Rear driver's side window - no defroster strips?

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  1. 2Llamas

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    Something my husband noticed on my new Prius - there aren't any defroster strips on the tiny window on the drivers side.

    Is this normal or should I call the dealer?

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    I have never seen a rear side glass with a defroster built in, only the rear glass itself. The mirrors may have defrost capability.
     
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    On the 2012, the small passenger rear, triangular window has defroster strips. The driver side does not.
     
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    Those are for the radio I thought, not defroster strips.
     
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    Mine is the same way, which seemed curious to me, too. I'm guessing that the driver could look back and see out the passengter side window but would not have a good line of sight out the side back window on his own side. Maybe that was the thinking in putting the strips only on one side.
     
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    Paradox is correct that is an in-glass AM/FM antenna
     
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    Ah, the radio makes sense. Thank you!
     
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    It does make sense. I thought it was defroster wires, too. Now I won't be taking it to the dealer this fall when the frost won't melt off that little window. I assume the antenna on top is for the Nav and, possibly, XM.
     
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    The base is for xm, the part sticking up is for fm and am, the one in the glass is a second antenna to improve reception.
     
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    Excellent. Thanks for the info.
     
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