Alaska’s lemon law has several unique aspects that relate to the state’s harsh climate and varied terrain. For example, in 2009, a law was passed that granted consumers the right to demand a refund of their money or a replacement of an all terrain vehicle (ATV), boat, or snow machine if it has a defect that cannot be repaired within one year of purchase. In these instances, if during one year of the vehicle’s delivery date, or during the warranty, the vehicle is unable to be repaired after a reasonable amount of attempts (presumed to be three), the manufacturer is required to replace the product or refund the purchase price. However, consumers must give the manufacturer written notice within 60 days after the warranty ends or 60 days after the one year anniversary of the purchase date of the vehicle.
Besides these special exceptions, the lemon law in Alaska offers protection to consumers purchasing new motor vehicles. The law does not apply to used vehicles. To qualify, a vehicle must have a defect or problem that affects the vehicle’s use or market value (the law does not make provisions if the nonconformity impairs the safety of a vehicle). If a new vehicle is discovered to be defective and cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of repair attempts, the law requires the automaker provide consumers with a refund or replacement vehicle. Under the Alaska lemon law, a reasonable number of attempts is defined as three repair attempts or if the vehicle has been out of service for a total of 30 or more business days. The law provides manufacturers and dealers with some exceptions, such as being unable to repair a vehicle due to reasons beyond their control, such as natural disasters or labor disputes.
Besides the headaches relating to getting a new vehicle repaired multiple times for the same defect, having a lemon vehicle poses other problems, causing consumers to face financial hardships due to repair costs as well as the inconveniences associated with having a vehicle out of service. If you believe your vehicle may be a lemon and you’re searching for a solution, Howard D. Silver can help. Mr. Silver is a California lemon law attorney and can assist you through the process of concluding whether your vehicle is a lemon, as well as help you with filing a claim. To schedule a free consultation, call 1-(855) 341-2611.