Patent Number: 6,254,161

Title: Reinforcement system for an automotive vehicle fender and bracket therefor

Abstract: A bracket (10) constructed from a single metal blank (20) is generally L-shaped and includes a first arm (16) for attachment to a member (12) requiring reinforcement and a second arm (18) for snap-on affixation to a pillar (14). The arms interconnect via a connecting portion (40). A pair of tabs (36,38) on the second arm (18) each include a cantiliver spring (50) which locks to the pillar (14) when the tabs are received within the pillar slots (64, 66,70, 72). Typically, two brackets (10) are used to secure a fender (12) to a pillar.

Inventors: Wochaski; Edward J. (Livonia, MI)

Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc

International Classification: B62D 25/16 (20060101); B62D 21/09 (20060101); B62D 21/00 (20060101); F16B 37/04 (20060101); B62D 027/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018