JP2008068807A - Vehicular steering column cover structure - Google Patents

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JP2008068807A
JP2008068807A JP2006251037A JP2006251037A JP2008068807A JP 2008068807 A JP2008068807 A JP 2008068807A JP 2006251037 A JP2006251037 A JP 2006251037A JP 2006251037 A JP2006251037 A JP 2006251037A JP 2008068807 A JP2008068807 A JP 2008068807A
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Makoto Shimosako
Katsuyuki Takahashi
誠 下迫
克征 高橋
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Mazda Motor Corp
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a steering column cover structure capable of enhancing appearance without strongly interfering with an internal structure member of an instrument panel even when the steering column is moved in a vertical direction and in a longitudinal direction. <P>SOLUTION: The steering column cover 14 is provided in a clearance 12 between the instrument panel 2 and the steering column 8. The steering column cover 14 is provided with a first bent part 32 and a second bent part 34, and forms an approximately U shape in side view when the steering column 8 is positioned at the frontmost position. Since the shape is changed according to the position of the steering column 8, the clearance can be certainly covered and appearance at a periphery of the steering column 8 can be enhanced. Further, at this time, since an intermediate portion 38 is contacted with a steering bracket 10, deformation of the steering column cover 14 can be prevented and the appearance can be enhanced. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2008,JPO&INPIT

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  The present invention relates to a vehicle steering column cover structure, and more particularly, to a vehicle steering wheel having flexibility to cover a gap between a steering column and an instrument panel that are installed to be movable up and down and back and forth with respect to an instrument panel. It relates to the column cover structure.

A gap is usually formed between the instrument panel of the vehicle and the steering column that supports the steering. For example, as disclosed in Patent Document 1, a gap is formed between the instrument panel and the steering column. A steering column cover is provided.
In the steering column cover of Patent Document 1, the upper end is attached to the instrument panel, and the lower end is rotatable forward. The steering column has a tilt mechanism that can adjust the steering position in the vertical direction. Even when the steering column is positioned at the lowest position by the tilt mechanism, the lower end of the steering column cover is below the upper end of the steering column. Since it is located, the gap with the instrument panel can be covered. Further, when the steering moves forward in the event of a vehicle collision, the lower end side of the steering column cover rotates forward, so that the forward movement of the steering column is not hindered.

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  Incidentally, an internal structural member such as a steering bracket for supporting a steering column may be disposed inside the instrument panel. In addition to the tilt mechanism, the steering column may be provided with a telescopic mechanism that can adjust the steering position in the front-rear direction according to the physique of the driver. In such a case, the steering column can be moved not only in the vertical direction but also in the front-rear direction.

  However, in the conventional steering column cover as described above, when the steering column moves forward, the steering column cover rotates forward, which may interfere with the internal structural member. When the steering column cover comes into strong contact with the internal structural member, there is a problem that the steering column cover is deformed and the appearance is deteriorated. In addition, when the steering column cover strongly interferes with the internal structural member, there is a problem that the vibration of the vehicle is transmitted and a sound may be generated.

  The object of the present invention is to cover the gap between the instrument panel and the steering column without strongly interfering with the internal structural members of the instrument panel even when the steering column moves in the vertical direction and the front-rear direction. An object of the present invention is to provide a vehicle steering column cover structure capable of improving the above.

  In order to achieve the above object, the present invention provides a vehicle steering column cover structure having flexibility to cover a gap between a steering column and an instrument panel that are installed to be movable up and down and back and forth with respect to the instrument panel. An upper fixing portion fixed to the instrument panel, a lower fixing portion fixed to the steering column, a bendable first bending portion formed in a portion close to the upper fixing portion, and a lower fixing portion. A second bendable portion that is bendable formed in a near portion and an intermediate portion that is a portion between the first bend portion and the second bend portion, with the steering column at the lowermost position and at the rearmost When positioned, the first bent portion is bent in a substantially L shape when viewed from the side, and when the steering column is located at the forefront, the first bent portion and the second bent portion are bent as viewed from the side. U With a shape, the intermediate portion is characterized by being configured to contact an internal structural member and the non-contact become so or the inner structural member and the predetermined value following loading of the instrument panel.

  In the present invention configured as described above, the upper fixing portion of the steering column cover structure is fixed to the instrument panel, and the lower fixing portion is fixed to the steering column. When the steering column is positioned at the lowermost and rearmost position, the first bent portion is bent, and the steering column cover structure is substantially L-shaped in a side view. Therefore, even when the steering column is located at the lowermost and rearmost position, the space between the instrument panel and the steering column is reliably covered by the steering column cover structure, so that the appearance around the steering column can be improved.

