This symbol, and the Canadian version below, are Brake Trouble Indicator symbols. They could indicate a serious Brake problem, but the light will also be on when the hand, or emergency brake, is engaged.
So, if you are sure the hand brake, or emergency brake, is released, bring your vehicle to a stop as soon as possible and contact your dealer. To continue driving could well be dangerous!
This is the Brake Trouble Indicator symbol in Canada, and other areas. The look of this symbol as well as others involving brakes are supposed to resemble the physical appearance of brakes. They do, but primarily only to people who have had the opportunity to take them apart. The word ‘brake’ may appear at the top of the image.
The same image is also used in Europe for the failure of an advanced system, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC). In this case, conventional brake action remains unaffected, but your dealer will be needed to repair the advanced system. These vehicles use the text symbol BRAKE shown above to indicate a problem with the basic or conventional brake system.
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 can specify the nature of the problem.
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