Interior rearview mirror assembly with button module

  • US 8,465,161 B2
  • Filed: 10/09/2009
  • Issued: 06/18/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/14/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle comprising:

  • a reflective element, wherein said reflective element comprises a substrate having a generally planar front surface that faces generally toward a driver of a vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle;

    a bezel positioned around the perimeter of said reflective element, wherein a bezel portion of said bezel extends generally along a perimeter region of said reflective element, and wherein said bezel portion has an exterior surface that faces generally toward the driver of the vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle, said bezel portion having a recess established at said exterior surface and spaced from said generally planar surface of said reflective element that is viewable by the driver of the vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle;

    a user input module disposed at said bezel portion and at least partially outboard of said generally planar surface of said reflective element, wherein said bezel portion at which said user input module is disposed comprises a lower bezel portion of said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said user input module is attached to said bezel portion at said recess and is at least partially received in said recess, said user input module including at least one user input that is actuatable by a user to engage and actuate electronic circuitry of said user input module; and

    wherein said recess is established at least partially above a level that corresponds to a lower edge region of said reflective element so that said user input module is disposed in from of and at least partially overlaps said lower edge region of said reflective element.

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