Rearview assembly having an integral crush zone

  • US 7,196,836 B2
  • Filed: 11/10/2004
  • Issued: 03/27/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/08/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rearview assembly comprising:

  • a rearview element having a front surface and a rear surface;

    a crush bracket connected to the rear surface of the rearview element, the crush bracket including a support panel directly connected to the rear surface of the rearview element and at least two legs extending from the support panel in a direction opposite to the rearview element; and

    a mount interconnected to the at least two legs of the crush bracket;

    the at least two legs being configured to collapse in a direction between the rear surface of the rearview element and the mount as a striking force strikes the front surface of the rearview element.

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