Source for good exterior hatch release button cover?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Technical Discussion' started by Galane, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. Galane

    Galane Junior Member

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    Another day, another little thing. The rubber-ish cover on the hatch release button on the 09 has become a gooey mess. I had a look on eBay and found some replacements but am wondering about how good they are.

    What is up with these terrible soft compounds for parts like this? That deterioration should have been well known and whomever specified such a material for that part should've known better.

    Or perhaps that property is why it was chosen. A person on another forum admitted working for Ford on the design of dash parts and how they carefully chose the TPU overmold material to not be too durable so it'd eventually go bad, peel off and look terrible.
     
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