Patent Number: 6,305,725

Title: One-piece slam-action pawl latch

Abstract: A pawl latch having slam-action latching and rotational unlatching actuation is mounted in an aperture formed in a closure panel for releasably retaining the closure panel against a corresponding frame, the pawl latch including a one-piece body with a pawl, a gripping portion, mounting elements, and a spring member, the spring member having a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the latch body and the second end being held by the closure panel to provide a biasing force to return the pawl to its active position where it is aligned with a keeper member provided on the corresponding frame for slam action latching of the latch.

Inventors: Antonucci; Jeffrey L. (Worcester, GB), Weuthen; J. Thomas (Erkelenz, DE)

Assignee: Southco, Inc.

International Classification: E05C 3/14 (20060101); E05C 3/00 (20060101); E05B 15/16 (20060101); E05B 15/00 (20060101); E05C 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018