Exterior mirror plano-auxiliary reflective element assembly

  • US 6,717,712 B2
  • Filed: 12/20/2000
  • Issued: 04/06/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/06/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An automobile exterior sideview mirror system comprising:

  • an exterior sideview mirror assembly adapted for attachment to a side of an automobile;

    said exterior sideview mirror assembly including a mirror casing, a reflective element assembly, and an actuator; and

    said reflective element assembly including a frame element assembly, a first reflective element having unit magnification, and a second reflective element having a multiradiused curvature, said frame element assembly mounting said first reflective element and said second reflective element in said mirror casing and being adapted to mount to said actuator, said actuator adjusting the orientation or said reflective element assembly, said frame element assembly including a first open portion and a second open portion, said first open portion receiving said first reflective element, said second open portion receiving said second reflective element, said second open portion comprising a rearward facing open portion when said mirror assembly is mounted to the automobile, and said first open portion comprising a forwardly facing open portion when said mirror assembly is mounted to the automobile, said first reflective element having a first rearward field of view with a first principal axis, said second reflective element having a second rearward field of view with a second principal axis, and said frame element assembly angling said second principal axis outwardly and downwardly with respect to said first principal axis.

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