Vented side release buckle

  • US 5,926,928 A
  • Filed: 03/16/1998
  • Issued: 07/27/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/16/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A side release buckle, comprising:

  • a male member having a longitudinally extending axis and a tongue portion;

    a female member having a longitudinally extending axis, a receptacle, defined partially by first and second substantially opposed side walls, for receiving said tongue portion of said male member, and latching means for releasably retaining said tongue portion of said male member within said receptacle;

    an opening defined within and extending through a substantially axially central portion of said tongue portion of said male member so as to define upon said tongue portion of said male member a pair of laterally spaced, flexible latching arms for releasably engaging said latching means of said female member; and

    a pair of separate openings laterally spaced from each other upon opposite sides of said longitudinally extending axis of said female member, respectively defined within and extending through each one of said first and second substantially opposed side walls of said female member, and having predetermined configurations for at least partial alignment with said opening of said male member when said tongue portion of said male member is disposed within said receptacle of said female member such that said at least partially aligned openings of said male and female members together form corresponding apertures which extend through said side release buckle and which have configurations which are substantially the same as said predetermined configurations of said pair of separate openings defined within said first and second substantially opposed side walls of said female member.

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