Yes, I believe the reason they are not being included in playgrounds anymore is because of the injuries. Those spinning merry-go-round things have all but disappeared, too.
We still have monkey bars and fireman poles in many playgrounds here.
There's a playground near us that put in a plastic version of a merry-go-round. It has high sides and you sit (or lay) in the inside - umm, kind of like a oh forget it, here's a link http://www.oregonliv...nks_old_sc.html
There's also a park near us that has teeter totters that stay level when nobody is on them, but act like a teeter totter when kids are on them. They're on giant springs. Like this! http://www.aaastateo...ell-teeter-duo/
Maybe 10% of the playgrounds here have some fun stuff (not old and dangerous, but modern fun) and the rest are those boring, plastic things that are everywhere now. Recently, we have been seeing super high and steep slides!