Patent Number: 6,332,781

Title: Connector structure having dust/water droplet damage prevention capability

Abstract: A connection structure for power supply to a vehicle door comprising a door side connector 4 and a body side connector 3, either one of the door side connector and the body side connector being provided with female terminals 9 and the other connector being provided with male terminals 28, each of the female terminals including contact members 14 having a pair of contact portions 15 which are biased in a closing direction by means of a spring member 22 and adapted to be opened and closed in a horizontal direction, and each of the male terminal 28 being inserted between a pair of the contact portions. A pair of the contact portions are provided with shutters 12 respectively at their forward ends, and the shutters are closed when the contact portions are closed thereby to close an opening 11 formed in the connector 3 for receiving the male terminal. The connector 3 may be provided with openings for draining water and removing dusts. The female terminal 9 is rotatably supported about a support shaft 21. A pair of hinge portions 17 of the female terminal through which a support shaft 21 passes are pressed by a spring tension against an electrode 31 in the connector, and the electrode is connected to either of a door side circuit and a body side circuit. The male terminal 28 may be biased by a spring in a projecting direction with a larger force than a force of inserting it into the female terminal.

Inventors: Ito; Hidetaka (Shizuoka, JP)

Assignee: Yazaki Corporation

International Classification: H01R 13/187 (20060101); H01R 13/15 (20060101); H01R 13/44 (20060101); H01R 13/52 (20060101); H01R 13/453 (20060101); H01R 13/11 (20060101); H01R 033/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018