WHEEL AND TIRE ASSEMBLY FOR TOY VEHICLES

  • US 3,730,594 A
  • Filed: 04/26/1971
  • Issued: 05/01/1973
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/26/1971
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a wheel and tire assembly for a miniature toy vehicle, a wheel of rigid material having a cylindrical peripheral surface connecting inner and outer sides of the wheel, the wheel being provided with a continuous groove around said peripheral surface opening toward the inner side thereof and having a diametrically reduced hub portion on the outer side thereof concentric with said peripheral surface and projecting axially outwardly therebeyond, and being provided with radially extending shoulder means spaced axially inwardly from the outer edge of said hub portion an annular tire of resilient material having an interior cylindrical surface adapted to conform to and fit snugly around the peripheral surface of the wheel, said tire having an annular side wall on one side, engaging the outer side of the wheel and having an inner periphery tightly encircling said hub portion and abutting said shoulder means to retain the tire against axially inward movement on said wheel and an inwardly directed annular bead on the other side seated in said groove in the wheel to retain the tire against outward axial movement from the wheel but to permit axial inward movement of said tire onto said wheel, the radial dimension of said side wall being substantially greater than that of the bead whereby to simulate a tire sidewall.

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