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Keyless Ignition

A system which allows a vehicle’s engine to be started without the need of inserting a key into the ignition. Proximity sensors detect an electronic key fob which authenticates security and allows the vehicle to start. A keyless system is usually started by pushing a button on the steering wheel or near it on the dash.

Kingpin

Also referred to as a “King Pin,” this is the primary pivot point in the steering system of a vehicle.

Kingpin Bushings

A metal lining or sleeve used to protect and lubricate the kingpin and related components. This component is often present between a kingpin and steering knuckle, and it may also be a solid bearing rather than a protective sleeve.

Knee Airbags

Airbags which are equipped on the underside of the dashboard to add an additional layer of safety and protection in the event of an accident or collision. These airbags are often smaller than steering wheel or dashboard airbags, and they are usually located near a vehicle’s steering column or other components which could cause injury to occupants.