Mirror with internal support plate

  • US 6,239,899 B1
  • Filed: 12/15/1999
  • Issued: 05/29/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/15/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A mirror assembly for a vehicle comprising:

  • a housing defining a cavity and a front opening;

    an electrochromic mirror subassembly supported in the front opening; and

    a support plate supported by the housing in the cavity, the support plate including a flat front surface extending over at least 50% of a rear surface of the electrochromic mirror subassembly and that is located proximate but spaced rearward of the rear surface of the mirror subassembly to form a uniform and continuous gap therebetween, the gap permitting limited flexure of the mirror subassembly, but the support plate preventing excessive deformation of the mirror subassembly, thus reducing a tendency of the mirror subassembly to fracture.

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