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Gforce 05-25-2013 04:38 AM

Foot Parking Brake
This may only apply to Australian Jeep Grand Cherokee owners?

Went for a long test drive in a new 2013 Limited Diesel, I found the foot parking brake in a very annoying if not dangerous position when in the released position, I found that it rested up against my left shin, what would happen in an accident? I can see it doing some serious personal injury to my leg.
My wife's car is a 2004 Nissan Maxima also with a foot parking brake and when it is disengaged it folds up high and clear of your leg.
How did Jeep (Chrysler) get this by the ADR (Australian Design Rules)?

Love to hear some comments from 2012/13 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners re this possible design flaw.


bill_de 05-25-2013 05:31 AM

Re: Foot Parking Brake
I think you already started this thread.


colgf2 05-26-2013 01:17 AM

Re: Foot Parking Brake
I too was annoyed by the foot operated park brake when I bought my 2012 GC overland diesel , however after nearly 12 months I am converted!!! It is quite convenient to gently hold pressure on it in traffic thus not having to have the real brake on & having brake lights glowing unnecessarily. Also I have mounted an ex commodore left footrest pedal on the floorpan under it & I can enjoy resting my left foot on it.

fwdjeep 05-26-2013 01:26 AM

Totally agree parking brake not very well engineered or designed
Just big after thought for AU vehicles

Swampy 05-26-2013 01:53 AM

Re: Foot Parking Brake
The foot parking break feels awkward and seems like that it might rub on the side of your leg while driving at first. The reality is you do get used to using it pretty quick and now I don't even notice it being there while driving.

In my opinion it's a non issue.

Lanrete 05-26-2013 09:17 AM

It is a very common location for the parking break. My first car (Chevy Blazer) had it there, and most pickup trucks have it there. Though most use the foot switch to set the parking break and a hand pull switch to release the break.

BobT 05-26-2013 09:36 PM

Re: Foot Parking Brake
I thought it was dumb at first. Now I wouldn't have it any other way. It's better than having a large leaver on the console.

Clubby360 05-27-2013 02:00 AM

I feel very comfortable with it now, so much that i go to engage the park brake with my foot in my other car a hsv clubby a lot of the time!

strategy 05-27-2013 04:32 AM

Re: Foot Parking Brake
I had Toyotas previously with the different setup but after 12 months with my Jeep GC the footbrake is not an issue.
I have driven extensively in Europe and you find a number of car manufactures have the foot brake with an electronic release.
Not sure is an issue given a knee airbag in area.The only thing i miss is a flat foot mount for left foot.

Matty470 05-27-2013 04:35 AM

Re: Foot Parking Brake
Having owned cars with both foot operated and hand operated parking brakes (not breaks..) it isn't a real concern.
Yes every now and then I notice my leg touching it, but then I shift my leg slightly and it all OK again.

personally, these days they could get away with some type of electronic park brake operated via a button, much simpler to use and design into the car.

DCRSRT 05-27-2013 05:58 AM

Re: Foot Parking Brake

Originally Posted by Matty470 (Post 829838)
personally, these days they could get away with some type of electronic park brake operated via a button, much simpler to use and design into the car.

As used in the VW Tiguan (in aus at least)

Temerarius 05-28-2013 04:14 PM

Re: Foot Parking Brake
Used to be that all vehicles had the foot e-brake.

It's coming back again, most of the SUV's I've checked out recently sport the foot e-brake these days. It frees up the center console/stack.

Keep in mind, it's not just in the AU, but pretty much everywhere.

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