Exterior rearview mirror assembly

  • US 8,550,642 B2
  • Filed: 08/21/2012
  • Issued: 10/08/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/20/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a motor vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a bracket fixedly secured to the motor vehicle;

    a mirror casing secured to said bracket, said mirror casing defining a primary opening;

    a primary mirror disposed within said primary opening for providing a view rearward of the motor vehicle through a primary field of view, said primary mirror defining a primary plane;

    a spotting mirror spaced apart from said primary mirror, said spotting mirror extending through a secondary plane different from said primary plane;

    wherein said primary mirror and said spotting mirror are supported on a mirror backing plate, and wherein said primary mirror is supported at a first portion of said mirror backing plate and said spotting mirror is supported at a second portion of said mirror backing plate;

    a divider of said mirror backing plate extending between said primary mirror and said spotting mirror to separate said primary and secondary mirrors visually;

    wherein said divider extends from said mirror backing plate and demarcates said first portion of said mirror backing plate from said second portion of said mirror backing plate;

    wherein said first portion of said mirror backing plate, said second portion of said mirror backing plate and said divider are commonly injection molded to form said mirror backing plate; and

    wherein, when supported at said second portion of said mirror backing plate, said spotting mirror is tilted downwardly with resect to said primary mirror at an angle in a range of about 0.75 degrees to about 5 degrees.

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