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Door latch striker

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

John E. Burton

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A vehicle door striker is manufactured from a U-shaped striker plate and a striker bolt. The striker plate has a mounting plate connected to an arm by a support segment. The mounting plate has a striker bolt hole and two mounting bolt holes therethrough and the arm has a boss with a threaded hole therethrough. The striker bolt has a head and a threaded end with a shaft therebetween. The shaft is surrounded by a profiled plastic sleeve which serves to dampen sound and reduce wear. In assembling the vehicle door striker, the striker bolt is inserted through the striker bolt hole such that the head is fully recessed in the mounting plate and such that the threaded end is threaded into the threaded hole of the boss. The sleeve may be placed over the shaft of the striker bolt either before or during the assembly process. A plastic cover substantially envelops the striker plate to provide sound dampening and to further protect the vehicle door striker.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a prior art door latch striker including a U-shaped stamping and a bolt riveted between the legs of the U;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a door latch striker constructed in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a front elevational view of a door latch striker constructed in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a side elevational view of a door latch striker constructed in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a partial cross-sectional view of the door latch striker shown in FIG. 2 taken generally along the line

5

5;

FIG. 5A is a partial cross sectional view of a door latch striker constructed in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a partially exploded, partial cross-sectional view of the door latch striker shown in FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional view of the striker bolt shown in FIG. 6 taken generally along the line

7

7;

FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view of the striker bolt and an alternative embodiment of the sleeve;

FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view of the striker bolt and an alternative embodiment of the sleeve;

FIG. 10 is a cross-sectional view of the striker bolt and an alternative embodiment of the sleeve;

FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view of the striker bolt and an alternative embodiment of the sleeve;

FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of an alternative embodiment of the striker bolt and an alternative embodiment of the sleeve, the crests of annular rings along the length of the bolt being shown in phantom;

FIG. 13 is a partial cross-sectional view of the striker bolt and sleeve shown in FIG. 12 with the striker bolt shown threaded into the striker plate, the annular rings continuing along the length of the shaft of the striker bolt as shown by phantom lines;

FIG. 13A is a detail of the striker bolt and sleeve shown in FIG. 13 taken generally in the area designated

13A;

FIG. 14 is a partial cross-sectional view of an alternative embodiment of the striker bolt and an alternative embodiment of the sleeve with the striker bolt shown threaded into the striker plate;

FIG. 14A is a cross-sectional view of the alternative embodiment of the striker bolt and sleeve shown in FIG. 14 taken generally along the line

14A—

14A;

FIG. 15 is a perspective view of a door latch striker constructed in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention including a cover;

FIG. 16 is a partial cross-sectional view of the door latch striker of FIG. 15 taken generally along the line

16;

FIG. 17 is a partial cross-sectional view of the door latch striker of FIG. 16 with mounting bolts inserted through the mounting bolt holes and interfering with the cover; and

FIG. 18 is a partial cross-sectional view of a door latch striker in accordance with the present invention including an alternative embodiment of a cover.

Claims

1. A vehicle door striker comprising:

2. A vehicle door striker comprising:

3. The vehicle door striker of claim 2 wherein the boss protruding from the distal portion of the arm is on a side of the arm oriented toward the mounting plate.

4. The vehicle door striker of claim 2 wherein the securement hole includes internal threads in threading engagement with a threaded portion of the arm engagement end of the striker bolt.

5. The vehicle door striker of claim 2 wherein the arm engagement end of the striker bolt connects to the distal portion of the arm through the securement hole and is retained in position by riveting.

6. A vehicle door striker comprising:

7. A vehicle door striker comprising:

8. The vehicle door striker of claim 7 wherein the connecting end of the striker bolt is attached to the arm through the securement hole by riveting.

9. The vehicle door striker of claim 7 wherein the arm extending from the mounting plate has a strengthening ridge along at least a portion thereof.

10. The vehicle door striker of claim 7 wherein the mounting plate further includes two mounting holes therethrough.