Patent Number: 7,581,777

Title: Header latch assembly for convertible tops

Abstract: A latch assembly allows a first part and a second part of a convertible top system to be latched together. The latch assembly includes a pair of latch mechanisms disposed on the first part. Each latch mechanism has a hook movable between a locked position engaged with a receiver on the second part to latch the first and second parts together and an unlocked position disengaged from the receiver to unlatch the first and second parts from each other. The latch assembly also includes an actuating mechanism disposed on the first part between the latch mechanisms for moving the hooks between the locked and unlocked positions. The actuating mechanism includes a multi-link assembly movable to a dual overcenter position for maintaining the hooks in the locked position.

Inventors: Neubrand; Frank (West Bloomfield, MI)

Assignee: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH

International Classification: B60J 7/185 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-09-01 0:00:00