Exterior mirror with blind zone indicator

  • US 9,761,144 B2
  • Filed: 09/10/2015
  • Issued: 09/12/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/11/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mirror reflective element sub-assembly for use for an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle, said mirror reflective element sub-assembly comprising:

  • a mirror reflective element;

    a mirror back plate attached at the rear of said mirror reflective element, said mirror back plate formed in a plastic injection molding operation and wherein an aperture is formed through said mirror back plate;

    a signal indication module having a light source that is activatable to emit light, said signal indication module attaching at said mirror reflective element via said aperture, wherein said light source is activatable to emit light through said mirror reflective element;

    wherein said signal indication module includes a housing that substantially encases said light source therein;

    wherein said signal indication module comprises an inner surface that is at an angle relative to said mirror reflective element;

    wherein said signal indication module includes a baffle disposed at said inner surface and at least partially in front of said light source, said baffle partially but not fully occluding light emitted by said light source to reduce a bright spot at the reflective element when the reflective element is viewed when said light source is activated;

    wherein said signal indication module comprises a turn signal indicator and wherein said inner surface is configured so that, with said exterior rearview mirror assembly attached at a side of a vehicle, light emitted by said light source is generally directed outboard away from the side of the equipped vehicle at which said exterior rearview mirror assembly is attached; and

    wherein said baffle is formed as part of said inner surface and protrudes from an inboard portion of said inner surface that is inboard of said light source.

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