Accessory mounting system for a vehicle having a light absorbing layer with a light transmitting portion for viewing through from an accessory

  • US 8,481,916 B2
  • Filed: 11/12/2012
  • Issued: 07/09/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle, said accessory mounting system comprising:

  • a structure adhesively attached at a region of an interior surface of a windshield of a vehicle;

    said structure configured to accommodate an accessory;

    a light absorbing layer at the region of the interior surface of the windshield of the vehicle, said light absorbing layer at least partially hiding said structure from view by a viewer, who is external the vehicle, viewing through the windshield with said structure attached at the region of the interior surface of the windshield;

    wherein said light absorbing layer includes a light transmitting portion;

    said accessory viewing through said light transmitting portion of said light absorbing layer and through the windshield to the exterior of the vehicle when said structure is attached at the region of the interior surface of the windshield and when said accessory is accommodated thereat; and

    said structure further comprising a mirror assembly mount button and wherein said mirror assembly mount button is configured to be received by a mirror mount of an interior rearview mirror assembly.

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