Vehicle rearview mirror display system

  • US 6,198,409 B1
  • Filed: 05/03/1999
  • Issued: 03/06/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/22/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A rearview mirror system for a vehicle equipped with an airbag system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly positioned within the passenger compartment of the vehicle, said mirror assembly including a reflective element and a housing for said reflective element;

    a passenger-side airbag positioned within the passenger compartment of the vehicle and a control system for disabling operation of said airbag; and

    a passenger airbag disable indicator assembly, said indicator assembly located at said rearview mirror assembly, said indicator assembly providing a display of passenger airbag disable function and indicating when the passenger-side airbag has been disabled;

    wherein said control system includes a key-operated switch which provides a key operation in order to disable said airbag, and wherein said control system automatically reactivates said airbag if the ignition of the vehicle is turned off after said airbag has been disabled by said key-operated switch.

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