The automotive steering column is a device intended primarily for connecting the steering wheel to the steering mechanism or transferring the driver's input torque from the steering wheel.
A steering column may also perform the following secondary functions:
- Energy dissipation management in the event of any frontal collision.
- Provide mounting for: the multi-function switch, column lock, column wiring, column shroud(s), transmission gear selector, gauges or other instruments as well as the electro motor and gear units found in EPAS and SBW systems.
- Offer (height and/or length) adjustment to suit driver preference