Switch mounting

  • US 5,613,598 A
  • Filed: 11/15/1995
  • Issued: 03/25/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/15/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. Switch apparatus comprising:

  • a) a switch housing supporting conductive switch terminals within a switch housing interior;

    b) a switch actuator that extends through a wall of the switch housing and is supported by the switch housing for movement along a travel path to control an actuation state of said switch by selectively shorting the conductive switch terminals; and

    c) structure for mounting the switch housing in a selected one of two different orientations on a support surface comprising;

    i) a retainer coupled to the switch housing having a retaining surface spaced from one wall of the switch housing by a gap that permits the retainer to slide over a tab coupled to the support surface to which the switch housing is mounted; and

    ii) a latch member attached to the retainer by a flexible connection that permits the latch member to flex as the retainer is pushed over the tab;

    said latch member having a projection that fits into an opening in the tab for inhibiting further relative movement between the tab and the switch housing in one of said two orientations.

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