GM customers interested in adding an extra layer of protection to their vehicle’s wheels can now do so with the optional Thatcham wheel locks accessory.
The new optional Thatcham wheel locks are offered as an official GM accessory, with Thatcham acting as a certification company that certifies the security level of the locks. Thatcham is based out of the U.K., and serves as a not-for-profit insurer-funded vehicle research center.
According to GM, the new wheel locks offer more security than the standard wheel lug nuts, with a special design that can be unlocked with the included wheel lock key. In addition to being more secure, the wheel locks also offer better corrosion resistance and better durability as compared to the standard factory lug nuts.
Customers can opt for either the Bright wheel locks kit, which is tagged with RPO code SPE and priced at $95, or the Black lug nut and wheel lock kit, which is tagged with RPO code SPZ and priced at $285. Both kits include enough wheel locks for all four wheels, plus an associated wheel lock key, with the components in the Bright wheel locks kits presenting a polished silver finish, and the Black lug nut kit presenting a darker finish.
For those GM customers that want to ensure the safety of their wheels, this new optional extra seems like a relatively low-cost bit of insurance. In addition, the new wheel locks also look pretty good, and could serve as a fantastic complement to an upgraded set of optional GM wheels, covering rollers with either a silver finish, or a darker finish. Although it’s a small detail, it makes a difference for those customers that want to keep their ride looking its best.