US 11,655,657 B2
Vehicle door latch security tether
Eugene A. Dylewski, II, Granger, IN (US); and Ernest M. McDonald, II, Granger, IN (US)
Assigned to Leer Group, Elkhart, IN (US)
Filed by Truck Accessories Group, LLC, Elkhart, IN (US)
Filed on Aug. 27, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/458,793.
Application 17/458,793 is a continuation of application No. 16/562,656, filed on Sep. 6, 2019, granted, now 11,105,129.
Application 16/562,656 is a continuation of application No. 14/928,003, filed on Oct. 30, 2015, granted, now 10,407,953.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/073,608, filed on Oct. 31, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2021/0388649 A1, Dec. 16, 2021
Int. Cl. E05C 9/08 (2006.01); E05B 13/00 (2006.01); E05B 83/22 (2014.01); E05B 85/10 (2014.01); E05C 3/04 (2006.01)
CPC E05C 9/085 (2013.01) [E05B 13/004 (2013.01); E05B 83/22 (2013.01); E05B 85/10 (2013.01); E05C 3/042 (2013.01); E05C 3/046 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A security tether for a vehicle door of a vehicle, where the vehicle door is provided with a latch assembly and a lock assembly, both the latch assembly and the lock assembly are configured to couple to the vehicle door, wherein the latch assembly selectively secures the vehicle door to the vehicle and the lock assembly selectively prevents the latch assembly from selectively releasing the vehicle door from the vehicle when the lock assembly is in a locked condition, wherein the lock assembly having a lock lever with the lock lever being movable between the locked condition and an unlocked condition, such that when the lock lever is located in the locked condition, the lock lever engages a pawl at a first location so the pawl is prevented from moving to a pawl unlatched condition, and when the lock lever is in the unlocked condition, the lock lever is disengaged from the first location so the pawl is not prevented from moving to an unlatched condition, and the security tether limits movement of the lock lever of the lock assembly when the lock assembly is in the locked condition, the security tether comprising:
a plate configured to be non-movably attached to the latch assembly;
wherein the plate includes at least one opening disposed therein and configured to receive at least a portion of the lock lever when the lock assembly is in the locked condition of the lock assembly;
wherein the at least one opening has a periphery; and
wherein the periphery of the at least one opening of the plate includes a stop surface configured to limit movement of the lock lever.