04436371 is referenced by 260 patents and cites 59 patents.

A day/night rearview mirror assembly for vehicles including a one-piece, molded, resinous mirror case having flexible, resilient portions and a substantially rigid pivot actuator which is biased by the case into either a day or night position. Movement of the actuator changes the position of the case and mirror element thereby changing the amount of light reflected. An interference fit between supports for the actuator within the case and the pivot actuator expands and pre-stresses the case to provide a predetermined biasing force which must be overcome by a pivoting force to move the actuator between its positions. A continuous lip extending around the periphery of the case allows snap-in insertion and permanent retention of a preferably prismatic mirror element. The retaining lip is sized to maintain coverage of the edge of the mirror element even during flexing of the case while the actuator is pivoted.

Title
Vehicle mirror assembly
Application Number
6/276969
Publication Number
4436371
Application Date
June 24, 1981
Publication Date
March 13, 1984
Inventor
Barry Dipper
Cardiff
GB
John F Thomas Jr
Holland
MI, US
Denis Wood
Dublin
IE
Agent
Price Heneveld Huizenga & Cooper
Assignee
Donnelly Mirrors
MI, US
IPC
G02B 17/00
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