Tests conducted by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) have revealed that although “most” manufacturers are evidently following laws that regulate the use of toxic  chemicals in children’s products, out of more than 200 children’s prod- ucts tested, some 15  contained levels of phthalates, lead or cadmium exceeding legal limits. Under the state’s  Children’s Safe Product Act of 2008, which limited the amounts of lead, cadmium and six phthalates  allowed in children’s products sold in Washington after July 1, 2009, the Ecology Department can  levy a $5,000 penalty  for a first violation of failing to notify the department about the presence  of a listed “chemical of high concern to children” in a product. According to an Ecology state-  ment, the department has not yet issued such a penalty and “is working with state and federal  partners to ensure compliance.” See Department of Ecology News Release, April 14, 2014.