Patent Number: 6,254,302

Title: Connector with intermateable holding element and plate member including elastic holding element mounting region

Abstract: A connector is provided for use in selectively connecting an associated plate member to an associated support member. The connector includes a first connector member (1) including a first base portion (10) adapted for connection to the associated plate member. An elongate holding element (4) is adapted for connection to the associated support member and also for selective connection to the first connector member (1). An elastic region (11) is arranged on the first connector member (1) to engage a first free end of the elongate holding element when the first connector member and the holding element are disposed in an intermated rest position. In one form, the elastic region includes a holding zone (15) adapted to surround the free end (20) of the elongate holding member. The holding zone is supported relative to the first base portion by a set of spiral arms that extend radially outwardly from the holding zone. In another form, the elastic region is formed by a pair of elongate resilient arms that are disposed on opposite sides of the elastic region. The arms are biased together and are adapted to receive the free end of the holding element when the connector member and holding element are in their intermated positions.

Inventors: Kraus; Willibald (Grunstadt, DE)

Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH & Co. KG

International Classification: F16B 21/00 (20060101); F16B 21/09 (20060101); F16B 5/06 (20060101); B25G 003/18 (); F16B 021/07 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018