Rearview mirror assembly with utility functions

  • US 7,293,888 B2
  • Filed: 06/03/2005
  • Issued: 11/13/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said mirror assembly comprising:

  • a housing, a mirror reflective element disposed in said housing and a support for adjustably mounting said housing to an interior portion of a vehicle, said mirror reflective element providing a rearward field of view to a driver of the vehicle when said mirror assembly is mounted to the interior portion of the vehicle, said housing being adjustable relative to the interior portion of the vehicle to adjust the rearward field of view of said mirror reflective element to provide the driver with a driver-desired rearward field of view generally rearward and through a rear window of the vehicle;

    a retractable cord, said retractable cord for use by an occupant of the vehicle for coupling to an accessory, said retractable cord being adapted to couple the accessory to a vehicle system to provide a link between the accessory and the vehicle system; and

    wherein said retractable cord is extendable and retractable between an extended state, where a user of said mirror assembly pulls said retractable cord at least partially outward from said housing for coupling to the accessory, and a retracted state, where said retractable cord is retracted at least substantially into said housing.

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