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Publication numberUS20010040382 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/846,966
Publication dateNov 15, 2001
Filing dateMay 1, 2001
Priority dateMay 9, 2000
Also published asDE60112356D1, DE60112356T2, EP1153795A1, EP1153795B1, US6439633
Publication number09846966, 846966, US 2001/0040382 A1, US 2001/040382 A1, US 20010040382 A1, US 20010040382A1, US 2001040382 A1, US 2001040382A1, US-A1-20010040382, US-A1-2001040382, US2001/0040382A1, US2001/040382A1, US20010040382 A1, US20010040382A1, US2001040382 A1, US2001040382A1
InventorsShuichi Nemoto
Original AssigneeFuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Luggage holding apparatus for vehicle
US 20010040382 A1
Abstract
A luggage holding apparatus for a vehicle having a luggage room, a rear floor panel constituting the luggage room and a rear quarter panel constituting the luggage room includes a square opening formed on the rear floor panel in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, a plurality of rectangular floor boards inlaid into the opening, whose respective long sides length is equal to a length of one side of the opening and whose summation of respective short sides length is equal to the length of the one side of the opening, a band-shaped luggage holding member for holding luggage in the luggage room, a retractor secured to at least one of the floor boards, capable of winding the luggage holding member therein for accommodation, at least one hook provided on at least either of the rear quarter panel and the rear floor panel and a hooking means provided at an end of the luggage holding member for hooking the luggage holding member to the hook.
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Claims(9)
What is claimed is:
1. A luggage holding apparatus for a vehicle having a rear floor panel, a luggage room defined over said rear floor panel and a sub trunk provided under said rear floor panel and opened to said luggage room through an opening of said rear floor panel, comprising:
a plurality of floor boards provided together to close said opening, the arrangement of said floor boards being changeable;
a retractor secured to at least one of said floor boards;
a band-shaped luggage holding member arranged to be rolled up in said retractor and drew out from said retractor into said luggage room for holding luggage; and
at least one hook provided in said luggage room for securing a portion of said band-shaped luggage holding member.
2. The luggage holding apparatus according to
claim 1
, wherein said opening is formed in rectangular and each of said floor boards is formed in rectangular as well.
3. The luggage holding apparatus according to
claim 1
, wherein said opening is formed in square and each of said floor boards is formed in rectangular.
4. The luggage holding apparatus according to
claim 1
, wherein said hook is adapted to be arranged on said rear floor panel.
5. The luggage holding apparatus according to
claim 1
, wherein said hook is adapted to be arranged on a rear quarter panel of said vehicle.
6. The luggage holding apparatus according to
claim 1
, wherein said hook is adapted to be arranged on a back surface of a rear seat disposed in front of said luggage room.
7. The luggage holding apparatus according to
claim 1
, wherein said hook is adapted to be arranged on at least one of said floor panel, a rear quarter panel and a back surface of a rear seat of said vehicle, desirable.
8. The luggage holding apparatus according to
claim 1
, wherein said band-shaped luggage holding member comprises a net to rolled up in said retractor, a reinforcement member provided at a leading end of said net and a set of loops provided on both sides of said reinforcement member to be secured to said hooks in said luggage room.
9. A luggage holding apparatus f or a vehicle having a rear floor panel, a luggage room defined over said rear floor panel and a sub trunk provided under said rear floor panel and opened to said luggage room through an opening of said rear floor panel, comprising:
a plurality of floor boards provided together to close said opening, the arrangement of said floor boards being changeable;
a retractor secured to a back surface of at least one of said floor boards;
a luggage holding member arranged to be rolled up in said retractor and drew out from said retractor into said luggage room for holding said luggage; and
a plurality of hooks provided in said luggage room, each of said hooks being selectively used to secure a portion of said luggage holding member.
Description
    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    1. Field of the Invention
  • [0002]
    The present invention relates to a luggage holding apparatus for holding luggage loaded into a luggage room of a vehicle.
