Illuminated power tilt exterior mirror for vehicle

  • US 5,871,275 A
  • Filed: 04/21/1997
  • Issued: 02/16/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/25/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An illuminated power tilt exterior mirror system for a vehicle having a reverse gear selector, comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly having a reflective element, a housing for said reflective element, and a positioning device for selectively positioning said reflective element about a horizontal axis to a power tilt position;

    said positioning device further being capable of positioning said reflective element about a vertical axis and said horizontal axis in order to provide vision directly rearwardly of the vehicle during normal use on a highway;

    a tilt control that is responsive to said vehicle reverse gear selector being placed in a reverse gear mode for causing said positioning device to position said reflective element about said horizontal axis to said power tilt position to view an area adjacent a side of the vehicle; and

    a light for emitting light generally downwardly from said housing on an area adjacent said side of said vehicle;

    wherein said tilt control actuates said light as a function of said reflective element being in said power tilt position and said reverse gear selector being placed in said reverse gear mode in order to illuminate objects in said area.

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