Exterior rearview mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 9,796,334 B2
  • Filed: 06/12/2015
  • Issued: 10/24/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror head having a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element;

    a mounting arm configured for attachment at a side of a vehicle, wherein said mirror head is adjustably mounted at said mounting arm;

    an adjustment mechanism disposed at said mounting arm and adjustable to adjust the mirror head position relative to said mounting arm between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein said mirror head is closer to the side of the vehicle at which said mounting arm is attached when in said retracted position as compared to said extended position, and wherein said mirror head and said mirror reflective element are oriented to provide a driver of the vehicle a field of view rearward and sideward of the vehicle with said mounting arm attached at the side of the vehicle both (a) when said mirror head is in said retracted position and (b) when said mirror head is in said extended position;

    wherein said adjustment mechanism, when adjusting the mirror head position with said mounting arm attached at the side of the vehicle, also adjusts an angle of said mirror head relative to the side of the vehicle at which said exterior rearview mirror assembly is attached;

    wherein said mirror head comprises a rear surface, said rear surface comprising a surface of said mirror casing that circumscribes an opening of said mirror casing at which said mirror reflective element is disposed;

    wherein, with said mounting arm attached at the side of the vehicle, said rear surface of said mirror head is angled more towards the side of the vehicle rearward of where said mounting arm is attached when said mirror head is in said extended position than when said mirror head is in said retracted position; and

    wherein said mirror head is connected to said adjustment mechanism and to said mounting arm via respective pivotable links that, responsive to adjustment of said adjustment mechanism, cooperatively pivot relative to said mounting arm and said mirror head to move said mirror head between said retracted and extended positions.

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