DEARBORN, Mich. (Nov. 26)—Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems has developed the next version of its Anti-Finger Trap System, which features sensors mounted in the seal or trim. Like the first rendition of the system developed in 1997, the new version can be used for electrically powered windows as well as for liftgates and trunk lids. While the first version merely lessened pinching force during closure, the new system is touchless and will retract the window or closure if it senses anything in the opening. The sensor is made of two copper wires that can either be co-extruded into the seal or taped into the trim. The first generation is in production on the BMW A.G. 3 Series for its "express up" movable glass systems, the 2002 Lincoln Blackwood for its power tonneau cover, and the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country minivan to prevent entrapment during pull down of the power liftgate.
Metzeler develops second-generation Anti-Finger Trap System
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