US 11,052,792 B2
Release mechanism
Mark G. Tomandl, Coral, MI (US)
Assigned to CTC Acquisition Company LLC, Rockford, MI (US)
Filed by CTC ACQUISITION COMPANY LLC, Rockford, MI (US)
Filed on May 26, 2020, as Appl. No. 16/883,172.
Application 16/883,172 is a division of application No. 15/226,663, filed on Aug. 2, 2016, granted, now 10,675,997.
Application 15/226,663 is a division of application No. 14/183,038, filed on Feb. 18, 2014, abandoned.
Application 14/183,038 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/315,797, filed on Dec. 9, 2011, abandoned.
Prior Publication US 2020/0282876 A1, Sep. 10, 2020
Int. Cl. B60N 2/235 (2006.01); F16C 1/12 (2006.01); B60N 2/02 (2006.01); B60N 2/90 (2018.01)
CPC B60N 2/2356 (2013.01) [B60N 2/0296 (2013.01); B60N 2/933 (2018.02); F16C 1/12 (2013.01); Y10T 74/20438 (2015.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A release mechanism comprising:
a housing defining a pivot element;
a rotor at least partially disposed within the housing and pivotably engaging the pivot element of the housing for rotation about an axis, the rotor including a first bearing surface and a cavity;
a cable connected to the rotor whereby rotation of the rotor shifts the cable;
a helical coil spring having first and second ends, wherein the first end of the coil spring engages the housing, and the second end of the coil spring is positioned in the cavity of the rotor and engages the rotor;
wherein the coil spring is deformed such that the helical coil spring rotationally biases the rotor for rotation in a first direction about the axis;
and wherein the coil spring is compressed such that the coil spring biases the rotor axially away from the housing along the axis and simultaneously rotationally biases the rotor for rotation in the first direction about the axis;
a component having a second bearing surface connected to the housing;
and wherein the first bearing surface of the rotor movably engages the second bearing surface of the component and prevents axial shifting of the rotor away from the housing beyond a predefined position relative to the housing.
 
6. A release mechanism comprising:
a housing defining a pivot element;
a rotor at least partially disposed within the housing and pivotably engaging the pivot element for rotation about an axis, wherein the rotor includes a first bearing surface;
a cable connected to the rotor whereby rotation of the rotor shifts the cable;
a helical coil spring having first and second ends, wherein the first end of the coil spring engages the housing, and a second end of the coil spring engages the rotor;
wherein the helical coil spring rotationally biases the rotor for rotation in a first direction about the axis;
and wherein the coil spring is compressed such that the coil spring biases the rotor axially away from the housing along the axis;
a cover connected to the housing, the cover including a second bearing surface;
wherein the first bearing surface of the rotor movably engages the second bearing surface and prevents axial shifting of the rotor away from the housing beyond a predefined position relative to the housing.