  When the steering column is located at the forefront, the first bent portion and the second bent portion have a substantially U-shaped steering column cover structure in a side view. At this time, the intermediate portion is arranged so as to be in non-contact with the internal structural member of the instrument panel or to be in contact with a load of a predetermined value or less. Therefore, even if the steering column is located at the forefront, the steering column cover structure is prevented from strongly interfering with the internal structural members, and a large deformation of the steering column cover structure can be prevented. Therefore, this does not impair the appearance of the steering column cover structure.

In the present invention, preferably, when the steering column is located at the foremost and uppermost position, the first bent portion and the second bent portion are bent in a substantially triangular shape in a side view.
In the present invention configured as described above, when the steering column is located at the foremost position, the steering column cover structure is substantially U-shaped in a side view, but in addition, the steering column is located at the forefront and When located at the uppermost position, the first bent portion and the second bent portion are further bent into a substantially triangular shape in a side view. Therefore, even when the steering column is located at the foremost and uppermost position, the steering column cover structure does not sag and does not strongly interfere with the internal structural members. Therefore, the appearance around the steering column is improved.

In the present invention, preferably, the thickness of the intermediate portion is formed larger than the thickness of the portion adjacent to the intermediate portion in the vertical direction.
In the present invention configured as described above, even in the case of light interference in which the intermediate portion contacts the internal structural member with a load of a predetermined value or less, the thickness dimension of the intermediate portion is the thickness dimension of the portion adjacent in the vertical direction Because it is formed larger than, it is difficult to deform. Therefore, even when the intermediate portion contacts the internal structural member, the intermediate portion is not greatly deformed, so that the appearance around the steering column is not impaired.

  Further, the present invention is a vehicle steering column cover structure having flexibility to cover a gap between a steering column and an instrument panel that are installed to be movable up and down and back and forth with respect to the instrument panel. An upper fixing portion that is fixed to the steering column, a lower fixing portion that is fixed to the steering column, and a cover portion that connects between the upper fixing portion and the lower fixing portion. A bendable first bend portion formed, a bendable second bend portion formed in a portion near the lower fixing portion, and an upper intermediate portion that is a portion between the upper fixing portion and the first bend portion; A lower intermediate portion that is a portion between the first bent portion and the second bent portion, and the lower intermediate portion is supported by the steering column in a side view when the steering column is located at the rearmost position. To be Steering is arranged in a substantially straight line along the longitudinal direction of the alling shaft, pulled by the upper middle part as the steering column moves from the rear to the front, and held in a substantially straight line in a side view. It arrange | positions so that it may stand with respect to the longitudinal direction of a shaft, It is characterized by the above-mentioned.

  In the present invention configured as described above, the upper fixing portion of the steering column cover structure is fixed to the instrument panel, and the lower fixing portion is fixed to the steering column. When the steering column is located at the rearmost position, the lower intermediate portion of the cover portion is arranged in a substantially straight line along the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft in a side view, and the upper intermediate portion is the steering column and the instrument panel. Cover between. Therefore, even when the steering column is located at the rearmost position, the space between the instrument panel and the steering column is reliably covered by the cover portion, so that the appearance around the steering column can be improved. At this time, the lower intermediate portion is arranged in a substantially straight line when viewed from the side, so that the cover portion does not sag and the appearance around the steering column can be improved.

  Further, as the steering column moves from the rear to the front side, the upper intermediate portion pulls the lower intermediate portion. As a result, the lower intermediate portion rises at an angle with respect to the steering shaft while being held in a substantially straight shape in a side view. At this time, since the lower intermediate portion is held in a substantially straight shape in a side view, the lower intermediate portion does not protrude excessively inside the instrument panel, and does not collide with the internal structural member. Therefore, even when the steering column is positioned at the forefront, the steering column cover structure is prevented from strongly interfering with the internal structural members, and a large deformation of the steering column cover structure can be prevented. Therefore, this does not impair the appearance of the steering column cover structure.

In the present invention, preferably, the upper intermediate portion is formed so as to be capable of bending deformation, and the lower intermediate portion extends along the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft in a side view when the steering column moves in the vertical direction at the end. Are held in a substantially straight line.
In the present invention configured as described above, when the steering column is at the rearmost position, the lower middle portion is arranged substantially linearly along the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft in a side view. At this time, when the steering column is moved in the vertical direction, the upper intermediate portion is formed so as to be able to be bent, so that the upper intermediate portion is bent and the lower intermediate portion is held in a substantially straight shape in a side view. . Accordingly, the appearance around the steering column can be improved without sagging the cover portion.

