Modular rearview mirror assembly and method for making same

  • US 5,669,698 A
  • Filed: 05/24/1995
  • Issued: 09/23/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/24/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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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 circuit member including a plurality of bus strips, said bus strips supported by and separated and electrically insulated from one another by 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 assembly; 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.

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