This is one of those dashboard symbols that stays lit up for a few seconds after you turn on your ignition. That’s normal. What isn’t normal is when the symbol stays lit, or when it comes back on after going off and remains lit.
The airbag warning light means that one or more of your vehicle’s airbags may have a problem. It won’t affect your vehicle’s mechanical operation. However, it could put you or your passengers at elevated risk of injury in the event of an accident.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Symbol
The ESC symbol looks like a car stabilizing itself in slippery conditions. If you are driving on a wet, snowy, or icy road, the symbol may flash. This means the ESC system is actively helping you maintain control.
If the light stays on and isn’t flashing, something isn’t right with your vehicle’s ESC features. Have a mechanic check it out promptly, especially if it’s winter.
Braking System Warning Light
The braking system symbol is an exclamation mark within a circle, which is surrounded by curves on both sides. Drivers most often see this light when they start operating the vehicle while its parking brake is engaged.
More worryingly, the symbol can also indicate problems that might interfere with braking power. It may light up if you have worn brake pads, wiring or sensor problems, or low brake fluid. The symbol can also indicate mechanical issues with your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes.
Driving without proper braking capacity is something you should definitely avoid. This is one warning symbol you’ll want to check immediately, even if it’s yellow.