Rearview mirror assembly incorporating supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display

  • US 6,774,810 B2
  • Filed: 11/15/2002
  • Issued: 08/10/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle equipped with a supplemental inflatable restraint system, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly, said assembly comprising a reflective mirror element, a mirror housing and a mirror support including a pivot member, said mirror support including a mount for attaching said assembly to a portion of the interior of the vehicle;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly including a supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display, said supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display comprising a light emitting display element that is responsive to the supplemental inflatable restraint system of the vehicle, said supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display providing an indicator of the enablement of the supplemental inflatable restraint system of the vehicle, said indicator provided to at least one of an operator and a passenger of the vehicle;

    the supplemental inflatable restraint system of the vehicle including at least one of an automatic occupant sensor and a user operated switch that controls the enablement and disablement of the supplemental inflatable restraint system; and

    said supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display illuminating said light emitting display element when the at least one of the automatic occupant sensor and the user operated switch disables the supplemental inflatable restraint system of the vehicle.

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