Power seat switches - chrome accent or plain?

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  1. Tideland Prius

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    Hey guys, I’ve seen the power driver’s seat with the chrome accent around each of the switches on the seat. Mine doesn’t have it. Im wondering if it’s a Canadian model thing or for some reason, my car is missing it.
     
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    Are you talking about those? Mine is 2017 US Premium trim with power seat. Don't know what Advanced trim looks like. There also could be the difference in 2018 model?

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    Yeah that’s what I’m talking about. I don’t have that trim pieces around the switches.
     
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    I don't think you are missing much. I didn't even notice them until you mentioned it.
     
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    Oh I know it's super minor. It is just a trim but just wondering if it's a manufacturer defect (i.e. it's missing it) or whether Toyota made a change halfway through production and swapped out the switches.
     
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    Canadian here too , I do have the chrome thingy on the switches...
     
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    I dropped by the dealership today. Both the test drive vehicle and the service vehicle have the chrome surround too.

    However, the parts department said that there is a change in the parts number when they looked it up so it’s possible Toyota made a change halfway through 2018 (test drive vehicle was built before mine). I will check the 2019s when they arrive.

    Kinda curious as to why.
     
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    Why ? , i would guess for manufacturing cost savings. Even tiny bits like this can yield big $$ when you manufacture thousands of cars , especially if the parts in question are used in several model.

    I remember back in 2002 , i bought a brand new car ( first model year) and two years later my friend bought the exact same car and we found many differences. One of them was that i had small plastic caps to hide every heads screw for the inside panels trim ( doors , console .. etc ) while in my friend's car every screw was visible. Cheap parts but i guess the saving was the time taken by the employees to install them.

    BTW , Gratz on your new car , Tideland.
     
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    That makes sense. The Prius has a lot of clips instead of screws to save on weight and cost.

    Thanks!
     
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