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Readers React:  VW’s latest bug isn’t such a hit

Heinz-Jakob Neusser, a member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, presents a new VW model to an audience on Sept. 14 in Frankfurt.

Heinz-Jakob Neusser, a member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, presents a new VW model to an audience on Sept. 14 in Frankfurt.

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To the editor: It seems to me that a fine isn’t the best way to deter other car companies from behaving the same way in the future. (“VW cheated on emissions tests,” Sept. 19, and “Did Volkswagen cheat?,” Editorial, Sept. 20)

I think a more effective sanction would be to ban Volkswagen from doing business — selling any make of car, no advertising or marketing either — in the U.S. for a period of two to three years. That would send a much stronger message that deceitful and cynical practices, like trying to cheat EPA smog-testing regimens, will not be allowed to stand.

Dirk van de Bunt, Encino

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To the editor: Your editorial calls VW’s actions “egregious.” I’d call them criminal.

Bill Weber, La Cañada Flintridge

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To the editor: I propose a new advertising slogan for the deceptive Volkswagen: Fahrfromtruthen.

Brent Pierson, Eagle Rock

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