Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 10,449,903 B2
  • Filed: 12/20/2018
  • Issued: 10/22/2019
  • 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:

  • an electro-optic mirror reflective element comprising a front glass substrate and a rear glass substrate with an electro-optic medium disposed therebetween;

    wherein said front glass substrate has a first surface and a second surface opposite said first surface, and wherein a transparent electrically conductive coating is disposed at said second surface and contacts said electro-optic medium;

    wherein said rear glass substrate has a third surface and a fourth surface opposite said third surface, and wherein an electrically conductive coating is disposed at said third surface and contacts said electro-optic medium, and wherein said electrically conductive coating includes an electrically conductive reflector coating;

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

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

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

    a mounting element disposed at said fourth surface of said rear glass substrate of said electro-optic mirror reflective element;

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

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

    wherein said first surface of said front 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 first surface of said front glass substrate of said electro-optic 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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