Vehicle interior mirror assembly with unitary bezel and mounting structure

  • US 9,333,916 B2
  • Filed: 10/02/2014
  • Issued: 05/10/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a plastic bezel;

    wherein said bezel comprises a unitarily formed bezel having a perimeter bezel portion, a living hinge portion and a mirror mounting element;

    wherein, when said bezel is unitarily formed, said mirror mounting element of said bezel is pivotally joined to said perimeter bezel portion of said bezel via said living hinge portion of said bezel;

    wherein said mirror mounting element is configured to pivotally attach to a mounting structure of a mounting assembly for mounting said interior rearview mirror assembly at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    a reflective element disposed at said bezel, said reflective element having a front surface and a rear surface, said front surface generally facing towards and being viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said mirror mounting element is disposed rearward of said rear surface of said reflective element when said reflective element is disposed at said bezel with said perimeter bezel portion circumscribing a perimeter region of said reflective element; and

    wherein said mirror mounting element is pivotable via said living hinge portion relative to said perimeter bezel portion between an open configuration, wherein said reflective element is received in said perimeter bezel portion, and a closed configuration, wherein said mirror mounting element is disposed rearward of said rear surface of said reflective element to retain said reflective element at said bezel.

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