Vehicle exterior mirror system with signal light assembly

  • US 6,086,229 A
  • Filed: 02/26/1999
  • Issued: 07/11/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicular exterior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly adapted for mounting to a side of a first vehicle;

    said exterior mirror assembly comprising a housing, said housing defining a cavity, a reflectance element incorporated in said cavity, said reflectance element being moveably mounted with respect to said housing on an actuator for providing remote positioning of said reflectance element;

    a signal light assembly at least partially positioned in said cavity and fixedly mounted with respect to said housing separate from said positionable reflectance element;

    said signal light assembly adapted to project a pattern of light from said housing directed at least generally rearwardly of said first vehicle and observable to a driver of a second vehicle passing from behind said side of said first vehicle equipped with said signal light assembly, said pattern of light of said signal light assembly shielded from view by a driver of said first vehicle when said exterior mirror assembly is mounted to said side of said first vehicle; and

    said signal light adapted for connection with a turn signal circuit of the first vehicle such that said signal light actuates when said turn signal circuit is being actuated in order to provide a warning light to the driver of the second vehicle passing the first vehicle that a lane change by the first vehicle is intended, said warning light being substantially unobserved by the driver of the first vehicle;

    wherein said signal light assembly is substantially resistant to environmental conditions, such as water splash, rain and car washes.

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