Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 10,166,927 B2
  • Filed: 10/09/2017
  • Issued: 01/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/19/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a prismatic interior mirror reflective element comprising a glass substrate;

    wherein said glass substrate has a front surface and a rear surface opposite said front surface;

    wherein a mirror reflector is disposed at said rear surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element and wherein said front surface of said glass substrate is angled relative to said rear surface of said glass substrate forming a prismatic glass substrate;

    wherein said front surface of said glass substrate comprises an outermost surface of said mirror reflective element that is viewed by a driver of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said front surface of said glass substrate comprises a planar surface and wherein said glass substrate comprises a circumferential edge along a periphery of said glass substrate;

    wherein said circumferential edge spans a thickness of said glass substrate between said front surface and said rear surface;

    a mounting element disposed at said rear surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element;

    wherein said mounting element includes a pivot element that is configured to pivotally mount said mirror reflective element at a mounting structure disposed at an interior portion of the equipped vehicle;

    a plastic molding that receives said mirror reflective element therein such that a portion of said plastic molding is circumferentially disposed about said circumferential edge of said glass substrate without overlapping onto said front surface of said glass substrate;

    wherein a plane of said front surface of said glass substrate is flush with an outermost part of said portion of said plastic molding;

    wherein said portion of said plastic molding provides a curved rounded transition from said front surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element to a side surface of said plastic molding; and

    wherein said plastic molding comprises at least a portion of a mirror housing of said interior rearview mirror assembly.

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