Patent Number: 7,422,261

Title: Reinforcing support incorporated into a glove box retaining structure located proximate a pivot actuating handle mechanism

Abstract: A pivotally actuated glove box mounted within a vehicle dashboard and exhibiting reinforcing support proximate a mounting location of an exterior handle mechanism. A volume-holding bin includes an inner panel secured to locations associated with the bin. Projecting portions defined upon an opposite surface of the inner panel align with selected inwardly directed support ribs associated with an outer panel and which is vibrational welded with said inner panel along contact locations established between said panels. The placement of the projecting portions coincides with the contact locations associated those inwardly directed support ribs of the outer panel which are proximate the location of a handle mechanism secured to an exposed face of the outer panel and which, upon actuating the handle mechanism, prevent damage to the inwardly contacting edges of the outer panel structural rib supports.

Inventors: Zellner, Jr.; Kerry Scott (Saline, MI), Kobayashi; Atsushi (Ann Arbor, MI)

Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

International Classification: B60R 7/06 (20060101)

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