06222460 is referenced by 342 patents and cites 41 patents.

An interior rearview mirror system for use in a vehicle includes an information display providing the status of a supplemental inflatable restraint system (SIRS) to the driver or a passenger in the vehicle. The SIRS status information display includes a light-emitting display element responsive to the SIRS to indicate enablement of the SIRS, and preferably to an automatic occupant sensor included in the SIRS. Preferably, the display includes indicia, such as air bag active or air bag inactive indicia, and at least one light source for backlighting the indicia. A photo sensor may be included to vary the brightness of the display in relation to the ambient light level adjacent the assembly, or to control the variable reflectance of a reflective, electro-optic mirror element in the assembly or to control a twilight headlight sentinel of the vehicle. A second information display may be included in the assembly to display other information related to the vehicle or vehicle accessories.

Title
Interior rearview mirror system incorporating a supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display
Application Number
9/609100
Publication Number
6222460 (B1)
Application Date
June 30, 2000
Publication Date
April 24, 2001
Inventor
Niall R Lynam
Holland
MI, US
Jonathan E DeLine
Holland
MI, US
Agent
Van Dyke Gardner Linn & Burkhart
US
Assignee
Donnelly Corporation
MI, US
IPC
G08B 5/00
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