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Door locking mechanism keeps breaking

I have had my machine for about 7 years. For the third time, the small, narrow, black plastic mechanism that when the door closes locks the door has broken off. Each time, someone has to come and repair it, it is approximately $200. I like my machine, but am getting very frustrated with the delicate device. The newer models have a larger button that doesn't break off as easily. Any advice?

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Just and idea,,,put a little flat rubber or cushion pad between the door and the panel so door dont close so hard,,and tight,,,onthejob

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