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Below are some commonly found Toyota dashboard lights
4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}ABS warning light (Canada)

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Failure to investigate the cause of the warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The ABS; or
  • The brake assist system

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}ABS warning light (U.S.A.)

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Failure to investigate the cause of the warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The ABS; or
  • The brake assist system

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Active traction control system indicator

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Indicates that Active Traction Control is engaged.

Active Traction Control (A-TRAC): A-TRAC is a four-wheel drive (4WD) traction control system with two levels: TRAC (on road), and A-TRAC (off road). Both use a combination of braking force and reduced engine power to restore traction, but A-TRAC doesn’t reduce power to the same extent. When a drive wheel begins to spin, the system compares the speed of all four driven wheels, then uses the ABS system to slow the spinning wheel. Engine power is reduced, and power is simultaneously transferred to a non-spinning wheel on the same axle (or the opposite axle when both wheels on the same axle have lost traction).

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}AUTO LSD indicator

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Indicates that the Auto-LSD is active.

Auto-LSD is a second level, low-speed traction control feature on some 2WD trucks and SUVs. The first level, Traction Control, is designed to reduce drive-wheel spin. The key difference in the activation of Auto-LSD is that, along with brake application to a spinning wheel (which helps engage a non-spinning wheel), Auto-LSD also allows engine power to spin the drive wheels faster than the non-drive wheels. This comes in handy on boat ramps, and when driving in modest off-road terrain, where some wheel slippage is desired.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Automatic transmission fluid temperature warning light

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Indicates that the automatic transmission fluid temperature is too high.

Correction procedure: Stop the vehicle in a safe place and shift the shift lever to P. If the light does not go off, contact your Toyota dealer.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Brake system warning light (warning buzzer) (Type A)

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Stop the vehicle immediately. Continuing to drive the vehicle may be dangerous.

The following warning indicates a possible problem in the brake system. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

  • Low brake fluid
  • Malfunction in the brake system


This light also comes on when the parking brake is not released. If the light turns off after the parking brake is fully released the system is operating normally.

Parking brake engaged warning buzzer:
A buzzer will sound if the vehicle is driven at a speed of approximately 3 mph (5 km/h) or more.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Brake system warning light (warning buzzer) (Type B)

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Stop the vehicle immediately. Continuing to drive the vehicle may be dangerous.

The following warning indicates a possible problem in the brake system. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

  • Low brake fluid
  • Malfunction in the brake system


This light also comes on when the parking brake is not released. If the light turns off after the parking brake is fully released the system is operating normally.

Parking brake engaged warning buzzer:
A buzzer will sound if the vehicle is driven at a speed of approximately 3 mph (5 km/h) or more.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Brake system warning light (warning buzzer) (Type C)

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Stop the vehicle immediately. Continuing to drive the vehicle may be dangerous.

The following warning indicates a possible problem in the brake system. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

  • Low brake fluid
  • Malfunction in the brake system


This light also comes on when the parking brake is not released. If the light turns off after the parking brake is fully released the system is operating normally.

Parking brake engaged warning buzzer:
A buzzer will sound if the vehicle is driven at a speed of approximately 3 mph (5 km/h) or more.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Center differential lock indicator

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Indicates that the Center Differential is locked.

Found on full-time four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles, a locking center differential enables the driver to lock the front and rear wheels together for 50/50 power distribution. This helps create maximum traction when the vehicle is stuck or in extremely slippery conditions. It should only be engaged at low speeds.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Charging system warning light

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Indicates a malfunction in the vehicle’s charging system.

Stop the vehicle immediately.

The warning indicates the possibility of damage to the vehicle that may lead to an accident. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Crawl control indicator

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Indicates that Crawl Control is on.

Crawl Control helps the vehicle maintain slow, steady progress in difficult off-road driving situations. By automatically controlling engine power and the brake-actuated Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) system, Crawl Control can ease the vehicle over uneven terrain with limited wheel slip and minimal strain on the drivetrain. Crawl Control also allows the driver to focus on steering rather than throttle control.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Cruise control indicator

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Indicates that the Cruise Control is on.

Cruise Control is a feature designed to maintain a set speed on the open road, without requiring the driver to hold down the accelerator pedal. The control stalk has a master ON/OFF switch, a speed SET function, and a +/- function that provides moderate acceleration or coasting/deceleration.

