Outside automatic rearview mirror for automotive vehicles

  • US 5,448,397 A
  • Filed: 10/29/1993
  • Issued: 09/05/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/01/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An automatic rearview mirror for automotive vehicles, said mirror comprising, in combination, a pair of planar, parallel, spaced elements defining a chamber therebetween, one of said elements being transparent, the confronting sides of said elements each being coated with a layer of electrically conductive material, said chamber being substantially filled with a solution of reversibly variable transmittance in contact with said electrically conductive layers, the other of said elements having a reflective layer of high reflectance material on the side thereof remote from the electrically conductive material, said reflective layer reflecting, through said solution and the transparent element, light which reaches said reflective layer after passing through the solution and through the transparent element, bezel means having a substantially flat surface thereon extending around and covering the periphery of the exposed surface of said transparent element on the side thereof opposite the conductive layer, spring clip means providing electrical connections to each of said electrically conductive layers, first sealing means sealing the periphery of said chamber, second sealing means sealing the flat surface of said bezel to said exposed side of said transparent element to create a vessel, and third sealing means filling the vessel and encapsulating said clip means and the peripheral edge portions of said elements adjacent said clip means.

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