  • [0003]
    2. Discussion of the Related Art
  • [0004]
    A variety of luggage holding apparatuses for vehicles have been proposed. For example, Japanese Utility Model Laid-open No. Jitsu-Kai-Sho 61-81446 discloses a luggage holding apparatus comprising a housing box provided at a front end of a trunk floor, a covering net for holding luggage loaded on a floor surface, a retractor provided in the housing box for retracting the covering net and a fastening means for fastening a leading end of the net to a rear end of the trunk floor. Further, Japanese Patent Application Laid-open No. Toku-Kai-Hei 11-99883 discloses a luggage holding apparatus including a hook attached to a body section surrounding a trunk room, a band passing through at least one hole having a round, rectangular or other configuration, a connecter provided on the band for connecting with the hook and a retractor provided at the front part of the trunk for winding the band.
  • [0005]
    According to those luggage holding apparatus, luggage can be held by drawing out the net or band (luggage holding members) from the retractor and by hooking these to the hook. When it is not necessary to hold luggage, the luggage holding members can be accommodated into the retractor.
  • [0006]
    However, in respective luggage holding apparatuses thus constituted, since the retractor is secured to the vehicle body, the position of the retractor can not be changed in the luggage room. Further, since the direction in which the luggage holding members are drew out is restricted, it is difficult to change the holding position or holding method according to the size or volume of luggage.
  • [0007]
    To solve this incovenience, it is considered that a plurality of mechanisms to fix the retractor is provided and the position of the retractor is changed using these mechanisms according to luggage, however these mechanisms make the luggage holding apparatus more complicated.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0008]
    In view of the aforementioned, it is an object of the present invention to provide a luggage holding apparatus for vehicle capable of holding luggage in a luggage room in various manners.
  • [0009]
    To attain the object, the luggage holding apparatus for a vehicle having a luggage room, a rear floor panel constituting the luggage room and a rear quarter panel constituting the luggage room comprises, an opening having a square configuration formed on the rear floor panel in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, a plurality of rectangular floor boards inlaid into the square opening, whose respective long sides length is equal to a length of one side of the opening and whose summation of respective short sides length is equal to the length of the one side of the opening, a band-shaped luggage holding member for holding luggage in the luggage room, a retractor secured to at least one of the floor boards, capable of winding the luggage holding member therein for accommodation, at least one hook provided on at least either of the rear quarter panel and the rear floor panel and a hooking means provided at an end of the luggage holding member for hooking the luggage holding member to the hook.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0010]
    [0010]FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view showing an interior of a luggage room;
  • [0011]
    [0011]FIG. 2a is an explanatory view showing an example of the arrangement of a floor board;
  • [0012]
    [0012]FIG. 2b is an explanatory view showing an example of the arrangement of a floor board;
  • [0013]
    [0013]FIG. 2c is an explanatory view showing an example of the arrangement of a floor board;
  • [0014]
    [0014]FIG. 3a is an explanatory view showing an example of the arrangement of a floor board;
  • [0015]
    [0015]FIG. 3b is an explanatory view showing an example of the arrangement of a floor board;
  • [0016]
    [0016]FIG. 3c is an explanatory view showing an example of the arrangement of a floor board;
  • [0017]
    [0017]FIG. 4 is an explanatory view showing an example of the way of usage of a holding net;
  • [0018]
    [0018]FIG. 5 is an explanatory view showing an example of the way of usage of a holding net;
  • [0019]
    [0019]FIG. 6 is an explanatory view showing an example of the way of usage of a holding net;
  • [0020]
    [0020]FIG. 7 is an explanatory view showing an example of the way of usage of a holding net;
  • [0021]
    [0021]FIG. 8 is an explanatory view showing an example of the way of usage of a holding net;
  • [0022]
    [0022]FIG. 9 is an explanatory view showing an example of the way of usage of a holding net;
  • [0023]
    [0023]FIG. 10 is an explanatory view showing an example of the way of usage of a holding net;
  • [0024]
    [0024]FIG. 11 is an explanatory view showing an example of the way of usage of a holding net;
  • [0025]
    [0025]FIG. 12 is an explanatory view showing a variation of a floor board; and
  • [0026]
    [0026]FIG. 13 is an explanatory view showing a variation of a floor board and holding net.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • [0027]
    Referring now to FIG. 1, reference numeral 1 denotes a luggage room of a station wagon type vehicle and reference numeral 2 denotes a rear floor panel constituting a floor surface of the luggage room 1. Further, the floor panel 2 has a square opening 3 extending in a longitudinal direction. A spare tire (not shown) is accommodated in the opening 3. Further, there is provided a sub trunk 5 for accommodating small articles in a space over a lid 4 covering the spare tire.
