Patent Number: 7,422,236

Title: Apparatus and method for providing a horn contact mechanism

Abstract: A method an apparatus for providing a horn switch assembly for securing an inflatable cushion to a steering wheel armature, the horn switch assembly comprising: a backing plate defining a receiving area, the receiving area being configured to receive at least a portion of the inflatable cushion, the receiving area being defined by a peripheral wall of the backing plate; a plurality of mounting members depending outwardly and away from the peripheral wall, the plurality of mounting members providing a mounting surface, wherein the mounting surface of the plurality of mounting members is configured to receive a mounting mechanism therein, wherein each of the plurality of mounting members further comprises a contact point secured thereto; a plurality of isolation mechanisms each being configured to be secured to the steering wheel armature, wherein at least one of the plurality of isolation mechanisms comprises a guide pin and a locking pin for guiding and movably securing one of the mounting mechanisms thereto and each of the plurality of isolation mechanisms comprises a portion of a wire having a non-insulated portion disposed proximate to the contact point of one of the plurality of mounting members; and a biasing member disposed between each of the plurality of isolation mechanisms and a respective one of the plurality of mounting members, wherein the backing plate is capable of movement between a first position and a second position, wherein the contact point of one of the plurality of mounting members makes contact with the non-insulated portion of the pair of wires in the second position providing a conductive path therebetween.

Inventors: Worrell; Barry C. (Centerville, OH)

Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: B60R 21/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-09-09 0:00:00