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Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System

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Driving

This button is on the driver side control panel. 
To partially disable VSA® functionality/
features, press and hold it until you hear a 
beep.

Your vehicle will have normal braking and 
cornering ability, but traction control function 
will be less effective.

To restore VSA® functionality/features, press 
the  

(VSA® OFF) button until you hear a 

beep.

VSA® is turned on every time you start the 
engine, even if you turned it off the last time 
you drove the vehicle.

VSA® On and Off

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Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control 
(ESC), System

In certain unusual conditions when your vehicle gets 
stuck in shallow mud or fresh snow, it may be easier 
to free it with the VSA® temporarily switched off.

When the   button is pressed, the traction control 
function becomes less effective. This allows for the 
wheels to spin more freely at low speed. You should 
only attempt to free your vehicle with the VSA® off if 
you are not able to free it when the VSA® is on.

Immediately after freeing your vehicle, be sure to 
switch VSA® on again. We do not recommend driving 
your vehicle with the VSA® system switched off.

You may hear a motor sound coming from the 
engine compartment while system checks are being 
performed immediately after starting the engine or 
while driving. This is normal.

VSA® OFF Indicator

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Agile Handling Assist

Driving

Agile Handling Assist

Lightly brakes each of the front and rear wheels, as needed, when you turn the 
steering wheel, and helps support the vehicle’s stability and performance during 
cornering.

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Agile Handling Assist

The agile handling assist cannot enhance stability in 
all driving situations. You still need to drive and 
corner at speeds appropriate for the conditions and 
always leave a sufficient margin of safety.

When the VSA® system indicator comes on and stays 
on while driving, the agile handling assist does not 
activate.

You may hear a sound coming from the engine 
compartment while the agile handling assist is 
activated. This is normal.

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist

Driving

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire 
Fill Assist

Monitors the tire pressure while you are 
driving. If your vehicle’s tire pressure becomes 
significantly low, the Low Tire Pressure/TPMS 
indicator comes on and a message appears on 
the driver information interface.

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist

Conditions such as low ambient temperature and 
altitude change directly affect tire pressure and can 
trigger the Low Tire Pressure/TPMS indicator to come 
on.

If the Low Tire Pressure/TPMS Indicator 

Comes On or Blinks P. 722

Tire pressure checked and inflated in:

Warm weather can become under-inflated in 
colder weather.

Cold weather can become over-inflated in warmer 
weather.

The Low Tire Pressure/TPMS indicator will not come 
on as a result of over inflation.

The TPMS audibly and visually informs you of 
changes in tire pressure of the individual tire that you 
are adjusting using audible and visual indications.

If a change in tire pressure has been significant, the 
system beeps and the hazard lights flash continuously 
for five seconds when the specified tire pressure is 
reached. Stop filling the tire.

Low Tire Pressure/
TPMS Indicator

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist

Driving

To select the tire pressure monitor, please 
follow the following steps using the buttons 
on the steering wheel.
1. Set the power mode to ON.
2. Press the 

 (home) button.

3. Press the 

/

 button repeatedly until 

 

Maintenance appears.

4. Press the ENTER button and select Tire 

Pressure by pressing the 

/

 button.

5. Press the ENTER button and the tire 

pressure appears on the driver information 
interface.

The pressure for each tire is displayed in psi.

Tire Pressures Low is displayed when a tire 
has significantly low pressure. The specific tire 
is displayed on the screen.

Tire Pressure Monitor

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Tire Pressure Monitor

The pressure displayed on the driver information 
interface can be slightly different from the actual 
pressure as measured by a gauge. If there is a 
significant difference between the two values, or if 
the Low Tire Pressure/TPMS indicator and the 
message on the driver information interface do not 
go off after you have inflated the tire to the specified 
pressure, have the system checked by a dealer.

Tire Pressure Monitor Problem may appear if you 
drive with the compact spare tire, or there is a 
problem with the TPMS.

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) - Required Federal Explanation

Driving

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) - Required 
Federal Explanation

Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked 
monthly when cold and inflated to the inflation pressure 
recommended by the vehicle manufacturer on the vehicle placard 
or tire inflation pressure label.

(If your vehicle has tires of a different size than the size indicated 
on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label, you should 
determine the proper tire inflation pressure for those tires.)

As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been equipped with 
a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that illuminates a low 
tire pressure telltale 

when one or more of your tires is significantly under-inflated.

Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale illuminates, you 
should stop and check your tires as soon as possible, and inflate 
them to the proper pressure.

Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the tire to 
overheat and can lead to tire failure. Under-inflation also reduces 
fuel efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect the vehicle’s 
handling and stopping ability.

