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Vehicle steering wheel

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

Patrik Schuler

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The invention relates to a vehicle steering wheel including a longitudinal axis, a steering wheel hub, a holding member, and at least one latching connection. The steering wheel further includes a gas bag module which is connected via the at least one latching connection with the holding member and which is displaceably mounted in a direction of the longitudinal axis for actuation of a horn. The latching connection includes a one-piece spring element and a recess, which spring element snaps into the recess and connects the gas bag module and the holding member with each other to form a snap-in connection. In addition, the spring element moves the gas bag module back into a basic position on actuation of a horn.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of the steering wheel skeleton as part of the vehicle steering wheel according to the invention,

FIG. 2 shows a top view onto the hub region of the steering wheel skeleton shown in FIG. 1,

FIG. 3 shows a longitudinal section through the vehicle steering wheel in the region of the hub with the gas bag module inserted,

FIG. 4 shows a section along the line IV—IV in FIG.

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FIG. 5 shows a view of a spring element, constructed as an insert, as seen in the direction of the arrow X in FIG.

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Claims

1. A vehicle steering wheel comprising:

2. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 1 wherein said first section of said spring element is V-shaped in cross-section.

3. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 1 wherein said second section is a bent section of said spring element, said bent section being constructed as a spring plate and projecting radially inward toward said longitudinal axis.

4. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 1 wherein said second section presses said gas bag module toward the basic position of said gas bag module, said second section pressing said gas bag module against said first section such that said gas bag module is mounted free of play in the basic position.

5. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 1 wherein said spring element is a separate insert fastened to one of said holding member and said gas bag module.

6. A vehicle steering wheel comprising:

7. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 6 wherein said spring element is a deformed spring plate.

8. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 6 wherein said spring element is a separate insert fastened to one of said holding member and said gas bag module.

9. A vehicle steering wheel comprising:

10. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 9 wherein said spring element is a deformed spring plate.

11. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 9 wherein said holding member is constructed in a cup shape, said gas bag module being inserted into said cup shape.

12. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 9 wherein said holding member has an axially extending guide groove for positioning said gas bag module such that said gas bag module has a predetermined angular position relative to said holding member.

13. A vehicle steering wheel comprising:

14. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 13 wherein said holding member is constructed in a cup shape, said gas bag module being inserted into said cup shape.

15. The vehicle steering wheel according to claim 13 wherein said spring element has an H-shaped recess defining a first section and a second section, said first section providing part of said latching connection, said second section moving said gas bag module into the basic position.

16. A vehicle steering wheel comprising:

17. A vehicle steering wheel comprising:

18. A vehicle steering wheel comprising:

19. A vehicle steering wheel comprising: