Exterior mirror assembly with actuator

  • US 8,915,601 B2
  • Filed: 02/09/2011
  • Issued: 12/23/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/10/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mounting portion mounted to a side of a vehicle, wherein said mounting portion has a vehicle attachment portion that attaches at the side of the vehicle and a mirror head end portion outboard of the vehicle attachment portion when the vehicle attachment portion is attached at the side of the vehicle;

    a mirror head portion adjustably mounted at said mirror head end portion of said mounting portion;

    wherein said mirror head portion comprises a reflective element and a mirror casing, wherein said reflective element and said mirror casing are fixed relative to one another and move in tandem with one another and with said mirror head portion;

    an actuator comprising (i) a mirror head attachment portion that is disposed at said mirror head end portion of said mounting portion and that fixedly attaches at said mirror head portion and (ii) a mirror arm attachment portion that fixedly attaches at a structure of said mounting portion; and

    wherein said actuator is electrically operable to move said mirror head attachment portion and said mirror head portion in tandem relative to said mirror arm attachment portion and said structure of said mounting portion, and wherein said actuator, when electrically operated, imparts pivotal movement of said mirror head portion relative to said mounting portion and about a generally horizontal pivot axis and a generally vertical pivot axis to pivotally and tandemly adjust said mirror head attachment portion and said mirror head portion and said reflective element relative to said mirror arm attachment portion and said structure of said mounting portion and the side of the vehicle to which said mounting portion is mounted.

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