Rearview mirror mounting assembly

  • US 6,540,193 B1
  • Filed: 12/23/1999
  • Issued: 04/01/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/23/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • a vehicle having an interior portion;

    a mounting base adapted for mounting to said interior portion of said vehicle;

    said interior portion of said vehicle comprising at least one of (a) a windshield portion, said windshield portion including a mirror mounting button, and (b) a header portion, said mounting base including a first ball member extending therefrom;

    an interior rearview mirror body comprising a reflective element and a casing, said reflective element providing a rearward view of said vehicle when said vehicle is operated; and

    a mounting arm pivotally securing said interior rearview mirror body to said mounting base, said mounting arm comprising a biasing member and a ball receiver, said ball receiver comprising a ball receiving portion for pivotally receiving said first ball member therein and a biasing member receiving portion for at least partially receiving said biasing member therein, said biasing member receiving portion being opposite said ball receiving portion, said biasing member receiving portion having an inner portion and an outer circumferential portion, said inner portion comprising a substantially continuous planar surface radially inwardly of said outer circumferential portion, said biasing member engaging said generally planar surface of said inner portion, said outer circumferential portion of said biasing member receiving portion comprising a circumferential guide wall extending longitudinally from and circumferentially around said generally planar surface, said circumferential guide wall being configured to maintain alignment of said biasing member with said ball receiver, said mounting arm further including a sleeve which at least partially encases said ball receiver and said biasing member.

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