Clear bezel

  • US 8,827,517 B2
  • Filed: 10/12/2011
  • Issued: 09/09/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/12/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rearview assembly comprising:

  • a mounting structure configured to be operably coupled with an interior windshield of a vehicle;

    a housing operably connected with the mounting structure;

    a rearward viewing device supported by one of the housing and the mounting structure, the rearward viewing device providing a rearward view to a vehicle driver and including a front substrate, defining first and second surfaces and a rear substrate defining third and fourth surfaces, wherein the entire first surface of the front substrate is exposed and wherein the entire rear substrate is positioned behind the front substrate;

    a peripheral concealing layer disposed about a periphery of the rearward viewing device on the second surface of the front substrate;

    a bezel including a rear wall that supports the rear substrate, the bezel extending around the entire periphery of the rearward viewing device adjacent to both the rearward viewing device and the housing, wherein the entire bezel is light transmissive, and further wherein the bezel is substantially flush with the first surface of the front substrate such that the first surface of the front substrate is unobstructed by the bezel; and

    a light source proximate the bezel.

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