Steering wheel part can shatter on Mazdas if air bags deploy

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FILE – This Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, shows the Mazda logo on a sign at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show, in Pittsburgh. Mazda recalled Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, cars and SUVs worldwide because the rear hatches can fall on people and injure them. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling nearly 261,000 older small cars in the U.S. because a plastic emblem on the steering wheel can shatter if the air bags are inflated, causing injuries.

The recall covers certain Mazda 3 cars from the 2004 through 2007 model years.

Mazda says in documents posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators that the emblem can shatter and send plastic fragments into the vehicles.

The company says in documents that it has 10 reports of injuries outside the U.S.

Also, two lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. alleging injuries. Dealers will replace the air bag module cover. Owners will be notified starting Aug. 28.

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