If the cruise control indicator flashes

Press the ON-OFF button once to deactivate the system, and then press the button again to reactivate the system.

If the cruise control speed cannot be set or if the cruise control cancels immediately after being activated, there may be a malfunction in the cruise control system. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Cruise control SET indicator

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Once you have reached the desired speed and cruise control has been activated, the SET indicator will be illuminated. Cruise control can be set when the automatic transmission shift lever is in D, 4, 5 or 6, and/or when vehicle speed is above 25 mph.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Downhill assist control system indicator

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Indicates that the Downhill Assist Control system is on.

Downhill Assist Control (DAC) automatically and selectively applies the brakes to help a 4WD vehicle creep down very steep and/or slippery hills at a controlled speed of 2 to 4 mph. Using the ABS wheel-speed sensors and brake actuator, DAC mimics the type of engine braking that was once only available on vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case and very low gearing. DAC is activated by a button, and on vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case, only operates in low range.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Driver‘s seat belt reminder light (warning buzzer)

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Warns the driver to fasten his/her seat belt.

Correction procedure: Fasten the seat belt.

Driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt buzzer:
The driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt buzzer sounds to alert the driver and front passenger that his or her seat belt is not fastened. The buzzer sounds intermittently for 10 seconds after the vehicle reaches a speed of 12 mph (20 km/h). Then, if the seat belt is still unfastened, the buzzer will sound in a different tone for 20 more seconds.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Eco driving indicator

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The Eco Driving Mode indicator illuminates when the ECO MODE switch has been pressed. Use Eco Driving Mode to help achieve low fuel consumption during trips that involve frequent accelerating and braking. Press the ECO MODE switch again to cancel Eco Driving Mode.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Engine oil replacement reminder light (U.S.A.)

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Illuminates for about 3 seconds and then flashes for about 15 seconds approximately 4500 miles (7200 km) after the engine oil is changed: Indicates that the engine oil is scheduled to be changed.

Correction procedure: Check the engine oil and change if necessary.

Comes on and remains on if the distance driven exceeds 5000 miles (8000 km): Indicates that the engine oil should be changed.

Correction procedure: Check and change the engine oil.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Four-wheel drive indicator

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Indicates that Four Wheel Drive is active within the Multi-Mode Four Wheel Drive system.

Multi-Mode four-wheel drive is a system that includes the following selectable modes: rear-wheel drive (RWD), full-time four-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive and low-range gearing.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Front fog light indicator

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Indicates that the Fog Lights are turned on.

Fog Lights are low-mounted lights aimed at the pavement directly in front of the vehicle. These lights are designed to shine under the fog rather than into it, and are therefore less prone to reflect light beams back into the driver‘s eyes.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Front passenger‘s seat belt reminder light (warning buzzer)

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(On the center panel)

Warns the front passenger to fasten his/her seat belt.

Correction procedure: Fasten the seat belt.

Driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt buzzer:
The driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt buzzer sounds to alert the driver and front passenger that his or her seat belt is not fastened. The buzzer sounds intermittently for 10 seconds after the vehicle reaches a speed of 12 mph (20 km/h). Then, if the seat belt is still unfastened, the buzzer will sound in a different tone for 20 more seconds.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Headlight high beam indicator

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Indicates that the headlight high beams are on.

High beam headlamps aid driver visibility by projecting a bright beam far down the road. They should only be used in situations where they cannot blind oncoming traffic. Typical uses would be in remote areas such as mountains or deserts.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Headlight indicator (U.S.A)

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Illuminates when the headlights, side marker, parking, tail, license plate and instrument panel lights are turned on.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Intuitive parking assist indicator

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Indicates that the Intuitive Parking Assist is on.

Toyota Intuitive Parking Assist uses sonar sensors in the bumper to detect and then warn the driver about objects he or she might not see while parking or maneuvering at low speeds.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}KDSS warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Failure to investigate the cause of the warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Indicates a malfunction in KDSS.

A standard feature in the Toyota Land Cruiser and optional in the Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) features hydraulically linked front and rear stabilizer bars that remain firmly engaged while the vehicle is cornering on-road, helping to limit body roll. But when negotiating rough roads and rugged terrain, the stabilizer bars can be disengaged via KDSS for a much wider range of suspension movement.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Low engine oil pressure warning light

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Indicates that the engine oil pressure is too low

Stop the vehicle immediately.

