Mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 8,049,640 B2
  • Filed: 02/25/2011
  • Issued: 11/01/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/19/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror reflective element comprising a glass substrate having a planar first surface and a second surface with a circumferential edge along the periphery of said glass substrate, said circumferential edge spanning a thickness of said glass substrate between said first and second surfaces, wherein said first surface of said glass substrate comprises the outermost surface of said mirror reflective element that is closest to a driver of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said mirror reflective element comprises a mirror reflector established at a surface of said mirror reflective element other than said first surface of said glass substrate;

    a plastic molding;

    wherein said plastic molding is circumferentially disposed about said circumferential edge of said glass substrate without overlapping onto said first surface of said glass substrate;

    wherein said plastic molding comprises a portion that (a) abuts said circumferential edge of said glass substrate and (b) has an outer curved surface that extends from generally adjacent to said first surface of said glass substrate and that lacks a sharp edge; and

    wherein the plane of said first surface of said glass substrate is generally flush with the outermost part of said plastic molding.

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