Patent Number: 8,814,231

Title: Adaptive door handles

Abstract: A force adjustment system that inhibits door handle actuation is provided. The force adjustment system includes a sensor configured to provide a signal in response to an input. An energy source is configured to provide an output in response to the signal. A force adjustment component is configured to be linked to a door handle assembly. The force adjustment component comprises a material having a property that is changed in response to the output provided by the energy source to change a force applied to a handle of the door handle assembly.

Inventors: Gandhi; Umesh N. (Farmington Hills, MI)

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

International Classification: E05B 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018