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1. US4360241 - Instrument panel

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What is claimed is:
1. A structure including, in combination:
an instrument panel for an automotive vehicle having a vehicle body,
a harness being composed of a first lead wiring and a second lead wiring, the former being provided to the vehicle body, the latter being provided to the instrument panel,
a plate for covering a large opening formed between said vehicle body and the lower edge of said instrument panel;
a bracket extending laterally along the lower edge of said instrument panel between both sides of the vehicle body and being fixedly supported by said vehicle body for fixedly supporting said instrument panel at its lower portion;
a first connector attached to an end of said first lead wiring;
a second connector attached to an end of said second lead wiring, said second connector being connectable with said first connector;
the lower portion of said instrument panel facing downward and having a small opening near said bracket;
said first connector being fixed relative to the bracket in such a way that the connecting point of said first and second connectors is positioned near said small opening in said lower portion of said instrument panel; and
a lid for covering said small opening in said lower portion of said instrument panel said second connector being fixed to the backside of the lid and placed in such a position that, when said lid is closed, said second connector can be automatically connected with said first connector.
2. The structure of claim 1, wherein said first connector is fixedly held by a holder provided to the bracket, and the connecting portion of said first connector faces said small opening in such a way that said second connector can be easily connected with said connecting portion of said first connector.
3. The structure of claim 1, wherein said lid is hinged to said instrument panel so that said lid can be rotated to close or open said small opening.
4. The structure of claim 3, further comprising an alignment mechanism for connecting accurately said first connector with said second connector when said lid is closed.
5. The structure of claim 3, wherein said first and second connectors are connected through a connecting mechanism having a plate-like male terminal and a plate-like female terminal for receiving said male terminal.
6. The structure of claim 5, wherein said connecting mechanism comprises further a slide mechanism for permitting said male terminal to slide in a direction perpendicular to the rotation direction of said lid so as to facilitate the alignment of said first and second connectors when said lid is closed.
7. The structure of claim 6, further comprising a projection formed on said second connector and a recess formed on said first connector in such a manner that, when said lid is closed, said projection is engaged with said recess so as to align said first connector with said second connector in the direction perpendicular to the rotation direction of said lid.
8. A structure for arranging a harness within an instrument panel for an automotive vehicle having a vehicle body, the harness being composed of a first lead wiring and a second lead wiring, the former being provided to the vehicle body, the latter being provided to the instrument panel, comprising:
a plate for covering a large opening formed between said vehicle body and the lower edge of said instrument panel;
a bracket extending along the lower edge of said instrument panel between both sides of the vehicle body and being fixedly supported by said vehicle body for fixedly supporting said instrument panel at its lower portion;
a first connector attached to an end of said first lead wiring;
a second connector attached to an end of said second lead wiring, said second connector being connectable with said first connector;
the lower portion of said instrument panel having a small opening near said bracket;
said first connector being fixed relative to the bracket in such a way that the connecting point of said first and second connectors is positioned near said small opening in said lower portion of said instrument panel; and
a lid connected by a hinge to the instrument panel so that the lid can be rotated to close or open said small opening in said lower portion of said instrument panel, wherein said lid, said hinge and said instrument panel are made of a synthetic resin as a unit.
9. A structure for arranging a harness within an instrument panel for an automotive vehicle having a vehicle body, the harness being composed of a first lead wiring and a second lead wiring, the former being provided to the vehicle body, the latter being provided to the instrument panel, comprising:
a plate for covering a large opening formed between said vehicle body and the lower edge of said instrument panel;
a bracket extending along the lower edge of said instrument panel between both sides of the vehicle body and being fixedly supported by said vehicle body for fixedly supporting said instrument panel at its lower portion;
a first connector attached to an end of said first lead wiring;
a second connector attached to an end of said second lead wiring, said second connector being connectable with said first connector;
the lower portion of said instrument panel having a small opening near said bracket;
said first connector being fixed relative to the bracket in such a way that the connecting point of said first and second connectors is positioned near said small opening in said lower portion of said instrument panel;
a lid hinged to the instrument panel and adapted to cover said small opening in said lower portion of said instrument panel, said second connector being fixed to the backside of said lid so that, when said lid is closed, said second connector can be automatically connected with said first connector; and
a projection formed on said second connector and a recess formed on said first connector in such a manner that, when said lid is closed, said projection is engaged with said recess so as to align said first connector with said second connector in the direction perpendicular to the rotation direction of said lid.