Breakaway accessory mounting assembly for vehicles and windshield mounted button therefor

  • US 5,820,097 A
  • Filed: 01/10/1997
  • Issued: 10/13/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/10/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A windshield supported, vehicular rearview mirror mounting assembly adapted for breakaway release when the rearview mirror is impacted in a collision by a vehicle occupant and/or by a deploying airbag, said assembly comprising:

  • a base having a body for connecting said assembly to a windshield mounted button, a button support on said body, an unobstructed open area on one portion of said body and an accessory/support mount providing a connection for said base to at least one of a rearview mirror and a support for a rearview mirror; and

    a plurality of resilient retaining flanges on said base to releasably secure said mounting assembly to the windshield mounted button such that the button engages said button support, said retaining flanges being formed from resilient material and located at positions spaced from one another around said button support for engaging the windshield mounted button to generally center the button therebetween and releasably hold the button therebetween and against said button support yet resiliently flex to release the button when the rearview mirror or accessory is impacted;

    a pair of said resilient flanges defining an open release space therebetween allowing release of said button therebetween when said pair of resilient flanges are flexed by an impact force which acts on said assembly to urge said assembly in a direction such that the button is moved through said open release space, said assembly providing an open, unobstructed passageway between said open release space and said unobstructed open area allowing release of the button from said assembly through said open area when said button is caused to move between said pair of resilient flanges.

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