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In the United States, injuries to passengers involved in automobile accidents are typically more severe than in Europe, where laws require a different kind of safety belt. It is clear from this that the United States needs to adopt more stringent standards for safety belt design to protect automobile passengers better.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Europeans are more likely to wear safety belts than are people in the United States.
(B) Unlike United States drivers, European drivers receive training in how best to react in the event of an accident to minimize injuries to themselves and to their passengers.
(C) Cars built for the European market tend to have more sturdy construction than do cars built for the United States market.
(D) Automobile passengers in the United States have a greater statistical chance of being involved in an accident than do passengers in Europe.
(E) States that have recently begun requiring the European safety belt have experienced no reduction in the average severity of injuries suffered by passengers in automobile accidents.
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20 Aug 2006, 07:42
conclusion is that by using stringent seat belt standards, US will be able to lessen the severity of automobile accident

A. Severe accidents in US can be due to people at large not wearing seat belts so even if you improve the seat belts, passanger will still not wear it - Weakens

B: Severity of accident is reduced because of better training and not better seat belt as such - Weakens

C: Its the Car that is sturdy which bring down severity - Weakens

D: Statistics might be high because passangers dont have a better seat belt. ----> DOES NOT WEAKEN

E: In certain states where better seat belts were adopted did not see a reduction in severity - perhaps better seat belt is not the solution - Weakens

So D looks to be the correct answer to me.
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20 Aug 2006, 09:22
I ll go with E
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20 Aug 2006, 09:52
I too think its (D) coz that in fact strenghthens the argument that americans are statistically more prone to accidents and thus require stringent seat belt laws.
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20 Aug 2006, 10:15
I will also have to go with D. It doesn't matter how frequent the accidents are, it only matters how severe they are. The authors conclusion is that European seat belts will be better. Therefore, a, b, c, & e all weaken the argument, whereas d says nothing about the severity of accidents or the use of seatbelts.
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20 Aug 2006, 10:36
i tend to go with D...

although C and E are closer...
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20 Aug 2006, 14:26
Straight D.

A,B and C are severly weakening the argument.
E is also saying that states where new standards are forced, don't show any improvements. Hence this is also weakening.
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20 Aug 2006, 20:09
OA is (D).
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21 Aug 2006, 01:54
Late, but (D). The argument is focused on the severity of the accidents, not the likelihood of getting into one.
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21 Aug 2006, 04:20
Late but D...
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