Modular rearview mirror assembly

  • US 6,877,888 B2
  • Filed: 12/18/2003
  • Issued: 04/12/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for vehicles comprising:

  • a reflective mirror element having a front surface for viewing by a user of said mirror assembly and a rear surface;

    a lip formed of a moldable polymeric resin, said polymeric resin selected to expand sufficiently when heated to allow snap-in insertion of said reflective mirror element while said lip is warm and flexible;

    a carrier located to the rear of said reflective element such that said carrier is closer a windshield of a vehicle than said mirror element when said mirror element is mounted in the vehicle;

    at least one electrical accessory, said at least one electrical accessory supported by said carrier and selected from the group consisting of a lamp, a light, a switch, a light sensor, a display, a rain sensor, a variable reflectance mirror dimming circuitry, a defogger control, a head-lamp controller, a remote keyless entry receiver, a cellular phone, a microphone, an indicator, a transmitter, a camera, a compass sensor, a seat occupancy detector, a trip computer, an intrusion detector, an intelligent highway system transducer, an automatic toll booth transmitter/receiver, a microprinter, a printer control, an Internet interface, a garage door opener, an antenna, a temperature display, a loudspeaker, a digital recorder, a tape recorder, a pager, a digital storage device, and a microprocessor; and

    said carrier including an electrical connection adapted to receive a connector from the vehicle electrical system, said at least one electrical accessory connected to said electrical connection.

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