Meesh, I appreciate the heads up, thanks!! I just made a simple shield out of 1/8" aluminum scrap that should keep it from happening, the component is really exposed to wash on the underside. The shield mounts under the canister mount using the same bolt.
I guess this is one of the kinds of things we have to endure when buying a new model year, hopefully they'll have a recall and install a shield if it happens enough.
I left the shield unpainted until I took pics..