Patent Number: 7,823,963

Title: Vehicle rear window body structure

Abstract: A body structure for an automotive vehicle includes a side member, an outer back panel and an inner back panel. The side member extends generally vertically and defines a rear pillar of the vehicle. The side member has an inner flange. The outer back panel has a middle wall extending generally transversely in the vehicle. The outer back panel has a connecting wall extending from the middle wall. The inner back panel has a center wall extending generally transversely in the vehicle. The inner back panel has a connecting flange extending from the center wall. The inner back panel is spaced apart from the outer back panel to define a cavity in which a rear window is disposed. The connecting flange, connecting wall and inner flange are fixedly secured to each other to define a longitudinally extending seal that prevents liquid from passing between the cavity and an inside region of the vehicle.

Inventors: Gambatese; Brady J. (Ann Arbor, MI), Izumoto; Masanori (Tokyo, JP), Yamada; Osamu (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Toyota Motor Corporation

International Classification: B62D 25/08 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00