Patent Number: 8,794,863

Title: Connector for joining an elongated component to a threaded rod

Abstract: A connector for joining a plastic, elongated component and a threaded rod insertable into a borehole of the elongated component, which in turn is guided within a stationary bush, includes a locking element for locking the threaded rod in the borehole. The elongated component has a slot between the borehole and its outer surface. The locking element includes a two-arm lever configured within the slot and has a first end which has an engagement portion that can engage in locking manner the thread of the threaded rod, and a second end projecting outward beyond the slot when the engagement portion engages the thread. The lever's first end is prestressed toward the borehole and the lever is dimensioned in a manner that the second end pivots into the slot as the component is being pushed into the bush, as a result of which the engagement portion leaves the borehole, whereas the lever pivots back when the component has been slipped so far into the bush that the second lever end is released from the bush.

Inventors: Hohmann; Gerd (Sommerhausen, DE), Ferdinand; Markus (Donsieders, DE), Spongk; Albert (Niederstetten, DE)

Assignee: ITW Automotive Products GmbH & Co. KG

International Classification: F16B 21/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018