The warning indicates the possibility of damage to the vehicle that may lead to an accident. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Low fuel level warning

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Indicates remaining fuel is approximately 3.5 gal. (13.1 L, 2.9 Imp. gal.) or less.

Correction procedure: Refuel the vehicle.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Low speed four-wheel drive indicator

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Illuminates when a 4WD vehicle is shifted into low range (low speed) 4WD. This mode is for maximum power and traction to climb or descend steep hills, off road driving and hard pulling in sand, mud, etc.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Low windshield washer fluid warning light (Canada)

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Low level of washer fluid.

Correction procedure: Fill the tank.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Malfunction indicator lamp

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Failure to investigate the cause of the warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The emission control system;
  • The electronic engine control system;
  • The electronic throttle control system; or
  • The electronic automatic transmission control system


If the malfunction indicator lamp comes on while driving, first check the following:

Is the fuel tank empty? If it is, fill the fuel tank immediately. Is the fuel tank cap loose? If it is, tighten it securely.

The light will go off after several driving trips. If the light does not go off even after several trips, have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Multi-terrain select indicator

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Indicates that the Multi-Terrain system is active.

Multi-Terrain ABS system is used on certain trucks and SUVs. It can detect a loose surface such as sand, gravel, or deep snow and adjust the braking response. On loose surfaces, moderate wheel slip is actually a good thing, as the tires are able to build up a wedge of sand, gravel or snow that can help slow the vehicle.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Open door warning light (warning buzzer)

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Indicates that a door is not fully closed.

Correction procedure: Check that all the doors are closed.

Open door warning buzzer:
The open door warning buzzer sounds to alert one or more of the doors is not fully closed (with the vehicle having reached a speed of 3 mph [5 km/h]).

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Power steering warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Failure to investigate the cause of the warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Indicates a malfunction in the power steering system.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Rear differential lock indicator

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Indicates that the Rear Differential is locked.

When the transfer case is engaged in L4, turning on the rear differential lock switch in the instrument panel locks the rear differential so both wheels turn at the same rate of speed. This helps provide additional traction in inclement on- and off-road conditions.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Roll sensing of curtain shield airbags off indicator

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Indicates that the Roll-Sensing Side Curtain Airbags are off.

Roll-Sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA) are integrated with additional sensors including two roll-rate sensors and a lateral deceleration sensor. Coupled with the conventional side curtain airbag sensors in the b- and c-pillars, roll-sensing side curtain airbags can be triggered by a vehicle roll over or an initial collision that results in a roll over. In addition, the supplemental sensors provide unique deployment logic for the curtain airbags and front seatbelt pretensioners.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Security indicator

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Indicates that the Theft Deterrent System (if equipped) is armed.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Slip indicator

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If one or more wheels begin to spin (slip), the slip indicator illuminates to indicate that Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and/or Traction Control (TRAC) are operating in order to regain traction. Depending on the vehicle, the slip indicator light may flash and/or a buzzer may sound intermittently as well.

If the light stays on or continues to flash, it could indicate a malfunction in:

  • The VSC system;
  • The TRAC (TRC) system;
  • The active traction control system;
  • The AUTO LSD system;
  • The downhill assist control system;
  • The hill-start assist control system; or
  • The Crawl Control system


Failing to investigate the cause of the warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Smart key system warning light

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Follow the correction procedures below. (vehicles with a smart key system)

After taking the specified steps to correct the suspected problem, check that the warning light goes off.

Smart key system warning light:

 
4Runner 2010 Smart Key Indicator Chart
Interior Buzzer
Exterior Buzzer
Warning Light
Once - (Flashing)
Details
The electronic key is not detected when attempting to start the engine.
Correction Procedure
  • Confirm the location of the electronic key.
  • The electronic key battery maybe discharged.
 
Interior Buzzer
Exterior Buzzer
Warning Light
Once 3 times (Flashing)
Details
An open door other than the driver‘s door is closed while the electronic key is outside the detection range and the ENGINE START STOP switch is in ACCESSORY or IGNITION ON mode.
Correction Procedure

Confirm the location of the electronic key.

