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A missing piece of plastic at the top hinge...

And I an concerned about the potential for radiation leakage.

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  • mmtex2004 Sep 09, 2009

    does that mean that the microwave 'seal' is ressentially the interior box 'front face' to interior door raised 'seam'? ... if that makes sense?



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Plastic does not prevent microwaves from escaping, I tested TONS of microwaves and stopped doing it, NEVER had one leak that had a door that closed reasonably...

You have no worries.

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