Hereinafter, an embodiment of a steering column cover structure of the present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
FIG. 1 is a partial perspective view showing a vehicle to which a steering column cover according to an embodiment of the present invention is applied. FIG. 2 is a side sectional view showing a vehicle to which a steering column cover according to an embodiment of the present invention is applied. As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the vehicle 1 includes an instrument panel 2 provided in front of the driver's seat in the passenger compartment, a steering shaft 4 protruding rearward from the inside of the instrument panel 2, and the steering shaft. The steering wheel 6 supported by the edge part of 4 and the steering column 8 which covers the part which protrudes from the instrument panel 2 in the steering shaft 4 are provided. An opening 2A into which meters are incorporated is formed above the instrument panel 2, and a substantially rectangular recessed portion 2B that opens downward and accommodates the steering column 8 is formed below.

  The steering shaft 4 is supported by the steering bracket 10. Between the steering shaft 4 and the steering wheel 6, a tilt mechanism (not shown) that can move the steering wheel 6 up and down according to the physique of the driver, and a telescopic mechanism that can move back and forth (see FIG. (Not shown). Both the tilt mechanism and the telescopic mechanism are disposed in the steering column 8. Therefore, when the steering wheel 6 moves up and down or back and forth by the tilt mechanism or the telescopic mechanism, the steering column 8 also moves along with the steering wheel 6. A gap 12 is formed between the upper surface of the steering column 8 and the recess 2B of the instrument panel 2 so as not to hinder the movement of the steering column 8. A steering column cover 14 is provided in the gap 12 so as to cover the gap 12.

  FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing the steering column cover 14 of the present embodiment. FIG. 4 is a partial side sectional view showing a state in which the steering column cover 14 is attached to the instrument panel 2 and the steering column 8. The steering column cover 14 is made of a flexible material such as rubber, for example, and is provided on the steering column cover 14 and fixed to the instrument panel 2 as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. Part 16, a lower fixing part 18 provided at the lower part of the steering column cover 14 and fixed to the steering column 8, provided at a side part of the steering column cover 14, and at a side part of the recess 2 </ b> B of the instrument panel 2. And a side fixing portion 20 to be fixed.

As shown in FIG. 3, the upper fixing portion 16 extends in the vertical direction, and has a plurality of holes 22 with a predetermined interval. Locking portions 24 projecting forward are formed above the recesses 2B of the instrument panel 2, and these locking portions 24 are inserted into the holes 22 of the upper fixing portion 16, so that the steering column The upper end of the cover 14 is fixed to the instrument panel 2.
The lower fixing portion 18 extends in the front-rear direction along the shape of the upper surface of the steering column 8, and a plurality of substantially frustoconical protruding portions 24 arranged at predetermined intervals are formed on the lower surface thereof. On the front side of the portion 24, a substantially rectangular plate-like tongue-like portion 26 that protrudes obliquely downward toward the front is formed on both lateral sides. As shown in FIG. 4, the protrusion 24 and the tongue 26 engage with an opening 8 a (see FIG. 4) formed on the upper surface of the housing of the steering column 8, so that the steering column cover 14. Is fixed to the steering column 8. At this time, the claw-shaped fixing portions 18a (see FIGS. 3 and 4) of the steering column cover 14 are also engaged with both ends of the opening 8a in the vehicle width direction.

  The side fixing portion 20 is formed continuously from both ends of the upper fixing portion 16 and extends downward. Holes 28 are formed in these side fixing portions 20 in the same manner as the upper fixing portion 16, and locking portions (not shown) provided along the side edges of the recess 2 </ b> B of the instrument panel 2 are holes. The side fixing part 20 is fixed to the instrument panel 2 by being inserted into 28. These side fixing portions 20 make the mounting structure of the steering column cover 14 to the instrument panel 2 more reliable.

  As shown in FIG. 4, a cover portion 30 that covers the gap 12 is provided between the upper fixing portion 16 and the lower fixing portion 18. The cover portion 30 is a thin plate-like member formed integrally and continuously with the upper fixing portion 16 and the lower fixing portion 18, and the vertical dimension thereof is such that the steering column 8 is positioned at the lowest position by the tilt mechanism. Even in this case, the distance between the upper end of the recess 2B of the instrument panel 2 and the upper surface of the steering column 8 is set to be longer. Therefore, the cover 30 is disposed in a state where it is slack in the gap 12.

