I think the OP brings up a good point. It is something I've thought about recently. It is not something limited to one company or one type of product. I've had a couple pairs of bindings where small cosmetic things have come off or broken after one or two uses. And a few boots too. I know. Shut up an ride, but it is irritating to pay at least a couple hundred bucks, or more, for something to have things fall off from normal use. Hell, just keep it simple and charge a little less for the product.
And fortunately, with the new design, we'll never have to hear people whine about this again.