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) - Required Federal Explanation

Driving

Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper tire 
maintenance, and it is the driver’s responsibility to maintain 
correct tire pressure, even if under-inflation has not reached the 
level to trigger illumination of the TPMS low tire pressure telltale.

Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS malfunction 
indicator to indicate when the system is not operating properly. 
The TPMS malfunction indicator is combined with the low tire 
pressure telltale. When the system detects a malfunction, the 
telltale will flash for approximately one minute and then remain 
continuously illuminated. This sequence will continue upon 
subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists.

When the malfunction indicator is illuminated, the system may 
not be able to detect or signal low tire pressure as intended.

TPMS malfunctions may occur for a variety of reasons, including 
the installation of replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the 
vehicle that prevent the TPMS from functioning properly.

Always check the TPMS malfunction telltale after replacing one or 
more tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the 
replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the TPMS to 
continue to function properly.

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Blind spot information System

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Driving

Blind spot information System

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Is designed to detect vehicles in specified alert zones adjacent to your vehicle, 
particularly in harder to see areas commonly known as “blind spots.” When the 
system detects vehicles approaching from behind in adjacent lanes, the appropriate 
indicator comes on for a few seconds, providing assistance when you change lanes.

How the system works

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Blind spot information System

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Important Safety Reminder
Like all assistance systems, blind spot information 
system has limitations. Over reliance on the blind spot 
information system may result in a collision.

The system is for your convenience only. Even if an object is 
within the alert zone, the following situations may occur.

The blind spot information system alert indicator 
may not come on due to obstruction (splashes, 
etc.) even without the Blind Spot Info Not 
Available
 driver information interface appearing.

The blind spot information system alert indicator 
may come on even with the message appearing.

The blind spot information system alert indicator may 
not come on under the following conditions:

A vehicle does not stay in the alert zone for more 
than two seconds.

A vehicle is parked in a side lane.

The speed difference between your vehicle and the 
vehicle you are passing is greater than 6 mph (10 km/h).

An object not detected by the radar sensors 
approaches or passes your vehicle.

A vehicle running in the adjacent lane is a 
motorcycle or other small vehicle.

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WARNING

Failure to visually confirm that it is safe to 
change lanes before doing so may result in 
a crash and serious injury or death.
Do not rely only on the blind spot 
information system when changing lanes.
Always look in your mirrors, to either side 
of your vehicle, and behind you for other 
vehicles before changing lanes.

The transmission is in 

(

D or 

(

S.

Your vehicle speed is 
between 20 mph (32 km/h) 
and 100 mph (160 km/h)

Alert zone range
A: Approx. 1.6 ft. (0.5 m)
B: Approx. 10 ft. (3 m)
C: Approx. 10 ft. (3 m)

Alert Zone

Radar Sensors: 
underneath 
the rear 
bumper 
corners

A

B

C

* Not available on all models

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Blind spot information System

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Driving

When the system detects a vehicle

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Blind spot information System

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You can turn off the audible alert, or all the blind spot 
information system alert using the audio/information 
screen.

Customized Features P. 443

Turn the system off when towing a trailer. The system 
may not work properly for the following reasons:

The added mass tilts the vehicle and changes the 
radar coverage.

The trailer itself can be detected by the radar 
sensors, causing the blind spot information system 
alert indicators to come on.

Blind spot information system may be adversely 
affected when:

Objects (guard rails, poles, trees, etc,.) are 
detected.

An object that does not reflect radio waves well, 
such as a motorcycle, is in the alert zone.

Driving on a curved road.

A vehicle is moving from a far lane to the adjacent 
lane.

The system picks up external electrical interference.

The rear bumper or the sensors have been 
improperly repaired or the rear bumper has been 
deformed.

The orientation of the sensors has been changed.

In bad weather (Heavy rain, snow, and fog).

For proper blind spot information system operation:

Always keep the rear bumper corner area clean.

Do not cover the rear bumper corner area with 
labels or stickers of any kind.

Take your vehicle to a dealer if you need the rear 
bumper corner area or the radar sensors to be 
repaired, or the rear bumper corner area is strongly 
impacted.

The system does not operate when in 

(

R.

Comes on when:

A vehicle enters the alert zone from behind 
to overtake you with a speed difference of no 
more than 31 mph (50 km/h) from your 
vehicle.

You pass a vehicle with a speed difference of 
no more than 12 mph (20 km/h).

Comes On

Blind spot information System Alert Indicator: 
Located near the outside door mirror on both 
sides.

Blinks and the beeper sounds when:
You move the turn signal lever in the direction 
of the detected vehicle. The beeper sounds 
three times.

