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1. GB2051712 - INSTRUMENT PANELS

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CLAIMS
20 1. A structure for arranging a wiring harness within an instrument panel of an automotive vehicle having a vehicle body, the harness being composed of a first lead and a second lead, the former leading to the vehicle body and the latter leading to the 25 instrument panel, comprising: a bracket extending along the lower edge of the instrument panel between the two sides of the vehicle body and being fixedly supported by the vehicle body for fixedly supporting the instrument panel at its lower portion; 30 a first connector attached to an end of the first lead; a second connector attached to an end of the second lead, and being connectable with the first connector; an opening in the lower portion of the instrument panel near the bracket; the first connector being 35 fixed relative to the bracket in such a way tha the connecting point of the first and second connectors is positioned near the said opening in the lower portion of the instrument panel: and a lid arranged to cover the said opening in the lower portion of the 40 instrument panel.
2. A structure as claimed in claim 1, wherein there is a large opening between the vehicle body and the lower edge of the instrument panel, and there is a plate for covering the large opening. 45 3. A structure as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the first connector is fixedly held to the bracket, and the connecting portion of the first connector faces the said opening in such a way that the second connector can be easily connected to the 50 connecting portion of the first connector.
4. A structure as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the second connector is so fixed to the inside of the lid that, when in use the lid is closed, the second connector is automatically connected to the
* 55 first connector.
5. A structure as claimed in claim 4, further comprising an alignment mechanism for connecting accurately the first connector is said second connector when the lid is closed.
60 6. A structure as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the lid is hinged to the instrument panel that the lid can be rotated to close or open the said opening.
7. A structure as claimed in claim 6, wherein the 65 lid and the instrument panel are made of a synthetic resin as a single unit.
8. A structure as claimed in claim 6 or claim 7, wherein the first and second connectors are connected through a connecting mechanism having a
70 plate-like male terminal and a plate-like female terminal for receiving the male terminal.
9. A structure as claimed in claim 8, wherein the connecting mechanism comprises a slide mechanism for permitting the male terminal to slide in a
75 direction perpendicular to the rotation direction of the lid so as to facilitate the alignment of the first and second connectors when the lid is closed.
10. A structure as claimed in claim 9, further comprising a projection formed on the second
80 connector and a recess formed on the first connector in such a manner that, when the lid is closed, the projection engages with the recess so as to align the first connector with the second connector in the direction perpendicular to the rotation direction of
85 the lid.
11. A structure as claimed in claim 1 and substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to, and as shown in, Figures 2 and 3, or Figure 4, or Figure 5, or Figures 6 to 8 of the accompanying
90 drawings.
12. An instrument panel for an automotive vehicle including a structure as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 11.
13. An automotive vehicle including a structure
95 as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 11.
Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office by Croydon Printing Company Limited, Croydon Surrey, 1980.
Published by the Patent Office, 25 Southampton Buildings, London, WC2A1 AY, from which copies may be obtained.