  • [0028]
    The sub trunk 5 is closed by a first floor board 10 and a second floor board 11 which are inlaid into the opening 3. The first and second floor boards 10, 11 are designed so as to form a flat floor flush with the rear floor panel 2, when those floor boards are inlaid into the opening 3.
  • [0029]
    The respective floor boards 10, 11 are constructed by a rectangular board whose long side has an identical length to one side of the opening and whose short side has an identical length to one half of the one side of the opening.
  • [0030]
    The floor boards 10, 11 have handles 10 a, 11 a respectively in order to facilitate the opening and closing of the opening 3.
  • [0031]
    The first floor board 10 has a retractor 16 in which a band like holding net 15 is rolled up. The retractor 16 is provided under the back surface of the first floor board 10 and its axis 16 a is fixed along the long side of the first floor board 10.
  • [0032]
    Further, the first floor board 10 has a slit 10 b along the long side thereof on a fixing side of the retractor 16. The net 15 can be drew out from the top surface side of the first floor board 10 through the slit 10 b.
  • [0033]
    Further, a stick like reinforcement member 17 is provided at a leading end of the net 15. A loop (hooking means) 18 for hooking the net 15 to hooks 20 is provided on both sides of the reinforcement member 17, respectively. When the net 15 is completely rolled up in the retractor 16, the reinforcement member 17 is accommodated in the slit 10 b. Further, the length of the loop 18 can be adjusted by an adjusting mechanism (not shown).
  • [0034]
    A plurality of hooks 20 are provided in the luggage room 1. For example, in this embodiment, there are provided three hooks 20 arranged in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle on the rear floor panel 2 along the left and right side of the opening 3, respectively. Further, there are provided three hooks 20 arranged in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle above a left and right rear quarter panel 21 constituting a left and right wall surface of the luggage room 1, respectively. Further, a hook 20 is provided on a back surface of a left and right back rest 22 a of a foldable rear seat 22, respectively.
  • [0035]
    When the first and second floorboards 10, 11 are inlaid into the opening 3, by changing the arrangement of these floor boards, the position of the retractor 16 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out can be variously changed. These variations are shown in FIGS. 2a, 2 b, 2 c, 3 a, 3 b, and 3 c.
  • [0036]
    As shown in FIG. 2a, for example, in case where the first floor board 10 and the second floor board 11 are disposed in a longitudinal direction in this order and the retractor 16 is placed in front, the net 15 can be drew out in a longitudinal direction. Further, as shown in FIG. 2b, in case where the first floor board 10 is replaced with the second floor board 11, the position of the retractor 16 can be changed to the center of the luggage room 1. Further, as shown in FIG. 2c, in case where the first floor board 10 is rotated by 180 degrees, the retractor 16 can be disposed at the rear part of the luggage room 1.
  • [0037]
    On the other hand, as shown in FIG. 3a, in case where the first floorboard 10 and the second floorboard 11 are arranged side by side in a lateral direction and the retractor 16 of the first floor board 10 is disposed at the right end of the luggage room, the net 15 can be drew out in a lateral direction. Further, as shown in FIG. 3b, by exchanging the first floor board 10 with the second floor board 11 the retractor 16 can be disposed in a central position of the luggage room 1. Further, as shown in FIG. 3c, in case where the first floor board 10 is rotated by 180 degrees, the retractor 16 can be disposed on the left side of the luggage room 1.
  • [0038]
    Describing methods of holding luggage according to the size, the volume and configuration of luggage, as shown in FIG. 4 for example, in case where the retractor 16 is disposed in front of the luggage room 1 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out is established to a longitudinal direction, relatively large luggage can be held in the center of the luggage room 1 by hooking the loop 18 of the net 15 to a hook 20 provided in the rear part of the floor panel 2. In the drawing, reference numeral 23 denotes a rear gate.
  • [0039]
    Further, as shown in FIG. 5 for example, in case where the retractor 16 is disposed in the center of the luggage room 1 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out is established to a longitudinal direction, relatively small luggage can be held in the rear part of the luggage room 1 by hooking the loop 18 of the net 15 to a hook provided in the rear part of the floor panel 2.
  • [0040]
    Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 6, in case where the retractor 16 is disposed in the front part of the luggage room 1 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out is established to a longitudinal direction, relatively small luggage can be held in a small space behind the rear seat 22 by hooking the loop 18 of the net 15 to a hook provided on the back surface of the back rest 22 a.
