GB2281718A - Vehicle body protector. - Google Patents

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GB2281718A
GB2281718A GB9318757A GB9318757A GB2281718A GB 2281718 A GB2281718 A GB 2281718A GB 9318757 A GB9318757 A GB 9318757A GB 9318757 A GB9318757 A GB 9318757A GB 2281718 A GB2281718 A GB 2281718A
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Philip George Lendrum
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Zone Products Ltd
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R13/00Elements for body-finishing, identifying, or decorating; Arrangements or adaptations for advertising purposes
    • B60R13/04External Ornamental or guard strips; Ornamental inscriptive devices thereon

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An inflatable plastic protecting body (2) has a securing strip (3) connected thereto whereby it may be supported on the outside of a vehicle by closing the end of the strip in a car door or window. A sucker (6) may be provided on the strip 3 for holding the protector in place while the end of the strip, which has a stop element (7), is secured inside the vehicle door or window. <IMAGE>

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VEHICLE BODY PROTECTOR The present invention relates to a vehicle body protector, in particular a protector for car doors.

Vehicle bodies, especially car doors, are often scratched or dented either by an occupant of the vehicle opening a door against a solid object or by an occupant of a neighbouring vehicle opening a door against the vehicle body. Such damage to vehicle bodies is prevalent in garages and public car parks.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a vehicle body protector.

According to the present invention there is provided a vehicle body protector comprising a resilient protecting body and securing means connected thereto whereby the protector can be supported on the outside of a vehicle by the securing means being anchored to the vehicle body.

In a preferred embodiment the resilient body is an inflatable plastic cylindrical body having a valve for the ingress and egress of air; the securing means comprising an elongate flat plastics strip connected at one end to the resilient body and including means at its other end to enable it to be held by a vehicle door or window. The securing means may be provided with a sucker for attaching it to a vehicle body while the strip is closed in the car door or window.

The present invention is particularly useful when neighbouring vehicles are parked too closely to allow persons to enter or alight from a vehicle.

An embodiment of the present invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying diagrammatic drawings, in which: Figure 1 shows a vehicle body protector; and Figure 2 shows a car fitted with a vehicle body protector.

Referring to Figure 1, a vehicle body protector 1 comprises an elongate cylindrical protecting body 2 and a securing means 3 in the form of an elongate strip.

The strip 3 comprises an elongate section 4 and a stabilising section 5.

The strip 3 is attached to the body 2 via the stabilising section 5. The stabilising section 5 is wider than the elongate section 4 of the strip to help the protecting body rest flat against a vehicle body.

In the embodiment shown, the protecting body is an inflatable plastic tube, although it may also be made of a resilient material such as rubber or sponge.

The strip is preferably made of a strong plastic or fabric.

As shown in Figure 2, a vehicle body protector is fitted to a vehicle by trapping a stopping element 7 fixed to the top end of the strip 3 in a closed vehicle door or window so that the protecting member rests horizontally against the vehicle body.

Preferably, the protecting body rests mid-height against the vehicle door to prevent damage thereto.

To fix the vehicle body protector to a vehicle, the stopping element and adjacent end portion of the strip remote from the body is folded over the open vehicle door or window to rest inside the vehicle. A sucker 6, provided on the back of the strip, helps to position the strip whilst the door or window is being closed by adhering to the inside of the vehicle door or window. In this way, the stopping element 7 is located inside the vehicle to prevent the strip from being pulled through the closed vehicle door or window.

Adhesion means other than a sucker may equally be used. The stopping element is a solid plastic rod fitted at the free end of the strip, although other solid elements may be used.

The dimensions of the vehicle body protector may be varied according to the dimensions of the vehicle body to be protected. For example, the length of the protecting member may be dependent upon the length of the car.

In one embodiment of the present invention, the protecting body and the strip are both made of 0.3mm polyvinylchloride and are moulded together. To mould the protecting body and strip together, the protecting body is provided with two narrow plastic flaps (not shown) along a part of its length, between which flaps the free end of the strip at the stabilising section is located and fixed. The protecting body is an inflatable cylindrical tube being 1 m long and 100 mm in diameter, whilst the strip is 0.9 m long and comprises a 100 mm wide elongate section 4 and a 250 mm wide stabilising section 5. The protecting body may be inflated through a valve 8. When not in use, the protector may be deflated for storage in a vehicle boot, for example.

