Patent Number: 7,611,190

Title: Vehicle door articulating and sliding mechanism

Abstract: A vehicle door articulating and sliding mechanism is provided that includes a swing arm pivotally mounted via a first bracket to a vehicle structure at one end and a sliding assembly comprising a rotating second bracket mounted at an opposite end of the swing arm. The sliding assembly is slidably engaged to a vehicle door. The mechanism also includes a first flexible link at least partially encircling a first sprocket connected to the vehicle structure and a second sprocket fixed to the vehicle door. The mechanism further includes a second flexible link fixed to the vehicle door at one end and fixed to the vehicle structure at the opposite end. The second flexible link at least partially encircles a cam, wherein the first flexible link and cam provide a catch that engages the cam to accelerate movement of the door during opening.

Inventors: Elliott; Adrian Nicholas Alexander (Dearborn, MI), Falenski; Jason (Berkley, MI), Johnson; Justin Thales (Idaho Falls, ID), Lechkun; Dave Michael (Shelby Township, MI)

Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC

International Classification: B60J 5/06 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017