Patent Number: 6,297,605

Title: Pinch sensing arrangement for a motor vehicle power liftgate

Abstract: A pinch sensing arrangement for a motor vehicle power liftgate mounted to the body of the motor vehicle and driven by a drive mechanism between an open position and a closed position. The pinch sensing arrangement includes a mounting track, a sensor and a control module. The mounting track is attached to the liftgate. The sensor is attached to the mounting track and elongated along at least one of the lateral sides of the liftgate. The sensor is operative for generating an electrical signal when compressed. The control module is in electrical communication with the sensor and is adapted to control the drive mechanism to articulate the liftgate to the open position upon receiving the electrical signal.

Inventors: Butler; Frederick C (Davisburg, MI), Oxley; Peter L (Mt Albert, CA)

Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation

International Classification: E05F 15/00 (20060101); H02P 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018