There is much confusion among consumers, and within the automotive industry, about the so-called 30 day rule. The 30 day rule is a reference to the “presumption.” The Lemon Law provides for a presumption that the manufacturer had a reasonable number of repair attempts if, within the first 18,000 miles or 18 months either (1) the same defect results in a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury and the defect was subject to two or more repair attempts; (2) the manufacturer attempted to repair the same defect four or more times and was unable to do so; or (3) the vehicle has been out of service for 30 or more days due to repairs by the manufacturer or its representative. If either of these conditions are met, then a jury can assume that the manufacturer had a reasonable number of repair attempts. This does not mean that in order for the vehicle to qualify under the Lemon Law, the repair history must fall within one of the three stated categories.
What you need to know is that if you have a problem with your vehicle that first occurred within the term of the express warranty that the manufacturer has been unable to repair after a reasonable number of repair attempts, or refuses to repair, then you have rights under the Lemon Law. Each case is different, and so it’s important for you to consult with a lawyer.