If your reading this than you should know that this model has a SERIOUS history of failing at the handle or latch assembly.
Every on the internet it has been identified that there is clearly a manufactural defect that has not been fixed.
Not only did my latch fail so did the HARD POINTS on the inside of the CONTROL PANEL.
This washer has had only 3 full years placed on it and it has failed...at just under 700.00 at sears I'm pissed.
Maytag you can kiss my !#@.