Patent Number: 6,305,712

Title: Apparatus for supporting steering column of vehicle and process of making

Abstract: A sliding plate of a supporting apparatus normally clamps a supporting bracket for supporting a steering column and allows the supporting bracket to be detached from the sliding plate in case of a secondary collision of a vehicle. The sliding plate of the supporting apparatus has a center portion formed with a fastener hole for receiving a fastener to fasten the sliding plate to a vehicle body, a first lateral portion having a pressing bulge for resiliently abutting on the steering column supporting bracket, a first slit separating the center portion from the pressing bulge of the first lateral portion, and first and second through openings formed between the center portion and the first lateral portion. The first slit extends from the first through opening to the second through opening.

Inventors: Hayashi; Shogo (Aichi, JP)

Assignee: Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd.

International Classification: B62D 1/19 (20060101); B62D 001/99 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018