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1. (WO1980002401) ENSEMBLE DE DISPOSITIFS DE TRACTION MONTE SUR UN PNEU D"UN VEHICULE
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WE CLAIM :

1. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire comprising,
a first mounting member arranged to be positioned axially with respect to the tire and to extend axially outwardly from one side of the tire,
said first mounting member having an outer edge portion including a plurality of troughs with each trough being separated by a crest, said crest extending outwardly from between adjacent troughs so that the total arrangement of troughs and crests forms a wave-like configuration on said outer edge portion,
a plurality of traction devices each having a first end portion and a second end portion,
a body portion extending between said first and second end portions,
said traction devices adapted to be positioned so that each of said body portions are arranged transversely in spaced relation on the tread of the tire,
first engaging means provided on said first end portion of each of said traction devices for releasably engaging said first end portion within one of said troughs of said first mounting member, Claim 1 (continued)
said first engaging means having an enlarged portion restrained from passing through said trough to thereby secure said first end portion to said first mounting member, and
connecting means for releasably securing said second end portions of each of said traction devices on the opposite side of the tire to thereby securely position said body portion of each of said traction devices on the tread of the tire.

2. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 1 in which said connecting means includes, means for connecting said second end portions of each of said traction devices to each other.

3. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 2 which includes,
said second end portion of each of said traction devices having a hole extending therethrough, and
a fastening member arranged to extend through said hole so that when said hole of each of said traction devices are aligned said fastening member passes through said holes to secure said second end portions to each other.

4. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 1 in which said connecting means includes, a second mounting member adapted to be positioned axially with respect to the tire and to extend axially outwardly fron the side of the tire opposite to said first mounting member, and
means provided on said second mounting member for receiving said second end portion of each of said traction devices so as to exert tension on said traction devices and secure said body portions thereof to the tread of the tire.

5. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 1 wherein,
said connecting means include a second mounting member adapted to be positioned axially with respect to the tire and to extend axially outwardly from the side of the tire opposite to said first mounting member.
means for connecting said first and second mounting members, said second mounting member having an outer edge portion with a plurality of retention devices positioned adjacent said outer edge portion, and
means provided on said second end portion of each of said traction devices for releasably engaging said retention devices to thereby secure said traction devices to said second mounting member.

6. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 5 in which said means for connecting said first and second mounting members includes,
a plurality of connector arm members each having a first end portion connected to said first mounting member and a second end portion connected to said second mounting member.

7. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 1 in which said first engaging means includes, a shaft on said first end portion,
said shaft having a cross sectional area less than the cross sectional area of each of said troughs to permit slidable movement therethrough,
an elongated member having a lateral dimension greater than the diameter of said shaft and less than the lateral dimension of each of said troughs to permit slidable movement therethrough,
a tapered portion connecting said shaft to said elongated member, and
said enlarged portion being connected to the end of said elongated member and having a lateral dimension greater than the lateral dimension of each of said troughs to prevent movement of said enlarged portion through said trough.

8. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 7 which includes,
a resilient member surrounding said elongated member and positioned between said tapered portion and said enlarged portion, said first mounting member having an inner surface and an outer surface,
said tapered portion being operable to extend through a selected one of said troughs so that said elongated member extends from said first mounting member inner surface,
said resilient member arranged to be compressed between said inner surface of said first mounting member and said enlarged portion so that in the event said traction device breaks said .resilient member initially remains compressed to maintain the broken portion of said traction device on said first mounting member, and
said resilient member being operable after said traction device breaks to expand to release the broken portion of said traction device from said first mounting member.

9. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 5 wherein,
said second means on said second end portion of each of said traction devices includes a threaded portion,
said retention devices each including a hole,
said threaded portion arranged to extend through said hole, and Claim 9 (continued)
a nut for threadedly engaging the end of said threaded portion to secure said traction device second end portion to said second mounting member.

10. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 1 wherein,
said connecting means includes a second mounting member adapted to be positioned axially with respect to the tire and to extend axially outwardly from the opposite side of the tire,
said second mounting member having an outer edge portion with a plurality of spaced slots positioned adjacent said outer edge portion,
said second end portion of each of said traction devices including a flexible strip,
a plurality of holes extending through said flexible strip in spaced relation along the length thereof,
said flexible strip arranged to pass through a selected one of said slots, and
a fastener member arranged to extend through a selected one of said holes of said flexible strip opposite said slot and contact said second mounting member outer edge portion to secure said traction device to said second mounting member.

11. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire 2 as set forth in claim 1 wherein,
said first means on said first end portion of said traction 4 device includes a stop member,
said connection means including a second mounting member
6 adapted to be positioned axially with respect to the tire and to
extend axially outwardly from the other side of the tire,
8 means for securing said second end portion of each of said
traction devices to said second mounting member,
10 a stop member secured to said second end portion of each of
said traction devices, and
12 said stop member of said traction devices first and second end portions arranged to engage the sidewalls of the tire when said trac14. tion device body portion is positioned on the tread of the tire and thereby prevent rotation of said first and second end portions 16 relative to said first and second mounting members respectively.

12. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire 2 as set forth in claim 1 wherein,
said connecting means includes a second mounting member
4 adapted to be positioned axially with respect to the tire and to
extend axially outwardly from the opposite side of the tire,
6 said second mounting member having an inner surface and an
outer edge portion with a plurality of recesses spaced on said
8 outer edge portion, Claim 12 (continued)
said second end portion of each of said traction devices ineluding a threaded portion having a length of varying diameter and arranged for slidable movement within one of said recesses on said outer edge portion of said second mounting member,
a resilient member surrounding said threaded portion,
a nut for engaging the end of said threaded portion and being operable to compress said resilient member between said nut and said inner surface of said second mounting member, and
said resilient member being operable to expand and release said traction device second end portion from said second mounting member in the event said traction device breaks.

13. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 1 in which said traction device body portion includes,
an antiskid chain of a preselected length and being adapted to tightly abut the tread of the tire.

14. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 1 in which said traction device body portion includes,
a strap of a preselected length and being adapted to tightly abut the tread of the tire, and
said strap having a gripping surface for engaging a road surface to provide increased traction between the tread of the tire and the road surface.

15. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 14 which includes,
said strap being fabricated of polyurethane.

16. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 14 which includes,
said strap being fabricated of a selection of tire tread.

17. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire comprising,
a first mounting member adapted to be positioned axially with respect to the tire and to extend axially outwardly from one side of the tire,
said first mounting member having an outer edge portion including a plurality of troughs with each trough being separated by a crest, said crest extending outwardly from between adjacent troughs, to form a wave-like configuration on said outer edge,
a second mounting member adapted to be positioned axially with respect to the tire and to extend axially outwardly from the opposite side of the tire,
said second mounting member having an outer edge portion with a plurality of retention devices positioned adjacent said outer edge portion,
a plurality of traction devices positioned transversely in spaced relation on the tread of the tire, said traction devices each having a first end portion and a second end portion,
a said first end portion including a shaft portion having a cross sectional area less than the cross sectional area of each of said troughs to permit slidable movement of said shaft portion therein,
an elongated portion of said first end portion, said elongated portion having a cross sectional area less than the cross sectional area of each of said troughs,
a tapered portion for connecting said shaft portion to one end of said elongated portion,
said tapered portion progressively increasing in cross sectional area from said shaft portion to said elongated portion to permit slidable movement of said shaft portion and said elongated portion within each of said troughs,
an enlarged portion connected to the other end of said elongated portion,
said enlarged portion having a lateral dimension greater than the lateral dimension of each of said troughs to prevent movement of said enlarged portion therethrough, and
fastener means secured to said second end portion of each of said traction devices for engaging said retention devices on said second mounting member to tightly position said traction devices on the tread of the tire.

18. A traction device assembly for mounting on a vehicle tire as set forth in claim 17 wherein,
a first resilient means surrounding said elongated portion and being operable to be compressed between said enlarged portion and said outer edge portion of said first mounting member, and
a second resilient means surrounding said fastener means and being operable to be compressed between said fastener means and said outer edge portion of said second mounting member.