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1. (WO1998053168) DOOR MECHANISM

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/053168    International Application No.:    PCT/GB1998/001348
Publication Date: Fri Nov 27 00:59:59 CET 1998 International Filing Date: Wed May 13 01:59:59 CEST 1998
IPC: B60J 5/00
E05B 65/20
E05C 3/06
E05C 3/16
FISHER, Sydney, Edward
Inventors: FISHER, Sydney, Edward
Vehicle door mechanism has self-acting latching means in which a latch release lever (10) operated by an inside handle of the door frees the door for opening and locking means operated by a lock drive lever (22) secures the latching means to lock the door. The two levers are coupled by motion transmitting engagement of an abutment (20) on one lever locating with a formation (34) on the other to positively shift the lock drive lever (22) to locked condition by movement of the release lever (10) beyond a neutral position in a first direction with a spring (36) acting between the levers (10, 22) to return the lock drive lever (22) to unlocked condition when the release lever (10) is moved the opposite way as far as or beyond the neutral position, and allowing further movement of the release lever (10) for unlatching the door. The spring (36) aids return of the release lever (10) to its neutral position and the arrangement enables latching and locking to be effected by the door handle alone.