ApplicationNo. 904798 filed on 07/13/2001
US Classes:180/274, Responsive to engagement of portion of perimeter of vehicle with external object180/69.21Pivoted about horizontal axis extending transversely of vehicle (e.g., alligator type or front end pivot)
ExaminersPrimary: Dickson, Paul N.
Assistant: Ilan, Ruth
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassesB60R 021/34
Foreign Application Priority Data2000-07-19 JP
AbstractA vehicular hood assembly comprising at least one actuator for lifting up a rear end of a hood to a given height when a vehicle s collides with a protective object. The actuator comprises a rod having a constricted portion with lower rigidity than the other part thereof. The actuator is operated responsive to collision of the vehicle with the protective object to cause the rod to lift the hood and when the protective object further encounters a secondary collision with the hood, an impact load exerted to the protective object and the hood is concentrated on the rod to cause the constricted portion of the rod to bend for thereby retaining the hood at its lifted position without causing the rod to return to its original position.
Field of SearchPivoted about horizontal axis extending transversely of vehicle (e.g., alligator type or front end pivot)
Responsive to engagement of portion of perimeter of vehicle with external object
Comprising either movable closure member or fastening device therefor responsive to forward or rearward movement, or variations therein, of vehicle