Exterior rear view mirror having a chin strap and a repeater

  • US 7,140,756 B2
  • Filed: 10/27/2003
  • Issued: 11/28/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An exterior rear view mirror assembly comprising:

  • a housing having an upper wall portion, a lower wall portion, a forwardly facing wall portion, an inner wall portion, and an outer wall portion, adapted to be secured to an outer surface of a motor vehicle and having a generally rearwardly facing opening;

    a reflective mirror disposed within the opening;

    a modular bezel connected to said lower wall portion of said housing, the modular bezel having a front surface and a rear surface, an opening for projecting light and a holder positioned in said modular bezel wherein said modular bezel is positioned entirely below said reflective element, said modular bezel being a separate structure from said housing;

    a longitudinal member formed on said bezel and extending between said front surface and said rear surface, wherein said longitudinal member has a surface positioned adjacent said lower wall of said housing when said bezel is connected to said housing;

    one or more locators extending upward from said surface of said longitudinal member, said one or more locators aligns with one or more locators on said lower wall of said housing;

    a light transmitting lens formed in the modular bezel; and

    a light source assembly located and connected to said holder inside the modular bezel having a light source connectable to the light source assembly wherein the light source generates light, the light source assembly generating light projected through the opening in the modular bezel, the light source assembly being operable to provide a light signal visible through the light transmitting lens.

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