Ran across this post and thought I might not have shared the rest of the story.
After looking at what it would take to swap the assemblies, I realized a lot of the dash is in the way and it would be a huge pain in the butt.
I was able, however, to slightly bend the release bar and the piece it slides through to remove some binding. That and some compressed air made it work again.
Oh and I have a nice spare assembly now LOL