag when the airbag is deployed.

Description

         This device is a tether that is intended to connect the visor to the vehicle support structure (e.g. sheet metal panel, etc.) with no additional fasteners or effort from OEM or service personnel. A teth...