I am sure that reliable sterters and batteries had a big part in the demise of hand cranks. Safety is another thing. I have a scar on my left forearm from trying to crank the LA. I finally broke down and had my stock generator rebuilt to 12 volt and a 12 volt battery. Burnt up 1 starter and 2 starter switches trying to start it on 6 volt. Even group 4 battery and 4-0 battery cables barely started it. Cranks over very good now.