US 9,810,006 B2
Low effort outside release handle
Kosta Papanikolaou, Huntington Woods, MI (US); Livianu Dorin Puscas, Rochester Hills, MI (US); and Rajesh K. Patel, Farmington Hills, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on Jun. 4, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/295,834.
Prior Publication US 2015/0354253 A1, Dec. 10, 2015
Int. Cl. E05B 3/00 (2006.01); E05B 85/14 (2014.01); E05B 79/20 (2014.01); E05B 85/16 (2014.01); E05B 7/00 (2006.01); E05B 85/10 (2014.01)
CPC E05B 85/14 (2013.01) [E05B 79/20 (2013.01); E05B 85/16 (2013.01); E05B 85/10 (2013.01); Y10T 292/57 (2015.04)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vehicle door comprising:
a door structure having upright inner and outer sides, the door structure defining a generally horizontal axis that is transverse to the upright inner and outer sides;
an exterior handle movably mounted to the door structure for movement between a rest position and an opened position, the exterior handle including a handle strap and a rigid extension attached to the handle strap, the rigid extension defining an upper flat surface and a lower inclined ramp surface that extends from the handle strap toward an opposed end of the rigid extension such that the inclined ramp surface moves relative to the handle strap;
a bellcrank rotatably connected to the door structure for rotation about the generally horizontal axis, the bellcrank including a follower that engages the inclined ramp surface such that movement of the exterior handle from the rest position to the opened position causes the bellcrank to rotate about the generally horizontal axis;
a latch mechanism configured to selectively retain the door in a dosed position when latched; and
linkage operably interconnecting the bellcrank and the latch mechanism such that rotation of the bellcrank unlatches the latch mechanism.