Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 8,179,586 B2
  • Filed: 02/24/2011
  • Issued: 05/15/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/02/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for manufacturing a rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said method comprising:

  • providing an electrochromic reflective element comprising a front glass substrate and a rear glass substrate having an electrochromic medium sandwiched therebetween and bounded by a perimeter seal;

    wherein said front glass substrate has a first surface and a second surface opposite said first surface, and wherein said rear glass substrate has a third surface and a fourth surface opposite said third surface;

    wherein said first surface of said front glass substrate faces generally towards a driver of a vehicle equipped with said rearview mirror assembly when said rearview minor assembly is normally mounted and is viewed by the driver when normally operating the vehicle;

    wherein said reflective element comprises a transparent electrically conductive coating disposed at said second surface of said front glass substrate and wherein said reflective element comprises a mirror reflector disposed at said third surface of said rear glass substrate;

    wherein said electrochromic medium contacts said transparent electrically conductive coating at said second surface of said front glass substrate and said mirror reflector at said third surface of said rear glass substrate;

    disposing an uncured resin layer at least at said fourth surface of said rear glass substrate;

    while said uncured resin layer is in its uncured state at said fourth surface of said rear glass substrate, engaging an electrical connector with said uncured resin layer at said fourth surface of said rear glass substrate; and

    while said electrical connector is engaged with said uncured resin layer, curing said uncured resin layer to a cured resin layer, and wherein, after said uncured resin layer is cured to said cured resin layer, said electrical connector is electrically conductively connected with said cured resin layer and said electrical connector is substantially affixed at said fourth surface of said rear glass substrate via said cured resin layer.

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