have you had any issues since bypassing the ignition safety lock?Howdy, I have a 2013 Crosstrek Limited and was having the same issue described here.
I don't mind defeating the safety lock. You still have to press the key in and turn to get it out, I'm not terribly worried about inadvertently taking it out on the freeway for instance.
On my model, I was able to easily remove the steering column cladding by rotating the steering wheel 180 degrees to either side and removing the Philips head screws (2). The two halves separate easily.
On the key chamber there's a white connection that can be easily disconnected. Here's a picture:
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One caveat: After disabling and you want to disable / enable the locking chimes and try to perform the sequence where you insert the key 6 times, you'll need to re-enable this connection.
I had the same thing happen on my 2014 Forester and found the same solution works for me