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1. (WO2002000470) LOAD FLOOR LATCH

Pub. No.:    WO/2002/000470    International Application No.:    PCT/US2001/020316
Publication Date: Jan 3, 2002 International Filing Date: Jun 26, 2001
IPC: B60J 7/10
B60R 5/04
E05C 1/14
Applicants: SOUTHCO, INC.
Inventors: VITRY, Fabrice
A load floor latch (10) that can be installed in a vehicle floor for storage having biasing means (60) for actuation but allows slam action closure. The latch comprises an actuation assembly (12) that is attached to a housing or lid (16) and is designed to accommodate a pawl member (14) for engaging and disengaging a frame (20). The flat lid and out-of-way handle (26) allow extra room within the vehicle and prevent damage or breakage of the latch.