 
Interior Buzzer
Exterior Buzzer
Warning Light
Once 3 times (Flashing)
Details
An open door other than the driver‘s door is closed while the electronic key is outside the detection range and the ENGINE START STOP switch is in ACCESSORY IGNITION ON mode with the shift lever in P.
Correction Procedure

Turn the ENGINE START STOP switch off or confirm the location of the electronic key.

 
Interior Buzzer
Exterior Buzzer
Warning Light
Continuous Continuous (Flashing)
Details
An open door other than the driver‘s door is closed while the electronic key is outside the detection range and the ENGINE START STOP switch is in ACCESSORY or IGNITION ON mode with the shift lever not in P.
Correction Procedure

Shift the shift lever to P. Confirm the location of the electronic key.

 

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}SRS airbag on-off indicator

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Indicates that the airbag is on or off.

Some Toyota models feature a Passenger Airbag Cutoff Switch that can manually be set in the on or off position by turning the ignition key in the cutoff switch located in the center console.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}SRS warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Failure to investigate the cause of the warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The SRS airbag system;
  • The front passenger occupant classification system; or
  • The seat belt pretensioner system

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Tail light indicator (Canada)

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Illuminates when the side marker, parking, tail, license plate and instrument panel lights turn on.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Tire pressure warning

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When the light comes on: Low tire inflation pressure.

Correction procedure: Adjust the tire inflation pressure.

When the light comes on after blinking for 1 minute: Malfunction in the tire pressure warning system

Correction procedure: Have the system checked by your Toyota dealer.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}TRAC OFF indicator (U.S.A)

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Indicates that the Traction Control is off.

If the vehicle gets stuck in fresh snow or mud, the TRAC (TRC)/VSC systems may reduce power from the engine to the wheels. You may need to turn the system off to enable you to rock the vehicle in order to free it.

The Traction Control (TRAC) helps a vehicle‘s drive wheels gain and maintain grip during acceleration, especially on slippery surfaces. By interpreting data from the ABS wheel-speed sensors, TRAC can tell if a drive wheel is turning faster than a non-drive wheel, which indicates loss of traction. When TRAC detects slippage, the system can automatically reduce engine power until the wheel that is slipping slows and regains grip. If reducing engine power isn‘t enough, the braking system will gradually slow that wheel through pulsed brake action.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}TRC OFF indicator (Canada)

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Indicates that the Traction Control is off.

If the vehicle gets stuck in fresh snow or mud, the TRAC (TRC)/VSC systems may reduce power from the engine to the wheels. You may need to turn the system off to enable you to rock the vehicle in order to free it.

The Traction Control (TRC) helps a vehicle‘s drive wheels gain and maintain grip during acceleration, especially on slippery surfaces. By interpreting data from the ABS wheel-speed sensors, TRC can tell if a drive wheel is turning faster than a non-drive wheel, which indicates loss of traction. When TRC detects slippage, the system can automatically reduce engine power until the wheel that is slipping slows and regains grip. If reducing engine power isn‘t enough, the braking system will gradually slow that wheel through pulsed brake action.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Turn signal indicator

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Indicates that the turn signal is on.

If the indicator flashes faster than usual, check that a light bulb in the front or rear turn signal lights has not burned out.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}Unengaged Park warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Failure to investigate the cause of the warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Indicates a malfunction in the transmission Park mechanism.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2010-{{imageAltName}}VSC OFF indicator

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Indicates that the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is off.

Part of the Star Safety System standard on all Toyotas, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) interprets data from a steering wheel position sensor and the ABS wheel-speed sensors to determine if the vehicle is following the driver‘s intended path. If the vehicle is deviating from the direction that the driver is steering, VSC can reduce engine power and pulse the left- or right-side brakes to help correct the situation.

Still have questions or concerns?
Consult your Owner's Manual.

Consult your Owners Manual or schedule a service with a nearby dealership.

Caution*

*If a safety system warning light does not come on...

Should a safety system light such as the ABS and SRS airbag warning lights not come on when you start the hybrid system, this could mean that these systems are not available to help protect you in an accident, which could result in death or serious injury. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately if this occurs.

Dashboard icons are displayed in a variety of colors, depending on the system and its status in a specific vehicle. Yellow icons indicate an item of importance (such as low fuel), but are not necessarily a warning. Red icons indicate a condition that requires immediate attention, such as an open door or low engine oil pressure. See your vehicle's Owner's Manual for more details.

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