Exterior rearview mirror for vehicles, in particular motor vehicles

  • US 7,510,311 B2
  • Filed: 05/17/2005
  • Issued: 03/31/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/17/2004
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior rearview mirror of a motor vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror comprising:

  • a mirror housing defining an opening and a frame having an upper frame part surrounding said opening;

    a mirror glass support movably secured within said mirror housing;

    a mirror glass fixedly secured to said mirror glass support in a position visible through said opening, said mirror glass defining a front surface, a back surface and a peripheral edge with said back surface fixedly secured to said mirror glass support;

    a light source disposed interior of said mirror housing between said mirror housing and said mirror glass to emit light radiation; and

    an optical wave guide defining a light exit surface substantially perpendicular to said mirror glass and in locking engagement with said upper frame part of said mirror housing for receiving said light radiation emitted by said light source and said optical wave guide transmitting said light radiation in a direction around said back surface and said peripheral edge and out toward said front reflective surface of said mirror glass such that said light radiation is reflected off said mirror glass and visible rearward of said exterior rearview mirror.

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