Vehicle exterior mirror system with signal light

  • US 7,377,675 B2
  • Filed: 01/03/2007
  • Issued: 05/27/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a folding portion;

    a reflective element supported by said folding portion and arranged in a rearwardly facing direction;

    a non-folding portion fixedly mountable to a side portion of the vehicle body, said non-folding portion having an opening at a lower portion thereof, said folding portion being attached to an outboard end of said non-folding portion and being pivotable relative to said outboard end of said non-folding portion between an extended orientation, where said folding portion extends laterally outward from the side portion of the vehicle for viewing by the driver of the vehicle, and a folded orientation, where said folding portion is oriented with said reflective element generally along the side portion of the vehicle; and

    a light transmitting lens disposed at said opening at said lower portion of said non-folding portion, said lens enabling light to project from said interior of said non-folding portion to the exterior of said non-folding portion and generally downwardly from said non-folding portion to illuminate a predetermined area of the ground at the side of the vehicle and in proximity to the vehicle.

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