Patent Number: 6,168,188

Title: Motor vehicle instrument panel having integrally hinged air bag door

Abstract: A molded instrument panel having a plastic front panel and incorporating an integral air bag door is disclosed wherein the air bag door is hinged to the front panel by overlapping integral plastic members to ensure that the door does not separate from the instrument panel during air bag deployment. The instrument panel also includes a plastic frame integrally formed on an inner surface of the front panel which together with the door, encloses an uninflated air bag. Preferably, the hinge and portions of the frame are formed by a pressurized fluid so as to be hollow, thereby facilitating swinging movement of the door while preventing sink marks on an outer surface of the front panel.

Inventors: Preisler; Darius J. (Macomb, MI), Murar; Jason T. (Clinton Township, MI)

Assignee: Patent Holding Company

International Classification: B60R 21/20 (20060101); B60R 021/20 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018