Patent Number: 6,293,522

Title: Safety latch for a tire carrier and improvements therefor

Abstract: This invention provides a safety mechanism for a winch assembly when storing a load, such as a tire under a vehicle or a boat on a trailer, in a raised or stored position. The invention finds particular application to a spare tire, but those skilled in the art will appreciate the broader benefits of such a structure when used with a winch assembly for other uses such as a boat winch for a trailer or any analogous use wherein it is desirable to secure a load in the raised or stored position. A unique actuator is described with an improvement of the invention, which includes a control path therewith to control a rod end and thereby actuates in a preferred embodiment a latch by converting rotary motion to linear motion.

Inventors: Dobmeier; Ludwig P. (Windsor, CA), Greaves; Jeffrey (Windsor, CA)

Assignee: TKA Fabco Corp.

International Classification: B62D 43/04 (20060101); B62D 43/00 (20060101); B66D 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018