Patent Number: 6,253,412

Title: Wiper blade and replacement kit for a wiper blade

Abstract: The invention concerns a wiper or an exchange kit for a wiper for a windshield wiper installation for the cleaning of a windshield of a vehicle with a wiper blade that is retained on an oblong retaining structure by means of retaining claws of the retaining structure gripping the head strip of the wiper blade from the top and engaging in longitudinal grooves that are formed on opposite longitudinal sides of the head strip. An end bracket that is attached to one end of the head strip retains the wiper blade longitudinally on the retaining structure such that it cannot inadvertently get lost, while a snap-arm that is part of the end bracket traverses the correlated end claw of the retaining structure and snaps into place behind the interior front side of the end claw by means of a snap element. In order to make the exchange of a wiper blade easier, the snap-arm of the end bracket has an essentially oblong flat shape and extends flush along one longitudinal side of the head strip that is part of the wiper blade. The snap element is a tongue that is notched free out of the snap-arm, bent out from the plane of the snap-arm and away from the head strip at an acute angle, with the front edge opposing the interior front side of the end claw as a stop.

Inventors: Herrmann; Volker (Tauberbischofsheim, DE), Egner-Walter; Bruno (Heilbronn, DE)

Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.

International Classification: B60S 1/38 (20060101); B60S 001/38 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018