US Patent No. 9,879,449

VEHICLE LATCH ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF DAMPENING SOUND DURING A CLOSING PROCESS OF THE VEHICLE LATCH ASSEMBLY


Patent No. 9,879,449
Issue Date January 30, 2018
Title Vehicle Latch Assembly And Method Of Dampening Sound During A Closing Process Of The Vehicle Latch Assembly
Inventorship Richard Grandjean, Saint Die des Vosges (FR)
Michel Noel, Anould (FR)
Jean-Bernard Didier, Anould (FR)
Assignee INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Troy, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,879,449

1. A vehicle latch assembly comprising:
a housing having a frame plate;
a claw disposed within the housing and operatively coupled to the frame plate, the claw configured to rotate between an open
latch position and a closed latch position; and

a claw buffer secured to the housing and configured to reduce audible noises of the latch assembly associated with the movement
of the claw into the closed latch position, wherein the claw buffer has a first abutment portion configured to engage the
claw prior to the closed latch position and be deflected away from the claw as the claw rotates towards the closed latch position
and a second abutment portion configured to be contacted by the claw as it rotates past the closed latch position, wherein
the first abutment portion is a leg member extending away from the claw buffer, wherein the second abutment portion is formed
of a material having a greater rigidity than that of the first abutment portion and wherein the first abutment portion is
contacted by the claw before the second abutment portion is contacted by the claw;

wherein the leg is a resilient member configured to be maneuvered into contact with the second abutment portion when the claw
rotates past the closed latch position.