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The Dear One Baby Carrier is the safest and most comfortable baby carrier available today. The hard plastic exterior retains its shape despite minor impacts, protecting baby from the outside, while the thick interior “comfort pad” acts as a shock absorber inside. The interior design has been comfort-tested by thousands of infants, and the exterior handles have been designed with the arms and hands of caring parents in mind. Perhaps best of all, the Dear One Baby Carrier converts easily from an at-large carrier to a car seat, reducing the risk to baby posed by being shifted from one carrier to another.

Which of the following, if true, would most undermine the claim to safety made on behalf of the Dear One Baby Carrier?


A. An infant safety commission announces that most dropping accidents involving infants occur when a parent is the primary caretaker.
B. A survey conducted by a popular magazine reveals that a large number of parents are still not aware of the danger posed to infants by putting their carriers in the front seat.
C. A parents’ group endorses the Dear One Baby Carrier as the most convenient baby carrier to take on vacation.
D. A manufacturer adds a “danger of suffocation” label to the bedding used for the interior of the Dear One Baby Carrier.
E. An article written by a pediatrician states that at-large baby carriers do not safely double as car seats.
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The Dear One Baby Carrier is the safest and most comfortable baby carrier available today. The hard plastic exterior retains its shape despite minor impacts, protecting baby from the outside, while the thick interior “comfort pad” acts as a shock absorber inside. The interior design has been comfort-tested by thousands of infants, and the exterior handles have been designed with the arms and hands of caring parents in mind. Perhaps best of all, the Dear One Baby Carrier converts easily from an at-large carrier to a car seat, reducing the risk to baby posed by being shifted from one carrier to another.

Which of the following, if true, would most undermine the claim to safety made on behalf of the Dear One Baby Carrier?


A. An infant safety commission announces that most dropping accidents involving infants occur when a parent is the primary caretaker.
B. A survey conducted by a popular magazine reveals that a large number of parents are still not aware of the danger posed to infants by putting their carriers in the front seat.
C. A parents’ group endorses the Dear One Baby Carrier as the most convenient baby carrier to take on vacation.
D. A manufacturer adds a “danger of suffocation” label to the raw material used for bedding, which is used for the interior of the Dear One Baby Carrier.
E. An article written by a pediatrician states that at-large baby carriers do not safely double as car seats.


Situation The manufacturer of a brand of baby carrier claims that it is the safest on the market.

Reasoning Which specific claims are made by the manufacturer, and how could they be undermined? The paragraph claims to protect infants in three ways: with a hard plastic exterior, with interior padding, and by reducing the need to transfer the infant from one type of carrier to another. First eliminate options that do not deal directly with one of these claims, and then test remaining answer choices to see which will undo one of the major claims.
  1. The passage does not deal with accidents involving infants in general.
  2. The passage does not compare the relative merits of front- and back-seat placement for the carrier.
  3. The manufacturer’s claim deals with safety, not convenience.
  4. Though this option deals with a safety concern, the concern remains between manufacturers, not between the public and the manufacturer of the Dear One, since the padding will likely change forms before being added to the baby carrier.
  5. This option directly undermines the manufacturer’s claim that infants are safer remaining in the carrier than being transferred from carrier to car seat.

Answer: E
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Hi Bunuel

I understand why understand why choice E is the right choice but do not follow the reasoning for why choice D is the wrong choice. Could you please shed some light on that.

Is it because the manufacturing label will not be present on the end product? But how can we guarantee that to be the case always? I mean do we not see real life products where you have manufacturing and shipping labels that are present on the end product (please do let me know if my line of reasoning is off here)? I will anticipate your response.

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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. I agree E is correct. But the "interior" mentioned for answer D is vague - it could refer to concave section of the baby seat rather than the convex section.

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Couldn't understand how option choice E is correct.