Claims (7)

1. A vehicle body protector comprising a resilient protecting body and securing means connected thereto whereby the protector can be supported on the outside of a vehicle by the securing means being anchored to the vehicle body.
2. A protector as claimed in Claim 1, wherein the resilient body is an inflatable plastic body having a valve for the ingress and egress of air.
3. A protector as claimed in Claim 2, wherein the inflatable body is in the form of an elongate cylinder.
4. A protector as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the securing means comprises an elongate flat strip of plastic connected at one end to the resilient body and including means at its other end to enable it to be held by a vehicle door or window.
5. A protector as claimed in Claim 4, wherein the securing means is provided with a stopping element adjacent the end of the strip remote from the resilient body.
6. A protector as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the securing means is provided with a sucker between its ends.
7. A vehicle body protector substantially as described herein with reference to the accompanying drawings.
GB9318757A 1993-09-10 1993-09-10 Vehicle body protector Expired - Fee Related GB2281718B (en)

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Cited By (5)

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EP1595756A2 (en) * 2004-05-10 2005-11-16 Protoscar SA Pneumatically inflatable component for vehicles
GB2457728A (en) * 2008-02-23 2009-08-26 Richard Gerarde Beckett Car protector
GB2464762A (en) * 2008-10-29 2010-05-05 Desmond Wilfred Sturdee Car protection device
FR3007710A1 (en) * 2013-06-28 2015-01-02 Jean-Luc Redoux Protective device of the bodywork of a land vehicle.
WO2018037215A1 (en) * 2016-08-26 2018-03-01 John England Inflatable device

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US4014583A (en) * 1976-03-01 1977-03-29 Forbes Arthur A Automobile bump protector
US4561685A (en) * 1983-08-29 1985-12-31 Fischer Ronald E Protective pad for side of motor vehicle
US4815777A (en) * 1987-08-10 1989-03-28 Campbell Kenneth J Selectively movable protective molding and methods of constructing and utilizing same
US4828303A (en) * 1987-12-18 1989-05-09 Soria Rolando C Automobile body protection apparatus and method
US4869538A (en) * 1987-06-10 1989-09-26 Presley John M Encompassing inflatable safety bumper system
US5149166A (en) * 1991-11-25 1992-09-22 Dale A. Wille Vehicle door protector

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US4014583A (en) * 1976-03-01 1977-03-29 Forbes Arthur A Automobile bump protector
US4561685A (en) * 1983-08-29 1985-12-31 Fischer Ronald E Protective pad for side of motor vehicle
US4869538A (en) * 1987-06-10 1989-09-26 Presley John M Encompassing inflatable safety bumper system
US4815777A (en) * 1987-08-10 1989-03-28 Campbell Kenneth J Selectively movable protective molding and methods of constructing and utilizing same
US4828303A (en) * 1987-12-18 1989-05-09 Soria Rolando C Automobile body protection apparatus and method
US5149166A (en) * 1991-11-25 1992-09-22 Dale A. Wille Vehicle door protector

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP1595756A2 (en) * 2004-05-10 2005-11-16 Protoscar SA Pneumatically inflatable component for vehicles
EP1595756A3 (en) * 2004-05-10 2006-02-01 Protoscar SA Pneumatically inflatable component for vehicles
EP2098401A1 (en) 2004-05-10 2009-09-09 Protoscar SA Pneumatically inflatable component of a vehicle as a section of the motor frame of the vehicle
GB2457728A (en) * 2008-02-23 2009-08-26 Richard Gerarde Beckett Car protector
GB2464762A (en) * 2008-10-29 2010-05-05 Desmond Wilfred Sturdee Car protection device
GB2464762B (en) * 2008-10-29 2011-06-08 Desmond Wilfred Sturdee Car protection device
US8398132B2 (en) 2008-10-29 2013-03-19 Desmond Wilfred Sturdee Vehicle protection device
FR3007710A1 (en) * 2013-06-28 2015-01-02 Jean-Luc Redoux Protective device of the bodywork of a land vehicle.
WO2018037215A1 (en) * 2016-08-26 2018-03-01 John England Inflatable device

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