but were talking about honda/lexus..
in a accords,the car was desined as a left hand drive-the way they drive in japan..then modefied to be easily modified to be a right hand drive,the way we drive here..
i worked at a honda store,and noticed many ofd the accord's -the seat back release especially,were in the same spot on both seats,leaving one side next to the console,and the other side near the door..
-the exception was a two door car,where the seat released diffrently,so passengers could get in the back easier,was only on the right/passenger side,and not on the left/drivers side-witch wouldn't have woprked anyway-because of the steering wheel..
the njapanese put a lot more thought into many little parts of their cars..that's why detroit has been playing catch up since the FIRST energy crisis-in -73..
i agree,tho..go "bone yard hunting",and find a similar car that someone wrecked,and scarf up the seat-if it-s still in decent shape,and not set out in weather with no window..should be findable-for lots cheaper than your guesstimate from the dealer!!..this is where tou save money,but also lets you pratice removing a seat-and by the time you'r ready to put your "new" seat in,you already know how it goes in,and how to get the old one out-cause you did it on the junk yard car!!..this also gives you a opportunity to pick up some of the other things that might be missing,or not working..emblems,glove box latches,cigareet lighters,mabe yours doesn't have a right side mirror,and the donor car does..and make more than the broken seat-just a little better!!