US 9,809,087 B2
Foreign object obstruction device
David Takeo Nakayama, Canton, MI (US)
Assigned to Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Erlanger, KY (US)
Filed by David Takeo Nakayama, Canton, MI (US)
Filed on Nov. 21, 2008, as Appl. No. 12/275,768.
Prior Publication US 2010/0130116 A1, May 27, 2010
Int. Cl. B60H 1/24 (2006.01)
CPC B60H 1/248 (2013.01) 5 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body;
a quarter ventilation duct, the quarter ventilation duct having an opening;
a rear vehicle bumper; and
a foreign object obstruction device comprising:
a rigid panel having a generally horizontal planar surface extending between a proximal edge and a free edge, the proximal edge fixedly mounted to the vehicle body, the rigid panel separate from and disposed beneath the quarter ventilation duct, the rigid panel extending between an outer surface of the quarter ventilation duct and an inner surface of the rear vehicle bumper;
a resilient pad, the resilient pad is pinched by the free edge of the rigid panel and the inner surface of the rear vehicle bumper;
a stand-off structure, the stand-off structure extending from the rigid panel to the vehicle body placing the rigid panel along a horizontal plane beneath the quarter ventilation duct, the stand-off structure maintaining the rigid panel a predetermined distance from the quarter ventilation duct, the resilient pad disposed between the stand-off structure and the vehicle body, the rigid panel and the resilient pad blocking air flow from reaching the opening of the quarter ventilation duct so as to prevent objects from entering the quarter ventilation duct.