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MULTI-FUNCTION CARGO RACK

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021451D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-19

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Abstract

A multi-function cargo rack suitable for use in vehicles includes a storage cavity at least partially surrounded by walls and a floor, the storage rack being slidable through an access opening into a vehicle to facilitate loading of the cavity. Alternatively, the rack may be used to prohibit objects located in the rear of the vehicle from flying forward during sudden braking or a front impact. This is accomplished by pivoting the rack about an axis near the floor of the storage area of the vehicle and coupling the rack to the vehicle so that it is oriented in a generally vertical direction or perpendicular to a horizontal storage position. In this vertical orientation, the rack may be attached to the side of wall(s) of the vehicle, to the headliner area thereof or to one or more seats. Alternatively, the cargo rack may be coupled in such a barrier between the upper portion of a seat row and a location generally nearer the vehicle headliner. One or more racks performing the multiple functions may be located in a particular vehicle. The rack is also configured to be releasably coupled to a roof rack of the vehicle.