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Electric parking brake reliability

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So the new '17 has an electric parking brake and I know more vehicles are going that route now... my concern is what exactly happens when the actuator for that fails somewhere down the road and it's stuck in the engaged position? Is there any other method to manually get the parking brake off? With the parking brake set the car cannot even be towed as it's a front driver and needs the front wheels off the road.
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One of the car testers expressed his belief that the parking brake would give trouble.

I wonder how they are in being able to take off from a hill. I feather both the clutch and the parking brake to do this successfully. Yeah, I know it is supposed to have a hill holder, but I'm still old fashioned. My wife pops quickly from brake to accelerator and likely makes use of the hill holder this way.

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