Rearview assembly for a vehicle

  • US 9,056,584 B2
  • Filed: 05/11/2012
  • Issued: 06/16/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/08/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular rearview assembly having a front, said assembly comprisinga housing shell having inner and outer surfaces, a rim defining an aperture of the housing shell, and an inner volume,a mirror element having an edge,wherein said mirror element has a first surface unobstructingly observable from the front of the assembly, said first surface having an annular peripheral region having a curvature, said curvature defined by a curvature radius, wherein said curvature radius is at least 2.5 mm, anda mounting element configured to cooperate with said mirror element to support the mirror element in said aperture, the mounting element further configured to be mechanically engaged with the inner surface of the housing shell, the mounting element including:

  • a plate portion made of a first material and substantially co-extensive with the mirror element, said plate portion having openings therethrough and an edge surface; and

    a skirt portion made of a first elastic material and associated with the plate portion along a perimeter thereof to define a band extending from the plate portion towards said mirror element, the band having a cross-sectional profile that provides flexibility such that, when the mounting element is mechanically engaged with the inner surface of the housing shell, the skirt portion is in contact with the inner surface of the housing shell and encircles at least a portion of the edge of the mirror element.

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