Blinks

* Not available on all models

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LaneWatch

TM

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Driving

LaneWatch

TM

*

LaneWatch is an assistance system that allows you to check the passenger side rear 
areas displayed on the audio/information screen when the turn signal is activated to 
the passenger’s side. A camera in the passenger side door mirror monitors these 
areas and allows you to check for vehicles, in addition to your visual check and use 
of the passenger door mirror. You can also keep the system on for your convenience 
while driving.

Canadian models

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LaneWatch

TM

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Important Safety Reminder
Like all assistance systems, LaneWatch has 
limitations. Over reliance on LaneWatch may result in 
a collision.

The LaneWatch function can be affected by weather, 
lighting (including headlights and low sun angle), 
ambient darkness, camera condition, and loading.

The LaneWatch may not provide the intended display 
of traffic to the side and rear under the following 
conditions:

Your vehicle’s suspension has been altered, 
changing the height of the vehicle.

Your tires are over or under inflated.

Your tires or wheels are of varied size or 
construction.

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WARNING

Failure to visually confirm that it is safe to 
change lanes before doing so may result in 
a crash and serious injury or death.

Do not rely only on LaneWatch while 
driving.

Always look in your mirrors, to either side 
of your vehicle, and behind you for other 
vehicles before changing lanes.

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2

Camera

Audio/Information Screen

Move the turn signal 
lever to the passenger 
side.

Press the LaneWatch 
button.

Pull the turn signal 
lever back.

Press the LaneWatch 
button again.

The passenger side view 
display appears on the 
audio/information screen.

The system activates when you:

The system deactivates when you:

* Not available on all models

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LaneWatch

TM

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Driving

Customizing the LaneWatch settings

You can customize the following items using the audio/information screen.
• Show with Turn Signal: Selects whether LaneWatch monitor comes on when 

you operate the turn signal light lever.

• Show Reference Line: Selects whether the reference lines appear on the 

LaneWatch monitor.

Customized Features P. 443

Reference Lines

Three lines that appear on the screen can give 
an idea of how far the vehicles or objects on 
the screen are from your vehicle, respectively. 
If an object is near line 1 (in red), it indicates 
that it is close to your vehicle whereas an 
object near line 3 farther away.

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LaneWatch

TM

*

The LaneWatch camera view is restricted. Its unique 
lens makes objects on the screen slightly look 
different from what they are.

LaneWatch display does not come on when the 
transmission is in 

(

R.

For proper LaneWatch operation:

The camera is located in the passenger side door 
mirror. Always keep this area clean. If the camera 
lens is covered with dirt or moisture, use a soft, 
moist cloth to keep the lens clean and free of 
debris.

Do not cover the camera lens with labels or stickers 
of any kind.

Do not touch the camera lens.

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Reference Lines

The area around the reference line 1 (red) is very close 
to your vehicle. As always, make sure to visually 
confirm the safety of a lane change before changing 
lanes.

The distance between your vehicle and lines 1, 2 and 
3 on the screen vary depending on road conditions 
and vehicle loading. For example, the reference lines 
on the screen may seem to appear closer than the 
actual distances when the rear of your vehicle is more 
heavily loaded.

Consult a dealer if:

The passenger side door mirror, or area around it is 
severely impacted, resulting in changing the 
camera angle.

The LaneWatch display does not come on at all.

2

3

1

* Not available on all models

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Driving

Braking

Brake System

Use the parking brake to keep the vehicle stationary when parked. When the 
parking brake is applied, you can manually or automatically release it.

To apply

Press the electric parking brake switch.

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The parking brake and brake system 
indicator comes on.

Parking Brake

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Parking Brake

You may hear the electric parking brake system 
motor operating from the rear wheel area when you 
apply or release the parking brake. 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.

Jump Starting P. 713

If you press and hold the electric parking brake 
switch while driving the brakes on all four 
wheels are applied (by the VSA® system) until 
the vehicle comes to a stop (at which point the 
electric parking brake is applied) or the switch is 
released.

Electric Parking Brake Switch

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Braking

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Brake System

Driving

To release

1. Depress the brake pedal fully.
2. Pull the electric parking brake switch up 

gently and securely.

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The parking brake and brake system 
indicator goes off.

Manually releasing the parking brake using 
the switch helps your vehicle start slowly and 
smoothly when facing down hill on steep hills.

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Parking Brake

In the following situations, the parking brake 
automatically operates.

When the vehicle stops with the automatic brake 
hold system activated for more than 10 minutes.

When the driver’s seat belt is unfastened while 
your vehicle is stopped and brake hold system is 
applied.

When the engine is turned off while brake hold 
system is applied.

When there is a problem with the Brake Hold 
System while Brake Hold is applied.

Electric Parking Brake Switch

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Braking

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Brake System

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Driving

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.
When on a hill, it may require more 
accelerator input to release.

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The parking brake and brake system 
indicator goes off.

