Vehicle headliner

  • US 6,273,499 B1
  • Filed: 03/21/2000
  • Issued: 08/14/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/22/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A textile material automotive vehicle headliner including a number of electrical accessories and formed of a plurality of thicknesses between which are inserted a main ribbon conductor having a series of tracks and secondary conductors having tracks, wherein openings are formed in said thicknesses corresponding to the location of said electrical accessories, said ribbon conductors extend into said openings, said electrical accessories are adapted to be electrically connected to corresponding ribbon conductors and to be fixed into a corresponding opening, and one of said electrical accessories includes means for connecting said main ribbon conductor to a power supply of said vehicle, said headliner including a support for said electrical accessories having a rim adapted to cooperate with the surface of said headliner adjacent said opening, a flexible printed circuit for powering said electrical accessories, a plate which has compartments to receive contacts of said electrical accessories and means for assembling said support to said plate with said surface adjacent said opening in said headliner clamped between said plate and said rim, said plate includes a hinged flap, means for locking said flap and an extension of said flexible printed circuit for powering said electrical accessories, said ribbon conductor can be clamped between said flap and a bearing surface and said extension includes power supply tracks intended to coincide with said tracks of said ribbon conductor.

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