  The cover portion 30 includes a first bent portion 32 for bending the cover portion 30 substantially parallel to the upper end of the concave portion 2B of the instrument panel 2 and the upper surface of the steering column 8, and a lower portion than the first bent portion 32. A second bent portion 34 is formed at a boundary portion between the lower fixing portion 18 and the cover portion 30 and for bending the cover portion 30 substantially parallel to the first bent portion 32. In the cover portion 30, the upper portion 36 (upper middle portion) above the first bent portion 32 is formed with a uniform thickness thinner than that of the upper fixing portion 16, and is bent and deformed at an arbitrary position of the upper portion 36. Can be bent. An intermediate portion 38 (lower intermediate portion) between the first bent portion 32 and the second bent portion 34 is formed thicker than the upper portion 36 and is less likely to bend than the upper portion 36.

  Here, the first bent portion 32 is defined by the boundary between the upper portion 36 and the intermediate portion 38. The second bent portion 34 is defined by the boundary between the intermediate portion 38 and the lower fixing portion 18, and is formed thinner than the thickness of the intermediate portion 38 and the lower fixing portion 18. Therefore, the second bent portion 34 is a portion constricted in the thickness direction between the intermediate portion 38 and the lower fixing portion 18.

Next, the operation of the steering column cover 14 having such a configuration will be described.
5 to 10 are partial side sectional views showing the shape of the steering column cover 14 of the present embodiment when the steering column 8 is moved to each position.
First, as shown in FIG. 5, when the steering column 8 is located at the lowermost position by the tilt mechanism and located at the rearmost position by the telescopic mechanism, the lower fixing portion 18 moves rearward along with the steering column 8. . As a result, the upper portion 36 is arranged along the vertical direction and is substantially flush with the upper fixing portion 16. The intermediate portion 38 is moved rearward by the lower fixing portion 18, is disposed along the upper surface of the steering column 8, and is substantially flush with the lower fixing portion 18. As a result, the intermediate portion 38 is arranged flatly in a substantially straight line along the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft 4 in a side view. Therefore, the cover part 30 is bent at the first bent part 32 and the second bent part 34 is not bent. As a result, the steering column cover 14 is substantially L-shaped when viewed from the side, that is, when viewed from the direction perpendicular to the vertical plane including the axis of the steering shaft 4.

  When the steering column 8 is moved to the uppermost position by the tilt mechanism with the steering column 8 positioned at the rearmost position, as shown in FIG. 6, the upper portion 36 near the boundary between the upper fixing portion 16 and the upper portion 36, That is, the upper end of the upper portion 36 is bent, and the upper portion 36 is bent in a substantially U shape in a side view so that the approximate center in the vertical direction protrudes forward. In addition, it is preferable that the upper portion 36 is brazed so as to bend so that it always protrudes forward when the steering column 8 moves upward.

  Next, when the steering column 8 is positioned at the lowermost position by the tilt mechanism and is positioned at the center in the front-rear direction by the telescopic mechanism, the steering column 8 is moved from the state of FIG. 5 to the steering bracket 10 as shown in FIG. Proximity to. At this time, since the first bent portion 32 moves forward relative to the fixing position of the upper fixing portion 16, the upper end of the upper portion 36 is bent and pulled by the upper portion 36, so that the intermediate portion 38 moves upward. To do. As a result, the intermediate portion 38 stands up with respect to the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft 4 while being held flat, and is arranged such that the upper portion of the intermediate portion 38 is inclined forward with an angle with the upper surface of the steering column 8. Is done. The second bent portion 34 bends when the intermediate portion 38 rises from the upper surface of the steering column 8 in a state where the intermediate portion 38 is held linearly in a side view. As a result of such deformation, the steering column cover 14 has a generally U-shape as viewed from the side, protruding forward as a whole.

  When the steering column 8 is moved to the uppermost position by the tilt mechanism in a state where the steering column 8 is located at the center position in the front-rear direction, the upper end of the upper portion 36 is further bent as shown in FIG. Is disposed at a position higher than the lower end of the upper fixing portion 16. The first bent portion 32 is also bent at a steeper angle than the state of FIG. The second bent portion 34 bends at a substantially right angle with respect to the lower fixed portion 18, whereby the intermediate portion 38 is substantially in a vertical direction (a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft 4) in a side view. Are arranged in a substantially straight line. Due to such deformation, the steering column cover 14 has a substantially triangular shape including a substantially U shape as a whole, particularly in a side view.

