1996-10-01

Extended Cab Side Access Panels - Compact Pick-Up Trucks 962193

In the past, all known, compact pickup truck structures have been limited to the use of two doors to allow for access to the interior regions of the cab. This paper will address the issue of locating a side access panel to an existing vehicle structure, the development criteria used for the panel hinges, the integration of the safety belt system and the advantages of the interior trim attachment methods. Examination will include a review of specific design considerations used to meet governmental and consumer requirements.

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