Vehicle mirror assembly

  • US 4,436,371 A
  • Filed: 06/24/1981
  • Issued: 03/13/1984
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/24/1981
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a day/night rearview mirror assembly for vehicles including a mirror case and a pivot actuator, said case being formed in one piece from a resinous material and having a back, a continuous peripheral side wall adapted to outline the peripheral edge of a mirror element, and support means for supporting said pivot actuator within said case, said pivot actuator having mounting means for mounting a bracket for securing said assembly on a support and pivot means for pivoting said actuator and case between at least two different positions with respect to said mounting means, the improvement comprising:

  • said molded case including flexible, resilient portions and having a preformed lip on said continuous peripheral side wall for retaining a mirror element within said case;

    said pivot actuator being substantially rigid;

    said case portions being sufficiently flexible and resilient to bias said actuator toward one or the other of said actuator positions;

    said support means supporting said actuator in a prestressed position when assembled in said case while said lip extends inwardly a distance sufficient such that when a mirror element is received within said case, and said actuator is pivoted with said pivot means, said case will flex with respect to said rigid actuator to allow the pivotal movement while said lip will continue to cover the edge of the mirror element and a predetermined portion of the mirror element spaced inwardly from the edge thereof regardless of the flexing action of said case and said lip during such pivoting.

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