  • [0041]
    Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 7, in case where the retractor 16 is disposed in the front part of the luggage room 1 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out is established to a longitudinal direction, luggage can be held on the back surface of the back rest 22 a by hooking the loop 18 of the net 15 to a hook provided on the back surface of the back rest 22 a with the back rest 22 a folded forwardly.
  • [0042]
    Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 8, in case where the retractor 16 is disposed in the rear part of the luggage room 1 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out is established to a longitudinal direction, a large quantity of luggage can be loaded by hooking the loop 18 of the net 15 to a hook provided in an upper rear part of the rear quarter panel 21 with the rear gate 23 open.
  • [0043]
    Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 9, in case where the retractor 16 is disposed in the center of the luggage room 1 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out is established to a longitudinal direction, a large quantity of luggage can be loaded by hooking the loop 18 of the net 15 to a hook provided in an upper central part of the rear quarter panel 21.
  • [0044]
    Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 10, in case where the retractor 16 is disposed on the right of the luggage room 1 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out is established to a lateral direction, a pocket capable of accommodating small articles can be formed by hooking the loop 18 of the net 15 to a hook provided in an upper front and upper rear parts of the rear quarter panel 21.
  • [0045]
    Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 11, in case where the first floor board 10 is stood in a vertical direction in the front part of the opening 3 and the loop 18 of the net 15 is hooked to the hook provided in an upper rear part of the rear quarter panel 21, flat luggage can be laid on the net 15 and at the same time other luggage can be accommodated in a lower space under the net 15. Then, this flat luggage can be surely held by disposing a tonneau cover 25 above the flat luggage.
  • [0046]
    According to thus constituted luggage holding apparatus, since the opening 3 of the sub trunk 5 is formed in rectangular, particularly in square on the rear floor panel 2, the first and second floor boards 10, 11 whose short side have a half length of a long side, close the opening 3, and the retractor 16 is provided in at least either one of these two floor boards 10, 11, various arrangements of these floor boards when they are inlaid in the opening 3 enable variations of the position of the retractor 16 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out.
  • [0047]
    The position of the retractor 16 and the direction in which the net 15 is drew out is changed in accordance with the size, volume and the like of a luggage. The luggage can be held in various manners by hooking the loop 18 of the net 15 to an arbitrary hook provided in the luggage room 1.
  • [0048]
    Further, since the retractor 16 is disposed on the under surface of the floor board 16, the retractor 16 can be housed in the sub trunk 5, this providing an aethetic enhancement of the luggage room 1 and an efficient use of space in the luggage room 1.
  • [0049]
    In this embodiment, the lid for closing the opening 3 are formed by two floor boards 10, 11 whose short side has an equal length half of the one side of the opening 3 and the retractor 16 is provided along a long side of one floor board (first floor board 10) of these two floor boards. The present invention is not necessarily limited to this embodiment. For example, as shown in FIG. 12, the lid closing the opening 3 may be divided into three floor boards 30, 31, 32 whose short side length is one third of the one side of the opening 3 and whose long side length is equal to the one side of the opening 3. Also, the lid may be divided into four or more floor boards. Further, as shown in FIG. 12, the length of respective short sides of these floor boards may be different from each other as far as the sum of the respective lengths is equal to the one side of the opening 3. Further, as shown in FIG. 13, a plurality of floorboards 10, 11 may be provided with a retractor 33. Further, the retractor 33 may be disposed along a short side of the floor boards. Further, the location of hooks 20 is not limited to those shown in this embodiment.
  • [0050]
    While the presently preferred embodiment of the present invention has been shown and described, it is to be understood that this disclosure is for the purpose of illustration and that various changes and modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the invention as set forth in the appended claims.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification296/37.14, 296/37.16
International ClassificationB60R5/04, B60P7/08, B60R7/00, B60R7/02
Cooperative ClassificationB60P7/0876, B60R7/02, B60R5/04, B60R7/005
European ClassificationB60P7/08D, B60R7/02, B60R7/00B, B60R5/04
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May 1, 2001ASAssignment
Feb 3, 2006FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Jan 29, 2010FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 8
Apr 4, 2014REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Aug 27, 2014LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
Oct 14, 2014FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 20140827