Replacement door handle for vehicle

  • US 8,544,904 B2
  • Filed: 11/01/2010
  • Issued: 10/01/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/30/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A flush mounted, vehicle door handle, comprising:

  • a housing having an outer wall defining an interior recess;

    a handle pivotally coupled to said housing and having a first portion for pressing on a first side of a fulcrum and a second portion for pulling on a second side of said fulcrum, at least a portion of each of said first and second portions of said handle at least partially disposed within said interior recess when positioned in a first, resting position, the first portion for pressing having a back surface provided for actuating a door latch mechanism of an existing vehicle door when the housing is mounted to a door panel of a vehicle; and

    a first back plate proximate a back side of said housing for covering a first back side portion of the housing and positioned adjacent said second portion and a second back plate coupled to a back side of said handle for covering a second back side portion of the housing and positioned adjacent to said first portion, whereby said second back plate moves along with said handle when said handle is pivoted and said second back plate is configured to actuate a door latch mechanism of a vehicle and whereby when the handle is pivoted about the fulcrum to a second position, the door latch mechanism is actuated causing the door latch mechanism to release the door allowing the door to open.

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