  Next, when the steering column 8 is positioned at the lowermost position by the tilt mechanism and is positioned at the foremost position by the telescopic mechanism, as shown in FIG. 9, the steering column 8 is further moved from the state of FIG. Member) 10. At this time, the upper end of the upper portion 36, the first bent portion 32, and the second bent portion 34 are bent at a substantially right angle. Accordingly, the upper portion 36 is disposed substantially parallel to the upper surface of the steering column 8, and the intermediate portion 38 is disposed substantially perpendicular to the upper surface of the steering column 8. Due to such deformation, the steering column cover 14 as a whole has a substantially U shape, particularly a substantially U shape, in a side view.

When the steering column 8 is moved to the uppermost position by the tilt mechanism in a state where the steering column 8 is located at the foremost position, the upper end of the upper portion 36 is further bent and the first bent portion 32 is moved upward as shown in FIG. It is arranged at a position higher than the lower end of the fixed portion 16. Therefore, the 1st bending part 32 is also bent at a steeper angle than the state of FIG. The intermediate portion 38 is disposed such that the upper portion is inclined rearward. Due to such deformation, the steering column cover 14 as a whole has a substantially U shape, particularly a substantially triangular shape, in a side view.
Here, in the state of FIGS. 9 and 10, the intermediate portion 38 is disposed with a gap from the rear end portion of the steering bracket 10 so as not to contact the steering bracket 10.

According to the present embodiment configured as described above, the following excellent effects can be obtained.
Since the steering column cover 14 includes the first bent portion 32, the steering column cover 14 is substantially L-shaped in a side view when the steering column 8 is located at the lowermost position and the rearmost position. Further, since the steering column cover 14 is also provided with the second bent portion 34, when the steering column 8 is located at the forefront, the steering column cover 14 is substantially U-shaped in a side view. Therefore, the gap 12 can be reliably covered, and the shape of the cover portion 30 in a side view is changed according to the position of the steering column 8, so that the cover portion 30 does not have an extra fold, The appearance of the steering column cover 14 is improved.

  When the steering column 8 is located at the forefront, the intermediate portion 38 is disposed with a gap from the end of the steering bracket 10, so that the steering column cover 14 is not in contact with the steering bracket 10. Therefore, the vibration of the vehicle 1 is transmitted to the steering column cover 14 while the vehicle 1 is traveling, so that it is possible to prevent the occurrence of problems such as the generation of sound. Further, since the steering column cover 14 is not deformed by being pushed by the steering bracket 10, the appearance of the steering column cover 14 can also be improved.

  When the steering column 8 is located at the foremost and uppermost position, the steering column cover 14 has a substantially triangular shape particularly in a side view. Therefore, even when the steering column 8 is closest to the steering bracket 10 and the instrument panel 2, the cover 30 is well bent and stored in the instrument panel 2, thereby improving the appearance of the steering column cover 14. Can be made.

  Since the intermediate portion 38 is formed thicker than the upper portion 36, the intermediate portion 38 is not easily deformed and can easily maintain a flat shape, so that it is easy to form a substantially U shape or a substantially triangular shape. Therefore, the steering column cover 14 can be more reliably deformed into a desired shape. Further, since the upper portion 36 is formed so as to be able to be bent and deformed, the upper portion 36 is easily bent, and therefore, the intermediate portion 38 is easily held in a substantially straight shape in a side view.

  Since the cover portion 30 is bent by the first bent portion 32 and the second bent portion 34 of the steering column cover 14, the space occupied in the instrument panel 2 can be reduced while reliably covering the gap 12. It becomes difficult to interfere with internal structural members.

  The present invention is not limited to the above embodiment, and is not limited to one in which the dimension of the steering column cover is set such that the intermediate portion is not in contact with the internal structural member of the instrument panel, The dimension may be set such that the intermediate portion contacts the internal structural member with a load equal to or less than a predetermined value. Even in this case, there is no problem as long as the steering column cover does not generate sound due to the vibration of the vehicle and does not impair the appearance. At this time, it is desirable to make the thickness dimension of the intermediate portion sufficiently large so that the deformation of the steering column cover does not become too large.

