Automotive winker device

  • US 5,402,103 A
  • Filed: 06/02/1992
  • Issued: 03/28/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An automotive winker device for use on a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle having a front portion and rear portion, the automotive winker device comprising:

  • a side view mirror assembly mountable on a side portion of the vehicle, the side view mirror assembly having a mirror and a cover case to which the mirror is mounted, the mirror being arranged to face rearwardly of the vehicle and so as to be seen by a driver of the vehicle, the cover case having a front facing portion which faces toward the front portion of the vehicle and a rear facing portion which faces toward the rear portion of the vehicle;

    a light source chamber defined in a part of the cover case, the light source chamber having;

    at least one rear facing light transmission opening in a rear facing portion of the cover case defining the light source chamber, said at least one rear facing light transmission opening being adjacent to the mirror, andat least one side facing light transmission hole in a sideways outwardly facing portion of the cover case defining the light source chamber, said outwardly facing portion facing sideways away from the vehicle;

    a light source in said light source chamber;

    at least one rear transparent plate covering said at least one rear facing light transmission opening;

    at least one side facing transparent plate covering said at least one side facing light transmission hole;

    at least one light shelter wall provided at a portion of the cover case which faces toward the of the vehicle, said at least one light shelter wall projecting rearwardly of said mirror toward the rear portion of the vehicle, and rearwardly of said at least one rear transparent plate, for preventing scattering of light passing through said at least one rear facing light transmission opening to the mirror; and

    means for removably mounting said at least one light shelter wall to the cover case adjacent to the mirror, so as to permit removal of said at least one light shelter wall and said at least one rear transparent plate, to thereby provide access to the interior of said light source chamber of the cover case to replace said light source.

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