US PATENT SUBCLASS 180 / 232 WITH MEANS FOR (1) PROTECTING MOTOR FROM IMPACT OF COLLISION, (2) UTILIZING MASS OF MOTOR TO ABSORB FORCE THEREOF, OR (3) PROTECTING OCCUPANT REGION OF VEHICLE FROM IMPACT-INDUCED SHIFTING OF MOTOR
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WITH MEANS FOR (1) PROTECTING MOTOR FROM IMPACT OF COLLISION,(2) UTILIZING MASS OF MOTOR TO ABSORB FORCE THEREOF, OR (3)PROTECTING OCCUPANT REGION OF VEHICLE FROM IMPACT-INDUCEDSHIFTING OF MOTOR:
(under the class definition) Vehicle provided with means for either (1) cushioning or isolating the motor of a vehicle from the force created when the vehicle engages an object, (2) taking advantage of the inertia inherent in a moving motor to dissipate part of that force (e.g., by allowing a certain amount of "controlled" movement of the motor), or (3) redirecting the shifting of the motor caused by such a force into a path whereby it is less likely to cause critical damage to that portion of the vehicle in which the operator and any passengers are located (e.g., by providing guide means for the motor, which guide means are sometimes so designed as to also cause some of the force of the impact to be dissipated by the movement of the motor therealong).
(1) Note. This subclass consists principally of art found in former subclasses 64 and 82, and, accordingly, is not necessarily a complete collection of all such art which may exist in the class.
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371+, and 378+ for miscellaneous means for retarding motion, which means may comprise or include a metallic element which is deformable or frangible.
280, Land Vehicles,
784, for a general utility wheeled land vehicle running gear including specific frame construction wherein the frame construction has means for absorbing an impact. 296, Land Vehicles: Bodies and Tops,
35.2, for a land vehicle body secured to running gear or a chassis frame by means including collision impact absorbing structure, and subclass 189 for a land vehicle body which is deformable for absorbing the shock of an impact.