Patent Number: 6,168,176

Title: Accessing step construction on downwardly curved vehicle bumpers and methods of operating and constructing it

Abstract: An accessing step, mounted on a vehicle having a bumper attached to the vehicle frame, comprises a step part and a mount assembly fixedly supported on the bumper and frame, mounting the step part for swinging movement from a first operative position in which the step part extends generally horizontally to a retracted second position pivoted upwardly to lie generally vertically adjacent the bumper. The mount assembly incorporates a lock device automatically operative between the mount assembly and step part for releasably locking the step part in the second position and automatically locking up to block the step part from downwardly swinging beyond a substantially horizontal position, while permitting the step part to be swung upwardly.

Inventors: Mueller; Gerald E. (Frankenmuth, MI)

Assignee: Bad River, Inc.

International Classification: B60R 3/02 (20060101); B60R 3/00 (20060101); B60R 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018