Process for providing an interior rearview mirror assembly

  • US 10,266,118 B2
  • Filed: 05/23/2016
  • Issued: 04/23/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/05/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A process for providing an interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said process comprising:

  • providing a mirror reflective element comprising at least one transparent substrate and a mirror reflector established at a surface of said at least one transparent substrate;

    forming a mirror backplate;

    forming a mounting base, wherein said mounting base is formed separate from said mirror backplate, and wherein said mounting base is configured for attachment at an interior portion of a vehicle, said mounting base comprising a ball member;

    forming a socket element, wherein said socket element is formed separate from said mirror backplate and separate from said mounting base, said socket element comprising a socket member and an attaching structure, wherein forming said socket element comprises integrally forming said socket member and said attaching structure;

    inserting said ball member of said mounting base into said socket member of said socket element to form a ball and socket joint whereby said mounting base pivotally attaches to said socket element;

    attaching said mirror backplate at said mirror reflective element; and

    after said mirror backplate is attached at said mirror reflective element, and after said mounting base is pivotally attached to said socket element, and with said attaching structure of said socket element directly contacting said mirror backplate, attaching said attaching structure of said socket element to said mirror backplate.

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