WARNING   WARNING:  Always fully apply the parking brake. Failure to follow this instruction could result in personal injury or death.
WARNING   WARNING:  If you drive extended distances with the parking brake applied, you could cause damage to the brake system.
WARNING   WARNING:  The electric parking brake does not operate if the vehicle battery is running out of charge.

Your vehicle has an electric parking brake. You operate it with a switch instead of a lever. The switch is on the center console.
Note:   The electric parking brake makes noises during operation. This is normal.
Applying the Electric Parking Brake
Parking Brake  Pull the switch upward.Brake System Warning Lamp  The red warning lamp flashes during operation and illuminates when the parking brake is applied.
Note:   It remains illuminated for a short period of time after you switch the ignition off.
If it continues to flash or does not illuminate, the system has malfunctioned. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Note:   You can apply the electric parking brake when the ignition is off.
Note:   If you park your vehicle on a hill and facing uphill, select first gear and turn the steering wheel away from the curb.
Note:   If you park your vehicle on a hill and facing downhill, select reverse gear and turn the steering wheel toward the curb.
Applying the Electric Parking Brake in an Emergency
Note:   Do not apply the electric parking brake when your vehicle is moving, except in an emergency. If you repeatedly use the electric parking brake to slow or stop your vehicle, you could cause damage to the brake system.
You can use the electric parking brake to slow or stop your vehicle in an emergency.
Parking Brake  Pull the switch upward and hold it.Brake System Warning Lamp  The red warning lamp illuminates, a tone sounds and the stoplamps turn on.
The electric parking brake continues to slow your vehicle down unless you release the switch.
Manually Releasing the Electric Parking Brake
Switch the ignition on.
Press and hold the brake pedal.
Parking Brake  Push the switch downward.Brake System Warning Lamp  The red warning lamp turns off.
If it remains illuminated or flashes, the system has malfunctioned. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Pulling Away on a Hill When Towing a Trailer
Press and hold the brake pedal.
Parking Brake  Pull the switch upward and hold it.
Shift into gear.
Press the accelerator pedal until engine has developed sufficient torque to prevent your vehicle from rolling down the hill.
Parking Brake  Release the switch and pull away in a normal manner.
Automatically Releasing the Electric Parking Brake
Close the driver door.
Shift into gear.
Press the accelerator pedal and pull away in a normal manner.
Brake System Warning Lamp  The red warning lamp turns off.
If it remains illuminated or flashes, the electric parking brake has not released. Manually release the parking brake.
Note:   The electric parking brake could release if you release the clutch pedal and press the accelerator pedal when the transmission is in neutral.
Releasing the Electric Parking Brake if the Vehicle Battery is Running Out of Charge
Connect a booster battery to the vehicle battery to release the electric parking brake if the vehicle battery is running out of charge.   See   Jump Starting the Vehicle
Electric Parking Brake Information Messages

Message   Action  
Park Brake Malfunction Service Now
The electric parking brake has malfunctioned.Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.  
Park Brake Not Released
The electric parking brake has not released. Manually release the electric parking brake. If the message continues to appear, have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.  
Park Brake Not Applied
The electric parking brake has not applied. Apply the electric parking brake.If the message continues to appear, have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.  
Park Brake Use Switch to Release
The electric parking brake has not automatically released. Manually release the electric parking brake.  
To Release: Press Brake and Switch
You have not pressed the brake pedal. Press the brake pedal to release the parking brake.  
Park Brake Limited Function Service Required
The electric parking brake has malfunctioned.Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.  
Park Brake System Overheated
The electric parking brake has overheated. Wait for the electric parking brake to cool down.  
Park Brake Off
The electric parking brake is released.  
Release Park Brake
The electric parking brake has not released. Manually release the electric parking brake. If the message continues to appear, have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.  
Park Brake On
The electric parking brake is applied.