Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 9,557,584 B2
  • Filed: 08/12/2013
  • Issued: 01/31/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/19/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • an interior prismatic mirror reflective element having a glass substrate having a planar front surface and a planar rear surface;

    wherein said glass substrate comprises a circumferential edge along the periphery of said glass substrate;

    said circumferential edge spanning a thickness of said glass substrate between said front and rear surfaces, and wherein said front surface of said glass substrate comprises an outermost surface of said prismatic mirror reflective element that is viewed by a driver of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said prismatic mirror reflective element comprises a mirror reflector established at said rear surface of said glass substrate of said prismatic mirror reflective element;

    a plastic molding;

    wherein said plastic molding is circumferentially disposed about said circumferential edge of said glass substrate without overlapping onto said front surface of said glass substrate;

    wherein an outermost part of said plastic molding curves;

    wherein the plane of said front surface of said glass substrate is generally flush with the outermost part of said plastic molding;

    wherein the outermost part of said plastic molding provides a curved rounded transition from said front surface of said prismatic mirror reflective element and a side surface of said plastic molding;

    wherein said plastic molding comprises a pocket and wherein said prismatic mirror reflective element is received in said pocket, and wherein at least a portion of said plastic molding is rearward of said prismatic mirror reflective element when said prismatic mirror reflective element is received in said pocket; and

    wherein said plastic molding comprises a pivot element configured to pivotally join with a mounting arm structure configured to mount said interior rearview mirror assembly at an interior portion of a vehicle, and wherein said plastic molding comprises structure for attaching a rear mirror casing cap portion thereat, and wherein, with said rear mirror casing cap portion attached at said structure, said rear mirror casing cap portion at least partially encases a rear portion of said plastic molding.

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