Rearview mirror assembly

  • US 9,475,431 B2
  • Filed: 10/04/2012
  • Issued: 10/25/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/05/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror reflective element;

    a rear mirror casing;

    a mirror backplate;

    wherein said mirror backplate includes a generally planar attachment portion at a front of said mirror backplate for attaching at a rear surface of said mirror reflective element and includes a pivot element at a rear of said mirror backplate for pivotally mounting said interior rearview mirror assembly at an interior portion of the vehicle, and wherein said pivot element and said generally planar attachment portion are integrally formed via injection molding of a polymeric material to establish a unitary mirror backplate;

    wherein said pivot element comprises a socket element for receiving a ball member of a mirror mounting assembly;

    wherein said mirror backplate comprises a perimeter flange extending substantially around a perimeter of said generally planar attachment portion and extending rearward therefrom, wherein said perimeter flange is disposed along and extends rearward of a perimeter edge region of said mirror reflective element when said generally planar attachment portion of said backplate is attached at said rear surface of said mirror reflective element;

    wherein said rear mirror casing comprises a forward perimeter lip extending substantially around a perimeter of said rear mirror casing and a plurality of attaching elements at said forward perimeter lip that are configured to engage respective attaching elements established at said perimeter flange;

    wherein said forward perimeter lip of said rear mirror casing receives said perimeter flange of said mirror backplate therein, and wherein said plurality of attaching elements at said forward perimeter lip engage respective attaching elements at said perimeter flange to attach said perimeter flange and said mirror backplate and said mirror reflective element at said rear mirror casing; and

    wherein said rear mirror casing has an aperture for receiving the ball member of the mirror mounting assembly therethrough when said socket element is pivotally attached at the ball member of the mirror mounting assembly.

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