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Pillar trim mounting structure

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

Yasumi Mizutani, Minoru Shimazu

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

In a pillar trim mounting structure, a clip mount is protruded from the center of the back of an upper end of a center pillar trim; locking pieces are provided on both sides thereof; a clip mounted on the clip mount and the locking pieces are fitted in a mounting hole and locking holes of a center pillar panel, respectively, so that the strength of mounting the pillar trim is increased and the center pillar trim become disengaged even when an air bag is activated. Since the conventional bolt is eliminated, the ornamental cap is also eliminated and a simple appearance can be achieved. When the air bag is activated, an upper surface of each of the locking pieces work as a barrier or a guide and prevents the air bag from entering the center pillar trim and the air bag can be guided in a proper direction of expansion.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a first embodiment in which a pillar trim mounting structure according to the present invention is applied to a center pillar trim mounting structure;

FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view showing a state in which the center pillar trim shown in FIG. 1 is mounted on a panel;

FIG. 3 is an explanatory view showing a state in which an air bag in the center pillar trim shown in FIG. 1 is activated;

FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view showing a second embodiment in which the pillar trim mounting structure according to the present invention is applied to a center pillar trim mounting structure;

FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view of a locking piece in the center pillar trim mounting structure shown in FIG. 4;

FIG. 6 is a cross sectional view showing a third embodiment in which the pillar trim mounting structure according to the present invention is applied to a center pillar trim mounting structure;

FIG. 7 is a plan view of a roof trim, showing a layout of a curtain-type air bag;

FIG. 8 is a perspective view showing a conventional pillar trim; and

FIG. 9 is a cross sectional view showing a conventional pillar trim mounting structure.

Claims

1. A pillar trim mounting structure of a vehicle in which a curtain-type air bag is disposed along the inside of a roof panel and a pillar trim is mounted below the air bag, comprising:

2. A pillar trim mounting structure according to claim 1, wherein the engaging-force reinforcing means provided for the locking pieces is a pawl section, the pawl section being formed to be bent downward at the top end of the locking piece and engaged with the rim of the locking hole.

3. A pillar trim mounting structure according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein at least one reinforcing rib is provided in a mounting direction at the back of the locking piece, the reinforce rib reinforcing the locking piece against a reactive force of an air bag when the air bag expands.

4. A pillar trim mounting structure according to claim 1, wherein a downward sloping guide face is formed at a top end of an upper surface of said locking piece.

5. A pillar trim mounting structure according to claim 2, wherein a downward-sloping guide face is formed at a top end of an upper surface of the locking piece.

6. A pillar trim mounting structure according to claim 3, wherein a downnward sloping guide face is formed at a top end of the upper surface of a locking piece.

7. A pillar trim mounting structure according to claim 1, wherein locking pieces extending laterally and horizontally are provided at bilaterally symmetric positions on both sides of the clip mount.

8. A pillar trim mounting structure according to claim 1, wherein said clip and said plurality of locking pieces are substantially rectilinear.

9. A vehicle interior structure comprising: