The antilock braking system in a Chevrolet Malibu may come on when there is a condition in the braking system causing a fault. For instance, the light may come on when there is not enough fluid in the antilock braking system reservoir.
If there are no other warning lights indicating an issue with the brake system, the vehicle often operates normally. If it does, it is safe to drive to a shop for repairs, but the driver should keep in mind in the case of an accident, the antilock braking system cannot work, so the vehicle may skid if the stop is immediate, especially if it occurs on a slick or wet pavement.
If there are other lights on the dashboard indicating a brake system issue, it is likely there is something wrong with the main brake system. This can indicate a serious issue, such as fluid loss, pressure loss or a hydraulic problem. If this is the case, the vehicle is not safe to drive, and the safest way to get the vehicle to a mechanic is to have it towed. If there is an issue with the main braking system, there is a high chance that the car could experience a brake system failure when on the road.