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Contact: Darek Connole Eric Lundquist
PainePR Kwikset®
949/809-6734 949/672-4443
dconnole@painepr.com eric.lundquist@bdhhi.com

KWIKSET® REVEALS LATEST INNOVATION IN RESIDENTIAL LOCKS FOR IMPROVED HOME SECURITY AND RE-KEYING CONVENIENCE

SmartKey™ with BumpGuard™ Offers Homeowners Stylish and Affordable Home Protection

Lake Forest, Calif. February 11, 2008 – Kwikset®, the leader in innovative residential security, has changed the way home and property owners will view the protection and functionality of door locks with the nationwide arrival of SmartKey™. This groundbreaking new lock technology provides consumers with the ability to re-key locks quickly and easily for improved access control and one key convenience. In three simple steps that take less than 30 seconds, homeowners can match multiple locks to one key, or replace a lost or loaned key with a new, secure key, all while the lock remains in place. And with Kwikset’s BumpGuard™ protection at the foundation of its design, SmartKey deadbolts are the only affordably priced residential locks on the market that are virtually impervious to lock-bumping attacks.

“We know that there are countless reasons that lead homeowners to want to change their locks,” said Eric Lundquist, director, Brand Marketing, Kwikset. “We developed SmartKey to empower consumers with the ability to conveniently and affordably control their home’s access and security.”

Redefining the Importance of the Key

SmartKey’s innovative and newly patented side-locking bar technology is central to the lock’s ability to be rapidly and easily re-keyed. SmartKey eliminates the typical sheer line, pins and tumbler mechanisms found in traditional lock designs. This locking system allows consumers the flexibility to quickly match all the entry points to one key, offering instant one key convenience. By using the included SmartKey Learn Tool and the existing functioning key, home and property owners can safely match or change out keys without special training or outside contractors. SmartKey’s re-key technology also is secure against any unauthorized key changing, by requiring both the working key and the SmartKey Learn Tool to re-key the lock. This protective feature ensures that consumers are not at risk of losing control of property access.

“SmartKey’s technology is the foundation of its innovation,” continued Lundquist. “By ignoring the traditional approach and redesigning the lock from the ground up, we have created a highly secure solution that is not only easy to use, but offers an affordable solution that addresses the growing security concern of lock-bumping.”

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Secure and Stylish

Delivering outstanding strength and protection, SmartKey deadbolts feature ANSI Grade 1 certification and have passed the most stringent lock picking standard, UL 437, par. 11.6. This affordable lock eliminates the typical sheer line, pins and tumbler mechanisms in its design, removing the most vulnerable points in residential locks. Additionally, SmartKey deadbolts feature improved drill resistance and integrated BumpGuard protection, offering consumers an affordable solution to the growing concern of lock-bumping intrusions.

“In the past, almost all burglaries relied on force to enter the residence, but we are starting to see more non-forced entries in the last few years,” said Detective Craig Fulton, Property Crimes Division, Orange County Sheriffs Office, Fla. “While we can’t directly attribute the break-ins to bumping, we certainly cannot rule it out either, as bumping generally doesn’t leave trace [evidence] behind.”

In addition to SmartKey’s superior protection, style and design remain uncompromised. Kwikset SmartKey offers consumers a wide array of the latest styles and finishes in handlesets, levers, knobs and deadbolts to match individual home décor.

SmartKey locking technology is the core feature of the SmartSeries™ family of residential security products, which includes the SmartScan™ biometric deadbolt and the next-generation SmartCode™ keyless entry system.

SmartKey and Kwikset SmartSeries products are currently on display at the 2008 International Builders’ Show in the Kwikset Booth, No. W921 in the West Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. from Wednesday, Feb. 13 until Saturday, Feb. 16. SmartSeries is currently available at major home improvement retailers nationwide.

About Kwikset

For more than 60 years, Kwikset, manufacturer of America’s most trusted name in security, has provided beauty, security and peace of mind for millions of families. For additional information on Kwikset products, visit www.kwikset.com or call 1-800-327- LOCK.

Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement (BDHHI) Group is a division of Black & Decker, the world’s largest producer of power tools, power tool accessories and security hardware. Today, the BDHHI Group includes some of the most recognizable hardware and home improvement brands in the world including Kwikset®, Weiser Lock®, Baldwin®, Price Pfister® and K2™ Commercial Hardware by Black & Decker.

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