US 9,809,177 B1
Polymeric components with integral connectors
Ivan W. Wicks, Novi, MI (US)
Assigned to FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills, MI (US)
Filed by Ivan W. Wicks, Novi, MI (US)
Filed on May 19, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/159,078.
Int. Cl. B60R 13/04 (2006.01)
CPC B60R 13/04 (2013.01) 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An assembly, comprising:
a first component formed from a polymer and including an exterior show surface and a first connector, the first connector having a first opening surrounded by a retainer; and
a second component formed from a polymer and including an exterior show surface and a second connector, the second connector having a second opening and a flexible and resilient tab that has an unflexed position in which the tab at least partially overlaps the second opening, wherein the first opening is spaced from the show surface of the first component and the second opening and tab are spaced from the show surface of the second component and, in assembly, first connector is coupled to the second connector with the retainer at least partially extending through the second opening, the tab being received within the first opening and overlapped by the retainer so that removal of the first component from the second component is inhibited by interference between the tab and the first component, and wherein the show surface of the first component and the show surface of the second component are both visible from an exterior of the coupled components.