Method for extending and retracting a mirror head of a vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly

  • US 10,875,454 B2
  • Filed: 03/04/2019
  • Issued: 12/29/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for extending and retracting a mirror head of an exterior rearview mirror assembly, the exterior rearview mirror assembly configured for attachment at a vehicle, said method comprising:

  • providing an exterior rearview mirror assembly, the exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising (i) a mounting base, (ii) a mirror head having a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element and (iii) an electrically-operated actuator operable to adjust the mirror head relative to the mounting base;

    wherein the mounting base is configured for attachment at a side of a vehicle equipped with the exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein the mirror head is adjustably mounted at the mounting base via a first link and a second link, and wherein the first link comprises a base end that pivotally attaches at the mounting base and a head end that pivotally attaches at the mirror head, and wherein the second link comprises a base end that pivotally attaches at the mounting base and a head end that pivotally attaches at the mirror head;

    wherein the mirror head is adjustable between a retracted position and an extended position via pivoting of the first and second links, and wherein, with the mounting base attached at the side of the vehicle, the mirror head is closer to the side of the vehicle at which the mounting base is attached when in the retracted position as compared to when in the extended position;

    electrically operating the electrically-operated actuator to pivot the first link to move the mirror head relative to the mounting base from the retracted position toward the extended position; and

    wherein, as the mirror head moves relative to the mounting base toward the extended position, the first and second links pivot at their respective base ends relative to the mounting base and at their respective head ends relative to the mirror head.

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