Automotive air bag cover having a horn switch formed therein

  • US RE35,031 E
  • Filed: 10/13/1993
  • Issued: 09/05/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An automotive air bag cover comprising:

  • substantially rigid front cover and side panels adapted to enclose an uninflated automotive air bag, the front panel having inner and outer surfaces and being interconnected to the side panel at seams which permit the inflating air bag to leave the cover, the inflating air bag exerting a force at the inner surface of the front panel sufficient to cause the front panel to separate from the side panels along the seams; and

    a horn switch device including a flexible manually operable diaphragm at the outer surface of the front panel, the diaphragm having a first electrically conductive inner surface for making a circuit path with a corresponding second electrically conductive inner surface upon manual actuation of the diaphragm, the second electrically conductive inner surface being defined by a rigid plate attached to the substantially rigid remainder of the front panel to move therewith wherein the first and second electrically conductive inner surfaces define a hollow compartment in the front panel and wherein upon separation from the side panels the front panel including the diaphragm, the hollow compartment and the rigid plate move together to permit the inflating air bag to leave the cover.

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