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Squad Bench Latch by Austin Hardware®

Squad Bench Latch (SBL) - Patent Pending

Austin Hardware is proud to offer another Guaranteed Engineered Solution™ 

Our new, patent-pending Squad Bench Latch for ambulances and emergency vehicles is easy to install with no cutouts required in the bench or lid. Most importantly it allows for one-handed operation.


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- Key Benefits

Key Benefits of the NEW Squad Bench Latch (SBL) Include

Easy to install

  • No cutouts are required for installation on the bench or lid.​
  • No components of the latch are on the inside of the compartment, meaning no linkages and strikers to cover so contents do not jam the latch.​
  • Installs EASILY in less than 5 minutes using a drill jig.
  • Can be retrofit
Allows for One-Handed Operation
  • One Hand Operation – unlatching motion aligned with the lifting action​
  • Double rod locking on each latch secures in X, Y, and Z directions.

Patent Pending - Austin Engineered design is currently pending a U.S. patent.

- Technical Specifications & Product Description

Description ​

  • Part Number: SBL-KIT: Slam latch system that holds squad bench lid closed in an ambulance.​




  • 0.71 pounds​

Technical Qualifications​

  • Compliant with SAE J3058​

- Optional Mounting Jig

Our SBL Drill Jig is designed to help you install the squad bench latch quickly and easily.

The jig (Part No. SBL-JIG) allows the installer to properly position and drill all the necessary holes for installing the squad bench latch. It includes a .1495" and .250" drill bit and an 82° countersink.


You can find more information on the optional mounting jig and installing the squad bench latch HERE.

- Additional EMS Solutions

Our engineering team works hard to provide EMS solutions that allow ambulance and emergency vehicle personnel to concentrate on their job of saving lives while keeping both them and their patients safe. 

See the video below for a walk-around of ambulance solutions.

Learn more about all of our EMS Solutions.

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