AURORA, Ontario, May 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For automakers, two key customer satisfaction considerations are the feel of a car’s door when opening and closing and the quietness of the cabin. Magna recently developed the Comfort+TM door latch to address both concerns and has secured its first production contract to supply the new type of latch to a European automaker.
Comfort+ turns sliding friction into rolling friction within the mechanics of the door latch, which significantly reduces the efforts required to open and close a car door and results in a smooth, consistent feel. Compared to traditional latches, opening efforts are reduced by an average of 40 to 60 percent, dramatically improving the consumer experience when entering and exiting a vehicle.
The “plus” in Comfort+: the reduced opening and closing efforts allow automakers to increase sealing around the door, which helps create a quieter cabin.
Performance is also improved with the Comfort+ latch. After 100,000 door slams, traditional door latches typically require more effort to open – on average up to 35 percent more than when new. After more than 1 million slams in testing by engineers at Magna, the Comfort+ latch maintained a consistent level of performance.
Door latch, quiet cabin, new car satisfaction ratings
Louis Tonelli, Vice-President, Investor Relations
Tracy Fuerst, Global Director of Corporate Communications & PR
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