Interior rearview mirror assembly with polymeric components

  • US 6,877,709 B2
  • Filed: 12/20/2001
  • Issued: 04/12/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly suitable for use in a vehicle comprising:

  • a rearview mirror mount formed from polymeric material having a first color, said rearview mirror mount adapted for attachment to one of a windshield portion of the vehicle and a header portion of the vehicle;

    a rearview mirror housing, said housing formed from polymeric material having a second color, and a reflective rearview mirror element included in said housing;

    a rearview mirror support formed from polymeric material having a third color;

    a first pivot element formed from polymeric material having a fourth color;

    a second pivot element formed from polymeric material having a fifth color;

    said support being pivotally attached to said mirror mount by said first pivot element, said rearview mirror housing being pivotally attached to said support by said second pivot element;

    at least one of said first and second pivot elements comprising a ball pivot member, said support having a socket which receives and frictionally engages said ball pivot member, said support including a spring receiving surface and an external spring member mounted on said spring receiving surface for enhanced frictional resistance to movement of said ball pivot member in said socket;

    at least one electrical accessory included in said rearview mirror housing, said assembly including electrical conductors for electrically connecting said electrical accessory to the vehicle electrical system, said conductors extending through said first and second pivot elements and said mirror support to said rearview mirror housing;

    wherein each of said mirror mount, said mirror support, said rearview mirror housing, said first pivot element, and said second pivot element is formed in its respective color by molding from polymeric material of that color.

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