Parking Brake

Use the parking brake to keep the vehicle stationary when parked. You can manually apply and release, or automatically release it.

■ Manual operations
Use the electric parking brake switch to apply or release the brake. Manually releasing the parking brake using the switch helps your vehicle start slowly and smoothly when facing down hill on steep hills.

■ To apply manually

■ To apply manually
Pull the electric parking brake switch up gently and securely.

- The electric parking brake indicator comes on.

■ To release manually

■ To release manually
1. Depress the brake pedal.
2. Press the electric parking brake switch.
- The electric parking brake indicator goes off

You may hear the electric parking brake system motor operating from the rear wheel area when you apply or release the parking brake, or set the power mode to OFF. This is normal.

The brake pedal may slightly move due to the electric parking brake system operation when you apply or release the parking brake. This is normal.

You cannot apply or release the parking brake if the battery goes dead.

driving, the parking brake is applied.

In the following situations, the parking brake automatically operates.

• When the vehicle stops more than 10 minutes while ACC with LSF is activated.
• When the driver’s seat belt is unfastened while your vehicle is stopped automatically by ACC with LSF.
• When the engine is turned off while ACC with LSF is activated.
• When the vehicle stops with the automatic brake hold system activated for more than 10 minutes.

■ To release automatically
Depressing the accelerator pedal releases the parking brake.

Use the accelerator pedal to release the brake when you are starting the vehicle facing uphill, or in a traffic jam.

Gently depress the accelerator pedal.

Gently depress the accelerator pedal.

- The electric parking brake indicator goes off.

You can release the parking brake automatically when: • You are wearing the driver’s seat belt.
• The engine is running.> • The shift lever is in any position other than . or If the parking brake cannot be released.

If the parking brake cannot be released automatically, release it manually.

The parking brake cannot be released automatically while the following indicators are on: • Malfunction indicator lamp
• Transmission indicator

The parking brake may not be released automatically while the following indicators are on: • Electric parking brake system indicator
• VSA® system indicator
• ABS indicator
• Supplemental restraint system indicator

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