Patent Number: 6,254,261

Title: Illuminated safety handle for opening the trunk of a vehicle from inside

Abstract: A safety release handle assembly for a trunk of a vehicle is positionable within the trunk or compartment space of the vehicle to allow for opening of the trunk or compartment lid from within the trunk or compartment. The safety release assembly comprises a housing and a handle positioned within a recess of the housing. The handle is connectable to a release mechanism of the trunk lid and is movable to actuate the release mechanism to open the trunk lid from within the trunk space. The handle provides a mechanical advantage such that the release mechanism may be actuated upon exertion of less than or equal to approximately 20 Newtons at the handle. The safety release assembly may further include an illumination source, whereby the handle may be illuminated to assist viewing of the handle when the trunk lid is closed.

Inventors: Bingle; Robert L. (Holland, MI), Koops; Roger L. (Hamilton, MI)

Assignee: Donnellly Corporation

International Classification: B60Q 3/06 (20060101); B60Q 3/00 (20060101); E05B 65/12 (20060101); E05B 65/20 (20060101); E05B 65/19 (20060101); E05B 45/06 (20060101); E05B 17/22 (20060101); E05B 17/10 (20060101); E05B 17/00 (20060101); E05B 53/00 (20060101); E05B 45/00 (20060101); B60Q 003/06 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018