Magna has developed the Comfort+ door latch to provide quality doors and quieter car cabins. It has secured its first production contract to supply the new 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 Comfort+ reduced opening and closing efforts allow automakers to increase sealing around the door, which helps create a quieter cabin,” claims the company.
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 one million slams in testing by engineers at Magna, the Comfort+ latch maintained a consistent level of performance, it further said.