Electronically Controlled Brake System Symbols

This is first the Electronically Controlled Brake WarningECB, or Electronically Controlled Brake Systems symbol, also known as Electronic Brake Force Distribution. Note that the only difference between this and the Canadian brake warning symbol – the exclamation point in a circle – is the color. Yellow/amber indicates a less serious problem than the red version. The electronic control represents a functional enhancement and may be inoperable, but the brakes themselves will still operate.

However, as electronic control of brake systems expands, the symbol above is used in Canada to alert to a problem any part of the brake system controlled electronically. These can include  Automatic Brake Hold or Electronic Parking Brake system issues, as well as those described above.

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Brake System IndicatorIn the U.S., the text symbol to the left, Brake System, is used in yellow/amber. Again as above, the brakes themselves, as operated by the brake pedal, remains a hydraulic system and will continue to function normally.

However, if the red BRAKE text warning symbol is also lit, contact your dealer or authorized service center immediately.

Note that the symbol of a circle with “brackets” on either side, broken or otherwise, represents brake components. What is shown inside and the details of the “brackets” and color specify the nature of the problem.

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