Former Patient Demonstrates World’s First Factory-Built Car Designed for Wheelchairs


Kristina Shepard Rhoades, a former Shriners Hospital patient and the 2005 Ms. Wheelchair California, drove to Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the world’s first factory-built, wheelchair-accessible automobile. Known as the MV-1, the wheelchair friendly car is manufactured by VPG (Vehicle Production Group). Rhoades, who is spokesperson for the manufacturer, demonstrated the features of the car for patients, guests and the community.



Courtesy of Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California,

Public & Community Relations Office.

Photos: Julia Serat.

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