Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 10,829,052 B2
  • Filed: 10/21/2019
  • Issued: 11/10/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/19/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly, said vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a prismatic mirror reflective element comprising a glass substrate having a planar front surface and a planar rear surface;

    wherein said glass substrate comprises a circumferential edge around the periphery of said glass substrate;

    said circumferential edge spanning a thickness dimension of said glass substrate between said planar front surface and said planar rear surface, and wherein said planar front surface of said glass substrate comprises an outermost surface of said prismatic mirror reflective element that is viewable by and is contactable by a driver of a vehicle equipped with said vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said prismatic mirror reflective element comprises a mirror reflector established at said planar rear surface of said glass substrate of said prismatic mirror reflective element;

    a plastic molding;

    wherein said plastic molding is circumferentially disposed around said circumferential edge of said glass substrate without overlapping said planar front surface of said glass substrate, and wherein the plane of said planar front surface of said glass substrate is generally flush with an outermost part of said plastic molding;

    wherein, with said plastic molding circumferentially disposed around said circumferential edge of said glass substrate, the outermost part of said plastic molding provides a curved transition between said planar front surface of said prismatic mirror reflective element and another part of said plastic molding;

    wherein the outermost part of said plastic molding providing the curved transition between said planar front surface of said prismatic mirror reflective element and the other part of said plastic molding comprises an outer curved surface;

    wherein the outermost part of said plastic molding providing the curved transition between said planar front surface of said prismatic mirror reflective element and the other part of said plastic molding lacks an exposed sharp edge;

    wherein said plastic molding comprises a portion of a mirror housing of said vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly;

    a mounting structure configured to mount said vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly at an interior portion of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein, with the mounting structure mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle and when said mirror housing is moved by the driver of the equipped vehicle to adjust said prismatic mirror reflective element to a driver'"'"'s desired setting, said prismatic mirror reflective element moves in tandem with movement of said mirror housing.

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