This is a Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) or Electronic Stability Program (ESP) symbol. These are electronic suspension control systems combining elements of braking, steering and suspension to keep the vehicle under control. It may have an on off switch, and will most often be lit if the system is turned off. Some manufacturers use the symbol to denote systems they call Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) (meaning traction control) and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), which is disabled if a fault in the ASR is detected.
A flashing symbol likely means the system requires service. An exclamation point next to this symbol indicates a system failure. The inclusion of the ‘4 x 4’ is a variation in the appearance of the symbol used in 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Remember that these advanced systems come into play in extreme driving conditions, such as rounding a curve excessively fast. Your vehicle is safe to drive with them disabled under most conditions. Contact your dealer or authorized service center for repairs.
Here’s a video describing when and how these lights may appear.
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