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Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)

The Electronic Parking Brake switch is located on the lower left side of the shifter dial.

Applying the parking brake

  1. Press the brake pedal.

  2. Pull up the EPB switch.

  3. Make sure the warning light comes on.

Also, the EPB is applied automatically if the AUTO HOLD button is on when the vehicle is turned off. However, if you pull up the EPB switch after the vehicle is turned off, the EPB will not be Applied.

NOTICE

On a steep incline or when pulling a trailer, if the vehicle does not remain at a standstill, do as follows:

  1. Apply the EPB.

  2. Pull up the EPB switch for more than 3 seconds.

Do not operate the EPB while the vehicle is moving except in an emergency situation.

NOTICE

A click or electric brake motor whine sound may be heard while operating or releasing the EPB.

These conditions are normal and indicate that the EPB is functioning properly.

Releasing the parking brake with Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) switch

  1. Releasing the parking brake with EPB switch,

    • Place the EV button in the ON position.

    • Depress the brake pedal.

    • The shifter dial must be in P (Park).

  2. Make sure the brake warning light goes off.

Automatic release of Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)

The EPB is released automatically under following conditions.

  • Shifter dial in P (Park)

    With the vehicle running depress the brake pedal and shift out of P (Park) to R (Reverse) or D (Drive).

  • Shifter dial in N (Neutral)

    With the vehicle running depress the brake pedal and shift out of N (Neutral) to R (Reverse) or D (Drive).

  • Reduction gear

    1. Start the vehicle.

    2. Fasten the driver's seat belt.

    3. Close the driver's door, hood and liftgate.

    4. Depress the accelerator pedal while the shifter dial is in R (Reverse) or D (Drive).

Make sure the brake warning light goes off.

NOTICE
  • For your safety, you can engage the EPB even though the EV button is in the OFF position, but you cannot release it.

  • For your safety, depress the brake pedal and release the parking brake manually with the EPB switch when you drive downhill or when backing up the vehicle.

CAUTION

If the parking brake warning light is still on even though the EPB has been released, have the system checked by an authorized Kia dealer.

Do not drive your vehicle with the EPB applied. It may cause excessive brake pad and brake rotor wear.

EPB (Electronic Parking Brake) may be automatically applied when:

  • The EPB is overheated

  • Requested by other systems

NOTICE

For EPB (Electronic Parking Brake) equipped vehicles with AUTO HOLD function used while driving, if the EV button has been turned OFF, the EPB will be engaged automatically. Therefore, AUTO HOLD function should be turned off before the EV button is turned off.

System warning

The EPB will display a warning message with sound under certain conditions.

  • If you try to drive off depressing the accelerator pedal with the EPB applied, but the EPB doesn't release automatically, a warning will sound and a message will appear.

  • If the driver's seat belt is not fastened and the vehicle hood, driver's door or liftgate is opened, a warning will sound and a message will appear.

    A: To release EPB, fasten seatbelt and close door, hood and liftgate

  • If there is a problem with the vehicle, a warning may sound and a message may appear.

If the above situation occurs, depress the brake pedal and release EPB by pressing the EPB switch.

WARNING
  • To prevent unintentional movement when stopped and leaving the vehicle, do not use the shifter dial in place of the parking brake. Set the parking brake and make sure the shifter dial is securely positioned in P (Park).

  • Never allow a passenger to touch the parking brake. If the parking brake is released unintentionally, serious injury may occur.

  • All vehicles should always have the parking brake fully engaged when parked to avoid inadvertent movement of the vehicles which can injure occupants or pedestrians.

CAUTION
  • A click or electric brake motor whine sound may be heard while operating or releasing the EPB. These conditions are normal and indicate that the EPB is functioning properly.

  • When leaving your keys with a parking lot attendant or valet, make sure to inform him/her how to operate the EPB.

  • The EPB may malfunction if you drive with the EPB applied.

  • When you automatically release EPB by depressing the accelerator pedal, depress it slowly.

When the conversion from AUTO HOLD to EPB is not working properly a warning will sound and a message will appear.

A: AUTO HOLD turning Off! Press brake pedal

NOTICE

Engage the brake pedal when the above message appears for the AUTO HOLD and EPB may not activate.

If the EPB is applied while AUTO HOLD is activated because of an ESC (Electronic Stability Control) signal, a warning will sound and a message will appear.

A: Parking brake automatically engaged

EPB malfunction indicator

This warning light appears if the EV button is changed to the ON position and goes off in approximately 3 seconds if the system is operating normally.

If the EPB malfunction indicator remains on, comes on while driving, or does not come on when the EV button is changed to the ON position, this indicates that the EPB may have malfunctioned.

If this occurs, have your vehicle checked by an authorized Kia dealer as soon as possible.

The EPB malfunction indicator may appear when the ESC indicator comes on to indicate that the ESC is not working properly, but it does not indicate a malfunction of the EPB.

The EPB warning light may appear if the EPB switch operates abnormally. Shut the vehicle off and turn it on again after a few minutes.

CAUTION

The warning light will go off and the EPB switch will operate normally. However, if the EPB warning light is still on, have the system checked by an authorized Kia dealer.

If the parking brake warning light does not appear or blinks even though the EPB switch was pulled up, the EPB is not applied.

If the parking brake warning light blinks when the EPB warning light is on, press the EPB switch, then pull it up. Once more press it back to its original position and pull it back up. If the EPB warning does not go off, have the system checked by an authorized Kia dealer.

Emergency braking

If there is a problem with the brake pedal while driving, emergency braking is possible by pulling up and holding the EPB switch.

Braking is possible only while you are holding the EPB switch.

WARNING

Do not operate the Electronic Parking Brake while the vehicle is moving except in an emergency situation. Applying the Electronic Parking Brake while the vehicle is moving at normal speeds can cause a sudden loss of control of the vehicle. If you must use the Electronic Parking Brake to stop the vehicle, use great caution in applying the brake.

NOTICE

During emergency braking by the EPB, the parking brake warning light will appear to indicate that the system is operating.

If you notice a continuous noise or burning smell when the EPB is used for emergency braking, have your vehicle checked by an authorized Kia dealer.

When the EPB (Electronic Parking Brake) is not released

If the EPB does not release normally, take your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealer by loading the vehicle on a flatbed tow truck and have the system checked.