Barrier element for vehicle door

  • US 9,090,216 B2
  • Filed: 12/31/2013
  • Issued: 07/28/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A barrier element for protecting a law enforcement vehicle door interior panel from an occupant of an adjacent vehicle seat, comprising:

  • a body having sufficient thickness to have a nondeformable shape and to provide impact resistance, the body being shaped to enclose the vehicle door interior panel and to block the occupant'"'"'s access to an interior door handle, a lock control and a window control of an associated vehicle door, wherein the body is configured to cover the vehicle door interior panel from its top extent to its bottom extent and from its forward extent to its rear extent, the body comprising a main surface and adjoining side surfaces,wherein the barrier element is securable to the vehicle door at locations that are positioned away from the main surface of the body to be inaccessible to the occupant, thereby resisting efforts by the occupant to tamper with the vehicle door or the vehicle door interior panel and resisting damage to the vehicle door interior panel from occupant strikes to the barrier element.

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