  The second bent portion is provided at the boundary between the lower fixed portion 18 and the intermediate portion 38. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and a cover portion may be further disposed between the second bent portion and the lower fixed portion. Good. In this case, the cover part can be bent in more various cross-sectional shapes by being divided into an upper part, an intermediate part, and a lower part and bent. In addition, the bent portions are not limited to those provided at two places, and may be provided as a plurality of two or more according to the size of the gap, the shape, material, etc. of the steering column cover.

1 is a partial perspective view showing a vehicle to which a steering column cover according to an embodiment of the present invention is applied. 1 is a side sectional view showing a vehicle to which a steering column cover according to an embodiment of the present invention is applied. It is a perspective view which shows the steering column cover of this embodiment. It is a fragmentary sectional side view which shows the attachment structure to the vehicle of the steering column cover of this embodiment. It is a partial sectional side view showing the shape of a steering column cover when the steering column of the present embodiment is located at the lowermost and rearmost position. It is a partial sectional side view showing the shape of a steering column cover when the steering column of the present embodiment is positioned at the uppermost and rearmost position. FIG. 3 is a partial side cross-sectional view showing the shape of the steering column cover when the steering column of the present embodiment is positioned at the lowest position and at the center in the front-rear direction. FIG. 3 is a partial side cross-sectional view showing the shape of the steering column cover when the steering column of the present embodiment is positioned at the uppermost position and at the center position in the front-rear direction. It is a partial sectional side view which shows the shape of a steering column cover when the steering column of this embodiment is located in the lowest part and the foremost part. It is a partial sectional side view showing the shape of a steering column cover when the steering column of the present embodiment is located at the uppermost position and the foremost position.

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... Vehicle 2 ... Instrument panel 8 ... Steering column 10 ... Steering bracket 14 ... Steering column cover 30 ... Cover part 32 ... 1st bending part 34 ... 2nd bending part 36 ... Upper part 38 ... Middle part

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  1. A vehicle steering column cover structure having flexibility to cover a gap between a steering column installed so as to be movable up and down and back and forth with respect to an instrument panel and the instrument panel,
    An upper fixing part fixed to the instrument panel;
    A lower fixing portion fixed to the steering column;
    A bendable first bend formed in a portion near the upper fixed portion;
    A bendable second bent portion formed at a site near the lower fixed portion;
    An intermediate portion that is a portion between the first bent portion and the second bent portion,
    When the steering column is positioned at the lowermost and rearmost position, the first bent portion is bent into a substantially L shape in side view,
    When the steering column is located at the forefront, the first bent portion and the second bent portion are bent into a substantially U shape in side view, and the intermediate portion is an internal structural member of the instrument panel. A steering column cover structure for a vehicle, wherein the structure is configured so as to be in non-contact with the internal structural member or with a load of a predetermined value or less.
  2.   2. The vehicle steering column cover structure according to claim 1, wherein the first bent portion and the second bent portion are bent in a substantially triangular shape in a side view when the steering column is located at the foremost and uppermost position. .
  3.   The vehicle steering column cover structure according to claim 1 or 2, wherein a thickness dimension of the intermediate portion is formed larger than a thickness dimension of a portion adjacent to the intermediate portion in the vertical direction.
  4. A vehicle steering column cover structure having flexibility to cover a gap between a steering column installed so as to be movable up and down and back and forth with respect to an instrument panel and the instrument panel,
    An upper fixing part fixed to the instrument panel;
    A lower fixing portion fixed to the steering column;
    A cover portion connecting between the upper fixing portion and the lower fixing portion,
    The cover portion includes a first bendable portion that is formed in a portion near the upper fixing portion, a second bendable portion that is formed in a portion near the lower fixing portion, and the upper fixing portion. An upper intermediate portion that is a portion between the first bent portion and a lower intermediate portion that is a portion between the first bent portion and the second bent portion;
    The lower intermediate portion is arranged in a substantially straight line along the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft on which the steering column is supported when the steering column is located at the rearmost position, and the steering column is located at the rearmost position. As it moves from the front side to the front side, it is pulled by the upper intermediate portion and is arranged so as to stand up with respect to the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft while being held in a substantially straight shape in a side view. Steering column cover structure for vehicles.
  5.   The upper intermediate portion is formed so as to be capable of bending deformation, and the lower intermediate portion is substantially linear along the longitudinal direction of the steering shaft in a side view when the steering column moves in the vertical direction at the rearmost position. 5. The vehicle steering column cover structure according to claim 4, wherein the steering column cover structure is for a vehicle.
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