ARE, Strattec offer Bolt lock technology

Commercial truck cap manufacturer ARE has partnered with Strattec Security Corporation to provide the automotive supplier's Bolt one-key lock technology on its Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU) truck caps.

The DCU truck cap, which is made of fully welded aluminum frame construction, features Strattec automotive-grade lock cylinders in folding T-handles on all doors for added security. The Bolt lock systems within the cylinders are designed to permanently program themselves to the specific vehicle's ignition key, eliminating the need for multiple keys to operate the truck cap.

Here's how the technology works: When drivers insert their ignition key into the lock cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down until they are matched exactly to that key. The first time the key is rotated, the cylinder is uniquely coded to only that key. When the key is removed, the cylinder moves into the locked position. When the key is turned again, it will rotate to the unlocked position.

ARE truck caps come with a three-year warranty on materials and workmanship.

The Bolt system will be standard in summer 2011 on 2012 model year DCUs for domestic trucks (GM, Ford, and Chrysler) only.

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