Kwikset expands SmartKey to automotive industry

Tuesday November 01, 2016
Kwikset will expand its patented SmartKey security to the automotive accessories industry through a partnership with Horizon Global Corp., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment.

Kwikset, a residential lock manufacturer, is providing Horizon Global, including its Cequent and TriMotive divisions, the exclusive right to utilize SmartKey in a wide range of automotive applications.

SmartKey security allows homeowners, and now automotive accessory owners, the flexibility to re-key all of their Kwikset SmartKey locks for one-key convenience. With this agreement, Kwikset’s patented SmartKey technology will be incorporated into hitches, fifth wheels, ball mounts, bike racks, cargo management products, and more, allowing users the flexibility to use one key to secure both their homes and automotive accessories.

SmartKey products also pass the most stringent lock-picking standards (UL 437, par. 11.6) and utilize BumpGuard to prevent lock bumping.

“We’re excited to partner with Horizon Global to bring Kwikset’s most differentiated and secure technology, SmartKey, to the automotive industry,” said Marty Hoffmann, vice-president of marketing for Kwikset, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware and Home Improvement Division. “This partnership will expand the reach of SmartKey beyond the residential door lock category, providing Horizon customers with added convenience and security.”

A sample of automotive accessory products using SmartKey security will be on display at this week’s 2016 SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products trade event hosted in Las Vegas.

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