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US5115145: Motor vehicle security system

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Frederick W. Westberg · Dean P. Brondos ·
Assignee(s) Dittrick/Christensen Enterprises, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Philip L. Bateman ·
Primary Examiner Pellinen; A. D. ·
Assistant Examiner David Osborn ·
Application Number US7586438
Filing date 09/21/1990
Issue date 05/19/1992
Predicted expiration date 09/21/2010
U.S. Classifications 307/103  · 307/102  ·
International Classifications B60R 2510  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 30710.1-10.6 ·
3 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A security system for motor vehicles enables the ignition switch to be turned to the "off" position and the key to be removed without turning off the engine and accessories. Normal driving operation is restored by reinserting the key, turning the ignition switch to the "on" position, and preparing the vehicle for driving. If a person without the ignition key attempts to drive the vehicle, the engine turns off. The security system includes a solenoid, a switch means to energize and deenergize the solenoid, an ignition bypass line and switch, and a starter-override switch which prevents the flow of current to the starter should the ignition switch be inadvertently turned past the "on" position to the"start" position.

Independent Claims | See all claims (3)

  1. 1. A security system for motor vehicles containing an engine ignition system controlled by a key-actuated ignition switch having "off", "on", and "start" positions, the security system comprising:(a) a solenoid;(b) a switch means which is closable by the vehicle operator to energize the solenoid when the engine is running and the vehicle prepared for parking, and which is automatically opened to deenergize the solenoid as the vehicle is prepared for driving;(c) a bypass line from the battery to the ignition system and accessories system;(d) a bypass switch in the bypass line, which bypass switch is normally open but is closed when the solenoid is energized; and(e) a starter-override switch in the existing line from the battery to the starter, which starter-override switch is normally closed but is opened when the solenoid is energized;such that: (1) if the switch means is closed by the vehicle operator when the engine is running and the vehicle prepared for parking, the solenoid is energized and the bypass line provides current to the ignition system and accessories system so that the ignition switch can be turned to the "off" position and the ignition key removed without turning off the engine and accessories; (2) if, while the solenoid is energized, the ignition key is reinserted and the ignition switch turned to the "on" position, the open starter-override switch prevents the flow of current to the starter should the ignition switch be inadvertently turned past the "on" position to the "start" position and the solenoid is deenergized as the vehicle is prepared for driving; and (3) if, while the solenoid is energized, a person without the ignition key attempts to drive the vehicle, the switch means of the security system automatically opens and the engine turns off.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

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US4403675 Cardwell Sep 1983
US4754838 CODY JEFFREY P Cody Jul 1988
US4792792 COSTINO HAROLD F Costino Dec 1988

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