Rearview mirror support bracket

  • US 4,524,941 A
  • Filed: 06/24/1981
  • Issued: 06/25/1985
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/24/1981
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A breakaway rearview mirror bracket for attaching a rearview mirror to a mounting button, said bracket comprising:

  • a body having a top end and a bottom end, said body further including mirror case mounting means at its bottom end for adjustably mounting a mirror case to said body; and

    an attachment means joined to said body adjacent said top end, said attachment means comprising;

    a generally planar member;

    a pair of opposed, elongated clips which define opposed, inwardly opening grooves dimensioned to receive the mounting button in a tongue and groove fashion, said clips being formed of a resilient material, each of said clips being generally L-shaped in cross section including a sidewall and an inwardly directed lip having an under surface which is sloped downwardly towards said sidewall;

    pivot and tension means mounted in a substantially fixed position on and extending from said planar member for engaging the mounting button, said pivot and tension means dimensioned to tension the clips after receipt of the button to securely locate the bracket on the button and to act as a substantially fixed pivot to cause the bracket to break away from the button when the bracket sustains a predetermined impact;

    a surrounding wall which encloses and extends around three sides of said planar member, said wall defining an open end for receipt of the button;

    resilient retaining means adjacent said clips for engaging and retaining said body on the button after said clips have received the button; and

    a pair of transversely spaced, longitudinally extending guides, each having a generally V-shaped in cross section, said guides extending upwardly from said planar member, one of said guides being adjacent each of said clips to prevent a leading edge of the button from catching on the attachment means as the clips are slid over the button.

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