Vehicle exterior mirror system with signal light

  • US 6,416,208 B2
  • Filed: 05/25/2001
  • Issued: 07/09/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior rearview mirror system for a vehicle comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly comprising;

    a fixed portion and a movable portion, said fixed portion being configured to mount to a side of the vehicle, said movable portion including a reflective element, said movable portion being movable about said fixed portion by one of a powerfold mechanism and a break-away mechanism between a normal viewing position wherein said movable portion is extended outwardly from the vehicle and a folded position wherein said movable portion is folded toward the side of the vehicle;

    said exterior mirror assembly including a mounting surface internal to said exterior mirror assembly and at least one security light assembly, said security light assembly including a light source and projecting a light pattern from said exterior mirror assembly when said at least one security light assembly is mounted at said mounting surface and said exterior mirror assembly is mounted on a side of the vehicle and said at least one security light is actuated; and

    wherein said security light assembly is configured in said exterior mirror assembly such that said light pattern illuminates a portion of the ground adjacent the side of the vehicle to thereby provide a lighted security zone adjacent the vehicle.

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