Since falls account for 90 percent of the most severe playground-equipment-related injuries, according to NSKC
data, a soft landing at the bottom of a treehouse or climbing wall is essential, and tuff grass isn't the gentle surface it would seem to be.
Unrestrained children are more likely to be injured, to suffer more severe injuries, and to die in MVCs than children who are restrained (NSKC, 1997).
NSKC (1997) reports that from 1982 through 1995 an estimated 2,934 lives were saved by child restraint use; in 1995 alone, 280 children ages 4 and under were saved as a result of child restraint use.
When installed correctly, child safety seats are 71% effective in preventing fatalities for infants under age 1 (NSKC, 1997).
When installed correctly, child safety seats are 54% effective in preventing fatalities for toddlers ages 1 to 4 and 69% effective in reducing the need for hospitalization for children ages 4 and under (NSKC, 1997).