Rearview mirror assembly with utility functions

  • US 6,428,172 B1
  • Filed: 11/24/1999
  • Issued: 08/06/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said mirror assembly comprising:

  • a support adapted for mounting said mirror assembly to one of a vehicle windshield and a vehicle header, a casing pivotally attaching to said support and including a rearward facing opening and a forward facing side;

    a reflective element positioned in said casing and supported in said rearward facing opening, said reflective element providing a rearward field of view for a driver of the vehicle when said mirror assembly is mounted to the one of a vehicle windshield and a vehicle header;

    an electrically operated assembly;

    said casing including a casing wall having an exterior surface with a recessed portion, said recessed portion providing storage capacity for said electrically operated assembly and for storing said electrically operated assembly in a location accessible by an occupant of the vehicle whereby said electrically operated assembly can be removably docked at said recessed portion for use by an occupant of the vehicle, said recessed portion including an accessory attachment member for releasably holding said electrically operated assembly, and said attachment member being provided on said forward facing side; and

    said electrically operated assembly having an exterior surface, said exterior surface of said electrically operated assembly generally following a contour of said exterior surface of said casing wall when said electrically operated assembly is positioned at said recessed portion whereby said electrically operated assembly forms a unitary assembly with said casing when said electrically operated assembly is mounted at said recessed portion.

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