• US 20080089081A1
  • Filed: 11/06/2007
  • Published: 04/17/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1997
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rearview mirror assembly for vehicles comprising:

  • a case having a reflective mirror element, said case including at least one opening therethrough;

    a support on said assembly for mounting said assembly on a vehicle;

    a modular carrier member formed separately from and mounted to said case, said carrier member including an electrically conductive circuit member and a non-electrically conducting support body, said circuit member being formed separately from and secured to said support body, said carrier member providing an integral support, electrical connections for, and an electrical distribution network to at least one lamp on said case; and

    a lamp mounted on said carrier member, connected to said circuit member, and adapted to provide light through said case opening to a portion of the vehicle when said mirror assembly is mounted thereon;

    said carrier member including an edge portion defining a recess, said circuit member including a bulb holder within said recess, and a reflector secured to said carrier member and received in said recess, said recess edge portion engaging and supporting said reflector, said lamp including a bulb mounted within said recess in said bulb holder, said reflector reflecting light from said bulb through said case opening when said bulb is illuminated.

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