US Patent No. 9,169,675

CLOSURE DEVICE FOR A COMPARTMENT


Patent No. 9,169,675
Issue Date October 27, 2015
Title Closure Device For A Compartment
Inventorship Torsten Voigt, Cologne (DE)
Simon Higgins, Cologne (DE)
Assignee Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,169,675

1. A closure device for a vehicle glove compartment, said closure device comprising:
a flap that functions as a latch handle and configured to pivot to an open position and pivot to a closed position of the
glove compartment, the flap displaceable to a blocked position by a first force acting on an outer surface of the flap in
a first direction, wherein the flap comprises a pivoting mechanism with a lock, the flap movable by the first force to the
blocked position where the lock is moved into engagement with a locking element to prevent pivoting of the flap and thereby
lock the flap in the blocked position, wherein when the first force is removed from acting on the outer surface, said flap
is displaceable to a released position by a second force acting in a second direction opposite to the first direction, in
which when the flap is in the released position the flap may pivot from the released position to the open position or to the
closed position, and wherein a spring provides the second force that biases the flap in the second direction.