The electric parking brake replaces the conventional handbrake. The operating switch is on the instrument panel.
WARNING   WARNING:  Always fully apply the parking brake and make sure you shift into park (P). Failure to follow this instruction could result in personal injury or death.

Note:   When you apply the electric parking brake in certain conditions, for example, on a steep hill, the electric parking brake may reapply the brakes within three to ten minutes.
Note:   You may notice various noises when you apply and release the electric parking brake. This is normal and no cause for concern.
Note:   After a determined period of time, the parking brake automatically recalibrates. This process is short and only performed when you switch the vehicle off.
Applying the Electric Parking Brake
WARNING   WARNING:  The brake system warning lamp will flash when applying the electric parking brake. If the brake system warning lamp continues to flash there could be a problem with your electric parking brake. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

Note:   The brake system warning lamp illuminates for ten seconds if you switch the ignition off after you apply the electric parking brake, or you apply the electric parking brake after you switch the ignition off.
Note:   The electric parking brake will not automatically apply when you park the vehicle. You must apply the electric parking brake using the electric parking brake switch.
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Pull the switch up to apply the electric parking brake.
The brake system warning lamp flashes for about two seconds then stays illuminated to confirm that you have applied the electric parking brake.   See   Information Displays
Apply the electric parking brake when the vehicle is moving
WARNING   WARNING:  Applying the electric parking brake while moving will result in the engagement of the anti-lock braking system. Do not use the electric parking brake system when the vehicle is moving unless the normal brake system is unable to stop the vehicle.
WARNING   WARNING:  With the exception of emergency conditions (for example, the brake pedal is broken or is blocked), do not apply the electric parking brake while the vehicle is moving. On bends, or poor road surfaces or weather conditions, emergency braking can cause the vehicle to skid out of control or off the road.

If you apply the electric parking brake when your vehicle is moving, the brake system warning lamp illuminates and a warning chime sounds.   See   Information Displays
If your vehicle speed is above 4 mph (6 km/h), the braking force is applied as long as you pull the switch. Releasing or pressing the switch or pressing the accelerator pedal will stop the braking force.
Releasing the Electric Parking Brake
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You can release the electric parking brake either manually by pressing the switch or automatically.
Manual release
WARNING   WARNING:  If the brake system warning light remains illuminated or flashes for more than four seconds after you have released the parking brake, there could be a problem with your braking system. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

You can manually release the electric parking brake by:
  1. Switching the ignition on.
  1. Pressing the brake pedal.
  1. Pressing the electric parking brake switch.
When the electric parking brake is released, the brake system warning lamp turns off.
Automatic release - drive away release
Your vehicle automatically releases the parking brake if all of the following conditions exist:
  • The driver door is closed.
  • The accelerator pedal is pressed.
  • There are no faults detected in the parking brake system.
Note:   If the electric parking brake warning lamp stays illuminated, the electric parking brake will not automatically release. You must release the electric parking brake using the electric parking brake switch while your foot is on the brake and the ignition is on.
The brake system warning lamp will go off to confirm that you have released the electric parking brake.
Note:   The electric parking brake drive away release makes starting on a hill easier. This feature releases the parking brake automatically when the vehicle has sufficient torque force to move up the hill. To assure drive away release when starting uphill, press the accelerator pedal quickly.
Driving with a Trailer
Depending on the slope and the weight of the trailer, your vehicle and trailer may roll backwards slightly when you start on a slope.
To prevent this from happening, do the following:
  1. Pull the switch up and hold it in this position.
  1. Accelerate your vehicle, then release the switch when you notice that the engine has developed sufficient driving force.
Battery With No Charge
WARNING   WARNING:  You will not be able to apply or release the electric parking brake if the battery is low or has no charge.

If the battery is low or has no charge, use jumper cables and a booster battery.