I am unable to comprehend the meaning of option choice E.

option choice E - An article written by a pediatrician states that at-large baby carriers do not safely double as car seats

Car seats are safely doubled - I understand this means a car seat can be folded.

Baby carriers do not safely double as car seat. I am not able to understand the meaning of this sentence.

Kindly help me understand the meaning of option choice E.

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Couldn't understand how option choice E is correct.

I am unable to comprehend the meaning of option choice E.

option choice E - An article written by a pediatrician states that at-large baby carriers do not safely double as car seats

Car seats are safely doubled - I understand this means a car seat can be folded.

Baby carriers do not safely double as car seat. I am not able to understand the meaning of this sentence.

Kindly help me understand the meaning of option choice E.


The statement implies that the safe folding mechanism available with car-seats in not available with baby-carriers.

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I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I don't understand why D is incorrect (I understand why E is correct). The explanation mentions the comfort pad as one of the three safety features. A bedding material used in one of those safety features has been deemed a "danger of suffocation"... this seems like it certainly undermines the safety claim. Please elaborate. Thank you for your time.

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I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I don't understand why D is incorrect (I understand why E is correct). The explanation mentions the comfort pad as one of the three safety features. A bedding material used in one of those safety features has been deemed a "danger of suffocation"... this seems like it certainly undermines the safety claim. Please elaborate. Thank you for your time.


It is given that the bedding material is hazardous in the form that it is supplied to the baby carrier manufacturer. Once the material is made into a carrier, it is no longer a suffocation hazard because it is no longer in bulk form, but in the form of a layer on the baby carrier. The danger of suffocation is to the manufacturer of the baby carrier, not to the baby.

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For option E, how would we guarantee the credentials of a pediatrician writing an article talking about the safety. Had the option been worded as the "most reputed pediatrician" than it would sound more convincing. I agree that option D is a trap question since once the interior is made, there is no chance of suffocation for the baby

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For option E, how would we guarantee the credentials of a pediatrician writing an article talking about the safety. Had the option been worded as the "most reputed pediatrician" than it would sound more convincing. I agree that option D is a trap question since once the interior is made, there is no chance of suffocation for the baby


This is a weakening type question - it is not required to confirm ("guarantee") that the argument is wrong. Only weakening would suffice. (The same is true for strengthening questions as well.)

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Yes I understand that strengthen /weaken dont need to be 100% full proof.

My point of view was this option could have been framed better.

Agree that this is the best of options available

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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Clarity between option D & E required. Reasoning given for D to be incorrect is not sufficient and convincing
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Please clarify why option D isn't correct.

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You are assuming a lot of things for D to be incorrect which is not the right way to approach a CR, I guess.

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I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I don't understand why D is incorrect (I understand why E is correct). The explanation mentions the comfort pad as one of the three safety features. A bedding material used in one of those safety features has been deemed a "danger of suffocation"... this seems like it certainly undermines the safety claim. Please elaborate. Thank you for your time.


It is given that the bedding material is hazardous in the form that it is supplied to the baby carrier manufacturer. Once the material is made into a carrier, it is no longer a suffocation hazard because it is no longer in bulk form, but in the form of a layer on the baby carrier. The danger of suffocation is to the manufacturer of the baby carrier, not to the baby.



I think I agree with anilsingh33, and with due respect tend to disagree with the explanation above.

Once the material (lets say fabric for the car seat cover) is made into a carrier, how does it guarantees (and who is guaranteeing) that it is no longer a suffocation hazard? Option D doesn't indicate anywhere that the "danger of suffocation" label is applicable only when material is used in bulk form.

Taking another example, if the raw material was foam used for cushion, which is now covered by the car seat cover, so it may not appear to be a suffocation danger in the final product. But what if the car seat cover gets torn after usage and the foam gets exposed? Now, it will be definitely a suffocation danger.

So option D is still weakening the claim made, just like option E is.

I would say that option D is a invalid option in the manner it has been presented in the question statement.

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