Vehicle exterior mirror system with turn signal light assembly

  • US 6,296,379 B1
  • Filed: 06/16/2000
  • Issued: 10/02/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicle exterior rearview mirror system for a vehicle, the vehicle including a passenger compartment and a longitudal axis, said mirror system comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly adapted for mounting to a side of a 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 turn signal light assembly fixedly mounted in said assembly separate from said positionable reflectance element whereby movement of said reflective element is independent of said signal light;

    wherein said turn signal light assembly comprises a plurity of light-emitting diodes and wherein said light-emitting diodes radiate light generally along a light-radiating axis that extends rearwardly away from the passenger compartment of the vehicle when operated on the vehicle in order to shield the drive from light radiated by said light-emitting diodes, said light-radiating axis being at an angle of at least approximately 15 degrees from the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, said angle of said light-radiating axis being independent of movement of said moveable reflective element.

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