US Patent No. 9,475,431

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY


Patent No. 9,475,431
Issue Date October 25, 2016
Title Rearview Mirror Assembly
Inventorship Mark R. Brummel, Jenison, MI (US)
Darryl P. De Wind, West Olive, MI (US)
Gregory A. Huizen, Hudsonville, MI (US)
Assignee MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC., Holland, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,475,431

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.