The lawsuit contends that Air France and Airbus, the plane's manufacturer, knew the aircraft had defective components.
Also named as defendants in the lawsuit filed Wednesday are Honeywell International Inc., Rockwell Collins Inc. and Thales SA. The three companies manufactured various components related to measuring airspeed and altitude. The suit alleges these components were defective at the time they were installed and gave the pilots incorrect information.
The cause of the crash remains unclear.