Interior rearview mirror system including a pendent accessory

  • US 6,902,284 B2
  • Filed: 12/02/2002
  • Issued: 06/07/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror system suitable for use in the interior cabin of a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly including an interior rearview mirror support, said mirror support adapted for attaching to an interior portion of the vehicle, said interior portion comprising one of a windshield portion and a header portion;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly including art interior rearview mirror casing, said interior rearview mirror casing having a top portion and a bottom portion, said bottom portion being closer to the floor of the vehicle than said top portion when said interior rearview mirror assembly is attached to said interior portion of the vehicle, one of said top portion and said bottom portion including a recess for forming a storage apace exteriorly of said mirror casing;

    an interior rearview mirror reflective element, said reflective element comprising one of a prismatic reflective element and an electro-optic reflective element;

    said interior rearview mirror casing pivotally adjustable about said interior rearview mirror support whereby adjustment of said mirror casing by a driver of the vehicle can adjust the rearward field of view of said interior rearview mirror reflective element when said interior rearview mirror assembly is attached to said interior portion of the vehicle in order that the driver can see rearwardly when driving;

    a pendent accessory comprising a mirror reflector;

    said pendent accessory attaching at said interior rearview minor casing by a pivot joint and being movable between a stored position generally at said recess and a viewing position, said pendent accessory generally following the contours and profile of the mirror casing when at said stored position, said pivot joint comprising a ball and socket mount; and

    said pendent accessory adjustable by the driver of the vehicle about said pivot joint when in said viewing position in order for the driver to view a roar seat passenger via said mirror reflector of said pendent accessory when said interior rearview mirror assembly is attached to said intoner portion of the vehicle and when the driver is driving the vehicle.

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