Patent Number: 6,296,285

Title: Locking handle for refrigerators

Abstract: A locking handle for a refrigerator includes a mounting element rigidly secured to a refrigerator door, a hand grip rigidly secured to the mounting element, and a latch attached to the mounting element. The latch has a catch movable between a locked position and an unlocked position and an actuator operably connected to the catch for moving the catch from the locked position to the unlocked position. The latch provides a positive lock which is actuated to an unlocked position with a manipulation separate from pulling the hand grip but has an actuator located near the hand grip so that it can be manipulated by a hand grasping and pulling the hand grip. In a first embodiment, the catch is integrally molded with the mounting portion and is laterally deflectable away from a retainer mounted beside the door. In a second embodiment the catch is a vertically extending spindle which is downwardly movable away from a retainer mounted above the door.

Inventors: Alvring; Gunnar (Grebbestad, SE), Anderson; Kenneth (Motala, SE), Lindqvist; Per-Olof (Motala, SE), Moseley; Andrew (Herbom, DE), Nilsson; Bo (Motala, SE)

Assignee: White Consolidated Industries, Inc.

International Classification: E05C 1/00 (20060101); E05C 1/10 (20060101); E05C 19/06 (20060101); E05C 19/00 (20060101); E05C 001/04 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018