Energy absorbent interior trim for vehicle
Trim component having energy absorbing feature
Structure of absorbing impact energy using interior material of automobile
Energy absorbing vehicle trim molding Patent #: 5709407
ApplicationNo. 840656 filed on 04/25/1997
US Classes:296/187.05, Interior280/751Padded or cushioned member
ExaminersPrimary: Pape, Joseph D.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassB60R 021/04
Foreign Application Priority Data1996-04-26 JP
AbstractA pillar garnish for a front pillar disposed between a front windshield glass and a side window glass of an automotive vehicle. The pillar garnish comprises a main body section formed of plastic and secured to a vehicle body. The main body section is generally channel-shaped to cover the front pillar forming part of the vehicle body. The main body section has an inner surface facing the front pillar, and an outer surface facing a vehicle passenger inside a passenger compartment. A plurality of reinforcement ribs are formed at the inner surface of the main body section and integral with the main body section. Each reinforcement rib extends perpendicular to the inner surface. Additionally, a plurality of auxiliary ribs are formed at the inner surface of the main body section and integral with the main body section. Each auxiliary rib extends parallel with each reinforcement rib. Each rib is located between the reinforcement ribs which are located adjacent each other. Each rib extends to occupy at least a part of a region surrounded by the inner surface of the main body section and first and second imaginary straight lines in a transverse plane perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the main body section.