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WEDGE STABILIZER MECHANISM FOR SLIDING CONSOLE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051652D
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 13 page(s) / 1M

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Abstract

A wedge stabilizer mechanism for a sliding console is disclosed. The stabilizer mechanism is configured to inhibit undesired movement of a console slidably coupled to a rail in a vehicle. The stabilizer mechanism includes a pair of wedges that slide along opposed inclined surfaces in a first direction to seat against the console, rail, and/or console mounting bracket, and in a second direction to allow movement or unlatching of the console from the rail.

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WEDGE STABILIZER MECHANISM FOR SLIDING CONSOLE

Abstract

    A wedge stabilizer mechanism for a sliding console is disclosed. The stabilizer mechanism is configured to inhibit undesired movement of a console slidably coupled to a rail in a vehicle. The stabilizer mechanism includes a pair of wedges that slide along opposed inclined surfaces in a first direction to seat against the console, rail, and/or console mounting bracket, and in a second direction to allow movement or unlatching of the console from the rail.

Description

    The drawings and photographs below show a stabilizer mechanism 10 for a sliding console (e.g., a floor console or other component). The mechanism 10 couples to a rail (shown as a floor rail 12) and to a console mounting bracket 14 (e.g., carriage or slide). The bracket 14 is slidably coupled to the rail 12 as shown in FIG. 2. The console (not shown) is coupled to the bracket 14. The mechanism 10 is configured to inhibit undesired movement of the console. For example, a latch or lock (not shown) secures the console in place and the mechanism 10 inhibits or prevents undesired movement (e.g., "play," etc.) of the console while in the locked position.

    The mechanism 10 includes a pair of upper wedges 16, a pair of lower wedges 18, a pair of front slide blocks 20, a pair of rear slide blocks 22, and an actuator 24. The following description will be directed to one side of the mechanism with the understanding that the other side is identical.

    The upper wedge 16 is slidably coupled to lower wedge 18 along inclined surfaces 25, 26 (e.g., a slanted plane). Preferably, the wedges are coupled by a dove-tail engagement as shown in Figures 1 and 9. The upper wedge 16 includes a member 28 that engages the actuator 24. Various embodiments of the engagement between the member 28 and the actuator 24 is shown in

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Figures 1-10. Referring to Figures 1-4, the member 28 of the upper wedge 16 is disposed in a slot 30 in the front slide block 20. A spring 32 biases the upper wedge 16 into engagement with the lower wedge 18. The end of the spring 32 is received in a recess or pocket 34 in the front slide block 20 as shown in Figure 4.

    The lower wedge 18 includes a slot 36 that receives an internally projecting flange 38 on the mounting bracket 14. The lower wedge 18 slides along the flange 38.

    The front block 20 and the rear block 22 include slots 40, 41 to receive flange 38 of the mounting bracket 14. The slide blocks 20, 22 eng...