The parking brake automatically releases as you depress the accelerator pedal when:
• You are wearing the driver’s seat belt.
• The engine is running.
• The transmission is not in 

(

P or 

(

N.

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Parking Brake

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 system indicator

The parking brake may not be released automatically 
while the following indicators are on:

Parking brake and brake system indicator

VSA® system indicator

ABS indicator

Supplemental restraint system indicator

Accelerator Pedal

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Braking

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Brake System

Driving

Your vehicle is equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. A vacuum power assist 
helps reduce the effort needed on the brake pedal. The brake assist system increases 
the stopping force when you depress the brake pedal hard in an emergency 
situation. The anti-lock brake system (ABS) helps you retain steering control when 
braking very hard.

Brake Assist System P. 609
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) P. 608

Foot Brake

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Foot Brake

Check the brakes after driving through deep water, 
or if there is a buildup of road surface water. If 
necessary, dry the brakes by lightly depressing the 
pedal several times.

If you hear a continuous metallic friction sound when 
applying the brakes, this is caused by the brake wear 
indicator rubbing on the brake rotor and indicates 
that the brake pads need to be replaced. Have the 
vehicle checked by a dealer. If you hear only an 
occasional squeak or squeal when you initially apply 
the brake pedal, this may be normal and caused by 
high frequency vibration of the brake pads against 
the rotating brake disc.

Constantly using the brake pedal while going down a 
long hill builds up heat, which reduces the brake 
effectiveness. Apply engine braking by taking your 
foot off the accelerator pedal and downshifting to a 
lower gear.

Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal while 
driving, as it will lightly apply the brakes and cause 
them to lose effectiveness over time and reduce pad 
life. It will also confuse drivers behind you.

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Braking

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Brake System

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Driving

Keeps the brake applied after releasing the brake pedal until the accelerator pedal is 
pressed. You can use this system while the vehicle is temporarily stopped, like at 
traffic lights and in heavy traffic.

Automatic Brake Hold

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Automatic Brake Hold

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WARNING

Activating the automatic brake hold system 
on steep hills or slippery roads may still 
allow the vehicle to move if you remove 
your foot from the brake pedal.

If a vehicle unexpectedly moves, it may 
cause a crash resulting in serious injury or 
death.

Never activate the automatic brake hold 
system or rely on it to keep a vehicle from 
moving when stopped on a steep hill or 
slippery roads.

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WARNING

Using the automatic brake hold system to 
park the vehicle may result in the vehicle 
unexpectedly moving.

If a vehicle moves unexpectedly, it may 
cause a crash, resulting in serious injury or 
death.

Never leave the vehicle when braking is 
temporarily kept by automatic brake hold 
and always park the vehicle by putting the 
transmission in 

(

P

 and applying the parking 

brake.

Turning on the system

Activating the system

Canceling the system

Automatic Brake Hold 
Button

On

On

On

On

On

U.S.

Canada

Brake Pedal

Accelerator Pedal

Fasten your seat belt 
properly, then start the 
engine. Press the 
automatic brake hold 
button.

The automatic brake 
hold system indicator 
comes on. The system is 
turned on.

Depress the brake pedal 
to come to a complete 
stop. The transmission 
must be in 

(

D or 

(

N.

The automatic brake 
hold indicator comes 
on. Braking is kept for 
up to 10 minutes.

Release the brake 
pedal after the 
automatic brake hold 
indicator comes on.

Depress the accelerator 
pedal while the 
transmission is in 

(

D.

The system is canceled 
and the vehicle starts to 
move.

The automatic brake 
hold system indicator 
comes on. The system 
continues to be on.

U.S.

Canada

On

On

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Braking

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Brake System

Driving

The system automatically cancels when:

• You depress the brake pedal and change to 

(

P or 

(

R.

• You engage the parking brake.

The system automatically cancels and the parking brake is applied when:

• Braking is kept for more than 10 minutes.
• The driver’s seat belt is unfastened.
• The engine is turned off.
• Brake Hold System Problem appears on the driver information interface.

Turning off the automatic brake hold system

While the system is on, press the automatic 
brake hold button again.

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The automatic brake hold system 
indicator goes off.

If you want to turn off automatic brake hold 
while the system is in operation, press the 
automatic brake hold button with the brake 
pedal depressed.

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Automatic Brake Hold

While the system is activated, you can turn off the 
engine or park the vehicle through the same 
procedure as you normally do.

When Stopped P. 619

Whether the system is on, or the system is activated, 
the automatic brake hold turns off once the engine is 
off.

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Turning off the automatic brake hold system

Make sure to turn off the automatic brake hold 
system before using an automated car wash.

You may hear an operating noise if the vehicle moves 
while the automatic brake hold system is in 
operation.

Automatic Brake Hold 
Button

Goes 
Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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