Mirror reflective element assembly for an exterior mirror assembly

  • US 8,558,141 B2
  • Filed: 08/30/2012
  • Issued: 10/15/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/19/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly for an exterior mirror assembly suitable for mounting at a side of a vehicle, said mirror reflective element assembly comprising:

  • a front substrate having a first surface and a second surface, said second surface having a transparent electrically conductive coating disposed thereat;

    a rear substrate having a third surface and a fourth surface, said third surface having a mirror reflector disposed thereat and wherein said minor reflector comprises a metallic electrically conductive coating;

    an electro-optic medium disposed between said front and rear substrates, wherein transmission of visible light through said reflective element is adjustable via electrically powering said transparent electrically conductive coating and said metallic electrically conductive coating;

    a heater pad disposed at said fourth surface of said rear substrate, said heater pad having a heating element established thereat, said heating element generating heat when electrically powered;

    said heater pad including a first electrically conductive connector;

    said first electrically conductive connector providing, at least in part, electrical conductive connection with said transparent electrically conductive coating disposed at said second surface of said front substrate;

    said heater pad including a second electrically conductive connector;

    said second electrically conductive connector providing, at least in part, electrical conductive connection with said metallic electrically conductive coating disposed at said third surface of said rear substrate;

    wherein said heater pad comprises a third electrically conductive connector and a fourth electrically conductive connector;

    said third and fourth electrically conductive connectors providing, at least in part, electrical conductive connection with said heating element; and

    wherein said first, second, third and fourth electrically conductive connectors are part of a unitary multi-pin connector that is configured to connect with a corresponding connector of a wire harness of a vehicle equipped with said exterior mirror assembly to provide electrical power to said heating element and to said transparent electrically conductive coating and said metallic electrically conductive coating of said reflective element when said exterior minor assembly is mounted at a side of the equipped vehicle.

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