A Prettier light on the dash

I thought this was going to be in

but it is not.
But it reminded me of the question I had.

On newer cars, there is a blinking red light that can be found when the car is parked and key is out of ignition. It shows up better (only) at night, and is just a simple pimple type light.

What does this do, what is its purpose?

On my car, such a light indicates that the security system is on. True, it doesn’t really have a security system, but car thieves don’t know that… :smiley:

Seconded. My Landrover and Mitsubishi both do this… keys out, alarm on… flashing red light appears on dash to warn those thoughtful cautious lads with bricks that my car is alarmed.