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Many critics claim that federally mandated car safety standards are actually impairing car safety in Country X. These critics note that car manufacturers only have to meet the minimum requirements of the government in order to be viewed as safe by the consuming public. If no standards were set, manufacturers would need to compete on safety in order to have any customers at all.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the critics in the argument above?

A. Large cars, such as trucks and sport utility vehicles, are inherently safer than small cars.
B. A significant proportion of car customers own more than one car.
C. The minimum safety requirements decreed by the government of Country X are considered intolerably unsafe.
D. Other factors in a customer's car purchase decision, such as price and comfort features, are more important than safety concerns.
E. In the absence of safety standards, potential car customers will be able to tell which cars are the most safe.
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Re: car safety standards [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2012, 04:42
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A- There is no reference to any other vehicle other than cars in the Stimulus.
B- Car Safety is the point of contention and not ownership
C- Too big a stretch to assume this. This assumption does not support the premise.
D- Negation of this assumption does not disrupt the premise.
E- Perfect as an assumption. Negation of this assumption makes the entire Stimulus baseless.

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Re: car safety standards [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2012, 03:21
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Many critics claim that federally mandated car safety standards are actually impairing car safety in Country X. These critics note that car manufacturers only have to meet the minimum requirements of the government in order to be viewed as safe by the consuming public. If no standards were set, manufacturers would need to compete on safety in order to have any customers at all.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the critics in the argument above?

A. Large cars, such as trucks and sport utility vehicles, are inherently safer than small cars.
B. A significant proportion of car customers own more than one car.
C. The minimum safety requirements decreed by the government of Country X are considered intolerably unsafe.
D. Other factors in a customer's car purchase decision, such as price and comfort features, are more important than safety concerns.
E. In the absence of safety standards, potential car customers will be able to tell which cars are the most safe.


Conclusion of the argument: If there were NO govt set standards, car manufacturers would provide safety as a quantifiable feature to attract consumers. In other words as safety goes up consumer purchase of cars goes up.

Only E states the assumption that is, the consumer themselves MUST know how to select between 2 cars with comparable (or not) safety. If they fail to differentiate then the consumers will not buy cars with respect to the safety incorporated in them.
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Re: car safety standards [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2012, 03:54
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I got stuck between C and E. After using negation I found E as a better answer, anyhow the word "intolerable" in the option C is too extreme.
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