Replace third brake light on 2006 Toyota Avalon

How do I get at the third brake light ( above the trunk ) to replace a burned out bulb? I do not see any access from trunk or from inside cabin behind rear seat? There is no info in owners manual.

by in Westford, MA on May 11, 2010
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ANSWER by on September 21, 2010
Dealer says you need to take out the back seat & side panels to access bulb for a repair bill of $ 216 - is this true?
COMMENT by on September 23, 2010
Thanks for responding. My problem started when the dealer reprogrammed the chip to cut off the throttle when the break is applied. They quoted me just under $300 claims the entire plastic panel behind the seat is replaced. If I could get it off I would just splice in a standard bulb and toss the LEDs. In my case the break warning light does NOT lightup indicating a failure the dealer says that is correct but then what is the purpose of the warning light? Thanks again
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