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Early on the auto dimming mirror was a generally accepted aftermarket accessory for all unequiped Prii. However concerns came up regarding a conflict between the curtain airbag deployment path and the wireing that ran close to the airbags on its way down the A pillar to the dash and is power source. I want to say that the official line to Toyota dealers is that the auto dimming mirror is only available for aftermarket installation on Prii that do not have curtain airbags. If they have curtain airbags Toyota frowns on having somebody install it.
Instillation of the auto dimming mirror at the factory is not an issue because all the wireing necessary for it is installed at a time when it is easy to place the wireing out of the path of airbags. Installing the mirror aftermarket is risky because lots of paneling and trim has to be removed to place the wireing and the trim that has to be removed is often times related to the exit points of the curtain airbag system. If the paneling is not reinstalled properly or if a wire gets in the way, the curtain airbags might not deploy properly.
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