US Patent No. 10,219,324

REAR SLIDER WINDOW ASSEMBLY


Patent No. 10,219,324
Issue Date February 26, 2019
Title Rear Slider Window Assembly
Inventorship Darin J. Snider, Holland, MI (US)
Michael J. Hulst, Holland, MI (US)
Assignee MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC., Holland, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,219,324

1. A rear slider window assembly for a vehicle, said rear slider window assembly comprising:a fixed window panel, wherein said fixed window panel has an opening therethrough;
an upper rail and a lower rail fixedly attached at said fixed window panel;
wherein said upper and lower rails have channels therealong;
a movable window panel that is movable along said upper and lower rails, wherein said movable window panel is movable between a closed position and an opened position relative to said opening of said fixed window panel, and wherein said movable window panel is disposed at and at least partially in said opening when in the closed position;
wherein said movable window panel comprises a guide pin at each corner, with two upper guide pins received in respective channels of said upper rail and with two lower guide pins received in respective channels of said lower rail;
wherein a first channel of said channels has a slot established therealong and therethrough, and wherein a first guide pin of said guide pins is received in said first channel;
a heater grid disposed at a surface of said movable window panel;
an electrical connector for electrically connecting electrical terminals at said fixed window panel to electrical terminals of said heater grid at said movable window panel;
wherein said electrical connector comprises a pin follower that is disposed through said slot of said first channel so as to be disposed at said first guide pin and moves with said first guide pin along said first channel as said movable window panel is moved between the opened and closed positions;
wherein said electrical connector includes a flexible cable that is electrically connected to said electrical terminals at said fixed window panel and extends along said first channel and flexes as said pin follower moves along said first channel as said movable window panel is moved between the opened and closed positions; and
wherein said pin follower comprises electrical connections that connect to said flexible cable and to said electrical terminals at said movable window panel, and wherein said pin follower includes a portion that is received through said slot of said first channel and into said first guide pin such that electrical connection between said electrical terminals at said fixed window panel and said electrical terminals of said heater grid at said movable window panel is made via said flexible cable and said pin follower.