Traditional, US-style, vertical axis top-loaders had a cut-off switch on the lid, but not a lock, so you could open the lid at any time. The HE versions have a lock.
Mine only locks when it's in the spin cycle, drying stuff off. It's not a HE model AFAICT and it's at least 10 years old.
Same with mine. Except I know it's not HE and it's 20yrs old. And it leaks a little - but it's in the garage, so